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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.

DNV to evaluate, support development of two dry-tree semis

Mar 7, 2013

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was selected to evaluate and support development of two cost-competitive dry-tree semisubmersible rig concepts for the Gulf of Mexico.

US drilling rig count slides 1 unit to 1,761

Mar 1, 2013

The US drilling rig count dropped by 4 units during the week ended Mar. 1, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,757, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,989 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Shell puts Arctic drilling off Alaska on pause

Feb 27, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will “pause” its exploration drilling activity for 2013 in Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas to prepare equipment and plans for a resumption of activity at a later stage.

US drilling rig count slides 1 unit to 1,761

Feb 22, 2013

The US drilling rig count slid by 1 unit during the week ended Feb. 22, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,761, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,981 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Brazil judge drops criminal charges against Chevron, Transocean for Frade oil seep

Feb 21, 2013

A Brazilian judge dropped criminal charges against Chevron Corp., drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., and 17 of their employees regarding a November 2011 offshore oil seep in the Campos basin involving Frade field although a civil suit against the companies remains pending.

Water-depth record set at well off India

Feb 20, 2013

Transocean Ltd. and Oil & Natural Gas Corp. have claimed a world water-depth record at a well offshore eastern India for drilling by a marine rig.

US drilling rig count gains 3 units to 1,762

Feb 15, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased by 3 units during the week ended Feb. 15, with the total number of rotary rigs reaching 1,762, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,994 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Transocean fined $400 million for Macondo well incident

Feb 15, 2013

Transocean Offshore Inc. pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2010 Macondo deepwater well incident and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal fines and penalties, US Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Feb. 14.

Colorado adopts 500-ft setback for new oil and gas wells

Feb 11, 2013

Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 8-1 to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 500 ft from homes and buildings, effective Aug. 1.

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