Offshore Regulations


Prosafe to Appeal Westcon Rig Dispute Ruling

May 12, 2021

Offshore accommodation provider Prosafe has decided to appeal an April 15 ruling by a court in Norway, ordering it to pay 465 million Norwegian crowns to shipyard Westcon for conversion work on one of its floatels, overturning a 2018 ruling in favor of Prosafe…

Mexico: Judge Orders Freeze of New Oil and Gas Law

May 11, 2021

A Mexican judge has ordered a partial provisional suspension of new hydrocarbons legislation championed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that gave the state authority to revoke permits, a court document seen by Reuters showed on Monday…

BP to Remain API Member after Climate Stance Shift

May 10, 2021

BP said on Monday it will remain a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API) after the largest U.S. oil and gas trade lobby group addressed some differences with the British energy company over climate change.BP, which plans to sharply…

Lebanon Wants No Preconditions for Maritime Border Talks with Israel

May 05, 2021

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday there should be no preconditions for talks with Israel over their Mediterranean border dispute, key to Lebanon's hopes to find gas reserves amid its worst economic crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war…

Japan to Tackle Red Tape to Boost Renewable Energy

Apr 23, 2021

Japan plans to cut approval times for wind projects, open up abandoned farmland, boost grid capacity and other measures to slash red tape that has for decades impeded efforts to bring more renewable energy into the power mix.Actions to reduce…

Nigeria Sweetens Energy Reform Bill to Attract more Big Oil Cash

Apr 19, 2021

Nigeria has sweetened the terms of a sweeping oil reform bill in a bid to attract much-needed investment to its oil industry, four people closely involved with the legislation said and a letter from oil companies, seen by Reuters, showed.The…

US Interior Dept Revokes Trump Energy Policies, Focuses on Climate

Apr 16, 2021

The U.S. Interior Department on Friday sought to erase the Trump administration's pro-fossil fuels legacy from the nation's public lands by revoking a suite of policies that boosted drilling and mining and ordering that climate change be put at the forefront in future agency decisions…

Petrobras, Partners Decide on Partial "Devolution" of Libra Offshore Area

Apr 16, 2021

Brazilian oil company Petrobras, as a leader of the Libra consortium operating the Libra offshore area in Brazil, on Friday said the consortium had informed the national regulator of the 'devolution' of the part of the block.Petrobras, on behalf of partners Shell…

U.S. Ready to Facilitate Maritime Border Dispute Talks Between Israel and Lebanon

Apr 15, 2021

The United States stands ready to facilitate maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel that will have benefits for the crisis-hit Lebanese economy, a U.S. envoy said on Thursday.On a visit to Beirut, Under Secretary of State David Hale…

Prosafe Ordered to Pay $55,5M to Westcon in Rig Conversion Dispute

Apr 15, 2021

A Norwegian appeal court has ordered the offshore accommodation firm Prosafe to pay NOK 465 million (~$55,49 million) to Westcon Yards, overturning the Stavanger District Court's order from 2018, related to a conversion work on an offshore accommodation rig…

White House Names Beaudreau as Deputy Interior Secretary

Apr 14, 2021

The White House on Wednesday nominated attorney Tommy Beaudreau, who oversaw energy development programs at the Interior department during the Obama administration, as the agency’s second in command.Beaudreau will return as deputy to Secretary…

U.S. Appeals Court Affirms Atlantic, Arctic Offshore Leasing Bans

Apr 14, 2021

A federal appeals court on Tuesday confirmed bans on offshore oil leasing in most federal Arctic waters and in the Atlantic after the Trump Administration tried to open them up to development.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said President Joe…

Lebanon Expands Claim in Maritime Area Dispute with Israel

Apr 12, 2021

A senior cabinet minister said on Monday he had signed a document expanding Lebanon's claims in a row with Israel over their maritime border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.The amendment would add around 1…

Petrobras, Gov't Agree Rules for Potential Sepia, Atapu Offshore Fields Sale

Apr 12, 2021

The board of Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras has approved an agreement with the government regarding the compensation that must be paid to Petrobras in the event of an auction of reserves in two offshore oil areas, the firm said on Friday…

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