Noble Updates Status of Noble Charlie Yester Offshore India


Noble Charlie Yester
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Noble Corporation reports that the Noble Charlie Yester, a Marathon LeTourneau Class 116-C 300' independent cantilever jackup rig contracted by India's state owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the Bombay High field, located approximately 100 miles off the west coast of India, was involved in a fire that began on ONGC's BHN offshore platform. The fire originated approximately 1,000 feet from the rig.

Due to monsoon conditions in the area and a ten hour time difference, information is incomplete and damage to the rig is unknown at this time. Of the Noble employees assigned to the Noble Charlie Yester, two are currently unaccounted for and search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Earlier today India's Minister of Oil reported the fire on the ONGC platform, indicating that the platform had been completely destroyed.

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