No Noble rigs damaged by Hurricane Harvey

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has informed that none of its warm stacked and working rigs have been damaged due to Hurricane Harvey that recently hit the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

In its post-Hurricane Harvey fleet status update on Tuesday, Noble said that its Gulf of Mexico fleet consists of three contracted units, three warm stacked units, and three cold-stacked rigs.

The company reported that four of the contracted or warm stacked units were safely relocated without incident ahead of the storm to other areas of the Gulf of Mexico, while the other two contracted or warm stacked units remained at their existing locations and sustained no damage.

The company’s three contracted units have already resumed normal operations and remained on rate during the storm, while the three warm stacked units are currently at a temporary location pending further plans for relocation, Noble reported.

When it comes to the three cold stacked rigs, an assessment will be conducted in due course but no significant damage is expected.

While Noble did not reveal names of its Gulf of Mexico rigs, according to its fleet status report from mid-August, two of its drillships, Noble Tom Madden and Noble Sam Croft, have been warm stacked in the Gulf of Mexico since 2016.

When it comes to cold stacking, the status report from August revealed that three semi-submersibles were Noble Jim Day, Noble Danny Adkins, and Noble Amos Runner, were stacked in the Gulf.

Further, the driller has the Noble Don Taylor drillship working for Shell in the Gulf under a contract which ends in late February 2019. Shell also has Noble Globetrotter I drillship under contract in the Gulf. The semi-sub rig Noble Paul Romano is also working in the Gulf. The rig is under contract with Hess which expires in late December 2017.


Offshore Energy Today Staff

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