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    Upgrade for Ocean Baroness

    Vessel & ROV News // August 11, 2000
    Diamond Offshore Drilling has reached an agreement with Keppel FELS Limited, Singapore for a significant upgrade of the company's semi-submersible Ocean Baroness.

    The planned deepwater 'fifth generation' upgrade will be a greatly enhanced version of the company's highly successful Victory-class upgrades.

    Initial outfitting will include stability enhancements and self-contained chain/wire mooring for operation in water depths of up to 6,000ft with approximately 6,200 tons operating variable deck load, 15,000psi blowout preventers and riser with a multiplex control system.

    Additional features including a high capacity deck crane, significantly enlarged cellar deck area and a 25ft by 90ft moonpool will provide enhanced subsea completion and development capabilities.

    The cost of the deepwater upgrade is estimated to be approximately $180 million and will take approximately 18 months, including mobilisation to the shipyard.

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