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Engaging with the subsea industry

Jun 01, 2017

Pat Oakley, of the Umbilical Manufacturers Federation, highlights initiatives brought forth from a recent workshop with operators. Umbilicals are an essential and critical link in subsea production systems. Over the past three decades’…

Report mostly supports Bight exploration

May 15, 2017

Members on an Australian Senate Inquiry have mostly supported oil and gas activities in the Great Australian Bight, subject to robust regulatory standards, says the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA). The…

$1.29 million fund for P&A technologies

May 01, 2017

The UK's Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched its first 'Call for Ideas,' inviting innovative technology concepts and ideas to transform the way that offshore oil and gas wells are plugged and abandoned. The OGTC is planning to invest about US$1…

Barents Sea resource boost

Apr 25, 2017

There are higher hopes for the Barents Sea as the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said the northeastern part of the basin contains more than double that in the southern area. The NPD also expects 15 wildcat wells to be drilled in the Barents Sea this year…

Sapetro farms into Fatala prospect off Guinea

Mar 31, 2017

Nigerian-based South Atlantic Petroleum (Sapetro) and Houston-based Hyperdynamics have agreed to a farmout, allowing Sapetro to pick up 50% participating interest in the production sharing contract covering the deepwater Fatala turbidite fan prospect…

75% of UKCS projects late, 35% over schedule

Mar 03, 2017

A review of UK North Sea projects between 2011-16 has found that fewer than 25% were on time and 35% were over their original estimated budget, at field development plan submission. The review, carried out by the UK regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)…

Shell's Brent decom proposal put to government

Feb 08, 2017

Oil major Shell has launched a 60-day public consultation on its plans for decommissioning the Brent field facilities in the North Sea. The huge engineering project will see the first significant use of Allseas' Pioneering Spirit heavy lift vessel…

BP drops Australian Bight environmental plan

Dec 22, 2016

BP has withdrawn its environment plan that was submitted to Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for the Great Australian Bight, offshore South Australia earlier this week. The recent…

IOG makes a move on Blythe

Dec 12, 2016

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has submitted a field development plan (FDP), in draft format, for the Blythe gas field to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).  The Blythe field, 100% owned and operated by IOG, is in the southern North Sea…

Cairn contracts Stena DrillMAX for SNE appraisal

Nov 25, 2016

Cairn Energy and its partners have contracted a rig to drill two appraisal wells on the world class SNE oil field offshore Senegal in 2017. The wells - SNE-5 and SNE-5 - will be drilled using the Stena DrillMAX drillship, starting Q1…

PVD spuds well, TGT campaign begins

Nov 07, 2016

The 2016 development drilling program offshore southern Vietnam on the Te Giac Trang (TGT) Field of Block 16-1 has commenced, announced SOCO.  The infill wells, TGT-27P and TGT-28P, will be batch drilled with the first well spudded on…

Ivar Aasen on track for December start

Oct 24, 2016

Aker BP's Ivar Aasen project has won approval to start production in early December from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the agency announced today (24 October). Illustration of Ivar Aasen…

BP’s Great Australian Bight plan needs further assessment

Sep 16, 2016

Australia's National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has advised BP that it will be taking additional time to assess the company’s environment plan proposing to drill the Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1 exploration wells in the Great Australian Bight (GAB)…

ONS: Optimism and the high north

Aug 29, 2016

In the run up to this week’s ONS (Offshore Northern Seas) conference in Stavanger, the short-term prognosis for the Norwegian oil and gas industry wasn’t good. Statistics Norway pointed to a nearly 20% drop in investment in the sector, estimated for 2017…

BP submits second Great Australian Bight plan

Aug 19, 2016

Supermajor BP has submitted its second environment plan for the Great Australian Bight to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA), proposing the drilling of two exploration wells. Great…

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