Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO) announced today it is moving its oil rig Ocean Confidence out of the Gulf of Mexico to the Republic of Congo, and has suspended a contract in the region to make the rig available.
Diamond Offshore President and CEO, Larry Dickerson, said, “As the uncertainty about continued deepwater drilling in the GOM persists, we must consider alternatives that allow our deepwater assets to remain employed. The contract we suspended with Murphy has been restructured into a one-year commitment in the GOM that is expected to recommence when our customer is satisfied that it can obtain the necessary permits and can meet any new regulatory requirements.”
A subsidiary of Murphy Exploration and Production Company (NYSE:MUR) will be the recipient of the oil rig via a new multi-well international agreement.
It's unknown how many jobs Americans have lost as a consequence of Obama's misguided oil moratorium.
This is the second rig Diamond has pulled out of region in the last several days.
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