eBOP™ Ram System

About the Technology

In 2014, the Noble Research and Development team began development of an electrically-powered BOP ram design based on a belief that an electrically-driven operator has significant advantages in comparison to a traditional hydro-electric operator. Over the past two years, Noble continued to develop its eBOP™ ram design and manufactured a prototype for testing. The technology is currently PATENT PENDING. In 2017, Noble completed a shear test of up to 2 million lbs. Based on proven technologies, the electrically-driven operator is ready to show a new potential future to the energy industry.

Research & Development Timeline

  • 500k Test – In 2015, the 500,000 lbs closing force eBOP™ ram system was tested. It was proven that a 500K eBOP™ ram system was possible using standard components. With only minor modifications this design can be used on land based drilling rigs.
  • Design – Using the lessons learned during the testing of the 500K eBOP™ ram system, an improved design was completed in 2016. The closing force was increased to 2MM lbs. The number of components was decreased and the design was made fully subsea capable (12,000ft). Also a major bearing manufacturer was included in the design team.
  • Manufacturing – Manufacturing was completed in January, 2017. The manufacturing was done both in the US (machined parts, electrical drives, worm gear cone drives) and France (SKF roller screw and ram shaft).
  • Testing – Planned for early 2017, early testing focused on functionality and controllability checks. After completion of the first phase progressively larger pipe diameters were sheared up to 2 MM lbs force. Testing was fully completed in 2017.
  • Implementation – The current eBOP™ ram system design can be retrofitted on a variety of standard BOP ram bodies using different interface plates. The design is already subsea capable and will require modest modifications to be able to implemented subsea. However an integrated design of the ram design and the body can reduce overall weight, size and number of components even more. Design drawings reduce the number of bolts by two-thirds and remove five seals.

Improved Reliability

One of the key advantages of the e BOP™ ram system is an increase in reliability compared to hydraulic operated BOP’s. An independent detailed analysis showed that for a typical BOP configuration the MTTF (Mean Time Between Failures) increased by a factor of four. The reliability improvement is due to a significant decrease in the number of components coupled with improvements in individual component performance.

Design Advantages

  • Redundancy – The eBOP™ ram system has less components. This reduces human error during maintenance and reduces the number of part failures.
  • Reliability — Improved reliability vs hydraulic operated BOP due to fewer parts, reduced maintenance, and less interfaces.
  • Consistency — Electric drives allow for precise control of ram movement, predictive maintenance and automated test sequencing.
  • Simplicity – Simple system which can be interfaced with ROV in multiple ways.
  • Cost Control – Fewer parts means less money spent.
  • Environment – The eBOP™ ram is a zero discharge system since no hydraulic lines are necessary.
  • Inherent Locking System– The drive train is self-braking.

Component Photos and Sheared Pipe

Live Safe Code

The Live Safe Code is a set of mandatory HSE requirements developed to further Noble’s pursuit of creating a no-compromise standard of adhering to operational policies and procedures. The Live Safe Code is comprised of ten common activities with the highest potential for HSE risk and is essential to achieve a no-harm workplace. These requirements are core to our business and applicable to all personnel and visitors at our facilities and rigs.

Well Control

Follow the 12 Golden Rules of Well Control at all times; all modi cations to any well control equipment must use the MOC process.

Environment

Follow procedures to prevent loss of containment and minimize waste; always use proper waste disposal for the protection of the environment.
       

Dropped Objects

Secure all tools and equipment to prevent them from falling or being dropped and use safe zones for protection from injury.

Hand & Body Placement

Never place your hands or body in a pinch point, be aware of stored energy sources and never enter No-Go Zones without permission.
       

Watertight Integrity

Maintain watertight boundaries at all times, including watertight doors, hatches and access, as speci ed in the rig-speci c Operations Manual.

Working at Heights

Protect yourself against a fall when working at heights by using fully inspected fall protection equipment and maintaining 100% tie-o at all times.
       

System Override

Obtain authorization before bypassing, disabling or inhibiting safety protection devices or equipment.

Lift Safe

Follow safe lifting operations and the prescribed lift plan and never walk under a suspended load.
       

Stop Work

You have the authorization and obligation to stop any process or operation due to hazards(s) to the life and health of personnel or the environment.

Isolations & Permits

Verify isolation before work begins and work with a valid Permit to Work when required.

Management System

Noble Corporation has established and implemented an integrated management system known as P2R enabling our PEOPLE to deliver consistent PERFORMANCE and winning RESULTS. Noble is committed to the highest standard of quality throughout its worldwide operations and has developed a management system to fully integrate Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality policy, requirements, and procedures to ensure consistent compliance to our mission.

Collectively P2R provides a common system for implementing policy, complying with all applicable regulatory and client requirements, setting goals and objectives, and measuring and reporting key performance indicators, as well as providing feedback mechanisms to continually improve performance.

P2R sets minimum policy and requirements for the Company worldwide and is comprised of 13 elements.  Together these elements define how we conduct our business to deliver consistent performance and winning results.

P2R complies with the requirements of the following standards:

  • • International Maritime Organization ISM Code: International Management Code for the Safety Operations of Ships and for Pollution Prevention
  • • API RP 75 Safety & Environmental Management Program,
  • • ISO 9001:2015: Quality Systems,
  • • ISO 14001:2015: Environmental Management Systems,
  • • ISO 18001:2007: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

NobleAdvances Training & Collaboration

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Immersive Simulation Environments for the Offshore Drilling Industry

Since its creation in 2013, NobleAdvances has trained over 6,500 students in drilling, marine, and subsea skills for offshore drilling. Our 29,000 sq. ft. facility hosts six distinct simulator environments for students to experience. Ranging from our individual & portable well control simulators to our full-scale interconnected virtual rig simulations, NobleAdvances has the tools and expertise to meet your training needs.

Initially available only to our internal employees, NobleAdvances has quickly become a market leader in blending technical skills with human factors. Beyond the technology, NobleAdvances offers advanced drilling and marine courses including IADC / IWCF Well Control.

Unique to NobleAdvances is the interconnectivity between the simulators. This is highlighted in both our Drilling Well on Simulator and Integrated Operations Exercises, where a full rig crew built of engineers, dynamic positioning operators and drillers must work together to solve problems. Replicating an offshore rig, a failure in one support function has a dramatic impact on the simulation’s drilling performance and the team’s decision making. Understanding the interconnectivity of marine and power management to the drilling process is critical to safe and efficient offshore operations.

For more information, please visit the NobleAdvances.com website.

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COMMITTEE Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nominating & Governance Committee HSE & Engineering Committee
Ashley Almanza
 
   
 
Michael A. Cawley  
 
 
 
Julie H. Edwards  
 
 
 
Gordon T. Hall  
 
 
 
Scott D. Josey  
 
 
 
Jon A. Marshall
 
   
 
Mary P. Ricciardello
 
 
 
 

Ashley Almanza

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Michael A. Cawley

- Compensation Committee Chairperson, Nominating & Governance Committee Member

Julie H. Edwards

- Compensation Committee Member, Nominating & Governance Committee Member

Gordon T. Hall

- Compensation Committee Member, Nominating & Governance Committee Chairperson

Scott D. Josey

- Compensation Committee Member, HSE & Engineering Committee Member

Jon A. Marshall

- Audit Committee Member, HSE & Engineering Committee Chairperson

Mary P. Ricciardello

- Audit Committee Chairperson, Nominating & Governance Committee Member

 

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Health, Safety, Environment and Engineering Committee Charter — PDF

Nominating & Governance Committee Charter — PDF

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Fraud Alert

Recently, we have been made aware of “scams” whereby unauthorized individuals are using Noble's name and logo to solicit potential job-seekers for employment or to extend fraudulent job offers. Such scams are unfortunately somewhat common and have targeted many companies around the world, including Noble. We are aware of some cases where job-seekers are being contacted directly, by phone and/or e-mail. In other instances, these unauthorized individuals may place advertisements for fake positions with both legitimate websites and fabricated ones. These individuals typically promise high-paying jobs with the requirement that the job-seeker send money to pay for things such as visa applications or processing fees.

Please be advised that Noble will never ask potential job-seekers for any sort of advance payment as part of the recruiting or hiring process.

 

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Noble Corporation Governance Documents

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  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF (Arabic)
  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF (Portuguese)
  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF (Spanish)
  • Noble Corporation Governance Guidelines — PDF
  • Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement — PDF

Board Committees

COMMITTEE Audit Committee Compensation Committee Finance Committee Nominating & Governance Committee HSE & Engineering Committee
Ashley Almanza
 
 
 
 
 
Julie H. Edwards  
 
 
 
 
Gordon T. Hall  
 
 
 
 
Scott D. Josey
 
     
 
Jon A. Marshall  
 
 
 
 
Mary P. Ricciardello
 
   
 
 

Ashley Almanza

- Audit Committee Member, HSE & Engineering Committee Member

Michael A. Cawley

- Compensation Committee Chairperson, Nominating & Governance Committee Member

Julie H. Edwards

- Compensation Committee Member, Nominating & Governance Committee Member

Gordon T. Hall

- Compensation Committee Member, Nominating & Governance Committee Chairperson

Scott D. Josey

- Compensation Committee Member, HSE & Engineering Committee Member

Jon A. Marshall

- Audit Committee Member, HSE & Engineering Committee Chairperson

Mary P. Ricciardello

- Audit Committee Chairperson, Nominating & Governance Committee Member

 

Committee Charters

Audit Committee Charter — PDF

Compensation Committee Charter — PDF

Finance Committee Charter — PDF

Health, Safety, Environment and Engineering Committee Charter — PDF

Nominating & Governance Committee Charter — PDF

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Please choose one of the below listed options to report concerns or complaints about Noble's accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, or other concerns regarding non-compliance of laws (including securities laws) and our company policies to Noble's Board of Directors.

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  • Call the Noble Helpline:
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  • Complaints relating to Noble's accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters will be referred to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • All complaints and concerns will be received and processed under the oversight of the Board of Directors by Noble's Director of Internal Audit and general counsel.
  • If possible, we will provide you with a written acknowledgment upon receipt of your written complaint or concern.
  • You can report your concerns anonymously or confidentially. Reports received via the Helpline or email address provided above will be confidential to the fullest extent possible and may be made anonymously if the reporting person so desires. Noble will maintain the confidentiality of reports, including the identity of those individuals who provide their names when reporting concerns or complaints. However, identities and confidences may be revealed to the extent necessary to conduct a thorough investigation.

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Noble Corporation Governance Principles

Noble Corporation has followed and will continue to follow a moral and ethical path.  While our focus is to achieve the highest return on capital possible, we will not sacrifice financial prudence to achieve that end.  Integrity has to be a key paradigm of any successful company.  Our Company's approach to finances, accounting practices, relationships with accountants, the board's dedication to their fiduciary responsibility and management's adherence to the highest ethical standards is part and parcel of our heritage.


  Noble Corporation Governance Documents
  • Articles of Association — PDF
  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF
  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF (Arabic)
  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF (Portuguese)
  • Noble Corporation Code of Business Conduct and Ethics — PDF (Spanish)
  • Recent Changes to our Code of Conduct — PDF
  • Noble Corporation Goverance Guidelines — PDF
  • Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement — PDF

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Fleet Overview

Operations Excellence Forms the Foundation of Our Success

Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. The Company owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 28 offshore drilling units, consisting of 14 drillships and semisubmersibles and 14 jackups, focused largely on ultra-deepwater and high-specification jackup drilling opportunities in both established and emerging regions worldwide. 

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SAFE Days

Noble’s greatest responsibility is the safety of our people. We believe every job can and must be done safely. We respect the safety and welfare of lives and property beyond our own people, including customers, suppliers, subcontractors, and regulatory personnel.

In 2016, Noble developed the SAFE Days program for the continued excellence in operations with intent to achieve a no-harm workplace, that is: no injury to personnel, no harm to the environment and no damage to equipment. We believe that a zero-incident workplace is achieved One Day, One Tour, One Task and One Person at a time.

Noble continues to provide excellent HSE performance hand in hand with delivering efficient operations for our clients. A Noble SAFE Day is more than an injury-free day. The criteria for a SAFE Day requires no dropped objects, spills, process safety events or injuries. Noble’s commitment to safety and focus on SAFE days is changing how we work; by following our Standards, holding ourselves Accountable and staying Focused, we achieve Excellence.

Health, Safety and Environmental Stewardship

Noble is committed to delivering excellent HSE performance and integrates Health, Safety & Environment performance improvements into our business strategy to add further value for customers, shareholders and employees. Safety and environmental stewardship are the cornerstone of who we are, what we stand for and what we do every day to deliver safe and efficient offshore operations. Noble’s program for SAFE days strives for continued excellence in operations with the intent to achieve a no-harm workplace: no injury to personnel, no harm to the environment and no damage to equipment. Noble’s pursuit for improved HSE performance begins by starting SAFE every day: one tour, one task and one person at a time.

Noble’s excellent HSE performance is achieved by managing risk, procedural discipline and HSE leadership with a continuous improvement mindset.

MANAGE RISK — Manage process safety risk through clear, well implemented and routinely tested barrier management

PROCEDURAL DISCIPLINE — No compromise with regards to procedural discipline and accountability

HSE LEADERSHIP — Active and visible demonstration of HSE leadership by all Noble Supervisors

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT — Drive HSE performance through reviews based on incident potential, as opposed to consequence and actively seek improvement measures.

History of Noble

The Legacy of Our Founder, Lloyd Noble

Noble Corporation Overview

Noble is a proven leader in the offshore drilling industry.

The Company's proactive style of management has guided it from a one rig operation in 1921 to one of the largest offshore drilling contractors in the world today. The Company's growth since the time of its spin-off from Noble Affiliates in 1985 has come about through a series of strategic acquisitions of offshore drilling assets.

These acquisitions follow the goals originally set forth in 1985 - to gain a strong position in foreign drilling markets, to expand marine drilling operations and to move into new markets and segments of the industry, preparing the Company to take advantage of an improved marketplace.

Noble has been successful by maintaining a conservative financial policy, positioning itself to adapt to the ever changing world energy market and meeting customers' needs and demands. At the same time, the Company has assimilated an experienced and well trained work force. Lloyd Noble set the tone for the Company's employee-oriented attitude in A Legacy for Management when he said :

It has been my further belief that it was the duty of the management, and to that end my mind has been constantly surcharged, to so build the organization that when men evidenced capabilities to give them a part of my work and find other tasks to do which might result in increased benefits to the organization, or step aside; and, on the other hand, should death intervene, to have matters so arranged that I would be missed personally, while the machinery continued to function smoothly. 

- from the will of Lloyd Noble

Noble will continue to perpetuate this heritage by providing the highest quality service and performance, which its customers, employees and shareholders have come to know and expect.