PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Noble Corp. has awarded Signal International a $50 million contract to construct key components for a drillship reliability upgrade program. The agreement covers the first of three Noble drillships scheduled for upgrades.
Signal will fabricate the components at the company's shipyards in Mississippi and Texas. The project will begin in early 2009. Once completed, the components will be shipped to Brazil for installation.
The upgrade and modernization is designed to enhance the reliability and operational performance of the drillships, which are working under long-term contracts with Petrobras.
The project will include equipping the drillships with DP-2 technology, along with new power management systems, generators, and thrusters. This will be accomplished by the fabrication of a new stern section that will house all new generators, switchgear, and thrusters.
Noble also plans for its three drillships to receive new sponsons equipped with additional thrusters, a new accommodations block, and a new heliport. The stern and sponsons will be constructed at Signal's facility in Orange, Texas and the accommodations block and heliports will be built in Pascagoula, Mississippi at Signal's East Bank Yard.