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ExxonMobil's coastal facilities ramp up to normal operations

ExxonMobil said today that its Baytown and Beaumont refineries have begun producing fuels at reduced rates and that crude oil and refined product pipelines in the Gulf and other regions of Texas have restarted as recovery continues from Hurricane Harvey.

BSEE director charts path for robust offshore U.S. energy production

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle is moving the Outer Continental Shelf energy program toward energy dominance for America. Angelle discussed the work underway at BSEE with industry members at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association Fall Meeting Tuesday in Lafayette.

China's Cnooc in search of partner to develop Mexico's deepwater prospects

Cnooc Ltd. is searching for partners to develop oil prospects deep into the Gulf of Mexico as the Chinese giant extends its global reach.

Abrado’s chemical system saves rig time with single-trip deepwater fluid displacement in GOM

Abrado announced today that it has completed another successful single-trip deepwater displacement for a major operator in the Gulf of Mexico using its proprietary VeriClean 200X chemical system.

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InterMoor wins mooring contract on BP's Mad Dog 2 project

InterMoor, a leading provider of mooring services, foundation solutions and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, has been awarded a service contract with Subsea 7 to provide mooring and tow services for BP’s new Mad Dog 2 project.

LLOG Exploration begins execution of Buckskin Project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico

LLOG Exploration Company, LLC, has announced that the Company and all of its working interest partners have taken several key steps to begin execution of the previously-approved Buckskin Project.

Crude climbs as Texas works to recover from Harvey

Crude oil rose, and gasoline fell to the lowest in more than a week, as Gulf Coast refiners continued their recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

Goldman sees oil gloom clearing as demand rises in Harvey's wake

Reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly gash through Texas could prove positive for the oil market in a few months, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Offshore oil companies reboarding platforms, rigs in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are reboarding platforms and rigs and restoring normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey.

Mexico seeks to add energy reform to Nafta, negotiators said to tackle labor and rules of origin

Officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will start to tackle some of the tougher issues in the North American Free Trade Agreement as they discuss labor, dispute resolution and rules of origin for products at a negotiating session in Mexico City, according to two people familiar with the schedule.

Harvey's wrath lays bare Mexico's U.S. natural gas addiction

Hurricane Harvey’s crushing blow to the U.S. energy industry reveals just how dependent Mexico has become on natural gas from its northern neighbor.

LAGCOE releases 2017 New Technology Showcase winners

LAGCOE, a nonprofit energy industry organization focused on educational programs and organizer of a leading technical exposition and conference, has announced its 2017 New Technology Showcase winners.

Hilcorp, BP comment on BOEM's environmental impact statement for Alaskan project

The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Liberty Project for public comment. It is an important step in developing a project which will strengthen Alaska’s energy future, according to the partners on the project.

BOEM publishes draft EIS for Hilcorp oil, gas project in Beaufort Sea

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the possible environmental impacts of the activities proposed in an offshore oil and gas development and production plan (DPP) submitted to BOEM by Hilcorp Alaska LLC. on Sept. 18, 2015.

GOM lease sale yields $121 million in high bids on 508,096 acres

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that the region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale generated $121,143,055 in high bids for 90 tracts covering 508,096 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 27 companies participated in the sale, submitting 99 bids totaling $137,006,181.

U.S. oil output climbs to two-year high

Oil held losses near the lowest close in more than three weeks as investors weighed expanding U.S. crude output against an extended decline in stockpiles during a period of strong seasonal demand.

Wood Mackenzie reports results of GOM lease sale

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico region wide Lease Sale 249 was held today, Aug. 16, 2017. It attracted 99 bids from 27 participating companies, with high bids totaling $121 million.

Oil halts slide near $48 on signs U.S. stockpiles extended drop

Oil halted its slide near $48/bbl as industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles declined again, further trimming an inventory surplus.

Abrado Wellbore Services completes first Gulf of Mexico run with new marine riser scraper tool

Abrado announced today that it has completed its first run with the new Maximo marine riser scraper tool for a major operator in the Gulf of Mexico.