Noble contracts two new jackup rigs

Noble Corp has contracted the construction of two high-specification, heavy-duty, harsh environment jackup rigs by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.

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ZUG, Switzerland – Noble Corp has contracted the construction of two high-specification, heavy-duty, harsh environment jackup rigs by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. The rigs are scheduled for delivery 4Q 2012 and 2Q 2013 at a cost of $220 million each. The contract also contains options for up to four additional units which must be exercised by Jan. 1, 2012.

The Friede & Goldman JU3000N design is an enhanced evolution of the JU2000E design. The rigs, which are approximately 231 ft (40 m) long and 270 ft (82 m) wide, will be able to operate in water depths up to 400 ft (122 m) and drill to depths of 30,000 ft (9,144 m). The rigs will each have a 75-ft (23-m) cantilever, 2.5 million pounds of hook load capacity, a high capacity mud circulating system, and a 15,000 psi BOP system. The units are capable of off-line pipe handling and offer accommodations for up to 150 people.

12/21/2010

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