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Western Gas Spuds Sasanof Well, Offshore W. Australia

11 hours ago

Australian oil and gas company Western Gas has started drilling the Sasanof-1 exploration well offshore W. Australia, using Valaris' MS-1 semi-submersible offshore drilling rig.Western Gas said Friday that the well had been spudded with the jetting of the 36” conductor at a water depth 1068…

Valaris Announces Executive Leadership Changes

May 26, 2022

Offshore drilling contractor Valaris on Thursday announced the appointment of three new members to its executive management committee.Chris Weber will join Valaris as senior vice president and chief financial officer, Matt Lyne will join as senior vice president and chief commercial officer…

VIDEO: Turkey's TPAO Takes Delivery of Cobalt Explorer Drillship

May 26, 2022

Turkey's national oil and gas company TPAO has taken delivery of its new, seventh generation drillship, the Cobalt Explorer, acquired from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine and Engineering.The acquisition of the Cobalt Explorer has expanded TPAO's drillship fleet to four units…

Equinor Makes Oil Discovery Near Johan Castberg Field in Barents Sea

May 25, 2022

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has made an oil discovery at the Snøfonn Nord exploration well in the Johan Castberg area in the Barents Sea, off Norway.According to Vår Energi, Equinor's partner in the license, the exploration well, in PL 532…

Israel's NewMed Moving Forward with Aphrodite Gas Field Offshore Cyprus

May 24, 2022

Israel's NewMed Energy [formerly known as Delek Drilling] on Monday said it was moving forward with the development of the Aphrodite natural gas field offshore Cyprus and reported a drop in quarterly profit as new tax regulations took effect…

Keppel O&M Secures Three-year Bareboat Charters for Jack-up Rig Duo

May 24, 2022

Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured bareboat charters for two KFELS B Class rigs to be deployed in the Middle East.The shallow-water drilling rigs will go on a charter with an unnamed drilling firm in the Middle East. Keppel said the charterer was  'an established drilling company…

Valaris MS-1 Offshore Drilling Rig Reaches Sasanof-1 Well Site

May 23, 2022

The MS-1 semi-submersible offshore drilling rig has arrived at the Sasanof-1 exploration well location on the North West Shelf, off Australia, the oil and gas company Western Gas, the Sasanof license holder, said Monday.The drilling rig completed…

Eni, TotalEnergies Start Drilling on Cronos-1 Prospect Offshore Cyprus

May 23, 2022

Italy's Eni and TotalEnergies of France began drilling an exploration gas well off the coast of Cyprus on Monday, the island's energy ministry said.The Tungsten Explorer drillship arrived on location south-west of the island on Monday and started drilling work on the 'Cronos-1' prospect…

Trillion Books Uranus Jack-up Rig for Drilling in Turkish Black Sea

May 20, 2022

Black Sea-focused oil and gas company Trillion Energy International has signed a definitive offshore drilling services contract with Romanian drilling company GSP Offshore to secure a jack-up rig for its 2022 – 2023 drilling program on its South…

Norwegian Oil Drilling Labor Unions Seek Mediation as Wage Talks Falter

May 19, 2022

Wage talks involving around 8,000 oil drilling workers in Norway broke down on Thursday, labor unions said, raising the risk of strike action that would disrupt oil and gas exploration.The talks between the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) and the Safe…

World's First 8th Generation Drillship Named in Singapore

May 18, 2022

Deepwater Atlas, the world's first 8th generation drillship, was recently named at a ceremony in Singapore. The news of the naming ceremony, held late in April, was shared by Transocean, a drilling contractor that owns the vessel, via social media this week…

Borr Drilling Finds More Work for Saga Jack-up Drilling Rig

May 18, 2022

Oslo-listed offshore drilling firm Borr Drilling has won a binding Letter of Award for its jack-up drilling rig 'Saga' from an undisclosed operator in Southeast Asia.The drilling program is expected to start in Q4 2022, in direct continuation of the current contract…

Equinor Spuds First of Two Offshore Wells in Canada's Flemish Pass

May 17, 2022

The West Hercules semi-submersible drilling rig has started drilling the first of two exploration wells offshore Canada. Seadrill, the drilling contractor that manages the SFL-owned rig, shared the news on Tuesday in a social media post.The drilling is being conducted in the Flemish Pass Basin…

Westwood: Offshore Drilling Rig Utilization Much Higher Than Typically Reported

May 17, 2022

By Teresa Wilkie, Research Director of RigLogix at Westwood Global EnergyUtilization is one of the key barometers of the health of the offshore rig market, as it identifies what percentage of the usable fleet is available versus what is not…

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