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270 Offshore Rigs Were Active in February Worldwide

Mar 06, 2020

There were 270 offshore drilling rigs in the world actively drilling for oil and gas in February 2020, a slight increase compared to January 2020 (at 268), but also a slight dip versus February 2019 (at 272). This is according to Baker Hughes' February rig counts…

Turkey Expands Drillship Fleet

Feb 21, 2020

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly confirmed that the country, through its national oil company TPAO, has expanded its offshore drilling fleet with another drillship.TPAO has been using its two drillships the Fatih and the Yavuz – bought in 2017…

Long-Term Deal with Petrobras for Constellation's Offshore Rig

Feb 11, 2020

Brazilian offshore contractor Constellation has won an offshore drilling rig contract with Petrobras.Constellation said last week that Petrobras had hired its Atlantic Star semi-submersible drilling rig.In a LinkedIn post, the offshore drilling…

Latin America, Africa Keep January Offshore Rig Count Up

Feb 07, 2020

There were 268 offshore drilling rigs active in the world in January 2020, oilfield services giant Baker Hughes said in its monthly rig count report released Friday.This is a slight increase compared to 266 offshore rigs actively exploring for oil and gas counted in January 2019…

Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Block Offshore Drilling

Feb 05, 2020

Virginia Democratic-led lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill to block future oil and gas development off the state's coastline, reflecting opposition to the Republican Trump administration's efforts to open Atlantic waters to fossil fuel exploration…

U.S. Offshore Rig Count Bumped Up

Jan 27, 2020

The U.S. weekly offshore rig count rose by one unit last week, Baker Hughes' weekly rig count report released on Friday showed.According to the report, there were 21 offshore drilling rigs active in the U.S. during the week, up from 20 during the previous week…

World Adds 22 Offshore Rigs, Baker Hughes Dec. Count shows

Jan 10, 2020

There were 282 offshore drilling rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas worldwide in December 2019.This is an increase of 22 offshore drilling rigs compared to December 2018, according to Baker Hughes' weekly rig count report issued earlier this week…

Transocean Nabs New Deals and Extensions for 8 Rigs

Jan 08, 2020

Offshore drilling giant Transocean has managed to secure new contracts and extensions for eight offshore drilling rigs since its last rig fleet status report issued in October 2019.'Since its last Fleet Status Report issued in October 2019, the company has secured an additional $352…

Masirah Oil Awards Drilling Rig Gig

Nov 05, 2019

Masirah Oil, an exploration and production company operating Block 50 offshore Oman, announced that it has awarded a drilling rig contract to Foresight Offshore Drilling Limited.The jack-up Foresight Driller IX will be utilized for an appraisal well on the Yumna field in block 50 offshore Oman…

Transocean Bags $75Mln New Contracts

Oct 17, 2019

Transocean, the world's 2nd largest offshore drilling contractor, has  added $75 million in new contracts during the third quarter, bringing its total backlog to $10.8 billion with new work in the UK North Sea, Brunei and Egypt.The Switzerland…

Seadrill Using AI to Monitor the 'Red Zone'

Aug 19, 2019

New offshore drilling safety technology has been developed to monitor and provide advanced warning of potential risks in the “Red Zone”, the area of the rig floor where heavy drilling equipment operates and the risk of injury is highest.Vision IQ…

ONGC Contracts Shelf Drilling Rigs

Aug 01, 2019

Indian multinational oil and gas company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) awards driller contracts for pair of units off west coast.Dubai-headquartered offshore driller Shelf Drilling has been awarded contracts for two of its jack-up rigs with ONGC for operations in the Mumbai High…

Seadrill Gets a Drillship Contract

Jul 18, 2019

UK-based international offshore drilling contractor Seadrill Partners has scored a contract in Gabon for one of its drillships.The offshore drilling firm said in press release that its drillship West Polaris had secured a contract with PC Gabon Upstream for drilling operations in Gabon…

Shelf Drilling Bags Gulf of Thailand Gig

Jul 08, 2019

Dubai-headquartered offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling has secured a contract for the Shelf Drilling Scepter jack-up rig with Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production for operations in the Gulf of Thailand.The contract for the  2008…

Trump Administration Sidelines Offshore Drilling Plan

Apr 25, 2019

The Trump administration will hold off on issuing its plan to expand offshore drilling as it weighs what to do after a March court ruling that blocked drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told The Wall Street Journal…

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