January 27, 2011 / 6:51 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-FACTBOX-Deepwater rigs moved out of the Gulf of Mexico

(Adds Pride rig moving to Mediterranean)

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Some of the 30-plus deepwater rigs that were in the Gulf of Mexico have moved to other markets, first because of a U.S. halt called last May after BP Plc’s (BP.L) well blowout, and then because of the lack of permits once the moratorium was lifted.

Below are rigs contracted to work in the Gulf of Mexico that have been or will be moved to other regions.

* Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (DO.N) said on July 9 that the Ocean Endeavor, contracted to earn about $290,000 per day from Devon Energy Corp (DVN.N) in the Gulf of Mexico, would move to Egypt under a new deal with Burullus Gas Co. [ID:nN09154557]

* Diamond said on July 12 it would move the Ocean Confidence, under contract to Murphy Oil Corp (MUR.N), from the Gulf to the Republic of Congo. [ID:nN12212133] The rig is now drilling wells for Cobalt International Energy Inc CIE.N off Angola, but is due to return to U.S. waters in October.

* Transocean RIGN.VX(RIG.N), the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, said on Sept. 1 that it had moved its Marianas rig, under contract to Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI), from the Gulf to work in Nigeria. [ID:nN01152276]

* Transocean said on Sept. 14 that its Discoverer Americas vessel, under contract to Norway’s Statoil STL.OL, was leaving for Egypt and was due back in the Gulf in March. [ID:nN14103743]

* Ensco Plc ESV.N said on Dec. 1 that its newly built 8503 rig, under contracted with Cobalt, would work for Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.L) off French Guiana for three months. [ID:nN01131883]

* Pride International Inc’s PDE.N newly built Deep Ocean Ascension, under contract with BP, is moving to the Mediterranean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico in the first quarter, according to the latest Pride fleet update.

* Noble Corp (NE.N) said on Jan. 27 that the Clyde Boudreaux would move to Brazil for a year at a knock-down rate of $290,000 per day to work for Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L), starting mid-April, and that it expected more to follow. [ID:nN27125865] (Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston and Braden Reddall in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn, Gary Hill)

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