Noble secures jack-up contracts

Rig owner Noble has secured a new contract for a jack-up off West Africa along with extensions to two existing contracts in Argentina and the Arabian Gulf.

Noble revealed in its fleet status report on Thursday that the jack-up Noble Percy Johns had been contracted for work off Congo by London-listed Soco International from mid-July to mid-September at a day rate of $125,000.

Upstream revealed earlier this year that Soco was negotiating terms to drill a prospect on its Marine XI licence designed to determine whether Eni’s Litchendjili discovery, located in the adjacent Marine XII Block, extends into its licence.

Noble also revealed in its fleet status report that it had received an extension for the jack-up Noble Houston Colbert, off Argentina, confirming a prior Upstream report.

French giant Total has extended its current contract for the rig for another 12 months, until February 2016, at a day rate of $280,000.

Total had originally contracted the rig from April this year until February 2015 at a day rate of $250,000.

Noble also received a contract extension for the jack-up Noble Jimmy Puckett, which has been operating in the Arabian Gulf for RasGas.

RasGas will continue to utilise the rig, which it has contracted since April this year, until early December at a day rate of $140,000.

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