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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Keppel Explores Sale of Jack-up Rigs to Borr Drilling

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Singapore yard Keppel Corporation is considering a sale of jack-up rigs to Norwegian offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling, reports The Business Times. The world’s biggest builder of oil rigs is seeking to offload six jack-up rigs for up to US$960 million to the Oslo-listed drilling firm headed by Tor Olav Trøim, said the report. BT also reported that Keppel Capital has already hooked up with structured finance provider Clifford Capital to potentially extend a sale-and-lease-back arrangement for at least one jack-up contracted by Grupo R.

Maersk Supply Service Wins Contract With Quadrant Energy

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Maersk Master and Maersk Mariner, Maersk Supply Service’s two first Starfish-class anchor handling vessels built in 2017, will be on contract with Quadrant Energy in Western Australia, commencing March 2018. Both vessels will support Quadrant Energy’s Phoenix South and Van Gogh drilling campaign which will initially cover three wells for a duration of 150 to 200 days. The highly modern and efficient vessels will be supporting Transocean’s semi-submersible rig DD1 with supply and anchor handling duties throughout the campaign. “Quadrant Energy is an important customer.

Rowan Buys Two Jack-up Rigs from Petrobras

Offshore driller Rowan Companies plc said it has purchased two LeTourneau Super 116E jack-up rigs, the P-59 and P-60, both delivered new into service in 2013, in a public auction from a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. for $38.5 million per unit. As reported in May 2017, Rowan was the high bidder in a Petrobras public auction with a bid price of $30 million per rig. While the high bid was not accepted by Petrobras, after negotiations, both parties agreed to the revised price. Rowan sad it intends to mobilize the jack-ups to the Middle East from their current location in Brazil in late first quarter 2018. Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We consider this purchase an opportunistic investment, made near a cyclical low, at a highly attractive price.

Seadrill Bondholders Post Cash Deposit for Rival Restructuring

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Owners of unsecured bonds in rig firm Seadrill have posted a cash deposit to back an alternative financial restructuring, paving the way for talks with the drilling operator over its future, the two sides said on Monday. Seadrill, once the largest drilling rig operator by market value, filed for bankruptcy protection in a U.S. court on Sept. 12 after being hit hard by cutbacks in oil company investment following a steep drop in crude prices. The company's main owner, Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen…

Maersk Drilling Bags Contract with Tullow Ghana

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Maersk Drilling has been awarded a four year contract for the deep-water drillship Maersk Venturer by Tullow Ghana Ltd. The contract, which was signed December 2017, is expected to commence in February 2018 and covers development drilling on the Jubilee and TEN fields offshore Ghana. Maersk Venturer is currently in transit for the job offshore Ghana thereby further strengthening Maersk Drilling’s presence in the region. ”I am very pleased that Maersk Drilling will be mobilising another deepwater rig for this significant job in a strategically important region.

Offshore Rig Count

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.

Offshore Rig Report

The U.S. and European offshore rig counts increased since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In addition, one new rig joined the worldwide drilling fleet. The U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count posted a net three-rig increase over last week. With 149 of the area's 195 mobile offshore drilling rigs now under contract, U.S. Gulf offshore rig utilization is 76.4 percent. The European offshore rig count increased by two rigs compared to last week. This week, 81 of the area's 106 mobile offshore drilling units are under contract. European offshore rig utilization now stands at 76.4 percent, the same as the U.S. Gulf offshore rig utilization rate.

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. This week, 73 of 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the region are under contract, a one-rig decline from last week. European offshore rig utilization is 68.2 percent. This week, 476 of the world's mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract, and worldwide offshore rig utilization is 75.3 percent.

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. Gulf offshore rig count posted a three-rig increase on a week-to-week basis. The increase marks the fifth consecutive week that rig counts have increased in the region. In addition, two rigs mobilized to the area, putting the overall fleet at 188 rigs. With 135 rigs in the area under contract, U.S. Gulf rig utilization is 71.8 percent.

Offshore Rig Counts Mixed

The worldwide offshore rig demand declined since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. While demand in the U.S. Gulf improved, European rig demand continues to suffer. In European waters, 74 offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig net decline from last week, and a 10-rig fall from two months ago. The 106-rig European offshore drilling fleet's utilization rate is 69.8 percent. The last time European utilization was lower than 70 percent was in February 1988. The Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count posted a two-rig increase on a week-to-week basis. With 144 of the 190 rigs in the area under contract, U.S. Gulf rig utilization is 75.8 percent. Worldwide offshore rig demand fell by one since last week.

Sembcorp Marine to Sell West Rigel

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Sembcorp Marine announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd (JSPL) has signed an agreement for the sale of the semi-submersible rig West Rigel (Rig) to a buyer at a price of US$500 million. Under the terms of the agreement, the Sale is subject to conditions precedent being met by both parties before the delivery of the Rig and the payment of the price. Once the conditions precedent are fulfilled, the buyer will take delivery of the Rig but the Rig will remain in the Company’s yard for certain works to be undertaken for reactivation.

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 92.1 percent, with 93 of the region's 101 mobile offshore rigs under contract. ODS-Petrodata Group total worldwide offshore rig count includes changes in utilization and fleet size in regions beyond just the Gulf of Mexico and Europe. U.S. The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S.

Offshore Rig Utilization Declines Slightly

Worldwide offshore rig utilization declined slightly since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. Two less mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract worldwide this week compared to last week. With 484 of the world's 634 offshore drilling rigs now under contract, worldwide offshore rig utilization is 76.3 percent. A one-rig decline in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count occurred since last week. Now 151 of the area's 192 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract and U.S. Gulf rig utilization is 78.6 percent. The European offshore rig count posted a one-rig increase since last week. Of the 106 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the area, 74 are under contract. European offshore rig fleet utilization is 69.8 percent.

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. This week, 73 of the 106 mobile offshore drilling rigs in European waters are under contract and European offshore rig fleet utilization is 68.9 percent. A net two-rig decline in the worldwide offshore rig count occurred from last week to this week.

U.S. Offshore Rig Count Increases

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count increased for the third consecutive week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. Today, the U.S. Gulf rig count stands at 151, a one-rig increase since last week. Total fleet size is unchanged at 191 rigs. Fleet utilization this week is 79.1 percent. The European offshore rig count is unchanged from last week. Of the 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs deployed in the area, 74 are under contract to oil and gas companies. European offshore rig fleet utilization is a lackluster 69.2 percent. No significant increase in European offshore rig demand is expected in the near term due to continued volatility in worldwide oil prices.

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, and this may impact rig demand in the region. The European offshore rig count posted a one-rig increase over last week. This week, 74 of the 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the area are under contract. European offshore rig utilization is 69.2 percent.

Offshore Rig Demand Rises In U.S., Falls In Europe

Rig demand increased in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and declined slightly in Europe, following a pattern that is likely to be repeated through the end of this year at least. According to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count, the U.S. Gulf rig count increased by three rigs since last week. Today, 136 of the region's 187 mobile offshore drilling units are under contract and U.S. Gulf mobile offshore rig utilization is 72.7 percent. The European offshore rig count declined by one since last week and now stands at 79. The 107-rig European offshore drilling fleet's utilization rate is now 73.8 percent. Worldwide, a net four-rig increase in rig demand boosted the worldwide offshore rig count to 471.

Rig Counts Fall Since Last Week

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count lost some of the ground it had made up in the last few weeks, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. The U.S. Gulf offshore rig count fell by two rigs on a week-to-week basis. The decline ends a five-week rally of higher utilization rates in the region. This week, 133 of 188 mobile offshore drilling units in the U.S. Gulf are under contract. U.S. Gulf rig utilization is 70.7 percent. The European offshore rig count also fell since last week. This week, two fewer rigs are under contract and European offshore rig utilization fell from 74.6 percent to 74.1 percent. Of the 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the area, 80 now are under contract. The worldwide offshore rig count fell by four on a week-to-week basis.

Woldwide Offshore Rig Utilization Plummets

Offshore rig utilization fell in the world's most active markets during the week ending July 6, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig utilization dropped 1.5 percent to 85.8 percent this week, with 182 rigs under contract out of a total of 212. European rig utilization fell 1.0 percent to 95.1 percent this week with 97 of the region's 102 rigs under contract, according to ODS, while worldwide rig utilization fell 0.7 percent to 89.0 percent with 580 out of 652 worldwide rigs under contract.

Worldwide Rig Utlization Falls 1.8 Percent

Worldwide offshore rig utilization fell during the week ending August 17, according to ODS-Petrodata Group. U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig utilization fell 1.8 percent to 77.8 percent this week, with 165 rigs under contract out of a total of 212. European offshore rig utilization also fell one percent to 97.1 percent, with 99 of the regions 102 rigs under contract, according to ODS. Worldwide offshore rig utilization fell 0.6 percent with 567 out of 653 rigs with contracts.

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, due to a two-rig increase which raised utilization 0.9 percent to 90.5 percent, the highest since hitting 92.0 percent on July 3, 1998, according to ODS-Petrodata. Of the region's 211 rigs, 191 have contracts. European offshore rig utilization held steady at 93.1 percent, with 94 of the region's 101 mobile offshore rigs under contract.

FGH, Ocean Rig End Dispute

Norway's Ocean Rig and Friede Goldman Halter signed an agreement, ending a legal dispute over the building of two drilling rigs that was halted earlier this month. "Work on the rigs, which was suspended briefly by Friede Goldman, causing Ocean Rig to commence arbitration and other legal proceedings against Friede Goldman, resumed in full this morning," it said in a statement to the Oslo Stock Exchange. "Both companies believe that this latest agreement ... reflects the strong interest of both companies in allocating resources as effectively as possible to complete the remaining work on the rigs," it said. Fride Goldman, based in Gulfport…

Offshore Rig Count At 2-Year High

The offshore rig count in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rose by four this week to 175, or an 85.9 percent utilization rate, the highest drilling activity in nearly two years, the Offshore Data Services (ODS) said. In its report for the week ending July 21, the Houston-based ODS said that of the 203 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, 175 were under contract. In the European/Mediterranean region the rigs under contract remained steady at 89 of the 102 mobile offshore drilling rigs. European offshore rig utilization is 87.3 percent. In the worldwide offshore rig count five more rigs are under contract compared to a week ago. In addition, one rig was retired from the drilling fleet to work in a specialized non-drilling mode.

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