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Shelf Drilling Secures $61M Offshore Drilling Contract with Equinor

Apr 28, 2023

Shelf Drilling said Friday it had secured a contract for the Shelf Drilling Barsk jack-up rig with Equinor for operations at the Sleipner Vest field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.The contract is firm for two wells, and this will keep the jack-up drilling rig busy for about 270 days…

Transocean Drills 'First' Fully-automated Hole Section of Offshore Well

Apr 27, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Transocean said Thursday it had recently drilled its first fully-automated hole section of a well.The milestone, which Transocean described as significant, was achieved in the Norwegian Sea, offshore Norway.The company…

CIMC Delivers Jack-up Rig to COSL

Apr 27, 2023

Chinese drilling rig builder CIMC Raffles has delivered the Wan Zuan 3 jack-up rig for operation by COSL in China.The Wan Zuan 3 jack-up drilling rig of F&G SUPER M2 design can operate in a water depth of 300 ft and drill to a depth of 30,000 ft…

Ex-Ensco CEO Joins Borr Drilling as Director

Apr 26, 2023

Offshore drilling rig firm Borr Drilling has appointed Daniel Rabun, former CEO of Ensco, as a company director to fill existing vacancy with effect April 25, 2023.Rabun served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensco plc…

Wintershall Dea Makes Important Discovery Offshore Mexico

Apr 26, 2023

Operator Wintershall Dea and its partners Harbour Energy and Sapura OMV have made a significant oil discovery on the Kan exploration prospect in Block 30, located in the shallow waters of the Cuenca Salina in the Sureste Basin, offshore Mexico…

Keppel FELS Wins Arbitration Case Against Awilco Drilling Over Offshore Rig Construction Termination

Apr 25, 2023

An arbitration tribunal this week ruled in favor of Keppel FELS in the case vs. Awilco Drilling over a June 2020 offshore drilling rig construction termination.Awilco Drilling in 2018 ordered the harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig from Keppel…

Shelf Drilling Lands $11M Offshore Drilling Rig Contract in Nigeria

Apr 25, 2023

Jack-up drilling rig contractor Shelf Drilling has secured a short-term contract for Adriatic I jack-up drilling rig for operations offshore Nigeria.The contract is for 90 days and has an estimated value of $11 million, excluding revenues for mobilization and demobilization…

Norway's Offshore Safety Regulator Issues Order to Saipem Over Regulatory Breaches on Scarabeo 8 Rig

Apr 24, 2023

The Norwegian offshore industry safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), said Monday that it had identified serious breaches of regulations at Saipem's Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig after an audit earlier this year…

Woodside's Sangomar Offshore Oil Project in Senegal 82% Complete

Apr 21, 2023

On Friday, Australian oil and gas giant Woodside said that its Sangomar development project offshore Senegal was 82% complete and on target for first oil later this year. Once online, this will be Senegal's first offshore oil project in production…

OMV Norge Strikes Oil at Eirik Prospect in North Sea, Off Norway

Apr 20, 2023

Oil and gas company OMV Norge has made an oil discovery at the Eirik prospect in the North Sea, off Norway, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said Thursday.The wildcat well 15/2-2 S, in the production license 817, where OMV is operator,  was…

Transocean's Backlog Grows to $8.6B with Latest Rig Deals in Norway and Australia

Apr 19, 2023

Deepwater drilling company Transocean has secured $546 million worth of drilling contracts in the past quarter, according to its rig fleet status report issued Tuesday.The contracts were secured by four rigs, the Transocean Enabler, Transocean Encourage…

Saipem's 7th-gen Drillship Santorini Secures Two-year Extension with Eni

Apr 19, 2023

Italian oil company Eni has extended the contract for Saipem's 7th-generation Santorini drillship for two years, starting in August 2023.According to Saipem, the extension is worth approximately 280 million dollars. 'To this amount will be added…

Chevron Seeking Drillship to Explore for Gas in Eastern Mediterranean

Apr 18, 2023

Chevron is seeking a [drillship] to explore for natural gas off Cyprus, Egypt, and Israel as the U.S. energy major looks to meet growing demand in the region and Europe, two sources told Reuters.Chevron, which operates in the three eastern Mediterranean countries…

IOG's Blythe H2 Well Drilling Faces Setback Due to 'Abnormally' Pressured Gas and Oil Influx

Apr 18, 2023

UK North Sea-focused oil and gas company IOG said Tuesday that the drilling of the Blythe H2 offshore well would take longer than initially thought due to 'abnormally' pressured gas and oil influx encountered while drilling  through the Hauptdolomit formation…

Aker BP Makes Oil Discovery in North Sea, Offshore Norway

Apr 13, 2023

Norwegian oil company Aker BP has discovered oil in the North Sea offshore Norway, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said Thursday.Aker BP used the Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig to drill the wildcat well 25/4-15.According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate…

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