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Untested opportunities

Dec 04, 2013

E&P majors BP and Statoil presented their views on future exploration prospects in the Arctic. Meg Chesshyre reports. Representatives from BP and Statoil discussed both the challenges associated with and future plans for developing Arctic…

Exploration challenges in Arctic

Dec 04, 2013

The Arctic hosts harsh environments, minimal daylight and HSE concerns. Anthresia McWashington examines a case study and explains the data acquisition methods necessary to explore in one of the world’s most brutal regions. Exploration…

Understanding the ice environment is critical to Arctic success

Dec 03, 2013

Declining reserves from mature fields worldwide, the ongoing demand for oil, and retreating sea ice have brought a flurry of exploration activity to the Arctic. The US Geological Survey estimates undiscovered Arctic petroleum resources of 90 billion bbls of oil and 1…

New downhole color video tool available

Dec 02, 2013

UK-based EV, a specialist in downhole video technology, has launched its Optis HD Electric line camera to the well intervention market, which they say can provide vital wellbore imagery that can save time and reduce risk. The new technology…

MacGregor cranes for accommodation unit

Nov 28, 2013

MacGregor has won a contract to deliver a comprehensive set of cranes to a new vessel under construction at the long-established Canadian shipyard, Chantier Davie Canada Inc. The vessel is scheduled for delivery by the end of Spring 2015…

Baker Hughes: offshore rig count

Nov 22, 2013

Baker Hughes drilling rig count for 22 Nov 2013 shows 57 rigs drilling off the US, including two rigs each off California and Florida, three off Texas, and 50 off Louisiana. This is three fewer than last week, but four more rigs drilling offshore than a year ago…

NOV 60th Annual Rig Census

Nov 20, 2013

60th Annual Census: North American rig fleet gains while activity level drops. In the U.S. and Canada, additions to fleets increased availability, while activity decreased. The global offshore mobile fleet posted another modest gain, with 42 newbuilds entering service in the last year…

Saipem opens Edmonton yard

Nov 19, 2013

Saipem has opened its new Edmonton indoor fabrication yard in Alberta, Canada. The new facility will allow Saipem to accelerate project delivery by maintaining workforce activity and a safe working environment during bad weather. The yard is northeast of Edmonton…

Isometric sampling: The next milestone in integrated 3D marine seismic

Nov 07, 2013

After a decade of R&D spanning the globe, a new class of marine seismic technology has now been commercially deployed. Nina Rach spoke with Chris Cunnell of Schlumberger. In an ideal world, a seismic survey would have a grid of sensors across the full area of interest…

Global Briefs: November 2013

Nov 07, 2013

Transboundary may head to committee The US Senate bill ratifying the US-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement, S. 812, is reportedly on its way to a conference committee. The Senate’s version of the bill, passed last month (October)…

British Columbia releases marine spill study

Oct 13, 2013

The Canadian province of British Columbia released a comprehensive study assessing current marine-spill preparedness and response capabilities on 10 October 2013. The study also outlines necessary improvements to achieve a world-class system to ensure B…

Global Briefs: October 2013

Oct 10, 2013

Ghohta discovery Lundin Petroleum made an oil discovery on the Ghohta prospect in exploration licence PL492 in the Barents Sea. The well, 7120/1-3, 35km northwest of Snøhvit field, found a 75m oil column in Permian carbonates. Statoil…

Apache finalizes GOM asset sale

Sep 30, 2013

Apache Corporation announced it has completed the previously announced sale of its Gulf of Mexico shelf operations and properties to Fieldwood Energy LLC, a portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings, for $3.75 billion in cash (subject to customary…

Statoil in third discovery off Canada

Sep 26, 2013

Statoil ASA discovered between 300-600MMbo recoverable in its first Bay du Nord exploration well, located 500km (310 mi.) northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland. 'It is exciting that Statoil is opening a new basin offshore Newfoundland…

Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent this month

Sep 23, 2013

The National Snow & Ice Data Center, based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, issued a news release stating that preliminary data indicates that on 13 September, Arctic sea ice reached its likely minimum extent for 2013.  NSIDC…

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