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    Briggs wins Exxon oil spill response contract

    News // November 7, 2003
    Briggs Environmental Services Limited in the UK has won a three-year contract to provide oil spill emergency response in the Caspian Sea and the Azerbaijan coastline to one of the world's largest oil corporations.

    Briggs will provide Exxon Azerbaijan Operating Company LLC, an Exxon Mobil subsidiary, with offshore and shoreline clean up operations and round the clock standby. The contract also includes incident management assistance, exercise and planning, and theprovision of training and personnel.

    Exxon Azerbaijan is currently undergoing prospective drilling on Zafar Mashal Block within the Azerbaijan area. The first well is to be drilled with a new semi submersible rig, Lider, which was constructed with significant investment from ExxonMobil.

    Lider is one of the largest and most powerful drilling rigs in the Caspian Sea, capable of operating at water depths of 75 to 1,000 metres and drilling to a depth of more than 9,000 metres.

    Briggs already has a substantial presence at Baku in Azerbaijan, servicing other major oil interests. The company provides emergency oil spill response services, training and expertise to drilling and exploration companies and to international partnerships constructing pipelines.

    The BESL base in Azerbaijan was set up six years ago and became the first western standard facility to be constructed in the former Soviet Republic. It holds equipment worth over $4 million and employing highly trained competent personnel, who have beeninvolved in a number of responses to spills from pipelines, facilities and shipping within this geographic area.

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