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11 drilling rigs sold as scrap in the past year

For the rig companies' earnings on leasing out drilling rigs to improve, a significantly higher number of rigs need to be scrapped, note analysts according to Sysla.

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11 drilling rigs in the North Sea have been sold as scrap in the past year, but analysts note that significantly more rigs need to be scrapped for the current rig leasing rates to improve.

"For the market as a whole, it would be positive on the long-term for more rigs to be scrapped. Earnings are down significantly, as there are far more rigs than needed in the market," says Janne Kvernland of Nordea Markets to Norwegian media Sysla:

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