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Norwegian Offshore Drilling Unions Seek Mediation as Wage Talks Falter

May 24, 2023

Wage talks involving around 8,000 oil drilling workers in Norway broke down early on Wednesday, labor unions said, raising the risk of strike action later this year that would disrupt oil and gas exploration.The talks between the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) and the Safe…

Brazil: Petrobras Makes Hydrocarbon Find in Santos Basin's Aram Block

May 17, 2023

Brazilian oil company Petrobras said Wednesday it had discovered hydrocarbons in the Santos Basin pre-salt, in an appraisal well in the Aram block.The well 3-BRSA-1387D-SPS is located 260 km from the city of Santos-SP, at a water depth of 1…

Noble Secures $500M Deal with Petrobras for Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

May 15, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has secured a $500 million contract with Brazil's Petrobras for the ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Faye Kozack.The contract for the drilling at the BM-S-11 and Tupi fields offshore Brazil, has a firm duration of 2…

Shell Awards Noble Voyager Drillship Contract for Deepwater Exploration in Mauritania

May 12, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Noble has secured a contract with Shell for the 7th generation drillship Noble Voyager.Under the contract with Shell, the Noble Voyager drillship will drill one deepwater exploration well offshore Mauritania. The contract…

Equinor Makes Gas/Condensate Discovery in Norwegian Sea

May 12, 2023

Norwegian oil company Equinor Energy has made a gas/condensate discovery in the offshore licence 255 B, about 25 km south of the Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea.The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Middle and Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Garn…

BP Ventures Back into Offshore Oil Frontiers to Boost Output

May 10, 2023

BP is ramping up oil exploration and drilling activity in frontier prospects as the energy giant tries to stem a decline in its oil and gas output after years of focusing on a shift to renewables to cut carbon emissions. The move comes as companies…

'Major Operator' Chooses Transocean Rig for Australian Offshore Drilling Project

May 10, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Transocean has secured a drilling contract for its Transocean Equinox offshore drilling rig.Transocean said that the semi-submersible drilling rig had won a contract with a 'major operator' in Australia. Transocean did not say who the client was…

Velesto Wins Offshore Drilling Contracts for Three Jack-up Rigs

May 09, 2023

Malaysian offshore drilling rig contractor Velesto Drilling has received three notices of assignments related to a drilling contract award with Petronas first announced in March.The contract is for providing three jack-up drilling rigs, the Naga 3…

SFL Bags $50M Contract for Hercules Offshore Drilling Rig

May 05, 2023

SFL Corporation Ltd. has signed a $50 million contract with a subsidiary of Portugal's Galp Energia to deploy the harsh environment semi-submersible rig Hercules in Namibia.The contract is for two wells plus optional well testing and is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2023…

Petrobras Contemplates Plan B Amid License Delays for Amazon River Basin Drilling

May 04, 2023

Brazil's Petrobras may move a rig it has installed to drill at the mouth of the Amazon River Basin to another location if it does not obtain a long-awaited environmental license to start operations there, an executive said on Monday.The remarks…

AI-driven Tech Promises to Cut Offshore Well Drilling Times, Costs, and Boost Safety

May 04, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Transocean, on behalf of its clients Wintershall Dea and OMV, has contracted InteliWell to equip and utilize its proprietary InteliWell software on the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Norge.InteliWell is a joint…

Odfjell Drilling Secures More Work with Equinor for Two Offshore Drilling Rigs

May 04, 2023

Oslo-listed offshore drilling company Odfjell Drilling has won more work with Equinor for two of its semi-submersible drilling rigs the Deepsea Aberdeen and Deepsea Stavanger.Equinor has added additional firm scope for the Deepsea Aberdeen as…

TotalEnergies Hires Semi-submersible Drilling Rig for Lebanon’s Offshore Block 9

May 03, 2023

French oil major TotalEnergies, in agreement with its partners ENI and QatarEnergy, announced on Tuesday that they signed a firm contract with Transocean to hire the drilling rig that will drill an exploration well on Block 9 offshore Lebanon…

The Wait is Over: Deep Value Driller Ready to Unleash Its Potential

May 02, 2023

A lesser-known offshore rig owning firm recently secured a long-term deal for a drillship that has been stacked since 2017, in yet another proof that the offshore drilling industry is back.The offshore drilling industry is back.After several years of downturn and uncertainty…

Hegazi Becomes CEO of ARO Drilling

May 02, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor ARO Drilling, a 50/50 joint venture between Valaris and Saudi Aramco, has appointed Mohamed Hegazi as Chief Executive Officer.Hegazi previously served as Chief Executive Officer of TGT Diagnostics, a provider of…

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