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Noble Bully I Arrives in Gulf of Mexico


Image: Quest Offshore The drillship NOBLE BULLY I has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to complete commissioning and acceptance testing ahead of commencing operations for Shell. The Noble Bully I will first drill in Shell’s Mars B Olympus development. The BULLY I and its sister vessel, the BULLY II, feature a compact box-type drilling tower, known as a Multi-purpose Tower, instead of a conventional derrick. As the name indicates, a Multi-purpose Tower is designed to maximize productivity and safety, yet it allows for a significantly smaller vessel when compared to other deep water drill ships of similar capacity. The ships also feature an attention to energy efficiency, use less fuel and are shorter and lighter than comparable drill ships. The NOBLE BULLY I and NOBLE BULLY II are both dynamically positioned vessels. The NOBLE BULLY II drillship is expected to begin operations early next year in Brazil.


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