ABB selected to deliver power solutions to Ocean Rig’s new drillships

9 September, 2014 – Drilling vessels of new joint Ocean Rig/SHI design will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries’ Goeje shipyard in South Korea.

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, has secured an order to deliver total power solutions to Ocean Rig’s two seventh generation new integrated design mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) that is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) at Goeje shipyard in Korea. The contract includes an option to extend the delivery to two additional vessels.

ABB’s scope of delivery to the ultra deep water (UDW) drillships includes total power and propulsion solutions for drilling and propulsion, system engineering and project management, calculations, analysis and interface coordination and site management and commissioning service. The drilling vessels will be delivered to Ocean Rig in 2017.

“Samsung Heavy Industries has established itself as the leading builder of drillships by delivering high-tech vessels of unmatched quality. This contract continues our long and successful relationship with SHI – with the latest order included, ABB have delivered marine solutions to over 60 drillships built by SHI”, says Heikki Soljama, head of ABB’s business unit Marine and Cranes.

“We always strive for optimal operational efficiency from the moment we start designing a new vessel. Modern fleet that features state of the art technology gives us a competitive edge,” says David Cusiter, VP Engineering and Projects from Ocean Rig.

With the latest order included, 11 of Ocean Rig’s drillships feature ABB’s integrated marine solutions.

“ABB has a long history of bringing new solutions to the market by combining state-of-the-art technologies with deep understanding of the different industries. By working closely with our customers, we can match our competence with market requirements and translate them into tangible benefits to our customers,” Soljama adds.

About Ocean Rig

Ocean Rig is an international offshore drilling contractor providing oilfield services for offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production drilling, and specializing in the ultra-deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the offshore drilling industry. The company owns and operates 13 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 11 ultra deepwater drillships, 1 of which is scheduled to be delivered to the Company during 2015, 1 of which is scheduled to be delivered to the Company during 2016 and 2 of which are scheduled to be delivered during 2017.

About ABB

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people

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