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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. Other innovative design features include a draft of less than 8.5 ft., permiting reduced dredging costs; a 50 ft. (clear height) substructure, permitting simultaneous drilling and workover operations; a skiddable substructure that will provide access to six potential wells without repositioning the barge; and the ability to drill all six wells without raising/lowering the derrick or laying down drill pipe.


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


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.


Aker Solutions Awarded $50 Million Contract

Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract for the delivery of a deepwater drilling riser system to the DSME shipyard in South Korea. The riser package will be delivered to offshore drilling company Atwood Oceanics' drill ship. The contract value is approximately $50 million and includes an option for another two units.   The 10,000 ft deepwater drilling riser system will be manufactured and delivered out of Aker Solutions' manufacturing plant in Port Klang, Malaysia


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 denies naval snub for Japan over fleet review

China's navy on Tuesday denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium, saying the two events had never been linked in the first place. U.S. officials have said the United States was invited to join the


GoM Drill Rig Damaged, Coast Guard Monitoring

ENSCO 8506: Photo courtesy of Keppel

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is overseeing response efforts, as the offshore drilling rig ENSCO 8506 began taking sea-water into a ballast tank after being hit by a large wave in heavy seas more than 100 miles south of Galveston. The ballast tank is located in one of the rig's column ballast


Offshore Driller Noble Corp Q1 Earnings Beat Forecasts

Noble Corp., a leading offshore driller, reported first-quarter net income on Wednesday of $0.99 a share, higher than consensus forecasts, as new rigs helped lift revenues. ThomsonReuters I/B/E/S had forecast earnings of 70 cents a share or 82 cents a share excluding special items.


Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Valiant: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with


Icebreaking AHTS 'Tor Viking' Sub-Arctic Charter 2014/15 Cancelled

Tor Viking: Image Viking Supply

Sweden's Rederi AB TransAtlantic owners of the offshore drilling vessel 'Tor Viking' inform that the charter agreement for “Tor Viking” for the 2014 and 2015 seasons has been cancelled but the contract is still valid for the remainder of its period covering 2016 & 2017


Gudrun on Stream

The Gudrun platform (Photo: Harald Pettersen/Statoil)

At 7:25 a.m. on April 7, Statoil and its partners (GDF SUEZ and OMV) started production on the Gudrun oil and gas field in the North Sea.   "Gudrun is the first new Statoil-operated platform to come on stream on the Norwegian continental shelf since 2005


Rolls-Royce to Open Brazilian Offshore Facility

Rolls-Royce and U.K. Chancellor George Osborne announced today that the Group will further invest in Rio de Janeiro State to better support customers in the rapidly expanding offshore oil and gas industry. A new £22 million marine facility in Duque de Caxias will be used to assemble and test


Houlder Attracting Houston’s Offshore Engineering Talent

Garry Kennie

U.K.-based engineering group Houlder has launched a new venture to support clients headquartered in the United States following an increasing number of successful global projects for oil majors, operators and service providers. Houlder Americas Inc


South Sudan Awards Two Mineral Exploration Licences

South Sudan has awarded provisional licences to two companies for mineral exploration as it attempts to diversify the economy away from oil, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. South Sudan is rich in gold and also probably has reserves of other minerals such as copper


ANS oil production to fall 1.8 pct for fiscal year

Alaska's North Slope oil production is forecast to decline 1.8 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30 instead of falling 3 percent as predicted in December, according to a report released this week. The Alaska Department of Revenue predicts production of 521


GDF drills dry well in Arctic Barents Sea

French explorer GDF Suez drilled a dry well in the Arctic Barents Sea about 65 kilometers southwest of the Johan Castberg fields, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday. GDF holds 60 percent of the license, while Concedo and OMV each hold 20 percent.  


U.S. oil reserves highest since 1970s

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

U.S. exploration and production companies are finding accumulations of crude and condensates twice as fast as they are producing them, according to statistics published on Thursday. Proved reserves of crude stood at 30.5 billion barrels at the start of 2013.


Romania: Another U.S. warship to come to Black Sea

Another U.S. warship will come to the Black Sea after destroyer USS Donald Cook will leave, Romanian president Traian Basescu told reporters in the Black Sea port of Constanta on Monday. Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea last week for exercises and operations to improve interoperability


Drydocks World to Build Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

Image Courtesy Drydocks World

Drydocks World, an international service provider to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, announced it has signed an Agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. for building two unique new jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design


Transocean 2013 Success Story: Dividend Up 34%

Frontispiece courtesy of Transocean

In a letter to shareholders chairman, Ian C. Strachan and Steven L. Newman, president and CEO, set out a summary of offshore drilling specialist Transocean's 2013 operations, excerpted as follows: • Revenue and Backlog Full year 2013 net income attributable to controlling interest was $1


 
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