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BP to add two drilling rigs in Alaska

Jun 3, 2013

BP PLC plans to add $1 billion in new investment and two drilling rigs to its Alaska North Slope fields over the next 5 years. Executives attributed the increased investment to changes in the state’s oil tax policy that Gov. Sean Parnell signed during May.

US drilling rig count climbs 9 units to 1,771

May 31, 2013

The US drilling rig count was up 9 units during the week ended May 31, reaching a total of 1,771 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Statoil accepts Gullfaks C incident fine

May 31, 2013

Statoil has accepted a 30-million kroner ($5.1-million) fine imposed earlier this year by a public prosecutor for Rogaland County, Norway, in connection with a May 2010 well-control problem at its Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea.

TRC updates oil, gas well construction rules

May 28, 2013

The Texas Railroad Commission has amended well construction requirements rule to clarify oil and gas well construction requirements related to casing, cementing, drilling, well control, and completions.

Alberta: CAODC hikes forecast after first quarter drilling

May 28, 2013

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has hiked its forecast of 2013 drilling in western Canada 2.3% to 10,649 wells based on first quarter performance that was stronger than expected in the association’s November 2012 forecast.

US drilling rig count down 7 units to 1,762

May 24, 2013

The US drilling rig count was down 7 units during the week ended May 24, reaching a total of 1,762 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Flexibility in fracing reg seen still an open question

May 23, 2013

Increased flexibility for operators remains an open question in a revised proposal for federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a May 23 legal update by Roger W. Patrick of the law firm Mayer Brown.

European Parliament approves offshore oil, gas safety directive

May 21, 2013

The European Parliament authorized a new offshore oil and gas operations directive that requires operators to prove their ability to cover potential liabilities and to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before operations start.

US drilling rig count unchanged at 1,769

May 17, 2013

The US drilling rig count was unchanged during the week ended May 17, maintaining a total of 1,769 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Enquest lets contract for Thistle repair

May 15, 2013

Enquest PLC, London, has let a contract for inspection, repair, and maintenance services to Hallin Marine in its revitalization of the Thistle Alpha drilling and production platform in the North Sea 275 miles northeast of Aberdeen (OGJ Online, Feb. 5, 2013).

Statoil orders newbuild jack up for Mariner in UK North Sea

May 14, 2013

Statoil and its partners placed an order with Noble Corp. for a newbuild, high-specification jack up drilling rig to be used in the Mariner heavy oil development in the UK North Sea.

BLM releases draft plan to clean up NPR-A legacy wells

May 10, 2013

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Anchorage, Alas., office released a draft plan listing near-term priorities and actions to plug and clean up legacy wells in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, but the draft quickly drew fire from the state’s senior US senator.

US drilling rig count up 5 units to 1,769

May 10, 2013

The US drilling rig count gained 5 units during the week ended May 10 to a total of 1,769 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,974 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

OTC: Deepstar focuses on subsea equipment

May 6, 2013

Advances in deepwater technology require financial commitment by oil companies and a willingness to form partnerships with vendors and regulators, panelists discussing the DeepStar research and development collaboration told an opening session of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

US drilling rig count gains 10 units to 1,764

May 3, 2013

The US drilling rig count gained 10 units during the week ended May 3 to a total of 1,764 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compared with 1,965 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

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