Offshore Drilling News


Shell Extends Awilco Rig Contract in North Sea

May 06, 2019

Shell UK is to extend its contract for use of Aberdeen-headquartered driller Awilco Drilling's WillPhoenix semisubmersible drilling rig for decommissioning operations in the UK North Sea. Shell UK, which already has the rig on contract, has…

Azinor Commits to Drilling Program

May 06, 2019

Azinor Catalyst  announced that it has been awarded six traditional licences, two as an operator and four as a non-operated partner, on the UK Continental Shelf.The Seacrest Group-backed E&P company focused on the North Sea and Northern Atlantic…

Island Drilling Wins Contract with Faroe

May 03, 2019

Norwegian offshore driller Island Drilling Company has been awarded a contract with Faroe Petroleum Norge to drill one well in the Norwegian Sea, using the Island Innovator drilling rig.The well is located on PL888 Canela license, Block 6507/7…

Racing to 20K Equipment Amid Changing Regulations

May 03, 2019

Customer pressure for 20,000 psi-capable equipment has persisted for over a decade, yet no industry standards have been firmed up. This hasn’t stopped orders for such equipment, although some were later cancelled.Baker Hughes, a GE company,…

Trump Administration to Revise Offshore Safety Rules

May 02, 2019

The Trump administration will unveil on Thursday its final plan to roll back offshore drilling safety measures put in place by the Obama administration after the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst in U.S. history, raising concerns…

Mero Field E&P Procurement Heating Up Market

May 02, 2019

The development of the Mero field, part of the Libra pre-salt complex offshore Brazil, has opened a range of opportunities for equipment and services in the oil and gas sector in the South American country. A range of equipment from wet x-mas trees…

Northern Drilling Orders New Drillship at DSME

May 02, 2019

John Fredriksen's offshore drilling firm Northern Drilling has ordered another newbuild rig having exercised a previously held option for the Cobalt Explorer drillship to be delivered by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) by the first quarter of 2021…

Oceaneering Wins Wintershall ROV Work

May 01, 2019

Oceaneering International said it has secured a contract to provide integrated remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services for Wintershall offshore Norway.The deal covers ROV services for the Northern Drilling Moss Maritime CS-60Mk type drilling unit West Mira…

North Field Drilling Contracts Awarded

May 01, 2019

Qatar Petroleum announced Wednesday it has awarded contracts for eight offshore jackup drilling rigs for the North Field Expansion Project.Contracts for six of the rigs were awarded to Gulf Drilling International (GDI), while the contracts for…

Repsol, LLOG to Partner on Deepwater US Gulf Developments

May 01, 2019

The U.S.-based exploration and production company LLOG Exploration Offshore and  Spanish oil company Repsol announced the signing of an Asset Exchange and Joint Participation Agreement in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.The agreement provides for…

Rig Mobilized to Drill Dorado-2

Apr 30, 2019

The jack-up drilling rig Noble Tom Prosser is close to being on location to drill the Dorado-2 well offshore Australia, Carnarvon Petroleum announced this week.The Dorado-2 well is the first appraisal of the Dorado discovery that was drilled in the second half of 2018 in WA-437-P…

Activists End Occupation of Arctic Drill Rig

Apr 30, 2019

Greenpeace activists climbed down from a Seadrill drilling rig in Norway on Tuesday and are no longer occupying it, the environmental group told Reuters.The rig, which was boarded by four activists on Monday, will be used next month by Equinor to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic…

65,000 Wells will be Drilled in 2019

Apr 30, 2019

Rystad Energy forecasts that the number of onshore and offshore oil and gas wells drilled globally will increase to around 65,000 in 2019.Activity levels are then projected to remain around this level through 2023, the energy research and business intelligence company said…

Aker Completes Appraisal Drilling off Ghana

Apr 29, 2019

The offshore oil and gas operator Aker Energy Ghana, as the operator of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP) block, announces that is has concluded its appraisal drilling campaign offshore Ghana.The Company is currently working on a revised Plan for Development and Operations (PDO)…

OKEA Bags Drilling Contract for Deepsea Nordkapp

Apr 29, 2019

Norwegian oil and gas company OKEA has secured the Odfjell Drilling-owned semi-submersible rig Deepsea Nordkapp to drill for upside opportunities within and surrounding the Draugen field offshore Norway.The drilling operation is expected to commence in Q4 2019…

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