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Petronas Awards Seven New PSCs for Six Offshore Blocks in Malaysia

Jan 23, 2024

Malaysia’s Petronas has awarded Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) for six exploration blocks and one Discovered Resource Opportunities (DRO) cluster under the Malaysia Bid Round 2023.The awards are expected to garner more than $275 million (RM 1…

Island Innovator Kicks Off Infill Drilling Ops Offshore Equatorial Guinea

Jan 22, 2024

The three-well infill drilling campaign at Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block G – operated by Trident Energy, with partners Panoro, Kosmos Energy and GEPetrol – has started, using the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig.The first…

Equinor and Aker BP Strike Oil Near Munin Field in North Sea

Jan 22, 2024

Equinor has discovered oil in exploration well 30/12-3 S in the North Sea, while drilling the well on behalf of Aker BP, using Odfjell Drilling's Deepsea Stavanger rig.The well also included a sidetrack, 30/12-3 A, which came up dry. It has permanently plugged and abandoned…

Esgian Week 3 Report: Drilling Units on the Move

Jan 19, 2024

No new drilling contracts were announced, but a Borr Drilling jackup has left Singapore, while a Shelf Drilling unit is preparing to embark on its journey to the same destination, according to Esgian’s Rig Analytics Market Roundup (Week 3).Drilling…

Valeura Gears Up for Busy Year in Gulf of Thailand

Jan 18, 2024

Canada-based oil and gas company Valeura Energy has announced plans to invest around $8 million in 2024 for new exploration within its Gulf of Thailand licenses, with opportunities identified in Wassana North, Nong Yao D, and the Ratree Prospect…

Stena Drilling Takes Delivery of Stena Evolution Drillship

Jan 17, 2024

Offshore drilling contractor Stena Drilling has taken delivery of its 7th generation Stena Evolution ultra-deepwater drillship from Samsung Heavy Industries.After a decade in the making, Stena Evolution drillship has finally been completed and is ready for its first job…

Beacon Offshore Makes FID for Winterfell Discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Jan 15, 2024

Beacon Offshore Energy has announced that several of its subsidiaries have taken final investment decision (FID) to develop the Winterfell discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, with the first oil expected in the second quart of 2024.The Winterfell discovery…

Constellation and HMH Ink BOP Maintenance Deal for Three Semisubs

Jan 15, 2024

Constellation and HMH have signed integrated maintenance support contract for the Blowout Preventers (BOPs) of the semi-submersible drilling platforms Alpha Star, Gold Star and Lone Star.The Contractual Services Agreement (CSA) will last for five years…

Esgian Week 2 Report: New Work Secured

Jan 14, 2024

It was a busy week in the offshore drilling sector as new work was secured by Noble and Valaris rigs, reports Esgian in its Week 2 Rig Analytics Market Roundup.ContractsLLOG has exercised a six-month option for Noble 12,000-ft drillship Noble Valiant in the US GOM…

New Well at Denmark's Largest Offshore Gas Field Gets Go-Ahead

Jan 12, 2024

The Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) has reached final investment decision (FID) to drill a new well on the Harald East area, located close to the Norwegian border, with the gas planned to be exported through the Tyra East facilities.DUC…

Equinor Bites Dust in North Sea Offshore Norway

Jan 11, 2024

Equinor’s exploration well 30/4-4 in the North Sea has come up dry, Norway’s regulator of the petroleum resources Norwegian Offshore Directorate has informed.The well was drilled about seven kilometers north of the Martin Linge field in the North Sea and 180 kilometers west of Bergen…

Valaris Nets Over $1B in Rig Contract Awards and Extensions

Jan 10, 2024

Offshore drilling company Valaris has secured approximately $1.14 billion in new contracts and contract extensions for its drillships and jack-up rigs across the Americas, Europe and Australia.The $1.14 billion worth contracts were awarded in the last two months of 2023…

Galp Strikes Oil Offshore Namibia

Jan 10, 2024

Portuguese oil and gas company Galp has reported the discovery of light oil in in an exploration well being drilled offshore Namibia with Hercules semi-submersible rig.The news follows Galp’s January 2 update informing about preliminary signs of hydrocarbon presence at the Mopane-1X well…

Esgian Week 1 Report: Rig Swaps and Indian Acreage

Jan 08, 2024

As is tradition, the first week of January is generally quiet in the offshore market. However, Esgian reports that there were still some noteworthy updates related to new contracts, drilling activities, and rig moves.ContractsAfter a bidding…

BW Offshore’s Catcher FPSO to Stay in UK North Sea

Jan 08, 2024

Norwegian company BW Offshore has informed that the contract for its Catcher floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) has been extended beyond fixed term.BW Catcher FPSO, operating at Catcher field in UK, is owned and operated by BW…

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