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Westwood: Offshore Drilling Market Bounces Back

Jan 26, 2022

The global offshore rig market experienced a significant year-on-year growth at the close of 2021, up 200% from 2020, energy intelligence group Westwood Global Energy Group said Wednesday.According to Westwood, the offshore rig market has been bolstered by significant engineering…

INPEX Books HAKURYU-5 Semi-submersible Drilling Rig for Japan Offshore Drilling Project

Jan 24, 2022

Japanese oil and gas company INPEX has hired the HAKURYU-5 semi-submersible drilling rig for operations in Japan.The Mitsubishi MD 501 propulsion-assisted semi-submersible drilling rig will be deployed offshore San-in, Japan. JDC did not share any details on the agreed day rate…

Murphy Oil Books Valaris Floater for Gulf of Mexico Wells

Jan 19, 2022

Offshore drilling contractor Valaris said Tuesday it had secured two one-well contracts with subsidiaries of Murphy Oil Corporation for its semi-submersible drilling unit Valaris DPS-5.The first contract for the 2012-built offshore drilling rig is in the U…

Transocean's Offshore Drilling Rig to Drill Carbon Injection Well in Norway

Jan 18, 2022

Offshore oil and gas drilling firm Transocean said Tuesday that one of its drilling rigs would later this year be used for a not-so-typical project for an offshore oil rig.Namely, the Norwegian oil firm Equinor plans to use the Transocean Enabler…

Lundin's Melstein Prospect in Norwegian Sea Comes Up Dry

Jan 17, 2022

Oil and gas company Lundin Energy has drilled a dry well at the Melstein prospect in the production licence 886, offshore Norway.The wildcat well has been drilled about 72 km east of the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea and 55 km northwest of Kristiansund…

Maersk Drilling, Aker BP in Jack-Up Rig Swap Deal

Jan 17, 2022

Danish offshore oil and gas drilling company Maersk Drilling and the Norwegian oil company Aker BP have entered into a rig swap agreement .Under the agreement, the jack-up rig Maersk Reacher will be replaced by the low-emission jack-up rig Maersk…

Suriname: TotalEnergies Extends Maersk Valiant Drillship Contract

Jan 14, 2022

French oil company TotalEnergies has exercised an option to have Maersk Drilling's drillship Maersk Valiant drill one more well in Block 58 off the coast of Suriname.The contract extension is planned to last 100 days, with work beginning in March 2022…

Seadrill Unit Files for Bankruptcy Seeking 24-hour Turnaround

Jan 12, 2022

A unit of offshore driller Seadrill Ltd on Tuesday filed a fast-tracked reorganization plan in Houston bankruptcy court, where it expects to seek approval of the proposal on Wednesday. The case comes just a few months after its parent entity emerged from its own bankruptcy proceeding…

EnVen Books Transocean's Ultra-deepwater Drillship

Jan 06, 2022

U.S. Gulf of Mexico-focused oil and gas company EnVen Energy has awarded a drilling contract to Transocean for the Discoverer Inspiration ultra-deepwater drillship.EnVen has committed to one firm well with options for two additional wells and…

2021: The Year The Offshore Rig Market Turned The Corner?

Jan 06, 2022

The 2020 offshore drilling rig market wasn't exactly a hard act to follow, but 2021 proved to be a pivotal turning point for the industry despite ongoing challenges with the Coronavirus pandemic and the intensifying energy transition. Presented with no further comment…

Odfjell Drilling Takes Over Management of Northern Ocean's Rigs from Seadrill

Dec 24, 2021

Northern Ocean, the billionaire John Fredriksen-owned harsh-environment offshore rig owner, has signed contracts with the Norwegian offshore contractor Odfjell Drilling.Odfjell Drilling will provide Northern Ocean's rig fleet with marketing and management services…

FAR's Bambo Drilling Fails to Deliver (The Gambia)

Dec 23, 2021

Australian oil and gas company FAR Limited said Thursday its Bambo-1ST1 well offshore The Gambia had not encountered live oil columns and would be plugged and abandoned. Despite the disappointment, FAR said that the well data showed that several target intervals in the well had oil shows…

Rig on the Move: Carnarvon Energy Set to Spud Buffalo-10 Well in Timor Sea

Dec 22, 2021

After weeks of delays, Australian oil and gas company Carnarvon Energy has informed that the Valaris JU-107 jack-up drilling rig is now being mobilized to the Buffalo-10 location, in the Timor Sea, with the drilling operation expected to start 'within a week…

New Fortress Energy to Deploy 'Fast LNG' to Develop Mauritania's Offshore Gas Reserves

Dec 22, 2021

New Fortress Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mauritania for the development of an Energy Hub, including natural gas, power, liquefied natural gas ('LNG'), and blue ammonia, using existing offshore gas reserves off the coast of Mauritania…

ADES to Buy Three Jack-up Rigs from Vantage Drilling for $170M

Dec 21, 2021

Offshore drilling firm Vantage Drilling has agreed to sell its subsidiary Emerald Driller Company (“EDC”) to ADES for $170,000,000 in cash subject to certain adjustments. EDC is the owner of the Emerald Driller jackup rig, which is operating in Qatar…

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