Rig: Noble Globetrotter II

Name Noble Globetrotter II
Owner Noble Drilling
Manager Noble Drilling
Rig Type Drillship
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 10000
Max Drill Depth (ft) 40000
Dimensions (ft) 620 x 105 x 62
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

Current Location

Country USA
Region North America

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type Huisman AHC
Drawworks HP --
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 14-P-220 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-1000
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 2500000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Huisman
Rig Model HuisDrill 12000
Year Built 2013
Country of Build China (PRC)
Yard Name STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Group Yard Name STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Operational
Operator Shell


29 Dec 2016

Conclusion of Tanzania Drilling

Ophir and its joint venture partners, BG Tanzania (Shell) and Pavilion Energy, have concluded the drilling of two exploration wells offshore Tanzania, safely and on time. The programme comprised Kitatange-1 in Block 1 and Bunju-1 in Block 4. After evaluation, Shell, the operator of Blocks 1 and 4, has confirmed that good quality reservoir was encountered in both wells, however hydrocarbons were not found. The Noble Globetrotter 2 rig has been demobilised from site. The two wells fulfil the final exploration commitments as per the exploration licences issued by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM). Subsequent to the completion of drilling Kitatange-1, a bridging licence has been awarded for the existing discovery Locations in Block 1.

27 Apr 2016

Total begins exploratory drilling

On Friday, April 22, 2016, the drillship Noble Globetrotter II left the Bulgarian port of Burgas, to travel to the location of the Polshkov-1 well for the first deep offshore exploratory drilling in Bulgarian waters. Xavier Faugeras, General Manager, Total E&P Bulgaria, presented the drillship at an official port ceremony on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The event, which included the symbolic Bulgarian tradition of spilling water in front of the ship’s bow for good luck, was attended by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, Deputy Prime Minister for EU Funds and Economic Policies Mr. Tomislav Donchev, Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Environment and Water Ivelina Vassileva, Minister of Transport Ivaylo Moskovski, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Energy Committee Mr. Delian Dobrev and other officials. “The arrival of the drillship marks a major step in the realization of the exploration program of Block 1-21 Khan Asparuh,” Mr. Faugeras pointed out. “This drilling is aimed at testing the presence of hydrocarbons on a structure identified on the block and will yield additional information to calibrate the models of the exploration team.” Total E&P Bulgaria along with its partners OMV Offshore Bulgaria GmbH and Repsol Bulgaria B.V. are committed to continue executing this important project for Bulgaria in the most professional and efficient manner.

8 Feb 2016

Drilling Commences on Baobab Marine-1 Well

SOCO, an international oil and gas exploration and production company, announces that the Baobab Marine-1 (“BABM-1”) commitment well commenced drilling on 5 February 2016 in the Mer Profonde Sud Block, located in the Lower Congo Basin, offshore the Republic of Congo. The BABM-1 well, to be drilled on the RR Prospect, is targeting stacked early Miocene channel complexes that are mappable in the seismic data, delineated by stratal discontinuities and variations in seismic amplitudes. Previous exploration drilling targeted different types of prospects, and the BABM-1 well is unique relative to all wells in and near the Block. Two wells on adjacent blocks along trend provide critical support to confirm that this wildcat tests an opportunity consistent with the known habitat of oil in the region. The BABM-1 well targets gross P50 prospective recoverable resource of c.330 million barrels of oil. The well will be drilled by the deepwater drillship Noble Globetrotter II and is expected to take 25 to 35 days, with a planned depth of approximately 3,400 metres below mean sea level. SOCO, with a 60% interest, is carrying 100% of the expected c.$25-30 million well cost.

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