-- Artificial islands to lift Upper Zakum flow ExxonMobil Corp. says two pilot wells have demonstrated feasibility of plans to expand development of supergiant Upper Zakum oil field off Abu Dhabi with extended-reach drilling from artificial islands.
-- Statoil completes report on Gullfaks C incident Statoil handed over to Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority a report on the incident that occurred on May 19 during the drilling of Well 34/10-C-06 AT5 on the Gullfaks C platform off Norway.
-- US drilling shows small increase US drilling activity increased for the second consecutive week, up by 11 rotary rigs to 1,683 working, vs. 1,078 rigs in the comparable week a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- BG revises upwards resource estimates off Brazil BG Group raised its estimate of economically recoverable gross resources by 2.7 billion boe for Tupi, Iracema, and Guara fields in the Santos basin, off Brazil. Its new estimate is 10.8 billion boe compared with 8.1 billion boe previously.
-- Contract let for Curlew field-life study Maersk FPSOs has let a contract for modification of its floating production, storage, and offloading vessel on the Curlew complex of fields in the central UK North Sea to accommodate a study of an extension of field life.
-- US rig count makes minor rebound US drilling remained effectively flat with just a minor rebound of 3 rotary rigs to a total 1,672 working in the week ended Oct. 29, following a 1-rig loss the previous week.