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Blake International Rigs, LLC and Energy XXI Services, LLC have extended the contract term for the Blake Rig 651.  The initial contract term was for one well at South Pass 77 C, and this extension has the rig moving to South Timbalier 200 A for a 7 well program. This extension should carry the contract into December of 2017, and Energy XXI retains the right to any option wells. 

 

“This extended work program for Rig 651, along with the recent contract award for our Blake Rig 1007, is a reflection of our company’s past performance and ongoing ability to adapt to market changes and customer needs”, says Jeff Kessler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Blake International Rigs, LLC. “The employees of Blake International are excited to continue working with the team at Energy XXI and assisting them in achieving a safe and successful operation at South Timbalier 200.”

 

The Blake Rig 651 is a 650 horse power self-erecting modular platform rig.  Prior to this contract award, the Blake Rig 651 recently completed a 14 well P&A program with a major oil company in the US Gulf of Mexico.  

 

Blake International Rigs owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico. 

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Blake International Rigs, LLC and an unnamed operator have entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 1007 to a Spar located in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico.  The initial contract term is for seven wells, which is scheduled to commence in Q4 2017. This initial term should keep the rig under contract into Q2 2019, and the operator retains the right to any option wells.  The Blake Rig 1007 is currently located at Blake’s Houma facility where it will begin making ready for the project.

 

“Our Blake Rig 1007 was built in 2011 for operations on a deepwater TLP and we are grateful to be working again in this region for years to come”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International Rigs, LLC.  “This contract further strengthens our position in the US Gulf of Mexico; and it also serves as an indicator that the deepwater Gulf of Mexico is still an attractive and economical basin for oil companies and service companies alike.”

 

The Blake Rig 1007 is a 1000 horse power self-erecting modular platform rig.  Blake International Rigs owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico. 

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Blake International Rigs, LLC and Energy XXI Services, LLC have entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 651 to Energy XXI’s South Pass 77 “C” platform.  The initial contract term is for one well, which is scheduled to commence in late April following a 30 day make ready period at Blake’s Houma facility. This initial term should keep the rig under contract into June 2017, and Energy XXI retains the right to any option wells.  The Blake Rig 651 recently completed a 14 well P&A program with a major oil company in the US Gulf of Mexico.

 

“Securing this contract with Energy XXI has revitalized our company’s energy in this trying market”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International Rigs, LLC.  “Blake International and Energy XXI have a long standing relationship and we look forward to working with the Energy XXI team again on this project.”

 

The Blake Rig 651 is a 650 horse power self-erecting modular platform rig.  Blake International Rigs owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico. 

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Blake International Rigs, LLC and Fieldwood Energy LLC have extended the contract for the Blake Rig 210 for a one well recompletion in the US Gulf of Mexico.  This extension will take effect following current operations of the Blake Rig 210 for Fieldwood Energy LLC.  The Blake Rig 210 is a 650 horsepower self-erecting modular platform rig. 

 

More information on Blake International Rigs’ fleet of platform rigs, including the Blake Rig 210, can be found at www.blakeinternationalrigs.com.

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Blake International Rigs, LLC recently entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 651 to a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  The contract term is an eight well P&A program and mobilization is expected to occur in mid-November 2015.

Blake International also plans to mobilize one of the two 2000 HP Self-Erecting Platform Rigs back to their Houma, LA facility from Mexico where is it currently demobilizing off location.  Both 2000 HP rigs in Mexico have been in country since 2011 and are currently being marketed for available work.

Additionally, the Blake Rig 1007 is on schedule to commence mobilization in mid-August 2015 to drill one well off a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.   The initial contract term is expected to keep the rig busy into early-November 2015 and the customer retains the right to an option well.

“Securing the contract for Rig 651 has revitalized our company’s energy in this trying market as this contract is expected to keep the rig busy into Q3/Q4 2016”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International Rigs, LLC.    “These recent contracts with Rig 651 and Rig 1007 are with clients new to Blake International, and we are excited to be expanding our customer base.  Our goal is to be the platform rig provider of choice and our team is dedicated to achieving and maintaining this goal.”

The Blake Rig 651 is a 650 horse power self-erecting modular platform rig and the Blake Rig 1007 is a 1000 horsepower self-erecting modular platform rig. Blake International Rigs owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico. 

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The Blake Rig 1007 has recently been committed to Renaissance Offshore, LLC to drill the “A-2” well at the South Timbalier 317 “A” platform.  Renaissance plans to mobilize the Blake Rig 1007 around mid-August following Anadarko’s current operations with the platform rig.  The contract term is for this one well and Renaissance Offshore retains the right to an option well(s).

“Just as Renaissance Offshore strives to be the operator of choice regarding sizable investments in the Gulf of Mexico, Blake International Rigs strives to be the contractor of choice regarding platform rig needs related to drilling, workover, and well abandonment operations.  We look forward to working with the Renaissance Offshore team and establishing a longstanding relationship between the two companies.  This is a great opportunity for Blake International to expand our presence in the Gulf of Mexico by adding another valued company to our customer base”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International Rigs, LLC.

Blake International Rigs owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico.

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The Blake Rig 1505 recently began mobilizing to Walter Oil & Gas Corporation’s South Timbalier 311 “A” platform, where it will perform a completion on the A-2 well following current rig up operations.

 

Blake International Rigs, LLC and Walter Oil & Gas Corporation entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 1505 onto the recently installed South Timbalier 311 A platform.  The contract term is for one well, with multiple option wells.

 

The Blake Rig 1505 recently completed a five well project for Ankor Energy LLC, prior to making ready for the Walter Oil & Gas project. 

 

The initial contract term will keep the rig busy into April 2015.  The option wells, if exercised could keep the rig working into Q3/Q4 2015 respectively.

 

“We are very pleased to be working with Walter Oil & Gas Corporation and look forward to building a longstanding relationship with them.  Walter Oil & Gas has a strong foothold in the US waters of the Gulf of Mexico and we are very excited for this opportunity”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International Rigs.

 

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On August 4th, 2014, Blake International Rigs, LLC was presented with The American Equity Underwriters, INC (AEU) Safety Award. This award recognizes AEU members having the the lowest number and severity of claims per hours worked for each calendar year. Of AEU’s five hundred members, Blake International was honored to be the recipient of the 2013 offshore division award. 

Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International Rigs, accepted the award at the annual American Longshore Mutual Association, Ltd (ALMA) conference in San Diego, California. Issuing the award was James Burgin, Sr. Vice President and Director of Loss Control of AEU, and Mike Lapeyrouse, President and CEO of AEU. 

Commenting on the award, Mr. Blake said “Receiving this award is a significant achievement for our employees. Safety is a core value for Blake International Rigs, and an integral part of our corporate culture. Thanks to the hard work of our employees, and their dedication to creating a safe environment, more than 375 employees returned home safely in 2013. Blake International Rigs will continue striving to create the safest environment for our employees. By the end of 2014, we hope to celebrate our sixth year in a row of zero Lost Time Accidents.”

Blake International Rigs, LLC is the only privately held platform rig contractor in the Gulf of Mexico. Their main office is located in Houma, Louisiana, with additional locations in Houston and Del Carmen, Mexico.

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EY announces Blake International’s President & CEO Beau Blake

is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award finalist in Gulf Coast Region

 

Houston, Texas, May 5th, 2014 – EY today announced that Michael "Beau" Blake Jr, President & CEO of Blake International Rigs, LLC is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Gulf Coast Region.  The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Beau Blake was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at the Hilton Americas Hotel – Downtown Houston. 

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. 

 

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC has received a roll over contract for the “Blake 2003” rig.  Pemex has awarded Blake International with a 1215 day contract worth approximately $70,000,000. It will commence following the 35 day extension that expires later this month.  The Blake 2003 has been under contract with Pemex since July 2011.

 

According to Beau Blake, President and CEO, "Modular rigs will continue to play a key role in PEMEX's energy plans. With the Jack-up market utilization tightening and a steady rise in day rates, modular platform drilling and work over rigs have become extremely attractive to Pemex. Modular rigs continue to be a safe, low cost and effective way for Pemex to maintain their production output.”

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Blake International Rigs, LLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation have entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 1007 onto the Constitution Spar at Green Canyon 680 A.  The contract term is three wells, to commence following the Drilling Unit’s current contract term.

 

The Blake Rig 1007 recently completed a project for Anadarko on the Marco Polo TLP, and is currently working for Apache Corporation, on the Ewing Banks 826A platform to fulfill a two well contract. 

 

The remainder of the Apache contract, followed by the Anadarko project, is expected to keep the rig busy through July 2014.  “We are very excited about working with Anadarko again, and continuing to build upon our existing relationship.  This contract will mark the third project that Anadarko has awarded Blake International since we entered into the Deepwater market in 2011.  This contract also strengthens our goal to be the preferred platform rig contractor in the Gulf of Mexico”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International.   

 

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Blake International USA Rigs has received a contract extension on the “Blake 2001”. Pemex has extended the contract for an additional 160 days ending its current contract in mid November. The Blake 2001 will then begin its new 1261 day contract awarded to Blake International earlier this year

According to Beau Blake, President and CEO, “Pemex continues to ramp up its drilling activity and we have positioned ourselves on the front line. Modular platform rigs have become a safe, low cost and effective way for Pemex to regain and maintain their production output needed. We are also in negotiations with Pemex to add additional rigs to our fleet in Mexico by way of deploying current assets from our Houma facility. By adding additional rigs to our Mexico fleet, we will continue to reach our goal of becoming Pemex’s preferred modular platform rig drilling contractor”. Continue Reading

Blake International’s Houma Yard Support Crew recently achieved a significant safety milestone by completing 10 consecutive years without a recordable injury and over 12 years without a lost time injury case. For over a decade, the Yard Support Crew has worked over 800,000 man-hours without a recordable injury and 1.4 million man-hours without a disabling lost time event.

According to Beau Blake, President and CEO, “Safety is a core value at Blake International. It’s the result of the strong HSE program created by emphasizing the importance of training, education, communication, and personal accountability, and the commitment and dedication of our employees to working safely.  Safety is an integral part of the Blake International culture, and it is prevalent throughout the organization – from each and every crew in the field, to the managers throughout the organization. It’s the shared responsibility of both the company management and employees to provide and maintain a safe work environment while continually looking for opportunities for improvement.”

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Blake International Rigs, LLC and ANKOR Energy LLC have entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 1505 onto the Vermillion 379 D platform.  The contract term is 4 wells, to commence following the Drilling Unit’s current contract term.

 

The Blake Rig 1505 recently completed a drilling project at Main Pass 308 A, and is currently at Blake’s Houma facility waiting to mobilize to the High Island A595 D platform to fulfill the remainder of the contract term with Apache Corporation. 

 

The remainder of the Apache contract, followed by the ANKOR project, is expected to keep the rig working into Q3 2014.  “We are very excited about working with ANKOR Energy and establishing a lasting relationship along the way.  This contract further strengthens our goal to be the preferred platform rig contractor in the region and secures long term work for half our rig fleet”, says Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International.   

 

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Houma, LA- Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued trademark No. 4,191,227 to the Blake DART® apparatus. The DART® construction was completed in March of 2010 and is currently in use on the Blake 1007, under contract to Anadarko. The Blake DART® stabilizing kit is designed as a supplement to the rig’s mast. It enables a portion of the loads imposed by the pipe stored in the mast to be transferred away from the mast back to the rig substructure thereby enabling the rig to work on floating structures in deepwater which exhibit horizontal forces along with pitch and roll effects.

Beau Blake, President and CEO of Blake International USA Rigs, commented that "our company is pleased to receive the DART® trademark from the US Patent Office. The DART® stabilizing kit is yet another product that Blake International has introduced to support our customers’ operations, and this recognition by the patent office will further aid us in our endeavors. As the deepwater GOM market continues to improve in such an expeditious way, Blake International stands ready to offer our customers another option to their rig selections. We have engineered the DART® kit to fit 3 of our 10 rigs making replication of this kit easily obtainable. Blake International looks forward to using the DART® stabilizing kit to serve a wider scope of our customers’ needs now and in the future"

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Blake International recently exercised a contract extension, with Apache Corporation, for continued use of the Blake Rig 1505. The contract has been extended for a two platform, five well, program and will keep the rig working into the second quarter of 2013. The Blake Rig 1505 is a 1500 horsepower self-erecting platform rig.

In addition, PEMEX recently awarded Blake International a 1261 day rollover contract for the Blake Rig 2001, effective following the current contract term set to expire in June 2013. Total contract value is $82,000,000.00 and will keep the rig busy into the first quarter of 2017. The Blake Rig 2001 is a 2000 horsepower self-erecting platform rig.

“These contract extensions are major successes for Blake International, as they reflect our commitment to customer service. We also see an opportunity to bring new rigs into the market as the backlog and demand for these larger platform rigs increase.” says Beau Blake, President and CEO.

Blake International Rigs owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico.

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HOUMA, LA- Blake International USA Rigs, LLC announced the resignation of Ray Rebstock and the promotion of Jeffery Showalter to Vice President of Operations, US & Mexico, effective immediately.

"We are proud to have promoted such a valuable member of our management team. Jeff has exceptional leadership skills and many years of experience in the industry" commented Beau Blake, President of Blake International. Michael E Blake, Chairman of the Board added, "Jeffery Showalter is widely known and respected in this industry. Blake International is confident his dedication and experience is a great asset in our constantly growing company."

Jeffery Showalter has previously worked as Operations Manager for Seahawk Drilling, and as US-GOM jack-up rig Operations Manager for Pride International. He has a proven background of 37 years of service in Operations, Safety, and Construction for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Blake International owns and operates a fleet of 10 platform rigs in the US and Mexico. For more information please visit www.blakeinternationalrigs.com

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Blake International Rigs announced today that Beau Blake has been promoted from VP of Business Development and Administration to President & Chief Executive Officer - USA and Mexico, effective immediately.
"Beau brings the right skill set to lead Blake International as we shift from a focus on stabilization to a focus on growth and profitability," said Mike Blake, Blake International's Chairman of the Board. "Beau's leadership skills and his experience in the Drilling and Workover market make him the right President & CEO to lead Blake International to success." added Mr. Blake.

"I'm very pleased to be leading Blake International," said Beau Blake. "This is a great company with accomplishment, history, highly innovative products, extremely skilled and dedicated employees, as well as a solid and loyal customer base. The Blake International team has done a tremendous job over the past few years, restructuring and building the company while refocusing its approach to the business. I'm excited about the opportunity to lead Blake International and build on the momentum to grow the business by helping our customers be successful."

Blake International USA Rigs is a privately-held offshore drilling contractor with a fleet of 10 platform rigs that work in both the Mexican and U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Blake International and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation have entered into a contract to mobilize the Blake Rig 1007 onto the Marco Polo TLP at Green Canyon 608. The contract is for 2 wells with a 1 well option. The Blake Rig 1007 is currently undergoing modifications at the Blake International facility in Houma Louisiana.

In early 2010, Blake International engineered and developed their "DART" TM kit to prepare for their entry in the deepwater arena. "Our decision to enter into the deepwater market was a personal goal of mine and we feel it is the next step for Blake International to become the industry's preferred platform rig contractor", says Michael E. Blake, Chairman of Blake International.

Blake International owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico.

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Blake International has purchased a 3000hp platform rig from Well Services LTD in Trinidad. Blake has renamed the rig the "Blake Rig 5" and it has a 1 year contract working for PEMEX with a contract value of $25,000,000.00. "This acquisition was essential for us to meet the market's demand for higher horsepower rigs", says Beau Blake, Vice President of Business Development.

The Blake Rig 5 is currently being shipped from Trinidad to Mexico where it will undergo minor refurbishments before beginning its contract with PEMEX.

Blake International owns and operates a fleet of 10 Platform Rigs in the US and Mexico. For more information please visit www.blakeinternationalrigs.com

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Blake International USA Rigs recently received a 3 well contract for the Blake Rig 1006, a 1000 horsepower self-erecting platform rig. W&T Offshore, Inc. is scheduled to commence mobilization to South Timbalier 316 in mid-July 2011. The rig is being made ready at Blake International's 44 acre yard and fabrication facility in Houma, LAContinue Reading

PEMEX has recently awarded Blake International two long-term contracts for offshore Mexico. As a result of tender 18575088-508-10, the operator awarded the Blake 2001 a 678- day charter with a start date of August, 2 2011, and the Blake 2003 a 934-day charter scheduled to start May 5, 2011. The total contract values are just over US $71,000,000. Both units (Blake 2001, Blake 2003) are recently upgraded and will be 2000HP Self-Erecting Platform Rigs. The Blake 2001 will be an upgrade from the Blake 1501 and the Blake 2003 will be an upgrade from the Blake 1502. Both upgrades are taking place at the Blake International Facility in Houma, La.

In addition to the two PEMEX Contracts, the Blake 1505 has recently been awarded a contract from Apache Corp. to drill 4 wells with an additional 2 well option. This contract will kick off in July, 2011 on Apache's new MP 308 platform project. The Blake 1505 is being upgraded from the Blake 1005.

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to announce a new addition to their management team, Jeffrey Kessler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Formerly working for Nabors Offshore, Jeff has grown up around the oil industry, working in sales for six years and now brings his enthusiasm and creativity to Blake International. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration. Michael Blake, Chairman of the Board of Blake International, believes "Jeff is a great addition to our team, and will further increase our personalized service to our customers." Kessler's skills complement those of the existing management team, and will increase Blake International's growth and prosperity in the domestic and international drilling markets.Continue Reading
As of January 8, 2011, the Rig and Yard crews have worked 26 months (2.2 years) with one recordable injury. Blake International is BOEM INC free (Forty-two {42} consecutive BOEM INC free inspections dating back to last year) and have 0 reported spills for the year. Blake continues to work safely and efficiently while surpassing the needs of their customers.Continue Reading
Blake International is proud to announce that the company is in the beginning stages of the development and construction of a 2000hp Self Erecting Platform Rig, the Blake Rig 2001. Once constructed the rig will be added to our fleet of nine (9) Self erecting Platform rigs. The rig will have a estimated hookload of 1,000,000 lbs. with 12 lines and will be designed in our traditional space saving mode as our other Self Erecting Platform Rigs. Blake international is constantly looking for ways to diversify our rig fleet in order meet the demands of our customers.Continue Reading

Houma, LA- Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to announce that the construction of their "DART" TM stabilizing structure is completed. The Blake "DART" TM stabilizing structure is designed as a supplement to the rig's mast. It enables a portion of the loads imposed by the pipe stored in the mast to be transferred away from the mast back to the rig substructure thereby enabling the rig to work on floating platforms. It is now available for Blake rigs 1005, 1501, or 1502. We look forward to meeting a wider scope of our customers' needs by introducing this technology into our company.

Blake is also pleased to announce that we have completed another incident free month with no recordables, INCs or Spills. Blake's rigs and yard have worked 23 months with only one recordable injury, and boast a record of 40 consecutive BOEM INC free inspections and have 0 reported spills for the year.

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HOUMA, LA- Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to announce it has started construction of its new "DART" TM stabilizing structure. The "DART" TM kits will enable Blake to perform drilling and workover operations on deepwater spars and TLP's located in the US Gulf of Mexico and abroad. Rig Solutions of Houston, TX was awarded the contract and has begun construction after the research and development phase was completed. With this new addition to our fleet, Blake International will be able to further diversify its services and better meet the needs of its customers.Continue Reading

Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to report that as of May 8, 2010, the company has worked eighteen (18) consecutive months without a recordable incident. In addition, MMS has conducted twenty-five (25) consecutive inspections on our platform rigs operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with zero (0) incidents of non compliance (INC'S).

We are also pleased to announce that Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is embarking on a three well program with Apache Corporation for the Blake 210, located at East Cameron 278C.

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to report that as of April 12, 2010, we have worked seventeen (17) consecutive months (over 700,000 man-hours) without a recordable incident or spill and our last twenty-four (24) MMS inspections were INC free.Continue Reading

Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to announce that it's Rig 210 (650 hp self erecting platform unit) has been contracted to Apache Corporation for one, sixty days term with options at South Pass Block 62 "A". The rig is loading out now from the company's operations facility in Houma, LA.

In addition to the new contract for Rig 210, the company's Rig 14 (350 hp self erecting platform unit) which has been continually contracted to Apache Corporation since January 2009, has received a sixty day extension with options to extend starting January 18, 2010. Both Rig 14 and Rig 210 are contracted to Apache's Production Department.

Blake International Rig 1502 (1500 hp self erecting platform unit) is also contracted to Apache's Drilling Department and is currently working at South Pass Block 75 "A".

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is pleased to report that as of August 31, 2009, the company has worked nine (9) consecutive months without a recordable incident. In addition, MMS has conducted fourteen (14) consecutive inspections on our platform rigs operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with zero (0) incidents of non compliance (INC'S).

We are also pleased to announce that Blake International USA Rigs, LLC extends the platform rig Blake 14's contract with Apache Corporation another sixty (60) days, through November 19, 2009. Rig 14 is currently located at South Marsh Island 281-C.

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May 23, 2009 marked the one-year anniversary for Blake International USA Rigs, LLC, which was formed when Michael E. Blake purchased the platform rig operation from Pride International as well as the 45-acre facility in Houma, LA for $66 million in cash. Blake International has benefited from a successful first year and looks forward to continuing to facilitate our clients with expertise, experience and success on all projects. Blake International will be persistent in forging forward to becoming the most preferred platform rig provider in the GOM and Mexico.

Blake International also recently opened a Sales & Marketing office in Houston, TX. The office is located at 1235 North Loop West, Suite 919 and will support the Corporate office and Operations facility office located in Houma, LA. Michael E. Blake (Owner and Chairman of the Board), Susan Rendino (Executive Assistant) and John Buckelew (VP Marketing U.S. and Mexico) will be operating out of this office. The opening of the Houston office will enable Blake International to be more accessible to our clients as we expand our platform rig operations into the deepwater development market. Blake International remains the only privately-held offshore platform rig provider in the United States and continues to grow and become more visible in the oil industry.

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Blake International platform rig Blake 1005 has received a 146-day extension from Petroleso Mexicanos (PEMEX) that will keep the rig contracted with PEMEX through Sept. 9, 2009. Pride holds the PEMEX contract for this rig as it was under contract to PEMEX when Blake International USA Rigs, LLC bought the platform rig fleet from Pride International Inc. in May 2008. Blake International USA Rigs owns the rig, but Pride International and its subsidiary Seahawk manage the operations throughout the current contract term, including the new 146-day extension.

Blake platform rig Blake 1002 recently finished it's contract with PEMEX, contracted through Pride, and is now hot stacked at the Seyba Playa dock in Mexico. The rig will be demobilized to Houma, LA later this month and made available for work in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico or Internationally.

Blake 651 and Blake 1003 are both hot stacked in Houma. Blake International has also received a 90-day extension from Apache Corporation for platform rig Blake 14, keeping the rig contracted to July 2, 2009.  Apache holds options for continued use of the rig thereafter. The rig is now drilling on West Delta Block 103 in approximately 213 feet of water.

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC of Houma, Louisiana announces that its Chairman of the Board, Michael E. Blake, has sold his ownership interests in Blake Offshore Holdings, parent company of Blake Offshore, along with Blake Drilling and Workover's interest in Blake Offshore to Avista Capital Partners. Mr. Blake has resigned from the Blake Offshore Board of Directors, along with his wife Ramona Blake and his son Michael E. Blake, Jr.

Mr. Blake will focus all of his attention on growing his newly acquired platform drilling company that he purchased from Pride International in mid 2008.

Blake International USA Rigs, LLC owns and operates platform drilling and workover rigs in the United States Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico, and remains the only privately-held offshore platform rig provider in the United States.

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC of Houma, Louisiana announces the appointment of John Buckelew to Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. He joins Blake International with 28 years of experience. Also appointed is Ronnie Haydel as HS&E Manager with 28 years of experience. Most recently, both worked in their respective management positions with Pride Offshore, Inc.; a subsidiary of Pride International Inc. of Houston, Texas.

Ray Rebstock, VP of Operations for US & Mexico commented, "The addition of Mr. Buckelew and Mr. Haydel completes a dedicated and experienced management team that is eager to move forward and further advance Blake International in the platform rig market."

Blake International USA Rigs, LLC owns and operates ten platform drilling and workover rigs in the United States Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico.

Effective October 31, 2008, Blake International USA Rigs, LLC is no longer affiliated with Blake Offshore, LLC. However, Mike Blake continues to serve on the Board of Directors and still remains the single largest shareholder.

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Blake International USA Rigs, LLC of Houma, Louisiana announces the appointment of Ray Rebstock, Jr. to Vice President of Operations for US & Mexico. Also promoted: Daniel Cheramie to Senior Operations Manager.

Michael Blake, Chairman of the Board commented, "We are proud to have put in place such an experienced leadership team involved in the management of this company. Ray and Daniel have complementing skills that will enable Blake International to grow and prosper in the domestic and international platform drilling markets."

Ray Rebstock and Daniel Cheramie have a combined oilfield industry experience of 59 years. Most recently, both worked in the platform management sector for Pride Offshore.

Blake International USA Rigs, LLC owns and operates ten platform drilling and workover rigs in the United States Gulf of Mexico and offshore Mexico.

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Blake International Rigs USA has closed on the asset purchase of Pride International's platform rig fleet including the 42 acre operations facility located in Houma, Louisiana. Blake will continue the ongoing operations of the rigs currently under contract in the US Gulf of Mexico as well as in Mexican waters with PEMEX. Contracts are being negotiated with various Operators that will utilize the rigs currently idle.

Blake has hired over 260 of the platform workforce employees both on and offshore to ensure an efficient transition of operations for its customers. Blake plans to expand its presence both domestically and abroad with the fabrication of deepwater "self-erecting" platform rigs designed for floating production structures located around the world.

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