Marine Log

April 11, 2006

Jurong to complete Noble Bingo semis

Singapore's Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine has signed an agreement with Noble Drilling to undertake the conversion and outfitting of two of its semi-submersible hulls, Noble Danny Adkins and Noble Bingo 9000 Rig 4.

The two unfinished Bingo 9000 "bare decks" were acquired from Ocean Rig in 2002 and have been cold stacked in China.

A firm contract is expected to be finalized by the third quarter of this year with delivery of the first hull by the first quarter of year 2009.

The first hull, Nobel Danny Adkins left China last week and is under wet tow to Jurong Shipyard where it will be completed to satisfy a firm four-year commitment from Shell received last November to work in the Gulf of Mexico.

When completed, the unit will have accommodations for 200 men and will be capable of drilling to a total depth of 35,000 feet.