Offshore Drilling News


BP Wins Two Offshore Exploration Blocks in Egypt

Nov 30, 2022

The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company has awarded BP stakes in two exploration blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Egypt. The Northwest Abu Qir Offshore Area - in which BP, as the operator, holds 82.75% and Wintershall-Dea holds 17…

Equinor's Norwegian Sea Wildcat Comes Up Dry

Nov 30, 2022

The Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has drilled a dry well at the Othello North prospect in the Norwegian Sea.The well exploration well, formally known as Well 6507/8-11 S, was drilled about 17 kilometers north of the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea and 240 kilometers west of Sandnessjøen…

Norway Delays 26th Oil Licensing Round

Nov 29, 2022

Norway will not issue licenses for energy companies to explore for oil and gas in frontier areas during the life of the current parliament, which ends in 2025, its oil and energy minister told Reuters on Tuesday.The decision to postpone the…

Equinor to Drill 25 Offshore Exploration Wells in Norway in 2023

Nov 29, 2022

Norwegian major Equinor plans to drill 25 exploration wells off the Nordic country next year, compared with 22 wells this year, most of them in the North Sea, a senior executive said on Tuesday. A 'small handful' of wells will be drilled in the Norwegian and Barents Seas each…

TotalEnergies' Awari Exploration Well Offshore Suriname Fails to Deliver

Nov 28, 2022

Oil and gas company TotalEnergies has completed drilling the Awari exploration well offshore Suriname without encountering commercial hydrocarbon volumes.The news was shared Monday by APA Corporation, TotalEnergies' partner in Block 58, where the well was drilled…

Guyana: Frontera, CGX to Spud Wei-1 Well 'No later than January 31, 2023"

Nov 28, 2022

Frontera Energy Corporation and CGX Energy Inc, partners in the Corentyne block offshore Guyana, have been given more time to drill the Wei-1 exploration well.Under the Corentyne block license terms, the joint venture was previously required to spud Wei-1…

Equinor Awards 5-well Extension for Odfjell Drilling's Semi-sub

Nov 28, 2022

Norwegian offshore drilling contractor Odfjell Drilling said Monday that Equinor had exercised its priced options for Odfjell's Deepsea Atlantic semi-submersible drilling rig.Under the extension to drill five additional wells on the Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 field development in the North Sea…

Europa Gives Up Block Offshore Morocco after Quest to Find Drilling Partner Fails

Nov 24, 2022

Europa Oil & Gas has decided to give up its Inezgane license offshore Morocco after failing to secure a farm-in partner to drill an exploration well in the block.The Moroccan authorities had, in October 2020, given the company more time to complete the technical work program at the license…

Icon Offshore Sells Perisai Pacific 101 Jack-up Rig at Significant Profit

Nov 24, 2022

Malaysian offshore services provider Icon Offshore has completed the sale of its Perisai Pacific 101 jackup drilling rig to ADES.The 2014-built rig was sold to ADES for $85 million in cash and the disposal of the rig was completed on November 22…

ADNOC Drilling Takes Over First of Three Jack-up Rigs Originally Ordered by Borr Drilling

Nov 24, 2022

Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine has delivered the first of three newbuild jack-up drilling rigs to UAE-based ADNOC Drilling.The three rigs were part of a series of five rigs that Keppel FELS had been building for Borr Drilling. Keppel O&M…

Karoon Energy Says 2nd Patola Production Well a Success. First Oil in Q1 2023

Nov 23, 2022

Australian oil and gas company Karoon Energy has drilled the second of two new production wells at its Patola field offshore Brazil, and the company says the reservoir quality is better than predicted.The company said that the well - PAT-2-  has been successfully drilled to a total depth of 2…

Indonesia Offers Four Oil & Gas Blocks in Bidding Round

Nov 23, 2022

Indonesia's energy ministry launched a bidding round on four oil and gas blocks on Wednesday, as the country seek more investments in its upstream oil and gas sector, the ministry said in a statement.Southeast Asia's biggest economy set a target…

CIMC Nets 3-Year Extensions for Jack-up Rig Duo in Mexico

Nov 23, 2022

China-based CIMC’s Asset Management Company has secured three-year contract extensions for two jack-up drilling rigs in Mexico.The rigs, Gulf Driller VI and Gulf Driller VIII , will continue working for the Mexican national oil company Pemex…

Aquadrill Clinches $138M Charter for Capella Drillship

Nov 23, 2022

Aquadrill, formerly Seadrill Partners, has agreed to supply its Capella drillship for a four-well firm contract, plus two priced and three mutually agreed upon optional wells, for operations in Indonesia.The firm part of the contract is expected to have a total value of about $138 million…

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