Kazakhs impound Parker's Sunkar barge rig

Kazakhstan authorities earlier this summer impounded a Caspian Sea-based drilling barge over allegations of about $6 million in unpaid duties.Houston-based Parker Drilling Co. owns Rig 257, the world's only arctic class drilling barge rig (Fig. 1). It was initially mobilized to the Caspian in 1999 to drill in the Kashagan field, and renamed Sunkar (meaning "falcon" in the Kazakh language) and demobilized to the port of Bautino in November 2003 to await further drilling (Fig. 2). Click here to enlarge imageThe rig owner, Houston-based Parker Drilling Co., was notified of the rig arrest on July 2, 2004, and filed objections to the duty assessment with the court in Aktau, Mangistau Obl...

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