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Oil discovered in new area of Barents Sea

Posted on 06 September 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

OMV and partners Petoro, Idemitsu, Tullow and Statoil have made the first oil discovery in the Barents Sea’s Hoop-Maud Basin area. Operator OMV is about to…

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Big risks, bigger rewards?

Posted on 03 September 2013 in 2013, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Drilling is a challenging task anywhere you go today, but drilling in the Arctic is exponentially more demanding and costly. To get a sense of what operations are like in an arctic environment, Parker Drilling’s Bryan Collins, VP – Arctic operations, explained a typical day…

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Ensco takes delivery of ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackup

Posted on 03 September 2013 in News, The Offshore Frontier

Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 120, the first in its series of three ultra-premium, harsh-environment jackups. The rig is contracted to work for Nexen in…

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Next-generation semi replaces derrick with multipurpose tower

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, September/October, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

With the implementation of the multipurpose tower (MPT) on Noble Drilling’s Noble Bully I and II in March and April 2012…

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Finer control: 2nd-gen wired pipe to improve ruggedness, diagnostics

Posted on 29 August 2013 in 2013, Innovating While Drilling, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Efficient Rig, The Offshore Frontier

Wired drill pipe (WDP) technology has been described as a game-changer for the oil and gas industry due to its capacity to deliver high-resolution data…

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Exclusive video: Automated influx detection with MPD in deepwater applications

Posted on 28 August 2013 in Drilling It Safely, Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Challenges such as riser and surface equipment limitation needs to be considered to define recommended practices for deepwater well…

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UK, Scottish government ministers to speak at Offshore Europe

Posted on 28 August 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Several senior representatives of the UK and Scottish governments are scheduled to address the audience at SPE Offshore Europe…

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2D seismic survey offshore Croatia to lead into 2014 licensing round

Posted on 13 August 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Oslo-based service company Spectrum has signed a contract with Croatia’s Ministry of the Economy for rights to acquire multi-client 2D seismic data offshore Croatia…

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Tight jackup markets drive record backlog for Hercules Offshore

Posted on 07 August 2013 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Tight supplies in jackup markets around the world have pushed contractor backlogs to near-historical highs, which is providing marketing flexibility and…

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High-pressure riser project extends jackup application in deeper waters

Posted on 07 August 2013 in Innovating While Drilling, News, The Offshore Frontier

Claxton has provided a high-press drilling riser for two wells in 132 meters of water on a Gullfaks satellite field in Norway. Statoil used the West Elara…

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