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Oil and Gas Journal Drilling News

  1. Imperial Oil Ltd. has restarted production at its Norman Wells operations in the Northwest Territories following the return to service of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 21 pipeline. Imperial had previously resumed limited shipments of crude oil from storage in September. The company expects production to ramp up in the months ahead to about 10,000 b/d, consistent with rates prior to the shutdown.

  2. Gazprom plans to start drilling production wells next year in Kovyktinskoye natural gas and condensate field in the Irkutsk Region of East Siberia. The state-owned company expects the field to start production in 2022 into the Power of Siberia gas pipeline, which will carry gas to Russia’s Far East and China.

  3. Equinor ASA has let a two-well contract with five options for single-well drilling to Rowan Cos. PLC for its Rowan Stavanger N-Class ultra-harsh environment jack up rig for use in Gudrun field in the Norwegian North Sea. In addition, Equinor and Rowan have signed a framework agreement based on terms that will also apply to future rig contracts with the company.

  4. Brent crude oil for December remained under $80/bbl on the London market Oct. 19 while light, sweet oil for November and December delivery settled over $69/bbl in New York. All were up slightly Oct. 19 as China showed signs of increased demand, but Brent crude ended the week with a 0.3% decline and West Texas Intermediate was down almost 3% for the week.

  5. The US drilling rig count was up 4 units to 1,067 rigs working for the week ended Oct. 19, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 154 units from the 913 rigs working this time a year ago.

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