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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


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.


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


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


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.


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) .


Songa Providing Statoil with New Rig Type

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Statoil has awarded the contract for construction of two new drilling rigs for use on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) to Songa Offshore. The contract for the two category D rigs is worth an aggregate USD 2,47 billion for a fixed eight-year charter period. "Stepping up our industrialisation of the NCS we are very pleased to announce that Songa will help realise our industrial approach and we wish to give them recognition for their long-term perspective on this partnership"


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.


Keppel Q1 Profits Dip Slightly

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The Keppel Corporation released its limited unaudited results for the first quarter ending March31, 2014, reporting a 5% decrease in net profits to S$339 million compared to Q1 2013's S$357 million, though the company attributed the decline to one-off gains from the reversal of provision from the


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.


Ex-BP Employee Settles Insider-trading Oil Spill Case

A former 20-year veteran of BP plc who oversaw the company's cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will pay more than $224,000 to settle civil charges alleging he used non-public information about the disaster to commit insider-trading, U.S. regulators said on Thursday.


Years After BP U.S.Oil Spill: Compensation Battle Rages

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.   Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colourful


Brazil's Petrobras resumes output from Campos Basin's P-20 rig

Petroleo Brasileiro SA resumed production on Monday from offshore oil platform P-20 in the Campos Basin, the state-run oil company known as Petrobras said in a securities filing. In December, a fire at the platform injured two workers and knocked it out of service


Rolls-Royce Engines, Equipment for Bourbon

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Rolls-Royce is to deliver deck machinery and engines to an arctic Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS) to be built by Vard for Bourbon Offshore Norway. The contract has a value in excess of £17 million for Rolls-Royce. The deck machinery delivery from Rolls-Royce will consist of


Houlder Attracting Houston’s Offshore Engineering Talent

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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


Keppel Extends Strategy into China

Company signs agreement to manage a shipyard in Quanzhou, China.   Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly owned subsidiary, FELS Offshore Pte Ltd, has signed a management services agreement with Titan Petrochemicals Group Limited (Titan) - a company in which


ALP Tugs Get Rolls-Royce Deck Equipment

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Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


Drydocks World to Build Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

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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


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

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Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


Rolls-Royce to supply machinery for 4 tugs for ALP Maritime Services

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


GoM Drill Rig Damaged, Coast Guard Monitoring

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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


 
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