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MCA: No pollution found at grounded rig site

Aug 11, 2016

No pollution has been detected in the area of a rig which grounded on the Isle of Lewis, off Scotland, early Monday morning, says the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The MCA said, despite two of four fuel tanks on the Transocean…

Quadrant to spud Roc-1

Nov 13, 2015

Quadrant Energy received the Noble Tom Prosser drilling rig that will mobilize to the Roc-1 well site in WA-437-P offshore Western Australia, and prepare for spud around 17 November 2015, according to partner Carnarvon Petroleum. The Roc-1 well…

Centrica to bring more York gas on tap

Oct 26, 2015

Centrica Energy has started drilling a new well from the York gas field in the southern North Sea, offshore England, after nearly £80million of investment. The new well, the fourth at York, will tap an additional 20 Bcf of gas and extend the life of the field out to 2020…

Archer begins Heimdal P&A

Mar 17, 2015

Archer began to permanently plug and abandon (P&A) 12 gas wells on Statoil’s Heimdal platform in the Norwegian North Sea using its newest rig. The Archer Topaz modular rig. Photo from Archer.    The…

Keppel FELS' 100th jackup rig

Feb 27, 2015

Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), is on track to deliver PV Drilling VI, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to PV Drilling Overseas (PVDO), a subsidiary of PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp (PV Drilling) on time and on budget…

North Dragon semisub completed

Jan 22, 2015

China’s CIMC Raffles completed its first Arctic-operable semisubmersible for client North Sea Rigs at its Yantai yard, the company announced on 19 January. CIMC Raffles designed the semisub together with Global Maritime. The North Dragon…

Karoon hits at Kangaroo-2

Nov 26, 2014

Australia’s Karoon Gas encountered oil in five separate zones in the Kangaroo-2 appraisal well in the Santos basin, offshore Brazil. Map of the five wells located in the Santos basin. From Karoon.    Kangaroo…

Reaching 20K

Nov 01, 2014

GE’s new 20,000psi-rated BOP recently secured a contract with Maersk Drilling as part of BP’s own Project 20K program. Jerry Lee reports on the new BOP and its control system. Completed GE BOP stack. All images from GE…

Lundin begins Kitabu off Malaysia

Oct 27, 2014

Lundin Petroleum AB spudded the Kitabu-1 exploration well in Block SB307/308, offshore Sabah, Malaysia. The West Prospero. From Seadrill.   The Kitabu prospect is a stratigraphic trap…

Karoon set to begin Santos campaign

Oct 16, 2014

Australia’s Karoon Gas is planning to begin its drilling campaign the second week of November when the company will drill two to four appraisal and exploration wells off Brazil. The Olinda Star. From Karoon…

West Africa: The continued story of the “Haves” and the “Have-nots”

Oct 03, 2014

Jeremy Berry examines the trend occurring off West Africa where exploration success continues to be confined to those countries that already have significant production. Fig. 1: West Africa production…

Worth 1000 words

Oct 03, 2014

For rig crews sitting miles away from the coastline – and sometimes on the other side of the globe from their home offices – communication can be difficult. Barry Calnan, of Houston’s 3d-Printing Solutions (see Spotlight, page 93), points…

The Hejre project carries on

Sep 30, 2014

In this video Dong Energy gives an idea of how the Hejre oil and gas platform project is being carried out in the Danish part of the North Sea. Hejre is Dong Energy’s first high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) development and is…

Petronas extends Maersk jackup contract

Sep 23, 2014

Maersk Drilling’s Convincer jackup rig received an additional one-year extension from Petronas Carigali, E&P subsidiary of Malaysia’s national oil company. The US$56 million contract is expected to end mid-November 2015. “Together with Petronas Carigali…

SBM Offshore gets Noble GoM contract

Sep 16, 2014

Noble Energy awarded Dutch services provider SBM Offshore a contract for the Big Bend and Dantzler fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Thunder Hawk from SBM Offshore The two companies signed a…

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