Offshore Drilling News


Equinor Makes Oil Find at Utsira High

Jul 26, 2019

Equinor and partners Lundin and Spirit Energy have made a small oil discovery in production licence 167 at the Utsira High in the central part of the North Sea.The Lille Prinsen Outer Wedge appraisal well is located about 1 kilometer west of Lille Prinsen Main…

Downhole Cameras: A New Dimension in Wellbore Inspections

Jul 26, 2019

As oil and gas wellbores age, owners need new and better ways to gather – and understand – intelligence about the condition of their assets.Downhole cameras can be useful for finding restrictions in a wellbore during completions, and they can…

Transocean Reports New Contracts

Jul 26, 2019

The world's second largest offshore drilling contractor Transocean has revealed three new contract awards and a pair of extensions for the last quarter in its latest fleet status report.The Switzerland-based offshore driller said in the status…

Eni Finds More Oil Offshore Angola

Jul 25, 2019

Italy's Eni reported good results in its first appraisal well of the Agogo discovery in Block 15/06, offshore Angola.The Agogo-2 well results confirm 650 million barrels of oil in place at the Agogo field and indicate further upside in its northern…

Saipem Draws up Drilling Partners Short List

Jul 25, 2019

Italian oil services group Saipem has drawn up a short list of potential partners for its drilling business as it casts around for joint venture deals to help revive growth.Saipem, controlled by state lender CDP and oil major Eni , makes most…

Eni Announces Gas Find Offshore Vietnam

Jul 24, 2019

Eni's Ken Bau 1X exploration well in block 114 of the Song Hong Basin offshore Vietnam has proven the presence of gas and condensate in the Ken Bau prospect, the Italian supermajor announced on Wednesday.The exploration well was drilled at 95 meters water depth and reached a total depth of 3…

IOG to Spud Harvey Appraisal Well in August

Jul 24, 2019

UK-focused Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) said it plans to spud an appraisal well in the Harvey prospect during the first week of August.The Maersk Resilient is currently due to finish its prior operations over the coming week and start re-locating to Harvey…

Stena Don Refit Completed

Jul 23, 2019

ACO Marine said a new wastewater treatment plant supplied to Damen Verolme Rotterdam has been installed and commissioned on the Stena operated semi-submersible Stena Don.The drilling rig’s existing wastewater treatment plant was heavily corroded and non-compliant with regulation MEPC 227(64)…

Aker BP Finds Oil in Liatårnet Wildcat

Jul 23, 2019

Aker BP has made an oil discovery in an area nicknamed NOAKA near the Alvheim field in the central part of the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate confirmed on Tuesday.Aker BP, operator of production licence 442, had announced the discovery earlier in July…

Pacific Drilling Taps Harris as CFO

Jul 22, 2019

Offshore drilling contractor Pacific Drilling announced on Monday that its board has appointed James W. Harris to serve as the company's senior vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Johannes 'John' P. Boots, who is stepping step down from his position to pursue other opportunities…

Eastern Med Heats Up

Jul 22, 2019

Suppliers hoping to tap the fast-warming Eastern Mediterranean energy market need look no further than the consortia submitting bids on 12 of 19 exploration blocks offshore Israel.With gas-supply deals in place with Egypt, Jordan, Greece and domestic Israeli producers…

Saipem Tallies $160 Mln Drilling Contracts

Jul 22, 2019

Italian based offshore services company Saipem said it has netted new offshore drilling contracts in Romania and Abu Dhabi worth over $160 million combined.Under one of the contract awards, Saipem will drill a well in Romania’s Black Sea waters using the semi-submersible rig Scarabeo 9…

3D Inversion Helps Tackle Complex Reservoirs

Jul 19, 2019

Halliburton leveraged technology from the mining industry to reveal subsurface structures in a way that improves geosteering, geomapping and geostopping in complex reservoirs.The service company has introduced EarthStar 3D Inversion, a 3D reservoir mapping process that…

Seadrill Gets a Drillship Contract

Jul 18, 2019

UK-based international offshore drilling contractor Seadrill Partners has scored a contract in Gabon for one of its drillships.The offshore drilling firm said in press release that its drillship West Polaris had secured a contract with PC Gabon Upstream for drilling operations in Gabon…

ABS to Class Mono Column Jack-up

Jul 17, 2019

ABS announced it will class a new self-elevating platform with a unique triangular mono column design from Singapore-based Calm Oceans Pte Ltd.The Mono-Column Platform-Lite (MCP-Lite), capable of operating in depths of up to 70 meters, is equipped with a water injection module…

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