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Diamond Offshore buys PetroRig II

Posted on 08 October 2009 in News

Diamond Offshore Drilling has acquired from PetroRig II Pte Ltd the construction contract to purchase the newbuild 7,500-ft, dynamically positioned semisubmersible PetroRig II…

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Scorpion jackup contract with Petrobras extended

Posted on 08 October 2009 in News

Petrobras has awarded Scorpion Offshore a two-year contract extension for the jackup Offshore Defender for continued operations offshore Brazil. The extension period will commence…

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Atwood Beacon to mobilize to Equatorial Guinea for Hess

Posted on 08 October 2009 in News

Atwood Oceanics’ ATWOOD BEACON has been awarded a contract by Hess Equatorial Guinea to drill offshore Equatorial Guinea under a firm program of six wells…

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Chevron to renew push for dual-gradient

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

Chevron is getting back into the dual-gradient drilling business. Seen a decade ago as an enormous enabler to deepwater drilling by minimizing the number of casing strings, numerous dual-gradient solutions…

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Burns: To achieve zero incidents, every single person must take responsibility

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

Anyone whose mind has wandered during a task and wound up walloping his fingers with a hammer can appreciate the warning given by Mark Burns, president of Ensco Offshore Internationa…

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Chief Dutch regulator calls for 'proactive' regulations, praises IADC HSE Case Guidelines

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

In his keynote address to the 2009 Drilling HSE Europe Conference & Exhibition on 24 September, Jan de Jong, inspector-general of the State Supervision of Mines in the Netherlands…

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Windhorst, Bratthammar receive IADC Exemplary Service Awards

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

Two longtime IADC supporters received IADC Exemplary Service Awards at the 2009 Drilling HSE Europe Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam on 23 September.

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Silver lining in downturn: Drilling equipment availability up

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

One silver lining in the downturn may be that drilling equipment is more available, as manufacturers scramble to fill spare capacity and innovate to get a leg up on the competition.

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Survey: Where will the North American rig count by in September 2010?

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

The North American rig count was up to 1,224 (for the week ending 18 Sept), compared with 2,443 the same week last year and 984 around same time in June. Where do you think the count will be in September 2010?

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DC survey: 53% don't believe in climate change

Posted on 25 September 2009 in News

It was a close race, but a slightly greater percentage of you believe that climate change is a hoax (53%) rather than likely or true (47%), according to a reader survey on DrillingContractor.org…

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