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New tropical depression raises hurricane threat for Gulf Coast

A tropical depression that could grow into a hurricane is forecast to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast late Sunday, potentially shutting down offshore oil and natural gas rigs and dealing another blow to citrus growers.

Ensco shareholders approve Atwood Oceanics acquisition

Ensco plc announced today that Ensco shareholders voted to approve the allotment and issuance of Ensco Class A ordinary shares to shareholders of Atwood Oceanics, Inc. in connection with the all-stock acquisition of Atwood at the company’s general meeting of shareholders on Oct. 5, 2017.

Abrado demonstrates barrier placement service with Gulf of Mexico operator

Abrado announced today that it has completed the 7th well in a multi-well rigless plug and abandonment campaign using it's “Investigate, Operate and Validate” operations and performing downhole video pre and post-window inspection as well as dual-string section milling with its proprietary Medusa cutting technology.

Offshore marine service companies partner on new gangway prototype

Ampelmann, a company with offshore access solutions, has announced an exclusive partnership with Seaqualize, a Dutch marine motion technology company, to collaborate on the development of its latest S-type gangway.

Sparrows Group, Hydra Group launch crane, lifting, inspection joint venture in Ghana

Sparrows Group has formed Sparrows Offshore Ghana Ltd, a joint venture with local partner Hydra Group Limited, to deliver crane, lifting and inspection services in Ghana.

Archer wins four-year contract to deliver additional P&A services for Repsol Norge

Global oil services company Archer has secured a four-year contract to deliver additional plug and abandonment (P&A) and related services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for Repsol Norge AS.

Binding phase begins for Petrobras, Chevron in sale of Maromba field in Campos Basin

Petrobras and Chevron Brasil Petróleo Ltda., have announced the start of the binding phase regarding the transfer of Petrobras and Chevron stake in the Maromba Field, in the Campos Basin.

Gazprom Neft discovers new offshore field in Okhotsk Sea

Gazpromneft-Sakhalin, a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, has completed drilling of a prospecting and appraisal well at its Ayashsky license block, located on the continental shelf of the Okhotsk Sea. As a result, a new hydrocarbon field has been discovered, with initial in-place reserves estimated at 255 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MMtoe).

Gulf Publishing, Quest Offshore align to jointly operate offshore conferences

Gulf Publishing Company and Quest Offshore Resources have announced the formation of Gulf Quest LLC for the joint operation of offshore conferences, including the leading global deepwater technology event, Marine Construction Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD).

BHP Billiton seen gearing up to start drilling for oil in Mexico's deep waters

BHP Billiton Ltd. is getting closer to drilling its first oil wells in Mexico’s deep waters.

Danos, Petrofac form U.S. alliance

Danos and Petrofac, a London-based provider of oilfield services to the international oil and gas industry, have signed an agreement that will enable the formation of a Joint Venture (JV).

Petrobras, Statoil advance partnership to optimize recovery of mature offshore fields

Petrobras informs that it signed the Heads of Agreement (HoA) with the Norwegian company Statoil, in continuity to the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Aug. 30, 2016, through which the companies committed themselves to assessing cooperation opportunities aligned with their business strategies.

Petrobras acquires seven blocks in 14th round of ANP bidding

Petrobras reports that it acquired seven blocks in the 14th Round of Bids under the Shared Production regime, held yesterday by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), six of which offshore and one onshore. The company will be the operator in all blocks, including the offshore blocks, where Petrobras will hold 50% participation, in partnership with ExxonMobil.

Lundin Petroleum completes drilling of Børselv exploration well

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lundin Norway AS, has completed drilling of exploration well 7220/6-3 on the Børselv prospect in PL609 on the Loppa High in the southern Barents Sea. The well was dry.

Murphy Oil announces strategic entry into deepwater Brazil

Murphy Oil Corporation has announced that its wholly owned Brazilian subsidiary, Murphy Brazil Exploração E Produção De Petróleo E Gás Ltda. (Murphy), has entered into a farm-in agreement with Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção S.A. (QGEP) to acquire a 20% working interest (WI) in Blocks SEAL-M-351 and SEAL-M-428.

CGG completes Perdido subsalt survey for Pemex, delivers fast-track imaging

CGG has completed ahead of schedule an 11,500 km2 wide-azimuth (WAZ) survey on behalf of Pemex in the deepwater Perdido area.

Rowan in talks to acquire Maersk Drilling, sources say

Drilling firm Rowan Cos. is in talks to acquire the drilling business of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, which is selling energy assets to focus on transportation, people familiar with the matter said.

InterMoor moors first non-Pemex rig off Mexico’s coast

InterMoor, a leading provider of mooring services, foundation solutions, and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, has moored the first privately-operated rig in Mexico’s offshore waters since 1938.

Statoil among firms seeking stakes in Abu Dhabi offshore blocks

Statoil ASA is among producers involved in discussions with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. about joining offshore production in the emirate, according to a Norwegian diplomatic dispatch.

Transocean retires six floaters

Transocean announced today its intent to retire six ultra-deepwater floaters. All six rigs were previously cold-stacked. The company will recognize an impairment charge of approximately $1.4 billion during the third quarter of 2017 associated with these actions.