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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
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Noble Corporation Honored as First Winner of the Robert W. Campbell Award

New Orleans, LA - The National Safety Council today announced that Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE), a Texas-based provider of drilling services for the oil and gas industry, has been named the first winner of the Robert W. Campbell Award. Healthcare products company Johnson & Johnson was the runner-up in the Campbell Award competition.

Noble Corporation Chairman and CEO James C. Day accepted the Campbell Award from NSC Chairman Jed Bullard and Exxon Mobil Corporation Senior Vice President Edward G. Galante at the Opening Session of NSC's 92nd Annual Congress & Expo in New Orleans.

This new international award, jointly sponsored by NSC and Exxon Mobil Corporation, recognizes companies that demonstrate leadership and excellence in business and financial performance by integrating safety, health and environmental (SHE) excellence into their operations.

"It is a distinct honor to be selected as the winner of the inaugural Robert W. Campbell award from among such an outstanding group of companies," said James C. Day, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corporation. "The National Safety Council and ExxonMobil are to be commended for their efforts to raise public awareness of those companies dedicated to providing a safe and environmentally friendly workplace. Noble's commitment to those critical areas of operation has long been inculcated into the Company's paradigms."

"Noble Corporation's success starts with their outstanding management and leadership," Bullard said. "The active commitment and support from management has resulted in an effective safety culture that is evident throughout the organization.

Bullard explained that "Noble Corporation has successfully established and implemented SHE programs that effectively manage key risk exposures. Their exceptional training and certification programs are considered industry-leading practices. Complementing Noble Corporation's outstanding safety performance, the company continues to thoroughly investigate and learn from every recordable incident and strive for zero injuries."

Galante noted that ExxonMobil's sponsorship of the Award stems from the company's belief that "a disciplined approach to safety, health, and environmental management benefits everyone and every aspect of our business. ExxonMobil has joined NSC in sponsoring this award because we want other companies to realize the progress and benefits we have enjoyed—and for them to gain public recognition for their success."

Nineteen companies applied for the award and underwent an extensive application process that detailed key aspects of their SHE programs. An international panel of independent reviewers scrutinized each application in a rigorous assessment process. The assessments emphasized three categories: Management, in which leadership and commitment figured prominently; Technical, which looked in detail at the integration of safety, health and environmental systems into the overall business; and Behavioral, in which employee involvement, motivation and training were evaluated.

Noble Corporation was selected for the Campbell Award based on a number of factors, including:

  • Outstanding management leadership, commitment, support, and participation in SHE-related activities
  • Clearly communicated SHE policies and procedures
  • Excellent communication of zero injuries as the goal and vision
  • A workforce truly involved in and committed to SHE programs
  • Accountability for behavior and performance
  • Clear performance measurement and monitoring
  • Superior management of key risk exposures through inspections, hazards identification, work control, job safety analyses, and change management
  • Excellent personnel selection, training, and certification programs for each position on offshore rigs.
  • Very strong safety performance results
  • Thorough investigation and communication regarding injuries, incidents, and near misses
  • Excellent support of field personnel by corporate SHE professionals
  • Numerous partnerships with others in industry and regulatory bodies

Noble Corporation is a leading provider of diversified services for the oil and gas industry for over 80 years. Contract drilling services are performed with the company's fleet of 59 mobile offshore drilling units located in key markets worldwide. The fleet consists of 13 semisubmersibles, three dynamically positioned drillships, 40 jackup rigs and three submersibles. Nine of the units are capable of operating in harsh environments. In addition to these rigs, the Company has also purchased an option to acquire the premium jackup, the Maersk Valiant.

Approximately 80 percent of the fleet is currently deployed in international markets, principally including the Middle East, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, West Africa, India, and the Mediterranean Sea. The company provides technologically advanced drilling-related products and services designed to create value for its customers. Noble Corporation also provides labor contract drilling services, well site and project management services, and engineering services. Noble Corporation's ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: NE).

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