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Relief well planned to stop natural gas leak, rig fire in gulf

Jul 25, 2013

A flow of natural gas continues to fuel a fire on a jack up rig in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the derrick and drill floor structure to collapse, while responders review plans to drill a relief well. The troubled well, operated by Houston-based Walter Oil & Gas Corp., was drilled in 154 ft of water about 55 miles off Louisiana.

Fire ignites on evacuated jack up rig in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 24, 2013

A natural gas leak from an offshore well ignited a fire late on July 23 that spread to the Hercules 265 jack up rig while the rig was working for Walter Oil & Gas Corp. about 55 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported.

US drilling rig count gains another 11 units to 1,770

Jul 19, 2013

The US drilling rig count increased 11 units during the week ended July 19 to reach a total of 1,770 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Argentina Tierra del Fuego multiyear drilling nears

Jul 17, 2013

A group led by operator Roch SA plans a multiwall, multiyear drilling program on the Las Violetas exploitation concession in southern Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province.

Study notes cost hike in deepwater gulf

Jul 15, 2013

The average unit operating cost of oil and gas production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico increased by about 45% during 2010-12 but, at less than $5/boe, still provided “highly attractive” oil netbacks, according to a study by Ziff Energy Group.

US drilling rig count gains 2 units to 1,759

Jul 12, 2013

The US drilling rig count made a 2-unit gain during the week ended July 12 to reach a total of 1,759 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BSEE continues oversight of well-control incident

Jul 12, 2013

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported that it continues to oversee efforts by Energy Resource Technology Gulf of Mexico LLC (ERT) to stop the flow of natural gas from a well at Ship Shoal Block 225 Platform B about 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, La.

Study details impacts of repealing IDC deduction

Jul 11, 2013

Repealing the federal tax provision allowing oil and gas producers to deduct certain intangible drilling costs (IDCs) effective Jan. 1, 2014, would cost 190,000 US jobs in the first year and would cut drilling investments in the US by $407 billion over 10 years, a new study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute found.

ONGC claims drilling water-depth record

Jul 11, 2013

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. has claimed a water-depth record for a well spudded in June on Block KG-DWN-2005/1 offshore eastern India.

US drilling rig count climbs 9 units to 1,757

Jul 3, 2013

The US drilling rig count climbed 9 units during the week ended July 5 to reach a total of 1,757 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. The week’s rig count was released 2 days earlier than usual because of the Fourth of July holiday in the US.

US drilling rig count sinks 12 units to 1,759

Jun 21, 2013

The US drilling rig count fell 12 units during the week ended June 21 to reach a total of 1,759 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

US drilling rig count seesaws back up 6 units to 1,771

Jun 14, 2013

The US drilling rig count gained back 6 units during the week ended June 14, seesawing back to a total of 1,771 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Ensco hires Samsung to build deepwater drillship

Jun 13, 2013

Ensco PLC announced plans to add another newbuild drillship to its fleet to help fulfill customer demand for deepwater vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and elsewhere.

Kosmos Energy signs contract for new drillship

Jun 11, 2013

Kosmos Energy Ltd. signed a long-term rig agreement with a subsidiary of Atwood Oceanics Inc. for the newbuild drillship Atwood Achiever, scheduled for completion in June 2014 and expected to commence drilling operations in the second half of 2014.

UK launches review of offshore oil and gas

Jun 11, 2013

The UK government has launched an independent review of nontax influences on offshore oil and gas activity, acknowledging the need for careful management of a mature but still-promising industry.

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