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Rig used with BP's Gulf well before Deepwater Horizon takes on water off Africa; No injuries
The owner of the rig that sunk in the massive Gulf oil spill last summer is having problems with another one of its deepwater drillers ' this time off the coast of Africa.
Company spokesman Guy Cantwell told The Associated Press that the rig called Marianas began to take on water near Ghana on Wednesday as it was preparing to move. The rig, currently under contract to Italian oil company Eni, was not drilling at the time.
Transocean evacuated 108 non-essential workers. Thirteen remained on board to monitor the situation. Cantwell described the situation as stable. No one has been injured.
The Marianas was drilling BP's Macondo well before the Deepwater Horizon arrived in February 2010. Two months later, 11 workers were killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded off Louisiana.