Offshore North America News


David Keane appointed to a two-year term as chairman of America’s Energy Coast

Aug 17, 2012

David Keane, BG Group policy and corporate affairs VP, has been appointed to a two-year term as chairman of America’s Energy Coast (AEC) Industry Council, a Gulf Coast initiative of the American Wetland Foundation.

Richard Degner named Ernst & Young’s 2012 entrepreneur of the year in the Gulf Coast oilfield technology category

Aug 17, 2012

Richard Degner, president and CEO of Global Geophysical Services, was named Ernst & Young’s 2012 entrepreneur of the year in the Gulf Coast oilfield technology category. He was acknowledged for turning his vision of building a new geophysical company into a reality from the ground up…

Zalmay Khalilzad appointed to the board of Tethys Petroleum

Aug 17, 2012

Zalmay Khalilzad, a former US ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, has been appointed to the board of Tethys Petroleum. Tethys has interests in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Marching to the wrong tune

Aug 17, 2012

During the last week of June in the US, anything that wasn’t ‘Obamacare’ didn’t get much news coverage. With that in mind, one had to wonder why ‘36 citizen organizations with more than 1.1 million combined members’ chose 27 June to release…

Upstream costs climb

Aug 01, 2012

High demand for goods and services helped push up building and operating costs for upstream oil & gas facilities over the six-month period covering 3Q 2011 to 1Q 2012, according to two IHS cost indexes. The IHS Upstream Capital Cost index rose 2…

Mexico's chief regulator hopeful despite disappointing bid round

Aug 01, 2012

Mexico's latest licensing round only the second in state oil company Pemex's long history, made possible by recent exploration & production contract reforms failed to draw a successful bid for the offshore blocks on offer. Russell McCulley talks to Juan Carlos Zepeda Molina…

Building a tour de force

Aug 01, 2012

CGGVeritas marine seismic operations have undergone a major modernisation programme and the introduction of new technology. Andrew McBarnet reviews progress.Something of a Gallic flourish can be detected about the CGGVeritas multi-client survey in the Keathley Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico…

Statoil sets sights on the Paleogene

Aug 01, 2012

Statoil may not have the biggest R&D budget, but company officials say the operator's technological track record on the Norwegian continental shelf will help it push recovery rates to new highs and create the first subsea factory, including seafloor separation…

New threads

Jul 19, 2012

Houston-based MSI Oilfield Products has introduced the MaxX line of thread protectors, the first, the company claims, to have been independently tested to fully comply with new standards set forth in API 5CT Annex-1. The plastic resin protectors…

Rig floor replica

Jul 19, 2012

Aker Solutions launched the Aker Academy full service training facility in Houston in June. The 10,000ft2 center is equipped with the latest in simulator technology, including the 240° dome drilling simulator shown here. The domed screen, coupled with drilling control systems software…

Sourceless LWD formation evaluation

Jul 19, 2012

Schlumberger has introduced NeoScope, a sourceless logging-while-drilling formation evaluation service based on pulsed neutron generator technology that eliminates the need for chemical sources and provides real-time measurements close to the…

Bret Shanahan named president of the Roxar business unit of Emerson Process Management

Jul 19, 2012

Bret Shanahan has been named president of the Roxar business unit of Emerson Process Management. He was previously MD of Emerson’s Roxar instrumentation division, Roxar Flow Measurement.

Chris Rosson promoted to global business manager

Jul 19, 2012

Chris Rosson has been promoted to global business manager of Knight Oil Tools. He was previously operations manager for the company’s manufacturing business unit. Knight has also promoted Greg Zaunbrecher to assistant global business manager.

Dan Prairie appointed senior sales engineer

Jul 19, 2012

Dan Prairie has been appointed senior sales engineer for seismic monitoring services at Spectraseis, based in Houston.

David Rosenwasser appointed EVP and COO GulfMark Offshore

Jul 19, 2012

David Rosenwasser has been appointed to the newly created position of EVP and COO at marine transportation services provider GulfMark Offshore. He has directed the company’s Americas region since 2009.

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