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Iran Hires Soviet Rigs for Caspian Exploration

Iran has hired six drilling rigs from the Soviet Union for 18 months underthe protocols on economic and technical cooperation signed by PresidentRafsanjani during his visit to the Soviet Union in June (MEES, 10 July),according to a report by Tehran radio. The rigs are to be used in the program todrill ten exploration wells in the Caspian Sea during the current five-yearplan, the first of which was spudded 80 kms....