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Statoil taps Odfjell for Mariner drilling

Apr 10, 2013

Statoil has let a contract to Odfjell Drilling for platform drilling and related services at Mariner heavy oil field in UK waters 150 km east of the Shetland Islands.

Stone Energy secures deepwater rig

Apr 9, 2013

Stone Energy Corp. has contracted a dynamically positioned deepwater drilling rig from Ensco PLC for its Cardona oil development program on Mississippi Canyon Block 29 in the Gulf of Mexico.

US rig count drops 10 units to 1,738; Canada down 40 to 206

Apr 5, 2013

The US drilling rig count decreased by 10 units during the week ended Apr. 5 to reach a total of 1,738 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,979 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

BSEE issues new rule increasing offshore safety requirements

Apr 5, 2013

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued a new Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) rule for offshore oil and gas activity that aims to improve SEMS requirements under the original workplace safety rule that became effective on Nov. 15, 2010.

Federal judge favors CSB access to Transocean data on Macondo

Apr 3, 2013

A federal judge in Houston has upheld the US Chemical Safety Board’s legal authority to investigate the April 2010 deepwater Macondo well blowout and subsequent explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in a massive oil spill.

Contract let for Hejre work offshore Denmark

Apr 2, 2013

Heerema Fabrication Group has received a contract for procurement and fabrication of equipment for Hejre oil field under development by DONG Energy and Bayerngas in the Danish North Sea (OGJ Online, Feb. 27, 2012).

US drilling rig count up 2 units to 1,748

Mar 28, 2013

The US drilling rig count made a slight gain of 2 units during the week ended Mar. 29 reaching a total 1,748 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,979 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

UK group expands relief-well plan guidelines

Mar 27, 2013

The Well Life Cycle Practices Forum, a UK group formed in response to the Macondo tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, has published a second edition of its guidelines for relief-well planning for work on the UK continental shelf (OGJ Online, July 31, 2012).

Industry urged to use natural gas in operations

Mar 22, 2013

Efforts to boost the use of natural gas in the US should begin with the industry producing the fuel, according an executive of a large independent gas producer.

US drilling rig count falls 30 units to 1,746

Mar 22, 2013

The US drilling rig count slumped by 30 units during the week ended Mar. 22 reaching a total 1,746 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,968 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Statoil hires Stena Carron drillship for offshore Angola

Mar 19, 2013

Statoil signed a 3-year, $700 million contract for the Stena Carron drillship for offshore Angola where Statoil will test the presalt potential in Kwanza basin deepwater Blocks 38 and 39.

US drilling rig count jumps 24 units to 1,776

Mar 15, 2013

The US drilling rig count jumped by 24 units during the week ended Mar. 15 reaching a total 1,776 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,984 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

DOI: Shell must meet more standards before Arctic drilling resumes

Mar 15, 2013

Shell Offshore Co. will have to develop a comprehensive operations management program—including closer oversight of its contractors—before it can resume Alaskan Arctic offshore exploration activities, US Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar said.

Talisman reaches financial settlement on Yme project

Mar 12, 2013

Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, reached an agreement with Dutch maritime services group SBM Offshore NV to scrap the above-surface structure on the Yme oil platform in the Norwegian North Sea.

US drilling rig count slides to 1,752, down 5 units

Mar 8, 2013

The US drilling rig count slipped by 5 units during the week ended Mar. 8 reaching a total 1,752 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,973 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

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