ENSCO 7500 Towline Parts Due to Hurricane

ENSCO confirmed reports that the towline parted on its deepwater semisubmersible rig, ENSCO 7500, while the rig was under tow away from the path of Hurricane Katrina early Sunday morning.

Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the towline could not be reconnected and the rig was evacuated prior to suspension of helicopter service in advance of the storm. All personnel on board were safely transported to shore. ENSCO 7500 had been engaged in drilling activity in Green Canyon 652 and secured the well prior to initiation of hurricane response procedures.
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