http://www.worldoil.com WorldOil Merkel defends Russian gas link expansion protested by Poland http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/19/merkel-defends-russian-gas-link-expansion-protested-by-poland German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her country’s weight behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, boosting the chances that the controversial link will become reality. Oil CEOs urge Norway to throw a lifeline to carbon capture http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/16/oil-ceos-urge-norway-to-throw-a-lifeline-to-carbon-capture Three of the world’s biggest oil companies called on Norway to help maintain funding for carbon capture and storage technology that is stagnating amid concerns about whether it can ever be cost-effective. Venezuela plight has U.S. rushing for heavy UK crude http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/15/venezuela-plight-has-us-rushing-for-heavy-uk-crude Oil refineries in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are buying the most crude from the UK North Sea in more than seven years as they scramble to replace lost supplies from Venezuela. OGIC to strengthen innovation ties with China http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/15/ogic-to-strengthen-innovation-ties-with-china A selection of Scotland’s leading oil and gas research and development institutions will be heading to China next month (March 5-10) to strengthen ties, share knowledge and increase business opportunities with leading innovation houses in Beijing. Norway, Russia sent record gas volumes to Europe in 2017, Rystad says http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/14/norway-russia-sent-record-gas-volumes-to-europe-in-2017-rystad-says Gas exports to Europe from both Russia and Norway climbed to record levels in 2017, according to fresh analysis by Rystad Energy. Russian and Norwegian gas exports to Europe (including Turkey) reached 194 Bcm and 122 Bcm, respectively, in 2017. Hurricane Energy announces successful trial fit testing of buoy, FPSO turret at Lancaster field http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/14/hurricane-energy-announces-successful-trial-fit-testing-of-buoy-fpso-turret-at-lancaster-field Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, is pleased to provide an operational update on activities related to the Early Production System at Lancaster field (Lancaster EPS). Statoil awards Kværner the contract for the Johan Castberg topsides http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/13/statoil-awards-kvaerner-the-contract-for-the-johan-castberg-topsides The contract includes the construction and installation of the topside structure for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to be located on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea. The contract has a total value of about NOK 3.8 billion. Aker Solutions to deliver modules for Johan Castberg FPSO http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/13/aker-solutions-to-deliver-modules-for-johan-castberg-fpso Aker Solutions will as a subcontractor of Kvaerner deliver modules for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Statoil-operated Johan Castberg development, the largest oil discovery in the Norwegian Barents Sea. New Products and Services http://www.worldoil.com/magazine/2018/february-2018/news-resources/new-products-and-services National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has introduced the iSeries NXT platform to its portfolio of Tolteq MWD/LWD directional systems and tools. Booming Asian gas demand ripples all the way to Norway http://www.worldoil.com/news/2018/2/12/booming-asian-gas-demand-ripples-all-the-way-to-norway Asia’s rapacious thirst for liquefied natural gas is sucking supplies from surprising places.