10 June 2010

Deepwater Horizon and Kitan

During the next year, three production oil wells will be drilled at Kitan, in the Joint Petroleum Development Area. The wells will be drilled by the Transocean Legend, under contract with Eni, the operator of the field.

Transocean is also the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, where an explosion killed eleven workers and which continues to spew more than 12,000 barrels every day into the Gulf of Mexico. Coincidentally, the Deepwater Horizon explosion occurred on the night of 20 April 2010, one day before Timor-Leste's National Petroleum Authority approved the Kitan Field Development Plan.

La'o Hamutuk has updated our web page on the Kitan project with information on the Transocean drilling rig and Bluewater FPSO, as well as a comparison of the Kitan and Gulf of Mexico projects. We encourage everyone involved to make sure that nothing like the accident in the Gulf of Mexico happens here.

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