Northern Offshore Discloses Contract Dispute with CAMAC Energy affiliate in Nigeria

Jan 12, 2015, 03:00 ET from Northern Offshore, Ltd.

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Offshore, Ltd. (the "Company") (Oslo Bors: NOF.OL) announced today that on January 2, 2015 it issued a Notice of Contract Termination to Oceanic Consultants Nigeria Ltd. (Oceanic), an affiliate of Houston, Texas based CAMAC Energy Inc. (CAMAC) for the Energy Searcher drilling contract.  CAMAC guaranteed Oceanic's obligations under the drilling contract.  The Company believes that Oceanic breached various terms of the drilling contract and will be filing a claim for in excess of $50 million associated with this matter pursuant to the arbitration provisions of the contract.

The Company hopes to have the rig demobilized out of Nigeria by late January.

About the Company

Northern Offshore, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company which operates offshore oil and gas drilling units and one production vessel in various markets around the world, including the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and West Africa. The Company's fleet consists of four drilling units (a drillship, a semisubmersible and two jackup drilling rigs) and one floating production facility.  Additionally, the Company has under construction two 350' high specification jackup drilling rigs, with delivery expected in the first and third quarters of 2016.  More information on Northern Offshore, Ltd. may be found by visiting the Company's website at

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