Offshore Rigs News


Seadrill: Rig Market Recovery Slowed Down, Debt Talks Continue

10 hours ago

Offshore drilling firm Seadrill said on Thursday the recent recovery of rig markets had slowed at the start of 2020, and that discussions with creditors on how to handle its massive debts would continue.The company booked $39 million in adjusted earnings before interest…

Lebanon Set to Spud Its First Offshore Well

Feb 26, 2020

Lebanon's much-delayed search for offshore oil and gas is set to begin on Thursday with the results from its first exploratory well expected in the next two months, the chairman of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) said on Wednesday…

Wellesley Charters Dolphin Drilling Rig for NCS Ops

Feb 26, 2020

Norwegian offshore drilling company Dolphin Drilling has signed a drilling contract for one of its rigs with Wellesley Petroleum.According to a statement released by the Dolphin Drilling CEO Bjørnar Iversen, the contract is for one firm well on the Norwegian Continental Shelf…

Wintershall Cuts Balderbrå Discovery Estimate After Appraisal Duster

Feb 26, 2020

Wintershall Dea Norge has reduced the size estimate of its Baldebra discovery in the Norwegian Sea, after an appraisal well near the 2018 gas find proved dry.The 6604/5-1 gas discovery was proven in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks (the Springar Formation) in 2018…

Wintershall Dea, Capricorn Get Approvals for Norwegian Wildcats

Feb 25, 2020

Norwegian offshore safety regulator PSA Norway on Monday gave its approvals for offshore exploration drilling plans by Wintershall Dea Norge and Capricorn Norge. Wintershall Dea Norge, a Norwegian subsidiary of the German company Wintershall Dea…

Serica to Hire WilPhoenix Rig for Rhum Field Work

Feb 25, 2020

London-listed oil firm Serica Energy plans to use Awilco Drilling's semi-submersible drilling rig WilPhoenix for a one-well workover on the Rhum field in the UK sector of the North Sea.Offshore drilling contractor Awilco Drilling said Tuesday…

Greenpeace Asks Norway's Supreme Court to Rule on Arctic Drilling

Feb 24, 2020

Greenpeace and its partners on Monday asked Norway's supreme court to rule on the legality of the country's Arctic oil and gas exploration licenses, in a case that could block the petroleum industry's expansion plans. If the supreme court takes up the case…

OMV to Drill Hades Appraisal Well with Island Innovator Rig in June

Feb 21, 2020

OMV Norway has applied for an environmental permit to drill the Hades appraisal well in the Norwegian Sea about 280 kilometers north of Kristiansund.The subsidiary of Austria's OMV plans to use the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling…

Valaris Posts $216M Loss. Expects More Losses in 2020

Feb 21, 2020

Offshore drilling company Valaris on Thursday posted a net loss of $216 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to a loss of $197 million in the third quarter of 2019. According to its CEO, more losses are to be expected in 2020.Valaris' fourth-quarter revenues fell to $512 million…

Siemens Wins Order to Modernize M. East Jack-Up Rig

Feb 20, 2020

Arabian Drilling Company has tapped the German industrial giant Siemens to modernize a complete and integrated drilling-drives lineup, including auxiliaries and controls, that will be installed on an offshore jack-up drilling rig for a customer in the Middle East…

Leadership Change at Noble Corp

Feb 20, 2020

Offshore drilling company Noble Corp. has announced that Julie J. Robertson will resign as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company at the next annual general meeting. She will take on the newly created role of executive Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors…

Deepwater Drillship Rates Rising

Feb 20, 2020

In another sign of improving deepwater market conditions, drillship day rates are on-the-rise from Canada to China, judging by a new report by numbers crunchers, Rystad Energy. Although not the only deepwater floaters, drillships are still on order at Asian shipyards…

Premier Oil Charters Solstad PSV for Tolmount Field Ops

Feb 19, 2020

UK-based oil company Premier Oil has chartered a Solstad Offshore vessel to support its Tolmount field operations in the UK sector of the North Sea.The Norwegian offshore vessel operator Solstad said Wednesday that it had won a contract for the platform supply vessel Normand Flipper…

Lundin Gets OK for Barents Sea Wildcat

Feb 18, 2020

Lundin Norway has received regulatory consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an exploration well in the License 609 in the Barents Sea.Lundin will use the West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig for the operation. Lundin operates the block with a 40 percent ownership…

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