In 2008, Pacific Drilling initiated construction of our first four drillships – Pacific Bora, Pacific Scirocco, Pacific Mistral and Pacific Santa Ana. We successfully contracted each of these rigs to international major and national oil companies.
Four rigs are in service, and two additional drillships, Pacific Khamsin and Pacific Sharav, are under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries for delivery in 2013. A seventh drillship, Pacific Meltem, is under construction at Samsung for delivery in May 2014, and an eighth drillship, Pacific Zonda, is under construction at Samsung for delivery in March 2015.
In Fall 2011, we commenced construction of Pacific Khamsin and Pacific Sharav, and in Fall 2012, we commenced construction of Pacific Meltem. In January 2013, we placed an order for Pacific Zonda. Like Pacific Santa Ana, each of these rigs are equipped with latest generation specifications and will be dual-gradient drilling capable. In June 2012, we contracted Pacific Sharav for five years. In November, we contracted Pacific Khamsin for two years.