Sembcorp Marine Delivers World’s First Eighth-Generation Drillship

Sembcorp Marine Ltd (the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”, or “Sembcorp Marine”) has completed the delivery of the world’s first eighth-generation drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, for Transocean’s subsidiary Triton Atlas GmBH (“Transocean”).

Completing Deepwater Atlas marks a key milestone in Sembcorp Marine’s offshore construction track record. The vessel’s successful delivery is a testament to the Group’s proven capabilities in providing innovative and pioneering solutions.

Deepwater Atlas is the first of two ultra-deepwater drillships based on the Group’s proprietary Jurong Espadon 3T design. The completed drillship features a three-million-pound hook-load hoisting capacity. It sets a new frontier for next-generation drillships with its ability to accommodate well control systems for 20,000 psi (pounds per square inch) drilling and completion operations.

Deepwater Atlas
Deepwater Atlas – the world’s first eighth-generation drillship – is the first of two state–of–the–art drillships built for Transocean based on a proprietary design developed by Sembcorp Marine. Image Credit: Transocean.

Capable of operating at 12,000 feet water depth and drilling to depths of 40,000 feet, Deepwater Atlas represents a breakthrough in the industry with leading-edge capabilities for enhanced operational safety, efficiency and performance. With the capacity to accommodate a crew of 220, the drillship is designed and equipped to optimise fuel consumption and lower emissions to support the industry’s commitment to reducing carbon footprint.

Sembcorp Marine Head of Rigs and Floaters, Mr William Gu, said, “We are very pleased to achieve the delivery of Deepwater Atlas and to set many record firsts in the process. It gives us great pride to have designed and built for Transocean, the world’s first eighth-generation drillship of the highest industry specification, complete with a three-million-pound hook-load and breakthrough capabilities for 20,000 psi drilling operations.”

Key representatives
Key representatives of Transocean and Sembcorp Marine commemorating the successful delivery of Deepwater Atlas Image Credit: SCM.

Mr Wong Weng Sun, Sembcorp Marine President & CEO, said, “Sembcorp Marine’s continuous investments in innovation and technology development over the years have enabled the Group to move up the value chain to develop industry-leading designs and solutions. We are very pleased to partner with Transocean to raise the bar for the design and build of the next generation ultra-deepwater drillships.”

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