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Kongsberg, NOV, COSL partner to reduce emissions on offshore rigs

COSL said its Energy Control project was designed to simultaneously slash greenhouse gas emissions and lower fuel and maintenance overheads on the company’s rigs situated on the Norwegian shelf in the North Sea. The companies estimate that fuel consumption from COSL's semisubmersibles COSLPromoter and COSLInnovator will be reduced by around 2,300 tonnes/year and CO2 emissions by 7,300 tonnes/year, equating to an overall saving in fuel and emissions of more than 25%.

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C-Innovation signs contract extension with BP for riserless light well intervention in Gulf of Mexico

C-Innovation, an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore and its family of companies, has announced a one-year contract extension with BP for riserless light well intervention (RLWI) in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The company’s Island Venture vessel is currently mobilized and working on one of BP’s assets. The initial RLWI contract with BP called for both mechanical and hydraulic acid stimulations. These were executed from C-Innovation’s flagship GOM assets, the Island Venture and the Island Performer, which the company said were the only RLWI vessels operating in the GOM. The work was performed in water depths of up to 6,500 ft on different assets within the GOM. C-Innovation will supply and complete all project management and engineering to provide ...

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NOV launches new PDC cutter technology

NOV’s ReedHycalog business unit has launched the ION+ polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) cutter technology. ION+ cutters feature a wide range of application-specific cutter grades, incorporating refined diamond feeds, higher manufacturing pressures, new nonplanar interfaces, and thicker diamond tables with enhanced thermal stability. ION+ cutters are engineered to stay sharper for longer, delivering superior drilling performance in challenging formations. Leveraging cutter grade knowledge and a strong foundation in shaped cutter design, ReedHycalog engineers rapidly and continuously update cutter grades to meet thermal, abrasion, and toughness requirements for the application. By coupling shaped cutter technology with optimized cutter placement, ReedHycalog drill bits can achieve the perfect balance of efficiency and durability.

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Odfjell Drilling, Siemens Energy partner to install systems on semisubmersibles for emissions reduction

Odfjell said the Siemens BlueDrive DC Grid technology will help operators meet their long-term emission reduction targets. The upgrades will be carried out on Deepsea Atlantic and Deepsea Nordkapp, with the opportunity to include Deepsea Stavanger, Deepsea Aberdeen, and Deepsea Yantai at a later stage.

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Premier completes farm down of Tuna PSC interest offshore Indonesia

Under the farm down agreement, Zarubezhneft will carry Premier for its share of a two-well campaign to appraise the Tuna discoveries offshore Indonesia, scheduled to commence in the second quarter of this year. In addition, the companies secured Indonesian government approval for a one-year extension to the exploration period of the Tuna PSC to March 2022.

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