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Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) reports that the deepwater drillship Pacific Sharav has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling.

The Pacific Sharav is an upgraded dual-load-path, Samsung-12000-design, dynamically positioned drillship, specially modified to accept a dual gradient drilling system, and able to operate in moderate environments and water depths up to 12,000 ft (3,658 m).

“The addition of the Pacific Sharav as Chevron’s fifth drillship in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico confirms our consistent exploration and development drilling program in the area,” said Jeff Shellebarger, president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co. “Chevron subsidiaries are among the top lease holders in the Gulf of Mexico, and the area continues to be a key enabler in our growth plans, which includes our Jack/St. Malo project, due to come online this year.”

The Pacific Sharav has begun operations in the Keathley Canyon area.