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Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count up to 1,889

Aug 1, 2014

The US drilling rig count gained 6 units to 1,889 rigs working during the week ended Aug. 1, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BLM drilling permit bill attracts broad support at Senate hearing

Aug 1, 2014

Witnesses and committee members argued over the extent of oil and gas drilling permit delays at US Bureau of Land Management field offices. But they strongly supported a bill that would make permanent a pilot program enacted in 2005 to begin relieving the problem at a July 29 US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.

Drilling commences in Sidi Moussa block offshore Morocco

Jul 31, 2014

Drilling has begun on the Sidi Moussa block offshore Morocco, said joint-venture partner Serica Energy PLC. The Noble Paul Romano semisubmersible spudded the SM-1 well on July 30 about 60 km offshore in 990 m of water. Operations are expected to be completed in 60-90 days.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count jumps to 1,883

Jul 25, 2014

The US drilling rig count shot up 12 units to 1,883 rigs working during the week ended July 25, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Texas Petro Index sets record for 7th straight month

Jul 24, 2014

The Texas Petro Index (TPI), a composite index based on a comprehensive group of upstream economic indicators released by the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (TAEP), continued to produce record highs last month amid an “economic tsunami.”

DOE wants to mobilize subsurface engineering R&D efforts

Jul 22, 2014

The US Department of Energy wants to mobilize federal government, oil and gas industry, university, and other research to address subsurface engineering challenges, particularly controlling fracture propagation and fluid flow, officials said at the first of several projected discussions.

Central Petroleum starts work toward Dingo field development

Jul 21, 2014

Central Petroleum Ltd., Brisbane, has begun clearing works for the Dingo gas field development in central Australia’s Amadeus basin 65 km south of Alice Springs.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count decreases to 1,871

Jul 18, 2014

The US drilling rig count dropped 4 units to settle at 1,871 rigs working during the week ended July 18, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BLM director: Fee system needed for increased onshore well inspections

Jul 17, 2014

A shortage of inspectors, reduced budgets, and a record number of wells on public lands make the US Bureau of Land Management’s budget request for a fee system to increase its oil and gas inspection capacity necessary, BLM Director Neil Kornze said.

EIA conference speakers warn of US light crude oil’s ‘day of reckoning’

Jul 15, 2014

The US could find its light crude oil production growth stymied if it doesn’t allow more of it to be exported, speakers warned during the US Energy Information Administration’s 2014 energy conference’s first day.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count inches up to 1,875

Jul 11, 2014

The US drilling rig count reflected another uneventful week, again edging up only 1 unit to reach 1,875 rigs working during the week ended July 11, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BLM seeks comments on proposed carbon dioxide wells in Colorado

Jul 11, 2014

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Royal Gorge Field Office has begun a public scoping period for two proposed carbon dioxide wells near Gardner, Colo. Oxy USA, which operates the existing Sheep Mountain CO2 production unit, proposed the wells, the US Department of the Interior agency said on July 10. Comments will be accepted through July 25.

Saudi tight gas plays benefit from MSF

Jul 7, 2014

In 2007, Saudi Aramco installed the first openhole, multistage fracturing (MSF) completion systems in Saudi Arabia's deep, highly deviated gas wells.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count edges up to 1,874

Jul 3, 2014

The US drilling rig count edged up 1 unit to 1,874 rigs working during the abbreviated week ended July 3, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Statoil to drill at Oseberg East in summer 2015

Jul 3, 2014

Statoil ASA reported plans to start its drilling campaign in Oseberg East field offshore Norway in summer 2015.

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