Northern Offshore Announces Contract for the Energy Searcher

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HOUSTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Offshore, Ltd. (Oslo Bors: NOF.OL) today announced that in follow up to the company's previous announcement on December 9, 2013, its subsidiary, Northern Offshore International Drilling Company Ltd., has executed a long-term drilling contract with an affiliate of CAMAC Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT: CAK), for the drillship Energy Searcher.

The contract commits to an initial period of one year, with an option to extend the contact for an additional one-year term.  Commencement of drilling activities on the Oyo Field offshore Nigeria is expected during the first half of 2014.  The contract value for the first one-year term is just under US$100 million, plus mobilization fees.

About the Company

Northern Offshore, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company which operates offshore oil and gas drilling units and one production vessel in various markets around the world, including the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and West Africa. The company's fleet consists of four drilling units (a drillship, a semisubmersible and two jackup drilling rigs) and one floating production facility.  Additionally, the company has under construction two 350' high specification jackup drilling rigs, with delivery expected in the first and third quarters of 2016.  More information on Northern Offshore, Ltd. may be found by visiting the company's website at http://www.northernoffshorelimited.com.

For further information, please contact:
Brian Hefty at (713) 739-7686,
or via email at brian.hefty@northernoffshoreltd.com

This announcement contains statements that reflect the company's expectations or predictions of the future. These statements are forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding earnings guidance, capital allocation strategy, the impact of activity levels, business performance, and other market and industry conditions.  The company's actual results could differ materially from those reflected in such forward-looking statements.  Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company's regulatory filings.  The company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, including financial estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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