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Alba Mineral Resources completes Portland extended flow test

Alba has announced that it has been informed by Horse Hill Developments Ltd. (HHDL), the operator of the Horse Hill-1 (HH-1) Kimmeridge and Portland oil discovery, that the initial well "clean-up" phase of the Portland extended well test (EWT) programme has been completed according to plan.

TSE Petrofac JV secures PMC services contract in Turkey

Petrofac JV has secured a three-year, multi-million-dollar Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services contract in support of the BOTAŞ North Marmara Underground Gas Storage Expansion Project (Phase III) in Turkey.

Result of Arbitration between Tullow Oil and Kosmos Energy

Tullow Oil plc has announced that a panel of arbitrators has delivered an award in favor of Kosmos Energy Ghana HC (Kosmos) in relation to its dispute with Tullow Ghana Limited (Tullow).

Eni and Sonatrach strengthen cooperation in the gas sector in Algeria

The Chairman and General Director of the Algerian state company Sonatrach, Abdelmoumem Ould Kaddour, and the CEO of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, signed an agreement that represents a further step towards the strengthening of their partnership in the Berkine basin.

PG Flow Solutions to supply MEG package to Nova tie-back project

Rosenberg WorleyParson AS has awarded PG Flow Solutions subsidiary Calder Ltd. a contract to supply a MEG pump package to the Nova tie-back to Gjøa project.

Providence Resources completes farm-out of FEL 2/14, offshore Ireland

Providence Resources, the Irish based Oil and Gas Exploration Company, has provided a license update on Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/14.

Trump says U.S. will compete with Russia for European gas market

U.S. President Donald Trump eased his tone about a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany after a one-on-one meeting with President Vladimir Putin, shifting from the harsh criticism he’d levied in Europe last week.

Norway oil strike escalates with limited supply impact

Norwegian drilling workers escalated a strike early Monday, with the impact on the country’s oil production expected to remain limited to one North Sea field in the short term.

Maersk Drilling secures two contract extensions in the North Sea

Maersk Drilling has been awarded contract extensions for the high-efficiency jackup rigs Maersk Resolute and Maersk Resolve by Petrogas E&P Netherlands B.V. and Wintershall Noordzee B.V., respectively. The extensions allow the two rigs to continue their high-performance operations in the North Sea.

OGA launches 31st UKCS Offshore Licensing Round

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 31st Offshore Licensing Round, offering blocks in frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), supported by government-funded data to stimulate interest in these under-explored basins and assist companies in their activities.

Oil strike in Norway shuts Shell field as escalation looms

A strike curtailed oil production off Norway for the first time in six years as Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut a North Sea field and workers threatened to escalate labor action during the weekend.

People in the industry

Michele Cowart, World Oil

EnerMech has appointed Salvatore Cutino as regional director for Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

A/S Norske Shell drills dry hole southwest of Knarr field

A/S Norske Shell, operator of production license 373S, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 34/5-2 S. The well is dry.

Steel tariffs: A campaign promise the oil industry hoped Trump would not keep

David Blackmon, Contributing Editor

On March 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced 25% tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The E&P industry is telling Congress and the administration that this is a bad idea. The real question is “Why Was Anyone Surprised?”

Compliant screen raises the bar for successful and cost-efficient sand control

Maxime “Max” Coffin, Keith Oddie, Halliburton

Hydraulic screen technology in sand control completion can maximize asset value while providing a simpler, more flexible installation that improves reliability.

Nexans wins major subsea umbilical contract from Equinor for Troll Phase 3 development

The Troll oil and gas field is the most prolific field on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), with more than half of its reserves still remaining after over 20 years of production.

Prosafe, Aker BP ink contract for accomodation support at Ula platform

Prosafe has signed a contract with Aker BP ASA for the Safe Scandinavia to provide accommodation support at the Ula platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Hurricane Energy concludes well completion operations at Lancaster EPS

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, has provided an operational update in relation to the Early Production System development of the Lancaster Field (Lancaster EPS).

Law firm WFW advises OMV on €158 million disposal of Pakistani subsidiaries

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised OMV on the completion of its sale of two wholly-owned subsidiaries comprising its upstream exploration and production business in Pakistan (“OMV Pakistan”) to Dragon Prime Hong Kong Ltd., Hong Kong, for an agreed consideration of €158 million.

Equinor announces approval of Snorre Expansion Project

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Snorre Expansion Project.