Just a quick note on where we are at vis-a-vis the 10 day time frame.
I’ve checked out the validity of the company’s claim that TNK/BP take priority over small oilers re’ rigs in Orenburg.
Apparently TNK/BP sold their oil services division to Weatherford in 2009 and as part of the deal they negotiated this below:
“TNK-BP has reached agreement to sell its oilfield service business to Weatherford International in May 2009. The deal was endorsed by antimonopoly authorities and closed in July. As a result, TNK-BP received the priority right to engage Weatherford as a contractor to provide drilling rigs and leading edge technology.”
So the recent Matra news would seem to be correct when the TNK/BP dog barks it gets its way.
It’s known by the blog that the Matra Big guns are at present in ORENBURG on site at the drills. The 10 day time frame is now up and it would seem logical that news should be out next week if I was to hazard a guess then Monday/Tuesday next week would seem logical.
The news on A13 is no doubt already known by the company. We do know that the A12 site had already been prepared for the side-track until TNK/BP nicked the rig! So all in all it’s looking like 72 hours should see some breaking news.