Offshore Drilling News - page 286

 

Drilling begins off Senegal after 20-year hiatus

Apr 17, 2014

Drilling has begun on the FAN-1 exploration well, offshore Senegal, using Transocean's fifth-generation semisubmersible, Cajun Express. The rig arrived on-site Saturday, 12 April, and drilling operations on the FAN-1 well are expected to last approximately two months…

Maersk Valiant sails for GOM

Apr 16, 2014

Maersk Drilling’s second drillship, Maersk Valiant, has started its voyage to the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) today after being delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries' (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant (pictured) will…

More Pateke disappointments

Apr 15, 2014

AWE Ltd. recently announced that preparations are being made to drill a second sidetrack on the Pateke-4H development well, offshore New Zealand. Operations have been unable to drill past an obstruction in the lower portion of the first…

Drilling for talent: the challenges facing UK North Sea oil and gas

Apr 15, 2014

There can be no doubt that the UK North Sea will remain an important region for oil and gas for years to come. Most of its fields are expected to remain economically viable until 2020 at the earliest, and high oil prices have given a boost…

Ensco orders two Lamprell jackups

Apr 15, 2014

Rig operator Ensco plc has ordered two new jackup drilling rigs from Dubai-based Lamprell, and has options for two additional units, exercisable within six months from the effective date of the contract. The inititial contract is for two high-specification…

KCA inks Hebron contract

Apr 14, 2014

The Platform Services division of global drilling and engineering company KCA Deutag agreed on a multi-million dollar contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties for work on the Hebron heavy oil development project. The contract for drilling…

3D Namibia survey complete

Apr 11, 2014

Marine geophysical company Polarcus completed a 3000sq km 3D sesmic survey in license area EL 0037 in the Walvis basin offshore Namibia for operator Tullow Oil. A second 2D acquisition phase has now started. It will cover approximately 1000km and will take about two weeks to complete…

20-75MM find near Valemon

Apr 11, 2014

Statoil and its partners have made a 20-75MM boe gas and oil discovery in the Valemon Nord prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The discovery wells 34/10-54 S and 34/10-54 A, in production license 050, drilled by the semisubmersible drilling rig Transocean Leader…

Solberg sings for Wintershall

Apr 10, 2014

Wintershall Norge has made a gas and condensate discovery in the Solberg well in the Norwegian Sea. Exploration well 6407/1-7 and the subsequent sidetrack 6407/1-7A, in production license 475, encountered gas and condensate in the main target lower Cretaceous Lange formation…

OMV selects AGR for drilling

Apr 10, 2014

AGR has been awarded a new well management services contract by OMV (Norge). The contract, which is for three years, with the option of two further years, also covers delivery of other drilling and well engineering services for complete well construction…

Byrkje a duster for GDF

Apr 10, 2014

GDF SUEZ E&P Norge's wildcat well 7218/8-1 on the Byrkje prospect in the Barents Sea has been classified as dry, with traces of gas. The well, in production licence 607, well was drilled about 65km southwest of the oil and gas discovery…

Norwegian Pil "a company maker"

Apr 10, 2014

Partners in the Pil exploration well 6406/12-3 S have carried out “a highly successful production test” (Drill Stem Test/DST) on the well, on the Norwegian Sea’s Halten Terrace. The well flowed at 6710 bo/d of 37° API oil from a 56/64in…

Dragon updates Turkmeni plans

Apr 08, 2014

Dragon Oil says drilling on the Cheleken Contract Area in Turkmenistan has been delayed and will be weighted towards H2 this year, with a total 14-16 wells due to be drilled. The Cheleken Contract Area covers about 950sq km and comprises two offshore oil and gas fields…

Dry first well on Cameroon's Ntem

Apr 08, 2014

The first exploration well to be drilled on the Ntem Concession, offshore Cameroon, is to be plugged and abandoned after no commercial hydrocarbons were found. Sterling Energy, partner with Murphy Cameroon Ntem Oil Co., said the well…

Deepwater drilling markets - already coming to an end?

Apr 04, 2014

Deepwater drilling is no longer just about exploration. Lars Eirik Nocolaisen looks at market sentiment and potential reality. Reporting season 1Q 2014 saw deepwater drillers’ reporting numbers in-line with expectations, but still stock prices have plummeted…

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