Drilling Rigs News

Are North Sea Jack-Ups Set for Flat 2024?

Feb 21, 2024

Global jack-up marketed utilization has been on an upward trajectory since 2017, reaching its peak of 94% at the end of 2023. However, the outlook for the year ahead looks somewhat flat, though there is still time for new demand.The North Sea jack-up market has improved year-on-year since 2017…

Transocean Collects $326M in New Drilling Rig Deals

Feb 15, 2024

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean has secured contracts for three of its drilling rigs – semi-submersible Transocean Barents and drillships Deepwater Skyros and Deepwater Invictus – worth approximately $326 million.In its quarterly fleet status report…

Dolphin Drilling Starts Operating Two Semi-Sub Rigs Acquired from Transocean

Feb 15, 2024

Oslo-listed offshore drilling firm Dolphin Drilling has concluded final transfer of ownership from Transocean and started operating two semi-submersible drilling rigs - Paul B. Loyd, Jr. and Transocean Leader.The agreement to acquire the rigs was made in June 2023…

TotalEnergies Extends DeepSea Mira Contract for Work in West Africa

Dec 21, 2023

TotalEnergies has exercised the first option under the contract for DeepSea Mira semi-submersible drilling rig, extending its contract for 180 additional days for work in West Africa.The owner of the offshore drilling rig Northern Ocean said…

Valeura Energy Concludes Infill Drilling Campaign offshore Thailand

Dec 21, 2023

Valeura Energy has completed an infill drilling campaign at its Nong Yao oil field offshore Gulf of Thailand, where it holds a 90% operated working interest.The company has drilled four wells at the Nong Yao A wellhead processing platform, including…

Noble Gets Petrobras Contract for Drilling Services Offshore Colombia

Dec 21, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has secured a contract with Petrobras for the semi-submersible rig Noble Discoverer to provide drilling services offshore Colombia.The contract has a firm duration of 400 days, with expected start in Q2 2024…

Awilco Drilling Triumphs in Arbitration Battle Against Keppel FELS, Secures $43M Victory

Nov 24, 2023

Awilco Drilling said Thursday that an arbitration tribunal had ruled in its favor in its second case against Singapore-based Keppel FELS over a rig contract termination. It lost the first in April 2023.Awilco Drilling in 2018 ordered a harsh…

H. Keith Jennings Joins Noble Corp. as Director and Audit Committee Chair

Nov 23, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Noble Corporation has appointed H. Keith Jennings to serve as a director. Jennings was also appointed as the chair of the Audit Committee.Charles M. Sledge, Chairman, on behalf of the Board of Directors, commented: 'We…

Shell Strikes Gas Offshore Egypt

Nov 22, 2023

Shell Egypt said Tuesday it had completed the drilling of the first well in its three-well exploration campaign, Mina West, located in the North East El-Amriya block, in the Mediterranean Sea, discovering a gas bearing reservoir. Drilling activities…

Odfjell Drilling's Offshore Rig Secures $138M Contract Extension with Equinor

Nov 16, 2023

Norwegian offshore drilling firm Odfjell Drilling said Thursday that Equinor had exercised options for seven wells to extend the use of its Deepsea Aberdeen offshore drilling rig on the Breidablikk field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.The…

Neptune Energy Gears Up for November Start on North Sea Wildcat

Nov 15, 2023

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy a drilling permit for well 35/6-4 A in production license 929 in the North Sea, offshore Norway.Neptune Energy will use the Deepsea Yantai semi-submersible drilling rig to drill the wildcat well…

Exmar Acquires Stake in Vantage Drilling

Nov 13, 2023

Exmar, a company best known to the Offshore Engineer audience for its FLNG units, has decided to re-enter the offshore drilling sector with an investment in the offshore drilling company Vantage Drilling.Exmar said it had acquired approximately 11…

Diamond Offshore Drilling Wins Drillship Contract in Guinea-Bissau

Nov 13, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling said Monday it had entered into a drilling contract with an independent operator to utilize the Ocean BlackRhino drillship for work offshore Guinea-Bissau. The Ocean BlackRhino was awarded…

Lamprell Delivers Newbuild Jack-up Rig 'Kingdom 1' to IMI

Nov 10, 2023

Offshore energy engineering and construction services company Lamprell said Friday it had delivered the first of two new build jack-up rigs to its client, International Maritime Industries (IMI). The jack-up rig, Kingdom 1, which has been built collaboratively between ARO…

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