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BSEE continues oversight of well-control incident

Jul 12, 2013

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported that it continues to oversee efforts by Energy Resource Technology Gulf of Mexico LLC (ERT) to stop the flow of natural gas from a well at Ship Shoal Block 225 Platform B about 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, La.

Study details impacts of repealing IDC deduction

Jul 11, 2013

Repealing the federal tax provision allowing oil and gas producers to deduct certain intangible drilling costs (IDCs) effective Jan. 1, 2014, would cost 190,000 US jobs in the first year and would cut drilling investments in the US by $407 billion over 10 years, a new study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute found.

ONGC claims drilling water-depth record

Jul 11, 2013

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. has claimed a water-depth record for a well spudded in June on Block KG-DWN-2005/1 offshore eastern India.

US drilling rig count climbs 9 units to 1,757

Jul 3, 2013

The US drilling rig count climbed 9 units during the week ended July 5 to reach a total of 1,757 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. The week’s rig count was released 2 days earlier than usual because of the Fourth of July holiday in the US.

US drilling rig count sinks 12 units to 1,759

Jun 21, 2013

The US drilling rig count fell 12 units during the week ended June 21 to reach a total of 1,759 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

US drilling rig count seesaws back up 6 units to 1,771

Jun 14, 2013

The US drilling rig count gained back 6 units during the week ended June 14, seesawing back to a total of 1,771 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Ensco hires Samsung to build deepwater drillship

Jun 13, 2013

Ensco PLC announced plans to add another newbuild drillship to its fleet to help fulfill customer demand for deepwater vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and elsewhere.

Kosmos Energy signs contract for new drillship

Jun 11, 2013

Kosmos Energy Ltd. signed a long-term rig agreement with a subsidiary of Atwood Oceanics Inc. for the newbuild drillship Atwood Achiever, scheduled for completion in June 2014 and expected to commence drilling operations in the second half of 2014.

UK launches review of offshore oil and gas

Jun 11, 2013

The UK government has launched an independent review of nontax influences on offshore oil and gas activity, acknowledging the need for careful management of a mature but still-promising industry.

Eni to use Atwood Beacon jack up offshore Israel

Jun 10, 2013

Atwood Oceanics Inc. said Eni SPA has let a drilling contract to one of Atwood’s subsidiaries for use of the Atwood Beacon jack up rig, currently working offshore Israel under a contract expected to conclude by July.

US drilling rig count falls 6 units to 1,765

Jun 7, 2013

The US drilling rig count fell 6 units during the week ended June 7, reaching a total of 1,765 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

API cites growing support for opening areas to offshore drilling

Jun 5, 2013

Broad, bipartisan support is building among lawmakers at the state and federal levels for expanding access to offshore oil and gas drilling and development, said Erik Milito, American Petroleum Institute director of upstream and industry operations.

Statoil recommends Johan Castberg project delay

Jun 5, 2013

Statoil, citing resource and political uncertainties with the Johan Castberg oil development it operates in the Barents Sea offshore Norway, has recommended that the partners delay the investment decision.

Gullfaks, Oseberg due tailor-made jack ups

Jun 4, 2013

Statoil has let contracts for the construction and operation of two tailor-made jack up rigs to be used for drilling at Gullfaks and Oseberg oil fields offshore Norway and to be owned by the license-holders.

Latest Sverdrup appraisal well pleases Lundin group

Jun 4, 2013

Lundin Petroleum AB, Stockholm, said its 16/2-21 appraisal well in the North Sea offshore Norway provided another important data point for the Johan Sverdrup discovery and that it is moving the Bredford Dolphin semisubmersible to drill the 16/3-6 well to appraise Sverdrup’s northeastern flank.

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