Noble Corporation

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Noble Corporation plc
Public company
Traded as NYSENE
Industry Petroleum industry
Predecessor Noble Drilling Corporation
Founded 1985
Headquarters London, main office in Sugar Land, Texas [1]
Key people
David W. Williams, Chairman [2]
Products Offshore Drilling
Revenue Decrease US$3.352 billion (2015)[2]
Decrease -US$920 million (2015)[2]
Decrease -US$511 million (2015)[2]
Total assets Decrease US$12.891 billion (2015)[2]
Total equity Decrease US$7.422 billion (2015)[2]
Number of employees
3,300 (2015)[2]

Noble Corporation plc is an offshore drilling contractor based in London, United Kingdom. It is the corporate successor of Noble Drilling Corporation.

Current Operations

The company operates 30 drilling rigs including 16 semisubmersibles and 14 jackups.[3]

The company provides quarterly updates on the status of its fleet on its website.[4]

In 2015, revenues from Shell Oil accounted for 49% of the company's revenues and revenues from Freeport-McMoRan accounted for 14% of the company's revenues.[2]


In 1985, Noble Affiliates, Inc. (now Noble Energy), distributed its shares in Noble Drilling Corporation to its shareholders via a corporate spin-off and Noble Affiliates began publicly trading on the NASDAQ.[5]

In 2002, the company underwent a restructuring whereby it moved its domicile to the Cayman Islands and established Noble Corporation as the parent holding company.[6]

In early 2009, the company moved its domicile from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland due to the potential for more U.S. taxes on Caribbean tax havens. In 2013, the company moved to the United Kingdom.[7]

In 2010, the company acquired Frontier Drilling in a $2.16 billion cash transaction.[8]

The company was added to the S&P 500 stock market index in 2011 [9] but was removed from the index in 2015.[10]

In 2014, the company distributed its interests in Paragon Offshore plc to its shareholders.[11]

Accidents and incidents

Noble Discoverer mooring (2012)

In 2012, the Noble Discoverer drillship, operating under contract for Royal Dutch Shell lost its mooring and drifted close to shore. There were no injuries or environmental damage reported as a result of the accident.[12]


  1. Noble: Contact
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Noble Corporation plc 2015 Form 10-K Annual Report
  3. Noble: Fleet Overview
  4. Noble: Fleet Status Report
  5. Noble Corporation Overview
  6. "Noble Drilling Corporation Approves Corporate Restructuring". PR Newswire. January 31, 2002.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Noble Corp changing countries again, this time to UK". Reuters. July 1, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Noble Corporation Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Frontier Drilling and Strengthens Key Strategic Relationship". PR Newswire. June 28, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "S&P 500 Reshuffling To Include Noble Corp". Forbes. January 12, 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "PayPal Holdings Set to Join S&P 100 & 500; Others to Join S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600". PR Newswire. July 14, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Paragon Offshore Completes Spin-Off From Noble Corporation". PRNewswire. August 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Shell's Noble Discoverer Mishap In Alaska Fuels Concerns". Huffington Post. July 16, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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