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GE launches industry’s first optimizing standalone controller

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GE Power’s Automation & Controls business announced the release of dual redundancy capability on its PACSystems RX3i CPE400 outcome optimizing controller. Building on GE’s controls leadership and expertise in deploying mission-critical solutions, the CPE400 is designed to function in rugged, high-temperature environments where a compact footprint with high-performance is essential....

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BSEE approves new drilling operations in Arctic

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Achieving American energy dominance moved one step closer with the approval of Arctic exploration operations on the Outer Continental Shelf for the first time in more than two years. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement approved an Application for Permit to Drill Tuesday. Eni US Operating Co. submitted the application in August. Drilling the exploratory well from a man-made artificial island in the Beaufort Sea is expected to start as early as this December...

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Frigstad Offshore launches project to build new generation harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig

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Frigstad Offshore has initiated a tender process with shipyards in Asia to price a new generation harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig. The Frigstad D90 AWD design has been developed over the last two years by affiliate Frigstad Engineering to take advantage of latest technology developments, meeting end client and environmental requirements of the future. The Frigstad D90 AWD is designed as a highly versatile and efficient tool for “all water drilling,” both in harsh and benign environments and in water depths ranging from 350 to 14,000 ft. Harald Frigstad, Chairman and Owner of Frigstad Group, commented, “We have seen an increased demand among oil companies for larger and more efficient drilling units. The recent downturn has pushed the industry to ...

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Nabors and Saudi Aramco commence joint venture operations

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Nabors Industries reported the commencement of operations of Saudi Aramco Nabors Drilling Company (SANAD), the previously announced 50/50 joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Nabors. SANAD is one of the anchor projects that has emerged from Saudi Arabia’s efforts to introduce world-class industry hubs locally, in order to foster economic growth and job creation...

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US rig count rises by six

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US drillers have added eight land rigs this week and idled two offshore, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. There are now 908 rigs drilling on land and 20 offshore, putting the total rig count at 929. One rig is classified as drilling in inland waters. Of the total count, 749 are drilling for oil and 180 for natural gas.

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AFGlobal to provide lifecycle riser services for IFP Energies nouvelles

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AFGlobal and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), the developer of the Clip-Riser technology, have joined forces to provide inspection, maintenance and repair of IFPEN drilling risers. The Clip-Riser is a quick and boltless connector technology that provides an easy, safe and effective method for connecting riser joints with minimal maintenance, according to AFGlobal. AFGlobal will partner with IFPEN to provide inspection, maintenance and repair of drilling risers in Brazil, according to IFPEN’s specifications. AFGlobal says that it has also signed a licensing agreement with IFPEN for the worldwide provision of spare parts conforming to the technology’s original specifications. These agreements will benefit Clip-Riser customers by offering a safe and cost-effective alternative for the inspection, maintenance and repair of their risers, according ...

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US rig count grows by eight

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The US rig count grew by eight this week, reaching 915, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. Onshore, US drillers put five rigs to work, putting the count at 893. Offshore, the rig count grew from 18 to 21. There are now 738 rigs drilling for oil and 177 drilling for natural gas in the US.

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KCA Deutag secures land drilling contracts for five rigs

KCA Deutag’s T-700 is a Euromatic rig designed to meet stringent European requirements on noise reduction, transportation load sizes and environmental criteria. The rig was built to trip pipe in a fully automated sequence.

KCA Deutag has announced that its land drilling operation has been awarded new contracts for five rigs with a combined contract value of $48 million. The first of those rigs, the T-72, has been awarded a nine-month contract in Pakistan for one firm well, with an additional one-well extension option. In Europe, the T-700, which recently completed two geothermal wells in the Netherlands, has also won a five-month contract for an additional four wells with the same client. This is the group’s sixth contract in the European geothermal drilling market in recent years, and is an area that offers substantial growth opportunities for the group as Europe seeks to increase its renewable energy generation. KCA Deutag’s operation in Algeria also ...

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