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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

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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

Norway's Offshore Shipping Sector Faces Bleak Year

Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices.   They could increasingly be forced to sell or write down the value of assets

Maersk Venturer to Drill for Total

Maersk Venturer

  Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for the drillship Maersk Venturer with oil major Total. The contract covers one exploration well (estimated duration 120 days) in block 14 offshore Uruguay. The estimated contract value for the programme is USD 44m excluding mobilisation

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

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.    

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

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

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

Lundin Spuds off Malaysia

Courtesy Lundin Petroleum

  Lundin Petroleum's wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Malaysia BV  has commenced drilling of the Selada-1 exploration well in Block PM308A, offshore Malaysia. The well will target hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands and is located 14 km to the south of the Bertam field operated by

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

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.  

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.   

GAC Takes Care of ‘Maersk Deliverer’ at Ngqura

Maersk Deliverer at Ngqura port South Africa

   A massive drilling rig has completed its latest Special Periodic Survey and is now back in active duty off the coast of Angola. GAC South Africa was appointed to take care of the behemoth during its five-week stay at the deep water port of Ngqura.

GCSG Delivers Harvey Power

Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States

  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. She is the second of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf

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

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.  

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