|Wednesday, June 07, 2000
R&B Falcon has announced that five shallow water jackups and one submersible will be returning to service this year. They are the Cliffs 180, Falcon Seahawk, Falrig 19, Falrig 203, FG McClintock, Phoenix VI. There will also be three inland barges returning to work. Out of these nine rigs, three have firm contracts, four have contracts under negotiation and two are in the preliminary stage of negotiation for a contract. The rigs are being reintroduced to service based on the continued strength in demand for drilling for natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico. R&B Falcon still has seven jackups, two submersibles and fifteen inland barges that are capable of entering the active fleet as demand continues to strengthen.