Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Drilling Activity to Keep Rising

From RigZone

By Karen Boman

Drilling activity in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico continues its recovery, according to data from Rigzone’s database RigLogix.

As of April 23, 37 semisubmersibles and drillships are under contract in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, according to RigLogix. Shell has seven deepwater rigs under contract – currently the highest number of rigs for an operator in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has the second largest number of deepwater rigs under contract with six, followed by Chevron with five, and Anadarko with four.

Other operators currently active in the U.S. Gulf include Petrobras, BHP Billiton Plc, Eni S.p.A., LLOG Exploration and Hess. , which have two deepwater rigs each under contract.  Walter Oil & Gas, Noble Energy, ExxonMobil Corp., Cobalt International Energy and Apache Corp. each have one deepwater rig under contract in the region.

The number of deepwater semisubmersibles and drillships working in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico could rise to 52 in June 2014 and 54 in December 2014 if all of the deepwater rigs currently under contract remain so  according to data from Rigzone’s RigLogix database.

Operators with rigs under firm contract in the U.S. Gulf in December 2014 will include BP plc, which will have six rigs, the most from any operator. Royal Dutch Shell plc will have five rigs under firm contract during that time. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. is expected to have four rigs working, followed by Chevron Corp. and LLOG Exploration Co. LLC, with three rigs each under firm contract.

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