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06LAGOS936 2006-07-05 16:02:00 CONFIDENTIAL Consulate Lagos
Cable title:  

TRANSOCEAN DRILLING RIG INVADED; 86 STAFF BEING

Tags:   EPET PGOV ASEC PTER NI 
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RR RUEHPA
DE RUEHOS #0936 1861602
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 051602Z JUL 06
FM AMCONSUL LAGOS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7519
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEHUJA/AMEMBASSY ABUJA 7500
RULSDMK/DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RUEAHLC/HOMELAND SECURITY CENTER WASHINGTON DC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RUFOADA/JAC MOLESWORTH AFB UK
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
					  C O N F I D E N T I A L LAGOS 000936 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE PASS DOE FOR DAS GPERSON AND CGAY
STATE PASS TRANSPORTATION FOR MARAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/06/2016
TAGS: EPET PGOV ASEC PTER NI
SUBJECT: TRANSOCEAN DRILLING RIG INVADED; 86 STAFF BEING
EVACUATED


Classified By: Consul General Brian L. Browne for Reasons 1.4 (D & E)



1. (C) Managing Director Kevin Wink of U.S. firm,
Transocean Inc., confirmed armed community members invaded a
Transocean rig, Trident 8, offshore Bayelsa State on the
evening of July 3. Approximately 86 expatriate and Nigerian
staff have remained locked down since then, and are being
evacuated today by helicopter. There are approximately 10
expatriates onboard the rig, including at least two
Americans. The company hopes to have all personnel evacuated
by nightfall, weather and helicopter assets permitting.
Transocean has reported no casualties. However, security
sources reported sporadic gunfire near the rig, and armed
community members moving at will in the vicinity of the rig.



2. (C) During the initial attack, community members briefly
captured about thirty Nigerian Naval personnel and two Naval
vessels.



3. (U) Transocean is a leading provider of offshore
drilling rigs, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
The Trident 8 is under contract to Conoil Nigeria, a leading
Nigerian indigenous oil company listed on the Nigerian Stock
Exchange. Conoil's Managing Director also confirmed the
incident.
BROWNE