Well-Safe Creates 100 New Jobs with Rig Buy

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Well-Safe Solutions revealed Monday that it has acquired the West Epsilon jack-up rig from Seadrill to bolster its bespoke decommissioning fleet.

The investment will lead to the creation of around 100 new jobs, according to Well-Safe’s chief executive officer, Phil Milton, who said the acquisition strengthens the company’s offering.

Well-Safe outlined that it will start work immediately on the rig, which has been renamed Well-Safe Protector, to undertake an upgrade and modification program. In early 2021, the unit is expected to be ready to be deployed specifically for enhanced plug and abandonment projects.

“The acquisition of this asset allows us to continue to deliver our vision and the business model that we set out to deliver to the industry, giving us the ability to cover both subsea wells and multiple platform projects,” Milton said in a company statement.

“We have remained focussed

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Fifth indicted in a scheme to rig state education contracts


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Memphis lawyer has been indicted for conspiring with a former top official in the Mississippi Department of Education to rig contracts and steal public money, authorities said Friday.

Errol Harmon, 47, is charged with conspiracy, bribery, and interstate transportation in aid of bribery, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement. Harmon is the fourth person to be indicted in the scheme.

Former Department of Education employee Cerissa Renfroe Neal, 45, of Madison County, was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery, Hurst announced Sept. 3. Three contractors from Tennessee face conspiracy and wire fraud charges: David B. Hunt, 54, of Jackson; Joseph Kyles, 51, of Memphis: and Lambert Martin, 59, also of Memphis. Kyles is also charged with money laundering and bribery.

Neal was executive director of the Office of

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