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Seadrill sells rigs for USD 225 million

John Fredriksen's Seadrill has entered a deal with Shelf Drilling to sell three rigs for a total of USD 225 million, announces the drilling company.

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Drilling company Seadrill, owned by Norwegian shipping magnate John Fredriksen, is selling three of the company's jack-up rigs for a total of USD 225 million (EUR 206 million), according to a press release from the company.

The buyer is Shelf Drilling, which is taking over the jack-up rigs West Triton, West Resolute, and West Mischief. Two of the rigs are expected to be delivered as early as the end of May, while West Mischief is planned for delivery during the third quarter of this year, after completing its current contract with NDC in Abu Dhabi.

The rigs bear outstanding debt for a total of USD 102 million, meaning that the sale will give Seadrill excess sales proceeds of USD 123 million, according to the announcement. Seadrill also states that the carrying value of the three rigs amounts to USD 415 million, meaning the company expects a loss on disposal of USD 190 million in the first quarter of 2017.

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