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Saudi Aramco signs landmark joint venture agreements with Nabors and Rowan

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Saudi Aramco signed two landmark agreements with Nabors Industries and Rowan Companies to create two new national champions focused on onshore and offshore drilling. The new joint ventures mark a major milestone towards the development of a competitive Saudi energy sector, as encapsulated in the company’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (iktva) program and Saudi Vision 2030.

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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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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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