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Noble Energy starts production at Gunflint in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Noble Energy has started production at the company's Gunflint oil development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

HHI delivers world’s largest semisubmersible to Diamond Offshore

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading offshore facilities manufacturer, has delivered Ocean Greatwhite, the world’s largest semisubmersible rig, to Diamond Offshore.

ConocoPhillips sells Senegal assets to Woodside in $350-million deal

ConocoPhillips has entered into an agreement to sell its 35% interest in three exploration blocks offshore Senegal, which include the SNE and FAN discoveries.

Weatherford deep-set safety valve achieves V1 rating

Weatherford International's new model WUDP-10 deep-set safety valve has been certified to V1 standards under the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification 14A.

Buoyancy system lands nearly 20,000 ft of 14-in. casing in GOM

William H. Von Eberstein, ExPert E&P, LLC; Christopher E. Von Eberstein, Eric Pattarozzi, Landing String Solutions, LLC

The deepwater Gulf of Mexico debut also eliminated tie-backs, allowing for flexibility in the well design.

Efficiencies and capabilities designed for the bottom line

Mike Slaton, Contributing Editor

Oil markets have driven down activity but not the advance of technology. In tough times when every efficiency and operational advantage can make a difference, service and manufacturing companies are focused on offshore innovations that drive hard to the bottom line. We turned to five leading service and manufacturing companies, and asked them to highlight the advances that were at the top of their lists. Their answers reveal vigorous innovation across a broad scope of offshore technologies that include drilling data, subsea production chemicals, specialized drill bits, MPD-ready rigs, subsea safety valves and gravel packs.

UTEC completes major project in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

UTEC Survey, an Acteon company and one of the world’s largest independent offshore and onshore survey providers, has completed a significant ROV navigation and seismic node positioning project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

API: Arctic rule could inhibit innovation and U.S. energy leadership

API Upstream and Industry Operations Director Erik Milito issued the following statement on the U.S. oil and natural gas industry’s concerns with the Arctic Rules Package, issued by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

GE, NOV collaborate to digitize floating production

National Oilwell Varco and GE Oil & Gas announced today the execution of an agreement to collaborate on delivering integrated solutions for floating production storage and offloading vessels.

Exxon confirms world-class oil discovery offshore Guyana

Exxon Mobil today said that drilling results from the Liza-2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, confirm a world-class discovery with a recoverable resource of between 800 MMboe and 1.4 Bboe.

Stone Energy cancels Ensco rig contract, enters interim contract with Williams

Stone Energy Corporation has announced the termination of an existing long-term deepwater rig commitment and the execution of a new interim Appalachian midstream contract.

Lloyd's Register extends rig integrity support in blowout preventers to BHP Billiton

Lloyd’s Register has extended rig integrity support for the Deepwater Invictus drillship. The company’s expertise in BOPs and rig integrity will be used to provide confidence in how risk is managed for deepwater drilling and well exploration.

Frank’s International runs industry’s first string weight reduction system

Frank’s International deployed its patented 1,250-ton Buoyancy Module (BM) Spider along with ExPert Landing String Solutions’ (ExPert) Drill Pipe Buoyancy Modules to help Anadarko achieve a nearly 250,000-pound reduction in total weight.

Libra appraisal well hits 410 m of net pay, Petrobras says

The Libra Consortium has finished drilling and appraising the seventh well in the block. According to Petrobras, the well uncovered the largest net pay ever discovered—410 m—in the Libra Block.

Forum launches new deepwater test tank, gains accreditation

Subsea technology provider Forum Energy Technologies (UK) Limited has unveiled a deepwater test facility and received industry accreditation for the calibration laboratory at its new European operational center in Aberdeen.

Saipem wins drilling contracts worth approximately €150 million

Saipem has been awarded new drilling contracts and extensions to existing contracts in Portugal, Norway, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Latin America, with a cumulative value of approximately €150 million ($168 million).

Shell selects Materia insulation system for deepwater Appomattox development

Materia, Inc., in conjunction with Aegion Corp., has been selected by Shell Offshore, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, to supply pipeline insulation materials for the Appomattox development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Malaysia’s first tension leg platform ready for Shell’s Malikai field

Shell and the Technip-MMHE joint venture (TMJV) have concluded the onshore fabrication and commissioning of the Malikai deepwater platform.

Diamond Offshore enters agreement with Trelleborg for new helical riser buoyancy design

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., and Trelleborg's offshore operation today announced a Joint Development Agreement to develop, manufacture and market Helical Buoyancy riser technology, developed by Diamond Offshore.

Statoil may consider Pemex partnerships in deep waters, V.P. says

Statoil may seek to partner with Petroleos Mexicanos in Mexico’s deepwater fields as the producer looks to gain a foothold in the country’s recently opened energy market.