Sonangol’s new drilling rig was baptized in South Korea

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Angolan oil and gas company, Sonangol, on Thursday named a new drilling rig to operate in deep waters, ultra-deepwater and the pre-salt layer, in Busan, South Korea, according to the Angolan press.

Named “Libongos,” a region of Bengo province where there are oil outcrops on the surface, the ship was designed to respond to the oil exploration programme, which should ensure new discoveries and consolidation of reserves for the future.

The new ship, which will initially give jobs to some 1,200 workers, is being built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering shipyards.

Sonangol chairman Carlos Saturnino said on the occasion that this project is another milestone in the re-launch of the Angolan oil industry, towards increasing production and national reserves.

He also said that the start-up of the Libongos drilling rig will increase the range of integrated services in the primary chain, reducing dependence on external availability of oil exploration programmes. - Macauhub

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