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Brunei Shell Petroleum extends jackup contract with Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract extension for the jackup rig Maersk Convincer by Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). Maersk Drilling has been working with BSP continuously since 2007 with the Maersk Completer and the Maersk Convincer, respectively. The current contract for the Maersk Convincer has been extended for a firm 912 days, with up to three years of options. The contract extension will commence in November 2018, in direct continuation of the current contract. “We truly value this long-term working relationship with BSP. We have been operating continuously for BSP since 2007, and more than 70 wells have been drilled offshore Brunei with a lot of focus on developing the local Bruneian workforce,” Morten Kelstrup, CCIO in Maersk Drilling, said. ...

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Diamond Offshore launches Blockchain Drilling service

Diamond Offshore Drilling has announced the launch of its Blockchain Drilling service to drive efficiencies and enable oil and gas operators to reduce their total cost of ownership. The service provides an immutable platform for the optimization of well construction activities, including drilling-related services, material and the supply chain, both shore-based and offshore. Users can access and analyze performance from any web accessible device for near real-time TCO management. The cloud-based Blockchain Drilling platform is scalable, and the baseline system consists of five modules to drive efficiencies and eliminate waste: Supply Chain & Logistics Manager – provides transparency, provenance and immutability across the entire supply chain; Well Planner – displays actual versus planned time-to-depth data with detailed events; Spend Monitor – aggregates ...

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ONGC, Aqualis move 29 rigs for monsoon season

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has successfully moved 29 mobile offshore drilling rigs in advance of the Indian monsoon season. Aqualis Offshore assisted with a large majority of the rig moves, which were conducted with the company’s specialist team of mariners in close cooperation with ONGC’s in-house rig move cell. Each of the 29 rigs have now been placed at their respective monsoon locations before the onset of the seasonal adverse weather conditions. ONGC’s underwriters, and their respective contractors, were Aqualis Offshore’s clients for the ONGC rig-moving campaign. Under this agreement, Aqualis Offshore provides marine warranty services to ONGC’s fleet of jackups and mobile offshore production units in Indian waters. “Moving close to 30 rigs, more or less in ...

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Keppel delivers second rig to Borr Drilling

Keppel FELS, delivered the jackup rig, SKALD, to Borr Skald, a subsidiary of Borr Drilling, safely, on time and on budget. It is the second jackup rig that Keppel has delivered to Borr Drilling following the delivery of the SAGA earlier this year, with an additional eight on order. Built to the KFELS Super B Class design, SKALD is capable of operating in 400 ft water depth and drilling to 35,000 ft. Equipped with cantilever skid-off capabilities, with a maximum combined cantilever load of 3,700 kips, and high-capacity hook loads of 2 million lb, the KFELS Super B Class has tremendous horse power during drilling operations. “The delivery of a second high-specification KFELS Super B Class rig to Borr Drilling reaffirms our design ...

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ExxonMobil advances Liza Phase 1 development

The Liza Phase 1 development continues to rapidly progress, with the commencement of development drilling offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil said. Development drilling began in May for the first of 17 wells planned for Phase 1, laying the foundation for production startup in 2020. The company and its co-venturers have so far discovered estimated recoverable resources of more than 3.2 billion oil-equivalent bbls on the Stabroek Block. “The work our teams have done in Guyana is remarkable,” Liam Mallon, President of ExxonMobil Development Company, said. “We are well on our way to producing oil less than five years after our first discovery, which is well ahead of the industry average for similar projects. The Liza development and future projects will provide significant ...

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Forum Energy Technologies expands European in-country operations

Forum Energy Technologies has moved to expand its operations in Europe by appointing a new single distributor for its extensive fleet of subsea vehicles across The Netherlands and Belgium. Seascape Subsea Technology BV will represent Forum Energy Technologies for the sale of the company’s range of remote operated vehicles (ROVs) in the two countries, including its recently launched electric ROV, the XLe Spirit. Designed and built in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside facility in Yorkshire, UK, the XLe Spirit is the first offering from the company’s new generation of electric observation class ROVs. “It’s important that we work with the best and most well-respected partners in-country. Seascape Subsea Technology BV provides us with another strong channel complementary to our existing framework to deliver ...

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