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Seadrill Record Best-ever Quarterly Result

Jack-up Rig West Ariel: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill announces favourable first quarter 2013 financial results.  Highlights     •    Seadrill records its best operating quarterly result ever and generates first quarter 2013 EBITDA*) of US$713 million     •    First quarter 2013 net income of US$440 million and earnings per share of US$0.87     •    Increases the ordinary quarterly cash dividend by 3 cents to US$0.88     •    Economic utilization for floaters increased to 92% in Q1 2013 from 86% in Q4 2012     •    Economic utilization for the jack-up fleet in Q1 2013 was 99%, up from 94% in Q4 2012     •    Seadrill ordered four jack-ups for a total estimated project price of US$230 million per rig, with deliveries in 2015     •    Completed the acquisition of the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig Songa Eclipse for a total consideration of US$590 million     •    Secured a 2-year extension for the ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rig West Leo with a total estimated revenue potential of US$430 million     •    Completed the sale of the jack-up rig West Janus for US$73 million recording a gain on sale of US$61 million


Keppel, Smedvig Cooperate on New Drilling Tender

Keppel FELS Limited has entered into a cooperation agreement with Smedvig Asia Limited (Smedvig Asia) to build a Semisubmersible Drilling Tender (SSDT) with Keppel Offshore & Marine’s proprietary design. Developed by the Deepwater Technology Group (DTG), the KFELS SSDT3600-GOM-C42 will be the fourth vessel in the series of successful SSDTs that have been gainfully deployed in this region. Valued at $94 million, Keppel FELS and Smedvig Asia will own and operate the ultra deepwater semi


SapuraCrest, Ramunia Awarded Contracts

Two oil and gas players, SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Ramunia Holdings Bhd, announced major contracts related to the industry worth $120 million and $24 million respectively. SapuraCrest said its 51%-owned unit Tioman Drilling Co Sdn Bhd had been awarded a contract from Carigali-Triton Operating Co Sdn Bhd (CTOC) for the provision of two drilling units– Teknik Berkat and a new mobile drilling vessel, known as T-10 – to CTOC.


Smedvig Gets Drilling Contract

Unocal Thailand Ltd. has issued a letter of intent to Smedvig Asia Ltd. for the assignment of the self-erecting tender rig T-4. The production drilling assignment has a duration of five years, and the contract value is estimated at approximately $73 million. The contract includes an incentive arrangement that could increase the contract value. The proposed contract includes early termination provisions after three years against payment of an early termination fee.


Seadrill Rig Contract Extended

West Epsilon Rig: Photo credit Seadrill

Seadrill - North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. announces extension of Statoil contract for the harsh environment jack-up rig 'West Epsilon'. North Atlantic Drilling Ltd., a majority owned subsidiary of Seadrill Limited, announce that Statoil has exercised its option to extend the contract for the heavy-duty harsh environment jack-up rig West Epsilon by two years from December 2014 to December 2016. The estimated value of the contract extension is US$215 million.


Seadrill Q3 2013 Profit Slips Marginally

Drillship: Image courtesy of Seadrill

In its third quarter 2013 financial report, Seadrill states consolidated revenues were US$1,280 million compared to $1,268 million in the second quarter of 2013, and operating profit for the quarter was US$471 million compared to US$507 million in the preceding quarter. Seadrill explains that the decrease in operating profit is a result of higher operating expenses due to new rigs entering the fleet and higher general and administrative expenses due to the consolidation of Sevan Drilling.


Schlumberger And Transocean Offshore Combine Forces

Schlumberger Limited and Transocean Offshore Inc. have signed a definitive merger agreement under which the offshore contract drilling business of Schlumberger (Sedco Forex Offshore) will be spun off and promptly combined with Transocean Offshore in a merger of equals. The resulting company, Transocean Sedco Forex, will be the world's largest offshore drilling company and is projected to become the fourth largest oilfield service company in terms of market capitalization


Smedvig Announces 1Q Results

Smedvig reported consolidated operating profit of NOK 161 million for the first quarter as compared to NOK 226 million in the previous quarter. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower utilization of the mobile units. Net financial expenses for the first quarter was NOK 9 million as compared to NOK 68 million in the previous quarter. Net income for the first quarter was NOK 129 million as compared to NOK 144 million in the previous quarter.


COSCO Shipyards, Like Most Others, Found 2013 Challenging

Mr. Li Yun Peng: Photo courtesy of COSCO

China shipbuilder and repairer COSCO group in its financial report for year ending 31, December 2013, informs that operating conditions for most of 2013 continued to be difficult. The Group’s turnover was $3.5 billion, lower by 6% from $3.7 billion for the year before. Excerpts from chairman Mr. Li Yung Peng' letter to shareholders follow: "Gross profit amounted to $321 million, from $485 million in 2012. Net profit attributable to shareholders was $30.6 million, a decline of 71%


Dramatic Turn-Around in COSCO's Q1 2014 Finances

COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard: Photo COSCO

Offshore marine engineering, shipbuilding, ship repair & conversion and dry bulk shipping group,  COSCO Corporation (Singapore) reports a Q1 2014 gross profit increase increase Y/Y of 21.8%. Group turnover increased 41.8% to $1.04 billion in Q1 2014 from $733.0 million in Q1 2013 on the back of increase in shipyard revenue. Turnover from shipyard operations increased by 43.2% to $1.03 billion from $719


Submerged Politics in Aussie's $39 bln Submarine Plan

Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian government plans to spend 50 billion Australian dollars (US$39.39 billion) on powerful new submarines, has become a political football at home, reports Reuters.   The opposition said it wanted to invite Sweden to join Germany


Advanced Drillships a Burden for Owners as Business Slows

Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators.   Now, with oil prices down by half since June


Keppel FELS Delivers 11th Jackup to Mexico

Photo courtesy of Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig to Mexican national oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), safely, on time and on budget.  


BP Terminates GoM Rig Contracts

BP terminated contracts for two deepwater oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the British oil company slashes its exploration budget due to fallen oil prices. Offshore drilling company Ensco said it had received notice to terminate BP-operated rig DS-4 in the Gulf of Mexico


Kvichak, Vigor Announce Merger

Vigor CEO and owner Frank Foti

Merger positions combined company to play a dominant role in recapitalization of North Pacific fishing fleet and emerging Arctic oil gas operations. Kvichak Marine Industries and Vigor Industrial today announced the companies are merging to unite their strengths in the design and fabrication of


Ensco Announces Cash Tender Offer

Ensco plc is a global provider of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry

  Ensco plc announced today that it has commenced a cash tender offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 3.25% Senior Notes due 2016 (CUSIP No. 29358QAB5). The tender offer is being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase dated today and a related Letter of Transmittal and Notice of


Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

HMAS Launceston (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, Project SEA3036 Phase 1.  


Lamprell Delivers Jackup Rig to Greatship

Lamprell announced it has completed construction on jackup drilling rig Greatdrill Chaaru, delivering the rig to Greatship Global Energy Services Pte. Ltd.    Greatdrill Chaaru has been designed according to the LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design


YPF Tenders for 11 Shipments of LNG

Argentina's state-controlled YPF is tendering to buy 11 shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG), traders said on Thursday.   The traders said the tender includes six full cargoes and five partial cargoes of LNG with a shipping period between April and June.  


Poland Seeks Cruise Missile for Submarines

Tomahawk Cruise Missile - Pic by Raytheon Company

 Poland is planning to get advanced cruise missiles for its submarines, the country’s defense minister has said, implying that the NATO member state is taking precautionary measures against a rising Russian threat, says a report in AP.  


Asia LNG Prices Steady, Buyers Well-stocked

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were steady on Friday, as end users remained mostly well-stocked and in no rush to buy, traders said.   The price of spot LNG for April delivery was unchanged on the week at $7.75 per million British thermal units (mmBtu)


Rig Count a Predictor for US Q2 Production

The falling number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States is pointing to a decline in U.S. oil production in the second quarter, Goldman Sachs analysts said on Monday. Rig count in the United States fell by 56 last week to 866, the fewest since March 2011


GAIL Tries Again for LNG Ships

Picture: GAIL (India) Limited

 India's state-owned Gail India Ltd would reissue the multi-billion dollar tender to build three massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in India with “changed norms”, reports Financial Express.   There has been news that GAIL has scrapped a tender that would have led


Record Rig Berthing at Drydocks World

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, have simultaneously berthed 11 rigs in the Dubai yard, breaking its record of nine rigs at the yard set in February this year.  


Rosneft Cancels Rig Contract

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  Russian oil firm Rosneft has cancelled a contract for a two-and-a-half year rig contract with Northern Offshore and Seadrill's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd, the Norwegian offshore driller said. Western sanctions against Russia, and Rosneft in particular






 
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