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Energy companies seek clarity on offshore drilling in the Sunshine State

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has declared he is "taking Florida off the table" for new offshore oil drilling, but that concession leaves plenty of opportunities for rigs around the Sunshine State.

Polarcus awarded 3D marine seismic project in South America

Polarcus Limited has announced that the company has received a letter of award for the acquisition of a 3D marine seismic project in South America.

Stone Energy reports successful drilling results from Mt. Providence well

Stone Energy Corporation has announced drilling success at the deepwater Mt. Providence development well at Mississippi Canyon Block 28.

NOIA encourages member companies to submit nominations for the Safety in Seas Awards

NOIA member companies are encouraged to participate in honoring our industry’s commitment to offshore safety by entering the 2018 Safety in Seas Awards Competition.

Uruguay announces promotional activities for Round 3 bidding

After successful announcements in Houston and London of Uruguay Round 3, for which 17 offshore areas for exploration and production of hydrocarbons are being offered, the process of qualification of oil companies has already started.

UTEC secures major survey contract in Australia

UTEC, a global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has been awarded a contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd, part of TechnipFMC in Australia, to provide survey and positioning services on the Greater Enfield Project, offshore Western Australia.

Subsea NE appoints new regional chairman

The regional advocacy group for the North-east of England’s subsea sector has appointed Bruce Heppenstall as its new chairman.

Petrofac secures rotating equipment contract with Chrysaor

Petrofac has been awarded a Rotating Equipment Management Services contract in support of Chrysaor’s operations in the UKCS.

API: New offshore energy plan will strengthen U.S. energy security

API welcomed the Interior Department’s new proposal for a five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan to allow greater access to energy resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, putting the U.S. on the right track towards increased energy production, economic growth, and job creation.

ExxonMobil announces sixth oil discovery offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil Corporation has announced positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well, marking ExxonMobil’s sixth oil discovery offshore Guyana since 2015.

PRT Offshore commissions In-line Compensator in Gulf of Mexico

PRT Offshore’s innovative In-line Compensator (ILC) has been successfully deployed and operated from a deepwater drillship in 3,500 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Trump seen urging all U.S. coastal waters be opened to drilling

The Trump administration is proposing to open almost all U.S. coastal waters to oil drilling, including those off California and Florida.

NOIA comments on revisions to offshore production safety systems rule

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued a statement on revisions to the Production Safety Systems Rule.

Maersk Drilling announces four-year contract with Tullow Ghana

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a four year contract for the deepwater drillship Maersk Venturer by Tullow Ghana Ltd.

Top Indian oil explorer to buy—not drill—its way to output goal

India’s biggest oil explorer plans to snatch up producing assets to reach its goal of raising overseas output by more than half in about three years, a faster route than drilling for new reserves.

Rosneft spuds first ultra-deepwater exploration well in Black Sea

Rosneft has spudded the Maria-1 exploration well offshore in the Black Sea. Forecasted oil in place for Zapadno-Chernomorskaya licence area is estimated to exceed 570 million tons.

Wärtsilä announces acquisition of Trident B.V.

The technology group Wärtsilä strengthens its service offering by acquiring Trident B.V., a Netherland based company specialized in underwater ship maintenance, inspection and repair services.

Total launches large-scale development of giant Libra field

Total announces that it has taken the investment decision for the first large-scale development phase of the Libra project, located deep offshore, 180 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, in the pre-salt area of the Santos basin in Brazil.

The Global Offshore Brazil Summit is a must-attend event

Gulf Quest LLC, a joint venture between Quest Offshore and Gulf Publishing Company, is pleased to announce the first edition of the Global Offshore Brazil Summit (GOBS), which will be held June 11-13, 2018 at the Sheraton Grand, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Two unique strategies for offshore development