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    Tributes To 'Best Rigger in the North Sea' After Normanby Dad 'Griff' Dies While Working Offshore

    David Griffiths' wife has spoken of her shock and sadness after the sudden death of her husband, a 'real gentleman and family man'

    Lisa Griffiths has paid tribute to her husband David who died suddenly in December

    Tributes have been paid to "one of a kind" Normanby man David Griffiths, dubbed by colleagues "the best rigger in the North Sea".

    The 38-year-old father-of-two collapsed suddenly while working on the Fulmar oil platform, near Aberdeen, in Scotland.

    His wife, Lisa Griffiths, has said "one of a kind" David was a man "who just lived for us", as she told the heartbreaking story of how he died, minutes after he'd been joking with co-workers.

    David FaceTimed his family every day and was in regular contact with Lisa, who works with children who have special needs.

    But on that fateful day on December 12, she knew something was wrong.

    "Usually he FaceTimed every day," she said. "I had no FaceTime off him and no messages."

    She frantically attempted to contact the rig to be told it was in "lock down" due to an incident.

    She rang back a short time later and desperately pleaded to be told if David was OK: "I said, 'please, just tell me if my husband is dead or alive'.

    "I was at work, I rang my mam and said, right get the kids, something has happened.

    "I waited for about an hour and then the police turned up."


    Coroner Rules Ohio Oilfield Worker Died Of Heroin, Meth Overdose

    The August death of an oil rig worker near Newcomerstown has been ruled an accidental overdose by Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn. 

    Travis Burch Died of OverdoseTravis Burch, 36, of Dexter City, was transported on Aug. 6 to Coshocton Regional Medical Center after collapsing at an oil well drilling site at 6075 Ohio 36 SW in Oxford Township. 

    Gwinn has ruled the death to be an accidental overdose of heroin and methamphetamine. He said Burch also tested positive for buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. 

    According to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, Burch was at the back of the rig and then came forward to join other workers. He staggered and fell. Deputies found a used needle and empty plastic bag near the body. Medical personnel found Burch to have little to no pulse once arriving on scene. 

    Source: Coshocton Tribune


    Chesapeake Signals Less Activity, Lower Rig Count In 2019

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday joined the chorus of operators planning to cut back this year in response to falling commodity prices and investors’ call for continuing financial discipline, announcing plans to reduce capital expenditures by lowering its rig count. 

    Chesapeake Energy Signals Lower Rig CountThe producer, which has shifted to an oiler production mix in recent years as natural gas prices stagnated, said it expects to run an average of 14 rigs in 2019 versus its current level of 18.

    “Further, we expect our capital efficiency to improve in 2019 as total net capital per rig line is projected to decrease by 15-20% compared to 2018,” CEO Doug Lawler said. “The improvement in our capital efficiency, along with our focus on our high-margin oil investments, should result in higher operating cash flow and stronger margins in 2019 compared to 2018.”

    Several Permian Basin operators have announced plans to cut their spending and Chesapeake’s announcement came shortly after Appalachian pure-play Antero Resources Corp. said it would lower its budget in response to sliding oil and natural gas liquids prices.

    Chesapeake stopped short of releasing additional details, indicating it plans to discuss capital guidance later this quarter. For now, the Oklahoma City-based producer estimates that 4Q2018 production was 462,000-464,000 boe/d, versus 4Q2017’s 593,200 boe/d and 3Q2018’s 537,000 boe/d8.


    Seadrill To Use Automated Drilling On Newest Rig

    Wintershall and Seadrill have announced plans to rely on automated drilling software for a six-well campaign offshore Norway that begins this year. The deal is the latest example of the offshore sector’s slow march toward automated wellbore construction.

    The West Mira drilling rig was recently constructed in South Korea. SourceSeadrillThe operator and drilling contractor plan to install the automation software, developed by Norway-based Sekal, on the newbuild semisubmersible West Mira. The sixth generation rig was designed for harsh weather environments and could start drilling in the Nova field later this year.

    Wintershall, a subsidiary of German chemical maker BASF, estimates that the field, located in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, holds more than 80 million BOE of reserves.

    “As an initiative to further improve the efficiency in our drilling operations utilizing new technology, Wintershall, in close cooperation with our partners Seadrill and Halliburton, expect that Sekal’s digital twin solution in combination with automated drilling control will be an important contribution to meet our ambitious goals,” Nils Norheim, the drilling and wells manager of mobile units for Wintershall, said in a statement.

    Sekal reports that the Nova project will involve two of its software programs: DrillScene and DrillTronics.


    Louisiana Oilfield Service Company Adds 150 Workers

    Two major contracts in the Gulf of Mexico have prompted a local oilfield-service company to hire 150 new workers, officials said today.

    File photoDanos, based in Gray, says it has secured a contract to provide production workers to Equinor’s Titan platform, which operates in nearly 4,000 feet of water about 60 miles southeast of the offshore service hub at Port Fourchon.

    The project, which began late last year, is Danos’ second with Equinor after it was awarded a contract for coatings maintenance on the Titan platform in the fall.

    “Danos is excited for the opportunity to work with a high-performing company like Equinor,” owner Paul Danos said in a news release. “Securing and executing the details of the contract has been a true team effort, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to customer service and excellence.”

    The company has also been awarded a multi-year contract for production operations with another major oil and gas producer in the Gulf, though company officials would not discuss specifics.

    Danos has increased its production workforce by about 150 new employees as a result of the contracts. Most of the new positions are production operators who will be working on the Gulf Coast, with projects spanning from Galveston, Texas, to Venice, La.


    Texas Snaps 2-Year Streak Of Oilfield Job Growth

    Jobs in the Texas oil patch dropped for the first time in almost two years, according to the state’s workforce commission.

    Texas Oilfield Jobs DeclineThe number of workers handling exploration and drilling duties fell by 500 to 247,700 in November compared with the previous month, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Snapping a streak of 23 months for oilfield expansion, the state is weathering volatile oil prices that have lost more than a third of their value since October.

    “We have seen tremendous growth in the oil and natural gas industry in Texas, including consistent job expansion, but growth is not guaranteed,” Todd Staples, president of the state oil and gas association, said Friday in a statement.

    Home to a pair of the world’s busiest shale oil fields -- the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford -- the Lone Star State has yet to fully climb back to the high of 308,900 upstream workers reached at the end of 2014, before a decline in crude prices that lasted more than a year. The state’s data only covers so-called upstream jobs related to oil and natural gas extraction, excluding other large sectors such as pipelines and refiners. It’s subject to historical revisions later on, according to the Texas Oil & Gas Association.

    The Permian Basin lost jobs for a third straight month in November, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said in a Dec. 28 report. Companies began laying off completion crews late last year due to maxed out pipes in West Texas, exhausted spending budgets and slumping crude prices.

    Source: Bloomberg


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