Seadrill Awarded Deepwater Contract for West Sirius

Monday, October 16, 2006
Reference is made to the Letter of Intent disclosed to the Oslo Stock Exchange September 7, 2006 regarding the assignment awarded the deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig West Sirius. Seadrill today confirms that the operator Devon Energy Corporation has signed the long-term contract to utilize the West Sirius in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract includes a four year assignment with the option for the operator to extend the contract to five or six years. Estimated contract value for the four year period is approximately $ 690m. West Sirius is currently under construction at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore and is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter 2008.

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