STX Heavy to Construct Drill Ship for Noble

11 August 2010 (Last Updated August 11th, 2010 18:30)

A subsidiary of Noble Corporation has signed a $550m contract with STX Heavy Industries and Huisman Equipment in the Netherlands for the construction of a Globetrotter-class drill ship. The company said the Noble Globetrotter II will be built at STX's Dalian yard in China and d

A subsidiary of Noble Corporation has signed a $550m contract with STX Heavy Industries and Huisman Equipment in the Netherlands for the construction of a Globetrotter-class drill ship.

The company said the Noble Globetrotter II will be built at STX’s Dalian yard in China and delivered to Huisman, which will install and commission the topside equipment.

The vessel will be capable of simultaneously conducting drilling and pipe assembly operations.

The drillship is expected to start operations in the second half of 2013.