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Applus RTD wins non-destructive testing work for Kaombo development project

Applus RTD has been awarded a contract from Heerema Marine Contractors as part of the Kaombo development offshore Angola.

Domino could trigger knock on effect for Black Sea investment, Wood Mackenzie says

Wood Mackenzie has presented its latest analysis of the competitiveness of Black Sea deepwater developments and the significant Domino discovery, which look set to dramatically influence the region’s gas supply dynamics and corporate landscape, at the annual BBSPA conference in Vienna.

ConocoPhillips deepwater wells disappoint offshore Angola, Gulf of Mexico

ConocoPhillips has struck out with two exploration wells, one offshore Angola and the other in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced Wednesday.

BP readies defenses as oil industry responds to Shell’s BG raid

As the oil industry takes stock of Royal Dutch Shell’s $70 billion move for BG Group, one company has more to chew on than most.

Petrobras confirms productivity of Sergipe basin’s Farfan reservoirs

Petrobras has completed its formation test on well 3-BRSA-1286-SES, in concession BM-SEAL-11, in the ultra-deep waters of the Sergipe-Alagoas basin.

IADC welcomes BSEE proposed rule on BOP, well control requirements

IADC President and CEO Stephen Colville said, “IADC welcomes regulation that is both sensible and transparent and we are very interested in the opportunity to work with BSEE on regulation that enables operations while protecting our people and the environment."

Cobalt abandons well in deepwater GoM due to riser failure

Cobalt International Energy has plugged and abandoned its North Platte #2 appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico due to a seal failure in the riser connection system.

WorleyParsons wins Equatorial Guinea Block R Project work from Ophir

WorleyParsons has inked an agreement with Ophir Equatorial Guinea Ltd. for the provision of engineering and project management services for their Equatorial Guinea Block R Project—the Fortuna Project.

Total E&P Angola awards Kaombo contract to DNV GL

LUANDA, Angola -- Total E&P Angola has awarded the marine warranty services (MWS) contract for their flagship Kaombo project.

Center for Offshore Safety report highlights U.S. offshore oil and gas industry's safety performance

New data from industry operations and independent third-party audits reveals the U.S. offshore oil and natural gas industry's highest commitment to safety, according to the Center for Offshore Safety's (COS) first annual performance report published on Wednesday.

Robots provide step-change improvements for offshore inspections

Unmanned aerial drones and waterproof crawler robots are changing the way that rig, platform and vessel owners perform inspections.

High-pressure water jet offers superior alternative to methanol for cleaning subsea hydrates

One of the challenges for the offshore oil and gas industry is the removal of potentially damaging gas hydrates from the exteriors of subsea infrastructure.

World’s first true subsea wet-gas compressor eliminates pre-processing for wellstream fluids

OneSubsea has introduced the world’s first true subsea multiphase compressor, which can handle unprocessed wellstream fluids, without the need for pre-processing.

First ultra-deepwater integrated completion system

As operators began to set their sights on the huge reserves in the Gulf of Mexico’s Lower Tertiary and other ultra-deepwater plays, the disparity between today’s “conventional” deepwater completions technology and what is needed for tomorrow’s wells became increasingly pronounced.

New subsea wet-gas meter provides accurate production measurement in gas and gas/condensate fields

Some of the world’s most challenging environments for oil and gas production measurement today are in offshore gas and gas/condensate fields.

Introducing riserless light well intervention stack, systems to monitor subsea production

At OTC 2015, FMC Technologies will showcase its latest light well intervention stack and both hardware and software systems to help operators monitor their field operations in real time and ensure the integrity of subsea production systems.

Select optimum configuration for an offshore MEG recovery unit

Jérémie Esquier, Prosernat

A newly discovered field, 50 km offshore, will be developed over the next five years, with production expected to come online in 2019.

America’s first LNG-fueled OSV goes to work in Gulf of Mexico

The first U.S.-flagged, dual-fuel support vessel is now on the job in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Newbuild intervention vessel sails with dual-message

As the newly commissioned Shelia Bordelon ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) plies the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, she also will be carrying a message that hits close to home for her creator.

Port Fourchon looks to future, despite oil price slide

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

While the free-fall in oil prices has tempered the unbridled bullishness that generally characterized the deepwater Gulf of Mexico over the past couple of years, oversized support vessels continue to sail from Louisiana’s Port Fourchon, and heavy-duty trucks are still rumbling over its ever-expanding arteries.