Noble Corp sends force majeure notice to Shell after drillship damage

Drilling contractor Noble Corp has sent a force majeure notice to its client Royal Dutch Shell over the incident in which drill ship Noble Globetrotter II was damaged during Hurricane Ida in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of August.

The ultra-deepwater vessel was under contract to Shell lasting through to early September 2023, at a flexible rate of at least $275,000 a day.

The USCG has said Wednesday, located 80nm south-southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, had sustained damage and that a plan was being developed to bring the vessel into port for repairs. Around 140 crew members were on board when the storm hit,

Last week Shell also said that its US Gulf of Mexico West Delta-143 (WD-143) offshore facilities had been damaged by Hurricane Ida. The WD-143 offshore facilities serve as the transfer station for all production from Shell’s assets in the Mars corridor in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico to onshore crude terminals. The WD-143 platform is majority-owned by Shell Offshore Inc (71.5%) and minority owned by BP (28.5%). It is operated by Shell Pipeline Company. Shell said that during a flyover check it had not observed any visible structural damage to the rest of its offshore assets.