WorldOil Europa Oil and Gas provides update on Holmwood well, Weald basin Europa Oil and Gas (Holdings) plc, the AIM traded Ireland and UK focused oil and gas exploration, development and production company, has provided a planning update regarding the Holmwood oil exploration prospect on licence PEDL 143 at Bury Hill Wood, Coldharbour Lane, Surrey. John Lawrie Group acquired by its management Metal reprocessing, tubular supply and decommissioning company John Lawrie Group has been acquired by its management in partnership with Rubicon Partners and Grovepoint as it gears up for an expansion of its business in the UK and U.S. Craig International secures contract with Chrysaor for UKCS Oil and gas procurement specialist, Craig International, has bolstered its North Sea operations with the announcement of a contract with Chyrsaor. The contract is for an initial year with two one-year options included. Industry bodies strengthen partnership with new agreement The leading trade body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, Oil and Gas UK, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Aberdeen branch. Maersk Drilling secures North Sea contract with Nexen Petroleum UK Limited Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract by Nexen Petroleum UK Limited following a competitive tender exercise for the drilling of three wells and options for nine additional wells at UK’s largest producing oil field, the Buzzard field in the central North Sea. Oil and Gas UK welcomes multi-billion-dollar North Sea deals Commenting on two major North Sea deals completed within the past 24 hours, Deirdre Michie, chief executive at the industry trade association Oil and Gas UK, said the deals are "hugely significant." Shell sells UK North Sea asset and Gabon onshore interests Shell has completed the sale of a package of UK North Sea assets to Chrysaor for a total of up to $3.8 billion. Hess Corp. to sell interests in Norway, Denmark Hess Corporation has announced several additional steps in the continued execution of its strategic plan to further focus the company’s portfolio and allocate capital to higher return assets. Premier Oil reports arrival of BW Catcher FPSO The BW Catcher Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel arrived at Catcher field on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Ineos appoints new shale boss to build a UK natural gas boom Ineos AG, Britain’s largest closely held company, has taken another step toward creating a shale boom on its side of the Atlantic.