Offshore Drilling News


Transocean sets drilling record

Jul 25, 2013

Transocean Ltd. announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 set a new world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig. The drillship spudded a well in 10,411ft (3,174m) water depth, while drilling off India’s east coast for ONGC…

Cairn to appraise Spanish Point discovery

Jul 25, 2013

Cairn Energy will to drill an appraisal well on its Spanish Point discovery off western Ireland using the semi Blackford Dolphin in 2Q 2014. Spanish Point is a gas and condensate field in license FEL 2/04 developed by Phillips in 1981. It…

Relief well planned for leaking GOM well

Jul 24, 2013

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approved Walter Oil & Gas Corp.’s permit application to drill a relief well at South Timbalier 220 in the US Gulf of Mexico, using the Rowan EXL-3 jack-up rig. The well is expected to be drilled on Thursday…

DONG's West of Shetland success

Jul 24, 2013

DONG Energy has made a gas discovery north-west of Shetland after a two-well exploration campaign through 2012-13.  DONG said the Cragganmore exploration well, in Block 208/17, had been confirmed as a gas discovery. The well was drilled using the West Navigator drillship in 673m water…

BPZ spuds well at Corvina field

Jul 23, 2013

BPZ Energy began drilling of the first development well at the Corvina field CX-15 platform, located in offshore Block Z-1 in Peru. Drilling and completion of the CX15-1D well is expected to take up to twelve weeks. Conventional core samples…

Ocean Rig wins Total drilling contract

Jul 23, 2013

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. signed a contract with Total E&P Angola, for its ultra deepwater drillship, Ocean Rig Skyros. The contract is for five wells or a minimum of 275 days for drilling offshore West Africa, with an estimated backlog of about US $190 million…

BassDrill undergoes name change

Jul 23, 2013

Houston-based BassDrill Ltd. is changing its name to Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd.  This change is part of a larger rebranding effort designed to reflect the growing strength of the company. “Atlantica is the name given to an ancient…

Lundin spuds well on Biotitt prospect

Jul 23, 2013

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) began drilling of exploration well 16/4-7 in PL544. The well will target the Biotitt prospect, which is located some 35 km south of the Edvard Grieg Field and 46 km southwest of the Johan Sverdrup Field…

West Tellus wins first contract with Chevron

Jul 22, 2013

Seadrill has signed a contract with Chevron China Energy Company for the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship West Tellus in support of Chevron's affiliated global exploration program. The contract will start in China immediately on shipyard delivery of the unit…

Dunquin disappoints but Irish hunt continues

Jul 22, 2013

A partner on the 44/23-1 Dunquin North exploration well being drilled by ExxonMobil offshore Ireland says the reservoir is water bearing. Providence Resources, which holds a 16% interest in frontier exploration license 3/04, containing Dunquin…

Baker Hughes Introduces Well Count for US

Jul 19, 2013

Baker Hughes Inc.  has introduced the Baker Hughes Well Count, a new index that provides key U.S. onshore well count data. The proprietary count will be available on a quarterly basis.  The Baker Hughes Well Count is a natural extension of the Baker Hughes Rig Count…

Robbins & Myers adds three businesses to its NOV Mono division

Jul 18, 2013

After closing its US$2.5 billion acquisition of well-drilling equipment parts provider Robbins & Myers, Houston-based National Oilwell Varco (NOV) adds three more businesses to its NOV Mono division: Moyno Inc., Chemineer Inc., and Tarby Inc…

Kenya forges ahead

Jul 18, 2013

Recent offshore drilling by Apache and Anadarko help gauge the potential of the Lamu basin. Vision 2030 is Kenya’s development strategy which aims to transform the economy and “create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030…

Mozambique rising

Jul 17, 2013

All eyes are on Mozambique as significant natural gas finds are set to turn the East African country into a major LNG player, but are oil riches on the horizon? Mozambique’s prolific Rovuma basin holds 12 offshore discoveries within a 50km radius…

Lundin spuds Gohta well

Jul 16, 2013

Lundin Petroleum AB commenced drilling of exploration well 7120/1-3 in PL492 in the Barents Sea. The well will target the Gohta prospect, which is located 150km northwest of the Norwegian coast, approximately 185km northwest of Hammerfest…

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