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Brazil Ship Collision Reveals Offshore Regulatory Gaps

Nov 28, 2018

Brazil has more than doubled the number of risky ship-to-ship oil transfers this year, but its monitoring of such offshore maneuvers is lax, to a point where a July 2017 collision between two tankers was not reported, according to a Reuters review of government and shipping records…

Norway Revokes Cairn, Kosmos Investment Exclusions

Nov 27, 2018

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, will no longer exclude Cairn Energy Plc and Kosmos Energy Ltd from its portfolio of investments, the Norwegian central bank said on Tuesday.The companies were excluded in 2016 based on advice from the fund's ethics watchdog…

Incoming Petrobras CEO: No Decision Yet on Future Pre-salt Auctions

Nov 23, 2018

No decision has yet been taken on the types of contract to be offered in Brazil's pre-salt deep water oil auctions, the incoming head of Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Thursday, adding that fuel price policy is still being discussed.(Reporting by Mateus Maia Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Equatorial Guinea Punishes Subsea 7

Nov 22, 2018

Equatorial Guinea has ordered energy operators to stop doing business with oil and gas service firm Subsea 7 for failing to comply with local laws aimed at creating more jobs for locals, the oil minister said on Thursday.In September, an oil ministry source warned that Schlumberger…

Congo Unveils More Enticing Offshore Exploration Opportunities

Nov 22, 2018

Congo (Brazzaville), sub Saharan Africa's third largest oil producer, has intensified its campaign to promote the country's offshore drilling and exploration investment opportunities.The Ministry of Hydrocarbons hopes to ride on the new hydrocarbons…

UK Energy Watchdog Proposes Tests for New Suppliers

Nov 21, 2018

Britain's energy regulator Ofgem has proposed financial and customer service tests for new suppliers after several smaller energy providers went bankrupt over the last year, it said on Wednesday.Ofgem said the tests should ensure new entrants are robust while encouraging competition in the market…

Oil Markets Face Unprecedented Uncertainty

Nov 20, 2018

Oil markets are entering an unprecedented period of uncertainty due to geopolitical instability and a fragile global economy, the head of the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.Concerned about an emerging production overhang similar to the one that led to a price slump in 2014…

Petrobras Units Could be Sold Under New CEO

Nov 19, 2018

Brazil's right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that certain units of Petroleo Brasileiro could be privatized, even though the state-run company is strategic for the state.Speaking to reporters after his team named Chicago…

Nigerian Opposition Candidate Seeks to Boost Oil Investment

Nov 19, 2018

Nigerian opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar will seek to boost investment in the country's oil sector if he becomes president next year, according to a draft copy of his manifesto.He plans to reconsider the introduction of bidding rounds for marginal fields and oil blocks…

PSA Probing West Phoenix Rig Fire

Nov 09, 2018

Norway's offshore safety watchdog said it has launched a probe into a fire that broke out on the West Phoenix mobile drilling unit on Monday.The fire reportedly broke out the West Phoenix mud laboratory while the rig was drilling for Equinor in the Norwegian Sea…

Gabon Launches Offshore Exploration Round

Nov 07, 2018

Gabon plans to scrap a 35 percent corporate tax on energy companies as part of a revised hydrocarbons law and has launched a new offshore oil and gas exploration licensing round for 34 blocks, Oil Minister Pascal Ambouroue said on Wednesday…

Equinor to Drill at Presto Prospect

Oct 30, 2018

Norway's Equinor has been given consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to perform exploration drilling of well 36/1-3 on production licence 885, which aims to investigate the Presto Prospect in the North Sea.Drilling is scheduled to begin in December 2018 and last 35 days…

Updated: PSA: 'Serious deficiencies' found at Martin Linge

Apr 27, 2017

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) reported today (27 April) that it has found serious deficiencies at the Total-operated Martin Linge project, which is 42km west of Oseberg, Norway. The project is due onstream in 2018. Map of Martin Linge…

ASV Global opens mission control center

Apr 24, 2017

Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, has opened a Mission Control Center developed by ASV Global, an autonomous vessel technology developer, at its headquarters in Portchester, UK.  This new center will be the hub…

PSA audits Goliat facility

Apr 24, 2017

From 30 January to 3 February 2017, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of the planning and execution of work on hydrocarbon-carrying systems for Eni's Goliat facility. The audit was a sub-activity of an audit series that will continue throughout 2017…

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