Experts cite increase in Gulf's operating rigs amid moratorium

08/30/2010 | Reuters

The number of Gulf of Mexico drilling rigs rose during the past few weeks, and the available number of drilling vessels has been consistent despite the deepwater-drilling moratorium, according to data from analysts. About 36 mobile offshore rigs are operating this week, an increase from July 23's 27 rigs, though both figures fall short of the 69 working rigs before the BP oil spill in April, analysts added.

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