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Seadrill Limited (NYSE & OSE: SDRL) has entered into a definitive agreement to sell three jack-up rigs—the West Castor, the West Telesto and the West Tucana (the “Qatar Jack-Up Fleet”)—and its 50% equity interest in the joint venture that operates these rigs offshore Qatar to Seadrill’s joint venture partner Gulf Drilling International (“GDI”) for cash proceeds of $338 million (the “Transaction”).

The Ras al-Khair Special Economic Zone (SEZ) aims to host the largest shipyard in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), leveraging partnerships with major maritime players and backing by the Saudi government to attract investment. The SEZ is based in the city of Ras al-Khair on the eastern Arabian Gulf coast of the Kingdom, just north of al-Jubail Industrial City—home to the world’s fourth largest petrochemical company: Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

TotalEnergies has signed an agreement with Sapura Upstream Assets Sdn Bhd (SUA) to acquire its 50% interest in Malaysian independent gas producer and operator SapuraOMV Upstream Sdn (SapuraOMV) for a consideration of $530 million, subject to closing adjustments. Closing is expected in the second half of 2024.

Solstad Offshore announces contract awards from Clients in the offshore energy markets with a combined duration of approx. 600 days (inclusive of mobilization and demobilization) and a gross value of approx. NOK 800 million. 

“2023 was a very strong year for Kraken, with 70% growth in revenue and 166% growth in Adjusted EBITDA. We expect our strong growth trajectory to continue in 2024. To use a baseball analogy, we are in the second inning of a nine-inning ball game,” said Kraken President and CEO Greg Reid. “We have a strong pipeline of opportunities and a unique competitive position. In 2023, we made significant improvements in our business, including strengthening our technical and commercial depth, adding specific skillsets to our board of directors, and making significant investments in headcount and infrastructure. While not always apparent to external parties, these changes are positioning us to capture significant new business and improve our execution in the future. Below, I highlight several points that give us confidence that our future looks bright as the Kraken team brings our world class solutions to existing and new customers across the defense and commercial markets.”

In a landmark partnership, Damen Financial Services (DFS) and Siemens Financial Services (SFS) have joined forces to establish a new facility for vessel financing solutions: Damen Ship Lease (DSL). The DSL facility is now one of the funds of Damen Ship Lease Cooperation which is managed by DFS. It is designed to provide current and prospective ship owners with the ability to expand their fleets by enabling them to acquire state-of-the-art vessels using flexible financing options.

CGG announces that S&P Global Ratings ("S&P") has upgraded the Company's issuer credit rating to 'B-' from 'CCC+'. S&P noted "a markedly stronger 2024 – 2025 financial performance" as a reason for the upgrade.

"We believe that S&P’s rating upgrade aligns with our recently communicated financial roadmap,” said CGG CFO, Jérôme Serve. “We remain focused on the strengthening of our financial performance, cash generation and balance sheet deleveraging.”

Q1 2024 Results and conference call

CGG will announce its first quarter 2024 non-audited results on May 14, 2024, after market close.

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