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Noble Corp. Finds Buyer for Five North Sea Rigs, Paving Way for Maersk Drilling Merger Completion

Jun 23, 2022

Noble Corporation has found a buyer for five jack-up rigs in a move that could alleviate concerns raised by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.Namely, the CMA said in April it had found that Noble Corp. and Maersk Drilling merger - first proposed in November 2021 - could increase operating costs for oil and gas producers in the UK North Sea, and that the deal raised competition concerns in the supply of jack-up rigs for offshore drilling in northwest Europe - the area comprising the UK…

Offshore Drilling Firm Awilco Drilling Goes Rigless with WilHunter Semi-sub Sale Wrap

Jun 22, 2022

Offshore drilling company Awilco Drilling has completed the sale of the 1983-built semi-submersible drilling rig for recycling, meaning the company no longer owns any drilling rigs.The WilHunter, built in 1983 by Daewoo and upgraded in 1999 and 2011…

Stena Drilling Bags Further Drillship Work with Energean in East Med

Jun 22, 2022

Mediterranean Sea-focused oil and gas company has exercised its options to drill two further wells offshore Israel using Stena Drilling's drillship Stena IceMAX.The drillship, which was used to make the Athena gas discovery last month, has just…

Shelf Drilling to Buy Aban Offshore's Jack-up Rig for $30M

Jun 18, 2022

Jack-up drilling rig specialist Shelf Drilling has agreed to buy the Deep Driller 7 jack-up drilling rig from the Indian offshore drilling company Aban Offshore. Shelf Drilling will pay $30 million for the 2008-built jack-up drilling unit. The rig is of Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 design…

Maersk Drilling Drillship Wins Shell's Floater Rig of the Year Award

Jun 17, 2022

Oil major Shell has named Maersk Drilling's Maersk Viking drillship its 2021 Global Rig of the Year in the Floater Category, in recognition of the drillship’s performance during its time in Brunei Darussalam.'Maersk Viking commenced a two-well…

Shelf Drilling Nets 3-Year Jack-up Rig Deal with Saudi Aramco

Jun 14, 2022

Shallow water offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling has secured a contract extension for its Shelf Drilling Achiever jack-up drilling rig in Saudi Arabia.The rig, of the GustoMSC CJ46-X100-D 350 design, had a contract with Saudi Aramco running until December 2022…

TotalEnergies Books Vantage Drilling Drillship

Jun 10, 2022

Offshore oil and gas drilling company Vantage Drilling International has entered into a drilling services contract with the oil major TotalEnergies in respect of its ultra-deepwater drillship, the Tungsten Explorer. The contract is for a minimum…

Well-Safe Solutions Takes Over WilPhoenix Rig from Awilco Drilling

Jun 09, 2022

UK-based offshore drilling company Awilco Drilling has completed the sale of its WilPhoenix semi-submersible drilling rig to P&A specialist to Well-Safe Solutions.The proposed sale was first announced early in May, when Oslo-listed Awilco Drilling said the rig would be sold for $15…

PetroRio Formalizes Acquisition of Aquadrill's Semi-submersible Drilling Rig

Jun 07, 2022

Brazilian oil company PetroRio said Monday it had formalized the acquisition of the West Capricorn (or just Capricorn) semi-submersible rig with the payment of US$ 4 million to offshore drilling contractor Aquadrill, previously known as Seadrill Partners…

Transocean Bags Nine Well Drilling Rig Deal with Equinor

Jun 07, 2022

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean has won a contract extension with Equinor for the harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Spitsbergen for work offshore Norway.Equinor has added nine more wells to the rig contract, and two one-well options…

Royston Overhauls Diesel Generators on Stena Spey Offshore Drilling Rig

Jun 06, 2022

Marine engineering and propulsion company Royston said Monday it had completed the overhaul of diesel generators on board Stena Drilling's semi-submersible offshore drilling rig ‘Stena Spey’.The work saw cylinder heads, pistons, and conrods overhauled as part of a 12…

Equinor's Cambozola Offshore Well Comes Up Dry

Jun 06, 2022

Norwegian oil and gas company Equnoir has failed to find hydrocarbons at the Cambozola exploration well in licence PL1049 in the North Sea,  offshore Norway.Longboat Energy, Equinor's partner with a 25% stake in the license said Monday that…

No Oil, Gas Found at Closely Watched Exploration Well off W. Australia

Jun 06, 2022

Western Gas said on Monday its Sasanof-1 exploration well off Western Australia found no hydrocarbons, in a big disappointment for one of the most closely watched drilling campaigns in Australia this year.Ahead of drilling, the Sasanof prospect…

SapuraOMV Drills Duster at Kanga Prospect Offshore W. Australia

Jun 03, 2022

Oil and gas company SapuraOMV has recently completed drilling operations at the Kanga-1 well offshore Western Australia without encountering commercial hydrocarbon volumes.SapuraOMV used the Diamond Offshore Ocean Apex semi-submersible drilling rig…

Equinor Terminates $428M Offshore Drilling Contract for Valaris' Drillship

Jun 02, 2022

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has terminated a $428 million drilling contract with drilling firm Valaris for the Valaris DS-11 drillship.The drillship, stacked in Las Palmas, Spain, was supposed to start the contract in July 2024 and stay on the contract until December 2027…

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