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Offshore Drilling & Completion: US & Gulf of Mexico

Chevron drillship Pacific Sharav arrives in Gulf of Mexico

Chevron Corp. reports that the deepwater drillship Pacific Sharav has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling.

Offshore at 60: The Blue Water breakthrough

In January 1962, a strange contraption under lease to Shell Oil, called the Blue Water 1, spudded a record-setting offshore well in 297 ft (91 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The maiden voyage of the Blue Water 1 took place a month before NASA astronaut John Glenn became the first person to complete an orbit of the earth. Both missions revealed a newfound human ability to explore frontiers beyond the comfort of terra firma. On Aug. 14, 1962, Shell Oil dramatically disclosed the details of its new "floating drilling platform."

RPSEA continues technology advance with ultra-deepwater R&D projects

The business of advancing technology continues as the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) moves forward with its transition into the role of technical coordinator under National Energy Technology Laboratory/US Department of Energy management in 2015. RPSEA's Ultra-Deepwater Conference recently held in Houston not only reviewed the status of programs under way, but also took a look ahead at how the organization might function in the future.

Cook Inlet platform evacuated

The US Coast Guard has safely evacuated all four crew on the Baker platform in Cook Inlet following report of a fire on the gas drilling facility.

Marine Contracting wins EPCI contract for Cantarell field offshore Mexico

Marine Contracting has received an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract (EPCI) from Jord Oil & Gas B.V. to install an interconnecting bridge and tripod support structure for the Cantarell field in the Gulf of Mexico.

ERD meets wellbore challenges in Gulf of Mexico

Wellbore integrity is a major challenge in deepwater drilling, and when combined with depleted reservoir formations, the problem is exacerbated. In the Mississippi Canyon of the Gulf of Mexico, an operator carrying out a brownfield development drilled a well that presented several technical challenges. The project was an extended-reach (ERD) well in 3,000 ft (914 m) of water.

DRS Technologies sells new-design permanent-magnet motors

DRS Technologies Inc. has sold its first four PR Series 1,600-hp, permanent-magnet (PM) motors. These motors will be mounted on the Weatherford EH-1600 Triplex Mud Pump.

Statoil completes well in Gulf of Mexico

Statoil has made a small discovery in its Martin prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico. Statoil does not consider this to be a commercial discovery.

Noble hits pay in deepwater GOM

Noble Energy Inc. has successfully completed both the Katmai exploration well and the Dantzler appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Crowley’s Ocean Sky completes blackout testing in Gulf of Mexico

Crowley’s Ocean Sky has completed back-up station-keeping and holdback services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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