Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced the following:
$1.35 billion Bank Facility
The Company announced that it has received firm commitments from lenders for a $1.35 billion syndicated secured term loan to partially finance the construction costs of the Ocean Rig Mylos, the Ocean Rig Skyros and the Ocean Rig Athena. This facility has a 5 year term, and approximately an 11 year repayment profile. The facility bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin. Lead banks are DNB Bank and Nordea Bank supported by several other commercial lenders. Also participating in this financing are export credit agencies Garanti-Instituttet for Eksportkreditt (GIEK), Export Credit Norway and the Import-Export Bank of Korea (KEXIM).
This agreement is subject to definitive documentation which the Company expects to complete in the first quarter of 2013.
Contract Award for the Eirik Raude
Ocean Rig has entered into definitive documentation for one of its semi-submersible drilling rigs, the Eirik Raude, with a major oil company. The drilling contract is for a firm four-well program plus options, with an estimated duration of about 12 months, for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of about $217 million, including mobilization and demobilization. The rig is scheduled to commence this contract in the second half of 2013, in direct continuation of its previous contract in Ireland.