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Obama Admin officials express support for Arctic oil and gas development

Obama Administration officials and former leaders of U.S. Armed Forces expressed support for Arctic oil and gas development at an Atlantic Council event on Geopolitics, Security, and Energy in the Arctic, sponsored by the Arctic Energy Center, yesterday afternoon.

Rowan Joe Douglas jackup joins BP Trinidad and Tobago rig fleet

BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) announced Wednesday that the Joe Douglas 240C jackup, which is owned and operated by Rowan Companies, has joined the bpTT rig fleet and has begun drilling at the bpTT Amherstia facility.

Statoil to cancel contract for Stena Drilling semisubmersible

Statoil has decided to cancel its contract for the Stena Don semisubmersible, the Norwegian operator said Tuesday.

Arctic Iñupiat Offshore joins campaign calling for Alaska's Arctic to remain in federal leasing plan

Arctic Iñupiat Offshore (AIO) has announced that it is joining the Arctic Coalition, a collection of 21 Alaskan and nationwide organizations that support responsible energy development in and off the coast of Alaska.

Quadrant Energy reports successful well test offshore Western Australia

Successful Well Test in Bedout Basin Offshore Western Australia

GeoPark successfully drills Tigana 4 well in Colombia

GeoPark Limited has announced the successful drilling and testing of the Tigana 4 development well, at a rate over 3,200 bopd in the Tigana oil field in the Llanos 34 Block (GeoPark-operated, with a 45% working interest) in Colombia.

Newfield CEO sees cautious approach on ‘huge’ Oklahoma oil find

Don’t expect a major ramp-up of oil production in Oklahoma’s hot new shale plays any time soon, even as companies invest billions of dollars in the region, said Newfield Exploration Co.’s CEO.

U.S. oil output slide seen slowing as shale drillers return

Increased drilling by shale producers buoyed by higher prices will slow the decline in U.S. crude production, a government forecast showed.

RSP to pay $2.4 billion for Permian oil driller Silver Hill

RSP Permian Inc. agreed to pay $2.4 billion in cash and stock for Silver Hill Energy Partners amid increasing competition for drilling rights in the biggest U.S. oil field.

AGR names new head for Well Management business in Norway

AGR has appointed Tore Øian to lead the company’s Well Management business in Norway.

ShaleTech: Niobrara Shale

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

“Go long” typical game plan, as key players consolidate holdings

API: Decline in exploratory drilling showing signs of slowing

The estimated number of oil wells drilled and completed in the third quarter of 2016 remained relatively unchanged from the previous quarter at 2,285, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said.

Challenging economics require drill bit improvements to lower break-even costs

Craig Fleming, World Oil

As the industry settles into a new normal, drill bit providers once again focus their R&D efforts on developing core technologies to further increase drilling efficiency, and drive down costs in demanding formations and difficult directional/lateral applications.

Directional drilling advances deliver tight-cluster, extended-reach wells in unconsolidated sands

Michael Phillips, Rodolphe Andre, Weatherford; Christophe Coudyzer, Pascal Blanchard, Addax Petroleum

Advances in directional drilling, logging while drilling (LWD) and well placement technologies have helped offshore operators reach new production targets, enabling wellbores to be threaded through geologically complex reservoirs and located many thousands of meters from a production platform.

Enhanced bearing pack technology improves motor reliability

Peter Shwets, Claire Kennedy, National Oilwell Varco; Omar Marsa, Compass Directional Services Ltd

To get the maximum performance from new power sections, downhole motors require bearing assemblies that can reliably withstand ever-increasing torque loads.

New products and services

Emily Querubin, World Oil

New products and services

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Tearing down the walls

SIMMONS EDECO launches Well Life Cycle & Well Integrity Awareness Program

SIMMONS EDECO, a supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services, has announced the launch of its Well Life Cycle & Well Integrity Awareness Program.

Statoil cleared to drill four survey wells at Johan Sverdrup

Statoil has received consent to drill four survey wells at Johan Sverdrup field, Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway said Monday.

Shale explorers boost activity further after OPEC’s ‘lifeline’

Explorers added oil rigs in the U.S. for a sixth consecutive week after OPEC’s pledge to cut output livened up the crude market, allowing producers to lock in higher prices with hedge contracts.