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Statoil makes natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania

Posted on 06 December 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil, with co-venturer ExxonMobil, made its fifth discovery in Block 2 offshore Tanzania. The discovery of an additional 2 to 3 Tcf of natural gas in place in…

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Noble Energy makes discoveries in GOM, Eastern Mediterranean

Posted on 04 December 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Noble Energy has discovered oil at the Dantzler exploration well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and natural gas at the Tamar Southwest (SW) exploration well…

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Hoffman: Industry should view people shortage as opportunity, not challenge

Posted on 27 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

The people shortage is looming large in the drilling industry, and it’s an issue that can’t wait any longer, Kurt Hoffman…

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Customizable well stimulation vessel targets Gulf of Mexico shelf

Posted on 27 November 2013 in Completing the Well, Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Additional capacity on a new stimulation vessel dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) will allow multiple treatments for well stimulation, fracturing and…

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Gas production begins from UK Jasmine field

Posted on 21 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

The Jasmine field in the UK North Sea has started gas production. Jasmine was discovered in 2006 by ConocoPhillips as operator (36.5%), together with its co-venturers Eni…

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Seadrill’s West Auriga drillship begins development drilling for BP in GOM

Posted on 19 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Seadrill’s new ultra-deepwater drillship, the West Auriga, recently began development drilling work at BP’s Thunder Horse field in deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). …

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Up to 7 Barents Sea wells among Statoil’s 2014 exploration plan

Posted on 12 November 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has announced plans to drill 20 to 25 exploration wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) in 2014; approximately two-thirds will be Statoil-operated. …

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Transocean orders 5 more KFELS jackups

Posted on 11 November 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Transocean has awarded Keppel FELS a repeat order of five KFELS Super B Class jackups for US$1.1 billion. The rigs are scheduled to be delivered between Q1 2016 and Q3 2017…

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Study tackles industry’s shearing capabilities

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

As offshore drilling challenges increase, BOP shearing technology needs to keep pace. Recent trends include improved drill pipe metallurgical…

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MPD opens door to new well control options in deepwater

Posted on 30 October 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

Managed pressure drilling (MPD) is recognized as a key enabling technology for drilling challenging wells. The ability to monitor and control volume…

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