Offshore Drilling News


Cash Buyers All Jacked-up for Rig Recycling

10 hours ago

As the old saying goes, one man’s misery is another man’s fortune. This could not be a more accurate statement reflecting the current offshore mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) market. As MODU owners battle debts, restructuring and bankruptcy (see previous article MODU Owners Bite the Bullet)…

Equinor, BP Make Two Oil Finds Offshore Canada

16 hours ago

Equinor has said it has, with BP as a partner, made two oil discoveries offshore Newfoundland, Canada.'The two wells at the Cappahayden and Cambriol prospects, drilled this summer in the Flemish Pass Basin, have proven the presence of hydrocarbons…

Borr Drilling Sells Cold-stacked Jack-up Rig

Oct 28, 2020

Offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling has agreed to sell its 2003-built cold stacked jack-up drilling rig 'Atla' to an unnamed independent operator.'The completion of the sale is expected in the fourth quarter 2020. Together with the previously…

Total Makes Another Major Discovery Offshore South Africa

Oct 28, 2020

French oil major Total has struck another major gas condensate discovery offshore South Africa.The company said Wednesday it had made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Luiperd prospect, located on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua Basin…

Wintershall Dea Starts Development Drilling at Nova Offshore Project

Oct 27, 2020

Oil and gas company Wintershall Dea has started drilling the first of what will be six development wells at its Nova field in the Norwegian part of the North Sea.The Nova field, operated by Wintershall Dea which holds a 45% stake, will be developed…

Submersible Linear Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

Oct 27, 2020

NewTek Sensor Solutions offers new, custom designs of Submersible Linear Position Sensors constructed of special alloys with chemical resistance to water in depths exceeding 15,000 ft or more and with external pressures up to 20,000psi.  NewTek…

Number of Offshore Exploration Wells in Norway at 14-year Low

Oct 27, 2020

Oil firms are expected to drill just 30 exploration wells off the coast of Norway this year, the lowest level in 14 years as companies seek to manage spending amid a pandemic, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Tuesday.The search…

Lundin Gets Approval for North Sea Wildcat

Oct 26, 2020

Swedish oil firm Lundin Energy has won permission to drill an exploration well in the North Sea, using the West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, which on Monday said it had issued a drilling permit to Lundin Energy Norway for the North Sea well 16/4-12…

Offshore Drilling: Floaters Set for Another Round of Scrapping?

Oct 26, 2020

Up to a quarter of the active floating drilling rig fleet - drillship and semi-submersibles - could be scrapped, as the demand, which had never recovered from the previous downturn, is now expected to remain under pressure 'until 2022,' Rystad Energy…

Offshore Driller Launches "Wide range of cost-cutting measures"

Oct 26, 2020

The UK-based offshore drilling company Awilco Drilling on Monday said it would launch a 'wide range of cost-cutting measures,' citing a newbuild rig contract termination and delay in construction and start-up of another rig.'Awilco Drilling…

Pacific Drilling Can't Appeal Samsung Drillship Case Ruling

Oct 23, 2020

Offshore drilling contractor Pacific Drilling can't appeal the ruling under which it was in January ordered to pay $320 million to Samsung Heavy Industry for a 2015 drillship order cancellation.Pacific Drilling had placed the order for the Pacific…

Equinor Gets Clearance to Drill Barents Sea Wildcat

Oct 23, 2020

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has received approval to drill a wildcat well in the production license 960, in the Barents Sea, off Norway.Equinor will use Seadrill's 2008-built West Hercules semi-submersible drilling rig to drill the offshore well 7018/5-1 at the Spissa prospect…

Turkey May Work with Foreign Companies to Bring Online Giant Black Sea Gas Find

Oct 23, 2020

Turkey may cooperate with foreign firms to bring online its giant gas find in the Black Sea, made in August this year.As reported by Reuters, the country's energy minister Fatih Donmez said on Thursday that Turkey would operate the gas field…

Archer Nets Two-Year Extension with 'Major' North Sea Firm

Oct 22, 2020

Oilfield and drilling services firm Archer said Thursday it had secured a two-year contract extension with a major North Sea operator for the provision of platform drilling operations and maintenance services on seven UK North Sea installations…

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