Rig News

Statoil resumes Pingvin

Sep 10, 2014

Statoil resumed drilling operations on 10 September at the oil-bearing strata in the exploration well 7319/12-1 Pingvin after receiving permission from the Norwegian Environment Agency. The Pingvin prospect is in production license 713 in the Norwegian Barents Sea…

Well surveillance in ultra-deepwater

Sep 01, 2014

As the industry advances into ultra-deepwater, an increasing number of tight tolerance wells require an efficient system for determining early influxes or losses during drilling, tripping, and cementing operations. Scott Hilliard of Statoil and Florian Le Blay…

DNV GL enhancing BOP maintenance

Aug 27, 2014

DNV GL has established a joint industry project (JIP) to develop a risk-based maintenance methodology with the aim to deliver more effective and cost-efficient blowout preventers (BOP) maintenance. The maintenance of BOPs has significant financial…

Apache hits Phoenix-1 pay

Aug 18, 2014

Houston-based Apache encountered oil pay at the Phoenix South-1 well, in Canning basin, off the North West Shelf of Australia. Apache says that preliminary estimates show that there might be as much as 300MMbbl in place. The Phoenix…

SOCO well spud offshore Congo

Aug 07, 2014

SOCO International announced the Lidongo X Marine-101 (LXM-101) exploration well spud in the Marine XI Block, located in the Congo Basin, offshore the Republic of Congo. The LXM-101 well is located 23km north west of Pointe Noire in a…

Maersk adds second XLE jackup

Aug 07, 2014

Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its second ultra harsh environment jackup, XLE-2, from the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore. The rig will start its mobilization to the Norwegian North Sea in approximately two weeks, where it will…

Meeting lifting standards

Aug 01, 2014

The Heidrun FSU crane in Protea’s yard, Poland. Photo from Protea. Protea has designed its largest crane to date for Statoil’s Heidrun FSU, a project that will aid the life extension of the Heidrun field…

Intervention allies

Aug 01, 2014

Sarah Parker Musarra spoke with FTO Services’ Vidar Sten-Halvorsen to learn more about the new Island Performer intervention vessel, a product of the joint venture between FMC Technologies and Edison Chouest Offshore. The Island Constructor…

Adding a secondary barrier against gas migration in deepwater environments

Aug 01, 2014

Secondary mechanical pressure barriers could help ease regulatory bodies’ concerns around effective zonal isolation in wells.  The Cytadel ZX packer can be activated by dropping a magnetic signal carrier from the surface…

Point by point: intervention

Aug 01, 2014

In advance of OE’s 2014 Deepwater Intervention Forum held in Galveston, Texas, Managing Editor Audrey Leon spoke with representatives of Helix Energy Solutions, FMC Technologies, and consultant Robert Keith of R.J. Keith & Associates, to discuss topics affecting the intervention sector…

Making light work in heavy lifting

Aug 01, 2014

The Rambiz 3000 carrying Wintershall’s L6-B mono-tower platform. Image from Scaldis.  Belgian and Dutch contractors have taken minimal facilities to the next level by installing a mono-tower platform and its foundations together…

Heating for Arctic climates

Aug 01, 2014

Work on a Heinen & Hopman HVAC system.  Photo from Heinen & Hopman. Energy efficiency is high on the agenda for both Arctic exploration and in general. Elaine Maslin found out more…

Sampling the pre-salt

Aug 01, 2014

Internal and external rupture disks. Photos from Halliburton.  Halliburton’s Antônio Mataruco…

Apache finds gas off Western Australia

Jul 29, 2014

Houston-based Apache Energy found gas and associated liquid hydrocarbons in the Phoenix South-1 well off Western Australia, in the Roebuck basin, before a drill bit failure on 29 July. Over the past two weeks, Apache drilled to a depth…

Saipem awarded US$540 million contracts

Jul 29, 2014

Saipem was awarded offshore drilling contracts worth approximately US$540 million in Indonesia, Nigeria, the Arabian Gulf and Latin America. The contracts refer to four different units of Saipem’s fleet. Indonesia contract Eni Muara Bakau B…

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