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BOEM denies Atlantic seismic G&G permits

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has denied six pending geophysical and geological permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean.

W&T Offshore discovers new and deeper productive reservoirs at GOM Ship Shoal 349, Mahogany field

HOUSTON -- W&T Offshore announced that its Ship Shoal 359 A-18 well has logged 149 ft of net oil pay in five zones and extended the size and depth of the Mahogany field. The SS 349 A-18 well was drilled on the western side of the Mahogany field to extend the productive limit of the 'T' sand, which was discovered in mid-2013 by the A-14 well.

Cobalt appraisal well strikes pay at North Platte in Gulf of Mexico

Cobalt International Energy has completed drilling operations on the North Platte #4 appraisal well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

BOEM to offer 48 million acres in March lease sale

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer more than 48 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for exploration and development, in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area (CPA).

Schlumberger signs two long-term Transocean service agreements

Cameron, a Schlumberger company, today announced the signing of two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean, valued at greater than $350 million.

Obama bans new oil drilling on millions of acres of U.S. waters

President Barack Obama banned new offshore oil and gas development in more than 100 million acres of the U.S. Arctic and undersea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, an announcement certain to provoke a fight with the Republican-led Congress and his successor in the White House.

Service companies exposed to shale seen as winners of OPEC deal

Up to $15 billion in increased spending will flow into the non-OPEC shale market in 2017, according to a new analysis from Rystad Energy. This incremental change comes after OPEC’s decision to cut production by 1.2 MMbpd.

Subsea Integration Alliance awarded deepwater integrated EPCIC contract by Murphy E&P

Subsea Integration Alliance has announced the industry’s first deepwater integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) multiphase boosting system award.

BP to add second platform to the supergiant Mad Dog field

BP has sanctioned the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in the U.S., highlighting its long-term commitment to the country despite the current low oil price environment. Mad Dog Phase 2 will include a new floating production platform with the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross bopd from up to 14 production wells. Production is expected to begin in late 2021.

Jacobs wins Shell contract for Gulf of Mexico platform

Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract from Shell Offshore for its Vito host project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Talos Energy brings Tornado discovery online

Talos Energy has announced initial production from the Tornado exploration project in Phoenix field in the Gulf of Mexico. The field is located in Green Canyon Blocks 236, 237, 280 and 281 in approximately 2,700 ft of water.

Obama admin rules out Arctic leases in 2017-2022 OCS plan

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper have released the final plan to guide future energy development for the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2017-2022.

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Arctic Iñupiat Offshore joins campaign calling for Alaska's Arctic to remain in federal leasing plan

Arctic Iñupiat Offshore (AIO) has announced that it is joining the Arctic Coalition, a collection of 21 Alaskan and nationwide organizations that support responsible energy development in and off the coast of Alaska.

API highlights importance of Gulf seismic surveys and BOEM environmental report

Offshore Senior Policy Advisor Andy Radford today highlighted the importance of seismic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and the potential significance of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) recently released Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

BOEM to strengthen environmental cooperation with Mexico

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Mexico’s Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment (ASEA) have signed a letter of intent to strengthen cooperation, coordination and information sharing on environmental matters related to offshore hydrocarbon activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dresser-Rand delivers equipment for Shell Appomattox deepwater project

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, recently delivered power generation equipment for a combined cycle power plant (CCPP) for the Shell Appomattox deepwater oil and gas floating production platform.

Port Fourchon signs agreements, plans next generation of port facilities

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) is moving forward with its plans to develop the next generation of deepwater port facilities at Port Fourchon, thanks to a newly signed agreement with the Edward Wisner Donation, granting GLPC a Right of First Refusal on over 900 acres of property immediately south of the port.

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).