A Noble assessment team has been able to conduct an airplane flyover of the unit and of the other Noble rigs operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in the general pathway of Hurricane Katrina. Currently, an anchor handling vessel and a tug boat are at the location of the Noble Jim Thompson preparing to assist in securing it. A Noble assessment crew is scheduled to travel to and board the unit this afternoon, subject to safety considerations.
Based on the visual observations from the airplane flyover, the unit does not appear to have sustained damage of a material nature. The Company expects to provide updated information on the Noble Jim Thompson after personnel are able to board the unit and conduct a survey of its condition. The Company has not yet projected when the unit can return to operations.
In addition, the Company reported that its other moored semisubmersibles observed in the airplane flyover described above remained on location in the aftermath of the storm, and that the Company's submersible and jackup rigs also observed in such flyover appeared not to have sustained damage of a material nature. The Company expects these units to return to operations in due course.
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