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Transocean Winner refloated and under tow after running aground

The Transocean Winner drilling rig that ran aground in bad weather on the Isle of Lewis nearly two weeks ago has been successfully refloated and stabilized, and is now under tow to safer waters.

Packers Plus optimizes offshore multi-stage completion for Dubai Petroleum Establishment

Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. has announced that it has recently worked with operator Dubai Petroleum Establishment to install and successfully stimulate an offshore carbonate reservoir using an open hole multi-stage ball-drop system.

Statoil eyes drilling as it takes over operatorship of UK license P.2170

Statoil has signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement with Jersey Oil and Gas and CIECO Exploration and Production (UK) Limited to acquire 70% ownership and operatorship of the P.2170 license on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Maersk Supply Service sells two vessels

Maersk Supply Service has sold two vessels, Maersk Puncher and Maersk Provider, as part of the company’s recently announced divestment plans.

Cathelco to supply MGPS for Lamprell’s latest jackup

Cathelco will be providing a marine growth prevention system (MGPS) for the latest in a series of jackup rigs to be built by Lamprell, the UAE-based provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services to the offshore and onshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries.

GE to support ONGC’s exploratory campaign offshore India

GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a multi-million-dollar Frame Agreement by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), India’s largest E&P company. Under the agreement, GE will provide an estimated 55 subsea wellheads (SG5) over next three years for the operator’s offshore drilling campaign, in shallow to medium waters offshore India.

ROVOP to create new jobs as a result of GoM business growth

Independent ROV service provider ROVOP is set to increase its Houston workforce as a result of further business growth including recent contract wins in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Pemex cancels contract for Seadrill’s West Pegasus semisubmersible

Seadrill has received a notice of termination from Pemex Exploracion y Servicios for the West Pegasus drilling contract effective Aug. 16. Seadrill has disputed the grounds for termination and is reviewing its legal options, the company said in a statement announcing the cancellation.

Zenith Energy completes first offshore abandonment project

An Aberdeen-based well management firm has successfully completed the plug and abandonment of a platform well located offshore Italy.

Statoil submits PDO for Byrding discovery in North Sea

Statoil and its partners have submitted the Plan for Development and Operation for the Byrding oil and gas discovery in the North Sea.

Maersk Drilling names newest jackup in Scotland

Lady Sponsor Gretchen H. Watkins, COO at Maersk Oil, has named Maersk Drilling’s newest asset at a ceremony in Invergordon, Scotland. The Maersk Highlander, a harsh environment jackup rig, is now ready for work.

Exxon, Chevron, Hess said to be in joint bid for Mexican oil

Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Hess Corp. have agreed to bid together for rights to drill for crude in Mexico’s deepwater oil areas, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.

Cobalt jumps most since 2012 on talk of buyout, Angola sale

Offshore oil explorer Cobalt International Energy Inc. jumped the most in four years after an analyst upgraded the stock and said it could be a takeover target for bigger drillers.

SPIE and Sparrows Group collaborate to support Africa's energy sector

Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas Services have strengthened their existing service portfolios by signing a global agreement to work in collaboration to support the energy sector.

Maersk Supply Service to reduce vessel fleet and adjust crew staff

Maersk Supply Service will reduce its fleet by up to 20 vessels over the next 18 months. The divestment plan is a response to vessels in lay-up, limited trading opportunities and the global over-supply of offshore supply ships.

Tullow reports first oil from Ghana’s TEN development

Tullow Oil has announced first oil from the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) fields offshore Ghana, to the FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.

Independent Oil & Gas reports successful Skipper appraisal well

Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) provided an update on the drilling of the appraisal well on the Skipper oil discovery, which lies in Block 9/21a in license P1609 in the North Sea, of which IOG is 100% owner and operator.

Lloyd’s Register strengthens vessel and rig inspection service

Inspectors of Lloyd’s Register are optimizing inspection regimes thanks to their accredited status, using the OVID web based inspection tool to reference inspection reports.

Drilling contract awarded to Frigstad Shekou drilling rig

A drilling contract has been awarded to the Frigstad Shekou, which is the first of two ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs, which were ordered by Frigstad Deepwater Ltd in December 2012.

Statoil steps up climate change efforts on the NCS towards 2030

The petroleum industry, under the direction of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, today announced its ambition to implement CO2 reduction measures corresponding to 2.5 MMt on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) by 2030 compared with 2020.