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Rowan jackup Bob Palmer leased by ARO Drilling for three-year contract with Saudi Aramco

Rowan Companies announced that the Bob Palmer, a Super Gorilla XL Class jackup rig, has been leased to ARO Drilling, the company’s joint venture with Saudi Aramco, to fulfill a three-year contract that ARO Drilling has been awarded by Saudi Aramco. The Bob Palmer was operating for Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia and will now do so through ARO Drilling.

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BHGE wins drilling & well services contract from Equinor

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) announced that the company was awarded an integrated well services contract to support a large proportion of Equinor’s drilling and well construction activities in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea for an initial period of four years with options to extend by up to 10 years. This partnership aims to improve operational efficiencies and reduce well costs over the life of the project through a holistic and collaborative development approach. BHGE will be the main drilling and well services provider for the eight rigs developing Troll, Oseberg and Grane – three of the most prolific and active fields in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Products and services will include integrated drilling services, drill bits, ...

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IADC recognizes 30 members of congress with legislator award

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) honored 30 members of Congress with the first IADC Legislator Award, which recognized support for the drilling contractor industry in the 115th Congress. “The upstream oil and gas industry is fortunate to have many supporters in Congress who understand the importance of drilling for oil and natural gas – two fuels that account for more than 66% of the US total energy consumption,” Jason McFarland, IADC President, said. “We are grateful for the support of these legislators, who have made time to meet with our members to better understand the drilling contractor industry and how we operate, and who have also supported legislation that ultimately continues to enable America’s energy renaissance.” The award ...

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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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