Rolls-Royce receives orders for drilling-ship thrusters

Power systems provider Rolls-Royce has announced orders worth more than £100m to supply propulsion systems for offshore construction and drilling vessels.

The ships will be built at shipyards in Asia for a range of ship owners, including Sea Drill, Pacific Drilling, Noble, Ocean Rig and Pride.

They will carry out drilling operations in deep water oil and gas fields.

Each ship will feature multiple thrusters, which will be used to propel the vessels to and from drill sites and also to maintain their position during drilling operations.