Rig: Tungsten Explorer

Name Tungsten Explorer
Owner Vantage Driller VI Co.
Manager Vantage Drilling Company
Rig Type Drillship
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 10000
Max Drill Depth (ft) 40000
Dimensions (ft) 781 x 137 x 62
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country Lebanon
Region Middle East

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type AKMH Wirth GH 9000 EG
Drawworks HP 9000
Mud Pumps Type AKMH Wirth TPK 2200
Top Drive Aker Maritime Hydraulics MDDM-1250-AC-2M
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2500000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design DSME
Rig Model 12000
Year Built 2013
Country of Build South Korea
Yard Name Okpo Shipyard
Group Yard Name Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Ready Stacked
Operator Eni SPA

Rig Images


19 Feb 2016

Vantage Drilling International Announces Agreement for Tungsten Explorer

Vantage Drilling International ("Vantage" or the "Company") announced today that it had signed an agreement for a two-year extension of the Tungsten Explorer contract. The contract is now anticipated to keep the Tungsten Explorer working until October 2018. Paul Bragg, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to announce this agreement with our customer. This agreement will provide visibility to cash flow for an extended period of time."

10 Oct 2014

Sputnik-1 well deemed non-commercial by Perenco

Perenco today issued the following operational update for the Arouwe block offshore Gabon. The company announced that the Sputnik-1 well, targeting a pre-salt structure in Gabon’s offshore Arouwe block, has encountered non-commercial hydrocarbon pay in up to 300 metres of net sandstone reservoir. The Vantage’ Tungsten Explorer’ drillship, drilled Sputnik-1 to a final depth of 4,868 metres in water depths of 1,023 metres. The rig will now leave the Arouwe block and the results of this well will be incorporated into wider understanding of the region.”

22 Jan 2013

Vantage Drilling newbuild drillship awarded two year contract

Vantage Drilling Company today announced that they have secured a lucrative US$468 million contract for their newbuild ‘Tungsten Explorer’ drillship, which is still under construction at Daewoo’s shipyard in South Korea. The contract is for a firm period of 2 years with an as yet unreleased operator for drilling operations in West Africa, and comes with four 6-month options for extension of the contract. The unit is due for delivery from the shipyard in Q2 2013, and Vantage hope to gain additional work for the unit before it begins this contract.

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