Previously known as "Kuril", the second-hand jackup rig will be renamed as "COSL 931". The 479 feet long "COSL931", established in 1995, can drill a maximum of 21,666 feet in depth. At the end of July 2004, the rig will be transported from United Arab Emirates to Haikou, Hainan to resume the repairing of its drilling functions in mid August. "COSL 931" will commence drilling services in Northern Bay of South China Sea by October of 2004.
Mr. Yuan Guangyu, CEO of the Company, stated during today's signing ceremony, "Exploration and development activities in China continued to demonstrate its robust momentum, which bring forth numerous opportunities for oilfield services. The purchasing of the second-hand jackup rig, which is critical in enhancing the Group's capability and operation capacity, is considered as a part of the Group's capital investment in recent years. Once the jackup rig commences operation, it is poised to improve the Group's operational efficiency and technical competency, in order to provide more comprehensive and quality services and to maximize returns for our shareholders."
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