Pacific Drilling today announced it has entered into a Letter of Intent with Chevron USA, Inc. for the ultra-deepwater drillship Pacific Santa Ana to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Pacific Santa Ana drillship will provide Chevron and Pacific Drilling the opportunity to develop and deploy Dual Gradient Drilling technology during its activities in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Pacific Santa Ana, under construction in South Korea, represents the height of current drilling technology, with capabilities to operate in up to 12,000 feet water depth and drill to over 35,000 feet well depth.
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