Pacific Drilling Receives New Drillship Pacific Santa Ana

Pacific Drilling S.A. announced Tuesday it has received delivery of its newest drillship, the Pacific Santa Ana.

The drillship features the most advanced drilling technology in the offshore drilling industry, including dual load path capability and dual gradient drilling upgrades. The Pacific Santa Ana is capable of operating in water depths of up to 12,000 feet and drilling wells 40,000 feet deep.

"We are very proud to announce the delivery of the Pacific Santa Ana. This drillship incorporates the newest advances in offshore drilling technology and is the first ultra-deepwater rig equipped for dual gradient drilling, an innovation that is expected to provide significant benefits in drilling safety and efficiency," Pacific Drilling CEO Chris Beckett said. "The delivery of the Pacific Santa Ana, the fourth rig in our fleet, completes the first phase of Pacific Drilling's growth strategy to become the industry's preferred ultra-deepwater drilling contractor."

Pacific Drilling's fleet of six ultra-deepwater drillships represents one of the youngest and most technologically advanced fleets in the world. The company currently operates four recently delivered drillships and has two additional drillships on order at Samsung to be delivered in 2013.


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