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Transocean (RIG) Secures Major Contract Extensions Worth $161M

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Transocean Ltd. (RIG - Free Report) has secured new contract extensions for three of its harsh environment semisubmersible rigs — Transocean Spitsbergen, Transocean Norge and Transocean Endurance. The new deals contribute approximately $161 million in firm contract backlog.

The Transocean Spitsbergen received a three-well contract extension in Norway from Equinor. The rig has been contracted by Equinor since November 2023. The extension with Equinor should contribute around $72 million in firm backlog, excluding additional services and including options to embrace six additional wells. The extension is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2025 in continuation with the rig’s current contract.  

The Transocean Norge has been awarded a contract extension with Wintershall Dea for three wells. The extension is expected to contribute approximately $71 million in contract backlog, excluding additional services. The program, estimated to last for 140 days, is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2028 in direct continuation with the current program.

The third semisubmersible Transocean Endurance was contracted by Woodside Energy by exercising its second option for the rig. The contract extension includes an estimated 45-day well, which should contribute approximately $18 million to Transocean’s contract backlog. The program is scheduled to commence in continuation with the rig’s current program.

Transocean believes that the high-specification harsh environment market’s outlook remains positive. The company’s confidence in the market is underscored by the advance contracting of rigs for up to four years by its customers.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Currently, RIG carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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