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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.

BP's $60-billion GOM spill tab rises as lawsuits wind down

BP raised the amount it will pay this year for the Deepwater Horizon accident as thousands of lawsuits related to the biggest oil spill in U.S. history start to wind down.

What's New in Exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

2018: The best [or worst] year ever?

Energy companies seek clarity on offshore drilling in the Sunshine State

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has declared he is "taking Florida off the table" for new offshore oil drilling, but that concession leaves plenty of opportunities for rigs around the Sunshine State.

Stone Energy reports successful drilling results from Mt. Providence well

Stone Energy Corporation has announced drilling success at the deepwater Mt. Providence development well at Mississippi Canyon Block 28.

Trump pulls Florida from offshore drilling plan after objections

The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Otto Energy spuds development well on the Gulf of Mexico's South Marsh Island lease

Otto Energy Limited has advised that the OCS G-34266 #F-3 well (SM 71 F3), operated on behalf of the joint venture by Byron Energy Ltd. within the South Marsh Island 71 (SM 71) lease in the Gulf of Mexico shelf, is currently, at 3 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 9, 2018, CST, drilling ahead at 668 ft MD.

API: New offshore energy plan will strengthen U.S. energy security

API welcomed the Interior Department’s new proposal for a five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan to allow greater access to energy resources in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, putting the U.S. on the right track towards increased energy production, economic growth, and job creation.

PRT Offshore commissions In-line Compensator in Gulf of Mexico

PRT Offshore’s innovative In-line Compensator (ILC) has been successfully deployed and operated from a deepwater drillship in 3,500 ft of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Trump seen urging all U.S. coastal waters be opened to drilling

The Trump administration is proposing to open almost all U.S. coastal waters to oil drilling, including those off California and Florida.

NOIA comments on revisions to offshore production safety systems rule

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued a statement on revisions to the Production Safety Systems Rule.

Tiger Rentals acquires Production Management Industries

Tiger Rentals Group, LLC, a global oilfield and industrial equipment rental and services company, has completed the acquisition of the equity of Production Management Industries (PMI) from Superior Energy Services.

TGS announces Alonso 3D multi-client project in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS announces new multi-client acquisition project, Alonso 3D in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Crude trades near two-week high after U.S. stockpiles plunge

Oil traded near the highest close in more than two weeks after crude stockpiles in the world’s largest economy slid more than forecast to a two-year low.

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Two unique strategies for offshore development

First Oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

A need for leadership

Trump is said to open door for oil drilling off U.S. East Coast

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan.

Airborne Support, Fototerra announce JV to provide airborne oil spill response in the GOM

Airborne Support Inc. (ASI) and Fototerra Aerial Survey LLC (Fototerra) today announced a joint venture to provide integrated airborne oil spill response services in the Gulf of Mexico for the responder's community and the oil and gas operators.

Talos Energy to combine with Stone Energy Corp.

Talos Energy LLC and Stone Energy Corporation have announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved the combination of Talos and Stone in an all-stock transaction that will create a premier offshore-focused exploration and production company.

Installation of SM 71 F platform complete, offshore Louisiana

Otto Energy Ltd has advised that the operator of the South Marsh Island 71 (SM 71) oil and gas development (Byron Energy Limited) has confirmed that installation of the jacket and decks comprising the SM 71 F platform is now complete.