Cyprus Mail

Officials visit ExxonMobil’s drillship

The Stena IceMAX drillship hired by ExxonMobil for exploratory drilling in the Cyprus EEZ block 10

The ministers of energy and foreign affairs, Georgios Lakkotrypis and Nicos Christodoulides, US ambassador Kathleen Doherty, and ExxonMobil’s Vice President Tristan Aspray on Thursday visited drillship that carries out an exploratory drilling at the Delfini target in block 10 of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone on behalf of the ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum.

The exploratory deep-water drilling began on November 16 and is expected to be concluded by the end of the year.

Sources told CNA that during their visit to Stena Icemax, the two ministers accompanied by Doherty, Asprey and other officials toured the drillship various installations and talked to the captain and crew as well as to the technical crew associated with the drilling.

Stelios Himonas, the Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary, Stelios Nicolaides, head of the Ministry’s Hydrocarbon Service, Varnavas Theodosiou, head of ExxonMobil Cyprus also attended the tour.

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