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Worlds Largest Rig Still Afloat

Crews managed to prevent the world's largest offshore oil rig from sinking farther into the sea on Monday, four days after explosions crippled its structure and killed 10, its Brazilian owners said. They said the 40-story platform belonging to Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras had stabilized by Monday evening after workers pumped enough water out of the submerged compartments. They are injecting nitrogen and compressed air in a bid to remove nearly 3,000 tons of water weighing down the rig. Even so, the platform was listing more than ever, at a 27-degree angle. In the last 24 hours it has sunk 1.3 feet (40 cm). The platform has sunk almost 15 feet (4.6 m) since the blasts. "Conditions at sea are making the work difficult but they are not preventing the operation from continuing altogether," Petrobras said in a statement on Monday evening. Earlier on Monday Petrobras general manager Carlos Eduardo Bellot for the Campos Basin said that the platform had resumed sliding into the sea overnight. If the rig were to sink, up to 395,000 gallons of crude and diesel in underwater pipelines and onboard tanks could be dumped into the ocean. "For the moment there is no environmental question that is worrying us," said Carlos Henrique Mendes of Brazil's environmental authority Ibama. Three blasts ripped through the rig early last Thursday


Jindal’s 2nd Jackup – Early & Incident-Free

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Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) is set to deliver a jackup rig ahead of schedule to Virtue Drilling, an associate company of India’s Jindal Drilling & Industries (Jindal). Named in the presence of Guest-of-Honor, Dr Lee Boon Yang, Singapore’s Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, the jackup rig Virtue I, has also achieved a clean safety record of about 2.1 million man-hours worked without incidents.


Baker Hughes Rig Count Down 7

The number of rigs searching for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by seven to 1,225 during the week ending May 18, according to oil services firm Baker Hughes. Last year the number of U.S. rigs was 841, Baker Hughes said. Meanwhile, the number of rigs exploring for oil and gas in Canada gained 24, compared to 182 last year. The number of rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico fell by four to 160, compared to 135 a year ago.


Offshore Market: Oil Prices Skyrocket but Rig Demand in the Doldrums

By Tom Marsh, ODS-Petrodata, Houston Worldwide demand for mobile offshore drilling units remains essentially flat, according to Houston-based offshore industry analyst ODS-Petrodata, although offshore drilling activity is expected to increase modestly in certain areas as the year progresses. U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig demand has fallen by eight rigs since December, but some indicators point to an increase in Gulf rig demand over the summer months


Portland Waterfront Gets Boost from Oil Rig Construction Project

Portland’s marine commercial shipbuilding industry is getting a boost thanks in part to construction of the “Pride Portland” and the “Pride Rio de Janeiro,” two huge oil rigs built by crews working for Cianbro and funded with a $342 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert today visited the “Amethyst Project” at the terminal where the two 12


Drydocks World Completes Refurbishment of NDC’s Rig Al Ghallan

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  Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, maritime, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced the completion of a  major refurbishment carried out on National Drilling Company’s (NDC) Offshore Drilling Rig Al Ghallan. The project is part of a series of four rig repair and refurbishment projects signed with NDC in 2013. Before that, eight projects were completed. The numbers of projects carried out for NDC have progressively increased over the


North American Rig Count Up

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in North America rose by 23 during the week ending October 20, because of a gain of 14 in Canada and helped by an increase of nine in the United States, according to oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc. The number of rigs operating in the United States rose by nine to 1054 compared to 750 a year ago, while the number of rigs in Canada rose by 14 to 352, compared with last year's 292, according to Baker Hughes. In the U.S


Operations Halt on West Navion

In connection with minor repair work the derrick of the drillship, West Navion, it has been uncovered cracks in the wire sheaves in the hoisting system of the dual derrick set (Ram Rig). As a result of the findings, operations on West Navion are temporarily halted. It is expected that the halt will last for another 2-3 weeks before operations are resumed. Maritime Hydraulics, the supplier of the dual derrick set, has issued a request to "All users of Maritime Hydraulics' Ram Rigs" to


Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over GOM Explosion

Attorneys with the Houston trial law firm Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Aaron Dale Burkeen, one of 11 men still missing after the recent oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. A resident of Philadelphia, Miss., Burkeen worked as a crane operator on the Deepwater Horizon, a massive oil rig owned by Swiss-based Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) and operated by UK-based BP PLC (NYSE:BP) .


Keppel FELS Contracted to Build Two Semi-submersible Rigs

Keppel FELS signs contract to construct the rigs for Ukraine's National Joint-Stock Company "Naftogaz of Ukraine" (Naftogaz). The contract is worth about US$ 1.2-billion, but is dependent upon final corporate approvals. The rigs will be built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38U design which is customised for the Black Sea environment. The harsh weather conditions of the Black Sea include extreme freezing temperatures, storms with strong winds and heavy seas.


Tullow Oil Exploration and Appraisal Update in Kenya

Tullow Oil exploration and appraisal update in Kenya

Tullow Oil plc announces the successful results from a series of exploration, appraisal and testing activities conducted in Blocks 10BB and 13T onshore Kenya. Etom-1 exploration well The Etom-1 well in Block 13T is the most northerly well drilled to date in the South Lokichar basin, 6


Too Eager to Drill for Arctic Oil - Greenpeace

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  Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, is still on station in the Arctic to expose renewed Norwegian efforts to drill for oil in this pristine environment. Last week Greenpeace successfully headed off attempts by an oil company to complete controversial seismic testing


VIKING Saatsea Puts Crew Training in its Place

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VIKING Saatsea will be at SMM 2014 to showcase the revolution it has brought about in crew training – moving everything on board to cut costs, speed up certification, ease administration and create greater on-the-job satisfaction for crew being trained.


A Boost for UK Offshore Drilling? DW Monday Muses

North Sea operations: File photo

Drilling activity offshore UK is now expected to increase over the next few years as government and industry reacts to the recommendations in Sir Ian Wood’s report – the “Wood Review” – to maximise UK offshore oil & gas recovery advises Douglas Westwood's


Prosafe Q2 Earnings Below Expectations

Offshore accommodation rig provider Prosafe reported second-quarter earnings below expectations on Thursday and said that its short-term market outlook is weaker as oil firms cut back on exploration spending. Prosafe's operating profit fell 20 percent to $55 million


Maersk Drilling Q2 2014 Profit Dips

Ultra-deepwater rig: Photo Maersk

Maersk Drilling informs that in Q2 2014 it delivered a profit (NOPAT) of USD 117-m (USD 150-m). While the underlying operational performance remained strong with an operational uptime of 97% (96%), the decrease in profit of USD 33-m compared to Q2 2013 was mainly due to planned activities with


DNO Eyes First Kurdistan Crude Shipment

Norwegian firm DNO expects its first shipment of oil from Kurdistan to be sold on the international market by the end of the year and said it was committed to its operations in the region despite the recent flare-up in violence. The firm could until recently only sell oil on the local Iraqi


Keppel Delivers 4th Jackup Rig to Qatar

Keppel delivers Dukhan jack-up rig to GDI Qatar

  Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered its fourth jackup rig, "Dukhan", to Gulf Drilling International Ltd. q.s.c. (GDI) of Qatar nine days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record.   “Dukhan” is a high specification rig built to


Transocean Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since July 16, 2014. The total value of new contracts since the July 16


Crowley Tug Participates in Rig Blackout Test

Ocean Sky tending to Noble drill rig John Day during blackout trials (photo by Captain Ward Davis)

Once again displaying their diversity for use in the domestic petroleum industry, one of Crowley’s four ocean class tugs, Ocean Sky, recently provided back-up station-keeping and holdback services during a routine blackout test of ultra-deepwater, semisubmersible oil rig Noble Jim Day in U.S


Collaboration Tackles Sea Spray Icing Challenges

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Sea spray icing is one of the major challenges when operating in Arctic conditions. DNV GL is now launching an industry collaboration which will develop a simulation model that bridges functional winterization requirements and real physical conditions for drilling rigs


Industry Partnership to Enhance BOP Maintenance

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The maintenance of blowout preventers (BOPs) has significant financial, logistical and safety implications for drilling operators and rig owners. DNV GL has now established a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop a risk-based maintenance methodology with the aim to deliver more effective and


SBI Offshore Negotiating Contract for Rig Builds

SBI Offshore Limited has announced that the Middle East-Chinese consortium, which recently awarded its subsidiary a contract to provide design and engineering services for a jack-up drilling rig, has commenced discussions with the SGX Catalist-listed company to build up to five units of the rig


Reflex Marine to Bring FROG-6 into Mexico

L-R: Víctor Manuel Santillana Santos, GINEMEX administrative director; Isaias Roberto Santillana JuÁrez, GINEMEX general director; and Luis Fernando López Martínez, GINEMEX commercial and project manager

Reflex Marine has been granted approval by the Mexican Merchant Marines to sell its crane transfer device, the FROG-6, in Mexico. The certification is a result of Reflex Marine working with the Mexican government’s testing agency, the Centro de Normalizacion y Certificacion de Productos


DNV GL-led collaboration to enhance BOP maintenance

Maintenance of blowout preventers

  The maintenance of blowout preventers (BOPs) has significant financial, logistical and safety implications for drilling operators and rig owners. DNV GL has now established a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop a risk-based maintenance methodology with the aim to deliver more effective






 
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