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Diamond Offshore

Opinion

Opinion: Scrap the shady underbelly of offshore industry

As I write this, two Chinese heavy lift transport ships remain anchored in Scotland’s Inner Moray Firth waiting for orders. They were supposed to have loaded by now and carted away for scrapping a couple of semi-submersible drilling rigs that have been laid up in the Cromarty Firth for some time.

Oil & Gas

Drilling contractor Diamond Offshore to scrap 2 rigs as revenues plummet

US drilling contractor Diamond Offshore said today it would scrap two of its rigs after recording a 38% drop in revenues in the second quarter of 2016. The Houston-based firm said Ocean Quest and Ocean Star would be retired, while two others would be cold stacked to keep costs down. Diamond made the decision at a time when offshore drilling is in the doldrums due to high costs and low crude prices.