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Maersk Drilling Order Ultra-harsh Jack-up Rig

Maersk Innovator: Photo courtesy of Maersk Drilling

The new ultra harsh environment jack-up rig, 'XL Enhanced 4', is to be built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea with delivery scheduled for mid-2016. The total project cost for the rig is USD 650m including a turnkey contract with the yard, owner furnished equipment, project management and capitalised interest. The contract with DSME includes priced options for delivery of up to two additional units with delivery in 2016/2017. The rig order is backed by a 5-year contract with BP Norway for plug and abandonment work on the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea. The estimated value of the contract with BP Norway for the firm 5-year period is USD 812m including mobilisation from South Korea to Norway, but excluding cost escalation. BP Norway has options to extend the contract up to a total duration of 10 years. The rig will have the capability to be electrically powered from shore via the Valhall complex, which has significant environmental benefits. "We are very pleased with the contract award from BP Norway extending the strong global relationship we have with BP. With this latest contract we now have four rigs contracted to BP, two in Norway, one in Egypt and one in Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea. Furthermore, this is our first rig order placed with DSME - a top quality yard having solid experience with construction of offshore rigs, and we look forward to take delivery of the rig in 2016,” says Claus V

Daewoo Gets Two-Rig Order

Frigstad Offshore Drilling Ltd. reportedly signed with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd to build a pair ultradeepwater semisubmersible drilling units. The expected delivery of the first unit is forth quarter of 2008.

Aker Kvaerner Awarded Drilling Equipment Contract

Aker Kvaerner has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in South Korea for delivery of drilling systems for two semi-submersible drilling rigs ordered by SeaDrill. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately NOK 930 million. The scope of work for Aker Kvaerner MH is to deliver two complete drilling packages consisting of engineering, equipment deliveries and commissioning services

Seadrill Orders Semi-Submersible Rig Ordered from Jurong

Seadrill has entered into a contract to build another ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig at the Jurong Shipyard in Singapore. The turnkey contract has a net total project value of $531.5m with scheduled delivery of the unit in April 2010. The rig is based on the Friede & Goldman (F&G) design and is similar to the two units Seadrill already has under construction at the Jurong Shipyard. The new semi-submersible rig will be dynamically positioned and capable of operating in water

Keppel FELS clinches $110M rig order

Keppel FELS Limited (KFELS), the offshore arm of Keppel FELS Energy & Infrastructure Ltd. (Keppel FELS), has signed a contract with Chiles Offshore LLC (Chiles) to build a $110 million jack-up rig of KFELS MOD V "B" design, cantilevered jack-up rig. Work is expected to start immediately, with delivery scheduled for around the second quarter of 2002. This rig is one of KFELS' ultra-premium proprietary jack-up designs which has been modified in this case for non-harsh environment usage

Big Rig Orders to Noreq

Mr. Styrk Bekkenes.

During recent weeks, Noreq has been awarded several major contracts with Asian yards. Both Korea and Singapore is growing to be very important markets for Noreq. Some weeks back it was made official that Noreq was awarded the contract for Lifeboat packages for Maersk drillships being built with Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea. This week, even more rig orders have been landed by Noreq. At Jurong Shipyard in Singapore

Keppel FELS Wins $130M Rig Order

Inking the deal for the second Gulf Drilling rig: (From left) Mr Nobuo Makabe, Deputy Managing Director/General Manager of Gulf Drilling International; Mr Yousif Rashid Al Khater, Managing Director of Gulf Drilling International; Mr Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Keppel Offshore & Marine; and Mr Michael Chia, Executive Director of Keppel FELS. Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) won a contract to build a $130 million jackup for Gulf Drilling International Ltd

Korean Shipyard Gets Orders for Two Liftboats

DSME gets new orders for two semi-submersible rigs for Norway's Songa Offshore & then charter by Statoil The orders were placed during the recent Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in Houston, U.S.A The value of this contract is approximately US$ 1.1 billion  and the rigs will be delivered in the middle of 2015. After delivery, these rigs will be chartered by Statoil, the Norwegian state oil company for eight years, and they will provide services to the Norwegian Coast

Offshore Drilling Market Dip May Prolong

Maersk Viking: Photo credit Maersk Drilling

The global offshore drilling market's dip could be longer than previously expected and charter rates could take until 2017 or 2018 to recover to last year's levels, the head of Maersk Drilling said on Thursday. Oil groups continue to delay projects to save cash and rig rates will fall further just as a slew of new vessels ordered during the boom years start to hit the water, said Claus Hemmingsen, the CEO of Maersk Drilling, part of Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk.

As Oil Prices Drop, Rigs Go Off-Line

Photo courtesy of Transocean

Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market. The drilling contractor's shares rose as much as 3 percent in early trading after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Monday. The recent slide in oil prices has weighed on demand for offshore services as oil and gas producers cut costs.

LGH/ITI Team Up for Rigging Training

Photo: LGH

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) and Industrial Training International (ITI) have partnered to offer training for prospective rigging students. ITI will offer both network training courses – Rigging Gear Inspector Levels I & II and Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning – to students

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.    

The Digital Oilfield Microwave Communication Offshore Brazil

 FPSO Skarv with  Pointlink antennas. Photo: BP

With most offshore wells in Brazil located between 30 and 300 km from the coast, communication with offshore assets has not always been straightforward or reliable. Some operators and service providers still use traditional maritime VSAT services for coverage offshore Brazil

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs as Crude Prices Collapse

U.S. energy firms cut a surprisingly sharp 13 oil rigs this week, the first drop in seven weeks, as a renewed slump in prices this summer forced drillers to make a second round of cut-backs.   The decline erases weeks of small gains and brings the total to the week ending Sept

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for Third Week on Weak Crude Prices

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a third week in a row this week, data showed on Friday, a sign the latest crude price weakness was causing drillers to put on hold plans announced several months ago to return to the well pad.   Drillers removed 8 rigs in the week ended Sept

LGH Expands Equipment Rental Fleet

Image: LGH

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH), a company providing lifting and moving equipment for rent and sale, announced the addition of several new products to its equipment rental fleet.   Joining the company’s rental portfolio is a 4x4x2 Gated Material Basket, as well as several new rigging rollers

Eni Arctic Service Rig Extension Okayed

Italian oil company Eni has received permission from Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority to extend the use of a service rig on its troubled Arctic Goliat oil field offshore Norway until Nov. 30, the regulator said on Thursday. The Floatel Superior rig is used to house hundreds of crew members

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.  

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

Ship Engine Claims add to Volkswagen's Woes

Skaugen seeks about $50 mln from VW marine unit MAN; says MAN sold engines that underestimated fuel use. MAN also has counter-claims against Skaugen. Norwegian shipowner I.M. Skaugen has disclosed it is seeking $50 million in compensation from a marine unit of Volkswagen for rigging performance

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.  

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

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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