Offshore Regulations


Norway's New Gov't Appoints Oil Minister

Oct 14, 2021

Norway's new government named Labour's Marte Mjoes Persen as minister for petroleum and energy as the new cabinet took office on Thursday.Mjoes Persen, until recently the mayor of Norway's second city Bergen, will thus be in charge of energy…

Norway to Continue Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Incoming Gov't Says

Oct 13, 2021

Norway will continue to explore for oil and gas in the next four years, with most new drilling permits to come in mature regions of its oceans, the incoming government said on Wednesday.A minority coalition of the leftwing Labour Party and the…

BW Energy Gets Hold of Two Offshore Blocks in Gabon

Oct 11, 2021

Oil and gas company BW Energy has been provisionally awarded operatorship of two blocks in the 12th Offshore Licensing Round in Gabon.The award by the Direction Generale des Hydrocarbures (DGH) in Gabon is subject to finalizing the production sharing contracts (PSC) with the DGH…

Nigeria Incorporates State Oil Firm with $485M Capitalization

Oct 08, 2021

Nigeria's state-oil firm NNPC is now a fully incorporated company in compliance with a new petroleum law, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday.Buhari, who is also petroleum minister, signed an oil bill into law last month that had been in the works for nearly two decades…

BP Wins Over Greenpeace in North Sea Oil Field Court Case

Oct 07, 2021

A Scottish court handed BP a win over Greenpeace on Thursday after the environmental group tried to void the energy company's licence to exploit a North Sea oilfield, saying the climate impact of the end-use of oil should not affect permits…

Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 Can Challenge EU Rules, Court Adviser Says

Oct 06, 2021

Gazprom's Swiss unit can challenge an EU gas rule that requires gas producers to be separate companies from those that control the pipeline, an adviser to the EU's top court said on Wednesday.Russia's Gazprom owns operator Nord Stream 2 and…

Lebanon Can't Dictate Terms in Sea Border Talks, Israel's Energy Minister Says

Oct 05, 2021

Israel is ready to renew efforts to solve its dispute with Lebanon over the delineation of their territorial waters in the Mediterranean, but it will not accept that Beirut dictates the terms of the negotiation, its energy minister said on Tuesday…

Costs Rise for Danish Part of the Baltic Pipe Project

Oct 04, 2021

The Danish part of the Baltic Pipe Project, a strategic EU infrastructure project led by Danish and Polish companies Energinet and Gaz-System to build a gas pipeline from the Norwegian part of the North Sea to Denmark and Poland, will cost more than previously expected…

Equinor Gets OK for Extended Operation of Sygna Offshore Field

Oct 04, 2021

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has obtained regulatory approval for extended operation of the Sygna field.Consent for the operation of Sygna would expire on March 9, 2024, but the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has now extended it until August 10…

5th Circ. Won't Reconsider Ruling on FLSA Exemption for Seamen

Oct 01, 2021

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday said workers who use cranes attached to boats to load equipment onto offshore oil rigs are not 'seamen' exempt from overtime pay under federal wage law, reviving a collective action against liftboat operator All Coast LLC…

Norway's Socialists Pull Out of Talks to Form Majority Government over Climate Policy

Sep 29, 2021

Norway's Socialist Left Party said on Wednesday it had pulled out of talks to form a majority coalition government following this month's election, a move likely to lead to the formation of a minority centre-left administration.Labour, the Centre…

Bahrain King Abolishes National Oil and Gas Authority

Sep 28, 2021

Bahrain's king issued a royal decree on Monday abolishing the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA), with all its functions to be undertaken by the oil ministry, the state-run Bahrain News Agency said.'All the financial appropriations allocated…

Louisiana Allowed to Join Case Over Offshore Drilling Auction

Sep 24, 2021

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is allowing Louisiana to intervene in a lawsuit challenging an upcoming drilling lease auction, giving the staunch proponent of the federal oil and gas leasing program another chance to defend it in court…

US House Panel to Probe Oil Companies Over Climate Disinformation

Sep 16, 2021

U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Thursday asked the chiefs of four major fossil fuel companies and two lobbying groups to testify next month on whether the industry led an effort to mislead the public and prevent action to fight climate change.House…

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