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Ocean Rig, a Cyprus-based company that specializes in projects in ultra-deepwater and other harsh environments, said it expects to cold stack one of its drillships, will consider scrapping two semi-submersible oil rigs, and may be forced to cold stack yet another drillship pending a potential unexpected contract cancellation.
Activists opposed to Arctic drilling are preparing to greet the rig when it makes it to Emerald City, with some threatening a flotilla of kayaks to box the ship in.
Take a look at operations on the Maersk Developer as it drills an exploratory well for Statoil in the Gulf of Mexico.
Despite mandatory offshore safety codes, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to find dozens of problems on deep-water drilling rigs and other vessels, even after oil companies have complied with rules for years and have anticipated inspections for months, a federal regulator said Thursday in Houston.
The grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig amid a fierce storm in the Gulf of Alaska raised the specter of a fuel spill in the region and provided fresh fodder to drilling foes who insist Arctic oil exploration is too risky to allow. The episode also cast doubt on whether Shell Oil Co. will be able to resume its hunt for Arctic oil this year.
Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig ran aground Monday night near Alaska’s Kodiak Island after a five-day fight to tow the vessel through a fierce storm and 70-mph winds.