Western-built jack up to begin Caspian Sea work

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc.'s (TSF) Trident 20 will spud its first well late this year, becoming the first new Western jack up to enter the Caspian rig fleet.This brings the total number of Caspian mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to five, with two semisubmersibles, two jack ups, and one barge operating in the region. Click here to enlarge imageThe rig will work for 3 to 5 years as part of the Rig Club 2 vessel-sharing agreement (OGJ, Nov. 8, 1999, p. 63, Table 1). The current drilling commitment includes the following areas (Fig. 1):Lankaran-Talysh field operated by TotalFina Elf SA.Oghuz field operated by ExxonMobil Corp.Lankaran-Talysh field.Kurdashi field for Agip SPA.Yanan...

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