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North Sea

VIDEO: Rowan rig leaving Dundee

Video footage of an oil rig leaving Dundee has been published online. The clip, uploaded to YouTube by Stuart Burns, shows the Rowan Gorilla V rig being towed up the Tay and past Broughty Castle. The 20,000-tonne vessel arrived in the city in June.  

Oil & Gas

Oil rigs touted to debt funds by Norwegian investment banks

Pareto Securities AS is among banks targeting debt funds and private-equity firms to buy oil rigs at firesale prices to hold until demand for offshore-drilling rebounds, according to people familiar with the matter. Norwegian investment banks are sounding out interest in special-purpose investment vehicles that would buy rigs from distressed companies, mothball them and sell them when the market picks up, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plans are private.

Oil & Gas

Diamond Offshore profit rises on demand for ultra-deepwater rigs

Diamond Offshore Drilling, one of the world's top-five offshore rig contractors, reported a slightly higher quarterly profit, helped by demand for its high-tech ultra-deepwater rigs and a drop in operating costs. Demand is strong for modern, faster rigs because they are cheaper to run and can drill more efficiently for oil and gas companies, which have been cutting spending due to low prices. Diamond Offshore, owned 52 percent by New York-based conglomerate Loews, said on Monday that revenue from its ultra-deepwater business rose 72.8 percent to $315.7 million in the second quarter ended June 30.

Oil & Gas

Oil rigs left idling turn Caribbean into expensive parking lot

Imagine parking your $300 million boat for months out in the open sea, with well-paid mechanics hovering around it and the engine running. The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea have become a garage for deepwater drillships -- at a cost of about $70,000 a day each. It’s either that or send your precious rig to a scrapyard. The dilemma underscores how an offshore industry that geared up for an oil boom is grappling with a bust. Rig owners are putting equipment aside at unprecedented numbers as customers including ConocoPhillips pull back from higher-cost deepwater exploration. That’s helped make Transocean Ltd. and Ensco Plc two of the three worst performers in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index over the past year.


US onshore rig count continues steady decline

The US onshore rig count has continued a steady decline according to research by the Gaffney, Cline and Associates (GCA) oil and gas monitor. It was launched earlier this month to track onshore and Gulf of Mexico (GOM) activity it the wake of lower oil prices. The Baker Hughes rig count showed a fall of a further 43 over the past week in the US onshore total, with this now having declined by 297 from a high of 1,876 in November last year down to 1,579 this month.