Ensco plc Increases Offer to NOK 40.00 for Scorpion Offshore Ltd Shares

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London, England, 28 May 2010 . Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) announced that it has
increased its cash offer price for Scorpion Offshore Ltd (OSE:SCORE) shares to a
last and final offer of NOK 40.00.

Scorpion Offshore shareholders who want to accept the Offer must contact Matthew
Cyzer (telephone +44 20 7774 8333) or Matthew Stanton (telephone +44
20 7552 9865) at Goldman Sachs International or Gaute Ulltveit-Moe at Arctic
Securities (telephone +47 21 01 32 00) by 5:30pm Oslo time on 28 May 2010.

Ensco plc is a public limited company incorporated under the laws of England and
Wales. Headquartered in London, England, Ensco is a global offshore contract
drilling company. Its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York
Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "ESV." Ensco is one of the leading
providers of offshore contract drilling services to the international oil and
gas industry. Ensco's offshore rig fleet includes 39 jackup rigs, four
ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs and one barge rig. Additionally, Ensco has
four ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs under construction. Its operations are
concentrated in the geographic regions of Asia Pacific (which includes Asia, the
Middle East and Australia), Europe and Africa and North and South America. The
Ensco group of companies employs approximately 3,600 people worldwide. The
principal executive office of Ensco is located at 6 Chesterfield Gardens, London
W1J 5BQ England. Ensco's telephone number is +44 (0) 20 7659 4660, and its
website is www.enscoplc.com
5b58f0fadb436a9>. If the partial tender is successful and the other conditions
satisfied, any voluntary or mandatory offer will be made through an indirect,

wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensco.

The partial tender offer is not being made and will not be made, directly or
indirectly, in or into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan or in any
other jurisdiction in which the making of the partial tender offer would not be
in compliance with the laws of such jurisdiction. Any and all materials related
to the partial tender offer should not be sent or otherwise distributed in or
into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan, whether by use of the United
States mail or by any means or instrumentality of United States, Canadian,
Australian or Japanese commerce (including, but without limitation, the mail,
facsimile transmission, telex, telephone and the Internet) or any facility of a
United States, Canadian, Australian or Japanese national securities exchange,
and the partial tender offer cannot be accepted by any such use, means or
instrumentality, in or from within the United States, Canada, Australia or
Japan. Accordingly, no materials related to the partial tender offer will be,
and must not be, sent or otherwise distributed in or into or from the United
States, Canada, Australia or Japan or, in their capacities as such, to
custodians, trustees or nominees holding shares of Scorpion Offshore for United
States, Canadian, Australian or Japanese persons, and persons receiving any such
documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not distribute or
send them in, into or from the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan. Any
purported acceptance of the partial tender offer resulting directly or
indirectly from a violation of these restrictions will be invalid. No shares of
Scorpion Offshore are being solicited from a resident of the United States,
Canada, Australia or Japan and, if sent in response by a resident of the United
States, Canada, Australia or Japan, will not be accepted.

Statements contained in this press release that state the Company's or
management's intentions, plans, hopes, beliefs, expectations, anticipations,
projections, confidence, schedules, or predictions of the future are
forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements include words or phrases such as "anticipate,"
"believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "project," "could," "may,"
"might," "should," "will" and words and phrases of similar import.

The forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to statements about
the contemplated acquisition of Scorpion Offshore, the contemplated further
steps to gain full control of Scorpion Offshore if the partial tender is
successful, and the potential failure or withdrawal of the partial tender offer.

Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Numerous factors could cause
actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking
statements, including failure to successfully complete the partial tender offer,
material adverse changes in Scorpion Offshore's business, governmental and court
orders and other factors, including risks as described from time to time as Risk
Factors in the Company's SEC filings.

Copies of such SEC filings may be obtained at no charge by contacting our
Investor Relations Department at 214-397-3045 or by referring to our website at
bf80056e5acbca1>. All information in this press release is as of today. The
Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement, to conform
the statement to actual results, or reflect changes in the Company's

Investor and Media Contact:   Sean O'Neill

  Vice President



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