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Frigstad Offshore to sell deepwater assets to China International Maritime Containers Group

The Frigstad Shekou (above), along with the Frigstad Kristiansand are currently under construction at the Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in Shandong, China. They are scheduled for delivery in Q1-2017 and Q3-2017 respectively.

Frigstad Deepwater Holding, a subsidiary of Frigstad Offshore Group, has decided to sell all of its shares in Frigstad Deepwater to a subsidiary of China International Maritime Containers Group (CIMC) with effect from 6 December 2016. Frigstad Deepwater, which has been jointly owned by Frigstad Offshore Group and CIMC since 2012, has two 7th generation ultra-deepwater drilling units of the Frigstad D90 design under construction at the Yantai CIMC Raffles shipyard in Shandong, China. The units, Frigstad Shekou and Frigstad Kristiansand, are scheduled for delivery in Q1‐2017 and Q3‐2017 respectively.

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New drilling float valve developed to improve operational safety

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Standard drilling float valves have allowed fluid flow to move across the sealing surface of wells, which can compromise the integrity of the sealing surface after prolonged use. To address this challenge Drilling Innovative Solutions launched the Sentinel Drilling Safety Float Valve. The new piece of drilling float equipment uses a flapper actuated ball valve technology to flow fluid through the flow tube without exposing it to the sealing surface. Watch the video with Sam Hawkins, Founder and Manager of New Products for Drilling Innovative Solutions to learn more.

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Predictive maintenance could improve drilling equipment reliability

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Predictive maintenance has the potential to help drilling contractors better understand when equipment needs critical maintenance in order to prevent unexpected failure. Avoiding unexpected equipment failure is critical to reducing safety incidents, as well as nonproductive time. Watch DC’s video with SparkCognition VP Solutions Philippe Herve from 16 November to learn about new technologies such as cognitive analytics and machine learning that can help the drilling industry implement predictive maintenance. Mr Herve also gave a presentation on predictive maintenance at the Spark Tank forum, held by the IADC ART Future Technology Subcommittee on 27 October in Houston. Before specializing in predictive analytics, he spent 30 years working for oilfield service companies.

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Murphy awards deepwater integrated EPCIC contract to Subsea Integration Alliance

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Integration Alliance announced the industry’s first deepwater integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) multiphase boosting system award. This award, by Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA, a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, is for the industry’s longest deepwater subsea multiphase boosting tieback.

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Baker Hughes, CSL Capital Management, WSEP to form North American land pressure-pumping company

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Baker Hughes, CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners (WSEP), a fund managed by the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, announced an agreement to create a pure-play North American land pressure pumping company. The new company will leverage operational experience and industry expertise to provide customers with leading hydraulic fracturing and cementing services supported by the current Baker Hughes world-class technology portfolio.

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