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Seadrill secures contract for three jack-up rigs

Seadrill has secured new contracts for the three jack-up rigs Offshore Mischief, Offshore Defender, and West Leda. The aggregated revenue potential is estimated at US$311 million inclusive of mobilization fees and assignment specific rig modifications.

West Leda has been, in association with our local partner IPS, awarded a contract by ExxonMobil E&P Malaysia Inc. for development drilling offshore Malaysia. The assignment is for a firm eighteen-month period. The contract is expected to commence late March 2012 in direct continuation from its current contract. The estimated revenue potential is approximately US$75.5 million inclusive of a US$1.8 million mobilization fee.

Offshore Defender has been awarded a contract by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd for drilling offshore Negara Brunei Darussalam. The four-year contract is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012. The estimated revenue potential is approximately US$202.5 million inclusive of US$9.0 million in mobilization fees and assignment specific rig modifications. The rig is currently operating in Brazil.

Alf C Thorkildsen, Chief Executive Officer in Seadrill Management AS, says, "We are very pleased with the expansion of our working relationships with two of our long standing customers Brunei Shell Petroleum and ExxonMobil. We are also excited to have the opportunity to expand our activities in the Americas to include Colombia through our new customer Equion Energia. The new contracts reflect the oil and gas industry's strong preference for modern equipment and provide for high utilization and improved earnings visibility for our jack-up rig fleet."

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