US weekly offshore rig count up to 21 units

According to the weekly rig count for the U.S. and Canadian drilling activity issued by Baker Hughes on Friday, January 24, the amount of offshore rigs in the U.S increased by one unit in comparison to the previous week. 

APM Terminals, Brasco to support oil explorations

APM Terminals shake hands with Brasco, a Wilson Sons Group company and inked an agreement in order to boost oil exploration operations. Specifically, Brasco as an offshore security support company, will further secure oil explorations located at Pecém Industrial and Port Complex. 

Greenpeace loses the battle against Arctic oil drilling

After the environmental groups Greenpeace and Nature and Youth taken legal action against the Norwegian government in an attempt to stop oil drilling in Norway’s Arctic waters back in 2018, an Oslo appeals court recently approved Norway’s plans for more oil exploration in the Arctic.

Shell makes gas discovery offshore Australia

Shell officially informed that made a “significant gas and condensate discovery” during its exploration in the Browse Basin off the North West Coast of Western Australia. Specifically, the discovery came when drilling in the Bratwurst-1 exploration well.

Equinor gets drilling permit for its North Sea well

Equinor informed that the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) granted them a drilling permit for well 30/6-31, located in the North Sea offshore Norway. By giving  this green light to Equinor, the company has the ability to begin its drillling activities without any concerns.

Shelf Drilling buys the Maersk Completer for $38 million

Maersk Drilling officially announced that came in an agreement with Shelf Drilling in order to sell the Maersk Completer for $38 million in an all-cash transaction. Specifically, Shelf Drilling agreed to take over the rig as it is expected to be delivered in January 2020.

Turkish drones accompany drill ships will fly from Gecitkale Airport

The Turkish Cypriot government officially informed that the Gecitkale Airport will from now on be a base for the landing Turkish drones. Those drones are escorting drill ships which are searching for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean. In light of the situation, a Turkish military drone was delivered to northern Cyprus today, on 16 December.

New partnership for the exploration of a global offshore oil and gas program

According to a recent statement, Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to work together on the exploration program under Maersk Drilling’s master alliance agreement with Seapulse. Through the partnership, Maersk Drilling is responsible for providing fully integrated drilling services, including provision of drilling rigs and all related services for a global offshore oil and gas exploration program.

Brazil expands oil drilling plans despite climate concerns

Although the climate concerns continue increasing and the UN leaders urge countries to immediately act and cut emissions of climate-altering gases, the Brazilian’s Energy Minister recently announced that Brazil plans to further expand its coastal oil drilling in the “pre-salt” oil and gas area. 

Maersk to upgrade drilling rig into low-emission hybrid

Maersk Drilling and Aker BP collaborated by signing a $10.9m well-secured contract, in order to extent the harsh environment jack up rig, Maersk Integrator. In order to achieve that, the jack-up first needs intense upgrades, as to be turned into a hybrid rig for low emission drilling.


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