Offshore Drilling & Completion: US & Gulf of Mexico

Baker Hughes offshore rig count up for week

The Baker Hughes US offshore rig count for the week ending Feb. 20 shows an increase of two rigs over the previous week, bringing the total to 54. 

BOEM, BSEE issue proposed US Arctic OCS exploration drilling rules

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have released proposed regulations for exploratory drilling on the US Arctic outer continental shelf.


Maersk to train BP offshore teams in Houston

BP plans to offer advanced training programs for its offshore drilling teams under a new global agreement with Maersk Training. 

New rig tracking service sees modest decline in GoM activity

Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA) has launched a new weekly commentary and tracking service that reviews US onshore and Gulf of Mexico (GoM) rig activity.

Offshore US rig count holds steady

Baker Hughes count of rigs operating offshore US held steady last week at 54. Of this number, 53 were in the Gulf of Mexico.

Noble Energy’s Madison GoM exploration well comes up dry

The Madison exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico did not encounter commercial hydrocarbons. 

Gulf E&P remains active despite falling oil prices

As the offshore industry moves into 2015, E&P activities remain robust in the Gulf of Mexico. Demand for deepwater services remains strong, but the combined impact of falling oil prices and rising project costs are beginning to take a toll in some areas, notably in older and shallow-water fields. Work is also winding down in some areas as a number of field development projects are coming onstream.

Chevron makes another Lower Tertiary GoM deepwater oil discovery

Chevron Corp. has made an oil discovery at the Anchor prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. 

DeepStar study assesses cost-effective dry tree solutions

DeepStar evaluated a large number of novel concepts for a common design basis, focusing on identification and characterization of key technical performance parameters, constructability, and economic factors. The economic factors are most important for these designs to be considered attractive for development of marginal fields with short field life and fewer wells. The authors present the alternative development themes for obtaining dry tree and direct vertical access capability.

Much ado about nothing?

Predicting what will happen in the oil and gas industry over the next six months or a year is proving to be just as difficult as predicting which college team will win a playoff berth, or who will win the next World Cup.

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