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Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger enter joint venture agreement

Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger have announced that they have entered into an agreement to create a new joint venture, Sensia, the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider. The transaction is expected to close, and the joint venture is expected to begin serving customers, in the summer of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The Sensia joint venture will be the first fully integrated provider of measurement solutions, domain expertise, and automation to the oil and gas industry. It will offer scalable, cloud and edge-enabled process automation, including information and process safety solutions. From intelligent systems to fully engineered life-cycle management automation solutions, the joint venture will help customers drive efficiency gains through measurement and data ...

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ADES wins two new onshore contracts in Saudi Arabia

ADES has announced that it has secured two onshore drilling contracts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), following a competitive tender process. Each of the secured contracts has a tenure of seven years (five years fixed and two years optional) that will add a total estimated backlog of $150 million. Operations are due to commence in the second half of 2019. ADES will order two new-build onshore rigs that meet the contract specifications for a total cost of up to $45 million. ADES sees long-term potential for these assets in the Saudi market. “ADES’ reputation for operational excellence and its exemplary safety record allow it to bid for and win competitive tenders across the region,” Dr Mohamed Farouk, Chief Executive ...

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Kosmos Energy announces management succession

Kosmos Energy has announced that Brian F. Maxted, Chief Exploration Officer and Founding Partner, has decided to retire from the company effective 15 February 2019. Mr Maxted will remain on the board of directors and continue to serve as a special advisor on matters related to exploration. Tracey Henderson will assume the role of Chief Exploration Officer upon Mr Maxted’s retirement. Ms Henderson joined Kosmos Energy in 2004, serving as a key member of the technical team responsible for the discovery of the Jubilee field in Ghana, the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field in Mauritania and Senegal, and the Yakaar field in Senegal. “On behalf of the entire board of directors and all Kosmos employees worldwide, I would like to thank ...

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KCA Deutag awarded $110 million of land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Russia and Africa

KCA Deutag (KCAD) has announced that its land drilling operation has won new contracts and contract extensions worth approximately $110 million. These contracts are for onshore drilling in the Middle East, Russia and Africa. Middle East  In the Middle East, KCAD has won a total of seven years of contract extensions for five heavy rigs operating in Oman. The extension for each rig ranges from one to two years. In addition to this, the company has also signed a contract with a new client in Oman for one of the company’s 2000hp rigs. This is for a fixed term of six months.  Oman is a major market for KCAD and, following the company’s acquisition of the Omani and Saudi Arabian ...

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BP publishes 2019 Energy Outlook

The 2019 edition of BP’s Energy Outlook explores the key uncertainties that could impact the shape of global energy markets out to 2040. The greatest uncertainties over this period involve the need for more energy to support continued global economic growth and rising prosperity, together with the need for a more rapid transition to a lower-carbon future. These scenarios highlight the dual challenge that the world is facing. The outlook also considers a number of other issues including the possible impact of an escalation in trade disputes and the implications of a significant tightening in the regulation of plastics. Much of the narrative in the outlook is based on its evolving transition scenario. This scenario and the others considered in the outlook are not predictions of what is likely to happen; ...

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Wood Mackenzie: US independent E&P players look to balance their books

According to Wood Mackenzie, the US Lower 48 E&P sector is under pressure from investors demanding greater capital discipline, positive free cash flow and increasing returns. There’s a tug-of-war between value and volume, and value has emerged as the winner. The Lower 48’s independents, who traditionally pursued growth at all costs, must now rein in their impulses and focus on delivering returns to their shareholders. How does this affect their 2019 spending plans, and how do they manage volatile oil prices?  “As US independents release their budgets over the course of this month, we expect to see their growth aspirations take a back seat,” Roy Martin, from Wood Mackenzie’s corporate analysis team, said. “Cash flow neutrality is more important than ever – and ...

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Rowan announces contract with Petronas Mexico for Rowan Renaissance

Rowan has announced that the Rowan Renaissance, an R-Class ultra-deepwater drillship, has been awarded a one-well contract in Mexico by Petronas for an estimated duration of 80 days, which is expected to commence in Q2 2019.  Following the initial contract term, Petronas has a one-well priced option with an estimated duration of 80 days. The Rowan Renaissance is currently under contract with Total in Mexico’s Gulf of Mexico until about March 2019.

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Situational awareness is key for active shooter response

The most important thing to remember in the middle of an active shooter event is to move, said Greg Shaffer, President of Shaffer Security Group, from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. But even before an event is in process, there are things you should do to prepare and maintain good situational awareness. Watch the video for more information.

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