July 1st 2022

Terry Childs presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending July 1st 2022.

  • Whitefleet Drilling jackup WFD300 has been retired
  • Stenna Forth has departed Spain for Canadian waters for ExxonMobil
  • Aker BP gets consent for well intervention on Valhall Flank Nord field with Maersk Integrator
  • Shell Drilling jackup Adrian-1 has it’s contract extended by one well
  • Saudi Aramco has extended contracts for 3 jackups
  • Shen Lan Ten Zhou has yet to leave the shipyard
  • Borr Drilling has signed an LoA for the sale of three jackups
  • Brunei Shell Petroleum in the final stages of selection for a second rig
  • SEMCORP Marine has delivered the Deepwater Atlas drillship. Mobilisation to the GoM will begin soon.

June 3rd 2022

Kath Gammack presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending June 3rd 2022.

  • UDW drillship Valaris DS-11; contract termination
  • UDW drillship Polaris; ONGC contract award offshore India
  • MDW semi Stena Don to be utilised at i3 Energy’s Senerity appraisal well
  • Jackup PV Drilling VI; VSP contract imminent
  • Neptune Energy obtains permission for exploration drilling
  • ConocoPhillips’ Bounty prospect gains consent
  • Aker BP makes a minor oil and gas discovery
  • VAALCO reports successful drilling offshore Gabon
  • Shell’s Jackdaw development gets the green light
  • Jackup Noble Houston Colbert moving to Qatar

May 20th 2022

Paul Ezekiel presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending May 20th 2022.

  • Jackups contracted of committed for work now stands at 382
  • Borr Drilling reports receiving a LoA for Saga
  • Valaris has received a five-year contract for two jackups from Saudi Aramco
  • Pharos Energy will drill two development wells in block 16-1 in the Te Giac Trang field offshore Vietnam
  • Spirit Energy has issued a RfQ for a jackup at its York field in the UK North Sea
  • Eni Australia has issued and EOI for a moored floater at the Kitan Oil field
  • Woodside Australia’s shareholders have voted to approve a proposed merger with BHP
  • Jackup Noble Regina Allen is enroute to Gyuana for a one-well contract for Repsol
  • Pemex has approval from Mexico’s CNH to drill the Popoca-1EXP well
  • Transocean’s Deepwater Nautilus has mobilized from Labuan to Mubadala Petroleum’s first location in BLock SK32 offshore Sarawak
  • Turkish Petroleum’s new ultra-deepwater drillship Cobalt Explorer has arrived in Turkey

May 6th 2022

Teresa Wilkie presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending May 6th 2022.

  • 90-day deal secured for UDW drillship Valaris DS-12 offshore Angola and the Congo with an undisclosed operator.
  • Two new contracts confirmed for jackup Valaris 107 offshore Australia.
  • Two new deals for UDW drillship Noble Globetrotter I offshore Mexico with CNOOC international and Petronas.
  • TotalEnergies secured jackup Noble Sam Hartley to drill its HPHT Isabella well off the UK. Works starts around August, lasting 150 days plus options.
  • Transocean confirmed extensions for UDW drillships Deepwater Skyros and Deepwater Invictus off Angola and the US Gulf of Mexico.
  • Sale of MDW semi WilPhoenix confirmed to Well-Safe for P&A activity. Rig to be renamed Well-Safe Defender.
  • Eni spudded an appraisal well at the Baleine discovery offshore Ivory Coast using UDW drillship Saipem 12000.
  • Diamond Offshore UDW drillship Ocean BlackHawk expected to finish contract with Occidental in US Gulf of Mexico soon, before moving to Senegal for a new deal with Woodside.

April 8th 2022

Kath Gammack presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending April 8th 2022.

  • Shelf Drilling jackup Rig 141; six-month contract with PetroGulf in the Gulf of Suez
  • Borr Drilling jackup Mist; 105-day contract extension offshore Thailand
  • UDW drillship Maersk Voyager; one-year firm multi-country contract with Shell
  • Seadrill UDW semi West Hercules; enroute to Newfoundland, Canada
  • MDW semi Island Innovator departs Norway and heads for UK waters
  • Jackup Noble Tom Prosser commences Apus-1 well
  • Jackup Noble Hans Deul returns to IOG’s Southwark Field
  • UDW drillship Valaris DS-12 completes operations offshore Angola
  • Velesto jackup Naga 2 due to mobilise mid April for Petronas Carigali
  • Borr Drilling jackup Norve; 5-yearly SPS scheduled for August/September
  • Jackup Valaris 67 retired from fleet
  • Contract Novation for UDW drillship Valaris DS-11

March 25th 2022

Paul Ezekiel presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending March 25th 2022.

  • BP exercises option to keep Mad Dog
  • Hibiscus issues a market survey for a jackup in East Malaysia
  • BP announced that it has awarded Agung I and Agung II blocks
  • Petronas has formailised PSC for five blocks offshore Malaysia
  • OGA has rebranded as North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA)
  • Diamond Offshore has been approved to relist on NYSE
  • Deepwater Thalassa is heading to Colombia with Shell
  • Valaris D-4 is on its way to Brazil
  • Valaris DPS-1 should arrive in Damiper, Australia on March 28
  • The Rencong-1X exploration well in Indonesia is expected to cost Repsol and Petronas about US$130 million
  • Forum Ltd. are in the final stages of its selection process for a jackup for its two-well appraisal program

February 25th 2022

Kathleen Gammick presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending February 25th 2022.

  • Trillion Energy contracts GSP jackup Uranus
  • Jackup Valaris 122; one-well option exercised by Shell
  • Jackup Valaris 140; Saudi Aramco new three-year deal
  • UDW DS Santorini arrives US GOM from South Korea to commence Eni 660-day contract
  • Jackup Maersk Integrator approved by PSA for services on Hod B and Valhall Flank South
  • Valaris 249 (ex Valaris Gorilla VII) commences OMV New Zealand drilling campaign
  • DW semi Valaris MS-1 is ready and waiting to commence Western Gas’ one well in June
  • UDW DS West Carina undergoing reactivation, upgrades and SPS in Tenerife
  • Velesto Energy jackup Naga 5 departure from Labuan delayed
  • Jackup Valaris 37 is retired from the fleet
  • Odfjell Drilling taking over management of HE jackup West Linus
  • UDW DS Noble Globetrotter II due to return to work for Shell end February/early March

February 11th 2022

Paul Ezekiel presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending February 11th 2022.

  • Stenna Drilling has confirmed execution of the contract with TotalEnergies for the provision and operation of mid-water semi Stena Spey
  • ONE-Dyas exercised one of the two available options for the continued use of jackup Maersk Resolute
  • Constellation Oil Services has been awarded a one-well contract from Enauta for ultra-deepwater semi Alpha Star for work offshore Brazil
  • Jackup Valaris 107 has been moved to a stacking location offshore Dampier
  • Jackup Noble Tom Prosser arrived at the Pavo-1 well and has begun drilling operations
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Viking arrived in Labuan about a week ago from Singapore
  • Advanced Energy Systems (ADES) has completed inspections on eight jackups for potential purchase
  • Petrobras has exercised its preferential bidding rights for two pre-salt areas that would have been available in the third permanent offer initiative round in April
  • Norwegian shipping tycoon John Fredriksen has begun the process to take full control of Northern Drilling
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Deepwater Asgard has arrived on location in Green Canyon Block 70 in the US Gulf of Mexico
  • Deepwater semi Transocean Barents has departed the port of Olen and is now enroute to the Ormen Lange field
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Stena IceMAX is scheduled to depart Las Palmas for Israel
  • Market speculation suggests that BHP will not drill two exploration wells in Blocks AE-0092 and AE-0093 offshore Mexico
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Valaris DS-10 has just arrived in Walvis Bay offshore Namibia
  • Jackup Valaris 115 resumed operations for Mubadala Thailand last week after a brief stacking period of about two months

February 4th 2022

Alex Middleton presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending February 4th 2022.

  • PTTEP has issued two invitations to tender
  • Jadestone has filed an Environmental Plan to drill two wells from the Stag Field Central Platform
  • Korea National Oil Corporation has issued a preliminary request for information on the availablity of floaters for their 2023 program
  • Stena Drilling and Petrofac have executed a contract for the provision and operation of deepwater semi-submersible Stena Don
  • Pemex plans to spud the Nuktah-1EXP exploration well in the AE-0164 area in early February
  • Pertamina Hulu Energi North Sumatera is considering terminating the contract for the deepwater semi-submersible Essar Wildcat in Southeast Asia
  • A rig swap in the US Gulf of Mexico will see Seadrill ultra-deepwater semi-submersible Sevan Louisiana undertake a contract previously awarded to ultra-deepwater drillship West Neptune

 

January 14th 2022

Kath Gammack, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending Jaunary 14th 2022.

  • Jackup WFD 250 scores an additional 90 days with Arena Offshore in the US GOM
  • Constellation Oil Services MDW semi Olinda Star awarded 500 day contract with ONGC
  • Seadrill UDW drillship West Saturn moves to ExxonMobil’s Cutthroat-1 location offshore Brazil
  • Petronas Carigali Discovers Gas at Hadrah-1 Wildcat Well in Block SK411
  • Jackup Noble Hans Deul moves off location temporarily due to seabed conditions
  • Eco Atlantic O&G signs MOU to acquire 100% of the Azinam Group
  • UDW newbuild drillship Quenguela off Namibia undergoing sea trials

 

January 7th 2022

Paul Ezekiel, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending Jaunary 7th 2022.

  • EnVen Energy has signed a deal with Transocean to us the ultra-deepwater drillship Discoverer Inspiration for one firm well plus two options in the US Gulf of Mexico
  • Valaris reports that ARO Drilling has been awarded contract extensions from Saudi Aramco
  • Kosmos Energy has signed a deal to take ultra-deep water semi Valaris DPS-5 for a 105-day program in the US Gulf of Mexico
  • Constellation Oil has been awarded a contract from Petrobras for ultra-deepwater semis Gold Star and Lone Star
  • Diamond Offshore has updated its previously announced intention to explore strategic alternatives for the company
  • Carnarvon Energy announced that drilling of the Buffalo-10 well, in the Timor Sea commenced on 31 December 2021
  • Shipping magnate John Fredriksen has increased his ownership in Valaris to 6.2%
  • ExxonMobil reports that it has made two more oil discoveries in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana
  • The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has granted Aker BP consent for exploration drilling in Block 35/4 in PL685 of the North Sea
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Viking is currently enroute back to Malaysia after completing the Jove Marine-1 exploration well in Block F13 offshore Gabon for PC Gabon
  • Seadrill ultra-deepwater drillship West Carina has departed Sri Lanka and is now enroute to what is believed to be Las Palmas to undergo reactivation and contract preparation for Petrobras
  • Ultra-deep water drillship Valaris DS-16 has arrived in the US Gulf from Las Palmas
  • Exo Atlantic is reported to be looking at drilling a well in its Deepwater Cape Three Points West Offshore block offshore Ghana later this year
  • Petronas Carigali (PCSB) has made a gas discovery at the Hadrah-1 wildcat exploration well in Block SK411, located in the shallow waters off the coast of Sarawak
  • Pertamina Hulu Energi Mahakam (PHEM) reported a discovery offshore Balikpapan, East Kalimantan
  • Borr Drilling jackup Idun has arrived in Kemaman Supply Base and is presently hot stacked

 

December 10th 2021

Alex Middleton, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending December 10th 2021.

  • OMV Norge and Maersk Drilling have entered a one-well firm contract for Maersk Intrepid in the Oswig prospect
  • Petroserv has been awarded a contract to supply rigs 2 and 3 under Lot 2 of the operator’s late 2020 tender
  • Shelf Drilling had its contract for jackup Rig 141 extended for another 60 days
  • Trident Energy will return to Block G offshore Equatorial Guinea in 2022
  • Semisub Shen Lan Tan Suo is now drilling the first well for Medco Energi
  • Harbour Energy now expects start-up of its delayed Tolmount (UK) project in Q1 2022
  • Jackup Noble Tom Prosser has completed its last well in the Timor Sea for Santos
  • UDW semi Valaris DPS-5 has completed a one-well contract for Eni
  • Borr Drilling jackup Groa has departed the port of Limboh and is headed to Qatar

 

December 3rd 2021

Terry Childs, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending December 3rd 2021.

  • A consortium of ExxonMobil (60%) and Qatar Petroleum (40%) has been awarded the exploration rights to Block 5 offshore Cyprus
  • Off Indonesia, only four contractors or their representatives attended the pre-bid meeting held by Pertamina Hulu Kalimantan Timur (PHKT) held on 25 November
  • Shell Australia has requested that bidders for its Shell Crux development drilling campaign extend the validity of their proposals until April 2022
  • Seadrill says that it has now finalized contracts for two UDW drillships to work for Petrobras in the Buzios pre-salt field offshore Brazil
  • It has now been confirmed Lundin Energy has exercised an optional well for the use of UDW semi Deepsea Stavanger (10,000’) to drill a well on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS)
  • Transocean UDW drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 (10,000′) has left its stack location at Johore, West Malaysia and is now headed to Brunei

 

November 26th 2021

Kath Gammack, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending November 26th 2021.

  • Neptune Energy extends MDW semi Deepsea Yantai contract by three wells
  • Evergreen contracts up for renewal; 39 COSL units working for CNOOC offshore China
  • ONGC awards three-year contract to ADES jackup Admarine VIII
  • MDW semi Stena Don enroute to Morocco for Chariot Oil & Gas
  • Lukoil strikes oil in Block 12 offshore Mexico
  • Jackup Maersk Highlander to stack when a favourable weather window allows
  • UOG granted two-year extension licence extension by Jamaican government
  • IOG Southwark drilling to commence 1st week of December – weather permitting

 

November 19th 2021

Paul Ezekiel, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending November 19th 2021.

  • ExxonMobil has awarded Stena Offshore a contract to drill one well offshore Eastern Canada
  • Aban Offshore jackup Aban VIII has been selected to undertake a three-year contract for ONGC offshore India
  • Borr Drilling jackup rig Mist has commenced its seven-month firm plus five-month option charter with PTTEP Thailand
  • Velesto Energy jackup Naga 5 is expected to be released by Petronas Carigali (PCSB) within the first half of December
  • APA Corp reports that it has completed flow testing at the Sapakara South-1 appraisal well in Block 58 offshore Suriname
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Stena IceMAX arrived on location at the Bambo-1 exploration well on 12 November and has successfully spudded the well
  • Borr Drilling jackup Prospector 1 mobilized over the weekend to Block Q11B to begin the final well of its contract with Kistos
  • Awilco is understood to have made the decision to scrap mid-water semi WilHunter
  • Aban Offshore has confirmed the sale of four of its units to Last Voyage DMCC for scrapping
  • TotalEnergies says it will likely drill additional infill wells at the Egina field in OML 130 offshore Nigeria in 2022
  • Tullow Oil says it will withdraw from Suriname after disappointing exploration results
  • After its November 2019 attempted sale was canceled, Seven Group Holdings has again put up for sale its 15% interest in the Shell-operated Crux gas discovery

 

November 12th 2021

Alex Middleton, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending November 12th 2021.

  • Chevron Indonesia issues a market survey for a deepwater floater
  • Mauritius is advancing legislation to explore drilling in the area for the first time in 45 years
  • Quarter North Energy awards Noble Drilling a contract for UDW drillship Noble Faye Kozack
  • Wintershall will use Borr Drilling jackup Ran, for its Block 30 program off Mexico
  • Valaris 122 will shut-in Shearwater in the North Sea, when presented with a suitable weather window
  • ExxonMobil has found traces of oil in its Tita-1 exploration well in the Santos Basin, Brazil
  • Diamond Offshore reports UDW semi Ocean Monarch will complete its contract with POSCO International in March 2022
  • UDW drillship Saipem 12000 completed work for Eni in the Coral South field offshore Mozambique. Next tender is still outstanding

 

November 5th 2021

Terry Childs, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending November 5th 2021.

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  • Pascoe International signs first ever production sharing contract
  • Borr Drilling jackup Gunnlod on last well for PTTEP Sarawak
  • Shell plans to drill up to four exploration wells in Block 42 offshore Suriname
  • Wintershall Dea, Nova drilling kicks off for the second time
  • Harbour Energy extends contract for jackup Maersk Innovator
  • Noble UDW Noble Faye Kozak arrives in Gulf of Mexico
  • UDW Stena IceMAX arrives in Las Palmas before departing for Gambia

 

October 29th 2021

Kath Gammack, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending October 29th 2021.

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  • Unsuccessful commercial negotiations for Pertamina’s ONWJ jackup tender; new tender may be forthcoming
  • Short-term lay up in Esbjerg for Maersk Resolute; future contract on the cards with possibly ONE-Dyas
  • Jackup Valaris Gorilla VII’s new destination around two months away
  • UDW drillship Noble Faye Kozack heading back to US Gulf of Mexico for Murphy Oil and First EnVen Energy
  • UDW drillship Samsung Santorini – possible start delay for Eni’s US GOM 660-day campaign
  • Equinor strikes oil at the Egyptian Vulture exploration well; further appraisal required
  • Rig attrition – Valaris retires two jackups
  • BW Energy converting jackup Hibiscus Alpha to a MOPU for use offshore Gabon
  • BW Energy is reported to be purchasing Aquadrill’s UDW semi Leo for US$14M

October 22nd 2021

Paul Ezekiel, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending October 22nd 2021.

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  • Valaris reports that it has been awarded a contract from Petrobras for cold stacked ultra-deepwater drillship Valaris DS-4
  • Dana Petroleum has awarded a one firm well plus options contract to Island Drilling for the provision and operation of mid-water semi, Island Innovator
  • Cairn Energy has awarded Shelf Drilling a contract to take the 300ft jackup Compact Driller for four wells offshore India
  • The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that seven offshore blocks in a disputed area be handed back to Somalia
  • Carnarvon Petroleum has been awarded two shallow-water blocks offshore Western Australia
  • Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has reduced its planned $1.3 billion purchase of a 37% interest in the Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points block down to $200 million and a 30% stake in the fields
  • BHP hits hydrocarbons with the first of two Calypso field gas appraisal wells in Block TTDAA 14 offshore Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jackup Valaris 121 has just spud a High Pressure & High Temperature well at the Dunnottar prospect for Habour Energy
  • The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has issued a drilling permit to Aker BP for drilling of wildcat well 24/12-7
  • Market sources now are reporting that Japan Drilling jackup Hakuryu-12 will complete its contract for North Oil in November
  • Ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Fay Kozack completed work offshore Mexico for Petronas
  • TotalEnergies is reportedly looking to drill new development wells at its Kaombo South project
  • Velesto Energy jackup Naga 6 will be deployed to the work at the Bokor Platform (BODP-F), offshore Sarawak
  • Borr Drilling jackup Gunnlod is scheduled to complete its current drilling program with PTTEP Mduring the first half of November
  • South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DMSE) has received notification from West Libra Inc, cancelling the resale contract for the Ultra-deepwater drillship West Libra

October 15th 2021

Alex Middleton, presents the roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending October 15th, 2021, including:

  • India – only three companies bid on 21 available blocks in open acreage round six
  • Chevron signs production sharing contract with Staatsolie
  • UDW Stena IceMAX completes Repsol contract, heads towards Gambia
  • Jackup Valaris EXLII completes work for Fieldwood departs for , heads to GoM before East Cameroon
  • Jackup Noble Regina Allen, completes work in block 3A for BHP Offshore Trinidad, now headng to stacked location
  • Advanced Energy Services jackup Admarine 657, arrives in Dubai for 4-6 month maintenance programme and SPS
  • Vår Energi makes discovery with Rødhette exploration well offshore Norway, drilled by the Saipem UDW semi Scarabeo 8
  • Jackup COSL Boss, schedule to finish three-well contract with Saka Energi in late November

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October 8th 2021

Terry Childs, presents a 10-minute audio roundup of some of the week’s key offshore rig news for week ending October 8th, 2021, including:

  • Lease Sale Coming For US Gulf
  • Tower Resources shortlists two jackups for NJOM-3 appraisal well
  • CP Latina receives extensions for Mexico jackups
  • Ithaca awards contract to COSL Drilling
  • SeaDrill UDW drillship arrives in Camps Basin Block BC-10 offshore Brazil
  • UDW drillship Maersk Voyager has arrived on location in Block 48 offshore Angola
  • Jackup Maersk Resolute (350′-IC) is nears the end of its contract offshore the Netherlands with Dana Petroleum
  • Awilco Drilling MDW semi WilPhoenix (1,200′) is nearing completion of Ithaca Energy’s Fotla well (22/01b-12)
  • Japan Drilling MDW semi Hakuryu-5 (1,500′) has completes eight firm wells with PTTEP Myanmar
  • Contract pending for equipment recovery of Dynamic Drilling jackup Valiant Driller (300′-IC)
  • DW commencing its next contract in Q1 2022 when it will drill at the Sasanof prospect for Western Gas

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