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Maersk Drilling tags Halliburton and Petrofac for its Seapulse exploration drilling program

Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to collaborate on a shallow and deepwater exploration program to be delivered under Maersk Drilling’s master alliance agreement with Seapulse.

ADES secures two deepwater rig contracts offshore Kuwait

Both contracts were awarded by Baker Hughes, under a primary term of two years firm and an option to extend for another six months.

Rosneft elbows PDVSA aside on Venezuela service contracts

A subsidiary of Rosneft has taken over some contract discussions with local service providers in Venezuela, stepping in for PDVSA on joint projects with the state-owned oil company, according to people familiar with the matter.

UK releases shale gas fracing report after legal challenge

Last month, the UK fracing industry suffered a fatal blow as the Conservative government ended its support for the practice over concern that it causes earthquakes. The move, ahead of a general election set for Dec. 12, effectively bans fracing.

Equinor hopes for a dry well near Troll, for potential CO₂ storage

For the first time, an exploration well is being drilled in the North Sea where the objective is not to find oil or gas.

Shale oil explorers say outlook for growth contradicts grim reality

Shale wildcatters, after years eye-rolling at skeptics, are now saying global analysts are underestimating just how severe the industry’s slowdown is.

Springfield E&P completes maiden deepwater campaign offshore Ghana

Springfield E&P announced the completion of its maiden deepwater drilling campaign on the West Cape Three Points Block 2, offshore Ghana.

Coretrax acquires Churchill Drilling Tools, sets sights on further growth

Specialist well construction and intervention company Coretrax has acquired Churchill Drilling Tools as part of an ongoing growth and expansion strategy.

The last barrel

Craig Fleming, World Oil

Between a rock and a hard place

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

On overload and big brother

Regional Report: The Arctic

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Dancing on melting ice

Ardyne and Equinor ink long-term fishing services agreement offshore Norway

Ardyne has enhanced its relationship with Equinor through a frame agreement for fishing services covering all of the operator’s assets on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Ohio’s shale energy industry attracts nearly $78 billion in investment since 2011

Total investment in Ohio’s resource rich shale energy sector has reached $78 billion since tracking began in 2011, according to a Cleveland State University (CSU) study.

California intensifies fossil fuel fight with new drilling ban

California intensified its battle against fossil fuels by seeking independent reviews of all pending hydraulic fracturing permits and halting approvals of a key production technique in an area that has pumped crude for more than a century.

Encana investor blasts ‘discriminatory’ plan to flee Canada

Encana’s announcement of the planned U.S. move last month ratcheted up the gloom enveloping the Canadian oil industry and heightened anxieties about losing major domestic companies.

Conoco launches plan to distance itself from shale, win back shareholders

ConocoPhillips announced a 10-year plan to buy back $30 billion of shares, equivalent to about half of its current market capitalization, as the oil producer attempts to distance itself from the troubled U.S. shale industry.

i-Tech 7 extends UWILD track record in North Sea

i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit, has successfully completed an underwater inspection in lieu of dry-docking (UWILD) project for Borr Drilling in the North Sea.

KCA Deutag secures $460m of land drilling contracts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe

Global drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag announced that its land drilling operation has won new contracts worth approximately $460m in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

ADNOC launches program to significantly expand onshore, offshore rig fleets by 2025

"The program is a pivotal enabler of our plans to substantially increase drilling for conventional oil and gas as well as considerably ramp up the number of unconventional wells," said Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC's upstream executive director.

Maersk Drilling awarded two-well contract for Mærsk Developer offshore Trinidad

The contract, which contains five additional one-well options, has an estimated duration of 171 days and is expected to commence in Q1 2020.