Jackup News


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…

Maersk Resolute signed for Dutch drilling

Jan 23, 2017

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract with Petrogas E&P Netherlands for the jackup, Maersk Resolute. The firm contract covers the drilling of the two wells, A8 and A9 in the A12 block of the Dutch continental shelf. The drilling…

Driller to fund Pura Vida Gabon drilling costs

Jan 19, 2017

Australia-based explorer Pura Vida Energy has agreed in principal a deal with a rig contractor to fund a share of the costs of a three-well drilling program offshore Gabon, west Africa, in return for a share of future production on any discoveries found…

Schlumberger, Baker to provide Cat J services for Statoil

Jan 18, 2017

Baker Hughes and Schlumberger are to be awarded contracts for integrated drilling and well services on Statoil's two new Cat J jackup rigs, Askepott (translated as Cinderella) and Askeladden (a character from Norwegian folklore). The…

Ardent completes Troll Solution removal

Dec 07, 2016

Houston’s Ardent completed the removal of the Troll Solution jackup in the Bay of Campeche, off Mexico, that the company is calling the largest wreck removal in 2016.   Ardent deployed assets from several countries…

Video: Statoil starts Mariner drilling

Dec 02, 2016

Norwegian giant Statoil has started drilling at its Mariner field in the UK North Sea using the world’s largest jackup, with a target for first oil set for 2018. Image of the Mariner topsides at DSME…

Sirius, COSL enter Ororo deal

Nov 16, 2016

Sirius Petroleum entered into a financed drilling contract with COSL Drilling Pan-Pacific Ltd. (COSL), for the provision of a high specification jackup rig that will be utilized to drill a multi well campaign as part of its shallow water development strategy in Nigeria at the Ororo project…

Lamprell delivers Ensco jackup

Nov 04, 2016

Lamprell delivered the Ensco 141 jackup drilling rig to Ensco Intercontinental GmbH. The contract for the Ensco 141 rig was signed in April 2014 and is the second rig with the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design Lamprell has delivered to the Ensco subsidiary…

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