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Deepwater Drilling
by Peter Aird
Latest Headlines

Pancontinental set to spud Cormorant-1 offshore Namibia
Pancontinental Oil & Gas and operating partner Tullow Oil are in final preparations to drill the exploration well Cormorant-1 offshore Namibia...

No change this week in US rotary rig count
(8/17/2018) Baker Hughes has reported that the US rig count was unchanged this week with a total of 1057 working rigs, which is 111 more than at this time last year...

Ineos given go-ahead to drill shale gas exploration well
(8/17/2018) Ineos has received permission to drill the first shale gas exploration well in Derbyshire County in England's East Midlands after months of opposition...
Talos takes 6 deepwater & 8 shallow water US Gulf blocks
(8/17/2018) Talos Energy was a top five bidder in the latest US Gulf of Mexico lease sale, being the high bidder on six deepwater and eight shallow water blocks...

Viking sub Mid-Con to drill 21 wells in eastern Kansas
(8/17/2018) Viking Energy Group has advised a notice of intention to drill 21 new wells in Kansas has been filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission...
Mitsubishi taking 25% stake in Bangladesh LNG terminal & FSRU
(8/17/2018) Mitsubishi Corporation has agreed to acquire interest in Summit LNG Terminal Company and develop a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal...

SDX test of South Disouq well in Egypt flows 16.1 million cf/d
(8/17/2018) SDX Energy has reported a successful production test was conducted in its SD-3X appraisal well onshore Egypt in the Nile Delta South Disouq Block...

Seabed Geosolutions wins US Gulf 4D OBN survey extension
(8/17/2018) The Seabed Geosolutions joint venture of Fugro and CGG has secured an extension to its recently awarded 4D ocean bottom node seismic survey...

Eland's JV sub Elcrest completes new producer in Nigeria's Opuama Field
(8/16/2018) The Eland Oil & Gas' Elcrest Exploration & Production Nigeria and Nigeria Petroleum Development Company have drilled and completed Opuama-10...

Range schedules 2 development wells in Trinidad's Beach Marcelle Field
(8/16/2018) Range Resources plans to drill two new development wells onshore Trinidad in the northeastern part of its operated Beach Marcelle Field...

Equinor Sigrun appraisal off Norway permanently plugged
(8/16/2018) Equinor has concluded drilling appraisal well 15/3-11 on the 15/3-4 Sigrun oil and gas discovery in PL025 of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea...

Repsol, Wintershall, Aker BP, & Equinor receive PSA drilling consents
(8/16/2018) The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway has consented to drilling offshore Norway by subsidiaries of Repsol, Wintershall, Aker BP, and Equinor...

DNO prepping for 3-well, back-to-back exploratory drilling
(8/16/2018) DNO will commence drilling operations on the Baeshiqa Block in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq in September with the first of three wells...

Open season launched on Seahorse Pipeline
(8/16/2018) Tallgrass Energy has launched an open season for commitments for crude oil transportation service from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Louisiana Coast...
Anglo African drilling producer on Congo's Tilapia Field
(8/15/2018) Anglo African Oil & Gas has advised that its subsidiary Petro Kouilou has begun drilling its TLP-103 well on the Tilapia Field off Republic of Congo...

Savannah scores 4th discovery in Niger's Agadem Basin
(8/15/2018) Savannah Petroleum has advised that the Eridal-1 exploration well is the fourth consecutive discovery in its current Niger drilling campaign...

Nord Stream 2 receives permits for Russian segment of pipeline
(8/15/2018) Gazprom, the Nord Stream 2 operator, has reported that the pipeline has received a permit for the installation of an underwater pipeline in Russian waters...

Woodside farming into Shell's Bulgarian Black Sea block
(8/15/2018) Woodside Petroleum has entered into a farm-in agreement with Shell International to acquire a 30% interest in the Khan Kubrat Block 1-14...

US Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 251 garners $178 million
(8/15/2018) The US Interior Department has advised the region-wide US Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 251 generated US$178,069,406 in high bids for 144 tracts...

Carrizo buys Devon Delaware Basin assets for $215 million
(8/15/2018) Carrizo Oil & Gas has agreed to acquire Texas and New Mexico Delaware Basin properties from Devon Energy for US$215 million in cash...

CNOOC contracts Aker Solutions for South China Sea umbilicals
(8/15/2018) Aker Solutions has won orders valued at more than US$41.2 million to deliver power umbilical systems to the Liuhua oilfields offshore Hong Kong...

Oil discovery in Western Flank of South Australia's Cooper Basin
(8/15/2018) Senex Energy has reported achieving an oil discovery in South Australia's sector of the Cooper Basin in the Western Flank with the first well drilled...

Slow construction of Mexican pipelines holding back US gas imports
(8/14/2018) Natural gas exports from the United States to Mexico have reached a record high this month at 4.9 bcf/d, but there is a bottleneck at the border...

ExxonMobil acquiring stake in offshore Namibia PEL44 from Azinam
(8/14/2018) Azinam has entered into an agreement with ExxonMobil Namibia for it to acquire a 30% interest in Petroleum Exploration License 44, off Namibia...

Eni to extend Abu Madi West & explore El Qar'a in Egypt's Nile Delta
(8/14/2018) Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi has been authorized by Egyptian authorities to extend its 203 sq km Abu Madi West Development Lease by ten years...

Diamondback acquiring Energen in $9.2 billion all-stock transaction
(8/14/2018) Diamondback Energy has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire Energen Corporation in an all-stock US$9.2 billion transaction...

Faroe farms into Azinor Catalyst's UK North Sea Agar Plantain Block
(8/14/2018) Faroe Petroleum has farmed into the UK Continental Shelf Agar Plantain concession in the UK sector of the North Sea with Azinor Catalyst...

India launches 2nd bid round for discovered small fields
(8/14/2018) India's Directorate General of Hydrocarbons has launched a second round of bidding for small discovered fields including 59 oil and gas fields...

Senex granted approval to develop Western Surat Gas Project
(8/14/2018) Senex Energy has been granted approval to develop the Western Surat Gas Project in Queensland, Australia in the Surat Basin north of Roma...

Beehive 3D seismic survey off Western Australia concluded
(8/14/2018) Melbana Energy has advised that acquisition of the Beehive 3D seismic survey has been completed off Western Australia in the Bonaparte Gulf...

Cantium contracts Rowan EXL III for further US Gulf drilling
(8/14/2018) Rowan Companies has reported that its Rowan EXL III, an EXL Class high specification jackup drilling rig, has been awarded a six-month contract...

NNPC & Seplat launch 3.4 bcf gas development project
(8/14/2018) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Seplat Petroleum have agreed to put into development the Assa North and Ohaji South Project...

Spirit's Scarecrow wildcat in Barents Sea a dry hole
(8/14/2018) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported today Spirit Energy Norge has concluded the drilling of its wildcat well in the Norwegian Barents Sea...

Santos adds a 4th rig in South Australia's Cooper Basin
(8/13/2018) Santos has brought in a fourth rig, the Ensign 965, for its operations in South Australia's Cooper Basin to expand its drilling and ramp up output...

Total said still part of South Pars Project in Iran
(8/13/2018) Iran's Deputy Petroleum Minster for Legal & Parliamentary Affairs, Shojaoddin Bazargani, has advised that Total remains a participant...

Polarcus wins a 3D survey project off West Africa
(8/13/2018) Polarcus has reported receiving an award for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa with a duration of three months...
Petronas farming into Senegal deepwater block with Total
(8/13/2018) Petroliam Nasional has concluded a farm-in agreement with Total E&P Senegal, a subsidiary of Total, to acquire a 30% participating interest...

Caspian littoral nations agree on division of oil & gas resources
(8/13/2018) Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan & Azerbaijan have agreed on how to divide the huge oil and gas resources beneath the Caspian Sea...

CGC's initial testing completed at ELM-1004 onshore Argentina
(8/13/2018) Echo Energy has reported completion of initial well tests of well ELM-1004 in Argentina's Fraccion C concession by Compania General de Combustibles...

Fugro awarded Norwegian seabed mapping project
(8/13/2018) Fugro has been awarded a hydrographic survey contract valued at approximately US$5.35 million by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service...

Petrofac contracted to expand Iraq's Majnoon Field CPF
(8/13/2018) Petrofac has secured a US$370 million contract from Basra Oil Company to carry out the expansion of the Majnoon Field's central processing facility...
Tullow delivers fast-track 3D from Jamaica's Walton Morant Block
(8/13/2018) United Oil & Gas has received the fast-track version of the recently acquired 3D seismic dataset over the Walton-Morant license off Jamaica...

Neptune acquiring Apache's Central North Sea assets
(8/13/2018 OGI: London) Neptune Energy has entered into an agreement to acquire assets in the UK Central North Sea from the Apache North Sea Limited...

Amelia sells 40,000 acres in Louisiana Austin Chalk & LAMS Stack
(8/13/2018) Amelia Resources has sold newly acquired leases in the core of the Louisiana-Mississippi Stack Play on the east side of the Austin Chalk...

Lundin given go-ahead to drill Norwegian Sea Silfari Prospect
(8/13/2018) The Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway has given its consent to the Lundin Norway unit of Lundin Petroleum to drill an exploration well...

GulfSlope drilling Canoe-1 in US Gulf Vermilion area
(8/13/2018) GulfSlope Energy has commenced drilling its Canoe-1 exploration well in the US Gulf of Mexico's Vermilion Area South Addition Block 378...

Aker Solutions scores Sverdrup hook-up offshore Norway
(8/12/2018) Aker Solutions, in collaboration with Kvaerner, has secured additional hook-up and commissioning work for Equinor's Johan Sverdrup Field...

Ultra taps down 18 Pinedale gaswells in Wyoming's Green River
(8/12/2018) Ultra Petroleum has focused its horizontal delineation program in the Pinedale gasfield in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming...

Polarcus & TPAO conclude 5-year contract for Polarcus Samur
(8/12/2018) Polarcus has revealed that its contract with Turkiye Petrollelri Anonim Ortakligi for the 3D seismic vessel Polarcus Samur will end this year...

Velesto wins 2 Petronas Carigali jackup rig contracts
(8/12/2018) Velesto Energy, formerly UMW Oil & Gas, has been awarded two new contracts by the Petronas Carigali unit of Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional...

Murphy Oil set to drill new offshore exploration wells
(8/12/2018) Murphy Oil is about to begin a new round of offshore exploratory drilling after having taken a hiatus during the 2015-17 period of low oil prices...

QGEP to drill 3rd producer on Brazil's Atlanta Field
(8/12/2018) Queiroz Galvao Exploracao e Producao has reported a program of well interventions and the drilling of a third production well in the Atlanta Field...

Syria claims gas output now 3/4th its pre-civil war production
(8/12/2018) Syria's Minister of Petroleum Ali Ghanem has offered that the country's gas production has grown to 582 million cf/d or about 75% of the pre-war output...
Colombia's Cano Limon-Covenas Pipeline bombed
(8/12/2018) Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos, Colombia's national oil company, has suspended operation of the Cano Limon-Covenas Pipeline after a bombing...

IEA says US sanctions on Iran very challenging for global supply
(8/12/2018) The International Energy Agency has advised that re-imposition of sanctions on Iran could make it very challenging to maintain global supply...

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From the Editor

Rigs for recycling dumped in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Dev George
Managing Editor


Up to 80% of offshore drilling rigs, platforms, FPSOs, and allied vessels end their days in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, with most others seeing their final existence end in Turkey and China. With their numbers growing significantly as the aging fleet is replaced with newer versions of them, even more offshore units are to be decommissioned, with most of them to be cut up and recycled and only a few finding another purpose, including as a seafloor coral habitat...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude futures fall average $1.74/bbl on big US stock build

(8/15/2018) Traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) were surprised by a large build reported by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in US domestic crude inventories of 6.8 million bbl last week despite record refinery runs of some 18 million b/d and the likelihood that the increase will further expand global oversupply...⇒⇒⇒
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