21 June 2012

noble drilling services inc stations its "noble bully 1" ultra-deepwater drillship in gulf of mexico

click picture to enlargenoble bully 1
hull was built by the shanghai, china shipyard. outfitting and completion was done by keppel shipyard in singapore
photo source: noble drilling services, inc., publicity still

offshore magazine excerpt:
HOUSTON – Shell and Noble Corp. have brought the Noble Bully 1 drillship into the Gulf of Mexico from Singapore to complete commissioning and acceptance testing.

The first of two, the rig was designed jointly by Shell and Noble and can be equipped to drill in 10,000 ft (3,048 m) of water.

The first operations are scheduled for Shell’s Mars B "Olympus" development [located approximately 130-miles south of New Orleans].

The Noble Bully II is expected to begin operations early next year in Brazil. ~ read more