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KCA DEUTAG Engineering Division, RDS, Awarded Contract for AIOC Chirag Oil Project Execute Phase

KCA Deutag RDS, the world's leading specialist designer of drilling facilities, has been awarded the contract for the Chirag Oil Project (COP) "Execute" phase by the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), operated by BP.

Following project sanction, RDS will perform the COP "Execute" phase including detail design, follow-on engineering and construction & commissioning support. The project is scheduled to run until early 2013.

An integrated RDS project team of 53 engineers and designers based in Leatherhead, Surrey is currently up-manning and is expected to peak at 70.

Hamish Ritchie, RDS General Manager said:

"I am delighted by the award of this new COP contract which reinforces RDS' market position as a world-class drilling facilities design contractor. We look forward to building upon our established relationship with AIOC and BP, key RDS clients in the Caspian, North Sea and internationally."

The COP development concept is an offshore fixed installation located in the Chirag - Deep Water Gunashli (DWG) area of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field, in a water depth of approximately 170m. The installation shall comprise a single production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform. It will be the 6th production platform on the ACG oil field.

KCA DEUTAG is one of the largest international land drilling contractors outside the Americas, and one of the largest platform drilling contractors in the North Sea. The company also operates a fleet of mobile offshore drilling units (3 wholly owned jack-ups and 7 part-owned Self Erect Tender Barges). KCA DEUTAG employs about 8,000 people and operates in over 20 countries worldwide.

RDS, KCA DEUTAG's Engineering Division, has been a leader in the design of drilling facilities for offshore units worldwide for over 30 years. The company's 500-strong workforce provides a range of engineering services from pre-project and Front End Engineering Design (FEED) through detail design, construction support, hook-up and commissioning. The company also executes projects as an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Drilling (EPCD) contractor to provide platform drilling rigs on a turnkey basis from concept to operations.

Published 27/07/2010

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