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Total confirms G4 well top kill completely stopped Elgin gas leak

May 21, 2012

Total UK Ltd. said 5 days of close monitoring confirms the success of a May 15 top kill operation on the leaking G4 natural gas well on the Elgin complex, 240 km from Aberdeen in the UK North Sea.

DOI says leases remain idle; industry groups dispute claim

May 21, 2012

More than two thirds of federal offshore tracts leased by the oil and gas industry and more than half of the federal onshore acreage companies hold in the Lower 48 remains idle, the US Department of the Interior said in a new report.

Repsol declares Cuba deepwater wildcat dry

May 18, 2012

Repsol SA has declared a dry hole at its deepwater exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico north of Cuba, press reports indicated May 18.

US drilling rig count gains 12 units to reach 1,986

May 18, 2012

There were a total of 1,986 oil and gas drilling rigs working in the US this week, up by 12 units from last week. The rig count for the week ended May 18 was up by 156 rigs compared with the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Diamond Offshore orders drillship, sells jack ups

May 14, 2012

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. ordered a $655 million ultradeepwater drillship from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. with delivery scheduled for fourth-quarter 2014.

US drilling rig count rises to 1,974

May 11, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week rose by 9 units to reach 1,974 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended May 11 was up by 144 rigs compared with the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Cuba drilling continues as US groups press spill response need

May 11, 2012

Repsol SA continues drilling Cuba’s first offshore oil well as some US government agencies, oil and gas organizations, and environmental groups press to ease restrictions that would keep US companies from responding if the well blows out and sets off a spill, experts at a Center for International Policy seminar said.

CGX group sees petroleum system offshore Guyana

May 8, 2012

CGX Energy Inc., Toronto, found water-bearing sandstones with hydrocarbon shows in the Eagle-1 wildcat on its 100% owned Corentyne Petroleum Prospecting License offshore Guyana.

Chevron's dual gradient drillship arrives in Gulf of Mexico

May 7, 2012

Chevron Corp. said the Pacific Santa Ana, a deepwater drillship built with the capacity to perform dual gradient drilling (DGD), has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work for Chevron under a 5-year contract with a subsidiary of Pacific Drilling SA.

US drilling rig count gains 20 units to 1,965

May 4, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week increase by 20 units to reach 1,965 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended May 4 was up by 129 rigs compared with the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Topsides pact let for renamed Luno field

May 3, 2012

Lundin Norway AS has signed a letter of intent with Kvaerner Stord AS serving as an engineering, procurement, and construction contract covering topside installations for a steel platform on Edvard Grieg oil and gas field, previously called Luno, offshore Norway.

Noble halts Leviathan deepening in gas formation

May 3, 2012

The Leviathan-1 well has become the Levant basin’s deepest known penetration at a total depth of 21,400 ft, where Noble Energy Inc. halted drilling due to high pressure and mechanical limits of the wellbore design.

US drilling rig count declines to 1,945 units

Apr 27, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week declined by 27 units to reach 1,945 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Apr. 27 was up by 127 rigs compared with the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Lukoil starts West Qurna-2 drilling in Iraq

Apr 26, 2012

Lukoil has started drilling production wells and building the central processing facility at supergiant West Qurna-2 oil field in Iraq, where it targets production of 500,000 b/d by 2013-14 (OGJ Online, Mar. 22, 2012).

API: 1Q total drilling down, exploratory well completions up

Apr 23, 2012

Exploratory well completions increased by 12% in this year’s first quarter, the American Petroleum Institute said in its latest quarterly well completion report.

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