Noble wins new contracts for 7th generation drillships


Noble Corporation has won contracts with Shell and Petrobras, respectively, for two of its 7th-generation drillships.

Shell has contracted Noble Voyager to drill a deepwater exploration well offshore Mauritania. The drillship is currently operating for the energy giant offshore Mexico.

The new contract has an estimated duration of 60 days at an undisclosed day rate, includes mobilization and demobilization fees, and includes options to extend the duration by up to 24 additional months.

According to Noble, the activities are expected to commence in continuation of the drillship’s current contract with Shell.

In addition, Petrobras has awarded a long-term contract for the ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Faye Kozack for operations at the BM-S-11 and Tupi fields offshore Brazil. The drillship is currently operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The contract has a firm duration of two and a half years, with expected commencement in the fourth quarter of the year. It is valued at approximately $500 million including a mobilization fee and additional services provided.

“We are delighted to have secured this contract which will see a Noble drillship reenter Brazilian waters and marks our first collaboration with Petrobras in many years,” said Robert Eifler, President and CEO of Noble Corporation.

“Brazil is one of the most exciting deepwater markets in the world right now, not least due to Petrobras’ ambitious plans to further develop Brazilian hydrocarbons supply. We look forward to delivering safe and efficient operations on this long-term work scope.”


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