UK reserves up, but well count falls short

May 15, 2019

The Oil and Gas Authority has issued findings from its latest ‘Tier Zero’ meeting with managing directors of the 22 largest oil and gas producers on the UK continental shelf.

Norwegian authorities approve North Sea drilling, intervention requests

May 15, 2019

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia has permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority to use a new submarine cable at the Eldfisk complex in the southern Norwegian North Sea.


Shelf lists early 2019 rig assignments

May 15, 2019

Shelf Drilling has issued an update of first-quarter awards for its offshore rig fleet.

Equinor hands out offshore Norway drilling contracts

May 15, 2019

Equinor has awarded drilling service contracts valued at around NOK2.5 billion ($286 million) in total for new and existing field developments offshore Norway.


Eni finds more oil in block 15/06 offshore Angola

May 14, 2019

Eni has made a light oil discovery in the Ndungu exploration prospect in block 15/06 offshore Angola.

Deepwater Blackrock well finds oil west of Shetland

May 14, 2019

Siccar Point has proven oil and gas in the deepwater Blackrock prospect west of Shetland.


Shallow intervention system in fast deployment offshore Tunisia

May 14, 2019

Unity has introduced what it claims is the first multi-functional, near-surface intervention system.

Momentum returning to offshore rig utilization

May 13, 2019

Data from Westwood Global Energy’s RigLogix service shows a material utilization recovery for jackups and drillships over the last 12 months.


Digitalization attracting higher proportion of exploration spend, survey finds

May 13, 2019

Wood Mackenzie’s 11th annual Exploration Survey suggests continued recovery, based on reported drilling plans and new license awards.

Stag well completed offshore Australia

May 13, 2019

Drilling operations have finished on the Stag oilfield 49H infill well offshore northwest Australia.


Write-down of Maria reserves an appraisal issue, consultant claims

May 10, 2019

Wintershall DEA’s Maria field in the Norwegian Sea has undergone a 71% downward revision to the 207 MMboe of reserves estimated at sanction following underperformance, according to consultant Westwood Energy.

PSA issues findings on drilling rig incident offshore Norway

May 10, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has finished investigating an incident earlier this year on the Equinor-contracted semisubmersible West Hercules.


OGIC supports two decommissioned well techniques

May 10, 2019

Clearwell Technology is working on Therm-X-Mill, a thermal energy device for downhole, in situ removal of production tubing components.

Eni finds gas offshore Ghana

May 09, 2019

Eni has discovered gas and condensate on the Akoma prospect in CTP-Block 4 offshore Ghana.


Talos reports sub-commercial gas find at Acan offshore Mexico

May 09, 2019

Talos Energy has issued an update on drilling operations in its interest in the Gulf of Mexico.

Aker BP sanctions infill wells to lift North Sea Valhall recovery

May 09, 2019

Aker BP and its partners in the Valhall field in the southern Norwegian North Sea have taken a final investment decision for the first phase of the Wellhead Platform Production Recovery project.


North Sea jackup to be converted to hybrid low-emissions rig

May 09, 2019

Maersk Drilling plans to upgrade its ultra-harsh environment jackup Maersk Intrepid to a hybrid rig with low nitrogen oxide emissions for operations offshore Norway.

Catalyst signs agreements with two contractors on UK North Sea exploration drilling

May 09, 2019

Azinor Catalyst has committed to drill two exploratory wells in the UK central North Sea next year, as part of a planned three-well campaign.


Maersk Resilient to drill North Sea Harvey appraisal well

May 09, 2019

Independent Oil and Gas has signed a letter of intent with Maersk Drilling UK for the Harvey gas appraisal well in the UK southern North Sea.

Impact studies under way for AGC drilling

May 09, 2019

Oryx Petroleum has reduced preparatory drilling costs on the AGC Central License Area offshore northwest Africa by deferring some of the planned outlay to 2020.


Drillship’s automatic tripping system operable even in high seas

May 09, 2019

Noble Corp. and Huisman have completed testing of a new designed automatic tripping system onboard the drillship Noble Globetrotter II.

PSA approves two Aker BP North Sea wells

May 08, 2019

Aker BP has permission from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority for two exploratory wells in the North Sea.


IPC expands offshore Malaysia well line-up

May 08, 2019

IPC has added a well on the Keruing prospect offshore Malaysia to this year’s third-phase infill drilling campaign on the Bertam field.

Explorers increasingly focused on high-impact wells to replenish resources

May 08, 2019

Exploration drilling recovered last year but portfolio renewal has become a critical issue for the industry following a performance decline, according to Westwood’s 10th annual ‘State of Exploration’ report.



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