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Wood Mackenzie: Explorers’ success rates rise as ultra-deep and frontier basins deliver

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Explorers achieved significant success in 2017 as companies emerged from the downturn leaner and more focused on making smart portfolio decisions. The industry has made a return to high-impact exploration in ultra-deepwater and frontier basins after a period of focusing on low-risk, low-reward activity. Oil accounted for 56% of discovered volumes, a share last seen in 2008, with eight out of the top 10 discoveries being oil weighted...

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Total enters exploration in Guyana Basin with three exploration licenses

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Total has signed agreements to acquire interests into two exploration licenses offshore Guyana, the Canje Block and the Kanuku Block. These agreements come after entering into an option agreement for the nearby Orinduik Block. Subject to the approval of relevant authorities, Total will thus own exploration rights to an area covering over 12,000 sq km in the Guyana Basin...

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Deep Sea Mooring picks up Quadrant contract offshore Australia

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Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, has secured a contract with Quadrant Energy to provide turnkey pre-lay mooring solutions to the Transocean GSF Development Driller 1 semi-submersible drilling rig offshore Australia. The deal, a continuation of previous work for Quadrant Energy, begins in March 2018...

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Process automation becoming key enabler for optimization as market moves deeper into industrialization

Kevin Neveu, President and CEO, Precision Drilling

I would say there are two main things that are on my mind, and the first is wide-scale adoption of industrialized principles. When there’s industrialization, like the kind we see in the unconventionals where we’re mass-producing a large number of identical wells, it really allows you to optimize each step of the process and make significant improvements in efficiency...

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SIMOPs, continuous pumping may help operators create additional value as sizes of well pads expand

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Within Total, we have identified safety as a value rather than as a priority. That’s because priorities can change due to environmental factors. For us, safety is a pillar on which we build everything else. We manage and control the risks associated with our activities, both for our employees and for the communities in which we undertake these activities. We also minimize their impact for future generations...

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With dayrates still low, industry may have to look to consolidation to cut costs, accelerate rig retirements

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Newbuild deliveries may exert pressure on jackup market in 2018, but operators likely to maintain preference for high-performing rigs with recent track records By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor Ihab Toma is CEO of Vantage Drilling. Looking at the global offshore drilling market today, what do you see as the most critical challenges facing this business? It’s utilization, and it’s oversupply. For the past couple of years, the big challenge had been lack of rig demand, but that is starting to come back. However, we still have an oversupply of drilling rigs, and that will continue to put pressure on dayrates. Therefore, at this point, it’s very difficult for us to do much except cut more costs to generate enough margins ...

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