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Churchill Drilling Tools deploys DAV at record depth

Oct 10, 2013

Churchill Drilling Tools, provider of systems for the drilling and completions markets, has announced the deployment of its dart-activated DAV MX circulating valve at a record measured depth of 26,012 ft. The achievement was delivered out of Churchill’s recently-opened Houston base…

Contract Briefs: October 2013

Oct 10, 2013

Subsea 7 on Cardona Subsea 7 was awarded a contract worth more than US$70 million by Stone Energy for Cardona field in the US GOM. Scope includes engineering, procurement, installation, and flowlines commissioning, risers, pipeline structures…

Petronas greenlights Lundin's Bertam field development plan

Oct 10, 2013

Lundin Petroleum subsidiary Lundin Malaysia won the approval of its Bertam field development plan from Malaysia's Petronas. The Bertam field marked Lundin’s first development project in the country. Bertam, located about 100 mi offshore Peninsular Malaysia in PM 307…

Maersk names new UDW drillship

Oct 10, 2013

Maersk Drilling held a naming ceremony for its first ultra-deepwater drillship at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in Geoje-Si, South Korea. The ship, called the Maersk Viking, was named by Nathalie Newman, wife of Harry E. Newman Jr., ExxonMobil Global Drilling Manager…

BSEE to mandate new BOP rules

Oct 08, 2013

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will be issuing new requirements for the blowout preventers (BOP) by the end of the year, according to agency director Brian M. Salerno. BOPs are large, high-pressure valves used…

Petrobras’ P-55 sets sail

Oct 07, 2013

Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) completed its semisubmersible P-55 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel nearly six years after it was contracted. It passed testing and certification in the Rio Grande dock (ERG-1). The…

Maersk Oil Qatar jacks-up Al Shaheen

Oct 07, 2013

Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ) and Gulf Drilling International (GDI) have signed two new contracts; one two-year contract for the GDI jack-up drilling rig (rig B-341), and another three-year contract for a new GDI offshore accommodation jack-up. The…

Mitsui divests from Tui, partners increase shares

Oct 03, 2013

Following Mitsui’s decision to divest its 35% share of the project, AWE Limited, New Zealand Oil & Gas, and Pan Pacific Petroleum, via their subsidiaries, will increase their respective interests in the Tui area oil project for $US14.9 million…

Noble revises Cyprus estimates

Oct 03, 2013

Noble Energy, Inc. has downgraded the gross resource potential of its A-2 appraisal well, drilled on the Block 12 discovery offshore the Republic of Cyprus. With the reserve potential initially set between 5-8Tcf, the company has now lowered its figures to 3…

BKE Shelf awarded Dragon jackup contract

Oct 03, 2013

Dubai-based Dragon Oil plc has leased two LeTourneau S116E jackup rigs from BKE Shelf Ltd to use in its Cheleken Contract Area, offshore Turkmenistan. The Neptune and Mercury have been contracted for a period totaling three years. Neptune…

Lundin hits big in Ghota

Oct 02, 2013

Lundin Norway AS confirmed a significant oil find in its Ghota discovery following the completion of a successful flow test of exploration well 7120/1-3, which proved gas flow at a rate of approximately 4,300 b/d. The test showed good production…

BG touts Pweza-3 flow

Oct 02, 2013

BG Group successfully completed a drill-stem test in the Pweza gas field in block 4 off southern Tanzania. The Pweza-3 appraisal was drilled approximately 2km north of the original Pweza discovery well by the Deepsea Metro-1 drillship in 1400m of water…

Baker Hughes introduces StayCool cutters

Oct 01, 2013

Baker Hughes Inc. announced the availability of its StayCool™ multidimensional cutter, which helps operators drill to total depth faster and more cost effectively by extending cutter life and footage per run. Used exclusively on the Hughes…

Salamander plugs Thai prospect

Sep 30, 2013

Salamander Energy plugged and abandoned its offshore Ayutthaya exploration well prospect in Block G4/50 in the Gulf of Thailand as a dry hole.  Ayutthaya is located less than 1 mi. northeast of the recent Surin oil discovery. The well was spud earlier this month…

BPZ spuds well off Peru

Sep 30, 2013

Drilling has begun on Houston-based BPZ Energy's A-18D development well at the Albacora field platform, located off Peru in Block Z-1. Drilling and completion is expected to take up to 12 weeks. Targeted depth of the well will be approximately 12…

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