Offshore Drilling News - page 344


Jackups on the rise

May 01, 2014

Three newbuild jackups based on the XL Enhanced design will hit the market in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Photo from Maersk Drilling. A number of rig providers are increasing their fleet with builds over the next three years…

Eco-friendly drilling mud demulsifier

Apr 29, 2014

Dealing with the by-products of oil and gas drilling in an environmentally friendly manner is an issue the energy industry has grappled with for years. It is one that has captured the imagination of one Robert Gordon University (RGU)…

Pemex contracts second Diamond semisub

Apr 24, 2014

Pemex has contracted with Houston-based Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. for an additional semisubmersible drilling rig, according to DODI's fleet status report issued yesterday. The Ocean Ambassador semisub, built in 1975, is rated to work in 1100ft water depth…

Songa Offshore selects IFS software for fleet

Apr 23, 2014

Cyprus-based Songa Offshore SE, an international midwater drilling contractor active in the North Atlantic basin, has chosen to deploy IFS Applications for Offshore Service to support its onshore and offshore operations. The contract includes…

Repsol starts Namibia drilling

Apr 22, 2014

Repsol Exploration (Namibia) has started drilling operations on the deepwater Welwitschia-1 prospect in Walvis Bay, offshore Namibia, this week, according to partner Tower Resources, via its Neptune Petroleum (Namibia) subsidiary. The well was spudded on April 24…

Noble bullish, despite slowdown

Apr 18, 2014

A slowdown in 2014 drilling will be short-lived, according to Noble Corporation, which posted growing margins thanks to its expanding fleet, with another four units due for delivery by the end of 2014.  Noble’s chairman, president and CEO…

BSEE discusses arctic drilling

Apr 18, 2014

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's Alaska region director Mark Fesmire participated in a panel discussion yesterday (April 17) in Washington, D.C. on applying lessons learned for drilling in the Arctic. During the discussion…

Deepwater Ivory Coast find

Apr 17, 2014

Total has made a 'very promising' light oil discovery in 2300m water depth as part of an intensive exploration campaign off Ivory Coast. The Saphir-1XB exploration well, the first exploration well on Block CI-514, is the first discovery in the San Pedro basin…

Total discovers oil off Ivory Coast

Apr 17, 2014

Total E&P announced today that its Saphir-1XB exploration well on Block CI-514 tested light oil in deep water off Africa's Ivory Coast. “Drilled in an abrupt margin play, this first well is the first discovery in the San Pedro Basin…

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…

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