RED ADAIR - OILFIELD LEGEND

Paul Neal Adair was born in Houston, Texas in June 1915, the son of an Irish immigrant blacksmith. He left school to work as a labourer, first on the railways and then in the oil fields. Red’s first oil-related job came in 1938 with the Otis Pressure Control Company and began fighting oil well fires after returning from serving in a bomb disposal unit during World War II. After the war, Red began to work for Myron Kinley, the original pioneer of oil well fire and blowout control. Red worked for the M. M. Kinley Company for fourteen years, until he resigned in 1956. Red then formed the Red Adair Company. Red’s legend started when he extinguished the “Devil’s Cigarette Lighter” in 1962 in the Sahara Desert. The blaze had been burning for six months, fueled by over 550 million cubic feet of gas a day. In 1977, he contributed to the capping of the biggest oil well blowout ever to have occurred in the North Sea at the Ekofisk Bravo platform, located in the Norwegian sector and operated by Phillips Petroleum Company. Red also fought the 1970 offshore blaze at Bay Marchland, Louisiana, and the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988. Perhaps his most famous battle occurred when Red’s team extinguished 117 oil well fires in Kuwait, left by the retreating Iraqi Army. Adair died in 2004, aged 89, in Houston.

ANADARKO: 3700 NEW WELLS OVER 10 YEARS IN UTAH

May 14, 2012

On May 8, 2012, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed the official Record of Decision, clearing the way for Anadarko’s Greater Natural...

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PROSERV SECURES WEATHERFORD SUBSEA BUSINESS

May 13, 2012

Proserv Group Inc., a leading global energy production technology services company headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, has acquired the subsea controls...

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FALKLANDS: STEBBING PROSPECT WELL SPUD

May 12, 2012

FALKLANDS: STEBBING PROSPECT WELL SPUD - The UK Oil and Gas explorer focused on the Falkland Islands announces that drilling of the well 61-25-1 started...

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TOTAL: THREE-YEAR CONTRACT FOR OCEAN RIG OLYMPIA

May 11, 2012

Cyprus based Ocean Rig UDW has received a Letter of Award for its ultra deepwater drillship Ocean Rig Olympia from the French Total. The company said the...

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BOND HELICOPTER DITCHES OFF ABERDEEN

May 11, 2012

Aberdeen Coastguard confirmed that a helicopter, Bond EC225 Super Puma,  has been forced to perform a controlled descent and ditch into the North...

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APACHE SECURES DEEPSEA METRO 1

May 10, 2012

Houston based Apache and partners, Pan Continental, Origin Energy, and Tullow Oil, announce that the Kenya L8 licence operator Apache Kenya has secured...

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A BLACK LION FOR DIAMOND OFFSHORE

May 10, 2012

The Houston based offshore drilling contractor announced that a subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited, has entered into a turnkey contract with...

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PACIFIC CLASS 400 JACKUP FOR PERISAI

May 09, 2012

PPL Shipyard, Singapore, has secured a US$208 million contract to construct a Pacific Class 400 jack-up drilling rig for Perisai Inc., with an option to...

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HAI YANG SHI YOU CHINA’s FIRST DEEPWATER RIG TO SPUD

May 08, 2012

The first deepwater drilling rig developed in China will be put into service in the South China Sea, 380 km south-east of Hong Kong. The CNOOC rig Hai...

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ROSNEFT & STATOIL TO JOIN FORCES IN RUSSIA

May 07, 2012

The two giants have agreed to jointly explore offshore frontier areas of Russia and Norway and to conduct joint technical studies on two onshore Russian...

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ROGUE FRACTURES DURING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

May 05, 2012

The U.S. Interior Department is to finalize new rules to regulate oil and gas drilling on public lands. The rules are designed to address concerns that...

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TOTAL HIRES PROSPECTOR RIG 1

May 05, 2012

Prospector Offshore Drilling is a new player in the high end, ultra harsh environment jack up kingdom. The company based in Luxemburg with operational...

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