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Guardian's Select Fire Switch successfully deployed offshore Trinidad

Guardian Global Technologies announced the successful deployment of its Select Fire Switch technology offshore Trinidad.

New packer technology for fast, but controlled swell rates

TAM International has introduced a new swellable packer technology that alters the geometric design of the elastomer to provide ultra-fast, but predictable and controlled swell rates.

Magnum Hunter completes testing of WVDNR Pad wells in West Virginia; initiates production

Magnum Hunter Resources has announced that the company's four new wholly owned WVDNR Pad wells (#1410, #1411, #1412 and #1413), located in Wetzel County, West Virginia, have been recently placed on production after several weeks of testing.

MAN Diesel & Turbo commissions two compression modules for MODEC's FPSO, off Brazil

MAN Diesel & Turbo has successfully completed the commissioning of two compression modules on board of FPSO Cidade de Mangaratiba MV24 for MODEC.

Ohio city loses fight for control over oil and gas drilling

COLUMBUS (Bloomberg) -- An Ohio city lost a battle for control over oil and gas drilling permits within its borders with the Ohio Supreme Court saying the authority belongs to the state.

ValueAct places a $3 billion bet on Baker Hughes merger with Halliburton

ValueAct Capital Management has amassed a new stake in Halliburton Co. alongside its activist holdings in Baker Hughes Inc. as the investor champions an agreed merger of the oilfield-services providers

Schlumberger introduces fully dissolvable plug-and-perf system

HOUSTON -- Schlumberger announced today the release of the Infinity dissolvable plug-and-perf system, which uses fully degradable fracture balls, and fully degradable seats instead of plugs, to isolate zones during well stimulation.

Innovative forging process produces seamless landing strings

Vallourec has developed an innovative forging process to produce seamless forged landing strings.

Energy issues

William J. Pike, World Oil

Oil price hits technology

Halliburton announces two completion tools

Halliburton has announced two new completion products: the EquiFlow Autonomous Inflow Control Device (AICD) and the VersaFlex XtremeGrip Expandable Liner Hanger System.

Petrobras' Libra Consortium completes drilling and testing of first well, finds oil

Petrobras has announced that the Libra Consortium has completed the drilling and testing of the first appraisal well in the Libra area, informally known as NW1.

InterOil: Arbitration claims dismissed; Total declared a party to PRL 15 JVOA

InterOil Corporation has advised that the International Chamber of Commerce arbitration panel has dismissed all claims by the PAC LNG companies, affiliates of Oil Search Limited, to pre-emptive rights over a share sale and purchase agreement involving an interest in the Elk-Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea.

Wireless system offers remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures

A long-range mesh networking technology is now available for remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures.

Dana Petroleum discovers oil in Danish North Sea

Dana Petroleum has successfully completed the drilling of the Lille John-2 appraisal well and side-track on the Lille John oil field in license 12/06 in the Danish North Sea.

Lundin discovers gas in Zulu prospect in North Sea

Lundin Petroleum, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 26/10-1 and discovered gas.

Fairmount Santrol releases results of proppant transport technology

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Fairmount Santrol has released the latest results from its Propel SSP proppant transport technology field trial.

Wintershall awards contract to 4Subsea for North Sea project

HVALSTAD, Norway -- Wintershall Norway) has awarded 4Subsea a frame agreement contract related to Subsea Engineering Services. The agreement covers engineering and advisory services related to subsea production systems including wellheads, Christmas trees and well intervention systems.

Oil will recover once producers quit spending, Harold Hamm says

Oil prices will recover as early as the first half of this year as producers cut back, Continental Resources Inc. founder and CEO Harold Hamm said Wednesday.

Successful toe sleeve deployment enhances production in Anadarko basin

PetroQuip Energy Services has successfully run its Big Foot toe sleeve in a recent horizontal completion for an independent operator in the Anadarko basin.

Deep Casing Tools continues growth in Middle East, Asia Pacific

ABERDEEN, United Kingdom -- Deep Casing Tools has announced the establishment of new branch office in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) area in the United Arab Emirates.