Offshore Drilling Hardware


NOV Warns Virus Fallout Could Hit Supply Chain

Feb 07, 2020

U.S. oilfield equipment supplier National Oilwell Varco on Friday called the coronavirus a 'wildcard' in the oil industry's outlook, with an extended outbreak potentially hurting access to Chinese-make materials and foreign sales.The Houston…

Ensuring Riser Readiness

Dec 25, 2019

As drilling costs keep coming down for land-based wells in unconventional plays, offshore drillers face increased pressure to lower their costs. A key focus area: maintenance budgets for marine drilling risers. Instead of the traditional five-year…

Petrobras Formally Approves AFGlobal ACD

Dec 09, 2019

AFGlobal announced on Monday that its Active Control Device (ACD) has been approved by Petrobras for use on its wells in Brazil. This approval follows rigorous testing review at the AFGlobal’s Advanced Technology Center in Houston, the company said…

Chase the Right Metrics for Better Production Results

Nov 24, 2019

Oil and gas companies track and incentivize a variety of metrics, but these actions can inadvertently lead to lower production levels and affect lifting costs.If there’s an incentive for fast drilling instead of precisely placed wellbores that maximize contact with sweet spots…

West Mira Awarded DNV GL Battery Notation

Nov 08, 2019

Northern Drilling’s West Mira is the first rig in operation to be awarded the DNV GL Battery (Power) class notation. West Mira is an ultra-deepwater semi-submersible designed by Moss Maritime, operating a hybrid power plant using Lithium-ion…

A New Slant on Decommissioning

Oct 21, 2019

Shallow gas reservoirs drilled into at a 60-degree angle from the surface in the 1980s have posed a unique decommissioning challenge – resulting in a new design modular plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.When it comes to decommissioning, many operators…

Repsol Cancels Dril-Quip Contract

Sep 17, 2019

Spanish oil company Repsol has terminated a contract with U.S. firm Dril-Quip for the delivery of offshore equipment for a project in Vietnam.Houston-based Dril-Quip has announced that the contract award between its subsidiary Dril-Quip Asia Pacific Pte Ltd…

Probe Intros ProMAC Series Tools

Sep 04, 2019

Probe, a major player in cased hole well logging and reservoir monitoring technology, has announced the launch of the ProMAC, a new series of multi-arm caliper tools.ProMAC series tools offer the most advanced measurements in the industry to…

ADNOC Dishes $3.6 Billion in Contracts

Aug 21, 2019

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded three multi-billion-dollar contracts for the procurement of casing and tubing, the United Arab Emirates state-owned oil company announced on Wednesday.The contracts – awarded to Consolidated Suppliers Establishment…

Chevron Invests in Well Conveyor

Aug 21, 2019

Norwegian downhole technology company Well Conveyor said it has received equity investment from Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Combined with additional investments from existing investors ProVenture and Investinor…

Upwing Awarded 10 New Patents

Aug 20, 2019

California-based Upwing Energy said it has been awarded 10 new patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for critical enabling technologies in the company’s downhole rotating tools and proprietary methods used to increase hydrocarbon production and recovery…

Awilco Orders 'Boat-In-A-Box' Davit System

Aug 20, 2019

Xervo by SH Group, the producer of the approved conventional NORSOK lifeboat systems, The Boat-In-A-Box davit system, said it has signed a contract for the first option with Awilco Drilling. Like the first order, the option includes the delivery…

Drilling Innovation Projects Get a Boost

Aug 14, 2019

A group of projects worth more than £1.3 million ($1.6 million) aims to develop new innovative technologies for use in offshore drilling operations.With the help of £640,000 ($772,000) in co-funding from the Oil & Gas Innovation Center (OGIC)…

“See” Ahead of the Bit

Aug 12, 2019

Even with the best seismic data and reservoir modeling available, drillers have remained in the dark about what’s in front of the drill bit. A new sensing tool has been designed to “see” ahead of the bit and can transmit data in real time to shift drilling operations from reactive to proactive…

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