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THE OFFSHORE DRILLING

Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged

The number of mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract is unchanged from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 139 of 190 mobile offshore drilling rig are under contract this week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 73.2 percent. Among the working rigs is a new deepwater drillship, which has moved to its first drilling location. In the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and other European waters, 77 of 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. European offshore rig utilization stands at 72.0 percent. Worldwide, 472 of 631 existing mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. Worldwide offshore rig utilization is 74.8 percent. In addition to the 631 existing mobile offshore drilling rigs, another 37 are under construction, including 30 deepwater rigs.


Drilling Sector May Have Missed Chance For Consolidation

Despite the announcement of a large offshore drilling merger this summer, the fragmented industry may have missed its chance for further consolidation due to a recent swift cyclical upswing, according to analysts. Shlumberger Ltd.'s announcement in July that it would merge its offshore drilling unit, Sedco Forex, with Transocean Offshore Inc., to form the world's largest offshore driller, was expected to set off a wave of consolidation in the industry


Offshore Rig Demand Rises In U.S., Falls In Europe

Rig demand increased in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and declined slightly in Europe, following a pattern that is likely to be repeated through the end of this year at least. According to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count, the U.S. Gulf rig count increased by three rigs since last week. Today, 136 of the region's 187 mobile offshore drilling units are under contract and U.S. Gulf mobile offshore rig utilization is 72.7 percent.


Rig Counts Fall Since Last Week

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count lost some of the ground it had made up in the last few weeks, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. The U.S. Gulf offshore rig count fell by two rigs on a week-to-week basis. The decline ends a five-week rally of higher utilization rates in the region. This week, 133 of 188 mobile offshore drilling units in the U.S. Gulf are under contract. U.S. Gulf rig utilization is 70.7 percent.


Little Change Seen In Offshore Rig Counts

Offshore rig activity changed little from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 145 of 191 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig decline compared to last week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 75.9 percent. In European waters, 74 of 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig increase compared to last week


GlobalSantaFe Worldwide SCORE Slightly Down

Worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for October 2003 was down 0.2% from the previous month's SCORE. GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980- 1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when


Global Marine SCORE Up 7.2%

Global Marine reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for April 2001 increased by 7.2 percent over the previous month's SCORE, marking the 20th consecutive month-to-month increase. Global Marine Chairman, President and CEO Bob Rose said, "April's SCORE reflects the continuing improvement in key international offshore drilling markets. As these markets begin to go head to head to attract equipment away from the Gulf of Mexico


Crosco Provides Offshore Drilling Services in Tunisia

Crosco Integrated Drilling & Well Services Co., Ltd. announced the commencement of drilling services for Thyna Petroleum Services (TPS). Drilling services are being provided with Crosco's 1000 HP drilling rig Ideco-301 (Ideco H 44 ED) that has been set up on a barge (pontoon) to drill offshore. The first well of the drilling program (well Cercina 15) is currently being drilled on the offshore Cercina concession near the island of Kerhennah in Tunisia.


GlobalSantaFe June SCORE Up 1.8 Percent

GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that the company's worldwide SCORE, or Summary of Current Offshore Rig Economics, for June 2006 was up 1.8 percent from the previous month's SCORE. GlobalSantaFe's SCORE compares the profitability of current mobile offshore drilling rig dayrates to the profitability of dayrates at the 1980- 1981 peak of the offshore drilling cycle. In the 1980-1981 period, when SCORE averaged 100 percent


Canada Announces Arctic Offshore Drilling Rules

The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) released filing requirements today for future applications to drill in the Canadian Arctic Offshore. The Filing Requirements, a companion document to The Past is Always Present, Review of Offshore Drilling in the Canadian Arctic, Preparing for the Future, follows several months of extensive consultation carried out across the North during the NEB’s Arctic Review. During the Arctic Review


New Dive Support Vessel for N-sea

The Edradour, with sister vessel the Aberlour (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

N-Sea has launched its third diving support vessel, the Edradour, representing a $2.2 million investment for the company to be immediately utilized in its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) operations in the North Sea, as well as in Holland and Germany.


LVDT Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

ULULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation

  UL/ULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation in Offshore Drilling Markets. Macro Sensors offers the HLR 750 Series of UL/ULC listed and ATEX-approved LVDT Linear Position Sensors for use in the high temperature and high vibration environments such as offshore


Maersk, BP Agree to 5 Year Offshore Rig Training Contract

The view into the dome simulator (Photo courtesy of Maersk Training)

Maersk has signed a five year contract with BP to provide offshore oil rig training at the virtual reality training center the company is currently building in Houston, the companies announced today. Maersk Training will provide BP with advanced training programs for offshore drilling teams at


Transocean Shares Poised for Big Move

Photo: Transocean

Transocean Ltd shares are expected to move about 8 percent in either direction following its earnings results on Wednesday, options data showed, but positioning among traders suggests some worry.   This would be the biggest post-earnings move for the shares in at least eight quarters.


Lamprell to Deliver 2 Additional Rigs for NDC

NDC Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, and Lamprell Chief Executive Officer, Jim Moffat, shake hands after signing the contract award for two further high specification jackup drilling rigs which NDC awarded to Lamprell

Lamprell received a new contract award valued at approximately $365 million from National Drilling Company (NDC) for the construction and delivery of two further high specification jackup drilling rigs of a Super 116E (Enhanced) Class. Lamprell was previously awarded contracts by NDC for a


GE Opens Global R&D Center in Brazil

GEs New office

  *  Working with Petrobras and BG Group to develop advanced technologies for oil and gas processing on the seabed *  GE’s Brazil Technology Center to focus on subsea oil and gas research, capitalizing on $1.2 trillion offshore market opportunity


Paragon Acquires Majority Stake in Prospector

PROSPECTOR 1 on location in the U.K. Sector of the North Sea (Photo courtesy of Prospector Offshore Drilling)

Paragon Offshore plc reported that it has acquired 52,749,014 shares of Prospector Offshore Drilling S.A., a publicly traded offshore drilling company listed on Oslo Axess. Paragon acquired the shares at a price of 14.50 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per share, or $2


Ensco Promotes Lowe to EVP

Ensco plc announced that Carey Lowe has been promoted to Executive Vice President.   Lowe will be responsible for overseeing investor relations, public relations, employee communications and branding, led by Vice President Sean O’Neill, as well as strategy


An Open Arctic and its Impact on Oil Drilling

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William Cho, Head of MatthewsDaniel Weather, a division of the Bureau Veritas Group, explains why improvements in drilling technologies and weather monitoring systems have made offshore shelf drilling operations in the Arctic Circle increasingly attractive to upstream oil and gas companies and


New Cruise Passenger Drill Rules to Enter Force

From January 1, 2015, passengers must undergo safety drills, including mustering at the lifeboat stations, before the ship departs or immediately on departure. (Photo: IMO)

New requirements for musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure come into force January 1, 2015. Further SOLAS amendments entering into force address enclosed-space entry and rescue drills and the code for recognized organizations.   


Major Oil Rig Contract for Harland and Wolff

Image: Harland and Wolff

In a multi-million pound boost to the Northern Ireland economy, Belfast ship builder Harland and Wolff has secured a contract to carry out major work on an oil rig.  Dolphin Drilling Limited has awarded H&W the contract for the drydocking and Renewal/Special Periodic Survey of its Byford


ABS Awards AIP for Next-generation Drillship

Image: Hyundai Heavy Industries

ABS  has awarded approval in principle (AIP) for Hyundai Heavy Industries' next-generation HD12000 heavy duty, wide beam drillship design. The drillship, which can accommodate a 20,000-psi blowout preventer system, has been designed in full compliance with the ABS Guide for the


Keppel Q4 Profit Up; 2014 Profit Beats Street

Keppel Corp's full-year profit up 2 pct at S$1.9 bln. Singapore's Keppel Corp Ltd said fourth-quarter net profit rose 6.1 percent to S$725.9 million ($544.8 million), while its full-year profit rose 2 percent and beat analysts' consensus.


MAN Targets Offshore Drilling Segment with New Genset

PA6-B (OG) Offshore GenSet (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo has launched its PA6 B Offshore GenSet (OG). Aimed at the offshore drilling segment, the new engine is specifically targeted at semisubmersible drilling rigs.   The PA6 B is a four-stroke, medium-speed engine built at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s St


Diamond Offshore Scraps Special Dividend on Weak Market

Ocean Endeavor (Photo:  Diamond Offshore)

Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc said it expected a significant number of ultra-deepwater rigs to be idled across the industry by year-end as oil producers' capital budget is likely to be lowered by a fifth this year.   The company also said it would not pay a special dividend






 
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