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Ukrainian forces have attacked a drilling platform in the Black Sea owned by a Crimean oil and gas company, Tass news agency cited local officials as saying on Sunday, the second strike in a week. The platform is operated by Chernomorneftegaz, which Russian-backed officials seized from Ukraine's national gas operator Naftogaz as part of Moscow's annexation of the peninsula in 2014. "It's shelling by the armed forces of Ukraine, there are no casualties," Tass cited a member of Crimea's emergency services as saying. It gave no further details. Last Monday Crimean officials said three people were wounded with seven missing after a Ukrainian strike that forced the suspension of work on three platforms. Chernomorneftegaz is under U.S. and European Union sanctions.
The new technology - Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) proved to be beneficial in the state because conventional drilling could not be used in these geographical locations.
The U.S. government, under pressure to lower gas prices, announced on April 15 that it will resume the sale of leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands while imposing new conditions, including the first hike in royalties in more than 100 years.
For years, the country’s drillers, like those in the shale fields of West Texas, have been under great pressure from their investors to avoid the kind of expansion plans that have backfired on them countless times before. So when oil blew past $70 a barrel last year, then $80 and $90 in rapid succession, executives in Calgary watched idly.
HOUSTON (Bloomberg) - The Eagle Ford shale in South Texas, long overlooked compared to its larger cousin the Permian basin, saw its biggest one-week jump in drilling activity in more than two years as explorers look for growth beyond the world’s biggest shale patch. The number of rigs drilling for crude in the Eagle Ford rose by 5 to 43 this week, according to Baker Hughes Co. data released Friday. It’s the biggest weekly expansion for explorers in the region since December 2019. Even gas-rich basins got in on the crude-drilling growth, adding the most oil rigs in at least half a decade with two more going to work in Louisiana’s Haynesville and one starting up in the Marcellus.
The federal government has refused a controversial oil and gas drilling permit off the NSW coast, saying a "methodical process" was undertaken before arriving at a decision. The federal government has knocked back a controversial oil and gas drilling permit off the NSW coast in a move hailed a win by environment groups. The Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP11) between Newcastle and Wollongong had been the subject of vocal community opposition. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday confirmed the government would refuse the application.
Australian junior Empire Energy has hit gas in its latest shale exploration well in the Northern Territory’s onshore Beetaloo basin. Empire confirmed Wednesday the vertical section of the Carpentaria-2 well had been completed to a depth of 1835 metres and intersected thick liquids rich gas shales across the four stacked Velkerri formation pay zones.
Sinking the exploration well is a firm commitment on a 30th licensing round award. If successful, Jaws will be tied-back to the Shell Nelson platform around 10miles to the north-west. Cairn Energy, soon to be renamed Capricorn Energy, is partnered 50-50 on the Shell-operated Jaws project in licence P2380. In March 2020, Shell completed a working interest swap with Cairn, which included 50% of Jaws being swapped with 50% of Cairn’s nearby Diadem prospect in licence P2379, which it expects to spud in Q2 2022.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 27): Drilling activity in the US and international markets has continued to pick up, according to Baker Hughes Tool Company. Baker Hughes is an industrial service company and one of the world's largest oilfield service companies. Since 1944, it began weekly counts of US and Canadian drilling activity, and initiated its monthly international rig count in 1975. As of Wednesday (Nov 24), the US had added six rigs from the prior week to 569, up from 249 a year earlier. Canada added 69 rigs to 800 from a week before, up from 171 rigs from a year ago.
As U.S. oil companies show a new brand of fiscal discipline even as oil prices continue to climb, oil companies spent nearly $192 million on drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Empyrean Energy PLC has let an integrated drilling contract (IDC) to China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) for the Jade prospect exploration well on Block 29/11, offshore China. Target spud date is mid- to late-December.
NOV’s Grant Prideco business unit recently launched a line of drill pipe grades to help mitigate sour service failures related to sulfide stress cracking (SSC) in complex wells and acid gas-bearing formations. The new H2Shield grades were designed to provide strength and durability in harsh, sour drilling environments, delivering maximum mechanical performance without sacrificing H2S resistance. Offered as a smaller portfolio, the H2Shield line will simplify customers’ drill string selection, allowing them to select the right grade to achieve optimum performance in their sour service application.
Seadrill Limited announced a new contract has been secured by Sonadrill Holding Ltd, the 50/50 joint venture with an affiliate of Sonangol E.P. Sonadrill has secured a twelve well contract with one option for nine wells and eleven one well options in Angola for the Sonangol Quenguela drillship. The total contract value for the firm portion of the contract is expected to be approximately $131 million with commencement expected in Q1 2022 and running to Q3 2023.
U.S. energy firms added oil and natural gas rigs for a second week in a row as higher oil prices prompted some drillers to return to the wellpad. The oil and gas rig count, an early indicator of future output, rose eight to 448 in the week to May 7, its highest since April 2020, energy services firm Baker Hughes Co said in its closely followed report on Friday. That put the total rig count 74 rigs, or 20%, higher than this time last year. It was also up 84% since falling to a record low of 244 in August 2020, according to Baker Hughes
The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 732 original drilling permits in April 2021 compared to 456 in April 2020. The April 2021 total includes 629 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, five to re-enter plugged well bores, and 94 for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for original drilling permits in April 2021 is 205 oil, 63 gas, 434 oil or gas, 22 injection, and eight other permits.
This will include up to £10bn for hydrogen production and £3bn for a technology called carbon capture, usage and storage - where carbon emissions are either turned into other products such as plastics or buried.The government says the deal should cut pollution by up to 60 million tonnes by 2030, while also supporting up to 40,000 jobs across the supply chain.
(Bloomberg) -- A new company soon to be created by Chrysaor Holdings Ltd and Premier Oil Plc will likely retain its stake in the giant Zama oil development in Mexico, reversing an earlier decision by the indebted North Sea driller to exit the project.