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For StatoilHydro, discovery made in Algeria but disappointment in Norwegian Sea

Posted on 20 August 2008 in News

StatoilHydro and partner Sonatrach have made a fifth discovery in the Hassi Mouina licence in the Sahara desert in Algeria. The existence of gas was confirmed in exploration well TNKW-1 in the southern part of the licence.

”This is an interesting discovery and shows that there is a resource potential in the Hassi Mouina licence,” said Alf Henry Meland, the head of exploration in Algeria.

The Hassi Mouina licence was awarded in June 2004. It includes four blocks within an area of 23,000 sq km in the Gourara basin. 30% has now been relinquished to the Algerian government in accordance with the licence agreement.

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KCA DEUTAG contract extended on StatoilHydro

Posted on 20 August 2008 in News

StatoilHydro's Kvitebjorn platformKCA DEUTAG Drilling Norge’s contract with StatoilHydro for the provision of drilling services on the Kvitebjorn platform has been renewed for a further two years until March 2010. This is the third of three options exercised by StatoilHydro and means that KCA DEUTAG now has drilling contracts on seven StatoilHydro installations until 2010. The other six are on the Oseberg, Brage and Njord fields and are valid until July 2010.

KCA DEUTAG has drilled on Kvitebjorn since the platform was installed in summer 2003 and has cooperated closely with StatoilHydro in the development and use of managed pressure drilling (MPD) in this field.

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MMS calls for further improvements in lifting safety

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

Speaking at the IADC Lifting & Mechanical Handling Conference & Exhibition in Houston on 15 July, MMS senior engineer Joe Levine delivered some surprising statistics regarding lifting incidents on the OCS. What was not surprising, however, was that the numbers showed the industry still has plenty of room for improvement.

Since 2004, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) has issued seven safety alerts and five panel reports related to lifting activities. There is no other OCS operation on which the MMS has issued more safety alerts or panel reports, Mr Levine said. To both regulators and the industry, this should be a red flag.

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IADC Australasia Chapter submits comments to NOPSA review

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

NOPSAThe IADC Australasia Chapter recently made a submission to Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) as part of a government-mandated independent review of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA). NOPSA began operations in January 2005 and has since made significant changes to the requirements that drilling contractors face in the management of health and safety in Australian waters.

Additionally, a new levy system intended to cover NOPSA’s operational costs was set up that includes drilling contractors as “operators.” Rig owners have continued to protest this levy.

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Interior Department initiates new five-year oil/gas leasing program for OCS

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

MMSSaying the nation’s energy situation has dramatically changed in the past year, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has jumpstarted the development of a new oil and natural gas leasing program for the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The action could give the next administration a two-year head start in expanding energy production from federal offshore jurisdictions, including some areas where a congressional ban had prevented oil and gas development.

“When our current five-year program for Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing was launched in July 2007, oil was selling for $64 a barrel,” Mr Kempthorne said. “Today a barrel of oil costs more than $120, almost double the price a year ago. Clearly, today’s escalating energy prices and the widening gap between US energy consumption and supply have changed the fundamental assumptions on which many of our decisions were based.”

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ExxonMobil announces $1.1 billion Turrum Field development

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

ExxonMobilExxonMobil has announced the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture, which includes its subsidiary, Esso Australia, will invest $1.1 billion to develop more than 270 million oil-equivalent bbl from the Turrum field in the Bass Strait, offshore southeast Australia.

The development follows the recent announcement of $1 billion in funding to develop natural gas from the Kipper field, also in the Bass Strait.

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Transocean to participate in Corporate Eco Forum

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

TransoceanTransocean recently became a member of the Corporate Eco Forum, an invitation-only group of companies who have “demonstrated a seriousness of purpose around the environment as a business strategy,” underscoring the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility.

“The invitation to participate in the Corporate Eco Forum is a great testament to our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and the company’s leadership position in this arena compared to our peers,” said Adrian Rose, Transocean’s VP of QHSE.

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IADC forms European Operations Forum

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

As part of its continuing effort to promote HSE commitment and advances in drilling technology, IADC is forming the European Operations Forum (EOF). The EOF will build on the achievements of the European Working Group and develop a stronger IADC regional body focusing on policies that effectively meet drilling contractors’ 21st-century needs.

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Halliburton introduces WellLife III cementing solution

Posted on 31 July 2008 in News

Halliburton Cement Assurance Tool

Halliburton Cement Assurance Tool

Halliburton has announced the delivery of WellLife III cementing service, a comprehensive solution designed to increase the economic life of wells. The solution incorporates three synergistic components: diagnostics tools, engineered cement systems and zonal isolation assurance tool.

The service aims to evolve the cementing operation beyond the conventional cement-design method that predominantly focuses on well-construction activities. This service is an interventionless react-and-respond solution designed to help address the industrywide challenge of the loss of zonal isolation due to changes in the wellbore that can stress the cement sheath and lead to destabilization at any point during the life of the well.

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DOE, drilling contractors meet to discuss geothermal drilling

Posted on 14 July 2008 in News

DOERepresentatives from the US Department of Energy (DOE) met with drilling contractors in a meeting at IADC’s Houston headquarters in early June to discuss geothermal drilling and the new drilling opportunities it can offer rig owners.

The DOE is renewing its push for geothermal E&P through increased funding for research & development – on 18 June, the group announced it’s making $90 million available over the next four years for new technology projects. The goal is to enable commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), which the DOE believes has the potential to make geothermal energy a true alternative to oil and natural gas.

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