Deepwater drilling activity remains steady

Click here to enlarge imageThe number of wells drilled in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) continues to advance steadily. In 2001, operators have drilled 96 wells through the third quarter. If the present pace continues, currently operating rigs should drill up to 120 GOM wells in greater than 1,000-ft water depth by yearend (Fig. 1).Terry Childs, rig data manager for ODS-Petrodata Group, Houston, said out of 52 drillships and semisubmersibles in the GOM, contractors are marketing 45 of them, representing the effective supply. Click here to enlarge imageOf these, 42 currently have contracts, with 8 floaters working in water depths less than 1,000 ft. The remaining 34 rigs represent 9...

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