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ART, DSATS groups push ahead with automation integration projects

Posted on 21 June 2011 in News

The IADC Advanced Rig Technology (ART) Committee and the SPE Drilling Systems Automation Technical…

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Saipem lands drilling contracts worth $600 million

Posted on 21 June 2011 in News

Saipem announced this week a multitude of offshore and onshore drilling contracts totaling $600 million. First, Eni has extended the charter for the…

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Blue Tarpon fracturing and stimulation vessel launched in Gulf of Mexico

Posted on 21 June 2011 in News

Baker Hughes launched its Blue Tarpon fracturing and stimulation vessel on 9 June. The 300-ft ship has a…

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ExxonMobil scores big with first post-moratorium GOM exploration well

Posted on 09 June 2011 in News

ExxonMobil has scored two major oil discoveries and a gas discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM) in…

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IADC ISP report shows LTI, recordables slightly up in 2010

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News

The drilling industry lost some ground in 2010 when it came to its lost-time incidence (LTI), recordable incidence and fatality rates, according to the newest…

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IADC to Coast Guard: Macondo report too focused on mitigation

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News

Recommendations made by the US Coast Guard’s Macondo joint investigation team are overly focused on mitigation rather than prevention, IADC told the…

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BOEMRE publishes checklist for operator permit applications

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) said this week it is putting in place “significant improvements”…

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Petrobras Board OKs bidding program for 21 new rigs

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News

The Petrobras Board of Directors has given the go-ahead for the bidding process to award contracts for up to 21 offshore drilling rigs to be built in Brazil…

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Rowan orders two ultra-deepwater drillships

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News

Rowan Companies is getting into the ultra-deepwater rig market with the order of two newbuild ultra-deepwater drillships to be constructed by Hyundai…

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BHP Billiton brings first new GOM deepwater well online since moratorium

Posted on 07 June 2011 in News

BHP Billiton Petroleum announced on 7 June that it is the first company in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to bring…

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