Hercules Offshore said it will be taking five drilling rigs off the market in the Gulf of Mexico. The company also expects to write off $117million in asset value in the second quarter of the year.
The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) has released its 2015 Drilling Activity Forecast, which projects a 10% decrease in activity. The forecast is that Canadian land-based drilling rigs will drill 10,354 wells next year. The uncertainty around pipeline construction was a determining factor in the activity outlook.
US oil drillers idled the most rigs in almost two years as they face oil trading below $60 a barrel and escalating competition from suppliers abroad. Rigs targeting oil dropped by 29 this week to 1,546, the lowest level since June and the biggest decline since December 2012, Houston-based field services company Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) said. As OPEC resists calls to cut output, US producers including ConocoPhillips (COP) and Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS) have curbed spending. Chevron Corp. (CVX) put its annual capital spending plan on hold until next year.
Songa Offshore have announced a loss of $6.4million in its third quarter statement. The company’s profit was $1.1million during the same period which it said had been affected by the lower revenue contribution from the sale of the Songa Venus and Songa Mercur rigs. Last month, the company cut its financial liabilities in relation to its Song Venus bareboat charter agreement.