Northern Offshore Secures New Contract for Jackup Energy Enhancer

Northern Offshore announced that its subsidiary, Northern Offshore U.K. Limited, was awarded a contract from Maersk for the jackup Energy Enhancer. The award is subject to approval by the Danish Energy Authority. The contract, for operations in the Danish Sector of the North Sea, has an initial duration of one year and is scheduled to commence in early 2012. Maersk has options to extend the contract for up to three further years. The contract value for the initial term is US $35.7 million.

Gary W. Casswell, Northern Offshore's president and CEO, said "We are very pleased with this contract award as it provides us with the opportunity to further strengthen our long-term relationship with Maersk. This award, in conjunction with our Energy Endeavour contract announced in February, secures our second rig in Denmark and represents an improving market in the North Sea for this rig class, as we have expected."

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