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CNOOC May Delay Deepwater Rig Startup to 2011

According to a June 8 report from Bloomberg, China National Offshore Oil Corp., the country’s biggest offshore energy explorer, may delay the startup of its first deepwater rig until 2011 because of a safety review after BP Plc’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig to be deployed in the South China Sea may not turn operational until the first quarter. (Source: Bloomberg)


Shortage of Ships May Complicate Call for Offshore Drilling

The New York Times reported that a shortage of ships used for deepwater offshore drilling may impede any rapid turnaround in oil exploration and supply. Slow growth in oil supplies, at a time of soaring demand, has been a major factor in the spike of oil and gasoline prices.  Demand is so high that shipbuilders have raised prices since last year by up to $100 million a vessel to about half a billion dollars, the report said.


ABB lands $42M contract with Santa Fe Intl.

ABB, the leading innovator in podded propulsion systems, has struck a landmark deal to supply its new compact podded propulsion system on a semi-submersible drilling rig. Santa Fe International Corp. has awarded a $42 million contract to ABB in Norway for the supply of electric propulsion systems and power plants to two new semi-submersible drilling rigs. In addition, the contract includes an option for a further two rigs


DryShips Acquires Stake in Ocean Rig

Greek dry-bulk carrier DryShips reportedly agreed to acquire about 30.4 percent stake in Ocean Rig ASA for $405m, according to a Reuters report. The company's entry into the deep water is reportedly a result of its view that significant shareholder value can be garnered through this transaction. Shares of DryShips were down more than 14 percent at $71.80 in afternoon trade, making them one of the top percentage losers on the Nasdaq.


Deepwater Drillship Chartered Before Delivery

A Seadrill Drillship: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill contracts with LLOG Bluewater Holdings, LLC, for employment of the new-build drill-ship, 'West Neptune', offshore Gulf of Mexico.  The contract duration is a minimum of three years plus an option for a one-year extension at mutually agreed rates. The potential revenue for the primary contract term is approximately US$662 million.  The West Neptune is expected to be delivered to Seadrill from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea, in early June 2014


Ensco plc Announces Cash Dividend

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  Ensco plc (NYSE: ESV) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of US$0.75 per Class A ordinary share payable on 20 June 2014. The ex-dividend date for this payment is expected to be 5 June 2014, with a record date of 9 June 2014. Ensco’s dividend yield is among the top five percent of S&P 500® companies. Ensco uses its website to disclose material and non-material information to investors, customers


Ivan Rips Through Oil Patch

Hurricane Damage is Light Companies Report. By Larry Pearson With reports from AP, MMS and the Times Picayune. Packing 160 mile an hour winds, Hurricane Ivan stayed on a course that took the powerful storm through the heart of oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) before making landfall just east of Mobile, Ala. Initial reports from the Minerals Management Service, which oversees oil and gas production in the Gulf, indicate that damage is relatively light


Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Announces Drilling Contract

Nicosia, Cyprus – Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that it has signed a new drilling contract for its semisubmersible drilling rig Eirik Raude with an independent operator, for work offshore West Africa. The expected total backlog to complete the two-well program is estimated at $ 67.5 million for a period of 84 days. The new contract is expected to commence after the rig completes its scheduled 10-year special survey


Chinese Shipyard COSCO Gets Order for Offshore Drill Rig

COSCO Nantong Shipyard secures US$ 75-million contract for a self-erecting tender drill rig COSCO (Nantong) Shipyard Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of  COSCO Shipyard Group Co. Ltd., has secured a contract with SEADRILL to construct a self erecting tender drilling rig T18 valued at USD 75 million, excluding owner furnished drilling equipment. The new drilling rig, T18, when completed, will be equipped with enhanced drilling capabilities allowing for higher drilling efficiency including the


Ocean Rig Updates on Financing, Newbuildings & Contracts

Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced the following: $1.35 billion Bank Facility The Company announced that it has signed a supplemental agreement to amend certain provisions in its $1.35b Senior Secured Facility dated February 28, 2013. George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented: “We are pleased that our syndicate of commercial banks and export credit agencies agreed to our request to


Transocean's Latest Fleet Update Summary

Transocean rigs: Image courtesy of the owners

Transocean Ltd. has issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary which includes new contracts, significant changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since May 15, 2014. The high-specification jackup, GSF Magellan, is held for sale.


China Sending 4 Rigs To S China Sea Amid Tensions

South China Seas

  China is sending four oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing its stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam.


Maersk Drilling Orders 20K™ Blow Out Preventer & Risers

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  Maersk Drilling has ordered four Blow Out Preventers (BOPs) and two risers from GE Oil and Gas to be used in the Project 20K™ agreement with BP. The BOPs and risers are intended to be delivered and deployed on two Maersk Drilling 20K™ Rigs by year-end 2018


ICBC Financial Leasing Purchase 2 CIMC Raffles Drilling Rigs

CIMC Raffles Semisubmersible Drilling Rigs

ICBC Financial Leasing Company Limited signed a leasing project with Schahin of two ultra-deepwater drilling rigs during China-Brazil Business Council-Annual Meeting 2014 on 17th July 2014. The contract values $1.08bn and eventually serves for Petrobras


Transocean Provides Fleet Update Summary

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Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since April 17, 2014. The total value of new contracts since the April 17


Transocean Agrees US$3.0 Dividend

Image courtesy of Transocean

Shareholders have approved a dividend of $3.00 per share (or approximately $1.1 billion in the aggregate (based upon the number of currently outstanding shares), out of additional paid-in capital and most other proposals at the 2014 Annual General Meeting, inform Transocean.


Vietnam Considers Legal Action Against China

Vietnam says will "resolutely defend its sovereignty." China says Vietnam making "irresponsible accusations" against it; Philippines submitted arbitration case against China in March. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his government was considering various


Maersk Drilling profits down to USD 116m Q1 2014

Maersk Drilling - Jack Up Rig

  Maersk Drilling delivered a profit (NOPAT) of USD 116m (USD 146m) in the first quarter of 2014. The result was negatively impacted with USD 30m compared to the first quarter result last year mainly due to planned yard stays and the intake of two new rigs.


China Warns Japan, Philippines Chastises China

China warned Japan on Friday to stay out of a growing dispute with its neighbors over the South China Sea, as the Philippines implicitly accused Beijing of delaying talks aimed at a solution. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam


Offshore Drilling Market Dip May Prolong

Maersk Viking: Photo credit Maersk Drilling

The global offshore drilling market's dip could be longer than previously expected and charter rates could take until 2017 or 2018 to recover to last year's levels, the head of Maersk Drilling said on Thursday. Oil groups continue to delay projects to save cash and rig rates will fall further


Streamlined Service for the Offshore Sector

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In a business where time is money, Signal Ship Repair’s niche ‘high blocking’ repair methods have significantly reduced repair times and increased shipyard efficiencies. If Signal Ship Repair’s (SSR) primary business can generically be described simply as ship repair and


China Optimistic of Finding Gas Offshore Vietnam

Offshore rig: File image

A Chinese oil rig whose deployment to waters claimed by Vietnam early this month triggered a rupture in ties has a good chance of finding enough gas to put the area into production, Chinese industry experts said. That would give China its first viable energy field in the disputed South China Sea


Helicopter Operators Set for Take-off as Oil Drilling Picks Up

A pickup in offshore drilling is swelling the orderbooks of the handful of helicopter operators that shuttle oil workers to and from remote rigs. Their stock prices, depressed after Big Oil's recent spending cuts, could also be readying for take-off.


DST Toolstring Deployed in Gulf of Mexico

The ExACT tool in the workshop at Expro’s Broussard facility

International oilfield services company, Expro, has deployed its new design ExACT (Expro Annulus-Operated Circulating and Test Tool) in its first live offshore well. The successful operation, a tubing conveyed perforating ‘shoot and pull’


Ocean Rig Ultra-Deepwater Drillship Contract Confirmed

Ocean Rig Skyros: Photo DryShips

Greece's DryShips, says that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW, has signed definitive documentation, following the previously announced contract award for the 6-year contract for drilling operations offshore Angola for its ultra deepwater drillship the 'Ocean Rig Skyros'.






 
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