Pride International, Inc. announced on friday that the company has reached agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries, Ltd. to extend Pride’s option for the construction of a sixth ultra-deepwater drillship by 30 days. The extension of the option period does not impact the estimated unit construction cost or delivery schedule determined in December 2010, upon the order by Pride of a fifth ultra-deepwater drillship. The option may be exercised by the company on or before April 30, 2011, unless further extended on mutually agreed terms.
Pride International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, operates a fleet of 26 mobile offshore drilling units, consisting primarily of floating rigs (semisubmersibles and drillships) that address deepwater drilling programs around the world. The company has one of the youngest and most technologically advanced deepwater drilling fleets in the offshore industry, with five drillships, including three delivered since the beginning of 2010, six semisubmersible rigs and two managed deepwater rigs. Two additional deepwater drillships are currently under construction with expected deliveries in 2011 and 2013. The company’s fleet also includes six other semisubmersible rigs and seven jackup rigs. Pride International’s floating rig fleet operates primarily offshore Brazil and West Africa where the company has a long-standing presence.
Statements regarding planned shipyard projects and expected shipyard deliveries, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions identified above or as disclosed from time to time in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these factors, actual results may differ materially from those indicated or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Source: PrideInternational, April 4, 2011.