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What Did Scientists Learn from Deepwater Horizon?

April 20, 2020, marks the tenth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, the offshore oil industry's biggest environmental disaster.Eleven people died, 17 others were injured, Transocean's drilling rig sank, and an incident caused more than four million barrels of oil to spill into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico from the BP-operated Macondo well which spewed oil into the ocean for 87 days before it was finally capped.In a review paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) geochemists Elizabeth Kujawinski and Christopher

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Offshore Drilling: It’s Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

amounts at stake, and the three regions comprise 50% of the total options value. In Southeast Asia and the Middle East, the options consist entirely of jackup contracts, whereas the $136.1 million in the US Gulf of Mexico concerns mainly floating rig options. Rig managers, Valaris ($331 million) and Transocean ($195 million) have the highest dollar amounts of options to be exercised and are the most exposed. Figure 1 shows the calculated 2020 contract options potentially at risk by region.Most of the nearly 300 drilling programs that currently have 2020 start dates will be delayed. Riglogix has heard

Jean Cahuzac will step down from his position as Subsea 7 CEO at the end of 2019. (Photo: Subsea 7)

Subsea 7 CEO Will Retire at Year End

services company Subsea 7 announced that Jean Cahuzac will retire from his position as CEO at the end of this year, and will be succeeded from January 1, 2020 by John Evans, who is currently COO.Cahuzac has been in the industry for 41 years and CEO for Subsea 7 since 2008, having previously worked for Transocean and Schlumberger. Following his retirement as CEO, he will continue with Subsea 7 as a Non-Executive Director.Evans has been COO of Subsea 7 since he joined the company in 2005 and has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore energy services industry. He previously worked for KBR in a number

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Fugro Secures E&P Support Contracts

hazards surveys, a flowline corridor survey and a shallow geotechnical survey. For the geotechnical site investigations, the workscope includes drilling, laboratory analysis and engineering reporting.To service a long-term contract, Fugro has installed its custom-designed FCV 3000 ROV equipment onboard Transocean’s ultra-deepwater drillship, Deepwater Invictus, for subsea ROV support at drilling campaigns in Trinidad and Tobago, the US Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico. These operations commenced in June this year and continue until May 2020.Ed Saade, Fugro’s USA President, explained that the company&rsquo

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

Offshore oil driller Transocean Ltd said on Tuesday it would buy peer Ocean Rig UDW Inc in a $2.7 billion cash-and-stock deal, its second major acquisition this year as the company bets on a recovery in the offshore sector.The acquisition signals new optimism for offshore drillers, which were hit hard by the steep plunge in oil prices from 2014. Offshore projects, which are more costly than onshore work and take years to develop, became less attractive after oil prices fell to below $30 a barrel in 2016.Global crude prices have since recovered to above $70, renewing producer interest in offshore

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

;The company’s business model is Robotics as a Service (RaaS) – in itself a new concept within the subsea industry – which uses what HMI calls its in-house full stack robotics capabilities. HMI’s first investor was oilfield services giant Schlumberger (2015), while drilling firm Transocean led HMI’s most recent Series B investment (2018), giving some idea of the interest in the firm.HMI’s first splash is the Aquanaut, a subsea service robot that can perform long range yet meaningful in-close manipulation tasks over low bandwidth networks, eliminating the need for surface

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Transocean Signs 11 Well Contract with Chevron Australia

The international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells Transocean announced that the ultra-deepwater semisubmersible GSF Development Driller I was awarded an 11-well contract (approximately 955 days) commencing offshore Australia in the first half of 2019 with Chevron Australia.The estimated firm contract backlog, excluding integrated services, is approximately USD 158 million. Additionally, the contract includes four one-well options.Two days ago, Transocean announced that the midwater semisubmersible Transocean 712 was awarded a 13-well contract (approximately 580

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Mannering Named Polarcus Chairman

Michael Mannering has been nominated to succeed Polarcus’ outgoing chairman of the board, Peter Rigg, with effect from the 2018 AGM on May 10.Rigg will retire after a decade as chairman of the marine geophysical company, having served in the role since the company’s inception in 2008.Mannering has previously held many senior corporate positions in Schlumberger as well as chairman and, subsequently, non-executive director of Songa Offshore until its acquisition by Transocean. He has a BSc (First Class) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton.

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Deep Sea Mooring Bags Quadrant Contract

Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, said it has secured a contract with Quadrant Energy to provide turnkey pre-lay mooring solutions to the Transocean GSF Development Driller 1 semisubmersible drilling rig offshore Australia. The deal – a continuation of previous work for Quadrant Energy – begins in March 2018.   The agreement, with the project scope and engineering consultancy coordinated out of Perth, will enable Quadrant to have access to DSM and Vryhof Anchors’ portfolio of pre-lay mooring solutions that include chains, fiber ropes, anchors, connectors, buoyancy and

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