Skip to comments.Noble rig leaves U.S. Gulf for Brazil
Posted on 03/04/2011 11:13:03 AM PST by thackney
Noble Corp. in January announced plans to move one of its deep-water drilling rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico amid a spill-related slowdown in activity. This week, the Swiss-based driller made good on its promise.
It loaded the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible, on a ship in Pascagoula, Miss., that will carry the rig 5,000 miles to Brazil, where it has a contract with Shell.
That new contract, starting in April, will last for a year and is $290,000 per day less than the previous Gulf lease, Noble said.
Noble, Diamond Offshore and other offshore drilling contractors have recently moved rigs out of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in response to regulatory delays in issue new drilling permits in the wake of the BP oil spill last year.
Last week, the Interior Department approved the first deep-water drilling permit since a five-month moratorium on the practice was lifted in October. But the oil and gas industry says the process must move faster or more rigs will leave, jobs will be lost and U.S. offshore oil production will decline.
Officials with the Interiors Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement deny they are stalling and dispute industry claims there is a backlog of permits awaiting approval. They contend the permitting process is necessarily taking longer than it did prior to the deadly BP blowout. Operators must prove they can comply with tougher safety and environmental rules implemented after the disaster, the bureau said.
Ozombie WILL destroy this country’s ability to have energy!!
It is time this country got rid of the EPA and the DOE!!!
Time for them to lose THEIR jobs!!
The appearance of stupidity is a calculated deceit.
Looks like Obama, Salazar and the enviros are accomplishing what they started out to do.
> Operators must prove they can comply with tougher safety
> and environmental rules implemented after the disaster,
> the bureau said.
Then they’ll just pick up and go to Brazil, where they do not have to do any such thing.
Meanwhile, the Chinese and Cubans will be drilling diagonally from offshore Cuba to tap into the oil that the US government denies to American interests.
Way to go, team 0bama.
Rig Name: Noble Clyde Boudreaux
Rig Manager: Noble Drilling
Rig Owner: Noble Drilling
Competitive Rig: Yes
Rig Type: Semisub
Semisub Generation: 5
Rig Design: Friede & Goldman Modified 9500 Enhanced Pacesetter
Rated Water Depth: 10,000 ft
Drilling Depth: 35,000 ft
More jobs setting sail. Hussein destroying America helped by idiots serfs who watch Obama TV including Prince AL AWaleed’s Fox News.
Both Noble and Transocean already moved their corporations to Switzerland to improve their profits and avoid US taxation and over regulation.
The GOP should cut the DOE and EPA budget by at least 50%.
Cracks me up to see an SUV go by with an Obama bumper sticker. The sheeple have spoken and the sheeple will just have to suck it up. Pray for America.
Yeah, right. Meanwhile gas prices are rising over $3.50/gallon while some bureaucrat shuffles unnecessary paper in Washington. Remember that "Hope and Change" BS so many people swallowed a few years ago? Well, for most of us, the Hope part has totally evaporated and the Change that has happened is a vastly different package than we were promised. My Hope now is that people get a little smarter before they walk into the next election booth.
I would too. Also if I had to live in Gulf Coast or Switzerland - I will take Switzerland over New Orleans any time.
Thanks for posting that picture of the rig.
Now imagine what the towing cost is for that monster to go 5000 miles to Brazil.
Once it is there, it will take years of operation to make that expense back.
Obama is patting himself on the back for getting rid of another deep water drilling rig.
We have to be mindful of the fact that Obama and the leftist Democrats have a very different view of the world.
In order for Obama to impose “green” (as in expensive) energy upon the voters he needs to have the price of cheap energy skyrocket.
When Obama cuts the oil supply by forcing drilling rigs to leave, then we are vulnerable to world price rises as we are seeing now.
No. ALL of TV supports obama and the sheep get their reality from TV.
No, it won't. This rig will likely make more than $400,000 per day.
You’re just a dirty racist!
Ethanol and unicorn farts are the future!