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Lamprell secures jack-up rig construction contract from IMI
Jan. 21, 2020

Lamprell secures jack-up rig construction contract from IMI

UAE-based oil rigs manufacturer Lamprell has secured a contract from International Maritime Industries (IMI) for the delivery of two jack-up drilling rigs. The two Keppel LeTourneau jack-up drilling rigs will be designed on the basis of the Super 116E. IMI said that the firm will collaborate with Lamprell to construct the two rigs. Lamprell estimates the share from the project to gross at approximately $350m.

Aker BP awards drilling contract extension to Maersk
Jan. 21, 2020
Source: World Oil

Aker BP awards drilling contract extension to Maersk

Drilling contractor, Maersk Drilling has landed a two well contract extension from Norwegian E&P major, Aker BP for the jack-up rig Maersk Integrator. Maersk Integrator, which is an ultra-harsh environment, low-emission jack-up rig, will move to the Ivar Aasen field offshore Norway to drill two wells. The contract, valued at ~$25.5 million, is expected to start in October 2020, and has an estimated duration of 93 days.

Noble selects Maersk Valiant for work in Colombia
Jan. 14, 2020

Noble selects Maersk Valiant for work in Colombia

American E&P firm, Noble Energy has contracted Maersk Drilling's Valiant for the work offshore Colombia. The contract is valued at $18.2m and is expected to be concluded in 65 days. Noble said that the contract fees also includes mobilization and demobilization services. The 2013-built Maersk Valiant is Maersk Drilling’s seventh-generation drillship and comes equipped with integrated managed pressure drilling (MPD) capabilities.

Researchers create advanced drilling advisory system
Jan. 10, 2020
Source: World Oil

Researchers create advanced drilling advisory system

The United States Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research Program has presented a Phase I grant to E-Spectrum Technologies and Dr. Eduardo Gildin of Texas A&M University. The grant will be used in creating an advanced advisory system that precisely portrays the underground circumstances in real-time during drilling operations. E-Spectrum currently deploys algorithms to collect and filter data from bit vibrations, speed or sound changes, and temperature or pressure changes.

Valaris lands new contracts and extensions worth $285m
Nov. 27, 2019

Valaris lands new contracts and extensions worth $285m

Drilling services provider, Valaris has landed new contracts and extensions for its drilling rigs, with approximately $285m in associated revenue backlog. The drillship Valaris DS-18 (Relentless) has been granted contract extension with EnVen in the US Gulf of Mexico. Valaris also landed contracts and extensions for DS-15, JU-292, JU-290, JU-249, JU-144, and others.

ADNOC Drilling launches rig fleet expansion program
Nov. 18, 2019
Source: Pipeline

ADNOC Drilling launches rig fleet expansion program

ADNOC's susidiary ADNOC Drilling has announced the launch of a major rig fleet expansion program. This will support ADNOC's upstream growth plans and would support its 2030 Smart Growth Strategy. ADNOC's Upstream Executive Director said, "ADNOC Drilling’s rig fleet expansion underscores ADNOC’s drive to unlock and maximize value from Abu Dhabi’s vast hydrocarbon resources and will further improve drilling and well-completion efficiencies".

Halliburton releases PixStar
Nov. 12, 2019
Source: World Oil

Halliburton releases PixStar

Halliburton has introduced a new logging-while-drilling technology, PixStar High-Resolution Ultrasonic Imaging Service. With the help of this new technology, operators will get real-time images of the borehole which will make it easy for them to identify fractures. It will also improve well stability and optimize completion design. PixStar has ultrasonic transducer through which high-resolution images are developed.

Halliburton's new MWD service will make drilling operations easier
Oct. 1, 2019
Source: World Oil

Halliburton's new MWD service will make drilling operations easier

Halliburton has brought a new measurement while drilling (MWD) technology to the industry that will make drilling operations more efficient. QuickPulse Automated Directional Gamma Service by Halliburton combines directional, vibration and gamma-ray sensors with a strong transmission. It has the capability to overcome any downhole interference. The transmission of data takes place in every three seconds which makes it impressively quick.

ONGC plans to invest Rs 4,254 crore in drilling activity
Sept. 17, 2019

ONGC plans to invest Rs 4,254 crore in drilling activity

India's largest petroleum explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will invest Rs 4,254 crore to drill 656 wells. These wells will be drilled in 52 Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) in the company’s Ahmedabad asset in Gujarat. The drilling activity is planned from 2019-20 to 2025-26. Also, the firm has planned a complete roadmap for its growth for the next two decade.

Maersk Drilling lands £6.2m North Sea well appraisal contract
Sept. 3, 2019
Source: Energy Voice

Maersk Drilling lands £6.2m North Sea well appraisal contract

Danish drilling major, Maersk Drilling has secured a £6.2million contract to carry out drilling activities for an appraisal well at a central North Sea field. Maersk will perform drilling at the Birgitta field for Oman-based Petrogas. With an additional 20-day option, the contract is projected to commence in March 2020 for an expected 70 days.

Noble Energy discovers oil offshore Guinea
Aug. 29, 2019
Source: Reuters

Noble Energy discovers oil offshore Guinea

Guinean Minister of Hydrocarbon and Mines yesterday informed that Noble Energy has discovered oil in Block 1 offshore Equatorial Guinea. The US oil firm is looking to produce new oil from the block by October. Noble Energy encountered oil by drilling the Aseng 6P well for more than 4,000 meters. Noble operates the Aseng field with a 40% stake, where Glencore, Gunvor and Atlas Petroleum are partners.

Equinor discovers light oil in Barents Sea
Aug. 21, 2019

Equinor discovers light oil in Barents Sea

Norwegian energy major, Equinor yesterday reported a light oil discovery in the Sputnik exploration well in the Barents Sea. The recoverable resources from the discovery has been estimated to be approximately 20-65 million barrels of oil (MMbbl). The Sputnik well was drilled in the PL855 licence, situated about 30 km northeast of the Wisting discovery. The PL855 licence is operated by Equinor, where OMV and Petoro are partners.

Weatherford launches AlphaST
Aug. 2, 2019
Source: World Oil

Weatherford launches AlphaST

A new single-trip openhole and sidetrack system has been launched by Weatherford. The system can initiate sidetrack operations without a cement plug. AlphaST will enhance operator flexibility, eliminate multiple trips, and avoid costly cementing operations. Weatherford's President said, "AlphaST enables operators to avoid the cost and time of setting a cement plug; waiting on cement to dry and time drilling".

Halliburton introduces new 3D reservoir mapping technology
July 18, 2019
Source: World Oil

Halliburton introduces new 3D reservoir mapping technology

With an aim to enhance the drilling efficiency, Halliburton has released first 3D reservoir mapping technology. This is a new logging-while-drilling (LWD) capability which will significantly improve well placement in complex reservoirs. It will give a detailed representation of subsurface structures. "In complex formations, visualizing data in a 3D environment helps operators significantly enhance reservoir understanding to drive better drilling decisions and maximize asset value", said VP of Sperry Drilling.

Cougar Mechanical Thruster saves C$130k for drilling major
July 4, 2019

Cougar Mechanical Thruster saves C$130k for drilling major

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A major drilling operator has reportedly saved C$130k and avoided multiple trips per section by using CougarTM Mechanical Thruster in a production field of Alberta. The operator was drilling a 311 intermediate hole, and was forced to spend an average time of two days per section. Designed and manufactured by Canada's leading drilling solutions provider, Cougar Drilling Solutions, the Mechanical Thruster reduces the severity of shock and vibration downhole.

KOC awards integrated offshore drilling services contract to Halliburton
July 4, 2019
Source: World Oil

KOC awards integrated offshore drilling services contract to Halliburton

Oilfield services giant, Halliburton has secured an integrated offshore drilling services contract from Kuwait Oil Company. The contract pertains to exploration well in the Arabian Gulf. Halliburton will provide and manage drilling, fluids, wireline and perforating, well testing, coring, cementing, coiled tubing, and all offshore logistical services. The contract also requires Halliburton to deliver the offshore rigs and supply vessels for the project.

Cairn to spend Rs 7,924 cr on 123 wells at Ravva field
June 20, 2019

Cairn to spend Rs 7,924 cr on 123 wells at Ravva field

Cairn Oil and Gas has planned to invest Rs 7,924 crore on various sectors of upstream over the next decade. The company has strategized the drilling of additional 123 exploration and development wells at Ravva oil field in Krishna Godavari basin off the Andhra coast. In the last financial year, the company's average daily working interest production from Ravva field declined by 13%.

Cluff Natural Resources raises £15m through share placing
June 7, 2019
Source: Energy Voice

Cluff Natural Resources raises £15m through share placing

To pay for its share of drilling costs, Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR) has raised £15m through placing of 854.2million shares with new and existing investors. Shell has recently completed a 70% farm-in to the P2252 licence in the southern sector, containing the 100 million-barrel Penascola prospect. It also signed a deal to farm in 50% to Cluff’s P2347 licence which contains the Selene discovery.

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