Offshore Drilling News

DeepStar to Study Upwing Tech

May 14, 2019

Together, Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, and industrial firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have been selected by global offshore research and development consortium DeepStar to perform a feasibility and conceptual…

Siccar Point 'Encouraged' by Blackrock Results

May 14, 2019

Siccar Point Energy CEO Jonathan Roger said he is “encouraged” by drilling results at the Blackrock exploration well 204/5b-2 in the West of Shetland.The well was drilled with Diamond Offshore’s Ocean GreatWhite semi-submersible rig on Licence P1830 in 1…

Equinor Awards Drilling Services Contracts

May 14, 2019

Equinor said it has awarded a group of drilling service contracts worth about NOK 2.5 billion ($286 million), exclusive of options, to several suppliers.The services will be delivered to both new and existing fields on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS)…

Equinor E&P: Testing Frontier Resolve

May 13, 2019

The stately Norwegian operator’s foray into South Australian offshore and Norway’s remote areas is being contested by increasingly successful green groups.A first installment of Norwegian operator Equinor’s plans to drill and develop oil reserves…

Is There a Golden Opportunity for Jack-ups?

May 13, 2019

As oil prices continue to stabilize, operators are looking for the most efficient drilling and intervention methods to keep their downturn inspired cost savings in place.Jack-up rigs have long been known as the cheaper alternative to their floating cousins…

Tower Delays Drilling in Cameroon

May 13, 2019

UK-based Tower Resources said drilling of a new well at the Thali block in Cameroon had been delayed until July.In a stock exchange announcement, the company said that it had received additional data that indicated that further site preparation work would be required before a rig was moved to site…

Geoquip Marine Names Laloe as Director

May 13, 2019

Switzerland-headquartered  geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling company Geoquip Marine has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jean-Luc Laloe to its Board of Directors.Jean-Luc, who has almost 40 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry…

Aker BP Drills Dry Well in North Sea

May 13, 2019

The oil exploration and development company focusing petroleum resources, Aker BP has failed to find hydrocarbons after drilling a wildcat well in the North Sea offshore Norway.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said that the Norwegian…

Eni Makes Discovery Offshore Ghana

May 10, 2019

Italian supermajor Eni said it has found gas and condensate in the first exploration well drilled in CTP-Block 4, approximately 50 kilometers off the Ghana coast.The well was drilled on the Akoma exploration prospect and proved an estimated…

NPD Grants Drilling Permit to Equinor

May 10, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS, the Norwegian multinational energy company, a drilling permit for wells 16/1-30 S and 16/1-30.The drilling programme for 16/1-30 S and 16/1-30 A relates to drilling of appraisal wells in production licence 167…

GustoMSC Delivers Chela to Maersk Drilling

May 10, 2019

GustoMSC, the developer of the Chela crane, has transferred the multi-functional arm to Danish offshore driller Maersk Drilling.GustoMSC, which designs and engineers solutions for mobile offshore units, said in a press release that Maersk Drilling…

Chariot Eyes 1 Tcf in Moroccan Licence

May 09, 2019

UK-based Atlantic focused explorer Chariot Oil & Gas says its Anchois-1 gas discovery and nearby prospects in the Lixus Offshore Licence, off Morocco, contains 1 Tcf.Following completion of an independent competent persons report (CPR), it also says a nearby prospect…

Aker BP Cleared for Freke-Garm Exploration

May 09, 2019

Aker BP is gearing up to drill its Freke-Garm exploration well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea using Odfjell Drilling's Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible drilling rig. Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) authorised the well, 15/6-15…

Drilling Up, But Success Rates Down

May 08, 2019

Despite a bounce back in exploration activity in 2018, success rates and discovered volumes have dropped, according to a report by UK-based analysts Weestwood Global Energy Group. Westwood’s 10th annual State of Exploration report reviews global…

Exceed to Support Serica Drilling

May 08, 2019

UK-based well management firm Exceed has secured a two-year contract to support Serica Energy (UK) with its future well operations.Initial operations under the contract will be concentrated on Serica's Columbus development well, which is planned to be drilled in 2020…

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