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Oil and Gas Journal Drilling News

  1. Oil production from Thai company PTTEP’s Montara field in the Timor Sea has been halted following several potentially injurious safety incidents and cannot resume until cleared by Australia’s offshore safety regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

  2. PetroTal Corp., Calgary and Houston, is moving a rig to Bretana field on Block 95 for a three-well program beginning next year after starting production from the Bretana Norte discovery well. The company said the well is producing more than 2,000 b/d of 19.2° gravity oil after the commissioning of water-injection facilities.

  3. The US drilling rig count is up 1 unit to 1,082 rigs working for the week ended Nov. 16, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 167 units from the 915 rigs working this time a year ago. At 1,058 rigs working, an additional unit was drilling on land week-over-week. Offshore units also were up by 1 to reach 22 rigs working, while those drilling in inland waters dropped a single unit to 2 rigs working for the week.

  4. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) announced it plans to upgrade and expand giant Bu Hasa field as it ramps up onshore crude oil production capacity. The investment will enhance Bu Hasa’s production, deliver greater efficiencies, and maximize value from a mature oil field, ADNOC said.

  5. Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Dallas, will close its sand mine in Brady, Tex., and transition proppant supply to 100% West Texas sand sources by May 2019.