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Ensco, Atwood file definitve proxy materials for merger agreement

Ensco plc and Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced today the filing of definitive proxy materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the previously announced merger agreement under which Ensco will acquire Atwood in an all-stock transaction.

Statoil recieves consent to use West Elara for drilling, completion at Valemon field

Statoil has been given consent to use the West Elara mobile drilling facility to drill and complete production wells 34/11-B-6 and 34/11-B-16 at Valemon field. Planned drilling start-up is September or October 2017.

Chevron, Chrysaor sign software contracts with Aberdeen’s Arnlea

Arnlea, an oil and gas asset management software business, has secured contracts with operators Chevron and Chrysaor.

Statoil receives consent for exploration drilling at Gina Krog

Statoil has received consent to drill an exploration well at Gina Krog field in the North Sea. Gina Krog is an oil and gas field located 250 km west of Stavanger and 30 km north-west of the Sleipner A facility in the North Sea.

ConocoPhillips receives consent for removal of minor structures at Ekofisk

ConocoPhillips has received consent for preparations for and the start of the removal of minor structures from the Ekofisk field facilities, including the installation of a temporary crane on Ekofisk 2/4 FTP.

Wellesley Petroleum granted drilling permit for wildcat north of Statfjord field

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wellesley Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 33/9-22 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Azinor Catalyst spuds well on Partridge Prospect in the UK North Sea

Azinor Catalyst Limited, the Seacrest Capital Group-backed E&P Company focused on the UK Continental Shelf, is pleased to announce that the 14/11a-2 well on the Partridge Prospect, was spudded at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2017, using the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible drilling rig.

Jersey Oil & Gas announces commencement of drilling on Verbier prospect

Jersey Oil & Gas, an independent upstream oil and gas company ‎focused on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) region of the North Sea, has announced that drilling operations have commenced on well 20/05b-13 on UK Seaward Licence P.2170, Blocks 20/5b & 21/1d.

Oil giants dangle $19 billion in investments for Norway tax breaks

Norway’s oil industry says it has some major investments in store if the government can just come through with some tax incentives.

Fortis Petroleum spuds exploration well targeting Hyrokkin prospect

Fortis Petroleum has announced that the company has been informed by AkerBP ASA, the Operator, that the Maersk Interceptor jack-up rig spudded the 25/4-11 exploration well targeting the Hyrokkin prospect, on Aug. 11, 2017.

The Buchan Alpha oil production vessel arrives at Veolia, Peterson decommissioning facility

The Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, Buchan Alpha oil production vessel, weighing 12,000 tonnes, arrived safely in Lerwick, Shetland, on Aug. 12-13. Decommissioning of the facility is being managed by Veolia and Peterson and is believed to be the first major North Sea floating production vessel facility to be disposed of in Scotland.

Russian gas link offshoot taps investors as sanctions swirl

German natural gas network operator Gascade Gastransport GmbH is in talks with investors to raise money for a new pipeline that will carry more Russian fuel directly to Europe.

Parkmead acquires interest in UK North Sea licence containing Farne Extension prospect

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 50% interest in the UK North Sea Licence P.2209. from Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited, which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads.

Repsol Norge awards four-year P&A contract to Archer

Archer Limited announces a four-year contract for P&A rig operations. The contract scope includes permanent plugging and abandonment of the wells on the Gyda platform operated by Repsol Norge AS.

HydraWell secures major UK frame agreement

The UK operation of an undisclosed super-major has awarded HydraWell a frame agreement to provide technology and services for all of the operator’s plug & abandonment (P&A) and well repair operations on the UK continental shelf.

ENGIE E&P UK reports first gas at Cygnus Bravo in the southern North Sea

First gas has been exported from Cygnus Bravo, the satellite wellhead platform in the Southern North Sea’s Cygnus development, operated by ENGIE E&P UK Limited.

Statoil reports gas discovery at Gemini North in the Barents Sea

Statoil and partners OMV and Petoro have made a small gas discovery in the Gemini North well, northeast of the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea. The well also proved oil.

TWMA secures North Sea contract with Azinor Catalyst

TWMA, a provider of drill cuttings and slop handling, management and treatment solutions, has been awarded a contract estimated to be worth around £1million with UKCS-focused E&P company, Azinor Catalyst Limited.

Dream of $65 billion hidden off Norway is fading away

Norway’s oil industry has been salivating for years over the Arctic Lofoten islands, which could hold billions of barrels of crude. It will likely have to keep dreaming.

Statoil granted drilling permit for wildcat in Norwegian North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7317/9-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations