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Oil and Gas Journal Drilling News

  1. The US drilling rig count was up 13 units to 1,059 the week ended May 25, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 151 units from this time a year ago when the count stood at 908. 

  2. Woodside Petroleum Ltd., Perth, would like to accelerate and increase the breadth of its plans through development of the Scarborough natural gas fields on the Exmouth Plateau offshore Western Australia.


  3. Countries seeking ways to increase access to energy should view hydraulic fracturing cautiously because of possible gaps in local geological and hydrological knowledge, inadequate regulatory environments, and diversion of resources from renewable energy source, a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report recommended on May 24.

  4. Keppel Corp. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd., has sold five jack up rigs to Borr Drilling Ltd. for $745 million. One rig is scheduled to be delivered in late-2019 with four rigs to be delivered during 2020. 

  5. US crude oil inventories, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, increased 5.8 million bbl for the week ended May 18, according to US Energy Information Administration data.