Noble Corporation Provides Update on Alaska-based Drillship Operations

    Noble Corporation Provides Update on Alaska-based Drillship Operations

PR Newswire

ZUG, Switzerland, Dec. 27, 2012

ZUG, Switzerland, Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE)
today announced that it is working cooperatively and diligently to rectify
deficiencies and maintenance issues raised by the U.S. Coast Guard during a
recent inspection of the Company's drillship, the Noble Discoverer. The
inspection followed a successful drilling season in offshore Alaska.

The Coast Guard has identified several components and systems aboard the
Company's drillship for attention, including the ship's propulsion and safety
management systems. In connection with Noble's internal review independent of
the Coast Guard inspection, Noble reported certain other potential regulatory
non-compliance issues that it discovered relating to its operations, including
possible unauthorized collected water discharges outside the period of
drilling operations.

Noble has already resolved a number of the issues with the Noble Discoverer
identified by the Coast Guard and plans to complete the remaining items during
the previously scheduled shipyard stay in Washington. The drillship is
currently being mobilized to the shipyard. Noble and Royal Dutch Shell (the
current customer for the Noble Discoverer), in coordination with the Coast
Guard, are also reviewing the drillship's operations in Alaska and the impact
of the 2012 arctic operating conditions with the intent of further
strengthening the readiness of the drillship and the other drilling assets for
2013. Additionally, the Company is developing an enhanced plan designed to
ensure its drilling rigs and their related management procedures are in
compliance with applicable maritime laws and leading industry practices.

Noble continues to cooperate with the Coast Guard's ongoing review, as well as
conducting its own investigation and a review of its marine management
processes and procedures. The Company cannot make any assurance as to the
timing, impact or outcome of the Coast Guard investigation or its own
investigation into these regulatory matters.

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 http://www.noblecorp.com.

Statements in this release regarding any future aspect of the matters relating
to the investigation and of the investigation itself, including timing,
effects, results, impact, remedies, mitigation of environmental impact, as
well as any other statements that are not historical facts, are
forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and
assumptions. These include but are not limited to results of investigations
and assessments, actions by the Coast Guard and other governmental agencies,
actions by customers and other third parties 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

Website: http://www.noblecorp.com
Contact: Investors, Jeffrey L. Chastain, Vice President - Investor Relations &
Corporate Communications, Noble Drilling Services Inc., +1-281-276-6383, or
Media, John S. Breed, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate
Communications, Noble Drilling Services Inc., +1-281-276-6729
 
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