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Gardner Denver extends global reach with Jebel Ali, Dubai, facility


Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps, the only total solutions provider to the drilling, well servicing and frac pumps market, has announced the opening of a Dubai facility, expanding the organization’s international reach. The facility’s ground breaking took place in late 2017 and construction is expected to be complete by June 2018. Gardner Denver’s pressure pumping, drilling and well service segments will all operate from this location...

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Zinke announces changes to oil and gas inspection program


US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen the federal offshore oil and gas inspection program. Secretary Zinke highlighted a risk-based inspection element and an increase in the amount of time allotted for physical inspection of offshore facilities as two of six initiatives that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will institute before mid-2018. Secretary Zinke’s announcement at the 2018 CERAWeek conference coincides with the US offshore’s highest oil production year on record, totaling 629 million barrels during 2017...

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KCA Deutag to acquire Dalma Energy’s Omani, Saudi Arabian businesses


KCA Deutag announced that it has entered into an agreement with the shareholders of Dalma Energy to combine their respective businesses through the acquisition by KCAD of Dalma’s Omani and Saudi Arabian businesses. Consideration for the acquisition, based upon an enterprise valuation of $660 million, will consist of $100 million of cash and shares to be issued to Dalma’s shareholders valued at $220 million...

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IADC Nigeria Chapter advances multiple initiatives on equipment, competency


Rebound of activities in the drilling sector in Nigeria only just beginning, and drilling contractors must face increasing challenges around equipment maintenance, workforce competency and regulatory control. Ote Enaibe, Chairman of the IADC Nigeria Chapter, said the group has several ongoing initiatives to help its members address these challenges. These include partnering with educational institutions on drilling and completion curriculums and with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on skills acquisitions programs. In this video, Mr Enaibe also discusses the chapter’s collaboration with OEMs, as well as its continuing work to help members achieve nonproductive time by 20% by 2020. Watch the video to find out more...

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Nationalization, efficiency go hand in hand for West Jupiter in Nigeria


Seadrill’s West Jupiter had a crew that was 49% Nigerian nationals when the drillship started its contract with Total more than three years ago. Since then, the rig has continued to advance its nationalization efforts and now boasts a crew that is 71% Nigerian nationals and 29% expats. At the same time, the rig’s high level of performance has saved nearly 400 days against AFE, said Benjamin Schumacher, Operations Director for Seadrill. Watch DC’s video with Mr Schumacher from the 2018 IADC Drilling Africa Conference on 21 February in Lisbon to find out more about how the drilling contractor balanced its commitment to local content and a performance focus...

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Tullow’s rig-based charity initiative delivers new school complex in Ghana village


The Ghana Drillers Charity began under a quarterly EHS plan devised by Tullow Oil to improve safety on its contracted rigs in Ghana. It allowed individual employees to donate cash bonuses earned under the EHS plan to benefit a primary school in a small fishing village in far west Ghana called Ahobre. After initial donations covering basic needs such as exercise books, pens and pencils for the students, the charity stepped up its work and decided to build a new school complex. After breaking ground on 27 January in 2016, the complex – which included six classrooms in two blocks, three outdoor teaching areas, two playgrounds, two bathroom facilities and one kitchen – was handed over to the school on 25 January 2017. Watch DC’s video with Chris Roos, Well Engineering Manager for Tullow, to find out more about this project...

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GE, Noble Corp launch world’s first digital drilling vessel


Following the partnership formed by GE and Noble Corporation, the two companies launched the world’s first digital drilling vessel, targeted to achieve 20% operational expenditure reduction across the targeted equipment and improve drilling efficiency. This is a concrete step forward to unlock the immense potential of digital solutions for offshore drilling operations...

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Paragon announces agreement to be acquired by Borr Drilling


Paragon Offshore announced that it has signed a tender offer agreement with Borr Drilling, a public limited company incorporated under the laws of Bermuda and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, pursuant to which, on the terms and subject to the conditions thereof, Borr has agreed to commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company at a purchase price of $42.28 per share...

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