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Vantage Drilling announces contract for Topaz Driller

Vantage Drilling is mobilizing the Topaz Driller to work for Ophir in Thailand.

Vantage Drilling announced that it has entered into a contract with New Age Cameroon Offshore Petroleum for its premium jackup rig, the Topaz Driller, to perform drilling services in Cameroon for 150 days. “We are very pleased to announce this contract with New Age for the Topaz Driller in Cameroon,” said Ihab Toma, CEO of Vantage. “This contract will enable us to have two of our premium jackup rigs operating in West Africa after we mobilize the Topaz Driller from Asia to Cameroon. Our rigs and crews have proven and continue to prove to our clients that Vantage is a leader in safety and operational performance in the region. We look forward to commencing work for our esteemed client.”

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Shell announces large deepwater discovery in Gulf of Mexico

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Shell has announced one of its largest US Gulf of Mexico exploration finds in the past decade from the Whale deepwater well. The well encountered more than 1,400 net ft (427 m) of oil-bearing pay. Evaluation of the discovery is ongoing, and appraisal drilling is under way to further delineate the discovery and define development options. “Deepwater is an important growth priority as we reshape Shell into a world-class investment case,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Royal Dutch Shell. “Today’s announcement shows how, through exploration, we are sustaining a strong pipeline of discoveries and future projects to sustain this deepwater growth.” Whale is operated by Shell (60%) and co-owned by Chevron (40%). It was discovered in the Alaminos Canyon ...

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Premier Oil awarded exploration license offshore Indonesia

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Premier Oil, together with its joint venture (JV) partners Mubadala Petroleum and Kris Energy, has been awarded the Andaman II License in the 2017 Indonesian Licensing Round. The Andaman II license is located in the underexplored but proven North Sumatra basin offshore Aceh, Indonesia. Premier has identified numerous prospects and leads that exhibit direct hydrocarbon indicators on the existing 2D seismic data, significantly de-risking a potentially material gas play, the company stated. Premier assesses that the overall license has the potential for significant gas volumes that, in the success case, would be delivered to existing gas consumers in North Sumatra. Going forward, the plan is to acquire 3D seismic in the initial three-year term, Premier stated. Tony Durrant, CEO of Premier, ...

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Four strategies to consider in rig reactivations

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As the offshore drilling industry continues to face difficult economic conditions and an abundant rig oversupply, it’s important to take a strategic approach to rig stackings and reactivations. In a panel session at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference, Adrin Shafil Bin Ahmad Nasir, Drilling and Completions Manager for Petrofac Malaysia, presented four strategies to consider: condition normalization, taking ownership of the project, creating a safety culture early, and developing strong relationships. Watch DC’s video with Mr Shafil from the conference, held 24-25 January in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to learn more about these four strategies...

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Chevron announces oil discovery in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

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Chevron has announced a significant oil discovery at the Ballymore prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Ballymore is located in the Mississippi Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico, approximately 3 miles from Chevron’s Blind Faith platform, in a water depth of 6,536 ft. The initial Ballymore well reached a total measured depth of 29,194 ft and encountered more than 670 ft net oil pay with excellent reservoir and fluid characteristics, according to Chevron. A sidetrack well is being drilled to further assess the discovery and begin to define development options. “The Gulf of Mexico deepwater is an integral part of our company’s long-term strategy,” said Jeff Shellebarger, President of Chevron North America Exploration and Production. “This discovery is an important addition to our portfolio, especially with its combination ...

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DSM commences operations with mooring contract on Norwegian Continental Shelf

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Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, has commenced operations with the newly awarded contract to provide pre-lay mooring products and services to the Deepsea Bergen semi-submersible drilling rig on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Austrian oil & gas company OMV has deployed the semisubmersible rig to support drilling activities in the region.

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Apache awards platform drilling management contract to Archer

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Archer announced that effective from 1 January 2018, Apache has awarded a new three-year contract to Archer for the provision of Platform Drilling Management Services which include operations and maintenance on their Forties and Beryl fields. This will include the Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta as well as the Beryl Alpha and Bravo platforms...

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