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 "Boiko platforms" taken away by Russia to its territorial waters

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Almost two years after the annexation of Crimea Russia has decided to move jack-up rigs B-312 and B-319 to its territorial waters.

This was made public on Dec. 14 after an incident between a Russian caravan and a Turkish merchant vessel reported by Chernomorneftegaz oil and gas company, Censor.NET informs referring to Nashі Hroshі.

Since the annexation of Crimea, the platforms were located a few dozen kilometers off the Odesa coast. They constantly produced gas on the Ukrainian Black Sea shelf, and the country's government did not take any measures to withdraw them. Russia also made no attemts to change their location over the last two years.

However, the occupants decided to move the platforms to the territorial waters of Russia "due to the difficult international situation and the risk of losing the vital assets of Chernomorneftegaz."

In the course of the transportation of B-312 jack-up rig, a merchant vessel flying the Turkish flag supposedly obstructed the caravan. Therefore, a patrol boat of FSB Border Troops "tackled the misunderstanding." The second rig was moved without any obstacles.

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The date of the incident has not been reported as well as the new location of the platforms.

A message by Chernomorneftegaz reveals the price of the two rigs - RUB 25 bln . At the current rate, it is about $360 mln. It corresponds to the cost of these platforms in Singapore.

However, in times of Yanukovych, each of them was purchased by Ukraine for $400 mln each, i.e. twice as much as producer's price. The deal involved the Ministry of Energy led by Yurii Boiko and his managers at Naftohaz Ukrainy Yevhen Bakulin and Serhii Katsuba. None of them has been arrested to date.

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