Offshore Deepwater News


Shell Buys Operating Stake in Equinor's North Platte

Jun 29, 2022

Equinor said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell to Shell a 51% operating stake in the North Platte deepwater development project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Equinor will retain 49% interest in the project, now renamed Sparta.Discovered in 2012 by Cobalt International Energy…

Petrobras to Sell Deepwater Assets to BW Energy for Up to $75 Million

Jun 23, 2022

Brazilian oil company Petrobras' management approved on Thursday the sale of its entire stake in the Golfinho and Camarupim deepwater oil fields for up to $75 million to Norway's BW Energy Ltd.The sale is part of Petrobras' strategy to divest assets and focus on more profitable operations…

DOF Subsea Adds $100M+ in Backlog with Petrobras Extension

Jun 22, 2022

Norwegian subsea services company DOF Subsea has secured an extension for its four contracts with Petrobras for subsea inspection works in Brazil.DOF said that the extension would call for at least three vessels operating for 18 months, to the…

Deepwater Drilling: Venus Puts Southern Africa in the Spotlight

Jun 17, 2022

Shell's and TotalEnergies' Graff and Venus deepwater discoveries off Namibia have put southern Africa under the exploration spotlight. With deepwater offering high productivity reserves, it's a spotlight that's likely to linger for a few years yet…

MDL and Jumbo Conclude GoM Mooring Installation

Jun 14, 2022

Maritime Developments Ltd (MDL) and Jumbo Maritime have completed a deepwater polyester mooring rope installation in the Gulf of Mexico.The project moored a new floating production unit (FPU) at depths of 1,200m (4000ft). The operation was performed…

BP Buys Into Bay du Nord Project off Eastern Canada

Jun 13, 2022

BP announced it will buy Cenovus Energy's 35% stake in the undeveloped Bay du Nord project in the Flemish Pass offshore Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador.As part of the deal announced on Monday, BP will also sell its 50% non-operated interest…

Offshore Drilling Rig Rates Lifted by Pandemic Recovery, Race to Replace Russian Crude

May 27, 2022

Rental rates for offshore oil and gas rigs have rocketed higher, boosted by a race to lift production because of the war in Ukraine and a recovery in demand after the COVID-19 pandemic.Drilling companies are in a stronger position to demand…

Ecopetrol, Oxy to Develop Four Deepwater Blocks Off Colombia

May 19, 2022

Colombia's majority state-owned energy company, Ecopetrol, on Wednesday announced an agreement to develop four offshore, deep-water blocks with a subsidiary of U.S. oil major Occidental.The four blocks are located in deep waters some 150 kilometers off Colombia's northern Caribbean coast…

World's First 8th Generation Drillship Named in Singapore

May 18, 2022

Deepwater Atlas, the world's first 8th generation drillship, was recently named at a ceremony in Singapore. The news of the naming ceremony, held late in April, was shared by Transocean, a drilling contractor that owns the vessel, via social media this week…

Westwood: Offshore Drilling Rig Utilization Much Higher Than Typically Reported

May 17, 2022

By Teresa Wilkie, Research Director of RigLogix at Westwood Global EnergyUtilization is one of the key barometers of the health of the offshore rig market, as it identifies what percentage of the usable fleet is available versus what is not…

Chevron Sanctions $1.6B Ballymore Deepwater Project in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

May 17, 2022

U.S. oil major Chevron has sanctioned the Ballymore oil field development in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The project, with a design capacity of 75,000 barrels of crude oil per day,  will be developed as a three-mile subsea tieback to the existing Chevron-operated Blind Faith platform…

Petrobras Cancels Sale of Deepwater Assets in Sergipe-Alagoas Basin in Brazil

May 16, 2022

Brazilian oil company Petrobras has decided not to sell its deepwater assets in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin offshore Brazil, originally put up for sale in 2018.The company said Saturday it had decided to conclude the competitive process, which was in the binding phase…

Odfjell Drilling Takes Over Management and Marketing of SFL's West Hercules Drilling Rig from Seadrill

May 12, 2022

Norwegian offshore drilling contractor Odfjell Drilling will take over the management of the SFL-owned West Hercules semi-submersible drilling rig from rival Seadrill.Odfjell Drilling said Thursday it had signed a deal with SFL Corporation to…

U.S. Asked Brazil's Petrobras If It Could Boost Oil Output; It Said No

May 10, 2022

U.S. government officials in March asked Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras whether it could increase crude output after Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent global prices soaring, three people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. They came away empty-handed…

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