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Oil firms still eyeing arctic exploration

Jan 28, 2016

Despite a multibillion dollar backlog of projects, put on hold amid US$30-50/bbl oil prices, exploration firms are still eyeing resources in arctic waters. New areas of the Barents Sea were offered to oil firms in Norway’s 23rd licensing round…

Anadarko hit with US$159.5 million Macondo fine

Dec 01, 2015

The Louisiana US District Court ruled for Anadarko Petroleum to pay a US$159.5 million penalty for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled 3.19 MMbbl into the Gulf of Mexico, and left 11 people dead. Transocean's…

Black Elk, WGPSN charged in deadly 2012 rig explosion

Nov 20, 2015

Several companies and individuals, including Black Elk Energy Offshore and Wood Group PSN (WGPSN), are being charged with crimes for the fatal November 2012 explosion of the West 32-E platform in the Gulf of Mexico that left three contract workers dead…

Statoil reports Statfjord oil spill

Oct 08, 2015

Statoil reported that oil had been observed near the OLS B loading bouy at the Statfjord filed, offshore Norway, in the early morning hours of 8 October. Production at Statfjord A is said to be operating normally. Statfjord field…

Oil spill recovery system sets record

Aug 14, 2015

Norwegian offshore player Egersund Group recently set a new oil spill recovery record when its newly developed Marine Oil Spill (MOS) Sweeper system managed to recover 96.4% of oil released in a North Sea exercise.     Image…

Petition called to inspect California offshore pipelines

Aug 10, 2015

The Center for Biological Diversity formally and legally petitioned the US federal government to inspect all of California’s offshore pipelines for corrosion and other damages. Image from APPEA…

Elastec offers offshore oil spill recovery system

Jun 25, 2015

Elastec introduced a new product for offshore and nearshore oil spill cleanup. The X150 Skimmer Launching System is an oil spill response system with the capability to recover light, medium and some heavy oils in incidents. Elastec’s…

NASA tech used in oil spill drill

Jun 22, 2015

US space agency NASA deployed for the first time oil spill detection technology in Norway's annual oil spill cleanup exercise in the North Sea, June 8-11. Scientists flew a NASA airborne instrument, called the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR)…

Deepwater Horizon settlements reached

May 21, 2015

Both Halliburton and Transocean have reached settlement agreements with BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon incident occured on 20 April 2010, spilling millions of barrels of oil into…

NOAA: Deepwater Horizon responsible for dolphin deaths

May 20, 2015

As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico since the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have lung and adrenal lesions…

Shell Arctic spill plan

May 11, 2015

Shell released this video outlining its safety efforts for Arctic exploration. The company received conditional approval for its exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea on 11 May 2015. Shell is planning to spend US$1 billion to explore the Arctic…

Wood Group wins OSRCL contract

May 11, 2015

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has won a five-year contract with Oil Spill Response (Capping) Ltd. (OSRCL) to provide the maintenance support for a key part of a containment toolkit that would be used to control hydrocarbon release in the event of a subsea well control incident…

Enhanced spill detection and SAR comes to UK

Apr 22, 2015

A consortium of three companies has joined forces to bring enhanced oil spill detection and search and rescue capability to the UK North Sea. Using technology developed in Norway, Aptomar, working with Aberdeen's Briggs Environmental Services…

Gulf Resilient Five Years after Deepwater Horizon

Apr 20, 2015

The Gulf of Mexico remains resilient five years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizoncaused the second largest oil disaster in world history. Scientists at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M…

Post-Macondo EU cannot be complacent

Mar 27, 2015

Mediterranean countries cannot be naive about the industrial risks around oil and gas exploration and production, delegates at the Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna were warned this morning. The region, which comprises EU member states as well as non-member states…

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