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US rig count grows by two


The US rig count grew by two last week, reaching 931 total active rigs, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. The growth came from US drillers putting to work one land rig and one rig drilling in inland waters. There are now 909 rigs drilling on land, while the offshore count remained steady at 20 rigs.

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US rig count rises by six


US drillers have added eight land rigs this week and idled two offshore, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. There are now 908 rigs drilling on land and 20 offshore, putting the total rig count at 929. One rig is classified as drilling in inland waters. Of the total count, 749 are drilling for oil and 180 for natural gas.

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AFGlobal to provide lifecycle riser services for IFP Energies nouvelles


AFGlobal and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), the developer of the Clip-Riser technology, have joined forces to provide inspection, maintenance and repair of IFPEN drilling risers. The Clip-Riser is a quick and boltless connector technology that provides an easy, safe and effective method for connecting riser joints with minimal maintenance, according to AFGlobal. AFGlobal will partner with IFPEN to provide inspection, maintenance and repair of drilling risers in Brazil, according to IFPEN’s specifications. AFGlobal says that it has also signed a licensing agreement with IFPEN for the worldwide provision of spare parts conforming to the technology’s original specifications. These agreements will benefit Clip-Riser customers by offering a safe and cost-effective alternative for the inspection, maintenance and repair of their risers, according ...

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US rig count grows by eight


The US rig count grew by eight this week, reaching 915, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. Onshore, US drillers put five rigs to work, putting the count at 893. Offshore, the rig count grew from 18 to 21. There are now 738 rigs drilling for oil and 177 drilling for natural gas in the US.

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KCA Deutag secures land drilling contracts for five rigs

KCA Deutag’s T-700 is a Euromatic rig designed to meet stringent European requirements on noise reduction, transportation load sizes and environmental criteria. The rig was built to trip pipe in a fully automated sequence.

KCA Deutag has announced that its land drilling operation has been awarded new contracts for five rigs with a combined contract value of $48 million. The first of those rigs, the T-72, has been awarded a nine-month contract in Pakistan for one firm well, with an additional one-well extension option. In Europe, the T-700, which recently completed two geothermal wells in the Netherlands, has also won a five-month contract for an additional four wells with the same client. This is the group’s sixth contract in the European geothermal drilling market in recent years, and is an area that offers substantial growth opportunities for the group as Europe seeks to increase its renewable energy generation. KCA Deutag’s operation in Algeria also ...

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Thomas Burke named 2017 IADC Contractor of the Year

Tom Burke - CEO

Dr Thomas Burke, President and CEO of Rowan Companies, has been named 2017 IADC Contractor of Year in recognition of his leadership and service to the industry. He accepted the award at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 10 November in Austin, Texas. “It’s been an absolute delight to be involved with IADC,” Dr Burke said in accepting the award. “What’s special about our industry is that it’s highly competitive – being competitive is important, it makes us all better and change with the times – but it’s also a collaborative industry.” Dr Burke thanked the other members of the IADC Executive Committee, as well as IADC staff, noting that “it all seems to work like magic, but there’s ...

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IADC Exemplary Service Awards honor Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee


Dan Scott, Jorge Lebrija and Andy Poosuthasee were honored with IADC Exemplary Service Awards (ESAs) at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting on 9 November in Austin, Texas. The ESAs recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the drilling industry and to IADC. Recipients have, in the course of their career, repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving the drilling industry and advancing its safety, training, or technology....

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Vantage Drilling announces contract extension for Emerald Driller


Vantage Drilling International has announced that its drilling services contract for the Emerald Driller jackup will be extended for two years, beginning May 2018. Ihab Toma, the company’s CEO, commented, “We are very pleased that we will continue to work with one of our esteemed clients and keep our rigs working in this challenging environment. I thank our team on the rig, as it was their performance that made this happen.”

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Baker Hughes reports 11-rig decrease in US rig count


The US rig count fell by 11 this week, reaching 898 rigs, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. Onshore, US drillers idled nine rigs, putting the active land rig count at 879. Offshore, the count dropped from 20 to 18 rigs. Of the total US rig count, 729 are drilling for oil and 169 for gas. One week ago, those numbers stood at 737 and 172, respectively.

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