Deepwater ///

Shell invests in the Vito development in the Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, today announces the final investment decision for Vito, a deepwater development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with a forward-looking, break-even price estimated to be less than $35/bbl.

Eni approves development plan for Merakes discovery, offshore Indonesia

Eni announced the approval of a development plan for the Merakes field, offshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Petrobras will drive 76% of Brazil’s crude production to 2021

Petrobras liquids production is expected to grow to 2.7 MMbpd by 2021 with Roncador field representing 8.3% of all production in 2021.

NOIA elects 18 industry leaders to its board of directors

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) elected 18 industry leaders to its board of directors on April 12, 2018, during its Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

New Zealand draws "line in the sand" with exploration ban

New Zealand will stop granting offshore oil and gas exploration permits, saying it is committed to playing its part in tackling climate change.

Fieldwood Energy closes acquisition of Noble Energy’s deepwater assets

Fieldwood Energy LLC has announced the closing of its acquisition of all of Noble Energy, Inc.’s deepwater oil and gas assets located in the Gulf of Mexico with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2018.

Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Service establish JV decommissioning company

A 50-50 joint venture (JV) between Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service will leverage the companies’ heritage of over 50 years of operations to provide decommissioning services to oil and gas operators.

Industry reluctance to adopt new subsea technology tied to risk, says BP/SUT expert

In an MCEDD presentation on Wednesday, a recognized subsea expert said that the reluctance of operators to adopt new technology in the sector is tied to risk.

MCEDD explores water depth maximum, other technical questions; hands awards to best presenters

MCEDD, the premier deepwater conference, continued on Tuesday afternoon and into today in Milan, Italy, with a timely mid-day keynote examination of the future of ultra-deep offshore activity, accompanied by a full slate of technical presentations on a variety of technical subjects.

Investing in predictive analytics derives true value

Philippe Herve, Spark Cognition

As the oil and gas (O&G) industry emerges from the recent downtown, executives are looking for innovative ways to promote growth.

What’s new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

The Great East Japan Earthquake and MH 21.

Technical advances solve a variety of offshore problems

As was the case last year, nearly all of this group of new technologies and next-generation improvements on existing products remains split between drilling and production applications.

OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards: Offshore industry innovates despite muted activity

Offshore investments may still be slow to accelerate, but that hasn’t stopped companies from ramping up R&D efforts to create a safer, more efficient and more productive offshore industry.

Statoil, Total complete acquisition of interest in GOM's North Platte discovery

Statoil and Total have completed their acquisition of Cobalt International Energy’s 60% operated interest in the North Platte discovery in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) for an aggregate purchase price of $339 million.

MCEDD gets underway with Eni keynote, operator panel session

The premier deepwater conference kicked off with a speech by EniProgetti CEO Luciano Vasques that outlined the challenges facing operators and service companies in the deepwater offshore market.

ExxonMobil sparks IMF concern with weighty returns in Guyana

ExxonMobil got such a favorable deal from Guyana, the country should rewrite its tax laws, the IMF said.

Eni, Qatar said to hold talks for deal on giant Mexico field

Eni SpA is in talks to sell a stake in its giant oil discovery in Mexico to Qatar Petroleum International, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

BSEE inspects Shell's new Appomattox platform in the Gulf of Mexico

As Shell finishes construction on its Appomattox Semi-Submersible Platform hull, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement engineers and inspectors signed off on several topsides components during a pre-production inspection March 27, 2018.

TGS announces new multi-beam and seep study project offshore Brazil

TGS announces the Brazil Southern basins SeaSeep Project in the Campos and Santos Basins, offshore Brazil. The project will cover existing TGS surveys in these hydrocarbon rich basins as well as the highly prospective pre-salt trend where many untested structures exist.

Wintershall becomes Brazil's fourth-largest gas producer with new license awards

Wintershall is continuing its growth course and has now been awarded exploration licenses in Brazil. In its 15th bidding round, Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) has awarded interests in seven licenses to Germany's largest internationally active oil and gas producer