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Semi Noble Clyde Boudreaux has secured a contract with Shell for the rig to mobilize to Brazil. While completed details are not yet known, it is understood work will begin in February 2011. The rig is currently hot stacked in the US Gulf of Mexico. It had been on a six-month standby period under its contract with Noble and was released on December 12 when the operator opted not to proceed with a new 17-month deal that would have kept the rig working to May 2012.


Jacking system repairs to jackup Seahawk 3000 were completed, and the rig has mobilized to location for Energy XXI (Bermuda), Ltd. in East Cameron Block 334 to begin the first of three contracts. Work is expected to last around 14 days, after which the rig goes to High Island Block A-309 for a 40-day program with Badger Oil Corporation. Upon completion of that work, the rig goes to Arena Energy, LP for a five-well, 120-day contract in East Cameron Block 328 that will keep the rig busy well into June 2011. Seahawk Drilling, Inc.’s other idle but committed jackup, the Seahawk 2001 is likely to remain on standby until sometime in January, as it is now understood that operator ENI will likely not receive permit approval until then. The work in High Island Block A-1 is scheduled to last for 30 days.


Rowan Companies, Inc. has finalized its contract with Apache Corporation for jackup Rowan Gorilla II. The three-well, 90-day program in High Island Block A-376, will begin in January. Apache also extended the contract for jackup Cecil Provine for another well that now keeps that rig busy through next January. Finally, Rowan says jackups Rowan Juneau, Rowan Alaska, and Rowan Louisiana are for sale. The Juneau has been idle since May 2009 and was cold stacked in January 2010. The Alaska has been cold stacked since it became idle in May of this year, and the Louisiana has been stacked since June 2010. It has been slotted since that time to drill a 180-day well in Eugene Island Block 26 with McMoRan Exploration Company, but the operator has been so far unable to secure the drilling permit.


Rowan announced the appointment of Suzanne P. Nimocks to its board of directors. Ms. Nimocks recently retired from McKinsey & Company, Inc.

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