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Wood Group wins FEED contract for first-of-its-kind LNG production platform

The Honghua Group Limited has awarded a $12 million front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to Wood for its LNG platform development in the West Delta area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hess Corp. issues statement on impact from incident at Shell Enchilada platform

Hess Corporation has released a statement about the impact on its operations resulting from a fire at the Shell Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Shell advised in a statement on Nov. 12 that a plan for repairing the damaged portions of the asset is being developed.

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Planning for failure

Coast Guard, BSEE respond to oil platform fire

The Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) are responding to a report of an oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico, Wednesday.

Proposed U.S. tax overhaul jibes with oil industry

The tax overhaul proposed in the U.S. House is a better bet for oil and gas companies than solar developers or electric car buyers, keeping with President Donald Trump’s decidedly fossil-fuel friendly views.

U.S. to exit global anti-corruption effort aimed at oil cash

The Trump administration said it will exit a global anti-corruption effort that compels oil, gas and mining companies to disclose the payments they give governments worldwide.

Caliche Development announces natural gas liquid storage project in Beaumont

Caliche Development Partners, LLC announced today that service is set to begin in third-quarter 2018 for the initial NGL storage project at its recently-acquired subsidiary, Coastal Caverns, Inc.

LAGCOE 2017: New Technology Showcase winners feature innovative oilfield equipment

New Technology Showcase winners from the 2017 Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition (LAGCOE) in Lafayette, La., presented their award-winning tools and equipment during a technical session at the conference on Oct. 25.

New attitude in D.C. points toward increased E&P access on U.S. OCS, Luthi says

Winds of change are afoot in the U.S. government’s energy-regulating bodies, and consequently, new access to the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS) is on the horizon for oil and gas companies.

Otto Energy acquires interest in ST 235 in the Gulf of Mexico

Otto Energy Limited has announced that Houston Energy has been awarded the South Timbalier 235 (ST 235) lease under Gulf of Mexico Central Lease Sale 249.

LAGCOE 2017: Lloyd’s Register addresses Shell’s new requirement for offshore containers

One of the biggest topics at a recent industry event held by Lloyd’s Register was Shell’s new requirement for offshore containers. The audience at the event in Lafayette had plenty of questions regarding Shell’s decision to follow global trends and require independent certification of offshore container units.

LAGCOE 2017: Deepwater Gulf of Mexico E&P can be sustainable at less than $40/bbl, BP says

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico’s E&P industry has been through tremendous hardship since crude dropped in late 2014, and it’s imperative that companies change business models to sustain future deepwater U.S. oil production growth, according to Ryan Malone, BP’s projects general manager for the Gulf of Mexico.

BSEE: New era of collaboration, energy dominance ahead for U.S. offshore oil industry

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is on a mission to unlock a new wave of heavy investment for oil and gas production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, via renewed collaboration with offshore oil companies and refocused regulation.

Secretary Zinke announces largest oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that the Department is proposing the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States--76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

BSEE lends expertise in Louisiana oil platform fire investigation

An engineer, an inspector and an investigator in New Orleans with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are lending their expertise to the Jefferson Parrish authorities to assist with the investigation of the recent oil and gas platform explosion and fire in state waters.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill triggers BSEE panel investigation

BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst initiated a Panel Investigation Monday into an oil release from subsea infrastructure located about 40 mi southeast of Venice, La., in water 4,463 ft deep.

Wood wins FEED contract for first-of-its-kind LNG production platform

The Honghua Group Limited has awarded a $12-million, front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to Wood for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform development in the West Delta area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Rescue operations underway after platform explosion on Lake Pontchartrain

First responders are operating at the site of an explosion from an oil production platform on Lake Pontchartrain, La., northwest of Treasure Chest Casino. It has been reported that one person is missing and seven are injured as a result of the explosion.

Oil posts biggest weekly drop since May, storm concerns ease

Oil took a downward turn as concerns eased about Tropical Storm Nate’s threat to offshore crude platforms and coastal refineries while prices broke through a key technical barrier.

BSEE continues to monitor Tropical Storm Nate's activity

Based on data from offshore operator reports submitted as of 11:30 CDT today, personnel have been evacuated from a total of 66 production platforms, 8.96% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.