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US drilling rig count gains 22 to reach 1,972 units

Apr 20, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week increased by 22 units to reach 1,972 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Apr. 20 was up by 172 rigs from the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Statoil launches new rig type for increased oil recovery

Apr 17, 2012

Statoil let a contract to Aker Solutions to hire a category B drilling rig, a new type of rig, which is designed to increase recovery from the company’s operating fields on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

UK seismicity report gives guarded nod to shale gas work

Apr 17, 2012

Hydraulic fracturing in the UK has received guarded approval in a government review of a study about seismic events last year around a Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. shale-gas well near Poulton-le-Fylde (OGJ Online, Nov. 3, 2011).

Total, Wild Well Control board Elgin complex; kill plans can proceed

Apr 16, 2012

Total SA representatives and Wild Well Control workers boarded the Elgin natural gas and condensate complex in the North Sea on Apr. 6 and confirmed that a planned kill operation to bring the leaking G4 well under control can continue as planned.

US drilling rig count falls 29 to reach 1,950 units

Apr 13, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week decreased by 29 units to reach 1,950 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Apr. 13 was up by 178 rigs from the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

US drilling rig count unchanged at 1,979 units

Apr 5, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week remained unchanged at 1,979 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Apr. 6 was up by 197 rigs from the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BP hires Ensco DS-6 drillship

Apr 4, 2012

BP PLC signed a contract for Ensco PLC’s DS-6 ultradeepwater drillship for 5 years at $522,000/day, plus cost adjustments.

Indonesia: Niko kicks off multibasin drilling program

Apr 3, 2012

Niko Resources Ltd., Calgary, is starting a multibasin exploratory drilling campaign in Indonesia as the company gained participation in its 21st block in Indonesia.

US drilling rig count gains 11 to 1,979 units

Mar 30, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week increased by 11 units to 1,979 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Mar. 30 was up by 203 rigs from the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BSEE approves Shell's Beaufort Sea oil spill response plan

Mar 28, 2012

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s oil spill response plan (OSRP) for the Beaufort Sea on Mar. 28. The company still must obtain well-specific drilling permits before commencing operations, the US Department of the Interior agency noted.

California: Geysers geothermal power plant eyed

Mar 27, 2012

Ram Power Corp., Reno, Nev., has signed a letter of intent with SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc. for the construction of a 26 Mw geothermal power plant at Geysers steam field in northern California.

Lawsuit asks WOGCC to review frac fluid trade secret exemptions

Mar 26, 2012

The Powder River Basin Resource Council (PRBRC) and other groups asked Wyoming’s Seventh District Court to require the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) in Casper to disclose more information about chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing.

US drilling rig count declines 16 units to 1,968

Mar 23, 2012

US oil and gas drilling activity this week declined by 16 units to 1,968 total rigs working. The rig count for the week ended Mar. 23 was up by 230 rigs from the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Liberia: Rig engaged for West Africa exploration

Mar 22, 2012

African Petroleum Corp. Ltd., Perth, has secured the Ocean Rig UDW Eirik Raude deepwater fifth generation semisubmersible to start a two-well drilling program off West African in the third or fourth quarter of 2012.

Brazilian prosecutors file criminal charges against Chevron, Transocean execs

Mar 21, 2012

Brazilian federal prosecutors filed criminal indictments against Chevron Corp., drilling contractor Transocean Ltd., and a total of 17 executives from both companies citing “crimes against the environment” regarding a seep last year from Frade oil field offshore Brazil.

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