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SembCorp Lands Dual Rig Contract

SembCorp Marine Ltd, a subsidiary of SembCorp Industries Ltd said on Wednesday it had secured two rig contracts from Santa Fe International Corporation worth about $570 million. SembCorp said that its associated company PPL Shipyard Pte Ltd would construct two deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs plus options for two additional drilling units. The first two rigs will cost approximately $285 million each, with the option rigs priced slightly higher. Construction of the first rig will commence in May and take approximately 30 months to complete. The second rig is expected to commence 18 months into the construction of the first, and is scheduled to be completed in 24 months.

Diamond Offshore Awards $34M In Rig Contract

Keppel FELS Energy & Infrastructure won contracts worth a total of $34 million from subsidiaries of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. The contracts awarded to units Keppel FELS Ltd. and Amfels Inc. are for conversion of four rigs so they can drill in deeper water, the firm said in a statement. - (Reuters)

Aker Drilling Confirms Rig Contract with Aker Exploration

Aker Exploration AS has confirmed a contract for the company's drilling unit, which is scheduled to be operational in October 2008. This is an important contract featuring exciting exploration assignments on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, says Aker Drilling President and CEO Geir Atle Sjøberg. Aker Drilling's sixth-generation, semi-submersible Aker H-6e unit is tailor-made for Norwegian conditions. We will cover the customer's needs for exploration wells anywhere on the Shelf

UK, Offshore Industry Decline

According to an August 24 report from Morning Star UK, the offshore industry's second-quarter results saw gloomy forecasts for jackups and midwater rigs. Negative customer expectations surrounding commodity prices and difficult well economics mean lower demand for offshore drilling. Still, Morning Star reported, hefty backlogs for many of our companies give them ample time to strip out costs as long-term rig contracts slowly roll off.

Dockwise Backlog Update

Dockwise Ltd. announced that contracts have been secured by its subsidiary Dockwise Shipping.  Next to an engineering assignment, the transportation of a semi- submersible rig, a jack- up rig and river barges for a value of $20m were signed for the short term. For execution in 2012 Dockwise received a Letter of Award for the transport and installation by means of a float over of a large offshore production platform in the Far East for a value of $45m.

Statoil: COSL Pioneer Temporarily Suspended

COSL Pioneer (Statoil image)

Due to overcapacity in their rig portfolio, Statoil will lay up the COSL Pioneer rig in the fourth quarter of 2014. The rig is currently carrying out an assignment on the Visund field and is scheduled to complete this work at the end of September. “After a careful review of our drilling plan, we find it necessary to suspend COSL Pioneer for the time being,” says rig procurement responsible Tore Aarreberg.

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

Keppel Wins Twin Jackup Rig Order


Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has secured contracts to build two high-specification KFELS B Class Bigfoot jackup rigs from returning customer Gulf Drilling International Ltd. (q.s.c.) (GDI) of Qatar, worth about US$393 million. These latest contracts follow closely after Keppel FELS was awarded a newbuild jackup rig contract by one of GDI's Shareholders, Japan Drilling Company, in March this year. Scheduled for delivery in the third quarters of 2013 and 2014

Latest on Efforts to Secure GofM Gas Well

Rowan EXL 3: Photo courtesy of Rowan

Well owners, Walter’s, application for permit to drill a relief well was approved Saturday by BSEE.  The Rowan EXL-3 jack-up rig, contracted by Walter, is on location at South Timbalier 220 and crews are completing rig 
preparations in order for drilling to begin. BSEE has reviewed and approved Walter's plans and procedures for debris removal from the well site. Work to safely remove and secure debris is expected to begin late today.

Aker Solutions to Divide Company in Two

Aker OCV: Image courtesy of Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions release Q1 2014 financial results and separately inform they will split into two companies to speed up a streamlining process that will reduce costs and better position all parts of the group to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly competitive global energy industry. Financial Highlights Sales rose to NOK 11.2 billion in the first quarter of 2014 from NOK 10.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013.

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

Songa Dismisses DSME Claim

Image: Songa Offshore

 Norway's Songa Offshore SE referred Tuesday to its announcement July 15 regarding the receipt of notices of arbitration from South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in respect of the construction contracts for the Cat D rigs.    

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-Term Slowing of Growth?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensiveassessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector.  The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 -- provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

DONG Hires Maersk Giant

Maersk Giant

  Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new contract for the jack-up rig Mærsk Giant with Danish energy utility DONG Energy. The firm contract covers 150 days of work on the Nini and Siri field in the Danish part of the North Sea. The estimated contract value is USD 16m

Keppel Acquires Cameron's Rig Business

Photo: Keppel Offshore & Marine

 Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine (KOM), via subsidiary, Keppel Offshore & Marine USA  has inked a deal with Cameron International Corporation, a US-based oil and gas solutions provider, to acquire its offshore rigs business for US$100mln.  

Keppel Delivers Jackup to UMW-OG

Photo: Keppel

Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered UMW Naga 8, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Malaysia’s UMW Oil & Gas Corporation Berhad (UMW-OG). It was completed 32 days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record

Seadrill Hopes to See Market Turn in 2017

Photo: Seadrill

Offshore rig driller Seadrill is facing another two years in the doldrums but hopes the international rig market could turn around in 2017.   Rig rates have more than halved since the peak two to three years ago and in several cases are now below breakeven costs.  

Foss Maritime Opens Houston Office

John Tirpak will lead the Houston office (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime has opened a new office and the formed a project management group aiming to support its customer base headquartered in Houston.   John Tirpak of Foss has been appointed Vice President of Business Development & Contract Services and will be relocating to Houston to develop

Sevan, Cosco Agree Rig Delivery Delay

Image by Sevan Drilling ASA

 Norway-headquartered drilling contractor Sevan Drilling and Chinese shipbuilder Cosco Corporation have agreed to delay the end of the first deferral period for cylindrical ultra deep water drilling rig Sevan Developer from 15 October 2015 to 1 November 2015.  

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for 7th Week

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs this week for a seventh week in a row, the longest streak of reductions since June, data showed on Friday, a sign low prices continued to keep drillers away from the well pad.   Drillers removed 10 oil rigs in the week ended Oct

Brazil Deepens Bribery Probe

Photo: Keppel Corporation

 Brazil’s Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) has recommended the deepening of investigations into 10 companies - including Keppel, SembCorp Marine and Kawasaki Heavy-  involved in the alleged bribery transactions with Petrobras and Sete Brasil.   

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

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

(Image: iStock)

IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for First Week in 11

U.S. energy firms this week added oil rigs for the first week in 11, data showed on Friday, despite continued weak crude prices.   Drillers added 2 oil rigs in the week ended Nov. 13, bringing the total rig count up to 574, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed

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