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Nabors and Saudi Aramco commence joint venture operations


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


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


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


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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Maersk Drilling announces major contract with Repsol


Maersk Drilling has been awarded a new major contract in the North Sea for the combined drilling and production jackup Mærsk Inspirer by Repsol. With an estimated duration of five years and options for up to an additional five years, the contract covers drilling and production on the Yme New Development in Norway. Following modification work to the production module, the contract is expected to commence operations on the Yme field as early as Q4 2019...

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EY poll shows disconnects between oil and gas industry, general public


Perceptions matter, and there continue to be major disconnects between how the oil and gas industry perceives itself and public perceptions. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November, Deborah Byers, US Oil and Gas Leader for EY, presented results from the company’s Oil and Gas Perception Poll, conducted early this year. A total of 1,204 Americans ages 16 and older were surveyed, along with 109 oil and gas executives. The findings illuminate the need to change public perception to secure the future of the industry. Watch the video to learn about the survey’s results...

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Cybersecurity exercise focused on awareness, detection, information sharing and initial response


A cybersecurity table-top exercise was held at the office of the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in New Orleans on 8 August, with strong participation from drilling contractors. Objectives for the exercise included discussing procedures for sharing information, exercising cyber incident notification procedures and examining plans/procedures for elevating the maritime security level of a cyber incident, said Captain Joshua Reynolds, US Coast Guard District 8 Outer Continental Shelf OCMI. In DC’s video with Captain Reynolds from the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 10 November, he explains the scope of the table-top exercise and key findings that resulted, as well as a critical recommendation for drilling contractors looking to improve their cybersecurity. Watch the video to learn more...

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