Transocean, a prominent oil and gas well drilling services provider based in the United States, has recently clinched a long-term contract with an independent operator operating in the Gulf of Mexico.
The duration of the contract spans an impressive 1,080 days and involves a high-specification seventh-generation, ultra-deepwater drillship. Transocean has listed three of its top-notch drillships, namely Deepwater Invictus, Deepwater Thalassa, and Deepwater Proteus, as candidates for this project.
Prior to the contract’s commencement window, which falls within a year, the company will finalize the selection of one of these drillships.
The contract is projected to generate Transocean $518 million in revenue for the oil and gas field services provider, excluding income from mobilization and demobilization.
Starting between the fourth quarter of 2025 and the second quarter of 2026, the Transocean $518 million contract scope does not encompass any additional services beyond the drilling operations.
Jeremy Thigpen, the CEO of Transocean, expressed his enthusiasm about the contract award, highlighting several positive aspects. He emphasized that customers securing rigs well in advance of their programs and committing to long-term contracts highlight the current tightness in the market.
Moreover, the flexibility provided to designate the specific rig closer to the program’s commencement allows for optimizing the utilization of Transocean’s fleet of high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships.
Earlier in the year, Transocean had secured contracts and extensions worth approximately $488 million in total for five of its drilling rigs, though the client’s identity remains undisclosed. These contracts included a three-well contract for one of its ultra-deepwater drillships in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Who is Transocean?
Transocean is a prominent global offshore drilling contractor, specializing in providing cutting-edge drilling services to the oil and gas industry.
With decades of experience and a vast fleet of state-of-the-art drilling rigs, the company plays a pivotal role in the exploration and extraction of valuable hydrocarbon reserves from deep-sea locations worldwide.
Transocean’s expertise lies in offering innovative drilling solutions tailored to the unique challenges of each project, ensuring safe and efficient operations in some of the most remote and challenging environments on Earth.
As a frontrunner in the industry, Transocean continues to push the boundaries of offshore drilling technology, contributing significantly to the energy sector’s sustainable development and meeting the world’s growing demand for vital energy resources.