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US rig count drops by five

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The total US rig count dropped by five this week, reaching 949 rigs, according to the Baker Hughes weekly rig count. The report shows the number of rigs drilling for oil and gas on land fell from 934 to 928 this week. Offshore, the count grew by one rig, hitting 18.

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Atwood Oceanics announces contract for Atwood Achiever

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Atwood Oceanics announced that one of its subsidiaries agreed to a one well contract at an undisclosed dayrate for operations offshore Northwest Africa with Kosmos Energy Ventures for the ultra-deepwater rig, the Atwood Achiever. The new contract will commence immediately following the completion of the well in progress under the existing contract and includes six one-well priced options. As a result of this contract, the expected earliest availability of the Atwood Achiever is March 2018, assuming no options are exercised. If all six options were to be exercised, the drilling program would extend until approximately December 2018. Rob Saltiel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atwood Oceanics, commented, “We are pleased to extend our drilling operations for Kosmos Energy in ...

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BHGE releases coiled-tubing simulation software

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BHGE announced the introduction of its CIRCA coiled tubing simulation software, which enables coiled tubing service providers to maximize equipment performance and improve operational efficiency in well interventions. Based on learnings from the field and built and refined over three decades, the software allows coiled tubing providers and operators to build better job models for more predictable results...

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ENGIE E&P UK announces first gas from Cygnus Bravo in southern North Sea

Cygnus Bravo delivered first gas from well B5 on the morning of 1 August. The Cygnus gas field is located 150 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, UK in water depths of less than 25 km. It consists of four platforms including two drilling centers, contributing 5% of UK gas production.

On the morning of 1 August, first gas from Bravo was exported 7 km SE to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cu ft per day since 13 December 2016. Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55 km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk...

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BHGE to provide full-stream support for Pasca A field in Gulf of Papua

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BHGE, announced one of the first agreements of its kind with Twinza Oil to provide full-stream support on the Pasca A gas condensate field, located off Papua New Guinea in the Gulf of Papua. The Twinza-BHGE full-stream agreement covers services and equipment during Phase I of the Pasca A field development, including drilling services, wellheads and pressure control equipment for the fourth and final appraisal well. The appraisal well will be drilled in Q3 2017, which will be suspended as a future development well, and the final investment decision (FID) to proceed to development is expected in 2018. Post-FID, BHGE expects to provide an integrated gas-processing solution from the wells through to point of export. The full-stream offering includes a ...

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Tubular handling system reduces pipe handling by 50%

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Every time a worker has to handle tubulars, from the pipe yard to the drilling rig, there is risk for incident or injury. Global Gravity created the TubeLock system to reduce the handling required by halving the number of times a pipe is handled compared with wire bundling systems, Kim Christensen, Director of Sales and Marketing for Global Gravity, said during an IADC Spark Tank event on 2 August...

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Catoosa Test Facility adds third testing rig

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Catoosa Test Facility has added a third testing rig to the test campus in Jennings, Oklahoma. Nabors Industries has furnished through a subsidiary one of its high-quality drilling rigs under a long-term arrangement to CTF for research and development activities related to drilling operations, advanced wellbore placement technologies and other oilfield tool testing and verification services...

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Zama-1 well completes drilling operations offshore Mexico

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The Zama-1 exploration well offshore Mexico has now completed drilling operations in the final hole section, reaching a total depth of 4,108 m (13,478 ft). The logging results confirmed that the previous hole section had reached the base of the reservoir section, with an oil-down-to in the well of 3,380 m (11,089 ft) with no subsequent penetration of an oil-water-contact. The well drilled deeper into the Zama Deep target and no additional hydrocarbons were encountered, confirming pre-drill expectations for this formation...

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