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Cubility bought by Triton Partners

Mar 25, 2014

Norwegian oil services technology firm Cubility AS has been bought from private equity firm Energy Ventures by a Triton Partners fund. The firm, based in Sandnes, has developed MudCube, a solids control and waste management system for drilling operations…

Next stop Martin Linge

Mar 24, 2014

Maersk Drilling has named its latest ultra harsh environment jackup drilling rig, the Maersk Intrepid, ahead of its first deployment development drilling on the Martin Linge field offshore Norway. Maersk Intrepid is the first…

North Sea rig tax disappoints

Mar 20, 2014

A new tax break for high-pressure, high-temperature fields in the UK North Sea has been overshadowed by a move by the UK Government to change to taxes on drilling rigs. The move, relating to bare-boat chartering, “perplexed” industry…

Visund hit for Statoil

Mar 19, 2014

Statoil Petroleum has discovered hydrocarbons in wildcat well 34/8-17 S in production license 120 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well was drilled on the north-east flank of the Visund field, in the northern part of the North Sea…

Third Gabon well disappoints

Mar 19, 2014

Ophir Energy’s deepwater Padouck Deep-1 well, in the Ntsina block, offshore Gabon, has completed drilling and found no significant hydrocarbons. London-based Ophir said the well, drilled with the Vantage Titanium Explorer, was targeting…

AWE to sidetrack Pateke well

Mar 18, 2014

Australia-based AWE Limited will now attempt to drill a sidetrack well in New Zealand after drilling issues encountered last week on the Pateke-4H were unable to be resolved. The lower part of the hole has been abandoned.   Read more on Pateke drilling:http://www…

Cairn holds back 2015 plans

Mar 18, 2014

Cairn Energy has said it is committed to its planned 2014 operations, but that spending beyond then is being looked at closely as its awaits resolution of tax issues in India. The Edinburgh-based firm says spending beyond 2014 would depend…

Moroccan heavy oil dampener

Mar 17, 2014

Cairn Energy's JM-1 well, offshore Morocco, is to be plugged and abandoned without testing, after funding heavy oil.  The JM-1 well (operated by Cairn with 37.5% WI) was drilled to evaluate Upper Jurassic and Middle Jurassic objectives…

Petrobras completes Pitu drilling

Mar 13, 2014

Petrobras announced that it has completed drilling wildcat well 1-BRSA-1205-RNS (Pitu), located in the Potiguar Basin. The results confirm the discovery of intermediate oil as previously announced to the market on 17 Dec 2013. The Pitu well sits at a water depth of 1731m…

Talisman to use Archer's Emerald

Mar 11, 2014

Drilling and well services firm Archer has won a contract to provide drilling services to Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited.   The contract will be the first to use the Archer Emerald modular rig on the UK Continental Shelf. The Archer…


Mar 10, 2014

Aker Solutions' Kjetil Notodden discusses benefits of the latest drilling simulator technology, developed in response to new SEMS requirements.   Drillers receiving training in an Aker Solutions 240° dome simulator in Katy…

Virtual reality

Mar 10, 2014

Current drilling simulators strive to offer operators hazard-free, cost-effective training solutions in a true-to-life environment. Greg App provides an overview of the latest technology. Some of the most substantial technological innovations…

Dry North Sea wildcat for Statoil

Mar 10, 2014

Statoil Petroleum, operator of production license 248 C, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 35/11-16 S on the Juv prospect. The well was drilled about 5.5km north of the Fram field in the northern North Sea, and about 130km northwest of Bergen…

Drilling ramp up on Ekofisk

Mar 10, 2014

ConocoPhillips Norge is due to start a multi-year drilling campaign on the Greater Ekofisk area, offshore Norway, this Spring, as it seeks to continue production from the Ekofisk and Eldfisk fields for decades. The campaign follows start up on the Ekofisk South development…

Schlumberger launches PowerDrive RSS

Mar 06, 2014

Schlumberger announced the launch of the PowerDrive Orbit rotary steerable system (RSS). The new RSS expands the operating envelope of rotary steerable technology by extending system life, delivering precise directional control, and increasing drilling efficiency…

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