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Sudan Coup Puts Oil Plans in Disarray

6 hours ago

The collapse of the regime of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is likely to jolt the country's oil sector and could leave in disarray earlier approved plans to open up the country's offshore blocks in the Red Sea basin for exploration by more credible and well resourced international oil companies.Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity…

More Must Be Done to Tackle Well Losses

Apr 17, 2019

North Sea oil and gas operators are failing to make the most from their existing well stocks, with some 30% (600) shut-in and 33 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) lost due to well losses – the equivalent of a new west of Shetland field…

Saving Older Rigs a Sign of Hotter Markets

Apr 15, 2019

Rising oil prices are proving the fountain of youth for aging rig fleets, and the resultant surge in rig relevance is stirring financiers to find new ways of hanging on to rig revenues.There’s no better example of the new finance fondness for…

Delving into Cultural Factors Can Improve Safety

Apr 12, 2019

Oil and gas organizations have significantly improved safety over the years, and evaluating a company’s safety culture can identify areas for further gains. But culture is hard to measure and even more difficult to change.Over the past 10 years…

Algeria: From Political Turmoil Comes Opportunity

Apr 11, 2019

The ongoing political turmoil in Algeria threatens to delay even further the planned offshore oil and gas exploration projects that the country is betting on to reverse the declining oil and gas output especially from maturing onshore fields…

Focusing on Next-gen VXTs

Apr 09, 2019

Global subsea Xmas tree orders took a major hit through the downturn. But, manufacturers are doing their bit to reduce cost and new generation trees are soon to leave factories, as Offshore Engineer found out during a tour of Aker Solutions’ Tranby facility…

In Norway, Miixed Signs of Offshore Earnings

Apr 09, 2019

A recent industry survey suggests Norway’s offshore fleet, the world’s second-largest, may have passed the worst of the painful, post-2014 slowdown, although ship owners contemplating market moves also say financial markets may be looking away…

Adjusting Strategy to Survive Oil Price Volatility

Apr 08, 2019

In times of oil price volatility, operators can take certain actions to reorient their businesses, generate sustainable value and reignite investor interest.According to the “New horizons: Strategic choices for upstream oil and gas companies…

OSV Market: Which Way is Up?

Apr 08, 2019

Any analysis of markets for offshore service vessels (OSV) usually begins with analogies to rough weather, best of times/worst of times or similar. OSV expert Seabrokers, with a home base in Stavanger, Norway, in the February edition of its…

Interest in US Offshore Acreage Growing

Apr 05, 2019

With stabilizing oil prices and lower breakeven points, interest in the US offshore is increasing.Randall Luthi, president of National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), said the interest extends well beyond the existing regions open for oil…

Expectations High off Equatorial Guinea

Apr 04, 2019

Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa's top natural gas producers, is struggling with the reality of dwindling oil and gas resources and the hurdle of attracting financing for the monetization of the current output from its offshore fields.The country…

Brazil Seeks Expanded Pre-salt Exploration

Apr 03, 2019

Based on geological studies that point to great potential for ultra-deepwater pre-salt oil reserves beyond its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Brazilian government is considering offering for the first-time exploratory blocks beyond the limits…

MHI Turbine Win Starts Rovuma LNG Surge

Apr 01, 2019

A 10-year build-up of supermajor, offshore-heavyweight and expert onshore hydrocarbon players in Tanzania and Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin is starting to produce a trickle of large supplier orders that’s expected to become a torrent, as liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains line up…

Subsea Tiebacks Go the Distance

Mar 29, 2019

While the blue economy and renewables loomed large on today’s agenda at the Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna, Italy, moves toward extending exploration into underexplored Greece, as well as technologies to enable more fields to be produced as subsea tiebacks…

Decarbonization on the Agenda

Mar 28, 2019

Offshore oil and gas operators are grappling with how to make their operations and even companies greener, Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna, Italy, has been hearing.From using renewable energies to power remote fields and even subsea robots…

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