-- ReedHycalog: worldwide rig fleets see growth Due to improved market conditions influenced by high oil and gas prices, the numbers of available rigs in the US, Canada, global offshore mobile, and international land rigs all rose this year, according to Grant Prideco's 53rd annual ReedHycalog Rig Census.
-- Sonatrach awards ABB pump station EPC contract Algeria's state-owned Sonatrach has awarded ABB Group, Zurich, a $215 million contract to construct two pumping stations and automation systems on the 665-km NK-1 oil pipeline linking oil fields in Algeria at Haoud El Hamra with the Mediterranean port of Skikda.
-- Repairs to delay Thunder Horse production until 2008 BP PLC plans to retrieve and rebuild all seabed production equipment from Thunder Horse field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico following a series of tests in 4 months that showed metallurgical failure.
-- US rig count rebounds After dropping during the previous 3 weeks, US drilling activity recovered somewhat, with 1,737 rotary rigs working9 more than last week and up from 1,436 during the same period a year ago.
-- BP seeks DOT nod to resume Prudhoe Bay production BP PLC submitted an application Sept. 13 to the US Department of Transportation requesting authorization to resume production in the Eastern Operating Area (EOA) of Prudhoe Bay for the purposes of pigging.
-- JED wins 20-acre Jonah/Pinedale spacing JED Oil Inc., Calgary, and JMG Exploration Inc., with which JED is pursuing a merger, said they can drill as many as 32 additional wells on JED acreage in the Pinedale/Jonah area of Wyoming under a density ruling by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
-- Eurasia Drilling lets $65 million rig contract Abbot Group PLC's land rig design engineering and fabrication subsidiary Bentec has been awarded a $65 million contract by Eurasia Drilling, formerly the drilling subsidiary of OAO Lukoil, for four 250-tonne, fast-moving hybrid rigs, derived from Bentec's original HR5000 design.
-- Brooks Range prepares for ANS drilling season Brooks Range Petroleum Corp. (BRPC), operator of an Alaskan North Slope joint venture led by TG World Corp., has signed contracts, separately, with Nabors Drilling Alaska and a unit of Michael Baker Corp. as part of its preparation for the Alaska 2006-07 drilling season.
-- US drilling declines for third week US drilling activity continued to slip for the third consecutive week with 1,728 rotary rigs working, 4 fewer than the previous week but up from 1,441 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Sakhalin-1 oil export system commissioned An international consortium led by Exxon Neftegas Ltd. has announced the commissioning of the oil export system for the multiphase Sakhalin-1 project off Eastern Russia.
-- Oregon coalbed methane drilling planned A Seattle independent has received 15 drilling permits and built the first six locations for coalbed methane drilling to start this month in Coos County, Ore.
-- DOE to support CO2 EOR at Citronelle, Ala. A project to inject carbon dioxide into Alabama's largest oil field to improve recovery and later store the greenhouse gas will have its costs shared by the US Department of Energy.
-- Syncrude restarting Mildred Lake plant Syncrude Canada Ltd. has introduced bitumen feed into Coker 8-3 at its Mildred Lake oil sands plant in Alberta in a phased-restart of Stage 3 operations.
-- Terra Nova FPSO to resume flow in October Petro-Canada expects to resume production in October from Terra Nova oil field off Newfoundland and Labrador after maintenance work that began in May.
-- US drilling continues to slip US drilling activity continued to slip in the week ended Sept. 1, with 1,732 rotary rigs working, 24 less than the previous week but up from 1,447 a year ago, said Baker Hughes Inc.
-- Chevron contract includes new drillship Chevron Corp. awarded Transocean Inc., Houston, a deepwater drilling contract requiring construction of an enhanced version of Transocean's Enterprise-class drillship.