Offshore Drilling News


Pacific Drilling Goes Digital with Oceaneering

Apr 29, 2019

An industry-first partnership aims to enable better, more reliable connectivity on board offshore drilling rigs, marking a key step for the implementation of new and expanded digital services.Oceaneering International and Pacific Drilling announced…

Activists Board Arctic Drilling Rig

Apr 29, 2019

Greenpeace activists on Monday climbed aboard a Seadrill drilling rig commissioned by Equinor in protest against oil and gas drilling in the Norwegian Arctic, the group told Reuters.Four activists climbed aboard the West Hercules rig, the organisation said…

New Jackup Delivered to EnscoRowan

Apr 26, 2019

Singapore-based rig builder Keppel FELS announced Friday it has delivered a new jackup rig to EnscoRowan. The US based driller, the product of a recent merger between Ensco and Rowan, has a contract to deploy the rig in the UK North Sea.The…

Sete Brasil Finally Ready for Driller Auction

Apr 26, 2019

In late January 2019 Sete Brasil launched a public announcement for the sale of the drillships Arpoador and Guarapari and the semi-submersibles Urca and Frade. However, the auction ended up being postponed. All four are being built locally at the Jurong and Brasfels shipyards…

Trump Administration Sidelines Offshore Drilling Plan

Apr 25, 2019

The Trump administration will hold off on issuing its plan to expand offshore drilling as it weighs what to do after a March court ruling that blocked drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told The Wall Street Journal…

Petrobras to Record $326 Mln Writedown Due to Rig Dispute

Apr 25, 2019

Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA will record a 1.3 billion-real ($326 million) provision in its first-quarter results due to an ongoing dispute with a bankrupt rig lessor, it said on Thursday.In a securities filing, Petrobras…

Drilling Down Deep

Apr 25, 2019

Deepwater drilling is back and targeting ever deeper waters, from South Africa to Pakistan.Deepwater exploration is starting to get serious, again. If fact, French oil major Total is lined up to drill what will be a new deepwater drilling record later this year…

KCA Deutag Wins CNOOC's North Sea Drilling Job

Apr 25, 2019

Aberdeen-headquartered drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag confirmed Wednesday that it has been awarded an extension to its existing contract with CNOOC for the Scott platform, which it operates in the UK North Sea.The contract extension…

Shell Makes Deepwater Find in US GoM

Apr 24, 2019

Shell announced Wednesday it has made a significant discovery at the deepwater Blacktip prospect in the Alaminos Canyon Block 380 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The discovery is located in approximately 1,900 meters water depth in the Alaminos Canyon Block 380…

Archer Wins Contract from Chevron

Apr 23, 2019

Archer announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract to provide platform drilling services for Chevron in the UK sector of the North Sea.Under the deal, Archer it will provide offshore operations and maintenance supervision on the Alba Northern and Captain platforms…

Drilling Rig Runs Thrusters from Batteries

Apr 23, 2019

Energy Storage Systems (ESS) that transfer power to the thrusters of Transocean’s Spitsbergen drilling vessel have been successfully installed and tested, marking the first time thrusters have been run directly from batteries on a drilling vessel…

Velesto Bags Petronas Drilling Job

Apr 23, 2019

Malaysia's Velesto Drilling, a subsidiary of  Velesto Energy, has been awarded four contracts worth a total of RM432.33mln (US$104.68 million) from Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd for the provision of jack-up drilling rig services. Velesto Energy…

Google Translate for Oil Wells

Apr 22, 2019

A startup is looking to harness the world of artificial intelligence to help oil companies do more with the data, as well as the oil, they get from their wells.Big data is often billed as having the potential to offer the oil and gas industry huge benefits in improved efficiency and production…

Halliburton Reports Activity Uptick

Apr 22, 2019

Halliburton Co said on Monday a pricing downturn that has plagued the oilfield services sector was bottoming out, as it reported modestly higher activity levels in North America in the first quarter from a year earlier.Oilfield services providers…

GDI in Drilling Services Contract with NOC

Apr 22, 2019

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has signed a three-year contract with North Oil Company (NOC) to provide drilling services through the drilling rig Dukhan for NOC’s extensive development programmes in Al Shaheen oil field.The Al Shaheen Oil…

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