Offshore Drilling News


DNO to Drill Highest Number of Wells in its History

May 08, 2019

Norwegian exploration and production company DNO says it plans to drill 48 wells this year, the highest number in the company's 48-year history. The drilling program, comprising 25 development/infill wells and 11 exploration/appraisal wells…

Maersk Drilling Unveils Hybrid Low-Emission Rig

May 08, 2019

Danish rig operator Maersk Drilling has announced what it's calling the first hybrid, low-emission drilling rig, based on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Through a series of upgrades, Maersk Drilling aims to convert the Maersk Intrepid ultra…

Lukoil Develops Arctic-Friendly Oil Spill Kit

May 08, 2019

Russian oil company Lukoil has been given state approval for its new absorbent and biotechnology-based oil spill response technologies for Arctic regions. Lukoil says the technologies, on which it has taken out nine patents, have been designed…

Premier Oil Drills Offshore Indonesia

May 08, 2019

Premier Oil has started drilling operations at Natuna, offshore Indonesia, using the jack-up drilling rig HAKURYU-11, according to rig owner Japan Drilling Company (JDC).JDC was awarded a drilling contract by Premier Oil Natuna Sea in November last year…

Schlumberger Launches New Service at OTC

May 07, 2019

Schlumberger has introduced the IriSphere look-ahead-while-drilling service at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this week. The new service provides the industry’s first application of electromagnetic (EM) technology for detecting…

Talos Spuds Bulleit in US Gulf of Mexico

May 07, 2019

Talos Energy has started drilling the Bulleit appraisal well in Green Canyon Block 21 in the US Gulf of Mexico, says partner Otto Energy. The well is being drilled from the Noble Don Taylor drillship. The Bulleit prospect sits in approximately 1…

OMV to Appraise Hades/Iris

May 07, 2019

OMV has been given the green light to drill exploration wells 6506/11-11 S and 6506/11-11 A on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea. The wells are in production licence 644/644 B containing the high-pressure, high-temperature gas/condensate Hades and Iris discoveries…

IOG Inks LOI to use Maersk Rig on Harvey

May 07, 2019

UK small cap player Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has signed a Letter of Intent to use Maersk Drilling's Maersk Resilient jack-up rig to drill the Harvey appraisal well in the southern sector of the UK North Sea. The well is expected to be started in July…

BSEE Revises Well Control Rule

May 07, 2019

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released what it said were “the final improved Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control regulations”The Well Control Rule is a part of an ongoing…

Hibiscus Gets Positive Result from Ithaca's Cook Field

May 07, 2019

Anasuria Hibiscus UK, a subsidiary of Hibiscus Petroleum, was informed by Cook JV operator Ithaca that the Cook water injection well was drilled to a total depth of 13,045 feet measured depth.'In drilling the water injection well, the reservoir…

Weatherford Unveils Managed Pressure Drilling Tech

May 07, 2019

The Irish-domiciled multinational oil and natural gas service company Weatherford International plc unveiled Victus intelligent managed pressure drilling (MPD), an Industry 4.0 solution that features intelligent control, equipment automation…

BP Sanctions latest Thunder Horse expansion

May 06, 2019

BP is set to go ahead with its Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2 project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico after announcing project sanction. Thunder Horse Expansion Phase 2 will boost output at one of the largest oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico by about 50…

Murphy Makes Mexican and Vietnamese Discoveries

May 06, 2019

Murphy Oil has made discoveries offshore Vietnam and Mexico, the company has reported.The discovery in Mexico was Murphy's first exploration test on Block 5 in the Salinas Basin. The Cholula-1EXP exploration well was drilled in about  2,300…

Equinor Lines up Sputnik Well in Barents Sea

May 06, 2019

Norwegian exploration firm Equinor has been given the green light to drill the Sputnik exploration well in the Barents Sea. Well 7324/6-1 will be drilled in about 449 meter water depth using Seadrill's West Hercules semisubmersible drilling rig in production licence 855…

U.S. Deeply Concerned by Turkey's Cyprus Drilling Intent

May 06, 2019

The United States is deeply concerned by Turkey’s announced intentions to begin offshore drilling operations in an area claimed by Cyprus as its exclusive economic zone, a State Department spokesperson said on Sunday.Turkish media on Saturday…

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