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Super Barge Touted For Strengths, Depths

Employed in the oil and gas industry for 60 years, simple and sturdy swamp and posted drilling barges have been a preferred method to drill in shallow water. This basic design has made it possible for the barge to drill in water depths from six through 24 ft., as well as the ability to be towed and to travel the Intercoastal waterway, lakes, bays and bayous. With the average drilling depth in the northern Gulf of Mexico ranging between 12,000 and 18,000 ft. in shallow water depths, the standard drilling equipment was designed to accommodate drilling depths to 25,000 feet. The new proposed drilling depth is 40,000 ft., which far exceeds the design of standard swamp and posted drilling barges. However, there is a solution. The Super Barge, patented by Herman J. Schellstede, has the ability to maintain vessel stability in soft bottom conditions, operating in surf zone ocean areas containing tidal wave conditions driven by hurricane winds, providing lifting equipment to drill to 40,000 ft. depth. In addition, Super Barge is designed to:Drill cluster wells and provide well protection systems;House solids control systems, which will provide drilling mud quality for 40,000 ft. drilling employing large diameter drill pipe; Provide an environmental center, which includes the disposal and treatment of cuttings; Maintain location in major storm conditions; Support 100 operational personnel; Lift casing and drill pipe bundles (100 ton capacity)Provide 4-3000 N.P


New Inland Barge Drilling Rig

Parker Drilling Co. has received the newest member of the Parker international drilling fleet, drilling barge rig #75. Built by Oil Barges, Inc., the shallow water drilling rig will commence drilling operations in mid-August. The rig has a 25,000 ft., drilling depth rating with an SCR drive system. All drilling and mud processing equipment is installed on a multi-level barge measuring 240 ft. long and 70 ft. wide. The barge also includes an 82-person accommodation facility.


ABB Wins Offshore Contracts of $150m

ABB, a power and automation technology group, recently won six contracts collectively worth more than $150m to supply main electrical systems for drilling rigs and drill-ships built in Asia. The orders were booked during the third quarter of 2008. Among the new orders are three deepwater drilling rigs now under construction at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore, two drill-ships (Stena DrillMAX ICE and the Pride #4 drill-ship) to be built at Samsung Heavy Industries and another drill-ship for


Hyperdynamics Offshore Guinea Exploration Project

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AGR Petroleum Services today signed a drilling contract, on behalf of Hyperdynamics Corporation (NYSE Amex: HDY), with Jasper Drilling Private Limited of Singapore to contract the drill ship Jasper Explorer for drilling in Hyperdynamics' concession offshore the Republic of Guinea. The Jasper Explorer is a modern Pelican Class self-propelled drill ship capable of operating in water depths up to 5,000 feet. "The conclusion of a drilling contract with Jasper Drilling Private Limited is a


Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contract

MH TorqueMaster: Photo credit: Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions wins  Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering contract to supply two drilling epuipment packages to 'Cat D' rigs Aker Solutions has received a Letter of Award from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), to supply a further two drilling equipment packages to the 'Category D' drilling rigs the yard is building for the rig operator Songa Offshore. Contract value is undisclosed.


Ocean Rig Charter Out 'Erik Raude'

Rig Erik Raude: Photo credit Ocean Rig

Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, signs contract with an oil major for the semi-submersible drilling rig 'Erik Raude'. The drilling contract is for a one-well program, with an estimated duration of up to 6 months, for drilling offshore Ireland, with an estimated backlog of approximately US$112 million, including mobilization and demobilization. The rig is scheduled to commence this contract in the second quarter of 2013


Aker Kvaerner Gets Drilling Equipment Contract for Samsung

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. in Korea has awarded Aker Kvaerner a contract for delivery of a new drilling rig to Eastern Drilling's West E-Drill project. The project will start immediately at Aker Kvaerner's subsidiary Aker Kvaerner MH, with delivery of the drilling equipment package in the second half of 2007. The new contract was an option in a contract Aker Kvaerner MH signed with Samsung in June 2005, and the scope is similar for both contracts The drilling system will be a


Aker Kvaerner Awarded Drilling Equipment Contract

Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with Jurong Shipyard Pte. Ltd in Singapore for delivery of a drilling system for one ultra deepwater drilling semi-submersible unit. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately $113m. The contract is undertaken by the Aker Kvaerner subsidiary, Aker Kvaerner MH in Kristiansand. The scope of work is to deliver a complete drilling package consisting of engineering, drilling equipment deliveries and subsea equipment.


Contract Extension on the Ula and Valhall Fields

Smedvig has signed an agreement with BP Norge AS to extend the platform drilling contract on the Ula and Valhall fields in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The drilling contract has a firm duration of two years, with option for one additional year. The estimated contract value for the firm period is approximately NOK 300 million. The contract, which is expected to employ some 200 people, includes in the first phase production drilling from the Valhall injection platform


Semi-submersible Rig 'Erik Raude' Contracted

Ocean Rig UDW Inc.  has received a Letter of Intent to contract one of its semi-submersible drilling rigs, “Eirik Raude”, from an oil major. The Letter of Intent is for a one-well program, with an estimated duration of up to 6 months, for drilling offshore Ireland, with an estimated backlog of approximately $112 million, including mobilization and demobilization. The rig is scheduled to commence this contract in the first quarter of 2013


Advanced Drillships a Burden for Owners as Business Slows

Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators.   Now, with oil prices down by half since June


USA Urged Not to Delay Arctic Drilling

Arctic drilling: Pic by Greenpeace

 The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, reports AP.   The US Arctic potentially contains enough oil and gas to allow it to be a significant contributor


China's Air Drills Roil South China Sea Waters

China's air force conducted its first drill above the western Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Defence Ministry said, in a move that could exacerbate tensions with its South China Sea neighbours including Taiwan and the Philippines. People's Liberation Army aircraft conducted exercises over the


Keppel FELS Delivers 11th Jackup to Mexico

Photo courtesy of Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig to Mexican national oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), safely, on time and on budget.  


Rig Count a Predictor for US Q2 Production

The falling number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States is pointing to a decline in U.S. oil production in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs analysts said on Monday. Rig count in the United States fell by 56 last week to 866, the fewest since March 2011


Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert

Ships of Russian Navy Northern Fleet. Photo: Gazprom

 Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border.  


BG Group Produces First Oil from Knarr Field

Petrojarl Knarr (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group announced the Petrojarl Knarr floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel had started production from the Knarr oil field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.    The FPSO has been leased from Teekay Corporation and is moored approximately 120 kilometers off the


Petrobras Sets Well Depth Record

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  Petrobras has broken a new domestic record for exploratory drilling by reaching a water depth of 2,990 meters. This was achieved in February while drilling a well in the Moita Bonita area of Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, 92 km from the city of Aracaju.


Record Rig Berthing at Drydocks World

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, have simultaneously berthed 11 rigs in the Dubai yard, breaking its record of nine rigs at the yard set in February this year.  


Russia Conducts Naval Drill in Baltic Sea

Image courtesy: Defence Russia

 Russian naval units are conducting a defense drill in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway, involving more than 20 vessels from the country’s Baltic Fleet, as part of the Russian Northern Fleet exercises.   The press service of Russia’s Western Military


Shell to Get Permission to Drill in the Arctic

Arctic exploration and production: Shell in the Arctic

 The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell Oil Company, one of the largest oil companies in the world to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic.    The UPI reports that the decision rests on the U.S


World War 3 or Cold War? Focus On Arctic Oil

Battle for the Arctic: Map by Popular Resistance

 The Arctic is heating up, both climatically and militarily. Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark.   A report by the Inquisitr says that although not a single politician or world leader has


Statoil Appoints COO

Anders Opedal

  Anders Opedal is appointed executive vice president and takes on a new position as chief operating officer (COO) in the corporate executive committee (CEC) of Statoil as of 1 April. Opedal will be responsible the corporate improvement programmes and for driving operational efficiency


Seattle Fears Arctic drilling, Shell Moves Rigs

How we operate in the Arctic: Shell Global

 Shell Oil Co is poised to restart oil drilling in the Arctic in the near future once it receives the go-ahead from the U.S. government, which could happen soon.     The decision to allow the oil company access has been controversial among environmentalists groups as well as local


Rosneft Cancels Rig Contract

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  Russian oil firm Rosneft has cancelled a contract for a two-and-a-half year rig contract with Northern Offshore and Seadrill's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd, the Norwegian offshore driller said. Western sanctions against Russia, and Rosneft in particular






 
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