Offshore Drilling & Completion: US & Gulf of Mexico

Offshore US rig count increases

The US offshore rig count by Baker Hughes Inc. shows an increase of one rig over the prior week. 

Fugro, Cross Group receive GoM intervention contract

Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention, and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, will go to work on a multi-well intervention campaign in the Gulf of Mexico.

US offshore drilling rig count down by two

The US offshore rig count is 27, down two rigs from last week, and down 32 rigs year over year in Baker Hughes’ weekly report.

Offshore drilling rig count rises

The US offshore drilling rig count continues to move the opposite direction from the onshore rig count. 

Shell Arctic Chukchi drilling clears another hurdle

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Shell’s oil spill response plan for drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska’s Arctic coast is legal. 

PEMEX reports new shallow-water GoM discoveries

PEMEX has reported discovery of four new fields in shallow water of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Near-bit underreamer improves hole enlargement-while-drilling efficiency

Subsalt oil and gas plays, which are found in major offshore basins from the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and West Africa to Brazil and the North Sea, promise vast production potential but also present unique technical challenges.

BSEE proposes new safety standards

In mid-April, the US Department of Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released two new sets of regulations to ensure safe and responsible offshore oil and gas development in the wake of the Macondo tragedy and Shell's troubled Alaskan offshore drilling program of 2012.

Lower oil prices begin to take toll on Gulf drilling

Falling oil prices have begun to have a negative impact on drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Assessing the state of the Gulf of Mexico

The state of drilling and production activity in the Gulf of Mexico could be characterized as a mixed bag.

Latest Drilling & Completion News

Tullow close to completing well offshore Suriname

July 1, 2015

Tullow Oil expects to issue results from the Spari-1 exploration well offshore Suriname next month. 

Shell’s Arctic exploration to begin in late July

June 30, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell said it could begin its 2015 Arctic oil exploration drilling as early as the third week in July, Reuters reported. Forecasters pr...

Development drilling to accelerate at South Pars Phase 13

June 30, 2015 Drilling is expected to speed up at Phase 13 of the South Pars gas field development in the Persian Gulf following delivery of three new drilling r...

NPD sanctions E.ON wildcat offshore mid-Norway

June 30, 2015

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has authorized E.ON E&P Norge to drill an exploration well in the Norwegian Sea.

Offshore US rig count increases

June 29, 2015

The US offshore rig count by Baker Hughes Inc. shows an increase of one rig over the prior week. 

Shandong to acquire Northern Offshore

June 29, 2015

Shandong Offshore (Bidco) has agreed to acquire drilling contractor Northern Offshore (OSE: NOF) for around NOK 1.3 billion ($165 million).

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