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Saipem reports rig loss off Angola

03 July 2013

On July 1, Saipem of Italy said its Perro Negro 6 jackup rig sank off Angola after the seabed collapsed under the weight of one of its three legs. The rig was under contract with Chevron until early 2015. One crew member, a Bulgarian, is missing, and six other workers suffered minor injuries, Saipem reported.

It was being positioned for drilling operations near the mouth of the Congo River at the border of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo in approximately 130 feet (40 meters) of water, Saipem said in a press release.

One hundred and three workers were on board the rig when the Perro Negro suddenly tilted, causing the rig to take on water and capsize.

Saipem's emergency response team is working closely with the Angolan authorities and the client's operational team, Saipem said. The company confirmed that after monitoring the wreck, there was no evidence of any kind of spillage from it after its collapse.

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