What Noble Energy Can Do
Noble did not receive permission to sink a new well. Rather, the company was granted permission to resume work on a well in the Mississippi Canyon, some 70 or miles south of Louisiana. Work on this well had started a while back, but all drilling was stopped in the aftermath of the BP (NYSE:BP) Deepwater Horizon accident.
Now, though, Ensco (NYSE:ESV) can go ahead and drill the well. As part of this process, Noble/Ensco will be using a new underwater containment system developed by Helix Energy (NYSE:HLX). It is unclear at this point whether the inclusion of that system had any bearing on Noble getting permission to move forward, but it certainly seems like a good move to include a system that should help contain any spilled oil if another accident were to occur.
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