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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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ABB Unit Awarded Deep-Water Drillship System

The U.S. leg of ABB has won a $15 million contract for construction of a riser system for a new build drillship designated to operate in up to 10,000 ft. of water. With a scheduled delivery sometime during the second quarter of 2000, Saipem SPA of Milan, Italy granted this right to ABB Vetco Gray with construction to be done at Samsung Yard in Korea. The rig will incorporate both standard equipment, as used in most deep water rigs, as well as specific components that will be adjusted to comply with specific requirements. The 3.5 million pound rig will be outfitted with an advanced high capacity riser connector to handle its large size.

Singapore Shipyard Contracted for Ultra-deepwater Drill Rig

Photo courtesy of Sembcorp Marine

Sembcorp Marine, Jurong Shipyard gets US$ 568-million contract for semi-submersible deepwater rig for North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. The new rig will be constructed based on the Moss Maritime CS60 design – an enhancement of the Moss Maritime CS50E MKII harsh-environment ultra-deepwater semi-submersible rigs West Pegasus and West Leo which were delivered by Jurong Shipyard to Seadrill in March 2011 and January 2012 respectively

Aker Marine Sets New Mooring Water Depth Record

Aker Marine Contractors, Inc. (AMC), working under contract to Vastar Resources, Inc., recently set a new world water depth record for conventionally-moored drilling rigs using onboard mooring systems. Working in Mississippi Canyon Block 127, AMC secured Diamond Offshore drilling rig Ocean Victory by utilizing the rig's eight drag embedment, high holding power (HHP) anchors in water depths up to 5,800 ft. The rig itself was located in 5,423 ft water depth.

Aker Marine Sets New Mooring Water Depth Record

Aker Marine Contractors, Inc. (AMC), working under contract to Vastar Resources, Inc., recently set a new world water depth record for conventionally-moored drilling rigs using onboard mooring systems. Working in Mississippi Canyon Block 127, AMC secured Diamond Offshore drilling rig Ocean Victory by utilizing the rig's eight drag embedment, high holding power (HHP) anchors in water depths up to 5,800 ft. The rig itself was located in 5,423 ft water depth.

DryShips Takes Delivery of First Newbuilding Drillship

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) announced that its 78% owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc. took delivery of its newbuilding drillship, the Ocean Rig Corcovado. The Ocean Rig Corcovado is the first to be delivered of the four sister drillship vessels that are being constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries. The construction of all vessels is progressing well and according to schedule. The vessels are sixth generation advanced capability ultra-deep water drillships

CIMC Raffles Starts Norway's Semisub Construction

CIMC Raffles starts Norway semisub

Chinese semi-submersible rig specialist CIMC Raffles has kicked off construction of a deep-water unit destined for operation in Norway’s North Sea and other challenging regions such as the Arctic and Barents Sea.Construction started yesterday. Beacon Atlantic, built for Norway’s rig player North Sea Rigs to the GM4-D design, will be capable of operating in water depths of 500 metres with drilling depth up to 8000 metres.

Transocean Sets World Water-Depth Drilling Record

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Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 feet of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India. The rig, which is owned by a joint venture with Quantum Pacific Group, surpassed Transocean's prior record of 10,011 feet of water

Vietnam to China: Shift Rig, Abandon Drilling Plans

Vietnam demanded China move a controversial oil rig on Thursday and abandon plans to start drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of festering unease among the two communist neighbours. The $1 billion rig, which was at the centre of a fierce diplomatic stand-off between the countries in 2014, had moved into an area of the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea about which Vietnam said the two countries were still "executing delineation discussions".

BP Exercises Option for Leiv Eiriksson

Ocean Rig announces that BP Exploration (Angola) Limited has exercised the 4th option well under the present contract in Angola for Leiv Eiriksson. This well, which will last for an estimated 50 days, will be drilled in a sequence with the previously announced third option under the contract, together estimated to employ the rig until early December 2003. Ocean Rig owns and operates two of the worlds largest and most modern drilling-rigs

Keppel to Make its Mark in Qatar

Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd, will deliver its first Jack Up Drilling Rig ahead of schedule by the end of this year to Qatar's national drilling company, the Gulf Drilling International (GDI), the company's officials announced in Singapore recently. Built to Keppel's proprietary KFELS B Class design, the first rig has been named Al Khor, after one of Qatar's historical cities which has contributed to the development of Liquefied Natural Gas

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

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

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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

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.

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

Transocean to Buy Songa Offshore

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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.

Buchan Alpha Arrives in Shetland for Decommissioning

Photo: Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited

 The Buchan Alpha oil production vessel has arrived safely in Lerwick, Shetland for disposal.     A semi-submersible moored floating production vessel, weighing 12,000 tonnes, Buchan Alpha was built in 1973 as a drilling rig and converted for production purposes in Stornoway between 1978-80.     The vessel commenced production in 1981 from the Buchan field, located in blocks 21/1A and 20/5A, and has subsequently also produced the nearby Hannay field

Crowley Supports Platform Tow-out, Installation in US Gulf

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Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ocean class tugboats and 455-series high-deck strength barges recently played an integral role in the tow-out and installation of Hess’ Stampede tension-leg platform (TLP) in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf.   Demonstrating both nearshore and offshore capabilities, six Crowley vessels worked together alongside other third-party assets to deliver the oversized, overweight platform, tendons and other equipment from the Kiewit facility in Ingleside

Keppel, Sembcorp Merger on the Cards ?

Photo: Sembcorp Industries

 A merger between two of the Singapore’s largest offshore rig builders, Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine, might be on the cards, report local media quoting the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS).   DBS said that with orders at a trough and expectations for only a modest recovery, a merger of Singapore's two major rigbuilders could create a global giant that is more competitive and resilient.  

USS Constitution Refloated

Photo: United States Navy

 After a two-year restoration at historic Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historical Park, America's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution was refloated July 23.   Since entering dry dock on May 18, 2015, ship restorers from the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston, and teams of Constitution Sailors have worked tirelessly side-by-side to bring Old Ironsides back to her glory.  

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