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Eifler to succeed Robertson as Noble President, CEO

Noble Corp announced that its Board of Directors is implementing a leadership transition plan that capitalizes on the strength of its management team.

At the close of the company’s next annual general meeting of shareholders, Julie J. Robertson will resign as President and CEO and will take on the newly created role of an Executive Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

Robert W. Eifler, who joined Noble in 2005 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Commercial, will become President and CEO. Mr Eifler will stand for election to the Board of Directors at the upcoming annual general meeting.

Mr Eifler joined Noble in 2005 as part of the company’s management development program, working offshore and in various operational roles, and has held numerous operational and marketing roles with increasing responsibility around the world.

Prior to his appointment to his current role in August 2019, he served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Contracts from February 2019 to August 2019, and as Vice President and General Manager – Marketing and Contracts from July 2017 to February 2019.

Before that, he led Noble’s marketing and contracts efforts for the Eastern Hemisphere. From November 2013 to March 2015, he worked for Hercules Offshore as Director of International Marketing.

Mr Eifler earned a bachelor’s degree in systems and information engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Acton School of Business.

Inmarsat to launch connectivity services in Saudi Arabia

Inmarsat will bring its connectivity solutions to customers based in Saudi Arabia through new partner agreements. Sada Al Ammah and Global Beam Telecom have been appointed as Inmarsat’s first distribution partners in the region.

The two companies will work with Inmarsat’s Enterprise business to bring connectivity services to land-based users in the Middle East. Further, Inmarsat’s Maritime business will partner with Sada Al Ammah to distribute connectivity services for merchant and offshore vessels operating in Saudi waters.

Borr enters new financing arrangement for Tivar rig

Deep Casing Tools has selected two partner companies for the African market.

Borr Drilling has entered into a new financing arrangement for the newbuild jackup rig Tivar, scheduled to be delivered from the yard in July 2020. The existing $50 million bank delivery financing for the rig will be replaced with a new $100 million take out facility maturing in 31 December 2021. The delivery of the jackup rigs Vale and Var are conditional upon full repayment of the facility or can be carried out 180 days after an early repayment of the financing.

IFR, Simmons Edeco to collaborate in Mexico

International Frontier Resources (IFR) announced it has signed a two-year cooperation agreement with SIMMONS EDECO. Through this strategic alliance, IFR and SIMMONS will work together to pursue oil and gas opportunities in the Mexican market, primarily focused on upstream oil and gas, as well as midstream and service contract opportunities.

Deep casing tools forms new African partnerships

Deep Casing Tools has appointed Africa Oilwell Technology as its partner in Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Republic of Congo and South Africa. Omasup Energy Services was selected as the company’s representative in Nigeria.

Well-Sense hires Stuart Black as director

Stuart Black

Well-SENSE has appointed a new director. Stuart Black has more than 12 years of experience in the energy and consumer goods sectors, specializing in strategic planning and corporate development.

BP awards Oceaneering contract for riserless light well intervention

BP has awarded Oceaneering a contract to provide comprehensive riserless light well intervention services offshore Angola in Blocks 18 and 31. Oceaneering will support a multi-well campaign that includes mechanical well interventions, well stimulations and tree change-outs. Offshore operations are scheduled to begin in Q2 and be completed by late fall 2020.

Halliburton nets seven contracts for Ichthys

Halliburton has been awarded seven contracts for drilling and completion services for the next phase of field development of the INPEX-operated Ichthys Project in the Browse Basin offshore northern Australia.  The campaign is due to start in March 2020 and will continue for an estimated three years. The contracts awarded include directional drilling, logging while drilling, surface data logging, drilling and completions fluids, cementing, liner hangers, coring and well completions services.

OSRL signs strategic cooperation agreement

Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) has signed an agreement with Wood to support its Subsea Well Intervention Service (SWIS) members. The agreement provides OSRL’s SWIS members access to Wood’s expertise in subsea systems engineering, installation, process/flow assurance and computational fluid dynamics.

Lloyd’s Register appoints global business director

Lloyd’s Register has appointed Yvo Jansen as Global Business Development Director as the company underlines its focus on new market capabilities after reshaping its energy business last year.

Hunting buys Enpro

Hunting has acquired Enpro Subsea and its subsidiaries in Norway, US and Ghana. Enpro delivers production-enhancing technologies, including flow access modules and flow intervention services.

RMEC adds second test bay

Aberdeen-based RMEC has invested a six-figure sum on its test bay facilities. It has installed a state-of-the-art surface-mounted test bay for hydrostatic and high-pressure gas testing. The new 6-m x 6-m x 2.5-m bay can verify oilfield equipment up to 22,500 psi.

SES and Optimum form RiGUARD joint venture

Stress Engineering Services (SES) has entered into an agreement with Optimum Program to form the RiGUARD joint venture. Together, the companies will develop a CBM program that will optimize the timing and cost of drilling riser maintenance.

Tendeka hires manager for South America

Tendeka has appointed Renato Barbedo as Business Development Manager for South America as the company increases its support for oil and gas operators in the region.


Halliburton introduces intelligent data retriever

In West Texas, the SPIDRlive has helped to transmit data via a wireless signal to a field edge device then streamed to a cloud application for visualization.

Halliburton has announced the SPIDRlive Self-Powered Intelligent Data Retriever, an unconventional well testing and fracture interaction monitoring technology that acquires real-time well data without the need for intervention.

The retriever captures high-resolution data from the wellhead without downhole equipment. In unconventional wells, operators can acquire data to optimize fracture design or perform an engineered flow-back to improve well performance.

GeoDynamics develops motorless wireline release tool

GEODynamics has introduced a wireline release tool with an explosive-free and motorless design. Compared with release tools that recommend rebuilds after every five runs, the new Release technology requires redress after 100 runs.

The tool offers a tensile strength of 50,000 lbs, with an overall length of 26 in. It allows users to address and release, even if the tool string is shorted below the tool. This feature reduces operational risk by maintaining the ability to release a tool should the string become stuck in the wellbore in a shorted condition.

Tendeka and Wellvene partner on sealing solution

Tendeka has worked with Wellvene to create and qualify a new version of its swellable sealing solution, SwellStack. The enhanced technology provides a cost-effective sealing solution that is compatible with all Wellvene and OEM insert safety valves. Using the technology ensures production can be reinstated to wells that are closed in due to the failed sealing of an insert safety valve, eliminating any requirement to consider higher cost and long lead straddles or potential workovers.

Wellhead Saver System to address drift-offs

Neodrill has launched its new Wellhead Saver System (WSS). Designed to address the industry challenge of drift-off, the new solution can deliver savings in the order of six to 12 rig days on a typical well, according to the company.

When deepwater rigs are used under shallow-water conditions, the forces and bending moments from the BOP and riser are placed on the wellhead. The WSS adapts the CAN well foundation to redirect the bending forces away from the wellhead directly into the well foundation. By protecting the wellhead, conductor and casing from over-bending and over-stressing, it is possible to increase the drift-off distance before disconnect occurs. This allows the rig to stay on location and remain connected to the well in more severe weather conditions.

Compared with the traditional approach of tethering the BOP and wellhead system down, the WSS is connected to both the wellhead and the CAN, which allows it to act as a wellhead saver sub. This enables drilling operations to take place without loading the original wellhead. Compared with the BOP tethering system, a unique aspect is that it avoids long steel and fiber wires that may require re-tensioning during operations.

Work management software targets talent challenges

Xergy Group has announced Proteus, a cloud-based work management platform for the upstream oil and gas industry that allows companies to find the right people for projects as and when they are needed.

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