Hercules Offshore has received a new contract from Apache to take jackup Hercules 214, with the rig now under tow to location in Main Pass Block 68. Upon completion, the jackup will enter a yet-to-be-named shipyard for a 45-day ABS inspection. Jackup Hercules 150 completed a contract with Hilcorp Energy late last week, and the rig has just arrived on location in Eugene Island Block 28 for the start of a one-well contract with Rooster Petroleum. Work is scheduled to last around 25 days, making the rig next available in the second half of September.
Operations for ENI US Operating with semi ENSCO 8500 in Green Canyon Block 517 have ended, and the rig is now in East Breaks Block 602, where it is undergoing BOP modifications. Work is expected to take about 60 days, after which the rig will remain in the block for two wells with Anadarko Petroleum in the Nansen field. The rig is operating under a five-year rig sharing agreement between ENI and Anadarko that runs to August 2013. Reports continue to circulate that newbuild drillship ENSCO DS-3 will have a sublet contract signed shortly that will take it out of the US Gulf of Mexico, likely to West Africa. Details will be reported once a formal agreement is in place. The rig began its five-year contract with BP on June 1, 2011, but has been on standby in the South Timbalier area since then, waiting on BOEMRE permit approvals.
Transocean, Ltd. announced Ricardo H. Rosa has been named Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer; Arnaud A.Y. Bobillier has been named Executive Vice-President, Operations Integrity, and Ihab Toma has been named Executive Vice-President, Operations.
Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a six month contract by Chevron Australia Pty., Ltd. for the Atwood Eagle. With this contract, the firm contractual commitments for the Atwood Eagle are expected to extend through July 2012. The day rate will be approximately $370,000.