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Newbuild Bolette Dolphin Drillship Unveils in South Korea

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Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling Ltd., an independent drilling contracting companies in the North Sea, announced that it attended a naming ceremony recently to unveil the identity of a brand new state-of-the-art drillship to be operated by the company.

The ceremony for the 751 feet long ultra deepwater asset - known as Bolette Dolphin - took place at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, where it is currently being built.

The drillship, designed for efficient deepwater drilling and completion activity, will start work for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation later this year and has been contracted for a four year international campaign.

“The naming ceremony of the Bolette Dolphin hails a key step in the company’s strategic development with a deep water focus, directly in line with industry demands as exploration and production continues to push to ever deeper depths. The ship marks a significant investment for the Group and will be one of the most advanced deepwater drillships in the market," Graeme Murray, managing director at Dolphin Drilling Ltd, who attended the ceremony with his colleagues, said.

“Equipped to operate within 12,000 feet of water, with a maximum drilling depth of 40,000 feet, we are confident it will deliver favourable results for Anadarko and its major exploration campaign."

“The Bolette Dolphin will stand Dolphin Drilling in great stead helping ensure our long term future as we continue to drive forward our vision of being the preferred drilling contractor for the operation of mobile drilling units.”

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