Petrobras Leases 80% of Deep Water Drilling Rigs

Posted by Bull Bear Trader | 5/15/2008 12:49:00 PM | , | 1 comments »

Bloomberg is reporting how Petrobras (PBR), the state-owned Brazilian oil company, has leased around 80% of the world's deep water offshore drilling oil rigs. The rigs can drill in water approaching 10,000 feet in depth. Currently, the world has a supply of 21 such rigs that are capable of such depths.

Given the need for increased supply to meet current demand (which is slightly outstripping supply), producers are moving to more deep water exploration. While placing rigs under contract can be expensive, it can also give Petrobras a strategic advantage. Not only will they have more ability to tap resources that may end up being extensive, the company is also forcing competitors to pay higher rents for available rigs, in some cases as much as $50,000 more per day. The contract rates Petrobras currently has in place range from $410,000 to $580,000 per day. Truly amazing. Who is the big winner? Possibly Transocean (RIG), the world's largest offshore driller. Petrobras is attempting to extend its leases with Transocean 3 years beyond current expiration dates.


  1. billtq // August 19, 2008 at 2:12 AM

    Transocean Drilling sym RIG is one of the major deepwater drilling Companies hired by Petrogras in the new Tupi oil find off the coast of Brazil. Does anyone know of another large DW driller being used for the exploration there?