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Offshore Drilling & Completion: US & Gulf of Mexico

Freeport-McMoRan orders high-pressure BOP from Cameron

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has ordered a 20,000 psi BOP stack from Camero.

WJM introduces modular offshore drilling rig design

William Jacob Management Inc. has introduced a new modular offshore drilling rig design that it says reduces deployment costs and improves speed-to-market for upstream operations.

Shell further defines Norphlet’s pay in the GoM

Shell has made a third major discovery through the Rydberg discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico.

UK Breagh gas field in line for further well frac operations

Drilling has started on the A08 production well for the Breagh Phase 1 gas development in the UK southern North Sea, according to partner Sterling Resources.

Noble Energy takes interest in deepwater GoM tracts

Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) has agreed with BP Exploration & Production Inc. to acquire 50% of BP's interest in 17 deepwater exploration leases in the Atwater Valley protraction area of the Gulf of Mexico.

MPD overcomes narrow drilling window to reach stranded assets

The long-producing US Gulf of Mexico shelf is being revitalized with new technologies, allowing operators to access untapped reserves in mature or depleted fields that would otherwise be unattainable. Among the methods opening new opportunities in mature fields is managed pressure drilling, which can overcome some of the limits of conventional technology to drill through a tight operating window, manage the changing annular pressure profile, reduce the likelihood of a well control event, and manage wellbore stability to mitigate stuck pipe.

Drilling in Gulf of Mexico remains robust

Gulf of Mexico drilling activity remains robust and has continued to show a remarkable comeback from the events of 2010, but the market has seen a decline in activity in recent months as operators scale back their commitments due to rising costs, and with past spending commitments coming due.

Buckled pipe at core of Macondo event says US Chemical Safety Board

A draft assessment of the Macondo blowout by the US Chemical Safety Board concludes that the BOP failed to seal the well because the drill pipe buckled.

Rowan awarded contract for fourth ultra-deepwater drillship

Rowan Companies plc reports that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a two-year drilling contract for the Rowan Relentless, the fourth and final drillship in Rowan's current construction program. 

Expro deploys new-generation well test string in GoM

Expro has deployed its new design ExACT tool (Expro Annulus-Operated Circulating and Test Tool) in its first live offshore well.

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