Offshore Regulations


Spain Starts Consultation on New Offshore Wind Rules

Feb 26, 2024

Spain has opened a public consultation on a new set of rules for offshore wind energy production, laying the groundwork for auctions of sea-based concessions, the Energy Ministry said on Monday.The sector had been urging the government to publish…

Canada Secures Surrender of All Offshore Pacific Coast Oil and Gas Permits

Feb 21, 2024

Canada has secured the surrender of the last remaining permits for oil and gas development off its Pacific Coast, the federal natural resources minister said on Wednesday, after Chevron Canada voluntarily relinquished 23 permits this month.Energy…

US Proposes Fee on Methane from Big Oil and Gas Producers

Jan 12, 2024

The U.S. on Friday proposed a fee on emissions of methane from big oil and gas producers as required under the 2022 climate law and as a backstop to wider regulations on the greenhouse gas from energy operations.The fee, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency…

Norway Parliament Votes in favor of Seabed Mining

Jan 09, 2024

Norway's parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of allowing Arctic seabed mineral exploration, in line with a deal reached between the government and key opposition parties last month, overcoming objections from environmental campaigners.The decision…

FTC Seeks Additional Data on Chevron-Hess Deal

Dec 08, 2023

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent a second request to Chevron and Hess, seeking additional information and documentary materials related to their pending merger, the companies said on Friday.(Reuters Reporting by Sourasis Bose)

Canada Unveils Cap and Trade System for Oil and Gas Emissions

Dec 07, 2023

Canada on Thursday unveiled a plan to limit emissions from the oil and gas sector using a cap and trade system starting in 2026, a step toward fulfilling a government pledge to cut emissions in the country's most polluting sector.Under the proposal…

Biden's Clean Energy Agenda Faces Mounting Headwinds

Nov 24, 2023

Canceled offshore wind projects, imperiled solar factories, and fading demand for electric vehiclesA year after the passage of the largest climate change legislation in U.S. history, meant to touch off a boom in American clean energy development…

Brazil Agency to Rule if Petrobras Can Drill Near Amazon Mouth by Early 2024

Nov 22, 2023

Brazil's environment protection agency Ibama is expected to decide by early next year if state-run oil company Petrobras PETR4.SA can drill near the mouth of the Amazon River, Ibama's president Rodrigo Agostinho said on Wednesday.The area is part of Brazil's Equatorial Margin…

Politicians Waking up to Higher-cost Offshore Wind Power, Equinor Says

Nov 22, 2023

Recent decisions in the United States and Britain to accept higher prices for offshore wind developments are a welcome sign that authorities are adjusting to higher costs in the industry, Equinor's head or renewables said on Tuesday.'I believe that politics and markets will adjust…

Venezuela Close to Approving Offshore Gas License with Trinidad, Shell

Nov 20, 2023

Venezuela is close to approving a license for Shell and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago to develop a promising offshore natural gas field and export its production to the Caribbean country, two people close to the matter said…

Britain to Boost Offshore Wind Auction Power Price Guarantees by 66%

Nov 16, 2023

Britain will increase the guaranteed price offered for offshore wind projects in its next renewables auction by 66%, the government said on Thursday, as it seeks to spur more projects after its last auction failed to attract any offshore wind investment…

Exxon, TotalEnergies Bid for Shallow-water Guyana Oil and Gas Blocks

Oct 27, 2023

Oil production consortia led by TotalEnergies and Exxon Mobil bid on separate shallow-water oil and gas blocks in Guyana's first competitive auction, a government official said in a briefing on Thursday.The official disclosed which companies…

U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Sale Expansion, Pending Appeal

Oct 27, 2023

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday temporarily paused a federal judge's order last month that had required the Biden administration to expand a planned offshore oil and gas auction in the Gulf of Mexico by 6 million acres (2.4 million hectares)…

Colombia Eyes Launch for First-ever Offshore Wind Tender

Oct 25, 2023

Colombia hopes to launch its first-ever tender to license offshore wind blocks in December, Minister of Mines and Energy Andres Camacho said on Tuesday, adding that the ministry was analyzing more than 50 comments on a draft of the rules.In July…

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