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Petrobras completes drilling first appraisal well in Libra Consortium

Posted on 25 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Petrobras recently completed drilling the first appraisal well in the Libra area, the 3-BRSA-1255 (3-RJS-731), known as NW1. Located in the Northwest portion of the Libra block, in the pre-salt layer of the…

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Ensign secures contracts for 2 ADR 1500S pad drill rigs in Montney area

Posted on 24 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, Onshore Advances

Ensign Energy Services has signed contracts for two of its new ADR 1500S pad drill rigs for a major operator in the Montney area of northeast British Columbia…

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Statoil cancels Stena Carron rig contract offshore Angola

Posted on 21 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier

Statoil has decided to cancel the Stena Carron rig contract after fulfilling the work commitments in the Statoil-operated blocks 38 and 39 in the Kwanza basin offshore Angola…

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Stepwise approach guides Statoil’s North American onshore path

Posted on 19 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

When Statoil entered the North American onshore industry in 2008, it was a non-operator in a joint venture (JV) with Chesapeake in one shale play. Since then, Norwegian-based…

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Stilley: Despite challenging outlook, opportunities are plenty in the long term

Posted on 18 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Opportunities abound for the drilling industry even in an environment of high costs and falling oil prices, Randall D. Stilley, President & CEO of Paragon Offshore, said…

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In well control, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Posted on 18 November 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

It has been more than four years since Macondo, and the long-term effects of the oil spill are still being determined. “Oil is a natural substance that can be degraded…

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Plaisance: Well Control Institute evaluating priority topics

Posted on 18 November 2014 in Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, Videos

The Well Control Institute (WCI) Board of Directors convened on 11 November in New Orleans. Moe Plaisance, who recently retired from Diamond Offshore Drilling, has…

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Powell: Drilling contractors responsible for well control; planning, risk assessment fall under operators in EU directive

Posted on 18 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, News, The Offshore Frontier, Videos

Before joining IADC, Taf Powell served with the European Commission as an expert adviser in offshore drilling and…

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Adkins: Bearish outlook in near term, $75 oil in 2015

Posted on 18 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

The global industry outlook is bearish in the near-term. Oil supply is growing twice as fast as demand, and the simple solution to this oversupply is to lower prices…

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Jenkins: Addressing BOP maintenance can help to curb rising costs in GOM

Posted on 18 November 2014 in Global and Regional Markets, News

The continuing increase in drilling and completion costs is a concern involving all industry stakeholders, Murphy Oil’s President & CEO emphasized at the 2014 IADC Annual General Meeting…

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