Offshore Drilling News


New Ensco drillship delivered

Sep 09, 2013

Ensco plc has taken delivery of ENSCO DS-7, an advanced-capability, ultra-deepwater drillship. The vessel will embark from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea to Angola, where it is contracted to Total for three years beginning…

OE13: Rig consortia for UK?

Sep 05, 2013

“Establishing a successful rig consortium is a roller-coaster process”, Geir Kristian Pedersen, managing director of Rig Management Norway (RMG), said at the keynote session Planning for Long Term Drilling yesterday. Key factors in building a consortia are being co-operative…

Shallow water safety concerns

Sep 01, 2013

Recent Gulf of Mexico well control incidents have US regulators calling for better safety in shallow water. By Audrey Leon Representatives from the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), US Bureau of Lands and Minerals Management…

Cutting through mud

Sep 01, 2013

Cubility’s MudCube shale shaker made a name for itself on its first commercial installation on Maersk Drilling’s Maersk Giant in the North Sea. The North Sea has long been a critical area of exploration and production within the oil and gas industry…

Achieving total isolation to optimize wellbore cleaning

Sep 01, 2013

The combined application of the ISO-MAX security packer and selective rotation and circulation tool (SRCT) helped a North Sea operator prevent losses during well displacement, thus ensuring well integrity and improving the chances of a successful completion…

Global Briefs: September 2013

Sep 01, 2013

Alaska states Arctic needs Alaska’s Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell stated the case for the state’s needs at the Ice-Diminished Arctic Conference in Washington, D.C. He emphasized the need for safety, security, and economic development in the region…

Speedy, accurate assessment of deepwater reservoirs

Sep 01, 2013

Standard coring methods often yield incomplete reservoir fluid information. Doug Kinsella, managing director of Corpro, describes a new coring system that provides better information while saving rig time. Deepwater finds are now playing a crucial role in replacing global reserves…

Third strike for Statoil in Flemish Pass

Aug 27, 2013

Statoil has made a third discovery of crude oil in the Flemish Pass basin, offshore Newfoundland. The discovery was made on the Bay du Nord prospect (EL1112), located approximately 500km northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador…

IADC forms well control institute

Aug 27, 2013

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) announced the formation of the Well Control Institute (WCI), a new industry body which will provide the drilling industry with a single, universal well control training and assessment standard…

Express Energy launches free H2S safety film

Aug 21, 2013

Express Energy Services has created a short film, Left Undone, as part of its contribution to safety in the energy industry. The movie aims to educate and inform oilfield workers on the hazards and safety procedures in the event of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure while working on a well site…

Gabon discovery for Total

Aug 19, 2013

Total encountered gas and condensate at its Diaman-1B well offshore Gabon, partner Cobalt International Energy announced. The well, located in the Diaba block, was drilled to 5585m total depth, finding 50-55m of net hydrocarbons in the pre-salt formations…

ONGC touts discoveries off India

Aug 15, 2013

India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) announced three offshore and one onshore discovery during Q1 of its fiscal year 2013-2014, which ended 30 June, and one additional onshore discovery in August 2013 (Q2). Offshore: New prospect discovery: exploratory well KGOSN041NANL-2…

Trinity to spud two wells off Trinidad

Aug 12, 2013

Trinity Exploration & Production plc, an independent focused on Trinidad and Tobago, issued an update today on its upcoming exploration program. Trinity plans to spud two offshore exploration wells in 4Q 2013, one on the west coast (El…

Eni spuds well off Vietnam

Aug 12, 2013

Eni has spud the Cua Lo-1 exploration well located in Block 105-110/04, in the Gulf of Tonkin, off Vietnam, partners Neon Energy and KrisEnergy announced. The well, spud on August 11, 2013, is designed to test the large Cua Lo gas prospect…

Statoil granted use of Polar Pioneer

Aug 12, 2013

Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) received consent to use the Polar Pioneer facility.The consent applies to permanent plugback of well 31/5-J-41 and sidetrack drilling of well 31/5-H-2 in the Troll field in the North Sea in production license 085…

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