Offshore Drilling & Completion: US & Gulf of Mexico

Offshore US rig count holds steady

While the total US rig count is up 19 from 876, Baker Hughes Inc. says the offshore rig count remains unchanged at 31.

BPC scales back Bahamas well costs

 Bahamas Petroleum Co. (BPC) says it has completed re-engineering of its first planned exploration well offshore the Bahamas.

Shell Chukchi drilling permit gets two amendments from US Interior

The US Interior Department has approved Royal Dutch Shell's applications to drill in the Chukchi Sea, but with a built-in stop concerning the availability of a capping stack.

Rowan Companies sells two jackups, enters into multiple contracts

Rowan Companies has provided an update on its fleet status. 

BSEE inspects Shell’s Arctic-bound rigs

Two US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement personnel conducted inspections of Shell Oil Co. marine vessels Noble Discoverer and the semisubmersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, from July 7-12.

US offshore rig count remains steady

Baker Hughes’ count of offshore US drilling rigs remained steady at 31 compared to the prior week. 

Castex Offshore begins drilling GoM well

Castex Offshore Inc. has started drilling on the Main Pass Block 270 #3 well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to partner Petsec Energy. 

ConocoPhillips to cut deepwater exploration spending

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) plans to reduce deepwater exploration spending with most of the cuts coming in Gulf of Mexico operations.

ConocoPhillips issues drillship term notice

ConocoPhillips has provided a notice of termination for the three-year ENSCO DS-9 drillship contract. 

Proposed regulations clarify the meaning of a safe drilling margin in the OCS

Following the BP spill, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), under the Department of the Interior, issued proposed amendments to well control regulations for offshore well operators in the outer continental shelf (OCS).

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Murphy proves gas at Permai offshore Sabah

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Murphy has discovered gas in the Permai structure in block 10 in the deepwater Sabah Delta basin offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

Majority of Noble rigs under contract

July 30, 2015

Noble Corp. has issued an update on its floating rig fleet, which currently comprises nine drillships and eight semisubmersibles.

Anadarko scores deepwater gas find offshore Colombia

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Anadarko says its first exploration well has encountered gas in deepwater off Colombia.

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