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Noble Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company based in Houston, Texas. Operations include the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in the U.S. and internationally. Key focus areas of the company are the U.S. onshore, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern Mediterranean, and West Africa.
The largest deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration discovery for Noble Energy has been the Gunflint discovery in 2008. In January 2009, Noble Energy announced a significant discovery at Tamar, offshore Israel, the largest discovery in the company’s history. These and other major development projects are expected to create sustained cash flows after investment and attractive financial returns. Noble Energy, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NBL”.
Noble Energy, Inc. has a long history of crude oil and natural gas exploration, exploitation, and development activities in the United States, with an onshore U.S. presence since 1932 and a Gulf of Mexico presence since 1968. Noble was one of the first independent producers to explore offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.
With 22 new leases awarded in 2009 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Noble will have a significant presence in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. operations accounted for 56% of Noble Energy’s 2009 consolidated sales volumes and 56% of total proven reserves.
Noble’s stature as a major deepwater service provider has recently been enhanced by a June 2010 merger agreement, in which Noble Energy Inc. will acquire privately held Frontier Drilling (see June 28, 2010 Forbes article). The acquisition includes Frontier’s fleet of drillships, a conventionally moored deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig, and one dynamically positioned floating production, storage, offloading (FPSO) vessel. Noble remains on the lookout for new chances to expand its fleet; Noble currently owns the second-largest fleet of offshore drilling rigs, behind only Transocean Ltd.
Noble Energy is geographically more diversified than many of its competitors. In addition to Noble Energy’s wide geographical presence, its operations are also more broadly focused. Noble’s projects range from low-risk onshore drilling sites to higher-risk deepwater and unconventional natural gas deposits. Some of Noble Energy’s top competitors include Quicksilver Resources, Forest Oil, Denbury Resources, Inc., and EOG Resources.
At the end of August 2021, a Noble-owned drillship called the Globetrotter II was operating in the Gulf of Mexico when she was struck by Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms seen in decades. This was no accident or unpredictable act of nature. The Globetrotter II and her crew of 142 people were left stranded and battered by Ida, nearly capsizing and leaving the crew in fear for their lives, because Noble and Shell, who was leasing the rig, did not evacuate them in time.
The National Hurricane Center had warned that Ida was going to strike. The Globetrotter II's sister ship was evacuated. But not this drillship. Her crew was directed to keep working up until the morning that Hurricane Ida descended. There was simply not enough time to get a safe distance away. The Globetrotter II and her crew instead found themselves within 10 miles of Ida's eyewall, the most dangerous part of a hurricane. She was battered by 80-foot swells and 150-mph winds. The entire crew thought they were going to die.
Arnold & Itkin is representing several of the crew members who were on the Globetrotter II during this horrific ordeal. We are working to hold Noble, Shell, and other parties accountable for putting the crew at risk by failing to evacuate in the presence of a storm they knew was going to strike. We look forward to seeing justice served on their behalf.
Like most oil and gas companies, Noble is no stranger to accidents that injure workers and even claim their lives. Offshore workers perform hard labor in challenging conditions. They work long shifts in close proximity to heavy machinery, equipment, and volatile substance that could endanger their lives in a heartbeat. In spite of inherently dangerous working conditions, Noble and other companies have an obligation to ensure their rigs are properly inspected and maintained. They must enforce safety standards for the well-being of their workers and the environment. When they fail to do so, serious accidents may occur.
Noble Energy workers may be at risk of suffering from severe burns, drowning, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, crush trauma, and a host of other catastrophic injuries in blowouts, explosions, and other rig accidents. They deserve the chance to recoup their losses and get the support they need to put their lives back together, and that's what our Noble injury attorneys fight for. At Arnold & Itkin, we realize that we are facing off against a company with Goliath-like resources, but that doesn't stop us. We will outwork anyone because we care about our clients' futures.
Noble Energy Inc. has built a massive corporation on its major deep-water exploration projects. Because their operations are so risky, workers ought to have the assurance that they’ll receive whatever they need in the event of an accident. However, that’s rarely the case. When workers get injured or suffer wrongful death, many offshore companies prolong litigation on purpose. Cases are extended due to endless investigations and delay strategies, forcing people to go into debt without much-needed medical treatment.
Our Noble Energy accident lawyers have experience litigating against billion-dollar offshore companies. We understand the strategies their attorneys use—which means we know how to counter them. Our clients have been able to secure billions of dollars to restore their lives because we have the experience needed to stand up to the largest corporations.
If you were hurt or have a relative that suffered a wrongful death, do not let them around. Call our Noble Energy injury lawyers to settle disputes between you and the company.
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