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Government Shutdown: Atlantic Seismic Permitting Blocked by Judge

Jan 19, 2019

A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda.Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to a motion filed by a range of conservation and business groups and coastal cities opposed to the adminstration's efforts to expand U…

James Fisher Buys Saudi Offshore Firm

12 hours ago

Marine and oil and gas services provider James Fisher and Sons (JFS) is expanding its footprint in the Middle East offshore market acquiring service provider Murjan Al-Sharq Marine Contracting LLC (MSMC) in Saudi Arabia.MSMC is an established service provider based in Saudi Arabia…

Petrobras Will Pay to End Whale Park Dispute

Feb 15, 2019

Brazil state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Thursday it had concluded a long-running dispute with the country's ANP petroleum regulator, agreeing to pay 3.5 billion reais ($940 million) to end an oil-royalty spat.Dating back to 2014…

Udenna Backs-out from EMAS Rescue

Feb 14, 2019

Philippine's Udenna Corporation has broken off negotiations over a potential investment of $73 million in struggling Singapore-based offshore vessel company Emas Offshore.The ailing Singaporean contractor Emas Offshore announced in a regulatory…

Norway's Snow Crab Ruling Boosts Oil Claim

Feb 14, 2019

A court delivered a painful nip to European Union fishermen on Thursday by tightening Norway's grip on snow crab catches in the Arctic, a ruling that may also let Oslo claw more control of oil and gas from other nations.Fishermen from the European…

Telford Offshore Adds Seven Vessels

Feb 11, 2019

Dubai headquartered offshore service company Telford Offshore said it has acquired an additional DP3 pipelay and accommodation vessel, and six offshore support vessels following a legal settlement between Sea Trucks Group (STGL in liquidation) and West African Ventures (WAV)…

Activist Bid to Stop Guyana Drilling Rejected

Feb 04, 2019

A French court has rejected an urgent request by environmental groups including Greenpeace and Surfrider Foundation Europe to deny oil and gas major Total permission to proceed with plans to drill off the coast of French Guyana.The environmental…

Lundin Buys Stakes in Rolvsnes, Goddo

Jan 28, 2019

Lundin Petroleum, Europe's independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations focused on Norway, has increased its stake in the major Rolvsnes oil discovery in the Norwegian North Sea, flagging a potential tieback eventually to its operated Edvard Grieg oil field…

UK Decommissioning Tax Relief Estimate in Question

Jan 25, 2019

Britain's public spending watchdog on Friday questioned a government estimate of 24 billion pounds ($31 billion) as the cost of tax relief to decommission oil and gas infrastructure.As one of the oldest and most mature oil basins, Britain's…

Petrobras Receives Unfavorable Tax Ruling

Jan 23, 2019

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) has received an unfavorable ruling from a tax court in a 1.7 billion reais ($445.70 million) dispute involving corporate tax charged in 2012 on overseas companies it controlled, the Brazilian state-run oil company said in a securities filing on Wednesday…

Norway Supreme Court Hears Snow Crab Case with Implication for Oil

Jan 15, 2019

Norway's Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Tuesday on whether EU ships can fish for snow crab off Arctic islands north of Norway without permission from Oslo, a case that could decide who has the right to explore for oil in the region…

Shell Joins Dutch Pension Fund to Bid for Eneco

Jan 15, 2019

British-Dutch oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM are considering a joint bid for Dutch producer and supplier of natural gas Eneco, which is heavily invested in sustainable energy projects and worth an estimated USD 3…

Exxon Ships Have Not Returned to Disputed Area off Guyana

Jan 11, 2019

Seismic research vessels hired by Exxon Mobil to explore for oil off Guyana's coast have not returned to the site of a December incident with Venezuela's navy, but they may in the future, Guyana's foreign minister said on Thursday.Guyana, with no history of oil production…

Brazil Denies $14 Bln Payment to Petrobras

Jan 07, 2019

Brazil's Economy Ministry denied that the government would pay $14 billion to state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA to settle a dispute over an oil-producing zone off the Brazilian coast known as the transfer-of-rights area.The ministry told Reuters in a statement the figure…

Shutdown Risks Delays to US Energy Initiatives

Jan 04, 2019

The partial government shutdown is increasing the chances of delays in U.S. energy initiatives from the release of President Donald Trump's proposed offshore drilling plan to allowing higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during summer months…

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