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Centrica to invest $77 million in Morecambe Bay assets

May 09, 2017

Centrica is planning a US$77.66 million (£60 million) investment in its operations in Morecambe Bay, in the East Irish Sea, off the west coast of England, to boost output. The campaign will unlock up to a further 3 Bcf of gas under the…

Lamprell delivers 9th rig to Lamprell

May 01, 2017

Lamprell has completed construction on the final jackup drilling rig in a series of nine, the Al Lulu, and delivered it to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC), within budget and on schedules. The contract for the NDC Al Lulu rig was awarded in April 2015…

BSOG to drill two wells off Romania

Apr 11, 2017

Black Sea Oil & Gas (BSOG) has awarded GSP Offshore a contract to drill two exploration wells in the XV Midia Shallow Block, on the Romanian Black Sea Continental Shelf. The GSP Uranus, from GSP…

NADL bags double Conoco jackup work

Apr 11, 2017

North Atlantic Drilling (NADL) has secured 10-year contract awards for the West Elara and West Linus jackups with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia for work in the Greater Ekofisk Area. The total additional backlog for the new contract awards is estimated at US$1…

Vantage nets Aquamarine Driller extension

Apr 04, 2017

Vantage Drilling has been awarded a nine-month extension for the Aquamarine Driller jackup that is operating in the Malaysia/Thailand joint development area. The jackup has been under contract with Carigali-PTTEP Operating Co. (CPOC)…

Nexen to drill at Glengorm with Mærsk Gallant

Mar 27, 2017

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for the harsh environment jackup rig Mærsk Gallant, following a competitive tendering exercise by Nexen Petroleum UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd. The contract covers the drilling of the high-pressure…

Damen completes Vole au vent modifications

Mar 27, 2017

Image of the Vole au ven jackup, from Damen. Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) completed work in Vlissingen on Jan de Nul Group’s Vole au vent jackup, a 140m vessel built specifically…

Borr buys all Transocean jackups

Mar 20, 2017

A Norwegian newcomer with ties to Seadrill, Borr Drilling, is set to acquire Transocean’s entire jackup fleet, including newbuilds, in a US$1.35 billion deal. The Constellation II jackup. Image from Transocean…

GustoMSC debuts self-propelled jackup design

Mar 15, 2017

GustoMSC has unveiled its latest jackup design for the NG-5500X-LD self-propelled jackup, the NG series. Illustration of the NG-5500X-LD self-propelled jackup, from GustoMSC. Based…

Waiting for the bright side

Mar 01, 2017

2016 was a year of huge challenges for the offshore drilling rig sector as the low oil price environment and reduced E&P spending continued to bite. Stephen Gordon, of Clarksons Research, charts the state of the market, which is arguably facing some of its toughest times since the 1980s…

Statoil clears safety audits at Johan Sverdrup

Feb 23, 2017

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has cleared Statoil for the design engineering of the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field, in addition to giving the Norwegian giant approval to use the Haven jackup at the field. Image of Haven…

Lamprell delivers latest NDC jackup

Feb 17, 2017

Rig builder and engineering firm Lamprell has delivered jackup drilling rig Al Hudairiyat for Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Co. (NDC), within budget and on schedule. The rig is the eighth of an order or nine jackup rigs for NDC and the…

Ocean Star to mark 20 years of ocean energy history

Feb 14, 2017

Houston's Offshore Energy Center is hosting an open house to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum on Wednesday, 26 April. Admission at the Ocean Star, in Galveston, is free for the day. The…

SeaOwls, Ulstein unveil SOUL jackup

Feb 07, 2017

SeaOwls and Ulstein launched a pioneering heavy lift jackup vessel design, the SOUL, at the Offshore Wind Journal Conference today (7 February). Illustration of the SOUL, from SeaOwls. The…

Statoil makes Valemon discovery

Feb 03, 2017

Statoil has made a new 20-50 MMboe gas discovery on the Norwegian North Sea Valemon field, at Valemon West. The well was drilled using the jackup rig West Elara, in 133.5m water depth, 160km north-west of Bergen. It is the seventh exploration…

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