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Black Elk platform explosion caused by contractors, investigator says

Aug 21, 2013

A third-party investigator concluded that a failure by contractors to follow standard safety practices caused the November 2012 explosion and fire on an oil production platform operated by Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC in the Gulf of Mexico

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count up 13 to 1,791

Aug 16, 2013

The US drilling rig count reached a total of 1,791 rotary rigs working during the week ended Aug. 16, an increase of 13 units from a week ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Woodside lets rig contract for outer Canning basin work

Aug 12, 2013

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. let a 2-year, $442 million contract to Transocean Inc. to lock in a rig for a drilling campaign in the outer Canning basin offshore Western Australia.

US drilling rig count dips 4 units to 1,778

Aug 9, 2013

The US drilling rig count decreased 4 units during the week ended Aug. 9 to reach a total of 1,778 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

CERI notes oil-drilling tilt in W. Canada

Aug 6, 2013

New wells drilled in western Canada were profitable on average when they targeted oil but not when they sought natural gas last year, according to studies by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

Crews drilling relief well in Gulf of Mexico

Aug 5, 2013

Crews have started drilling a relief well to secure natural gas Well A-23 on South Timbalier Block 220 off Louisiana, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said, adding that drilling, which started on Aug. 4, is expected to take about 35 days.

US drilling rig count up another 6 units to 1,782

Aug 2, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased another 6 units during the week ended Aug. 2 to reach a total of 1,782 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

US drilling rig count rises 6 units to 1,776

Jul 26, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased 6 units during the week ended July 26 to reach a total of 1,776 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Halliburton unit admits destroying Macondo incident evidence

Jul 26, 2013

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the Apr. 20, 2010, Macondo deepwater well blowout and fire in the Gulf of Mexico that took 11 lives and set off the biggest US crude oil spill in history, the US Department of Justice announced on July 25.

Barclays: US drilling activity continues to rise

Jul 25, 2013

According to Barclay’s Drilling Permit Monthly July 2013, onshore drilling permits for the US 30 states that Barclays monitors increased 4% in June, following a 2.7% increase in May and a 7.9% decrease in April.

Relief well planned to stop natural gas leak, rig fire in gulf

Jul 25, 2013

A flow of natural gas continues to fuel a fire on a jack up rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the derrick and drill floor structure to collapse, while responders review plans to drill a relief well. The troubled well, operated by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp., was drilled in 154 ft of water about 55 miles off Louisiana.

Fire ignites on evacuated jack up rig in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 24, 2013

A natural gas leak from an offshore well ignited a fire late on July 23 that spread to the Hercules 265 jack up rig while the rig was working for Walter Oil & Gas Corp. about 55 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported.

US drilling rig count gains another 11 units to 1,770

Jul 19, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased 11 units during the week ended July 19 to reach a total of 1,770 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Argentina Tierra del Fuego multiyear drilling nears

Jul 17, 2013

A group led by operator Roch SA plans a multiwall, multiyear drilling program on the Las Violetas exploitation concession in southern Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province.

Study notes cost hike in deepwater gulf

Jul 15, 2013

The average unit operating cost of oil and gas production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico increased by about 45% during 2010-12 but, at less than $5/boe, still provided “highly attractive” oil netbacks, according to a study by Ziff Energy Group.

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