Offshore North America News


Penspen

Jul 19, 2012

Penspen plans to open an office in Mexico City, its third base in Mexico after Ciudad de Carmen and Comalcalco. Headed up by Mauricio Moreno Ramirez, the new office will focus on pipeline maintenance, performance improvement of existing oil & gas infrastructure, and training.

Weatherford International

Jul 19, 2012

Weatherford International has completed the acquisition of completion tools specialist Petrowell. The two companies have been aligned in a global partnership to develop and commercialize ‘game-changing technologies’ since 2008.

How Pemex plugged the interoperability gap

Jul 01, 2012

The 'digital oilfield' has been talked about for decades, been in practice for several years, but has not yet become a complete reality. despite its early promise, one issue that has consistently impeded the digital oilfield is the management…

US exploration spending, reserves rebound

Jul 01, 2012

The US oil & gas industry grew across several categories in 2011, including a 38% increase in exploration and development spending, according to new analysis from Ernst & Young. Russell McCulley reports.While total capital expenditures among…

Size matters

Jul 01, 2012

With the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season well under way, Weather Research Center's Jill Haslings discusses key learnings from the super storms of the past decade and how the Freeman/Hasling Damage Potential Scale can help the oil industry better understand the threat from the Gulf hurricanes to come…

Working out worst-case discharges

Jul 01, 2012

Regulatory enhancements prompted by the macondo disaster now require operators to submit a worst-case discharge (WCd) scenario report prior to obtaining a drilling permit in US offshore fields. How to model WCd for offshore wells in compliance…

ABS

Jun 26, 2012

The new Offshore Technical Committee of ABS held its first meeting in Houston last month, with CTO Todd Grove enthusing afterwards that the class society had ‘made an excellent decision’ in separating the marine and offshore groups to concentrate…

Hydro-Ram

Jun 26, 2012

The new Hydro-Ram yard facility opened by IHC Merwede in Broussard, Louisiana, will also serve as the Dutch group’s North America regional office for the piling markets. The facility will house a large rental fleet, maintenance operation and…

Learning the drill

Jun 26, 2012

GE is developing a new oil & gas training facility in Houston at a cost of $10 million. Scheduled to open 4Q 2012, the 50,000ft2 GE Drilling Systems Technology Center ‘will focus on customer, technical and leadership skills aimed to meet…

Optimization Petroleum Technologies

Jun 26, 2012

Houston-based Optimization Petroleum Technologies (OPT) has named DeepDraft Energy as agent to sell and implement OPT’s PEOffice software suite throughout Africa, with an exclusive focus on Nigeria and Ghana.

Schlumberger

Jun 26, 2012

Schlumberger has acquired Gedco, a Calgary-based provider of integrated geophysical survey design software and services. Gedco, which becomes part of the WesternGeco business unit, developed the OMNI 3D seismic survey design and modeling system and the VISTA 2D/3D seismic data processing package.

West Engineering Services

Jun 26, 2012

Newly acquired West Engineering Services joined the Lloyd’s Register stable on 1 May in a move the class society believes will secure its position as the premier independent risk-management organisation supporting the global offshore drilling industry…

Craig Clarke named VP Americas for EFC Group

Jun 26, 2012

Craig Clarke has been named VP Americas for the Aberdeen-headquartered EFC Group, based in Houston. He was previously the company’s Asia Pacific BDM.

Dana Ourso joins InterMoor

Jun 26, 2012

Dana Ourso (pictured) has joined InterMoor as HR manager in the company’s Morgan City, Louisiana office. He was previously with the Shaw Group, Global Industries, Albemarle and J Ray McDermott.

Subsea tiebacks struggle from Macondo's grip

Jun 01, 2012

OE's latest review of deepwater subsea tieback projects ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico shows the region is still suffering from the after-effects of the drilling moratorium that followed in the April 2010 Macondo disaster's wake. Jennifer Pallanich…

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