Spetalen’s Standard ETC buys into Dolphin Drilling

Øystein Stray Spetalen-controlled S.D. Standard ETC, formerly known as Standard Drilling, has acquired a 25% stake in Norwegian semisub rig owner Dolphin Drilling for $10m through an equity issue.

The deal includes warrants to invest an additional $5m, bringing the total ownership up to 32.5 %. Spetalen and Martin Nes will join the board of directors of Dolphin Drilling, with Nes proposed as chairman.

Formerly known as Fred Olsen Energy, Dolphin Drilling owns and operates three rigs and employs approximately 350 people at operational bases in Aberdeen, Scotland, Stavanger, Norway, in addition to offshore personnel. Standard ETC controls, directly and indirectly, a fleet of seven PSVs, two large, 100% owned; and five medium-sized PSVs with a 28% ownership interest.

“The current market provides opportunities for debt-free drilling contractors with ready-to-drill assets, and we look forward to working with the Dolphin team to realise the potential of the current fleet and future rig management operations,” said Nes, chairman of Standard ETC.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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