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Dragon Oil expands offshore Turkmenistan drilling fleet

Dragon Oil has three drilling rigs operating in the Cheleken Contract Area of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, with Land Rig 2 expected to start drilling before mid-year.

GIS takes control of Qatar drilling contractor

Gulf International Services (GIS) has agreed to acquire Japan Drilling Co.’s 30% shareholding in Gulf Drilling International (GDI).

Delek Group proposes gas pipeline from deepwater Leviathan to Cyprus

Delek Group’s gas partnerships have applied to export natural gas to Cyprus through a pipeline from Israel’s deepwater Leviathan field.

Drilling & Completion

Dragon Oil expands offshore Turkmenistan drilling fleet

Dragon Oil has three drilling rigs operating in the Cheleken Contract Area of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, with Land Rig 2 expected to start drilling before mid-year.

Iran upbeat on latest deepwater well in Caspian Sea

Results from Iran’s latest deepwater exploration well in the Caspian Sea look positive, according to operator Khazar Exploration and Production Co.

Wintershall reports potentially commercial gas in Al Radeef offshore Qatar

Wintershall says two wells drilled last year proved gas on the Al Radeef reservoir in Qatar’s offshore 4N concession.

Field Development

Dragon Oil expands offshore Turkmenistan drilling fleet

Dragon Oil has three drilling rigs operating in the Cheleken Contract Area of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, with Land Rig 2 expected to start drilling before mid-year.

BP orders direct electrical heating for Shah Deniz flowlines

Nexans is to supply direct electrical heating (DEH) cable systems to BP for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 development in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.

NCOC appoints service provider for Kashagan rotating equipment

KTR-WG Turbine Services, a joint venture between Wood Group GTS and KazTurboRemont, has secured a long-term service agreement with North Caspian Production Operating Co.

Subsea

BP orders direct electrical heating for Shah Deniz flowlines

Nexans is to supply direct electrical heating (DEH) cable systems to BP for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 development in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.

McDermott receives major EPCI contract offshore Middle East

McDermott International has won an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) project from an operator of an offshore project in the Middle East.

Saudi Aramco contracts McDermott for subsea cable installation

McDermott International reports that one of its subsidiaries has won a contract to provide the electrical power supply system for Saudi Aramco at the Abu Ali and Khursaniyah fields in the Arabian G...

Geology & Geophysics

Offshore Iran 2D seismic survey data offered to prospectors

Global Geo Services (GGS) has made available its Persian Carpet 2000 multi-client 2D (MC2D) seismic survey.

Nearshore Oman 2D seismic survey to firm up leads

Circle Oil expected to start an inshore 2D seismic survey on block 52 offshore Oman last week using the seismic vessel MV Hindsagar.

Subsalt imaging in the Levant margin and basin of the eastern Mediterranean

Subsalt regions are important to oil and gas companies due to significant hydrocarbon potential, although they also present high exploration and production risk.

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Pipeline & Transportation

Delek Group proposes gas pipeline from deepwater Leviathan to Cyprus

Delek Group’s gas partnerships have applied to export natural gas to Cyprus through a pipeline from Israel’s deepwater Leviathan field.

NCOC awaits results from Kashagan pipeline pigging program offshore Kazakhstan

North Caspian Operating Co. (NCOC) has issued an update on its program for the shallow-water Kashagan field offshore Kazakhstan.

BP orders direct electrical heating for Shah Deniz flowlines

Nexans is to supply direct electrical heating (DEH) cable systems to BP for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 development in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.

Production

Dragon Oil expands offshore Turkmenistan drilling fleet

Dragon Oil has three drilling rigs operating in the Cheleken Contract Area of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, with Land Rig 2 expected to start drilling before mid-year.

NCOC awaits results from Kashagan pipeline pigging program offshore Kazakhstan

North Caspian Operating Co. (NCOC) has issued an update on its program for the shallow-water Kashagan field offshore Kazakhstan.

Dragon increases rig fleet offshore Turkmenistan

Dragon Oil has updated its development drilling operations on the Cheleken Contract Area (CCA) of the Caspian Sea, offshore Turkmenistan.

Rigs/Vessels

Dragon Oil expands offshore Turkmenistan drilling fleet

Dragon Oil has three drilling rigs operating in the Cheleken Contract Area of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, with Land Rig 2 expected to start drilling before mid-year.

Drydocks completes comprehensive overhaul of NDC crane vessel

Drydocks World has completed at its Dubai-based shipyard the repair and refurbishment of National Drilling Co.’s self-elevating crane vessel Al Ghweifat.

Lamprell delivers third newbuild jackup to NDC

Lamprell has completed construction of the jackup Qarnin for Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Co.