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Schlumberger executes contract with Petronas for multi-client wide-azimuth deepwater seismic survey

Schlumberger announced today that PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PETRONAS (E&P) OVERSEAS VENTURES SDN. BHD., has signed an agreement to license a significant part of the WesternGeco Campeche wide-azimuth (WAZ) deepwater multi-client seismic survey in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Turritella FPSO achieves first oil, formally on hire

SBM Offshore has announced that FPSO Turritella is formally on hire as of Sept. 2, 2016, after achieving Commencement of Commercial Production (CoCP).

Shell starts production at Stones development in the Gulf of Mexico

The Turritella FPSO vessel, which is the host facility for the world’s deepest offshore oil and gas project, started producing from the Lower Tertiary.

Shell divests Gulf of Mexico assets for $425 million

Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell), today announces it has an agreement to sell 100% of its interest in Gulf of Mexico Green Canyon blocks 114, 158, 202 and 248, referred to as the Brutus/Glider assets, to EnVen Energy Corp., through its affiliate EnVen Energy Ventures, LLC.

Transocean Winner refloated and under tow after running aground

The Transocean Winner drilling rig that ran aground in bad weather on the Isle of Lewis nearly two weeks ago has been successfully refloated and stabilized, and is now under tow to safer waters.

Forged completion landing string addresses industry challenges

Mathieu Massines, Romain Branly, Alexandre Catry, Vallourec

A new forged completion landing string gives operators and drilling contractors the flexibility to use the same tubular string for both drilling and completion operations, without compromising performance or safety.

Halliburton introduces largest hole-size LWD density service

Sperry Drilling, a Halliburton business, has announced the release of the 9 1/2-in. Azimuthal Lithodensity (ALD) service, providing real-time density measurements and images in boreholes up to 17 1/2 in.

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

Sowing the seeds of the next expansion

TGS, Schlumberger announce new Dual Coil Shooting full-azimuth multiclient acquisition in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS and Schlumberger have announced commencement of the Dual Coil Shooting multi-vessel full-azimuth acquisition Revolution XII and XIII surveys in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The surveys will cover approximately 7,150 km2 (306 blocks) in the Green Canyon, Atwater Valley and Ewing Bank protraction areas of the Central Gulf of Mexico.

Venari Resources ups stake in deepwater Shenandoah field

Venari Resources has acquired an additional 7% working interest in Shenandoah field on Walker Ridge Blocks 51, 52 and 53. The company also reported successful results from the Shenandoah #5 appraisal well.

Shell reports new deepwater discovery in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Shell has made a new discovery in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The initial estimated recoverable resources for the Fort Sumter well are more than 125 MMboe.

Hess slumps as driller cuts production outlook on Gulf woes

Hess Corp. slid to the lowest in more than three months after the oil and gas producer trimmed its output estimate for the year by as much a 10% following disruptions in two Gulf of Mexico fields.

Well Control Rule set to take effect this week

With many of the Well Control Rule provisions set to take effect in less than a week, on July 28, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno today reminded his senior staff to provide timely responses to any questions the agency receives.

Deep Down nets orders valued at over $3 million

Deep Down, an oilfield services company specializing in deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services, has received orders for flying leads and umbilical accessories, valued at over $3 million, directly from two major operators.

BOEM to broadcast next month’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale online

BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced Friday that the bureau will offer 23.8 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a milestone lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

Noble Energy starts production at Gunflint in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Noble Energy has started production at the company's Gunflint oil development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

BOEM clamps down on OCS decommissioning obligations with new requirements

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has notified companies holding oil and gas leases in federal waters that it is updating financial assurance and risk management requirements to ensure that taxpayers never have to pay for decommissioning and removing a company’s offshore production facilities.

BP raises Deepwater Horizon spill liability by $5.2 billion

BP has raised the total liability from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, which triggered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, by $5.2 billion to $61.6 billion before tax.

Buoyancy system lands nearly 20,000 ft of 14-in. casing in GOM

William H. Von Eberstein, ExPert E&P, LLC; Christopher E. Von Eberstein, Eric Pattarozzi, Landing String Solutions, LLC

The deepwater Gulf of Mexico debut also eliminated tie-backs, allowing for flexibility in the well design.

The last barrel

Roger Jordan, World Oil

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