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TechnipFMC, Island Offshore enter into strategic collaboration agreement

TechnipFMC has signed an agreement with the Island Offshore group to acquire a 51% stake in Island Offshore’s wholly owned subsidiary, Island Offshore Subsea AS.

Eni wins rights to Block 24 in deepwater Mexico

Eni and its partner Qatar Petroleum have been awarded rights to Block 24 located in the deep waters of the Cuenca Salina basin in Mexico.

Shell wins nine key blocks in Mexico deepwater bid round

In the deepwater bid round for the Mexican Gulf of Mexico, Shell Exploración y Extracción de México, S.A. de C.V., (Shell) won four exploration blocks on its own, one with its partner Pemex Exploración y Producción and four with its partner Qatar Petroleum International Limited.

Shell's deepwater Whale well strikes pay in the Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore Inc. has announced one of its largest U.S. Gulf of Mexico exploration finds in the past decade from the Whale deepwater well. The well encountered more than 1,400 net ft (427 m) of oil bearing pay.

Total reports major deepwater discovery in the Gulf of Mexico

Total announces a major oil discovery in the Ballymore prospect, located deep offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Eastern GoM).

BHGE AM '18: BP Upstream CEO touts 'collaborating for competitiveness'

Bernard Looney, CEO of Upstream for BP, shared his views on the topic of collaboration to overcome industry challenges and build deeper partnerships on day two of the BHGE 2019 Annual Meeting.

BHGE AM '18: Shell exec calls for greater energy renaissance

Harry Brekelmans, Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Projects and Technology Director, shared his ideas about what has been accomplished—and how much more needs to be accomplished—in the ongoing energy renaissance, on day one of the BHGE Annual Meeting (BHGE AM).

Norway grants drilling permit to Spirit Energy Norge AS

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Spirit Energy Norge AS a drilling permit for wellbore 35/9-14, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Oil's heavy hitters line up to dive into Mexico's deep waters

If you’re a super-major oil explorer, Mexico says it’s got a bargain for you.

Enpro Subsea receives PE funding for development of production, intervention technologies

Enpro Subsea has secured investment from EV Private Equity (EV) to grow its production optimization business into new and existing international markets and further develop its range of production optimization and intervention technologies.

Operators benefit from valve resilience in hostile P&A environments

Churchill Drilling Tools, an oilfield service company specializing in drilling innovation, continues to report growing demand, despite the global reduction in drilling operations, for its tools and in particular its flagship product, the dart activated DAV MX CircSub.

MCEDD '18: Total’s Benoit Ludot, V.P., Deepwater and Subsea, Upstream, to deliver keynote

Gulf Quest LLC has announced that Total’s Benoit Ludot, V.P. of deep water and subsea, upstream, will deliver a keynote presentation at the Marine Construction Engineering Deepwater Development (MCEDD) conference on April 10, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

Total acquires interest in Anchor discovery, in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Total has signed an agreement with Samson in order to acquire Samson Offshore Anchor, LLC, which holds a 12.5% interest in four blocks covering the Anchor discovery, one of the most significant recent discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).

LLOG Exploration begins drilling at Buckskin project, in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

LLOG Exploration Company, LLC, has announced that development drilling operations have begun at the Buckskin project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Equally impressive: Maersk Discoverer drills in shallow waters

Did you know that on a deepwater rig it is just as challenging to drill in shallow water as in very deep water?

ExxonMobil acquires exploration, production rights for Ghana's Cape Three Points

ExxonMobil today announced that it has signed a petroleum agreement with the government of Ghana to acquire exploration and production rights for the Deepwater Cape Three Points block.

Deep Sea Mooring commences mooring operations on NCS

Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), a Vryhof company, has commenced operations with the newly awarded contract to provide pre-lay mooring products and services to the Deepsea Bergen semisubmersible drilling rig on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Talos Energy reports initial production from Tornado II

Talos Energy LLC has announced initial production from the Tornado II deepwater well (GC 281 #2ST), located in Phoenix field of the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico in approximately 2,700 ft of water.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) recently launched the Rolligon dry additive mix unit, which uses a custom-designed mixer to pre-mix the gel powder with water on the fly, giving optimum gel quaity even at high rates.

World of Oil & Gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Alongside its partners, Petoro (30%) and Spirit Energy (20%), Wintershall (50%) announced the start of production at Maria field.