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Tullow Oil provides production update on Jubilee, other fields

Jul 1, 2015

Tullow Oil PLC reported that gross production for the Jubilee field offshore Ghana averaged 105,000 b/d in this year’s first half, up from 102,000 b/d in 2014.

Statoil to suspend Scarabeo 5 drilling rig

Jul 1, 2015

Due to overcapacity in its rig portfolio, Statoil ASA said it has decided to suspend Saipem’s Scarabeo 5 dynamically position drilling rig after it completes a well in Kristin field in August. The suspension is scheduled until Mar. 1, 2016.

FWS issues Shell letter of authorization on Chukchi Sea lease

Jul 1, 2015

The US Fish & Wildlife Service issued Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. a letter of authorization (LOA) related to the potential disturbance of polar bears and Pacific walrus resulting from the company’s proposal to operate two drilling rigs in the Chukchi Sea this summer.

BHI: US rig count posts first increase in 29 weeks

Jun 26, 2015

Buoyed by respective rises in natural gas-directed and offshore rigs, the US drilling rig count gained 2 units during the week ended June 26 to reach 859 rigs working, marking its first increase in 29 weeks, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

EIA: Argentina, China lead shale development outside N. America

Jun 26, 2015

Argentina and China have respectively drilled more than 275 and 200 wells targeting shale plays over the past 2 years, providing each country with the potential to significantly increase production of shale gas and tight oil, the US Energy Information Administration highlighted on June 26 in an energy update.

Gazprom Neft starts production from fourth Badra well in Iraq

Jun 26, 2015

JSC Gazprom Neft said a fourth well has been brought on production at Badra field in eastern Iraq, bringing total field output to 28,000 b/d.

Statoil cancels contract for COSL Pioneer drilling rig

Jun 24, 2015

Statoil ASA has canceled its contract for the COSL Pioneer drilling rig. The expiry date was August 2016.

BHI: Down just 2, US rig count posts smallest decline of 28-week slide

Jun 19, 2015

Posting its smallest decline of the now 28 consecutive weeks of losses, the US drilling rig count dropped just 2 units during the week ended June 19 to settle at 857 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Erin Energy starts production from Oyo-7 offshore Nigeria

Jun 18, 2015

Erin Energy Corp., the Houston-based firm formerly known as Camac Energy Inc., has started production from the Oyo-7 well in OML 120 offshore Nigeria. Erin Energy operates Oyo field with 100% interest.

Salerno considers same-season relief wells basic Arctic offshore tool

Jun 16, 2015

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno disagreed with oil and gas industry comments that a requirement in proposed regulations for oil and gas operators working offshore Alaska’s north coast be capable of deploying a same-season relief well to control a blowout as unreasonable and impractical.

Recognize industry know-how in US Arctic policies, API officials urge

Jun 15, 2015

US Arctic oil and gas policies should recognize the industry’s extensive global Far North experience and technology, American Petroleum Institute officials said. “If we don’t use this knowledge, other Arctic nations will move to the forefront of energy development there,” API Upstream Operations Director Erik Milito told reporters at a June 12 briefing.

Statoil lets contracts for Johan Sverdrup drilling

Jun 15, 2015

Statoil ASA has let two contracts to Odfjell Drilling for work in Johan Sverdrup field offshore Norway. The contracts are for the Deepsea Atlantic semisubmersible rig and a fixed-drilling unit yet to be installed. Statoil says the total value of the contracts is 4.3 billion kroner.

BHI: US rig count continues fall in 27th straight week

Jun 12, 2015

The US drilling rig count declined 9 units during the week ended June 12 to settle at 859 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

NEB notes shift to gas-directed drilling in recent years

Jun 10, 2015

Canada’s National Energy Board says the percentage share of rigs in western Canada targeting natural gas has been on the rise since 2012. By late 2014, the majority of rigs were drilling for gas instead of oil, and in January and February of 2015, the share had increased to 62%.

UAE’s NDC signs contracts for 14 new rigs

Jun 8, 2015

National Drilling Co. of the United Arab Emirates signed contracts for 14 new rigs for $543 million, the Emirates news agency WAM reported.

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