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ADES wins contract for ADMARINE III jackup with Egypt's GPC

ADES International Holding Ltd., the London-listed company providing offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa through its subsidiaries, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a new contract for its ADMARINE III offshore jackup rig.

EMGS announces two multi-client surveys offshore Indonesia

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has announced that it has received Letters of Intent for two contracts under which EMGS will perform prefunded multi-client acquisitions offshore Indonesia.

BSEE director: Deepwater Gulf of Mexico is key to energy dominance

Oil and gas production from deepwater projects play a significant role in the Nation's energy program. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle stressed the substantial contribution from deep water and how future exploration and development will be critical to the achievement of energy dominance.

Eni's giant gas field prompts Egypt to end imports in 2018

Egypt will stop importing liquefied natural gas in 2018 and may eventually export gas after it starts producing this year at the giant Eni SpA-operated Zohr field off the country’s Mediterranean coast, Oil Minister Tarek El-Molla said.

ADNOC signs framework agreement with CNPC to expand partnership

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed a framework agreement, with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) covering various areas of potential collaboration including potential offshore opportunities and the sour gas development projects.

ADES, Vantage Drilling form JV to provide deepwater drilling services in Egypt

ADES International Holding Ltd., the London-listed company providing offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling and production services in the Middle East and Africa through its subsidiaries, has announced that its subsidiary ADES S.A.E has entered into a long-term joint venture (JV) agreement with a subsidiary of Vantage Drilling International.

SBM Offshore starts Liza FPSO conversion

Following SBM Offshore’s completion of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and a final investment decision on the Liza Phase 1 Development project by ExxonMobil in June 2017, SBM is has announced the next step in its scope for the FPSO.

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.

Africa Oil, Eco announce strategic partnership for exploration in West Africa, Guyana

Africa Oil Corp. has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas Ltd. for exploration in West Africa and Guyana.

Fugro welcomes multi-role survey vessel to its fleet

The newly named MV Kobi Ruegg has joined Fugro’s vessel fleet and is set to begin her first project in the Egyptian sector of the Mediterranean Sea.

UK, Norway join forces to optimize late-life field assets and field abandonment

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) are hosting joint technology hackathon events later this month to collectively tackle operator late life and decommissioning challenges.

DNV GL secures master services agreement with Chrysaor Holdings

DNV GL has secured a combined engineering services agreement with Chrysaor Holdings Ltd. to deliver a unique range of services to the company in support of its North Sea Operations.

Statoil signs letter of intent for construction of the Johan Castberg hull

Statoil is signing a letter of intent with Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte. Ltd in Singapore for the construction of the hull and integrated living quarters for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel that will be located on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea.

New Products and Services

Alex Endress, World Oil

Weatherford International plc has announced the commercial release of the PressurePro control system, a fully integrated rotating control device (RCD) and choke system for wellbore pressure management on land.

Drilling Advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Planning for failure

Offshore in Depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Will life get better for offshore drilling contractors?

Oil & Gas in the Capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

Big E&P projects advance in Vietnam and Indonesia; Chinese intimidation continues

Regional Report: India

Emily Querubin, World Oil

India’s growing population, urbanization countering efforts to reduce dependency on imports

FPSO lifecycle modeling adds benefits to development offshore West Africa

Leonardo Carpio, Sergio Juan, José María Nougués, Inprocess; Kari Berte Bye, Yinson Production

In a recent FPSO development project offshore West Africa, a lifecycle modeling approach project, ending in a direct-connect Operator Training System with Aspen HYSYS Dynamics, was used for process design and control narrative validation, procedure verification, ICSS check-out, control room operator training and support for FPSO start-up operations.

As oil prices rise, global majors eye Mexico's deep waters

As the price of oil rises, an international rush is on for Mexico’s untapped deepwater riches.