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Emerging Oil Nations Reject Climate Curbs on Exploration, Eye Rapid Development

Aug 20, 2021

The world's newest oil-producing nations grabbed the spotlight at this week's Offshore Technology Conference with ambitious plans to tap oil and gas discoveries in a race against a global energy transition to lower-carbon fuels.At the conference…

Valaris CEO, CFO Step Down. Ex-Seadrill CEO Takes Helm

Aug 19, 2021

Offshore drilling firm Valaris said Thursday its CEO Tom Burke would step down from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, and that its CFO Jon Baksht would step down, too, both effective September 2…

Efforts Underway to Resume Federal Oil and Gas Leasing, U.S. Offshore Regulator Says

Aug 19, 2021

A U.S. offshore regulator on Wednesday said efforts to resume a federal oil and gas leasing program are underway and would soon bear results following a court decision ending a suspension.The Biden administration this week challenged the court decision…

Norway: Neptune Energy Secures Approval for North Sea Well Drilling

Aug 19, 2021

Neptune Energy has received regulatory approval to drill a wildcat well in the North Sea, offshore Norway.Neptune will drill the well 33/6-5 S using the Deepsea Yantai drilling rig after it completes the drilling of development wells in production licence 636…

Harbour Energy Books Maersk Drilling Jack-Up for 3-well Campaign in UK North Sea

Aug 19, 2021

UK-based oil and gas company Harbour Energy has hired Maersk Drilling's jack-up rig Mærsk Innovator to drill three subsea development wells in Block 28/9, near the Catcher field, on the UK Continental Shelf. The nine-month contract, which will see the rig reactivated…

Guyana, Suriname Eye Further Drilling from Oil Majors After Discoveries

Aug 18, 2021

Guyana and Suriname expect continued exploratory drilling over the next two years by oil majors in their joint offshore basin after a string of recent discoveries, government officials and corporate executives said at a conference on Wednesday…

Schlumberger Introduces Autonomous Directional Drilling

Aug 18, 2021

Oilfield services giant Schlumberger has this week introduced a service called Autonomous Directional Drilling, which, the company says, includes solutions to steer autonomously through any section of the wellbore. According to Schlumberger…

Northern Drilling Cancels Drillship Order with DSME. Seeks $90M+ Refund

Aug 18, 2021

Billionaire John Fredriksen-owned offshore drilling company Northern Drilling said Tuesday it had canceled a drillship resale contract with the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).In May 2018, Northern Drilling…

Lundin Energy Gets Nod for North Sea Wildcat

Aug 18, 2021

Lundin Energy has obtained a license to drill a wildcat well in the production license 976, in the North Sea, offshore Norway.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted the Swedish firm permission for the well 17/8-1.Lundin will use…

Shell Books Valaris Drillship for Operations in Sao Tome and Principe and Namibia

Aug 18, 2021

Offshore drilling firm Valaris has secured contracts with Shell Namibia Upstream B.V. and Shell Sao Tome and Principe B.V. offshore Namibia and Sao Tome and Principe, respectively, for its drillship VALARIS DS-10.The contracts for the 2017-delivered offshore rig are each for one well…

Biden Administration Appeals Court Decision to Block Oil, Gas Leasing Pause

Aug 17, 2021

The Biden administration on Monday challenged a federal judge's decision in June to block the Interior Department's pause on oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters - a critical piece of its climate change policy - but will proceed with leasing during the appeals process…

Oil Industry Groups Sue Biden Administration over Drilling Auctions Halt

Aug 17, 2021

Major U.S. oil industry groups on Monday sued the Biden administration for halting drilling auctions on federal lands and waters this year, arguing the government is required by law to hold regular sales.The American Petroleum Institute (API)…

Challenger Energy Believes in The Bahamas Offshore Potential Despite Dry Well. Seeks Partner, License Extension

Aug 16, 2021

Challenger Energy, the company until recently known as the Bahamas Petroleum Company, is seeking an extension to the license period for its offshore blocks in the Bahamas after it earlier this year drilled an offshore well that failed to unearth commercial quantities of oil…

Lukoil Starts Drilling at Block 12, Offshore Mexico

Aug 16, 2021

Russian oil firm Lukoil said Monday it had started drilling its first exploration well at Block 12 offshore Mexico.The block is located 50 km off the coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, near the State of Tabasco, Mexico. It covers an area of 521 square meters…

Offshore Driller Vantage Posts Q2 Loss, but Wins Big in Qatar

Aug 13, 2021

Offshore drilling contractor Vantage drilling this week posted a net loss of $29 million in the second quarter of 2021, but its CEO was optimistic on the back of several important jack-up drilling rig contracts secured recently, especially in Qatar…

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