While Shell has delayed its plans for drilling offshore Alaska, ConocoPhillips plans to go ahead with exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea next year.
Jurong Shipyard in Singapore has received a $350million order from Prosafe for a second harsh environment semi-submersible accommodation rig. To be named Safe Zephyrus, it is to be delivered near yearend 2014.
Floating production vessel firm SBM Offshore said it has agreed to sell its Dutch GustoMSC subsidiary.
Seadrill subsidiary North Atlantic Drilling has received a letter of intent from ExxonMobil for the hire of its harsh environment semisubmersible drilling rig West Alpha for a further two years. The contract is expected to yield revenues of $410million. The package is due to kick-in during Q3 of 2014, in direct continuation of the next assignment for West Alpha on the Balder field in the Norwegian North Sea.
Statoil is reinforcing its ability to fully exploit mature Norwegian assets by commissioning a new class of jack-up rig that will complement a new family of semi-submersibles now being built for similar work, but in shallower water.
NOBLE Corporation has exercised two of its four options with Sembcorp Marine's Jurong Shipyard for the construction of heavy duty harsh environment JU3000N-class jack-up drilling rigs.
SEMBCORP Marine's Jurong Shipyard has grabbed the predicted second order for a harsh environment semi-submersible drilling rig from SeaDragon Offshore.