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Monday, October 23, 2017

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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. Worldwide rig counts rose as well, with a net seven-rig increase in the number of rigs under contract recorded on a week-to-week basis. The week, 517 of the world's 640 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. Worldwide offshore rig utilization is 80.8 percent. A net one-rig increase in the European offshore rig count boosted fleet utilization in the region to 84.8 percent this week. Currently, 89 of the 105 mobile offshore drilling rigs deployed in European waters under contract.

Worldwide/U.S. Gulf Rig Counts Rise

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico and worldwide offshore rig counts increased since last week, while the European offshore rig count was unchanged, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. The worldwide offshore rig count increased by five compared to last week. This week, 471 of world's 631 mobile offshore drilling units are under contract. Worldwide offshore rig utilization is 74.6 percent. The U.S

Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged

The offshore rig count pattern of recent weeks continues. According to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count increased and the European offshore rig count declined. A three-rig increase in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count since last week boosted that number to 142. Fleet size remains unchanged at 190 rigs. Fleet utilization is 74.7 percent. The continuing increases in rig demand in the region have resulted in rising rig rates

U.S. Offshore Rig Count Hits 17-Month High

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count stands at 150 this week, its highest level since July of 1998. According to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count, 150 of the 191 offshore rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are under contract this week. U.S. Gulf mobile offshore rig utilization is 78.5 percent. The improved rig count has been driven primarily by strong domestic natural gas prices, however, natural gas prices have weakened in recent weeks

Little Change Seen In Offshore Rig Counts

Offshore rig activity changed little from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 145 of 191 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig decline compared to last week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 75.9 percent. In European waters, 74 of 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig increase compared to last week

Offshore Rig Utilization Reaches Three-Year High

Worldwide offshore rig utilization was the highest in almost three years during the week ending April 27, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. Global rig utilization climbed 0.4 percent to 90.1 percent, due to a three-rig net increase in contracted rigs, ODS-Petrodata reported. Of the world's 649 offshore rigs, 585 are under contract. Worldwide rig utilization is the highest since August 1998. U.S. Gulf rig utilization is also the highest in almost three years

Offshore Rig Counts Make Mixed Moves

Offshore rig counts in the world's largest drilling markets made mixed moves this week, bringing the end to a year that was less than kind to the world's offshore rig owners. The U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count declined by two rigs since last week, and now stands at 149. Fleet size is unchanged at 192 rigs. Fleet utilization is 77.6 percent. The European offshore rig count increased by one rig with the delivery of a new rig that has a firm work commitment

Rig Utilization Up in Europe, Down Worldwide

Offshore rig utilization rose in Europe but declined worldwide and in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during the week ending June 1, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. European rig utilization rose by one percentage point to 95.1 percent this week after another rig was placed under contract. Of the regions 102 rigs, 97 are under contract, according to ODS. But worldwide rig utilization fell to 89.6 percent as the number of contracted rigs declined by two

Offshore Rig Utilization Is Up

Worldwide offshore rig utilization rose this week due to increased drilling rig demand in Europe and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to Offshore Data Services (ODS). The European offshore rig count increased by three rigs, with 92 of the 101 rigs in the region under contract, boosting utilization to 91.1 percent, ODS said. The number of rigs being used in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remained rose by two to 182 under contract out of 210, putting utilization at 86.7 percent

Worldwide Offshore Rig Utilization Drops

Worldwide rig utilization decreased the week ending December 15, according to Offshore Data Services (ODS). With 560 of the world's 647 mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract, worldwide offshore rig utilization fell 0.6 percent to 86.6 percent. The rig utilization rate in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico fell because of a one-rig decrease, bringing the number of mobile offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf under contract to 181 out of 207, bringing utilization down 0.9 percent to 87.4 percent

Offshore Rig Firms See End to Historic Downturn

Aker BP recently awarded a contract worth up to $68 million to Odfjell Drilling for the lease of the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepsea Stavanger in the Norwegian Sea and the Barnts Sea (Photo: Aker BP)

Demand for offshore rig rental globally is starting to recover from its worst ever downturn, led by oil firms' growing demand for harsh-environment exploration and triggering multi-billion dollar tie-ups among drillers hoping to profit, executives said.   While the 2014-2016 oil price crash caused firms to cut exploration budgets, ending a boom in rig demand and bankrupting many owners, energy companies are now seeking to replenish their hydrocarbon reserves.  

Maersk Drilling Gets Contract Extensions for Two Rigs

Photo: Maersk Drilling

 Maersk Drilling has been awarded two contract extensions in the North Sea. Both rigs have recently been re-activated to the North Sea from warm stacking. The estimated duration of the two extensions is 105 days.   The high efficiency jack-up Maersk Resolve has been awarded a contract extension by Wintershall Noordzee B.V. for the drilling of a third well in the ongoing drilling campaign in the North Sea. The drilling of the third well will take place in the Dutch Sector and the

Ocean Rig Withdraws Winding Up Petition

Photo: Ocean Rig

 Ocean Rig UDW Inc., an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that pursuant to an order of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands Simon Appell of AlixPartners Services UK LLP and Eleanor Fisher of Kalo (Cayman) (formerly AlixPartners) have been discharged as joint provisional liquidators of the Company and its subsidiaries.   The subsidiariesare Drill Rigs Holdings Inc. (DRH), Drillships Financing Holding Inc

ARO Drilling Commences Operations

ARO Drilling, a 50/50 joint venture between Rowan Companies plc and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), commenced operations on October 17, 2017.   As part of the initial startup of ARO Drilling, Rowan and Saudi Aramco contributed equal amounts of cash into the joint venture. Following these contributions, Rowan sold three of its jack-up drilling rigs to ARO Drilling, including the J.P. Bussell, which was previously idle

Transocean to Buy Songa Offshore

(File photo: Songa Offshore)

About 77 pct of Songa shareholders have so far accepted deal.   Transocean, one of the world's biggest drilling rig operators, has agreed a deal to buy Norwegian competitor Songa Offshore for 9.1 billion Norwegian crowns ($1.1 bln), the two companies said on Tuesday.   The deal, which would be mostly paid for in shares and convertible bonds, would strengthen Transocean's position in offshore drilling as Songa is Norwegian oil major Statoil's largest drilling service provider.

DoJ Closes Vantage Probe Over Petrobras Deal

Photo: Vantage Drilling International

 Vantage Drilling International, announced  that it has received a letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) acknowledging Vantage's full cooperation in the DOJ's investigation concerning possible violations by Vantage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and indicating that the DOJ has closed its investigation without any action.    The investigation arose in 2015 from allegations of improper payments to former officials of Petróleo Brasileiro S

Shipbuilding: Mega Yards

Arctic Firsts: Arc 7 LNG carriers, including the Risunok and the ice-breaking Christophe de Margerie (pictured here). (Photo Courtesy: Yamal LNG and Sovcomflot)

The Woodmac report we saw offered us cause for pause — “Strong activity from the (major oil companies)” while “national oil companies have tightened their purse strings.” What Maritime Reporter found, was that national oil companies — nation-builders, for many — are putting their money in affiliate shipyards. The hope of two, new shipbuilding giants is jobs, innovation, national survival and export security

Seadrill to Seek Bankruptcy Protection

Photo: Seadrill Limited

 Once the biggest offshore rig firm by market value, Seadrill plans to begin its Chapter 11 debt restructuring in the coming weeks, WSJ reported.   The Bermuda-based company, controlled by Norwegian shipping magnate John Fredriksen,  has a plan to restructure around $10 billion in debt.   Seadrill, one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies, operates a fleet of 68 rigs and drillships for customers including Total SA, Petrobras and Exxon Mobil Corp

ST Engineering Buys US Rig Repair Assets

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) said it has acquired the rig repair assets of World Marine of Mississippi LLC (WMM) adjacent to its existing yard, VT Halter Marine, Inc. in Pascagoula, Miss. in the U.S., through its subsidiary Vision Technologies Marine, Inc. (VT Marine). ST Engineering paid $25 million for these assets, comprising a purpose-built facility of 94 acres for heavy marine fabrication and offshore oil and gas rig upgrades

About 22% of US Gulf Oil Output Offline Due to Harvey

About 22 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline due to Tropical Storm Harvey, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Sunday.   Output levels rose slightly from Saturday, when roughly 25 percent of Gulf oil output was offline.   The amount of production offline on Sunday was roughly 378,633 barrels of oil per day out of the roughly 1.75 million bpd pumped from the Gulf.  

13% of Manned Platforms Evacuated in GoM

U.S. Navy photo from August 25

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have evacuated personnel from 98 production platforms, 13.3 percent of the region’s 737 manned platforms during Tropical Storm Harvey, according to this morning’s data submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). BSEE said personnel have been evacuated from five of 10 non-dynamically positioned (DP) rigs currently operating in the Gulf. None of the Gulf’s 21 DP rigs have moved off location.

Borr Drilling Aims to Expand Fleet, Keep Costs Low

Borr Drilling, the Norwegian drilling start-up, which listed on the Oslo exchange on Wednesday, said it aimed to expand its fleet, taking advantage of its low cost base. The start-up, launched last year and backed by the world's biggest oil service firm Schlumberger, said it aimed to have the lowest cash break-even costs in the industry and would take advantage of current low prices for rigs. "We have no debt

US Drillers Add No Oil Rigs as Harvey Slows Production

Photo: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

U.S. energy firms did not add any oil rigs this week as Hurricane Harvey barrelled into the nation's energy heartland, forcing drillers to halt production and refiners to shut plants.   The total oil rig count for the week ended Friday stayed at 759, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its report on Friday.   That compares with 407 active oil rigs during the same week a year ago

Lamprell's Revenue Falls 65 pct, Cuts FY Forecast

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Oil rig builder Lamprell Plc reported a 64.7 percent fall in revenue in the first half of the year and cut its full-year forecast, hurt by lower activity levels across the industry.   The company said it expected revenue for 2017 to be in the range of $370 million to $390 million, as it saw continuing low levels of walk-in work. Lamprell had forecast full-year revenue to be in the lower half of the $400 million-$500 million range in March.  

Transocean Retires Six Floaters

Photo: Transocean

 Transocean announced its intent to retire the ultra-deepwater floaters GSF Jack Ryan, Sedco Energy, Sedco Express, Cajun Express, and Deepwater Pathfinder, and the deepwater floater Transocean Marianas.    The rigs will be classified as held for sale and will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. All six rigs were previously cold stacked.   The company will recognize an impairment charge of approximately $1

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