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BOEM seeks comments on new OCS leasing program

Jun 13, 2014

The US Department of the Interior has opened its new five-year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore oil and gas leasing plan to public comment, the agency announced on 13 June 2014. DOI said the publication in the federal register of…

AWE begins drilling Oi-2

Jun 13, 2014

AWE Ltd. announced on 13 June that drilling began on the Oi-2 exploration well located in Petroleum Mining Permit (PMP) 38158 offshore Taranaki, New Zealand. The joint venture partners hope the Oi-2 well will allow the evaluation of hydrocarbon potential of a 4-way dip closed structure…

Cairn's Senegal drilling delayed

Jun 12, 2014

Australian explorer Far Ltd. reported on 10 June that the Cairn-operated FAN-1 exploration well offshore Senegal is delayed for maintenance work and the drilling program was being modified. 'Having set 13-3/8in. casing in the FAN-1 well ahead of drilling into the two main objectives…

Energean named operator offshore Israel

Jun 12, 2014

Cyprus-based Energean E&P Holdings Ltd. has farmed-in and taken over as operator of the Sara and Myra license blocks about 25 mi. off the coast of Israel. [shaded blue in map at right] Six of the seven partners agreed to the farm-in, including Modiin Energy Limited Partnership…

Equipment failure reported on Deepwater Nautilus

Jun 11, 2014

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) responded to an equipment failure onboard Transocean's Deepwater Nautilus semisubmersible drilling rig in the US Gulf of Mexico, the agency reported on 10 June 2014. Operator Shell Offshore Inc…

Tunisian drilling starts

Jun 10, 2014

Circle Oil has started drilling exploration well EMD-1 on the offshore Mahdia Permit using the drillship PetroSaudi Discoverer. The well is near existing producing fields, including the Tazerka, Birsa, Oudna, and Halk El Menzel oil fields…

Managed-pressure drilling riser stack integration

Jun 09, 2014

As the deepwater prospects being drilled today address ever more complex conditions, the drilling industry needs to adjust its technology to address the challenges that arise. The use of conventional “open to atmosphere” drilling methods…

Four well discovery offshore Sarawak

Jun 09, 2014

SapuraKencana Energy Sarawak Inc. (SKE) announced the discovery of four non-associated natural gas wells in the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC) area. These are the first four wells of a 10-well commitment in the SK408 PSC, a 4480sq km area…

Well test to start on Lancaster

Jun 09, 2014

UK-based exploration firm Hurricane Energy has completed the drilling phase of the ongoing operation to drill and test a horizontal appraisal well on its Lancaster discovery, West of Shetland. The well has been drilled to plan and a 1km…

SBM Offshore discusses new fluid swivel

Jun 09, 2014

EnergyMakers' Russ Capper interviews SBM Offshore's Group Technology Director Michael Wyllie about the company's very high pressure (VHP) fluid swivel technology. The swivel earned SBM Offshore a Spotlight award at the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston…

BHI international rig count for May 2014

Jun 06, 2014

Baker Hughes issued the May 2014 international rotary drilling rig count today, showing a total of 1024 rigs operating outside the US & Canada. International activity in May was up 4 rigs from the 1020 rigs drilling in April and up 68…

BHI offshore rig count for North America

Jun 06, 2014

Today's Baker Hughes North American offshore rotary rig count listed 58 rigs operating this week, down 2 rigs from a week ago but up 2 rigs from a year ago (4% year-over-year increase). Gulf of Mexico The majority, 56 rigs, are working in the Gulf of Mexico…

Brattec: Petrobras executives talk about Libra

Jun 06, 2014

The magnitude of the Libra area was the main highlight of Wednesday, May 7 at Brattec Offshore 2014, an event organized by the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce. Petrobras’ executive manager for Libra, Anelise Lara, talked about the reservoir’s characteristics and the area’s development prospects…

Total contracts Ocean Rig drillship

Jun 05, 2014

Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a subsidiary of Athens-based DryShips Inc., announced that it signed a six-year contract with Total E&P Angola for drilling operations in Block 32 offshore Angola, using the ultra-deepwater drillship  Ocean Rig Skyros…

Australia awards 9 offshore exploration permits

Jun 05, 2014

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane announced the award of nine new permits located in Commonwealth waters offshore Western Australia, Victoria, and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands as part of round one of the Australian government’s 2013 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release…

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