Rig: Development Driller III

Name Development Driller III
Owner GSF Leasing Services GmbH
Manager Transocean Partners
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 7500
Max Drill Depth (ft) 37500
Dimensions (ft)
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Trinidad
Region Latin America

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco AHD-1000
Drawworks HP 6900
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 14-P-220 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco HPS-1000
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Gusto MSC
Rig Model DSS 51
Year Built 2009
Country of Build Singapore
Yard Name Pioneer Yard I
Group Yard Name Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Ready Stacked
Operator --

Rig Images


7 Feb 2009

Keppel FELS completes proprietary DSS™ 51 semi for Transocean

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has completed Transocean’s Development Driller III, an ultra-deepwater drilling rig built to Keppel’s proprietary DSSTM 51 semisubmersible (semi) design. The Development Driller III is designed to construct wells as deep as 11,430 metres (37,500 feet) wells and operate in water depths of up to 2,286 metres (7,500ft), upgradable to 12,192 metres (40,000 feet) and 3,048 metres (10,000 feet), respectively. Mr Robert L. Long, CEO of Transocean, said, “Through our collaborative effort with Keppel FELS, Development Driller III will soon be ready for deployment by our customer BP in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. We are looking forward to provide BP with the safest and most effective offshore drilling possible.”

3 Mar 2006

Keppel secures US$270 million contract from GlobalSantaFe

Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS) has secured a contract with GlobalSantaFe Corporation (GSF) to build an ultra-deepwater drilling rig for US$270 million. Under the contract agreement, GSF will supply the drilling and sub-sea equipment while Keppel FELS provides the design, engineering and construction of the hull as well as the accommodation quarters for 180 men and marine equipment. The rig, to be named the GSF Development Driller III, is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2009. GSF has chosen to build the state-of-the-art semisubmersible (semi) to the proprietary design, DSS-51, jointly designed and developed by Keppel’s Deepwater Technology Group (DTG) and Marine Structure Consultants (MSC).

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