ExxonMobil Begins Operations on Deepest Caspian Well

ExxonMobil has begun drilling operations on the deepest well to be drilled to date in the Caspian Sea. The depth of the well will be 6800 meters. The ExxonMobil-led consortium said it would take 240 days to drill the well on the Zafar-Mashal oilfield, located 100 km offshore from the Azeri capital of Baku.

The well's platform will be installed in waters as deep as 620 meters, also a record for Caspian exploration. An official for the international consortium, which also includes ConocoPhillips, said the group hoped to discover two deposits during the drilling.

Maersk Contractor's newly built semisub, Maersk Explorer, will be used to drill the well.