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Lebanon's Offshore Exploration Hits a Snag: No Hydrocarbon Discovery in Block 9 - Reuters

Oct 13, 2023

No hydrocarbon finds were made after exploratory drilling operations at Lebanon's offshore Block 9, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.Lebanon's energy minister and officials from the Lebanese Petroleum Administration declined to comment…

PHOTO: Giant Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig Leaves Norway aboard COSCO Heavy Lifter

Oct 12, 2023

COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Transport shared images on Wednesday of its semi-submersible heavy lift and transportation vessel carrying a massive semi-submersible drilling rig.The company, which specializes in the handling of heavy cargoes, did not…

Kosmos Energy Makes Oil Discovery Near Lucius SPAR in U.S. GoM

Oct 11, 2023

Oil and gas company Kosmos Energy has made an oil discovery at the Tiberius exploration well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico near the Occidental-operated Lucius SPAR production facility.According to Kosmos, the Tiberius exploration well tested a four-way structural trap in the outboard Wilcox trend…

Saudi-listed ADES Holding Shares Soar in Debut Despite Weak Market

Oct 11, 2023

Shares of oil and gas driller ADES Holding climbed almost 30% above its listing price on its market debut in Riyadh on Wednesday after raising $1.22 billion in an initial public offering last month. The shares outperformed the wider Saudi market…

Shelf Drilling Secures $93 Million Contracts for Jack-up Rig Duo in Nigeria

Oct 03, 2023

Shelf Drilling said Tuesday it had secured contracts for the Adriatic I and the Shelf Drilling Mentor jack-up rigs for operations offshore Nigeria for firm durations of 16 months and 8 months, respectively. The combined estimated contract value for the two rigs is approximately USD 93 million…

Neptune Energy Starts Drilling Ofelia Appraisal Well Offshore Norway

Oct 03, 2023

Neptune Energy has started drilling on the Ofelia appraisal well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.The Ofelia discovery (PL 929) was made in August 2022 and is located approximately 14 kilometers north of the Neptune-operated Gjøa field…

South Africa Gives go-ahead for TotalEnergies to Drill Offshore

Oct 03, 2023

South Africa's environment ministry has given the go-ahead for TotalEnergies TTEF.PA to drill offshore for gas and oil, after rejecting an appeal from more than a dozen individuals and lobby groups who intend challenging the decision.The appeal…

Shelf Drilling Wins $18M Extension for North Sea Jack-up Rig

Oct 02, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Shelf Drilling has secured a two-well contract extension for the Shelf Drilling Fortress jack-up rig. The rig is on a contract with China's CNOOC, operating in the UK North Sea, at the Golden Eagle offshore oil field.The…

Constellation's Alpha Star Offshore Rig Wins Multi-year Petrobras Contract

Sep 28, 2023

Brazilian oil and gas company Petrobras has awarded a long-term contract for offshore drilling contractor Constellation's semi-submersible drilling rig Alpha Star.According to Constellation, the  US$ 392 million contract has a firm duration of 1095 days plus a mutually agreed option…

Arbitration Tribunal Delivers Verdict: Hanwha Triumphs in Deepwater Drillship Dispute

Sep 26, 2023

An arbitration tribunal has delivered a verdict in a drillship order cancellation case involving offshore drilling contractor Northern Drilling and Daweoo Shipbuilding Marine and Engineering (now known as Hanwha Ocean), ruling in favor of Hanwha…

COSL to Buy Four New Jack-Up Drilling Rigs for $445M

Sep 22, 2023

China-based offshore drilling contractor China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) said this week it had agreed to buy four jack-up drilling rigs from Dalian Shipbuilding Offshore.COSL's subsidiaries have agreed to buy four JU2000E jack-up drilling rigs at a total contract price of RMB3…

TotalEnergies Hires Jack-up Rig for Fénix Project Drilling in Argentina

Sep 19, 2023

Offshore drilling company Noble Corp. said Tuesday it had won a contract with TotalEnergies, to redeploy the harsh-environment jackup rig Noble Regina Allen for the drilling of three horizontal wells at the Fénix project in southern Argentina…

Play Opener: DNO Makes Gas Condensate Discovery Offshore Norway

Sep 19, 2023

Norwegian oil and gas company DNO announced on Tuesday a gas condensate discovery on the Norma prospect in the Norwegian North Sea.Preliminary evaluation of the discovery indicates gross recoverable resources in the range of 25–130 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe) on a P90-P10 basis…

What Lies Ahead for Idle North Sea Jack-up Rigs?

Sep 14, 2023

The North Sea jack-up rig market has been out of the limelight lately, overshadowed by increased contracting activity in the semi-submersible rig market, resulting in the departure of some of these units from the region. As the North Sea outlook remains soft…

Dolphin Drilling Emerges as Top Contender in Oil India Offshore Rig Bidding

Sep 14, 2023

Offshore drilling company Dolphin Drilling said Thursday it was announced as the lowest bidder in Oil India offshore drilling rig tender.The tender is for a 14-month firm contract + 7-month option periods.The Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible…

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