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Rosneft cancels billion dollar NADL drillship contract

16th March 2015

North Atlantic Drilling Ltd (NADL) has received a notice of termination from Rosneft of the service order for the West Navigator in connection with the Framework Agreement

NADL will be marketing the West Navigator for alternative future opportunities, however remains in discussions with Rosneft to explore various alternatives for future co-operation. Source: Seadrill

The drillship was indicatively scheduled to commence operations under its five-year contract with Rosneft during the summer of 2015, which would have required earlier mobilisation.

As outlined in our fourth quarter 2014 results report, NADL believes that it will be very challenging to close the transactions with Rosneft on the same terms or in the timeframe contemplated in the executed agreements, and that there were significant risks attached to the USD 4.1bn order backlog related to the drilling contracts with Rosneft.

The termination of the service order for West Navigator will reduce NADL's contract backlog by USD 1.0bn.

NADL will be marketing the West Navigator for alternative future opportunities, however remains in discussions with Rosneft to explore various alternatives for future co-operation.

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