Offshore Drilling News - page 204


Lundin spuds Vollgrav South probe

Sep 01, 2014

Lundin Petroleum has started drilling exploration well 33/12-10 S on the Vollgrav South prospect, 250km west of Florø, between the Gullfaks and Statfjord fields, in production license 631. The main objective of well 33/12-10 S is to test…

North Sea drilling on the up?

Sep 01, 2014

From a peak of 396 in 1996, numbers of wells drilled offshore UK fell to 164 in 2013, a low not seen since 1979. Development wells were down from 289 in 1998, to 120 in 2013. Exploration and appraisal drilling, on which offshore production ultimately depends…

Well surveillance in ultra-deepwater

Sep 01, 2014

As the industry advances into ultra-deepwater, an increasing number of tight tolerance wells require an efficient system for determining early influxes or losses during drilling, tripping, and cementing operations. Scott Hilliard of Statoil and Florian Le Blay…

Closed-loop drilling

Sep 01, 2014

An in-depth look at NOV’s closed-loop drilling automation system, which could help develop North Sea and Arctic assets. Automation is a growing force in the offshore oil and gas industry. Its potential to increase safety, optimize operations…

DNV GL launches regulatory roadmap for US floaters  

Sep 01, 2014

Raja Roy examines DNV GL’s first comprehensive overview on how to properly comply with US Coast Guard requirements to operate FOIs, FSOs and FPSOs in US waters. The roadmap document called “Verification for compliance with United States…

Well control for pre-salt production efficiency

Sep 01, 2014

Baker Hughes has been developing completion technology and well control with Petrobras in deepwater ever since its first intelligent completion system contract in the early 2000s. Claudio Paschoa found out more. Baker…

Stinger technology aims to optimize pre-salt drilling

Sep 01, 2014

Claudio Paschoa discusses Stinger conical diamond technology with João Pedro Tocantins, Senior Product Engineer from Schlumberger’s Smith Bits.  The CDE, centrally placed in a PDC drill bit cutting structure…

Breaking barriers

Sep 01, 2014

Jerry Lee discusses new and improved drill bit designs and technologies with several leading companies. Rising energy demand has resulted in the need to reach reserves in more complex formations. The more complex the formation, the more…

Protecting assets through better data trending

Sep 01, 2014

Elaine Maslin examines how better data trending and a focus on key hubs could help improve ailing production efficiency rates and extend asset life on the UK Continental Shelf and beyond. NI CompactRIO…

The perils of offshore power quality

Sep 01, 2014

Unacceptable power quality can have significant impacts on safety, the productivity of operations and profitability. Ian C. Evans explains. An Ex motor. Photos from Harmionic Solutions. Electrical…

Vaalco resumes Etame off Gabon

Aug 29, 2014

Vaalco Energy has resumed production from the Etame Marin block after completing maintenance work on its leased floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.  The vessel had the fire and gas detection systems upgraded along with other routine maintenance work…

No oil on Heimdalshø for Det norske

Aug 29, 2014

Det norske oljeselskap's wildcat exploration well 2/9-5S on the Heimdalshø prospect found no hydrocarbons. Det norske said the well, the first in production license (PL) 494, about 30 km east of the Norwegian North Sea Valhall field…

Luno II revised down

Aug 29, 2014

Lundin Petroleum's latest Luno II appraisal well found oil but with lower than expected reservoir properties, leading the firm to revise down its resource estimate for the field to between 27 and 71MMboe.  Lundin said the target of appraisal well 16/4- 8 S in the Luno II discovery…

Good GoM news for Noble

Aug 28, 2014

Noble Energy announced successful results for the Katmai exploration well and the Dantzler-2 appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Katmai exploration well Noble is reporting great news at Katmai with total gross resources for the well estimated between 40 and 100MMboe…

Oil shows in Senegal well

Aug 28, 2014

Oil samples have been recovered in the FAN-1 exploration well being drilled offshore Senegal, said partner in the project by FAR Ltd.   The well is being drilled by Cairn Energy (operator), ConocoPhillips, Far and Petrosen - the Senegalese national oil company…

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