|Say hello to my little friend: Scarabeo-9 arrives to begin deepwater drilling off Cuba. Photo courtesy Shipspotting.com.|
The Scarabeo-9, a big semisubmersible drill rig owned by Italian company ENI, just built in China, and currently under contract to the Spanish oil company Repsol, has arrived in the Florida Straits off the north coast of Cuba to begin exploratory oil drilling. The rig will begin its work in exploration block N27 (see map after the jump) just 90 miles from Key West, in water about 6,500' deep. That's 1,500' deeper than the site of the BP / Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf in 2010.