No Contract Commitment for Atwood Southern Cross through June 30

Atwood Oceanics will continue to pursue contract opportunities for the Atwood Southern Cross in all worldwide markets in which it technically can work; however, we do not presently expect to receive any contract commitments for the rig through June 30, 2009.

Currently, we plan to keep the rig prepared to immediately commence working once a contract opportunity has been identified.

The Atwood Aurora, which is on location offshore Egypt, continues with its commissioning following weather delays and is currently expected to commence working under its contract with RWE DEA Nile GmbH sometime in April 2009.

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