Perro Negro 6: salvage tender out for sunken rig

A salvage operation to remove the wreck of drilling rig Perro Negro 6, operated by Italian oil services group Saipem, will get underway once Saipem picks a contractor following a recent tender.

The timing (of the removal) is depending on the offer that will be presented by the winner of the tender.

On July 1, the rig capsized as it was laying a pipeline linking Chevron's Block 0 and 14 with the liquefaction plant.

The disaster claimed one fatality and has for the time being cut off supplies from the Chevron-operated blocks, which were to be tied to the plant next year, supplying up to 170 million cubic feet of gas per day initially.

[July 4]
San Donato Milanese (Milan), July 2, 2013– Saipem informs that last night, July 1, the jack up drilling rig Perro Negro 6, due to the collapsing of the seabed under one of the three legs, suddenly tilted and suffered hull damages, causing water intake. The event occurred during the rig positioning on location prior to starting drilling operations, between the coasts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, near the mouth of the Congo River, in approximately 40 metres of water.
At 10.30 AM CEST, the rig, with no personnel on-board, capsized and sank.
The emergency procedures were promptly activated last night to ensure the evacuation of the personnel on-board. After the sudden and significant tilting, among the 103 crew members, one was recorded missing and another six incurred minor injuries.

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