Rowan Announces Contracts to Build Two 12,000 Foot Drillships, Ships will Cost $605M Each
Rowan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RDC) announced today that a subsidiary has entered into turnkey contracts for the construction of two ultra-deepwater drillships with a cost of approximately $605 million each. The drillships will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. at its Ulsan shipyard, and are expected to be delivered in late 2013 and mid-2014.
Matt Ralls, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our long-stated strategy has been to focus on and diversify our offshore drilling business, and we are excited to take this first step into the ultra-deepwater sector. This investment will expand the breadth of Rowan's drilling services and enable us to address significant market and customer opportunities in the deepwater arena."
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