Offshore Drilling News


Transocean's Backlog Boosted by $392M Ultra-deepwater Drillship Deal

Feb 01, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean said Tuesday it had secured a long-term deal for one of its ultra-deepwater drillships.The contract, awarded by 'a national oil company' for work offshore Brazil, is for the ultra-deepwater drillship, Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2.According to Transocean, the drillship has secured a 910-day offshore drilling contract with an estimated backlog of $392 million. This would mean that the dayrate would be around $430…

Offshore Drilling Rig Completes Recertification, Ready for Nigeria Contract

Jan 30, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Dolphin Drilling said Monday that its offshore drilling rig Blackford Dolphin had completed a five-year recertification and 'is soon ready' to start its 12-month drilling contract with General Hydrocarbons Limited.The…

Ocyan to Operate PRIO's Offshore Drilling Rig

Jan 27, 2023

Brazilian offshore drilling company Ocyan said Friday it had signed a contract to operate oil company PRIO's West Capricorn semi-submersible drilling rig.PRIO (Petro Rio) bought the offshore drilling rig from the offshore drilling firm Aquadrill in June 2022…

Polish Firm Books Chinese Offshore Rig for Norwegian Sea Drilling

Jan 05, 2023

The Norwegian offshore drilling company Odfjell Drilling has, on behalf of the China-based rig owner CIMC Offshore, signed a contract with the Polish oil firm PGNiG for the Deepsea Yantai offshore drilling rig.PGNiG will use the semi-submersible drilling rig to drill one firm well…

Energy Crisis Drives Demand for Offshore Drilling Rigs. 'Greener' Rigs Get Better Dayrates, Westwood Says

Nov 16, 2022

Oil and gas exploration is likely to continue to have an important role in the decades to come, a view reinforced by the 2022 energy crisis and growing energy security needs, according to energy intelligence group Westwood.In the offshore drilling space…

Saipem Wins Offshore Drilling Contracts Worth $800M

Nov 15, 2022

Italian energy industry services firm Saipem said Wednesday it had secured new offshore drilling contracts, three in the Middle East and two in West Africa, worth around $800 million in total.  In the Middle East, two new contracts have been awarded for two high-specification jack-up drilling units…

Dolphin Drilling Can Take Part in Petrobras' Offshore Drilling Rig Tenders

Nov 02, 2022

Offshore drilling company Dolphin Drilling said Wednesday it had been re-approved as an official rig supplier and would be invited to take part in Petrobras upcoming rig tenders.Bjørnar Iversen, CEO of Dolphin Drilling said: 'We are pleased with our re-approvement…

UK: Offshore Drilling Crews Call Off Strike, Accept 10% Pay Increase

Oct 26, 2022

More than 450 offshore drilling and drilling maintenance workers covered by the United Kingdom Drilling Contractors Association (UKDCA) have accepted an improved offer of 10% on their rates of pay back dated to June 1, 2022, Unite the union said Wednesday…

COSL Bags $1,92B Worth of Offshore Drilling Service Deals in Middle East

Oct 25, 2022

Chinese offshore drilling contractor China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) said Monday it had recently signed several long-term drilling rig service contracts in the Middle East. The contracts are worth around RMB14 billion (~$1,92 billion) in total…

Offshore Drillers Noble Corporation and Maersk Drilling Complete Merger

Oct 03, 2022

Offshore drilling companies Noble Corporation and Maersk Drilling have completed their merger.The transaction concluded through the completion of Noble’s recommended voluntary public share exchange offer to the shareholders of Maersk Drilling…

Brazil: Shell Books Maersk Drilling Semi-sub

Sep 30, 2022

Danish offshore drilling firm Maersk Drilling has secured a contract with Shell Brasil for the semi-submersible rig Mærsk Developer in the Campos basin offshore Brazil.The offshore drilling rig will drill one exploration well and perform subsea well interventions at the BC-10 field…

Inpex Books Ocean Apex Rig for Drilling Offshore Australia

Sep 01, 2022

Offshore drilling company Diamond Offshore Drilling has secured a contract for its Ocean Apex rig with Inpex in Australia. Inpex, based in Japan, will use the rig on the Northwest Shelf of Australia. The new contract covers two wells and is…

Aquadrill Nets Further Work for Vela Drillship in U.S. GoM

Sep 01, 2022

Offshore drilling firm Aquadrill has extended a charter hire agreement with Diamond Offshore Drilling to provide its Vela drillship for operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for a drilling contract with a minimum duration of 225 days.Aquadrill…

Saipem Expands Offshore Drilling Fleet with New Jack-up Rig

Jul 11, 2022

Italian energy industry services provider Saipem has expanded its offshore drilling fleet with a new jack-up drilling rig - the Perro Negro 11.Ocean Challenger, the asset management company of the Chinese rig builder CIMC, in June entered into a bareboat charter contract with Saipem…

Valaris Bags $466M in Rig Deals. CEO Sees 'Constructive Outlook' for Offshore Drilling Industry

Jul 06, 2022

Offshore drilling firm Valaris said this week it has recently secured offshore drilling contracts and extensions worth $466 million in total, with the majority of the new backlog filled by a $327 million drillship deal with Equinor in Brazil…

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