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Bluewhale 1, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible built by Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore, has been named and delivered in Yantai, China. As the first turnkey project for a Chinese offshore ultra-deepwater field, Bluewhale 1 will be operated by China National Petroleum Offshore and Bluewhale Offshore, a subsidiary of CIMC...

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Modifications of Jones Act rulings would be costly for US, industry

The API is predicting far-reaching consequences from modifications being proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) relating to decades of Jones Act rulings. In a report released on 4 April, the organization concluded that modifying such rulings, which pertain to the use of Jones Act vessels for offshore oil and gas activities, could lead to the loss of 30,000 industry-associated jobs as soon as this year. Significant decreases in US oil and gas production and in government revenue were also predicted...

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Operator/contractor collaboration results in lightweight drilling package for long-term P&A campaign

Plug and abandonment system was designed to deal with wellbore uncertainties while remaining light enough to be rigged up on aging platforms By Jean-Christophe Le Guen, Sapura Energy Sapura Energy recently developed a lightweight drilling package for a long-term plug and abandonment (P&A) campaign in the Asia Pacific region. The drilling package, to be deployed in conjunction with the SKD Alliance semi-tender rig in early 2018, was developed directly in response to an operator’s request for a safe and economical P&A solution. Driven by the belief that there is not one-size-fits-all solution for P&A, the contractor began by carefully comparing the full P&A campaign costs versus a simple dayrate. This was done under the recognition that, while some options may ...

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