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Baker Hughes USA and Canada Rig Counts Increase
Saturday, May 08, 2021Baker Hughes reported increases in the number of rotary drilling rigs operating in the United States and Canada.

Rig Sinks and More
Saturday, May 08, 2021Here are some of Rigzone's top upstream stories during the last week, just in case you missed them...

Applications Open for North Sea Greenhand Program
Friday, May 07, 2021Recruitment company Atlas Professionals is now accepting applications for its Greenhand Program.

Velesto Provides Update on Sunken Rig
Friday, May 07, 2021Velesto Energy Berhad has provided an update on the Velesto Naga 7 rig, which was revealed to have submerged on May 4.

Seadrill Wins Contract to Support Pioneering GOM Project
Thursday, May 06, 2021Talos Energy has contracted a Seadrill drillship for the Tornado Attic well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Shelf Drilling Bags New Deals
Thursday, May 06, 2021Shelf Drilling, Ltd. (OSE: SHLF) announced Thursday that it has secured a ten-year contract extension for the High Island IX jack-up rig in direct continuation of its current contract in the Arabian Gulf.

Noble Corporation Optimistic on Market Outlook
Thursday, May 06, 2021Noble Corporation is optimistic about the market outlook, according to Robert W. Eifler, the president and chief executive officer of the company.

Canadian Firm Spuds Onshore Namibia Well
Thursday, May 06, 2021ReconAfrica has begun drilling its second well in the Kavango Basin in northeastern Namibia.

Haynesville Shale Operator Awards Gas Frac Fleet Contract
Wednesday, May 05, 2021The 100% natural gas-fueled frac fleet deployment is slated to begin in early 2022.

Transocean Encouraged by Rising Customer Enquiries
Wednesday, May 05, 2021Transocean's (NYSE: RIG) president and chief executive officer, Jeremy Thigpen, has announced that the company is encouraged by an increasing number of customer inquiries.

ADNOC Streamlines Oilfield Procurement Process
Wednesday, May 05, 2021ADNOC has launched a program standardizing procurement terms and conditions across its value chain. PHOTO SOURCE: ADNOC

Offshore Drilling Contractor Completes Reorganization
Tuesday, May 04, 2021Valaris Limited has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Rig Sinks After Incident Offshore Sarawak
Tuesday, May 04, 2021The board of directors of Velesto Energy Berhad has revealed that an incident involving its Naga 7 rig has occurred offshore Sarawak.

SLB-Backed Arabian Drilling Planning Saudi IPO
Tuesday, May 04, 2021Arabian Drilling Co is preparing an initial public offering that could give it a valuation of around $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bristow Bags Aker BP Deal
Sunday, May 02, 2021Bristow Group has secured a three year contract extension with Aker BP to support air transportation crew change services for Aker BP's operations in the Norwegian continental shelf.

Baker Hughes Posts Gain in USA Drilling Rigs
Saturday, May 01, 2021The active USA rotary rig fleet increased by two this week.

USA Set for Gas Boom and More
Saturday, May 01, 2021Here are some of Rigzone's top upstream stories during the last week, just in case you missed them...

Offshore China Well Contract Goes to AGR
Friday, April 30, 2021AGR will assist with well planning and engineering.

Houston Energy Event Organizers Make History
Thursday, April 29, 2021The hybrid in-person/virtual events will take place in Houston August 16.

Valaris Looks Forward to Soon Emerging from Chapter 11
Thursday, April 29, 2021Valaris' Chief Executive Officer and President, Tom Burke, outlined in the company's first quarter results statement that the business looks forward to 'soon emerging' from Chapter 11.

Exxon Strikes More Oil Offshore Guyana
Wednesday, April 28, 2021ExxonMobil reported another oil discovery in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.

$380MM Brazil Drilling Contract Goes to Seadrill
Tuesday, April 27, 2021The contract for West Saturn hinges on the Bacalhau partners' final investment decision. PHOTO SOURCE: Seadrill

CEO Retires as Drilling Contractor Exits Chapter 11
Monday, April 26, 2021Diamond Offshore reported Monday that it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy after completing a financial reorganization.

Offshore Africa Contract Goes to Zenith
Monday, April 26, 2021The Ocean BlackRhino is one of two Diamond Offshore drillships bound for Sangomar later this year. PHOTO SOURCE: Zenith Energy

Shelf Drilling Wins Offshore India Contract
Monday, April 26, 2021ONGC has awarded Shelf Drilling a contract for the J.T. Angel jack-up rig.

Maersk Decom Launches Free Decom Cost Calculator
Sunday, April 25, 2021Maersk Decom has launched a free cost calculating tool for benchmarking decommissioning projects in the North Sea.

Baker Hughes Rig Counts Down for USA and Canada
Saturday, April 24, 2021The total USA rotary rig count fell by one this week.

New Use for Orphaned Oil Wells and More
Saturday, April 24, 2021Here are some of Rigzone's top upstream stories during the last week, just in case you missed them...

California Gov Orders Fracing Permit Ban
Friday, April 23, 2021Gov. Gavin Newsom's order Friday follows multiple failed legislative attempts to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Maersk Drilling Extends Reach to Guyana
Friday, April 23, 2021CGX Resources has contracted the Maersk Discoverer for an exploration well. PHOTO SOURCE: Maersk Drilling

Aker BP Awards Contract for Offshore Norway Well
Thursday, April 22, 2021The contract for the Maersk Integrator is set to commence in December of this year. PHOTO SOURCE: Maersk Drilling

Equinor Strikes Oil in Norwegian Sea
Wednesday, April 21, 2021Equinor (NYSE: EQNR) has revealed that it and its partners, Total E&P Norge AS and Var Energi AS, have struck oil and gas in a new segment belonging to the Tyrihans field in the Norwegian Sea.

Awilco Signs Rig Contract for North Sea Well
Tuesday, April 20, 2021The semisub will drill a single exploration well.

Rig and Frac Spread Counts Near Benchmarks
Monday, April 19, 2021Check out this preview of what to watch this week in the oil market.

Offshore Gabon Contract Goes to Maersk Drilling
Monday, April 19, 2021PCGUSA has awarded Maersk Drilling an ultra-deepwater exploration contract in Gabon. PHOTO SOURCE: Maersk Drilling

Baker Hughes Counts More USA Oil Rigs
Saturday, April 17, 2021Baker Hughes reported the total number of rotary drilling rigs operating in the United States grew by seven this week.

BP Strikes Oil and More
Saturday, April 17, 2021Here are some of Rigzone's top upstream stories during the last week, just in case you missed them...

Gas Driller Calls for Federal Methane Leak Curbs
Friday, April 16, 2021EQT Corp. is calling for stricter caps on methane leaks from natural gas wells.

Who Wins if the USA Gulf of Mexico Loses Out?
Wednesday, April 14, 2021Here is an overview of global regions that could benefit from GOM uncertainty stemming from the Biden administration's leasing moratorium.

DNS Appoints New CEO
Wednesday, April 14, 2021Decom North Sea (DNS) has announced the appointment of Fraser Moonie as its new chief executive officer.

BP Strikes Oil Offshore Louisiana
Tuesday, April 13, 2021BP on Tuesday reported an oil discovery on Green Canyon Block 821.

Texas Regulator Issues Nearly 800 Drilling Permits
Tuesday, April 13, 2021The Railroad Commission of Texas issued 798 original drilling permits in March 2021.

Future of Brent Platform's Giant Legs Uncertain
Tuesday, April 13, 2021The U.K. government is still undecided on whether it will allow Royal Dutch Shell Plc to leave in the sea the giant concrete legs that once supported the iconic Brent oil platforms.

North Sea Operator Kicks Off Drilling Campaign
Tuesday, April 13, 2021IOG reported Monday that it has spud the first of five planned development wells in Phase 1 of its Core Project.

Weatherford and Safe Influx in Industry First
Monday, April 12, 2021Aberdeen-based Safe Influx has announced that a rig trial of the industry's first ever integration of Managed Pressure Drilling and Automated Well Control technology has been completed.

Baker Hughes USA Rig Count Rises
Saturday, April 10, 2021The USA oil rig count held steady.

$370MM West Africa Contract Goes to Maersk Drilling
Friday, April 09, 2021The contract secures the Maersk Venturer drillship for an estimated four years. PHOTO SOURCE: Maersk Drilling

Atlantic Faces Another Wild Hurricane Season
Thursday, April 08, 2021The Atlantic hurricane season is poised to be another wild one, with forecasters predicting an above-average 17 named storms sweeping out of the basin.

Maersk Drilling Nets Shell Deal
Wednesday, April 07, 2021Maersk Drilling has secured a contract with Shell Malaysia for the Maersk Viking drillship to drill four development wells at the Gumusut-Kakap project offshore Malaysia.

Eni Makes New Light Oil Find
Wednesday, April 07, 2021Eni (NYSE: E) has announced that it has made a new light oil discovery in Block 15/06 in Angola's deep offshore.