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Zentech, WW Industries Partner

Dec 06, 2019

Two Houston based firms have teamed up to provide offshore drilling rig surveys, engineering and manufacturing for rig modifications or upgrades.Marine engineering and naval architecture firm Zentech Incorporated said it has partnered with fabrication…

Majors Press Mexico to Resume Oil Auctions

Dec 06, 2019

Big oil companies operating in Mexico have launched a drive to convince leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to resume auctions of oil and gas contracts he has branded a failure in reviving the industry.Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc…

First Jones Act SOV Gets ABS Nod

Dec 06, 2019

Classification society ABS said it has granted the first Approval in Principle (AIP) to VARD for its design of a Jones Act service operations vessel (SOV).The AIP addresses a customized version of VARD 4 07 US SOV design, with primary functions including accommodation…

Oil Companies Swap Stakes in Mexico

Dec 05, 2019

With Mexico's government insisting that energy companies increase oil and gas output before it auctions off more of the country's vast reserves or offers more partnerships with state-run Pemex, firms ranging from foreign majors to local players are scrambling to buy and sell blocks they already own…

Equinor to Drill 30-40 Exploration Wells in 2020

Nov 26, 2019

Norway's Equinor plans to drill 30-40 oil and gas exploration wells globally in 2020, similar this year, with Brazil being a 'hotspot' of its international efforts, the company's exploration head said on Tuesday.The company will drill about 20-30 exploration wells on the Norwegian continental shelf…

Comment: DWRRA Helped Spur Modern US Offshore

Nov 21, 2019

NOIA President Erik Milito weighs in after Congressional Democrats introduced the Stop Giving Big Oil Free Money Act, which the lawmakers say will repeal 'a loophole' in the Deepwater Royalty Relief Act of 1995 (DWRRA) that allowed oil and gas…

BPC Inks Deal with Baker Hughes

Nov 20, 2019

Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) has signed a master services agreement (MSA) with Baker Hughes, as the oil and gas exploration company moves toward drilling its first exploration well in the Bahamas in 2020.In August 2019, following extensive technical discussions and mutual due diligence…

Pemex Struck by Ransomware Attack

Nov 12, 2019

A ransomware attack hit computer servers and halted administrative work on Monday at Mexican state oil firm Pemex, according to employees and internal emails, in hackers' latest bid to wring ransom from a major company.Hackers have increasingly…

Puma West Drilling Begins

Nov 10, 2019

BP has started drilling the deepwater Puma West prospect in the Green Canyon block in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.Project partner Talos Energy, which sold an operating inetrest in the project to supermajor BP, said the well is being drilled by the…

Trump Nominates Brouillette as New Energy Secretary

Nov 08, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had formally nominated Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, a former vice president of Ford Motor Co and Louisiana state energy regulator, to head the department…

Repsol Buys Stake in the Monument Prospect

Nov 07, 2019

Repsol will acquire a 20% nonoperated interest in the Monument prospect that oprator Equinor is drilling in the Northwest Walker Ridge area in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Equinor said in an announcement on Thursday.The Norwegian energy copany…

Sembcorp to Build Whale FPU

Oct 31, 2019

Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte. Ltd. has won a contract from Shell Offshore Inc. to build and integrate the topside and hull of a Floating Production Unit (FPU) for the Whale field in the Gulf of Mexico.The agreement precedes a final investment decision (FID) for the full Whale project…

Crane Vessel Sets GoM Lift Record

Oct 30, 2019

One of the world's largest crane vessels has set a new local heavy lift record of 11,100t for the Gulf of Mexico.The record lift, performed by the Saipem 7000 on October 7, took place during the installation of a gas compression module for the…

Hess Makes Gulf of Mexico Oil Discovery

Oct 29, 2019

Hess Corporation has made an oil discovery at the Esox-1 exploration well located in Mississippi Canyon Block No. 726 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the US-based independent announced on Tuesday.Esox-1 was drilled in 1,405 meters water depth…

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