The Pacific Bora is a Ultra Deepwater drillship that’s dynamically-positioned and was constructed in 2010 at the Samsung Heavy Industries Shipyard in South Korea. Built to handle both moderate and harsh climate conditions, it has a Samsung 10,000 double hull design and can potentially accommodate a crew of 200 people.
One of seven ships in the Pacific Drilling fleet, the Bora was the first of the sister ships to be put in operation. Following the next year were the Mistral, Scirocco and the Santa Ana, with the Khamsin, Sharav and Meltem rounding out the fleet.
With a drilling depth of between 35,000 to a maximum of 37,500 feet, the Liberia-flagged Pacific Bora offers increased thruster capacity as well as four HP pumps with 7,500psi. This drillship is 748 feet long, offers a breadth of 137 feet and has a maximum speed of 12 knots. It uses a 21-inch OD main drilling riser and an 18 ¾-inch BOP, and can operate in water depths of up to 10,000 feet.
The Pacific Bora was officially put into service in 2011, working for the Chevron subsidiary, Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited. Its base of operations over the course of the following three years was in Nigeria’s Agbami Field. Once that original contract was completed, it was extended for two more years at a day rate of $586,000.
For a period of approximately three months following completion of the contract, the Pacific Bora remained stacked near the city of Lagos. However, in November 2016, it was contracted by Hyperdynamics for a campaign that will be based off the coast of another African nation, Guinea.
Located in the region of the Atlantic Transform Margin, the Pacific Bora will begin drilling operations during the second quarter of 2017 at a day rate of $225,000.