Noble being sued by Transocean over “dual-activity” technology on drillships

Noble being sued by Transocean over “dual-activity” technology on drillships

Houston-based oil and gas E&P firm Noble Energy is being sued by Switzerland-based offshore drilling giant Transocean for patent infringement in the case of five of Noble’s drillships.

The case has been filed in a Houston court.

Transocean claims the five vessels – Bob Douglas, Don Taylor, Globetrotter 1, Sam Croft and Tom Madden – used so-called “dual-activity” technology that Transocean had patented in 2004.

The technology delivers time savings of between 20% and 40% on a drilling project.

Noble says it will contest the claim.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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