Rabat – Satirical Spanish television show Crackovia has recently aired an episode that tells a lot about the stereotypes that Spaniards have about their southern neighbors.Morocco is being portrayed as a country where corruption is widespread and where everything can be bought. In the episode, Morocco is directly referred to as a barren desert country where it seldom rains.The sketch begins with Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas- who are impersonated by two actors from the program- as they arrived in Casablanca Mohammed VI airport to participate in the 2014FIFA Club World Cup. The two players are shown waiting in a line to get their passports checked. Sergio Ramos tells Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Casillas that he had thought Morocco was a desert. The latter then proceeds to explain that it is “indeed a desert, but with some oases.”Ramos tells Casillas that he knew from a friend of his that ‘in Morocco one can bargain in almost everything,” implicitly indicating that corruption is prevalent in all aspects of life.Spain: Satirical Video Mocks MoroccoTo make his point, Ramos hands over a swimming pool access card to the border control policeman instead of a passport, in an attempt to show his teammate that one can easily bribe his way in Morocco.When the Moroccan policeman asks Ramos once again to provide him with a passport, the Spanish defender tries another time to bribe the officer by giving him a Real Madrid membership card.In broken Spanish, the Moroccan policeman gets annoyed with the player’s mockery and calls on the guards to detain them and hand them over to the judge.The judge then sentenced both players to five years and one day in prison. They were accused of not “respecting the authorities, lack of identity documents and detention of women worth 100 camels.”Ramos refuses the verdict saying he only agrees to spend two and half years in prison. The sketch ended with the two players locked inside a Guantanamo-style prison.
Noble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig has been selected to drill the five Phase 1 production wells, one each of which are planned at the Blythe and Elgood fields and three at the Southwark field Core Project Phase 1 rig contract awarded to Noble Corporation. (Credit: Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay) Independent Oil and Gas, the UK gas company targeting high returns via an infrastructure-led hub strategy, as operator of its joint venture with CalEnergy Resources (UK), is pleased to announce that it has awarded the rig contract for its Core Project Phase 1 to a subsidiary of Noble Corporation (“Noble”). This follows a competitive selection process by IOG’s drilling and contracting teams, assisted by well management contractor Petrofac, involving extensive technical and commercial evaluation across several drilling contractors.Noble’s Hans Deul jack-up rig has been selected to drill the five Phase 1 production wells, one each of which are planned at the Blythe and Elgood fields and three at the Southwark field. The fields all lie in 20-30 metre water depth in the UK Southern North Sea (“SNS”). The Hans Deul has a track record of successfully and safely executing wells in the SNS.The Phase 1 drilling campaign is scheduled to commence in Q1 2021 and, subject to actual well durations over the five wells, is expected to last into Q2 2022, with First Gas scheduled for Q3 2021.The contract also includes extension options to drill up to two further wells on favourable terms, at IOG’s election.Alongside this, detailed well design is progressing, on track to be completed in early 2021 ahead of the first well being spudded. The Company has also contracted most of the key services, tangibles and logistics for the Phase 1 drilling campaign and is tendering and negotiating multiple associated contracts.Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG, commented:“We are very pleased to have contracted the Noble Hans Deul rig for our Phase 1 drilling campaign. Noble is a highly experienced drilling contractor and the Noble Hans Deul is both technically and commercially a strong choice, with a safe and successful track record of delivering similar wells.This rig contract is another key step in ensuring efficient execution of Phase 1 of our SNS Core Project, with optionality for further drilling activity on favourable terms. It also reflects good ongoing collaboration between our drilling and contracting teams and Petrofac, who are the approved Well Operator. We look forward to spudding the first well in Q1 2021.Robert Eifler, CEO of Noble Corporation, said:“We are proud to support IOG and their partners on the Core Project Phase 1 drilling campaign. The Noble Hans Duel has a proven history of successful operations in the North Sea and we look forward to delivering safe and efficient operations for IOG on this important project.” Source: Company Press Release