Ensco and Dupont flout ONGC's 'Integrity Pact'

Vol 20, PW 8 (12 Jan 17) Exploration & Production

Ensco Maritime and Dupont Maritime are expected to be disqualified in ONGC's tender for two dynamically positioned (DP) deepwater drillships and one anchor-moored semisubmersible that has attracted huge interest.

Dupont offered Ensco DS-3 and Ensco DS-5 by the December 20 deadline in Category-I where ONGC wants two drillships to drill in water depths of 1500 metres. Ensco offered Ensco 8500 and Ensco 8501.

"Dupont Maritime is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensco," says a source. And according to ONGC's Integrity Pact, he adds, a parent company is barred from bidding in the same tender as its wholly-owned subsidiary.

"This is to avoid cartels," we hear. "All bidders sign the Integrity Pact." Ten other rigs were offered under Category-I by seven other bidders.

Dynamic Drilling offered Noble Bully-I and Noble Bully-II; Drillship Kythnos Owners offered Ocean Rig Athena; Seadrill offered Sevan Driller; Transocean offered Deepwater Millennium, Discoverer India and Discoverer Luanda; Universal Energy Resources offered SSV Louisiana; Vantage International offered Platinum Explorer and Queiroz Galvao Oleo Gas offered Alpha Star. In Category-II, ONGC wants a single anchor-moored semisubmersible to drill in water depths of 600 metres.

Transocean offered Transocean Marianas; Japan Drilling offered Hakuryu-5 and Queiroz Galvao Oleo Gas offered Olinda Star. ONGC wants to complete technical evaluation by February so it can open price bids and award the contract in March for east coast deployment.

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