Marathon Oil Co. Terminates ‘Noble Jim Day’ Contract

ZUG, Switzerland, Jan. 3, 2011: Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) today reported that Marathon Oil Company (“Marathon”) has provided notice that it is terminating the drilling contract for the ultradeepwater semisubmersible drilling rig Noble Jim Day. Marathon’s stated reason for the termination was that the rig had not been accepted by Marathon by December 31, 2010. Noble believes the rig is ready to commence operations and should have been accepted by Marathon. The contract was for four years and represented approximately $752 million in contract backlog to Noble.

“We are disappointed by Marathon’s actions,” said David W. Williams, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Noble Corporation. “Fortunately, the Noble Jim Day is one of the most capable rigs in existence and there are already a number of potential customers interested in a unit of this caliber.”

Noble also reported that an independent third-party has affirmed the rig’s readiness. The Company also confirmed that the unit’s subsea system, including the BOP, has received its certificate of compliance.

SOURCE Noble Corporation