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Sci-Fi movie in the making on the Black Sea: USD 1 billion giant ship, also called the Star Trek Enterprise, brings Petrom and ExxonMobil close to a historical discovery: deep sea gas -- Ziarul Financiar Romania (BUCHAREST)

Petrom, the largest local company and ExxonMobil, the American oil giant, received good news from the depths of the Black Sea, an area subject to deep sea exploration work at over 1,000 meters, for the first time in Romania’s history.

After having invested tens of millions of dollars, the two companies announced at the end of last week that Domino-1, the first deep sea exploration well in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea, indicated the presence of natural gas…

The two oil companies have brought in a gigantic ship to make this well, Deepwater Champion, 229 meters long, built in the shipyards of South Korea, but specifically designed for the Black Sea, that can drill down to 3,000 meters and is worth one billion dollars.

“As I understood, the technology on board the ship is the same as in Star Trek,” said Romanian president Traian Basescu at the meeting with Mariana Gheorghe, CEO of Petrom, and Ian Fischer, General Manager of ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Ltd. In his turn, the Exxon official told the head of state that the drilling technology has advanced extensively and could be compared to the one used in the Sci-Fi series.

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