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Scorpion’s Offshore Courageous named Shell’s Jackup Rig of the Year

Posted on 24 November 2009 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Scorpion Offshore announced that its Offshore Courageous rig has been named Shell International E&P’s Jackup…

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Transocean’s Discoverer Americas commences GOM operations

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Transocean announced this week that its newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship Discoverer Americas has commenced operations in the US Gulf of Mexico…

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BP confirms western extension of Kaskida field

Posted on 24 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

BP announced that an appraisal well to test a western extension of the Kaskida field has confirmed oil in Lower Tertiary reservoirs five miles west of the Kaskida…

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Atwood’s VICKSBURG contract extended

Posted on 24 November 2009 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Atwood Oceanics announced that the VICKSBURG has been awarded a three-month contract extension by NuCoastal (Thailand) to continue…

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Drillers Outlook Panel: Challenges abound, but so do opportunities

Posted on 11 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances, The Offshore Frontier

It’s been said that drilling contractors are an optimistic bunch, and that certainly proved true with the three industry leaders who sat on the Drillers Outlook…

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ODS-Petrodata forecast: No balanced market in sight for jackups

Posted on 11 November 2009 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

From the perspective of Tom Kellock, head of consulting and research for ODS-Petrodata, the outlook for the worldwide jackup market is far from rosy…

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Northwest Europe: Chance of recovery may depend on small operators’ access to funding

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

It’s money that makes the bit go around. When I was asked to prepare this outlook piece covering Northwest Europe a few weeks ago, the picture at first sight…

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Global jackup market is still soft to terrible. Is there anywhere to go but up?

Posted on 09 November 2009 in 2009, Features, Global and Regional Markets, November/December, The Offshore Frontier

While it’s true that appearances can be deceiving, it’s worth noting that as of early October, drilling activity appeared to be on the rise. Actual increases in drilling activity still ranged from minimal to barely noticeable…

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Riserless drilling with casing: GOM well design model requires change for deepwater drilling

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

As deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations move into deeper water and well depths, there has been a lack of consistent and sustained performance…

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Continuous improvements lead to Maersk Oil Qatar’s longest horizontal well in the world

Posted on 03 November 2009 in 2009, Innovating While Drilling, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

Maersk Oil Qatar AS (MOQ) completed drilling the world-record BD-04A well in May 2008 offshore Qatar. It was the successful outcome of engineering…

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