Contract for Ultra-Deepwater Rig Sedco Express

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced that a subsidiary of Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) has awarded a 455-day contract for the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rig Sedco Express. Estimated contracted revenues related to the 455-day contract term are approximately $241m. Estimated contract revenues represent the maximum amount of revenues that may be earned in the firm contract period, excluding revenues for mobilization, cost escalations, customer reimbursed equipment and miscellaneous adjustments. The contract term is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2010 following the completion of the rig's current contract, maintenance work and mobilization.

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