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Interior sets date for largest oil, gas lease sale in U.S. history

In support of President Donald J. Trump's ‘America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,’ Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the Department will offer 77.3 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development.

The Philippines in talks with China for joint sea exploration

The Philippines and China are in talks to jointly pursue oil and gas exploration in disputed waters of the South China Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday.

Abu Dhabi broadens oil partnerships in $1.5-billion Cepsa deal

Abu Dhabi’s selection of a Spanish company to help it develop offshore oil fields is a sign of the Gulf producer’s push to diversify its partnerships while working to boost production capacity and secure long-term markets for crude.

Hydrawell to execute P&A at Absheron field, in the Caspian Sea

Total E&P Absheron B.V. (Total), acting as operator for and on behalf of a consortium presently composed of Total E&P Absheron B.V. (50%) and Socar Absheron LLC (50%) has tasked HydraWell to execute a part of plug & abandonment campaign at Absheron field, in the Caspian Sea.

Deloitte: Industry exercises caution with M&A, though trend is changing

Deloitte forecasts that although the oil & gas industry may be in love with the recent rise in commodity prices it is still exercising some caution when it comes to M&A activity, but that is changing.

Noble Energy exits Gulf of Mexico with $710-million sale of assets

Noble Energy, Inc., has announced that its board of directors has authorized a $750-million share repurchase program. In addition, the Company has executed an agreement to sell its deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets to Fieldwood Energy LLC for a total value of $710 million.

NERA announces funding for subsea equipment reliability project

National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) is supporting the Transforming Australia Subsea Equipment Reliability (TASER) project, led by Wood and in collaboration with Chevron, Shell and Woodside, by providing AUD $145,000 of funding over two years.

ONGC reports explosion on Sagar Bhushan drillship

A blast was reported on ONGC drillship Sagar Bhushan at 9.15 a.m. yesterday, at Cochin Shipyard where it has been dry docking since Dec. 7, 2017.

Hurricane Energy announces successful trial fit testing of buoy, FPSO turret at Lancaster field

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, is pleased to provide an operational update on activities related to the Early Production System at Lancaster field (Lancaster EPS).

Sparrows Group awarded three-year crane and deck services contract by BP in Angola

BP has awarded Sparrows Group a three-year contract to manage crane operations and maintenance, and deck services off the coast of Angola.

Statoil awards Kværner the contract for the Johan Castberg topsides

The contract includes the construction and installation of the topside structure for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to be located on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea. The contract has a total value of about NOK 3.8 billion.

Aker Solutions to deliver modules for Johan Castberg FPSO

Aker Solutions will as a subcontractor of Kvaerner deliver modules for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Statoil-operated Johan Castberg development, the largest oil discovery in the Norwegian Barents Sea.

U.S. shale drives rig count recovery in 2017

With oil prices on the rise in 2017, operators added drilling rigs back to many areas of the U.S.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has introduced the iSeries NXT platform to its portfolio of Tolteq MWD/LWD directional systems and tools.

Major milestone achieved for BP-operated Tortue/Ahmeyim gas project

BP today confirmed that a key agreement between the governments of Mauritania and Senegal, which will enable the development of the BP-operated Tortue/Ahmeyim gas project to continue to move towards a final investment decision, has been signed by the two governments.

BP begins production from Egypt’s Atoll gas field ahead of schedule

BP today announced the start of gas production from the Atoll Phase One project, offshore Egypt. The project, in the North Damietta concession in the East Nile Delta, was delivered seven months ahead of schedule and 33% below the initial cost estimate.

Indian companies pay $600 million for stake in Abu Dhabi oil concession

Indian companies agreed to pay $600 million for a stake in one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest offshore oil concessions, securing a share in the emirate’s crude production for the first time.

Faroe Petroleum divests 17.5% stake in Fenja development

Faroe Petroleum plc, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway and the UK, is pleased to announce that it has executed a transaction with Suncor Energy Norge AS (Suncor) for the sale of a 17.5% working interest in the Fenja development, located in PL586 in the Norwegian Sea.

API: Florida Petroleum Council says offshore exploration beneficial to Florida's economy

Florida Petroleum Council Executive Director David Mica today pointed to Florida’s significant economic opportunity to safely and responsibly develop Florida’s offshore energy resources in advance of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management public hearing on the Interior Department’s proposed five-year offshore natural gas and oil leasing plan.

Total-led consortium enters Lebanon with two deepwater E&P contracts

Total-led international consortium (Total 40%, ENI 40%, Novatek 20%) signed two Exploration and Production Agreements (EPA) with the Republic of Lebanon, covering Blocks 4 and 9, located in the deep waters offshore Lebanon.