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Hercules Offshore Cancels Two Rig Contracts off Angola

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 6/20/2014, Location: Africa

Due to the failure of Sonangol officials to accept a local representative that meets the Companyís international legal compliance standards, the Company has experienced delays in obtaining Angolan visas for required crewmembers and delays in importing required parts and equipment into Angola to support operations under the drilling contract for the Hercules 267. As a result of these delays, the Contract will be terminated. Pursuant to an agreement with the customer, the Company will not have any contractual exposure to the customer as a result of the Contract termination.

Sonangol has failed to accept any of three different local representatives proposed by the Company who meet our legal compliance standards, notwithstanding the legal and technical sufficiency of our proposals. The Company understands that working with a local representative is required under the Contract, and the transition to a representative meeting our compliance standards is a necessary condition for the Company to continue to perform its obligations under the Contract in Angola.

As previously disclosed in our fleet status report on May 20, 2014, the Company recently moved the Hercules 267 to Gabon from Angola. The Hercules 267 has been on zero dayrate since late April 2014, and final cessation of the rigís operations under the Contract will reduce our current estimated future backlog by an estimated $91.8 million, until we are able to obtain a contract for the rig in another location.

Also as a result of these circumstances, the Company will voluntarily forgo a three-year contract award it previously received in Angola for the Hercules Triumph.

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