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Shales may push onshore rig boom in South Africa by 2016

Posted on 30 October 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Shale exploration and development will drive demand for high-horsepower onshore drilling rigs in South Africa from zero this year to nearly 60 by 2016…

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Successful flow testing program paves way for East Africa field development

Posted on 30 October 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, Innovating While Drilling, News

A successful DST program on the Prosperidade field offshore Mozambique has allowed Anadarko Petroleum to reduce…

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North Sea drilling report shows healthy uptick in UK, Netherlands, focus on appraisals in Norway

Posted on 30 October 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Drilling activity in the UK and The Netherlands sectors of the North Sea during the first three quarters of 2012…

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Petrobras makes another discovery of hydrocarbons in Sergipe-Alagoas Basin’s ultra-deepwaters

Posted on 11 October 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Petrobras has confirmed the presence of light hydrocarbons in ultra-deepwaters of the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin…

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Statoil awards contracts for three rigs on Norwegian shelf

Posted on 03 October 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil and its partners have secured contracts for the Bideford Dolphin, Stena Don and Scarabeo 5 rigs on the Norwegian continental shelf…

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Atwood Oceanics secures contract for the Atwood Advantage drillship

Posted on 27 September 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Atwood Oceanics has secured a drilling services contract for the Atwood Advantage by a subsidiary of Noble Energy for a program commencing in the Mediterranean…

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Seadrill orders ultra-deepwater drillship for delivery in 2014

Posted on 24 September 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Seadrill has ordered an ultra-deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung yard in South Korea. The project value is estimated to be around US $600 million…

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Petrobras signs subsea wellhead contract worth nearly US $1.1 billion

Posted on 18 September 2012 in Global and Regional Markets, News

Petrobras has signed the world’s largest subsea wellhead contract, worth nearly US $1.1 billion, with GE Oil and Gas…

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Sustaining the license to drill: It’s not a game!

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

In summer 2011 offshore Greenland, in an attempt to halt Arctic exploration, Greenpeace activists scaled a semisubmersible rig large enough to drill in more than 8,000 ft of water. This, despite a court injunction and the risk of jail time and significant fines for the activists….

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Industry delves deeper into African frontier

Posted on 17 September 2012 in 2012, Drilling It Safely, Features, Global and Regional Markets, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

On the world map, Africa commands a grand presence, with more than 50 countries that straddle a multitude of climates, terrains and cultures. Into the continent’s vast lands and open waters, the drilling industry continues cautiously to navigate and integrate its activity…

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