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Oil Rig (Government Order)

Volume 927: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he will make a statement on the Government-assisted purchase by the British National Oil Corporation of a drilling rig from the Marathon Shipbuilding Company (UK) Limited.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intended giving a specific direction to BNOC to place an order for a new class Rig 385 deep water jacket so as to maintain work at Marathon's yard in Clydebank before the corporation found a buyer for the rig; and what would be the estimated cost.

pursuant to the answer [Official Report, 23rd February 1977; Vol. 926, c. 606], gave the following information:On 21st December 1976, the Government announced their decision to provide substantial financial assistance to BNOC in order that the corporation should purchase a drilling rig from Marathon's Clydebank yard. Since then we have been discussing with BNOC and Marathon the type of rig to be ordered and the arrangements for this assistance. As a result of these discussions the Government have concluded that the most appropriate design to build is the type 84 jack-up. Marathon has had most success with this type of rig at Clydebank and it is a well-proven exploration tool in various areas of the world. It will ensure the earliest possible build-up of work at the Marathon yard. Accordingly, I have asked BNOC to enter into substantive negotiations with Marathon for the purchase of such a rig, within guidelines laid down by the Government.In view of the fact that the Government have such a large financial commitment to the contract, they will require to approve the terms and conditions of the contract, though the detailed conduct

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