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Noble Drilling Brings its
State-of-the-Art Training Facility
to Sugar Land

July 18, 2012

Sugar Land, TX – The Sugar Land Development Corporation recently approved an incentive package that will enable Noble Drilling Services to locate a state-of-the-art training facility in the Sugar Land Business Park.

Noble Drilling Services will locate its state-of-the-art training facility in 29,146 square feet of leased space in the Sugar Land Business Park in December 2012. The facility on Reed Road will provide state-of-the-art simulator and classroom-based training for its offshore oil exploration and development crews. In 2011, Noble provided tens of thousands of hours of training to its team members.

The Company elected to locate its U.S.-based training center in Sugar Land after a regional search. Noble Drilling has maintained offices in Granite Towers in Sugar Land since 2001. At that location, the company occupies more than 109,000 square feet of office space. In addition, Noble houses its corporate aircraft at the Sugar Land Regional Airport.

“We are excited about the opportunities our new training center will yield for our team members – both locally and internationally, as we continue to broaden and expand our training programs,” said Bob Newhouse, Director - Learning & Development at Noble. “Training is essential to our success and this new facility will help ensure our team members remain leaders in our industry in terms of safety, operational integrity and professionalism.”

The City of Sugar Land’s Office of Economic Development created an incentive package that was recently approved by the Sugar Land Development Corporation to secure the training facility in Sugar Land. The direct incentive is based on the company relocating the training facility to the Sugar Land Business Park; establishing training jobs and creating more than $7.5 million in new capital investment for the City.

“Noble Drilling Services has been one of Sugar Land’s corporate success stories,” said Mayor James Thompson. “We are proud that the company continues to choose us as its prime location.