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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.

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

Hyperdynamics Offshore Guinea Exploration Project


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

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

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.

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.

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

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

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

Marco Polo Terminates Rig Contract with Sembmarine

Pic: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Marco Polo Marine has unilaterally terminated a rig building order worth US$214.3 million from a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.   Sembcorp Marine on early Wednesday morning said its subsidiary, PPL Shipyard, will regard the termination by Marco Polo Drilling (I) of the US$214

Saipem CEO Sees No Volkswagen Risk over Fleet Standards

The fleet Italian oil contractor Saipem uses to carry out its offshore construction and drilling business has been properly certified and there is no risk of any Volkswagen-like scandal, the CEO said on Tuesday.   Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the country's second-biggest party

Paragon Extends Jackup Rig Delivery at Waigaoqiao

Image: Paragon Offshore plc

 Paragon Offshore plc, a global provider of offshore drilling rigs, reported that a wholly-owned subsidiary has signed an agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., LTD., to extend the delivery date of the high specification Friede and Goldman JU-2000E jackup Prospector 7 to a date

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

Crisis Response Drill in progress

  On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier).   Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s

Lundin Spuds off Malaysia

Courtesy Lundin Petroleum

  Lundin Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Malaysia BV  has commenced drilling of the Selada-1 exploration well in Block PM308A, offshore Malaysia. The well will target hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands and is located 14 km to the south of the Bertam field operated by

IDF's First-Ever Submarine Rescue Exercise

Photo: IDF spokesperson

 Israeli navy (IDF) holds special exercises with their Italian counterparts in order to perfect joint methods for rescuing the crew of a sunken submarine, reports Ynet.   This type of exercise is rare among navies, and the first of its kind in Israel

Cosco Compensates Sevan

Image: Sevan Drilling ASA

 COSCO Corp (Singapore) will refund $26.3 million, or 5 percent of the contract price, plus associated interest to Sevan Drilling by December 1, 2015.   Sevan Drilling and Cosco have agreed to exercise the first six-month option to extend the deferral agreement to April 15, 2016

Statoil Cancels Songa Trym Rig Contract

Songa Trym (Photo Kjetil Larsen - Statoil)

  Statoil has decided to cancel the contract with Songa Trym, four months before the expiration of contract on 4 March 2016. Statoil has previously notified Songa Offshore that the rig would be suspended for a period, and Statoil has tried to find other assignments for the rig after the

Alabama Announces $20 Million Transocean Settlement

Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced that Alabama has agreed to a settlement with Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc., which owned the Deepwater Horizon. Alabama will receive $20 million. “The State of Alabama suffered tremendous environmental and economic losses because

DNV GL launches new decision support tool for the retrieval of BOPs

Photo: DNV GL SA

 Retrieving an unreliable blowout preventer (BOP) is a necessary but expensive operation, costing upwards of one or two million dollars and easily the double in developing ultra-deepwater regions.    It is also the main cause of downtime during drilling activity

Polar Pioneer Returns to Port Angeles

Image: Shell

 The Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Port Angeles on Wednesday.  Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Port Angeles was an “excellent location for load-out” before the drilling season and remains fit for that purpose.  

The Cost-conscious Manager

Wondering What to Trim? Look to the skies: billions in offshore savings may be orchestrated from the back office.   For many managers (and analysts), sales, general and administrative costs, or SG&A, are ordinary accounting lines on an offshore services company’s ledger

ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP

Korean shipyards, operators, drilling contractors and engineering companies join ABS to develop new offshore design standards   ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Korean shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy

Is Oil Industry Backing Away From Offshore Arctic Drilling ?

Prirazlomnaya platform. Photo: Information Directorate, Gazprom

 The principal difficulty for Arctic offshore drilling right now, according to oil industry think tank, is economic.  The companies may be back for another try at Arctic offshore drilling, in U.S. waters or elsewhere, if economic conditions change, reports AP.  

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