Responding to the high level of customer demand driven by an ongoing trend of successful offshore discoveries, Ensco has ordered a new advanced-capability, ultra-deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea. The vessel, ENSCO DS-8, will be the sixth Samsung DP3 drillship in the Ensco fleet, extending the benefits of Ensco's fleet standardization strategy. It is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2014.
The contract also includes options for two additional drillships of the same design. The fleet expansion will extend Ensco's advantage of operating the newest ultra-deepwater fleet among global drilling contractors.