Offshore Regulations


Nigeria Tightens Offshore Rules as 6 OSV Workers Test Positive for Covid-19

13 hours ago

Nigeria's petroleum regulator has ordered oil and gas companies to reduce their offshore workforce and move to 28-day staff rotations as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to a circular seen by Reuters.The restrictions…

U.S. Lawmakers ask Interior to Cut Offshore Oil Royalty Rates

Mar 23, 2020

Lawmakers representing U.S. Gulf coast states on Friday asked Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to temporarily cut the royalty rate oil and gas companies must pay on their offshore drilling operations to help the industry weather a market crash…

Total Renounces Rights to Deepwater Block in Mexican Gulf

Mar 21, 2020

Mexico's oil regulator approved on Friday a request by French oil company Total SA to give up its exploration and production rights to a deep water block in the southern Gulf of Mexico that the firm had won at auction in 2016.The regulator said…

U.S. Offshore Oil Lease Sale Weakest Since 2016

Mar 19, 2020

A major sale of oil and gas leases in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday generated $93 million in high bids, the lowest total for any U.S. offshore auction since 2016, reflecting caution in the drilling industry amid a steep slide in oil prices…

UK Limits Travel to Offshore Platforms

Mar 12, 2020

Britain's oil and gas sector association OGUK on Thursday banned people from traveling to offshore installations such as platforms if they have traveled to certain countries affected by the coronavirus in the previous 14 days.The ban comes after…

UK: OGA Halts North Sea Licensing Rounds

Mar 11, 2020

Britain's Oil and Gas Authority has halted its licensing rounds for offshore exploration acreage in the North Sea at least until next year, it said on Tuesday.'The OGA have temporarily paused Licence Round activity... There will be no Round in 2020/21…

Brazil to Delay Second Shot at Huge Offshore Oil Auction?

Mar 03, 2020

Brazil's government is unlikely to auction the remaining production rights to the 'transfer-of-rights' (TOR) offshore oil zone until 2021, Economy Ministry Subsecretary Waldery Rodrigues told Reuters on Friday.The TOR area is a prolific oil-producing region off the Brazilian coast…

EU Issues Sanctions Over Turkish Drilling Off Cyprus

Feb 28, 2020

The European Union has imposed sanctions against two persons for their involvement in Turkey's offshore drilling activities near the Cyprus coast in the Eastern Mediterranean.'Today, the [European] Council has placed two persons under restrictive…

Break it Down

Feb 24, 2020

The decommissioning market is making a comeback, with new fields of opportunity, and challenges, opening. TSB Offshore President Will Speck shares insights on the path ahead.With the decommissioning market slowly recovering, TSB Offshore is…

Judge Allows South Carolina Suit Over Seismic Surveys

Feb 19, 2020

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that some of the claims raised by South Carolina in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters may proceed, but dismissed four others. Coastal states…

Norway: Oil Regulator Recovers Swindled Cash

Feb 14, 2020

The Norwegian offshore oil and gas regulator Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has managed to recover the money lost in a payment fraud last year.NPD was in November of last year the target of a payment fraud amounting to 17.6 million kroner…

Italian Court Asks EU to Rule in Oil & Gas Permits Dispute

Feb 14, 2020

A top Italian administrative court has asked the EU Court of Justice to rule on legislation over the size of oil and gas exploration concessions in Italy in a move that could lead to some companies being stripped of permits.Italian law currently…

Woodside Wins Senegal Case

Feb 14, 2020

Australian oil and gas company Far has lost a case against its compatriot Woodside in which it challenged Woodside's acquisition of ConocoPhillips' stake in the SNE field off Senegal in 2016, claiming pre-emption rights. The field is now known as Sangomar…

Indonesia: State Firm to Manage Upstream O&G Business

Feb 13, 2020

Indonesia plans to set up or designate a state firm to carry out upstream oil and gas activities, to try to curb red tape and regulations that are blamed for hindering investment in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. The government of President…

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