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Chevron scores Chinese PSCs

Jan 18, 2013

Chevron signs up for South China Sea acreageChevron China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) have entered into production sharing contracts (PSC) for two exploration blocks in the South China Sea, the company announced on 16 January 2013…

Critical factors in Arctic oil spill preparedness

Jan 18, 2013

Time is the most critical factor when dealing with an Arctic oil spill, says Steve Potter, principal consultant, SL Ross. Small spills can usually be handled by onsite personnel with rig- or platform-based boats and booms. Larger spills require more resources…

Saipem E&C names COO

Jan 17, 2013

Giuseppe Caselli appointed COO for Saipem E&CUmberto Vergine, Saipem CEOSaipem announces that Giuseppe Caselli, formerly Chief Operating Officer for the Drilling Business Unit, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Engineering & Construction Business Unit…

IHC Merwede triples down

Jan 17, 2013

IHC syncs build of three Brazil-bound vesselsKeel-laying pipelay vesselIHC Merwede is building three 550t pipelaying vessels simultaneously at its Krimpen aan den IJssel yard in The Netherlands. The keel-laying ceremony for the first…

TGS begins Sunfish survey

Jan 17, 2013

TGS commences 3D data acquisition off LiberiaPolarcus Asima vesselTGS has commenced acquisition of a 3D multi-client survey, Sunfish, which covers up to 7,800 km2 of highly prospective acreage in the Harper Basin, offshore Liberia.…

EMGS wins Asian survey

Jan 17, 2013

EMGS wins contract for 3D EM data acquisitionBOA Thalassa vesselEMGS has received a Letter of Intent for a contract totaling approximately six months of 3D EM data acquisition in Asia. Final confirmation and award of the program is dependent on the customer's internal Tender Board approval…

Statoil welcomes Hebron

Jan 16, 2013

Hebron estimated to hold 700 million barrelsThe Hebron Gravity Based Structure (GBS), is the 4th offshore development offshore Newfoundland. The project is to be sanctioned in 2012, and start-up is expected in 2017.On December 31st, 2012…

Wireless communication system for real-time ROV control

Jan 16, 2013

Engineers from the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed a new wireless underwater communication system to control ROVs in real-time. This new method may eliminate the need for long tether cables, offering a new degree of freedom in underwater robotics…

Norway awards APA licenses

Jan 16, 2013

Statoil receives 14 licenses during APA roundMinister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe (Photo: Lise Rist / OED)Forty companies walked away with shares in 51 new production licenses as part of Norway’s 2012 APA Round, the country’s…

GE inks Petrobras equipment deal

Jan 15, 2013

The $500M supply contract serves 4 new FPSOsGE's PGT25 gas turbineGE Oil & Gas has won a contract worth more than US$500 million to supply turbomachinery equipment and services to Petrobras, a world leader in deepwater oil production…

Lundin spuds Ogna well

Jan 14, 2013

Ogna well targets upper, middle Jurassic oilMaersk Guardian jack-up rigLundin Petroleum has commenced drilling on exploration well 8/5-1 in PL453S off Norway, the company confirmed on 14 January 2013. The exploration well seeks to…

Aker enters UK frame

Jan 14, 2013

Contract covers Talisman Sinopec brownfieldsTroll C LPP module leaving Egersund (Photo: Aker Solutions)Aker Solutions has secured an important five-year frame agreement for the execution of contracts across Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Ltd's brownfield projects on the UK continental shelf…

Chariot concludes Mauritania seismic

Jan 14, 2013

Fugro-Geoteam completes Block C19 acquisitionMap of MauritaniaChariot Oil & Gas Ltd. has completed its 3500km2 3D seismic acquisition program in Block C19 offshore Mauritania. The survey was contracted to and carried out by Fugro-Geoteam…

Samsung Offshore names COO

Jan 14, 2013

Ex-Saipem CEO appointed Samsung Offshore COO Michel LaineSamsung Engineering has appointed Michel Lainé as chief operating officer of its newly established offshore segment, effective December 20, 2012.Lainé’s career in offshore began in 1982 with ETPM…

McDermott earns Pemex EPCI

Jan 14, 2013

McDermott locks Mexican fabrication contract McDermott constructing the Kuil-A drilling platform at its Altamira facilityMcDermott International has received a $230 million turnkey contract for Pemex’s PB-Litoral-A production platform, which will serve the Litoral Tabasco Tsimin-Xux fields…

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