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Sonangol Investigates Detention of its Drillship by Malaysian Authorities

Friday, October 18, 2019

Angolan state oil firm Sonangol announced Thursday that it was investigating the detention of the Quenguela drillship by Malaysian authorities. Sonangol’s Board of Directors will provide further information as soon as it gathers more substantial data on the situation.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency intercepted the Quenguela drillship within its terriotiral waters. According to the Maritime authority, the Bahamas-registered drillship was detained on Oct 15, just nine nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau as it was unable to produce any permits for Malaysian waters.

The Quenguela drillship is operated by Sonadrill, a joint venture between Seadrill and Sonangol.