Noble Gets Recommendation for OHSAS 18001 Certification in the North Sea

Noble Corporation reports that Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has recommended for certification all nine mobile offshore drilling units operating in the North Sea and the shore based operations located in Beverwijk, The Netherlands, Esbjerg, Denmark and Aberdeen, Scotland as conforming to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series OHSAS 18001. OHSAS 18001 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification designed to assist organizations in managing occupational health and safety exposure and improve performance. Noble is the first offshore drilling contractor operating in the North Sea to achieve third party certification to this standard.

James C. Day, Noble's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, "We are proud of this achievement and it is but one step in differentiating Noble's operations. Clearly, operational excellence will continue to be a primary focus for our Company."

Noble Corporation is a leading provider of diversified services for the oil and gas industry. Contract drilling services are performed with the Company's fleet of 60 mobile offshore drilling units located in key markets worldwide. This fleet consists of 13 semisubmersibles, three dynamically positioned drillships, 41 jackups and three submersibles. Approximately 80 percent of the fleet is currently deployed in international markets, principally including the Middle East, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, West Africa, India, and the Mediterranean Sea. The Company provides technologically advanced drilling-related products and services designed to create value for our customers. The Company also provides labor contract drilling services, well site and project management services, and engineering services. The Company's ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NE".

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