SUGAR LAND, Texas -- Noble Corp. has taken delivery of a new high-specification jackup drilling rig built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. in Dalian, People's Republic of China.
TheNoble Roger Lewis, the first of three such rigs being built for the company, is in transit to its inaugural drilling assignment in Qatar, where it will work under contract to Shell.
TheNoble Roger Lewis was built based on the proven F&G JU-2000E design, which includes enhanced environmental protection, safety, and drilling efficiency features.
"With the delivery of theNoble Roger Lewis, the company has successfully added both a high-specification jackup and an ultra deepwater semisubmersible, the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, to our fleet this year," says David W. Williams, Noble COO. "These additions, as well as the units we expect to take delivery of in 2008 and 2009, continue to enhance our asset and revenue base and further strengthen our ability to serve our customers."
TheNoble Roger Lewis is designed to operate in water depths to 400 ft (122 m) and is equipped to drill wells in high-pressure/high-temperature environments to 30,000 ft (9,144 m).
Compared to many other jackups, the Noble Roger Lewis has more deck space, higher variable load, more drilling capacity, greater cantilever reach, and accommodations for a
greater number of personnel, Noble says.
Noble's premium jackup fleet now includes 17 drilling units, the company says.