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Judicial lifting of drilling ban may not last

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Another day, another deepwater moratorium? Seems likely. Although US District Judge Martin Feldman of New Orleans issued a 22 June injunction…

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Macondo by the numbers

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Press and government are trotting out many numbers related to the Macondo accident. Below are some of the less well-reported statistics…

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Bromwich launches investigative/compliance team

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Michael Bromwich, director of the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOE), is establishing an investigations…

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Odfjell’s Deepsea Stavanger to drill offshore Tanzania in East Africa

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Odfjell Drilling’s new ultra-deepwater semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger has been contracted for the first deepwater…

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PSA Norway to review well integrity, design/construction, emergency preparedness

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has established a framework for reviewing US government…

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IADC ISP: Global LTI rate down to 0.37 in 2009

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

The lost-time incident (LTI) rate for the global drilling industry reached a record low of 0.37 in 2009 – a 25% reduction from 2008…

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Rowan moves to purchase Skeie Drilling

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Rowan Companies has entered into an agreement to purchase Skeie Drilling & Production ASA (“SKDP”), subject to satisfactory due diligence…

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Noble to acquire Frontier Drilling

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Noble Corp has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire FDR Holdings Ltd (Frontier Drilling) in a cash transaction that values the enterprise at $2.16 billion…

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Nomac Drilling receives 1,000th NOV TDS-11 top drive

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) celebrated the shipment of the 1,000th TDS-11 top drive on 20 May at the company’s Orange, Calif., manufacturing facility…

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Premier: Catcher East sidetrack finds oily sandstones

Posted on 01 July 2010 in News

Premier Oil’s Catcher East (28/9-1Z) sidetrack well in the UK Central North Sea has encountered oil-bearing sandstones…

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