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Hybrid Power for Offshore Drilling Rig

Dec 07, 2018

Siemens announced Friday it will supply a lithium-ion battery-based energy storage solution (ESS) to an offshore drilling rig, in a world-first project that aims to reduce cost and minimize environmental impact.Siemens, drawing off its experience in the electrification of marine assets…

Spirit Energy Takes Over as Babbage Operator

Dec 07, 2018

Spirit Energy confirmed on Friday it it has taken over operatorship of the Babbage gas field in the U.K. North Sea, where it holds a 13 percent interest.The Europe-focused oil and gas operator has also taken on operatorship of the nearby Cobra licence…

Chevron Will Boost Capital Spending in 2019

Dec 07, 2018

Chevron Corp plans to spend $20 billion next year on oil and natural gas projects, the second-largest U.S. oil producer said on Thursday in a statement, its first increase in four years.Its 2019 capital spending budget is at the high end of…

ADNOC Contracts Shelf Drilling

Dec 06, 2018

Dubai-headquartered offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling has bagged a three-year contract award for the Compact Driller jack-up rig with ADNOC Drilling, a division of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)The contract is awarded for operations in the Arabian Gulf…

Sapura Energy Narrows Losses

Dec 06, 2018

Malaysia's largest oil and gas services company Sapura Energy narrowed third-quarter net losses as broader operating income more than offset losses at its drilling business.Sapura's third-quarter net loss was 31.1 million ringgit ($7.5 million)…

Eco Atlantic Okays Offshore Guyana Drilling Program

Dec 05, 2018

The oil and gas exploration company with licences in highly prospective regions in Guyana and Namibia, Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas announced its drilling plans for 2019 on the Orinduik Block, offshore Guyana.The Canadian company has confirmed that…

Transocean Closes Ocean Rig Acquisition

Dec 05, 2018

Switzerland-based offshore driller Transocean Ltd. announced Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of Greek peer Ocean Rig UDW Inc.The $2.7 billion cash-and-stock deal adds nine high-specification ultra-deepwater drillships, two harsh environment semisubmersibles…

Cassidy Exploration Well Commences

Dec 05, 2018

Faroe Petroleum announced Wednesday the commencement of the Cassidy exploration well 8/10-7 S in the Norwegian North Sea.The Cassidy prospect sits within the PL405 Oda licence (discovered in 2011) and is being drilled back-to-back with the production wells on the Oda structure…

Maersk Drilling and Seapulse Form Alliance

Dec 05, 2018

Maersk Drilling A/S announced Wednesday that it has signed a Master Alliance Agreement (MAA) with Seapulse Ltd. under which Maersk Drilling will provide fully integrated services, including provision of drilling rigs, related drilling services…

Faroe Raises the Stakes in DNO Bid Battle

Dec 05, 2018

Faroe Petroleum has struck a deal to swap Norwegian oil and gas assets with Equinor, in a move that could raise the price that hostile bidder DNO has to pay to secure the British energy company.While Faroe Petroleum's Chief Executive Graham…

Equinor Awards Wired Drill Pipe Contracts

Dec 04, 2018

Norway's Equinor said it intends to ramp up its use of wired drill pipe to acquire subsurface real-time data during drilling operations as it prepares for automated drilling.U.S. based firms NOV and Schlumberger have been awarded corporate frame…

EnVen Spuds King Crab Well

Dec 03, 2018

EnVen Energy Corporation announced that it spud its King Crab well on Ewing Bank Block 873 in its Lobster field in the Gulf of Mexico. The King Crab well targets an oil-focused reservoir approximately 14,000 feet subsea with seismic amplitudes…

ExxonMobil Extends Rowan Relentless Charter

Dec 03, 2018

U.S. based drilling contractor Rowan Companies announced Monday that ExxonMobil has exercised the first two options for the drillship Rowan Relentless. The options will be used for operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and have an expected duration of 30 days each…

Northern Drilling Appoints New CEO

Dec 03, 2018

Rig company Northern Drilling has appointed Scott McReaken as chief executive officer (CEO).The John Fredriksen-controlled company said in a press release that McReaken will succeed Gunnar Winther Eliassen who will continue to support the company through Seatankers Consultancy Services…

Transocean Shareholders OK Ocean Rig Acquisition

Nov 29, 2018

Transocean, international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells, has announced that its shareholders approved the acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW, by approving the proposals presented at Transocean’s Extraordinary General Meeting…

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