Rowan Says Gorilla VII Available for Work in North Sea

Rowan Companies has received notification from Tuscan Energy (Scotland) Limited, the operator of the Ardmore Field Development in the North Sea, that Tuscan is insolvent. As a result, production from the Field has been shut in. Rowan expects that Field abandonment and decommissioning activities will require 30-45 days to complete. The Company is marketing Gorilla VII for work starting immediately thereafter.

As previously reported, Gorilla VII commenced operations on the Ardmore Field in mid-2003 for a day rate based upon the average price of oil. In March 2004, Rowan agreed to reduce the day rate to help extend the life of the Project and, in December 2004, extended the contract following the collection of outstanding receivables. During the fourth quarter of 2004, Rowan began to defer recognition of further revenues under the contract until collection and the Company maintains no recorded balance of receivables from Tuscan. Collections from Tuscan since contract inception have totaled approximately $74 million, including $9 million thus far in 2005. Rowan will aggressively pursue collection of the remaining $19.7 million of billed but unrecorded amounts owed by Tuscan under the contract as well as the rig time and incremental costs associated with abandonment activities.

D. F. McNease, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The term of this contract has always been dependent upon the economic life of the Ardmore Field. When we extended the contract last December following new investment by the Project's owners, we noted that our collection of additional amounts was dependent upon cash flows from the Project, but remained optimistic that the contract would continue to generate significant revenues for Rowan. The Project has been both a technological success and profitable for the Company, but it now appears to be at an end."

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