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Maersk Drilling in play in global race for drilling rig ships

Maersk Drilling is up against a list of major international players in the oil industry involving the deliveries of drilling rig ships for production in deep water. About 80 advanced drilling rigs have been ordered from shipyards around the world and the fleet has doubled in a couple of years.

Maersk Drilling is up against a list of major international players within the oil industry involving the deliveries of drilling rig ships for production in deep water, in which the major share of future oil and gas resources will be extracted. Not least in the waters off the coast of Brazil and West Africa where the demand for these ships is tremendous.

Currently, Maersk Drilling has four drilling ships under construction at the Samsung shipyard in South Korea, corresponding to a total investment of about USD 2.6 billion and with delivery in 2013 and 2014. The first two of these ships have been secured contracts with the oil company Exxon as well as ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil respectively.

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