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Frigstad Offshore to sell deepwater assets to China International Maritime Containers Group

The Frigstad Shekou (above), along with the Frigstad Kristiansand are currently under construction at the Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in Shandong, China. They are scheduled for delivery in Q1-2017 and Q3-2017 respectively.

Frigstad Deepwater Holding, a subsidiary of Frigstad Offshore Group, has decided to sell all of its shares in Frigstad Deepwater to a subsidiary of China International Maritime Containers Group (CIMC) with effect from 6 December 2016. Frigstad Deepwater, which has been jointly owned by Frigstad Offshore Group and CIMC since 2012, has two 7th generation ultra-deepwater drilling units of the Frigstad D90 design under construction at the Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in Shandong, China. The units, Frigstad Shekou and Frigstad Kristiansand, are scheduled for delivery in Q1‐2017 and Q3‐2017 respectively.

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New drilling float valve developed to improve operational safety

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Standard drilling float valves have allowed fluid flow to move across the sealing surface of wells, which can compromise the integrity of the sealing surface after prolonged use. To address this challenge Drilling Innovative Solutions launched the Sentinel Drilling Safety Float Valve. The new piece of drilling float equipment uses a flapper actuated ball valve technology to flow fluid through the flow tube without exposing it to the sealing surface. Watch the video with Sam Hawkins, Founder and Manager of New Products for Drilling Innovative Solutions to learn more.

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Predictive maintenance could improve drilling equipment reliability

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Predictive maintenance has the potential to help drilling contractors better understand when equipment needs critical maintenance in order to prevent unexpected failure. Avoiding unexpected equipment failure is critical to reducing safety incidents, as well as nonproductive time. Watch DC’s video with SparkCognition VP Solutions Philippe Herve from 16 November to learn about new technologies such as cognitive analytics and machine learning that can help the drilling industry implement predictive maintenance. Mr Herve also gave a presentation on predictive maintenance at the Spark Tank forum, held by the IADC ART Future Technology Subcommittee on 27 October in Houston. Before specializing in predictive analytics, he spent 30 years working for oilfield service companies.

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Murphy awards deepwater integrated EPCIC contract to Subsea Integration Alliance

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Integration Alliance announced the industry’s first deepwater integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) multiphase boosting system award. This award, by Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA, a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, is for the industry’s longest deepwater subsea multiphase boosting tieback.

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New USGS assessment indicates Wolfcamp shale holds an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil

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The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion bbls of oil, 16 trillion cu ft of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion bbls of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the US Geological Survey. This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources. The estimate of continuous oil in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp shale assessment is nearly three times larger than that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment, making this the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that USGS has assessed in the United States to date. “The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes ...

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