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Brinker Exceeds Operator Requirements, Zero Failures

UK based, oil and gas technology company Brinker is celebrating a year of zero failures as its game-changing Platelet barrier technology redefines working practices in the global well integrity market. It is estimated at any one moment, across the world, between 20 and 30% of existing wells do not operate due to integrity issues. Brinker’s Platelet technology enables operators to bring shut-in wells or wells producing under dispensation back online in a matter of hours. More than 30 workover jobs have been carried out in the last year from the Arctic ice cap to the deserts of the Middle East, in temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to plus 50 degrees Celsius - all completed with a 100% success rate. Demand for Brinker’s technology in North America has been such that the company recently set up an office in Houston, as it continues to grow its market share in the region. Brinker has developed its unique Platelet barrier technology, and its Telepath leak location system to provide instant downhole rigless thru-wellhead workover services for simultaneously finding and fixing tubing and casing leaks in wells. The company’s Platelet technology - applied through the wellhead - eliminates delay, costs, risks and logistical issues associated with a rig workover. Platelets can restore full production capacity in a matter of hours, by finding and fixing leaks from the wellhead down


Dockwise Secures $45m in Contracts

Dockwise Ltd. announced nine near and midterm contracts awarded to its subsidiary, Dockwise Shipping, for the transportation of jack- up and semi submersible drilling rigs, dredging equipment and various other cargoes. Total revenues for the contracts are approx $45m. On behalf of Noble Drilling, Dockwise Shipping is to transport the drilling rig Noble Roy Butler to its new assignment in the Gulf of Mexico.  Following the recent announcement that Dockwise had been contracted to


Tyrihans Field Contract for Fugro

Fugro Structural Monitoring, a division of Fugro Global Environmental & Ocean Sciences Ltd., has been awarded a contract from FMC Technologies to provide a riser management system for the completion/workover riser for Statoil’s Tyrihans Field in the Norwegian North Sea. Working in partnership with MCS, Fugro Structural Monitoring will supply its riser management system, IRIS-RMS, for the project’s C/WO rig. Tyrihans is one of the biggest development projects on the Norwegian


Superior Energy Christens Liftboat

Superior Future Photo.JPG

  Superior Energy Services’ Marine Services Division christened its new 175-ft class liftboat, the Superior Future, on Friday, June 27 at Marine Industrial Fabrication at 4912 Marina Rd., New Iberia, La.   Connie Babin, Superior’s Marine Services Division traffic coordinator, performed the christening.  Guests from the industry, media and local government had the opportunity to tour the vessel, and lunch was served onboard. 


New Light Well Intervention Vessel

Light well intervention (LWI) vessel Island Constructor. (Photo: Island Offshore)

Statoil has awarded Island Offshore a framework agreement for a new light well intervention (LWI) vessel on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The third of its type in Statoil’s portfolio the vessel will help reduce the costs of well interventions and enhanced oil recovery. Statoil has awarded Island Offshore a framework agreement for light well intervention (LWI) services from their vessel Island Constructor


Statoil Awards US$ 5-billion Offshore Drilling Contracts

KCA Deutag, Odfjell Drilling, and Archer are to share 30 billion kroner’s (USD 5 billion) worth of Statoi offshore drillingl contracts on the Norwegian Continental Shelf The five billion dollar assignment includes drilling of new wells, plugging of old wells, workover and maintenance of drilling facilities on 18 of Statoil’s 20 fixed platforms on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). According to the company, it is the largest NCS contract award since 2010.


Gulf Of Mexico Rig Count Declines

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count declined for the first time in four weeks, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. This week, 149 of the 191 rigs deployed in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are under contract, two less than were under contract last week. U.S. Gulf offshore rig utilization now stands at 78.0 percent. The European offshore rig count declined by one rig, the result of a contracted rig moving out of the area


Gulf Of Mexico Rig Count Increases

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count continues to rebound, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. This week, 149 of the 191 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the U.S. Gulf are under contract, a four-rig increase over last week's week count and a seven-rig increase on a month-to-month basis. U.S. Gulf rig fleet utilization this week is 78.0 percent. The European offshore rig count continues to decline


Offshore Rig Use Up

Worldwide offshore rig utilization climbed slightly the week ending March 9, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. Global rig utilization climbed 0.1 percent to 87.4percent, due to a one-rig net increase in contracted rigs, ODS reported. U.S. Gulf rig utilization was unchanged at 88.2 percent, with 186 out of the region's 211 mobile offshore rigs under contract. European offshore rig utilization decreased by 0.1 percent to 92


Offshore Rig Count

Wolrdwide Offshore Rig Counts Continue To Rise Offshore rig counts continue to rise, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. The U.S. Gulf's offshore rig utilization rate jumped over 80 percent for the first time since late 1998 due to a net five-rig increase in contracted rigs in the region. This week, 161 of 199 rigs are under contract in the region. U.S. Gulf mobile offshore rig utilization is 81.0 percent.


Statoil to Suspend Saipem Rig Contract

Image: Saipems Scarabeo 5 rig (Statoil)

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Wednesday it will suspend a rig contract with Italy's Saipem due to overcapacity in its rig portfolio. The suspension of Saipem's Scarabeo 5 rig will take effect from the middle of August, and will last until March 1 next year, Statoil said in a statement.


San Leon Signs Moroccan Rig Deal

Deal signed for Rig for its El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya licence

  San Leon Energy signed a rig contract for the drilling of the El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence, onshore Morocco. The rig contract has been signed with Entrepose Drilling for the Cabot 750 rig. The well is expected to spud in the second half of August 2015


Viking O&M Secures Rig Contract from a Chinese Firm

Picture of the 1,500-bhp train-type land drilling rig. Credit: Viking Offshore and Marine Limited

 Viking Offshore & Marine has secured a 48-month charter for a second land drilling rig system for US$31 million ($41.8 million).   Viking’s subsidiary Viking LR2 will charter the 1,500-bhp train-type land rig and related drilling equipment system to a Chinese land rig


DNV-GL Approves Kongsberg Engine Room Simulators

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has received DNV-GL certification for three of its latest engine room simulator models designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The DNV GL-ST-033:2014-08 Maritime Simulator Systems certification


DNV GL's P&A Guideline Could Save O&G $ 32 bln

Per Jahre Nilsen

The plugging and abandonment (P&A) of offshore wells represents a significant cost to operating companies and national authorities. On the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) alone, the cost is estimated to be USD108bn (NOK1870bn) over the next 40 years


Greatship Sells AHTS Vessel

Greatship Akhila. Image by Greatship (India) Limited

 Indian shipping company Great Eastern Shipping has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greatship, has sold and delivered anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Greatship Akhila (7,080 bhp, built 2009) to unnamed buyers.  


Hercules Offshore to Begin Restructuring

Image: Hercules Offshore Inc.

 The Houston-based NASDAQ-listed drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc. (HERO) has entered a restructuring agreement with a noteholder group, and expects a prepackaged reorganization plan.   HERO says the agreement will convert $1


Malta Shipbuilding Site Converted for Oil and Gas Industry

Ablecare welcomes oil rig to Malta Maritime Hub. Photo: Ablecare OSG

 The Maltese government is all set to set to transform the ex-Malta Shipbuilding site into a service hub for the oil and gas industry, directly employing 160 people while paving the way for Malta to benefit from growing business in the Mediterranean region.  


China Oil Rig Returns Off Vietnamese Coast

Image: Google Map

 China has again deployed the Haiyang Shiyou 981, a semi-submersible oil platform which caused a standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels last year, to the disputed South China Sea region, reports local media.   China has brought the deepwater oil rig  near Vietnam’s


Statoil Cancels Rig Contract, COSL Cuts Jobs

COSLPioneer. Photo by COSL Drilling Europe

 COSL Drilling Europe is reportedly being forced to make 229 rig staff redundant as a result of Statoil’s decision to cancel the charter for semi-submersible unit COSL Pioneer.   Statoil announced the termination of contract since 8 October 2014


AOD Orders 2 Jack-up Rigs at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong

Image: CSSC Huangpu Wenchong

 CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company has won an order to build a pair of jack-up drilling rigs for Alliance Offshore Drilling (AOD), subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed TSC Group.   The two Zentech-designed R-550D rigs are scheduled to be delivered by 2017 and June 2018, respectively


Activists Planning Protest Against Shell's Arctic Business

U.S. environmental activists said they planned to protest on Tuesday against the launch of the second of two oil rigs central to Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. The Washington state activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations over the last two months against Royal


Shell Rig Departs for Arctic Despite Protest

U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell.   The Noble Discover is the second drilling ship Shell has sent to the area in recent days.  


DryShips Sells Six Aframax Tankers

Dry bulk and petroleum cargo shipper DryShips Inc., through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore contract drilling oil services, announced today that entities controlled by the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, George Economou


US Issues Potential Setback to Shell's Arctic Drilling

The Obama administration issued a potential setback to Royal Dutch Shell's  Arctic oil exploration plans on Tuesday, telling the company that established wildlife protections prevent it from drilling two rigs simultaneously within 15 miles (24 km) of each other, as it had planned.  






 
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