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Promises, promises

Jan 04, 2013

'The most disappointing part of the empty energy pledges made by both candidates is that cutting oil imports does very little to address oil prices.'The US election is now over. However, from what the candidates said during the long campaign…

Solving the skills shortage

Jan 04, 2013

For years the oil & gas industry has faced a looming skills shortage: older, more experienced personnel are leaving the business while an influx of new blood with limited experience is coming onboard. Finding solutions for this skill shortage was on the minds of attendees at the Galveston forum…

Transocean fined $1.4B

Jan 03, 2013

Transocean pleads guilty for Gulf spill role Deepwater Horizon response efforts (Photo: USCG)Transocean has agreed to plead guilty for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and pay $1.4 billion in both criminal and civil fines, the U…

EPA head resigns

Dec 28, 2012

Lisa Jackson speaks at the WaterSense conference in Cleveland, OH (Photo: EPA)Jackson to leave EPA after State of the UnionHead of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P. Jackson, will resign next month, the EPA announced on 27 December 2012…

Mexico to privatize state-owned Pemex?

Dec 14, 2012

President-elect Enrique Pena NietoPena-Nieto wants private investment in energyOilPrice.com - Big potential changes south of the border. Mexican President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto has announced that he wants increased private investment in the nation's energy industry…

UK to resume fracking

Dec 13, 2012

UK to resume fracking with control measures The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced on 13 December that hydraulic fracturing can resume although the practice will be subject to new controls.The new controls announced…

Mozambique Channel Discovery holds sole Comoros license

Dec 10, 2012

In October 2012, the government of the Comoros Islands issued a statement that only one company, Mozambique Channel Discovery Ltd. (MCD), a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Boulle Mining Group, has oil and gas exploration and production rights throughout the territorial waters of the Comoros…

Keystone cop out marks divide

Nov 23, 2012

Robert Bachman, a friend and a distinguished reservoir engineer from Calgary, sent me an e-mail on 11 November 2011: ‘Michael, I am really looking forward to your comments on the Keystone debacle. You know as well as I do that the US has just stabbed their best friend in the back…

What next for the offshore sector?

Nov 20, 2012

‘BW Offshore's Yùum K'ak' Náab FPSO has been producing Pemex' KMZ field in the Mexican sector of the Gulf of Mexico since 2007. BW is also supplying the first FPSO for the US sector of the Gulf of Mexico. The BW Pioneer is moored at Petrobras'…

Accusations fly in Macondo fallout

Nov 20, 2012

As 2011 drew to a close, yet another Deepwater Horizon report surfaced, this time from the National Academy of Engineering. Russell McCulley reports on the findings, as well as other late-year news involving ongoing legal wrangling between BP and its Macondo contractors…

Safety case may be in store for US

Oct 15, 2012

Citing a ‘renewed culture of safety' taking hold in the offshore oil & gas industry, the co-chairman of the presidential commission set up to investigate the Macondo disaster told attendees at the March CeraWeek conference in Houston that the…

A systematic approach to ship safety

Oct 14, 2012

New software developed by naval architects and marine engineering consultants Safety at Sea to address the International Maritime Organization's challenging regulations on a ship's safe return offers potential for aspects of offshore vessel design…

Challenges aplenty, but subsea set fair

Oct 14, 2012

‘An exciting future for the subsea business' was predicted by Ross Kinnear, head of subsea operations in BP's North Sea SPU, when he addressed Subsea UK's annual flagship conference in Aberdeen last month. David Morgan reviews some of the Subsea 2011 highlights…

Keeping pipe corrosion at bay

Oct 10, 2012

Ice floes are not the only threat to Arctic offshore infrastructure; pipework in the region is also extremely vulnerable to corrosion. Jennifer Pallanich discusses cold climate corrosion control techniques with NAC E International's Oliver Moghissi…

Bridging the P&A gap

Sep 01, 2012

New and expanding regulations governing the growing number of ageing offshore oilfields are pushing the industry to develop safe, innovative and fit-for-purpose technologies for well plug and abandonment (P&A) operations and late-stage interventions…

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