Iranian judiciary investigates lost drilling rig case

Oil&Gas Materials 29 June 2015 16:18 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, June 29

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

An Iranian MP said the case of a lost drilling rig has been referred to the Judiciary for legal pursuit.

A team at the Judiciary is working on the case and trying to carry it through, MP Ali Moruri, head of the Energy Committee of the Parliament said.

He added that the Oil Ministry is also pursuing the case, ISNA news agency reported June 29.

Commenting on how the rig went missing, he said the rig was paid for via a proxy but the machine was never delivered to Iran.

He added the issue dates back to the previous presidential administration.

Meanwhile, former oil minister Rustam Qasemi said the issue does not have anything to do with the Oil Ministry, relegating the problem to drilling companies.

The Iranian parliament has announced that a drilling rig, worth $78 million, was purchased from Turkey in Iranian fiscal year 1390 (March 2011-March 2012). This rig with name "Din" was produced in Turkey.

Edited by CN