Rig: Valaris 8500

Name Valaris 8500
Owner Valaris PLC
Manager Valaris PLC
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 8500
Max Drill Depth (ft) 35000
Dimensions (ft) 309 x 225 x 95
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country --
Region --

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco ADS 30Q
Drawworks HP 6000
Mud Pumps Type Lewco W-2215 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-1000
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design ENSCO
Rig Model 8500
Year Built 2008
Country of Build Singapore
Yard Name Pioneer Yard I
Group Yard Name Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Retired


9 Jun 2009

New ENSCO 8500 Ultra-Deepwater Semisubmersible Drilling Rig Starts Operations Under Contract with Anadarko and Eni

Ensco International Incorporated (NYSE: ESV) announced today that the ENSCO 8500, the first of seven new ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs in the ENSCO 8500 Series®, has commenced operations in the Gulf of Mexico under a four-year contract with Anadarko and Eni. Chairman, President and CEO Dan Rabun commented, “Over the past several years, we strategically have committed more than $3 billion to the expansion of our ultra-deepwater fleet to better serve the needs of our customers. Today, we achieved a milestone in the implementation phase of the ENSCO 8500 Series® deepwater initiative with the commencement of operations by ENSCO 8500 under a long-term drilling contract signed in September 2005.” Mr. Rabun added, “Our ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs complement our premium jackup fleet and will become a progressively larger segment of Ensco’s total rig fleet around the world.”

23 Sep 2005

Keppel FELS partners ENSCO to build a cost-efficient ultra-deepwater semi

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has secured a contract to build a cost-efficient semisubmersible drilling platform, ENSCO 8500, for a subsidiary of ENSCO International Incorporated (ENSCO). The total project value is approximately US$312 million and is expected to be completed in 32 months. ENSCO has secured for ENSCO 8500 a drilling contract with a consortium of three independent oil companies for operation in the Gulf of Mexico. This agreement is for a four-year primary term with an option for the extension of the term.

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