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Expro completes first integrated abandonment project for Apache

International oilfield services company, Expro, has successfully completed a plug and abandonment (P&A) project in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) for Apache.

McDermott completes Otis Subsea tieback for LLOG

McDermott International has completed the installation scope associated with the Otis development in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of LLOG Exploration Offshore.

Oil megaprojects dreamed up a decade ago thrive amid price slump

Oil production in some of the riskiest, highest-cost regions of North America is still thriving, even as the worst slump in a generation takes a bite out of U.S. shale.

Aqualis Offshore and CSDC join forces

Aqualis Offshore and China Ship Design & Research Center Co., Ltd (CSDC) have signed an agreement to cooperate on engineering projects both in China and internationally.

Otto Energy announces Gulf of Mexico discovery

Otto Energy Ltd has announced that it has been advised by Operator Byron Energy, that the SM-71 #1 well, located at the South Marsh Island Block 71, has completed drilling to the final target measured depth of 6,843 ft (2,086 m) or 6,477 ft (1,974 m) TVD.

Exxon Mobil starts production at Julia field in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Oil production has started under budget and ahead of schedule at Julia oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, Exxon Mobil Corporation said Tuesday. The first production well is now online and a second well will start production in the coming weeks.

Statoil reports positive production test at Gavea appraisal well, offshore Brazil

Repsol Sinopec, with partners Statoil and Petrobras, has completed the Gavea A1 well in the ultra-deep pre-salt Block BM-C-33 in the Campos basin, offshore Brazil.

Interior Department, BSEE release final well control regulations

The Obama administration’s long-awaited final offshore well control regulations were released Thursday by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Brian Salerno.

Exxon says ‘$25 billion rule’ will sink deepwater drilling

The world’s biggest oil explorers are fighting a U.S. plan to toughen offshore drilling rules that Exxon Mobil Corp. said will cost $25 billion over 10 years and render many offshore discoveries worthless.

Unique buoyancy landing string system debuts in GOM

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

ExPert Landing String Solutions of Madisonville, La., is awaiting results of the first application of the industry’s only modular buoyancy system, engineered to safely land the long strings of heavy-walled casing required in most ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico wells.

New rule would reduce GOM appeal: GEST

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Even at $80/bbl oil, the well control rule proposed by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) would reduce Gulf of Mexico exploration by as much as 55% each year, according to a recently released Wood Mackenzie study commissioned by the Gulf Economic Survival Team (GEST) of Thibodaux, La.

Construction nears for next leg of LA 1 project

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Construction should begin this fall on the next leg of the nearly 19-year effort to complete the elevated replacement of the time-worn, and often-impassable, Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) corridor from Golden Meadow, La., to Port Fourchon.

Port Fourchon plows toward next wave

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

The unemployed supply vessels tied to docks throughout southern Louisiana may reflect the near-term prognosis for the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, but the longer-term prospects can be heard in the incessant drone of dredging machines at work in the aquatic arteries crisscrossing Port Fourchon.

A message from the executive director

Chett Chiasson, Port Fourchon

Quality and quantity matter now, more than ever

Offshore innovations boost efficiencies, solve subsea problems

Staff, World Oil

This year’s collection of new technologies and new-generation improvements on existing products covers a wide swath of equipment and functions, ranging from expandable liners, liner-hangers and ratchet collars, to submersible pumps, subsea compression and water analysis sensors.

OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards: Innovations focus on reliability

Staff, World Oil

When it comes to offshore and subsea technology, the operative word is reliability.

Regional Report: Gulf of Mexico

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

A deepwater pulse keeps the Gulf in business, as low prices wreak havoc

Borets introduces new permanent magnet motor

Borets, a global leader in the engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, has introduced its newly developed 4.06-in. high speed, permanent magnet motor (PMM) to its comprehensive line of PMM technologies, targeting smaller casing size applications.

DNV GL wins Johan Sverdrup verification contract

Statoil has awarded contracts to DNV GL for verification of all four topsides, the three bridges, three of four jackets, topside installation by use of the Allseas single-lift vessel ‘Pioneering Spirit' and extended site assessment for the jackup.

Seadrill said to line up Houlihan, Morgan Stanley for debt talks

Seadrill Ltd., the offshore driller with the biggest debtload, hired Houlihan Lokey Inc. and Morgan Stanley to advise it in negotiations on restructuring $11 billion of loans and bonds, two people familiar with the matter said.