HOUSTON, Aug. 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) today announced that Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd has entered into a contract to utilize the Ocean Apex for work on the Northwest Shelf of Australia. The new contract covers two wells and is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2023 in direct continuation of the rig’s prior contract, and combined with previous awards recently announced, results in the Ocean Apex being fully contracted in Australia until late 2024. 

Diamond Offshore also announced it has entered into a contract with BOE Exploration & Production LLC for the Diamond-managed drillship Vela for work in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  The Vela was awarded a contract with a minimum duration of 225 days for a total value of approximately $88 million.  The contract also includes options for up to an additional five to seven wells.  Work under the new contract is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2023.


Diamond Offshore is a leader in offshore drilling, providing innovation, thought leadership and contract drilling services to solve complex deepwater challenges around the globe. Additional information and access to the Company’s SEC filings are available at


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Kevin Bordosky

Senior Director

Investor Relations

(281) 647- 4035


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