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New Drilling Contract Signed for Deep-Sea Drilling Vessel CHIKYU

2011-08-02

JDC and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX) have signed a 1 billion yen contract to drill wells in deep-water off the coast of western Japan as a preparation work of the methane hydrate test production program for MITI's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. The deep-sea drilling vessel CHIKYU, owned by Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and operated by JDC Group, will drill three observation wells and one test well. The drilling operation will commence in January/February 2012.