ZUG, SWITZERLAND, 22-4-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today issued a comprehensive Fleet Status Report which provides the current status and contract information for the company’s entire fleet of offshore drilling rigs. The total value of new contracts since the March 17, 2014 Fleet Update Summary is approximately $209 million.
Other items include:
Transocean Marianas – Awarded a four-well contract offshore South Africa at a dayrate of $370,000 ($118 million estimated backlog). The rig was previously idle.
Transocean Arctic – Awarded a two-well contract in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea at a dayrate of $519,000 ($83 million estimated backlog). The rig’s prior dayrate was $419,000.
Sedneth 701 – The rig sustained damage from a galley fire. The company has decided to divest the rig and has classified it as held for sale. Discussions are underway with the customer to transfer the remaining contract backlog to an alternative rig.
Estimated planned 2015 out-of-service time is provided on a rig-by-rig basis. A preliminary review of anticipated projects indicates approximately 1,306 days of planned out-of-service time in 2015, compared with 1,845 days in 2014. Total out-of-service days are aggregated by asset class in the Fleet Status Report. Since the prior report, estimated 2014 out-of-service time increased by a net 105 days, including 59 days associated with contract preparation on the Transocean Marianas.
The report can be accessed on the company’s website at www.deepwater.com.
The statements described in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements which could be made include, but are not limited to, estimated duration of customer contracts, contract dayrate amounts, future contract commencement dates and locations, planned shipyard projects and other out-of-service time, and sales of drilling units. These include but are not limited to operating hazards and delays, risks associated with international operations, actions by customers and other third parties, the future prices of oil and gas and other factors, including those discussed in the company’s most recent Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and in the company’s other filings with the SEC, which are available, without charge, on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or the other consequences of such a development worsen, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the company or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to these risks and uncertainties. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All non-GAAP financial measure reconciliations to the most comparative GAAP measure are displayed in quantitative schedules on the company’s website at www.deepwater.com.
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Transocean is a leading international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells. The company specializes in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business with a particular focus on deepwater and harsh environment drilling services, and believes that it operates one of the most versatile offshore drilling fleets in the world.
Transocean owns or has partial ownership interests in, and operates a fleet of, 78 mobile offshore drilling units consisting of 46 high-specification floaters (ultra-deepwater, deepwater and harsh-environment drilling rigs), 21 midwater floaters and 11 high-specification jackups. In addition, the company has nine ultra-deepwater drillships and five high-specification jackups under construction.
For more information about Transocean, please visit the company’s website at www.deepwater.com.