Offshore North America News

Oil & gas spending set for record highs

Jun 01, 2012

Total spending for upstream oil & gas will hit nearly $1.3 trillion this year, led by a robust North American market, according to a new report by IHS.Driven by strong oil prices and the North American unconventional gas boom, global upstream…

Life on Mars

Jun 01, 2012

Galveston, Texas-based offshore living quarters and high blast/high fire rated shelters provider LoneStar Marine Shelters has been contracted by Shell Offshore to fabricate the 607 ton, 76 bed auxiliary living quarters for the Mars A expansion project in the Gulf of Mexico…

Energy policy looms large in Mexico election

Jun 01, 2012

Mexicans go to the polls 1 July to elect a new president and congress. Polls suggest big gains for the institutional Revolutionary Party which dominated post-revolutionary Mexican politics for seven decades. Will a new administration have the…

BP burnishes safety image

Jun 01, 2012

Two years after Macondo, BP launched an all-out effort at OTC 2012 to demonstrate its commitment to safety and to its future in the Gulf of Mexico. Russell McCulley reports.Among the many legacies of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout is what's…

Arctic cap fits

Jun 01, 2012

A fit-for-purpose capping stack designed to cope with Alaska’s environmental extremes will play a key role in the US Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)-compliant containment system Shell Exploration & Production has put together…

FES supplying Caesar connectors

May 27, 2012

A mechanical issue detected early last year with the production riser system on Anadarko’s Caesar/Tonga development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico had the potential to substantially delay production from this 10-mile subsea tieback to the Constitution spar…

Core Values

May 27, 2012

Equipment at Schlumberger’s new Geoengineering Laboratory in Houston allows scientists to obtain electrical properties for log calibrations at reservoir temperature and pressure. The 30,000ft2 facility enables highly complex core analysis covering permeability…

Dolphin Geophysical

May 27, 2012

Dolphin Geophysical has purchased the entire stock of US seismic processing software specialist Open Geophysical. OGI’s newly developed software is already being used on Dolphin’s Polar Duchess for real time quality control of acquired data and in the company’s new London processing centre.

Oceaneering International

May 27, 2012

Oceaneering International is investing $5 million in a 30,000ft2 expansion of its facilities in Morgan City, Louisiana.


May 27, 2012

Aberdeen-based drilling waste management specialist TWMA has opened a new manufacturing base in Houston on the back of recent contracts for its services from several US operators. Ian Nicolson, the company’s VP Americas, said the facility would…


May 27, 2012

Ulterra opened a stock point for its matrix and steel body PDC bits in Hammond, Louisiana, last month. Overseen by Rob Smith, and strategically located just 46 miles east of Baton Rouge and 58 miles northwest of New Orleans, the new facility will support Gulf Coast drilling operations.

Alasdair Buchanan new COO of Senergy

May 27, 2012

Alasdair Buchanan (pictured) has been named as COO of Senergy and MD of its energy services division. The former senior director of strategy in Houston and UK VP for Halliburton takes over from Mike Bowyer, who has held the position…

Brian Russell and Dan Hampson inaugural honorees of the first CSEG symposium

May 27, 2012

Brian Russell and Dan Hampson were the inaugural honorees of the first Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) symposium, held in Calgary. They founded Hampson-Russell Software & Services, now a CGGVeritas company, in 1987.

Bruce Thames promoted to SVP and COO at TD Williamson

May 27, 2012

Bruce Thames (pictured) has been promoted to SVP and COO at pipeline equipment and services supplier TD Williamson. He has 25 years’ international oil & gas industry experience and joined TDW in 2005, serving most recently as VP eastern hemisphere.

Jim Macklin named VP projects and engineering at InterMoor

May 27, 2012

Jim Macklin (pictured) has been named VP projects and engineering at InterMoor, based in Houston. He joins from Helix Energy Solutions Group, where he was director of special projects.

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