Scorpion Offshore Orders Two Rigs

Friday, September 30, 2005
Scorpion Drilling Ltd (Scorpion) has exercised its option to order two additional LeTourneau Super 116 jackups to be built at Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas.

The contract price for the two rigs, excluding Owner Furnished Equipment, is approximately $180 million. The new units represent the third and fourth jackup rigs in Scorpion’s fleet. The first two rigs, which were secured in July 2005, are currently being constructed by Keppel AmFELS. All four units are ultra-premium class jackups suited for both international operations as well as deep gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scorpion has worked with Keppel AmFELS and LeTourneau to secure the following favourable rig delivery schedule: Scorpion also holds one option for Keppel AmFELS to build another comparable rig. This option will expire at end November 2005.

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