Rig: Noble Paul Wolff

Name Noble Paul Wolff
Owner Noble Drilling
Manager Noble Drilling
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Ultradeep Water
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 10000
Max Drill Depth (ft) 30000
Dimensions (ft) 343 x 328 x 130
Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive No

Current Location

Country --
Region --

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco E-3000
Drawworks HP 3000
Mud Pumps Type National Oilwell Varco 12-P-160 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-4S
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1280000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Noble
Rig Model EVA-4000
Year Built 1981
Country of Build USA
Yard Name Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagougla Mississippi
Group Yard Name Litton Industries

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Retired


13 Mar 2014

Noble releases update for the 'Noble Paul Wolff'

In the same announcement as the new contract for the ‘Noble Clyde Boudreaux’, Noble also gave an update on the status of the ‘Noble Paul Wolff’ semisub. After tilting whilst operating for Petrobras in February 2014, the unit remains on a zero dayrate as recovery and well abandonment procedures are carried out. Noble is discussing possible early termination of the contract with Petrobras. If Petrobras does decide to terminate the contract early, the unit will be moved to a shipyard in Asia where Noble will evaluate new market opportunities.

1 Mar 2014

Noble announces update on 'Noble Paul Wolff' in Brazil

Noble Corporation issued an update on the status of Noble Paul Wolff, a dynamically positioned semisubmersible rig operating off the coast of Brazil. The rig is stable and is operating under its own power following a ballast control incident that occurred on Friday, February 28. Additional crew members are also now being selectively returned to the rig. The Company continues to work with its customer and authorities to fully resolve the matter and safely resume normal operations.

28 Feb 2014

'Noble Paul Wolff' tilts whilst drilling in Brazil

Noble Corporation confirmed today that the Noble Paul Wolff, a dynamically positioned semisubmersible rig operating off the coast of Brazil, experienced a ballast control incident on Friday, February 28 at approximately 01:00 a.m. (BRT) local time. The crew took prompt corrective action, including safely securing the well, and measures are currently underway to resolve the matter. As a precaution, 77 non-essential personnel were evacuated from the rig without injuries, and no pollution has been reported. Noble continues to work with its customer and appropriate authorities in connection with this matter.

17 Dec 2010

Oil find off Brazil

Statoil and Petrobras of Brazil have struck oil on the Indra prospect in the Espirito Santo basin off the coast of Brazil. Petrobras is operator for licence BM-ES-32, where the discovery was made and where Statoil holds a 40% stake. The exploration well was drilled at a depth of 2,130 metres and both oil and reservoir quality is good. The reservoir thickness is approximately 70 metres and is of good quality. The preliminary analysis of the oil shows a density in the range between 25 and 30 degrees API. “We are very pleased to have struck oil here and the result will have an important bearing on our decision regarding further exploration activity in this area,” says Tim Dodson vice president, international exploration. The Inndra find was made by the semi-submersible rig Paul Wolfe. The location is situated 140 kilometres from land and some 400 kilometres north of the Peregrino field. At the moment Statoil is also participating in exploratory drilling in the Campos basin on licence BM-C-33, where Repsol is the operator. Statoil is operator on the Peregrino field and will hold a 60% share once the 40% divestment to Sinochem has been approved by the Brazilian authorities. Peregrino is planned to come on stream in the latter half of the first quarter of 2011. By next year Statoil plans to operate three exploration wells in Brazil, two in the Peregrino area in order to prove additional resources on the field, as well as an exploration well in the Camamu basin.

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