Noble rigs weather Dean without mishap

Noble Corp. has surveyed the company's fleet of eight drilling units operating in waters off Mexico and concluded that no damage resulted from Hurricane Dean.

Offshore staff

SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Noble Corp. has surveyed the company's fleet of eight drilling units operating in waters off Mexico and concluded that no damage resulted from Hurricane Dean.

Noble, along with its customer Pemex, evacuated approximately 685 workers, contractors, and third-party personnel from its rigs in Mexico's Bay of Campeche prior
to the hurricane's arrival.

Crew return was completed on Sunday, Aug. 26, Noble says. Two of the company's jackups normally working offshore Mexico were in U.S. shipyards undergoing upgrades and maintenance at the time of the storm. These rigs are scheduled to return to service in September and October.

"Our first priority in any major storm is to safely evacuate our personnel and secure our
rigs to protect the environment," says David W. Williams, Noble COO. "Now, our focus is on resuming normal operations."

8/27/2007

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