Drilling Rigs News


Australian Operations Continue: INPEX Extends Noble Deliverer Rig Contract

Aug 04, 2023

INPEX Operations Australia, an Australian subsidiary of the Japanese firm INPEX, has exercised an option to extend the contract for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Noble Deliverer for drilling at the Ichthys field in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia…

Shelf Drilling Wins $17M Contract for Offshore Drilling Rig in UK North Sea

Aug 02, 2023

Offshore drilling company Shelf Drilling has won a contract for the Shelf Drilling Fortress jack-up drilling rig with a European subsidiary of the Chinese oil company CNOOC in the UK North Sea.Under the contract, the rig, owned by Shelf Drilling's subsidiary Shelf Drilling North Sea…

Borr Drilling's Backlog Increased by 421 Days with New Jack-up Rig Deals

Aug 01, 2023

Jack-up drilling rig contractor Borr Drilling said Monday it had secured two letters of award ('LOA') for its premium jack-up drilling rigs 'Gerd' and 'Thor.'These awards increase the company's firm backlog by approximately 421 days, excluding optional periods…

Valaris to Reactivate Drillship for $364M West Africa Contract

Jul 31, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Valaris said Monday it had secured a 12-well contract offshore West Africa for drillship VALARIS DS-7. Valaris will reactivate the drillship for this contract. The contract, with an undisclosed client, is expected to start…

Ithaca Energy Strikes Hydrocarbons at UK North Sea Prospect

Jul 27, 2023

UK North Sea-focused oil and gas company Ithaca Energy said Thursday it had discovered hydrocarbons at its K2 prospect, located in Block 22/14c of the Central North Sea of the UK Continental Shelf.Upon entering the reservoir, Ithaca Energy, acting as the operator…

Transocean Barents Leaves Norway. Takes on New Challenge in Lebanon's Offshore Sector

Jul 24, 2023

Transocean Barents, Transocean's semi-submersible drilling rig, which is used to operating in harsher environments such as those in Norway, the UK, and Canada, is now moving to the Mediterranean Sea.Namely, TotalEnergies has informed that the…

Transocean's Fleet Status Report: $1.2 Billion in Offshore Drilling Contracts Secured

Jul 20, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean said Wednesday it had recently secured contracts and contract extensions worth $1.2 billion in total.In its fleet status report, the company said that contracts had been secured for seven drilling rigs…

Wellesley Petroleum Makes Gas/Condensate Discovery Offshore Norway, NPD Confirms

Jul 19, 2023

Wellesley Petroleum AS, operator of production license 1148, has concluded the drilling of wildcat wells 35/10-10 S and 35/10-10 A (Carmen prospect), offshore Norway, and has made a gas/condensate discovery, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate confirmed Tuesday…

Transocean Scores $518M Contract for Ultra-Deepwater Drillship in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 18, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean has secured a 1,080-day contract for one of its high-specification seventh-generation, ultra-deepwater drillships in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Mexico. The contract will contribute approximately $518 million in backlog…

Operators “Wait and See” on Floater Reactivation Economics

Jul 18, 2023

The floating rig market has long since crossed an inflection point incentivising the reactivation of cold-stacked tonnage, yet operators remain disciplined in their approach, according to new research by Maritime Strategies International (MSI)…

Odfjell Drilling Secures $290M Contract with Equinor for Deepsea Atlantic Rig

Jul 17, 2023

Norwegian offshore drilling contractor Odfjell Drilling Ltd. has won contracts with Equinor for its Deepsea Atlantic semi-submersible drilling rig.The contracts have been signed further to the signing of two Letters of Intent signed back in March…

Noble Corp. Wins $49M Drillship Contract Extension in Malaysia

Jul 11, 2023

Offshore drilling firm Noble Corporation said Tuesday that Shell's Malaysian subsidiaries Sarawak Shell Berhad and Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd (SSB/SSPC) had exercised three one-well options on the current Noble Viking drillship contract in Malaysia…

Velesto Unveils PTTEP Jack-up Drilling Deal

Jul 11, 2023

Malaysian firm Velesto Drilling, a subsidiary of Velesto Energy, has secured a contract from the Thai-based oil firm PTTEP to provide a jack-up drilling rig for its offshore drilling program in Malaysia.In a statement on Tuesday, July 11, 2023…

Noble Drilling Semi-sub Secures $43M Offshore Drilling Contract in Suriname

Jul 07, 2023

Malaysian national oil firm Petronas has awarded a 90-day contract for Noble Corporation's semi-submersible deepwater rig Noble Discoverer.Petronas will use the Noble Discoverer to drill an exploration well in Block 52 offshore Suriname, where it is the operator with a 50% stake…

Valaris Lands $150 Million in Offshore Drilling Contracts and Extensions

Jul 05, 2023

Offshore drilling contractor Valaris said Wednesday it had recently secured offshore drilling rig contract wins and extensions worth about $150 million in total, the figure which does not include lump sum payments like mobilization fees and capital reimbursements…

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