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Semi-submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev launched into the sea on 23rd of February 2018.


The Semi-submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev was dispatched on 23rd of February 2018 from the offshore supply and logistics base of the Caspian Drilling Company for drilling works in the Absheron field. The construction of the Semi-submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev, the world’s first and the only sixth generation rig, withstanding the pressure of 1400 atmospheres, completed in May 2017. The Semi-submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev belonging to the Azerbaijani state was built by the Caspian Drilling Company and will continue to be operated under its leadership.

After completion of works on the ABX-2 well in the Absheron gas field, in which SOCAR and TOTAL hold shares, the Semi-submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev will start drilling the ABD001 well, as a result of which the first gas will be produced from the Absheron field.

On this occasion, a launching ceremony was held with the participation of the Caspian Drilling Company’s staff, which manages the construction of the Semi-submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev, the company’s General Director Farid Akhundov, director of TOTAL for Azerbaijan Denis Lemarshal as well as the company employees, and the Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig named after Heydar Aliyev was dispatched into the sea.