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Rowan Finds New Work For Rowan Viking

Apr. 03, 2018 8:04 PM ETRowan Companies plc (RDC)10 Comments
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Vladimir Zernov


  • Rowan announces new contract for jack-up Rowan Viking.
  • Not surprisingly, the new contract is in the North Sea, the only vibrant segment of the offshore drilling market.
  • The stock will remain volatile for the time being, although the longer-term prospects of the company appear sound.

Rowan (NYSE:RDC) just announced that it has found work for its jack-up Rowan Viking. This ultra-harsh environment jack-up was awarded a five-well program by Shell (RDS.A) (RDS.B) for plugging and abandonment work in the Goldeneye platform in the Central North Sea.

Rowan stated that the work will begin in June 2018 and will continue for approximately 100 days. The dayrate is undisclosed. Currently, the rig is on contract with Lundin in Norway at a dayrate of $219,000 and is scheduled to finish work by June 2018.

Rowan Viking

Currently, Rowan has five jack-ups in the North Sea: Rowan Norway, Rowan Stavanger, Rowan Viking (all three belong to N-Class) and two Super Gorilla jack-ups Rowan Gorilla V and Rowan Gorilla VII.

As I outlined in my recent “supply fundamentals” series, the North Sea is the only true bright spot in the offshore drilling market both on the jack-up and the floater side. With most of Paragon’s rigs soon to be retired by Borr Drilling, the list of available jack-ups is not that big:

Source: author’s work, InfieldRigs

Keep in mind that Rowan Stavanger will be working for Repsol Norge for approximately 150 days with estimated commencement between September – November 2018 followed by priced options.

In my opinion, the marketplace in the North Sea is slowly getting tighter, and Rowan stands to benefit from this trend as it has modern, high-spec rigs available in the region. Currently, main competitors are Borr Drilling and Maersk.

The new contract is a good development at times when all drillers’ shares are under pressure. Rowan shares have lost a lot of ground since the beginning of the year and are down more than 25% year to date. Part of the reason for this poor performance is that Rowan shares started the year at a relatively high level, near $17.

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