Noble Receives ISO 14001 Certification on Five Rigs

Noble Corporation announced that Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has certified five of its mobile offshore drilling units as conforming to ISO 14001. ISO 14001 refers to voluntary standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization to specifically address crucial aspects of environmental management and protection. The Noble Paul Romano, Noble Jim Thompson, Noble Earl Frederickson, Noble Bill Jennings and Noble Leonard Jones are the first rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to be recognized as meeting the ISO 14001 standard.

The certification from DNV recognizes both the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) on the five units and the support organization in the Sugar Land, Texas office of Noble Drilling (U.S.) Inc. for fulfilling ISO 14001 standards.

With the certification of eight premium jackups and one semisubmersible in 2000, Noble became the first drilling contractor in the North Sea to be recognized as meeting the ISO 14001 standard. Certification of the five units in the Gulf of Mexico brings Noble's record to a total of 14 units worldwide.

James C. Day, Chairman and CEO, commented, "Noble's leadership in the environmental area is well recognized in the oil and gas sector through its global Environmental Management Systems initiative. Achieving these certifications is a part of those efforts."