ENSCO Escapes Major Damage from Hurricane Rita

ENSCO International Incorporated has completed aerial inspections of its Gulf of Mexico rig fleet following Hurricane Rita. All rigs appear to be stable, and none appear to have sustained any structural damage.

The only apparent issues relate to (1) a report that ENSCO 90 is not in trim, (2) the drill floor on ENSCO 68 has shifted, and (3) the ENSCO 69 skid-off drilling package also has shifted on the oil company platform. Onboard inspection of the platform will be completed prior to repositioning the skid-off package.

ENSCO has returned personnel to several rigs, including ENSCO 69, and plans to have personnel back on all rigs by Tuesday evening. ENSCO 7500, the Company's deepwater semisubmersible rig, is back on location and preparing to recommence operations. ENSCO has 17 jackup rigs, one deepwater semisubmersible rig, and three platform rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

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