Offshore Middle East News


Oil Falls Below $64 on Rising Iran, OPEC+ Production

Apr 05, 2021

Oil fell to below $64 a barrel on Monday as rising supply from OPEC+ and higher Iranian output countered signs of a strong economic rebound in the United States and expectations of a wider demand recovery in 2021.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies…

Gulf Marine Services Strikes New Debt Deal with Banks

Apr 01, 2021

Gulf Marine Services, a UAE-based provider of self-propelled, self-elevating support vessels serving the offshore oil, gas, and renewables industries, has struck a deal with banks to reduce the interest rate on its loan.'Under the revised agreement…

Aberdeenshire-based ROV Firm Eyes Middle East Growth

Mar 31, 2021

Aberdeenshire-based ROV company HPR ROV has said it has signed an exclusive two-year agreement with Saudi-based Intelligent Energy Services (i-Energy).i-Energy will act as an exclusive agent for HPR ROV in the region, enabling the firm to offer its ROV systems to the Middle East marketplace…

Qatar Petroleum to Take Full Control of Qatargas 1

Mar 30, 2021

Qatar Petroleum said Tuesday it wouldn't be renewing its Qatargas 1 LNG joint venture with Total, ExxonMobil, Marubeni, and Mitsui.Upon the expiry of the relevant joint venture agreements on December 31, 2021, Qatar Petroleum will become the sole owner of 100% of the Qatargas assets and facilities…

Offshore Drilling Market Poised for Growth, Rystad Says

Mar 23, 2021

Norwegian energy intelligence group Rystad Energy expects to see an increase in offshore wells drilled this year and the next one, compared to 2020, when the number was hit by low oil prices and the pandemic.Now, with oil and gas demand recovering supported by vaccinations and OPEC+ supply cuts…

Saipem Wins $1B Deal with in Qatar for Offshore Export Trunklines and Tie-in Works

Mar 22, 2021

Italian energy industry services provider Saipem said Monday it had received a Letter of Award from Qatargas for a new contract worth over one billion U.S. dollars, related to the North Field Production Sustainability Pipelines Project located…

Saudi Aramco to Cut Spending as Profit Drops 44.4%

Mar 22, 2021

Saudi Arabian state oil giant Aramco is betting on an Asian-led rebound in energy demand this year after it reported a steep slide in net profit for 2020 on Sunday and scaled back its spending plans.The COVID-19 pandemic took a heavy toll on the company and its global peers in 2020…

Oman: Masirah Oil Upgrades Yumna Field Facilities. Output Grows

Mar 17, 2021

Oil company Masirah Oil said Wednesday it had upgraded process facilities at the Yumna field, offshore Oman.The upgrade has more than doubled the liquid handling capacity on the Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU) to 30,000 barrels per day…

ADNOC Suspends Petrofac from Competing for New Contracts over Bribery Case

Mar 15, 2021

Abu Dhabi-based oil and gas giant ADNOC has suspended oilfield services firm Petrofac from competing for new ADNOC contracts 'until further notice,' over a bribery case related to contracts awarded in 2013 and 2014.'Petrofac Ltd announces it…

Subsea Pipeline Could Double Israeli Gas Exports to Egypt

Mar 09, 2021

A subsea pipeline that would connect Israel's Leviathan gas field to Egyptian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals could double Israel's gas export capacity to Egypt, the Israeli energy minister said on Tuesday.Israel started exporting gas…

Brent Tops $70 after Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Export Hub

Mar 08, 2021

Yemen's Houthi forces fired drones and missiles at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Sunday, including a Saudi Aramco facility at Ras Tanura vital to petroleum exports, in what Riyadh called a failed assault on global energy security…

Former SBM Offshore Sales Manager Gets Prison Time for Bribery

Mar 02, 2021

A former sales manager of Dutch energy services company SBM Offshore was sentenced on Monday to three-and-a-half years in jail after being convicted by a London jury of bribing public officials to win oil contracts in post-occupation Iraq.Paul Bond…

ADNOC Drilling Takes Delivery of Shelf Drilling Journey Jack-Up Rig

Feb 25, 2021

UAE-based ADNOC Drilling has taken delivery of the Shelf Drilling Journey jack-up drilling rig from Shelf Drilling, following the sale and purchase deal signed in December 2020.Offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling said Thursday that it had on February 24…

Ex-SBM Offshore Sales Manager Convicted in Bribery Case

Feb 25, 2021

A former sales manager of Dutch energy services company SBM Offshore was on Wednesday convicted by a London jury of conspiracy to bribe public officials to secure lucrative oil contracts in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.Paul Bond…

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