Noble Corporation Announces Sale of Two Jackups for $79 million

       Noble Corporation Announces Sale of Two Jackups for $79 million

PR Newswire

ZUG, Switzerland, Dec. 10, 2012

ZUG, Switzerland, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE)
today reported that it has entered into two separate Definitive Agreements for
the sale of two standard jackup drilling units. The first agreement, for the
300-foot water depth capable jackup Noble Lewis Dugger, is with a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Goimar S.A. de C.V., a private company in Mexico that owns and
operates supply vessels, platform drilling rigs and jackups. This unit is
being sold for $61 million and the closing is expected to occur in early 2013
after the unit has completed its contract with the current customer, PEMEX.

The second agreement is for the sale of the 150-foot water depth capable Noble
Don Walker to Axxis Petroconsultants Limited, a private company in Nigeria
that owns and operates drilling units. The unit has been cold-stacked in
Cameroon since 2009. The purchase price is $18 million, and the closing is
expected in early 2013. Both transactions are subject to customary closing

About Noble Corporation

Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry.
Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a
fleet of 79 offshore drilling units (including five ultra-deepwater rigs and
six jackup drilling rigs currently under construction), located worldwide,
including in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Brazil, the North Sea, the
Mediterranean, West Africa, the Middle East, India and the Asian Pacific.
Noble's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
"NE." Additional information on Noble Corporation is available on the
Company's Web site at

Statements regarding the consummation, timing, effects and proceeds of the
sales, as well as any other statements that are not historical facts in this
release, are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks,
uncertainties and assumptions. These include but are not limited to
satisfaction of closing conditions, operating hazards and delays, risks
associated with operations outside of the U.S., actions by customers and other
third parties, legislation and regulations affecting drilling operations,
factors affecting the level of activity in the oil and gas industry, supply
and demand of drilling rigs, factors affecting the duration of contracts,
delays in the construction of newbuilds, hurricanes and other weather
conditions, the future price of oil and gas and other factors detailed in the
Company's most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q's and other filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or
uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect,
actual results may vary materially from those indicated.

SOURCE Noble Corporation

Contact: For Investors: Jeffrey L. Chastain, Vice President - Investor
Relations & Corporate Communications, Noble Drilling Services Inc.,
281-276-6383; For Media: John S. Breed, Director of Investor Relations &
Corporate Communications, Noble Drilling Services Inc., 281-276-6729
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