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    Keppel to deliver Maersk semi-submersible ahead of schedule

    Yard News // August 1, 2003
    Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited has announced that it will deliver a new generation semi-submersible rig to Maersk Contractors two weeks ahead of schedule in mid August.

    The rig was named Lider recently in a ceremony that was attended by more that 1,000 guests at Caspian Shipyard Company (CSC) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    Mr Tage Bundgaard, President of Maersk Contractors, said, "We are proud of this new highly advanced rig. We fully expect Lider to prove its state-of-the-art capabilities during the upcoming contract with Exxon Azerbaijan and other operators in the Caspain region. Caspian Shipyard Company has proved to be a very proficient rig constructor and we hope that this will be the first of many Maersk rigs to be working in the Caspian Sea."

    Lider will be contracted to Exxon Azerbaijan Operating Company LLC and Chevron Overseas Petroleum Azerbaijan Limited for a three-year drilling programme.

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