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US rig count falls by 13 to 1,826 units

Oct 26, 2012

The US drilling rig count fell by 13 units during the week ended Oct. 26, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,826, reported Baker Hughes Inc. This compares with 2,021 rigs working during the comparable week last year.

Deloitte: Drilling up offshore the UK, down off Norway

Oct 15, 2012

Offshore drilling for oil and natural gas is rebounding in the UK and declining in Norway, according to a quarterly report by Deloitte.

NOAA official outlines Arctic offshore drilling lessons needs

Oct 12, 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other federal agencies worked hard in the 18 months leading up to the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season and came away with important lessons when it ended and a better idea of its future needs, a NOAA official told a US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oct. 11.

US drilling rig count drops 2 units to 1,835

Oct 12, 2012

The US drilling rig count fell 2 units during the week ended Oct. 12, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,835, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. This compares with 2,023 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

European offshore safety measure advances

Oct 9, 2012

Oil and gas operators seeking licenses to drill offshore Europe would have to prepare major hazard reports and prove they have the financial strength to repair any environmental damage under an offshore safety proposal advancing in the European Parliament.

Brazil partially suspends operating injunction against Transocean

Oct 8, 2012

The Brazilian Superior Court partially suspended a preliminary injunction order that required drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. to stop operating in Brazil within 30 days. Consequently, Transocean can continue operations except at Frade oil field, which was the site of an oil seep in November 2011.

US drilling rig count falls another 11 units to 1,837

Oct 5, 2012

The US drilling rig count fell another 11 units during the week ended Oct. 5, with the total number of rotary rigs in the US reaching 1,837, as reported by Baker Hughes Inc. This compares with 2,012 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

OMV to develop Latif gas field in Pakistan

Oct 5, 2012

OMV AG and partners will drill four wells and lay a 50-km pipeline to develop Latif natural gas field in the Sindh province of Pakistan (OGJ Online, May 4, 2010).

Statoil renews semi drilling contracts for Norwegian shelf

Oct 3, 2012

Statoil signed three drilling contracts to extend its use of three semisubmersible drilling rigs offshore Norway to help reach the firm’s previously announced 2020 production target of 2.5 million boe/d.

GMX alterations may improve Bakken completions

Oct 3, 2012

GMX Resources Inc., Oklahoma City, is adjusting its operating practices in an effort to improve results of Bakken completions in the Williston basin.

WoodMac: Deepwater Gulf of Mexico E&P to surge in 2013

Oct 3, 2012

Wood Mackenzie Ltd. anticipates a strong medium- to long-term resurgence of exploration and production activity for the deepwater Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 Macondo well blowout and resulting massive oil spill offshore Louisiana, which stalled gulf activities for a while.

Chevron, Transocean get notice to halt operations in Brazil

Sep 28, 2012

Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. have each received injunctions giving them 30 days to stop operating in Brazil stemming from an oil seep in Frade field offshore Brazil during 2011.

US drilling rig count falls 11 units to 1,848

Sep 28, 2012

The US drilling rig count fell 11 units during the week ended Sept. 28, with the total number of rotary rigs in the US reaching 1,848, reported Baker Hughes Inc. This compares with 1,990 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Shell lets contracts for ultradeepwater drillships

Sep 28, 2012

Royal Dutch Shell PLC let 10-year contracts to Transocean Ltd. for the construction of four newbuild dynamically positioned ultradeepwater drillships. Cost of the four rigs is an estimated $3 billion, excluding interest.

CNPC launches its first jack up rig

Sep 27, 2012

China National Petroleum Corp. has commissioned the first jack up drilling rig designed and manufactured by its CNPC Bohai Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd. unit.

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