Atwood Receives Newly Constructed Atwood Aurora Jackup

Atwood Oceanics Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited, took delivery of its newly constructed LeTourneau Super 116E jackup Atwood Aurora from Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas on December 22, 2008.

The rig will undergo additional final commissioning prior to being loaded on a vessel at the end of December 2008 or early January 2009 for transport to offshore Egypt to commence a two-year contract estimated to begin in mid-February 2009 with RWE Dea.

An independent leg cantilever rig, the Atwood Aurora is rated to work in water depths up to 350 feet of water and can drill to a depth of 30,000 feet.

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