The estimated cost of the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling unit is approximately US$550 million, including shipyard cost, owner-furnished equipment, project management cost and general contingencies. To be named the Noble Jim Day, the unit will be constructed, converted and outfitted from Noble's existing baredeck hull Noble Bingo 9000 Rig 4.
The Noble Jim Day will have similar specifications and design as the first semi-submersible rig unit, the Noble Danny Adkins, which was contracted to Jurong Shipyard in December 2006. The unit is designed to drill up to 35,000 feet in depth and for operation in up to 12,000 feet water depth, with accommodation for at least 200 persons.
Fabrication work for the semi-submersible has already commenced, and delivery is projected for the fourth quarter of 2009.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, SembCorp Marine expects a positive contribution to its earnings from the contract. However, this contract is not expected to have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of SembCorp Marine for the year ending December 31, 2007.
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