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Keppel FELS delivers eleventh jackup to Mexico

SINGAPORE -- Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig to Pemex.

Northern Offshore delays delivery of two new jackups

Northern Offshore has negotiated a nine-month delay in the delivery of two high specification jackups, Energy Engager and Energy Encounter, from a shipyard in China, the company reported Tuesday.

API urges BOEM not to cut already-restrictive offshore leasing plan

WASHINGTON -- The federal government’s proposal for future offshore oil and natural gas leasing is already too restrictive and should not be reduced any further, according to comments API submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Monday.

VAALCO Energy strikes out offshore Angola

VAALCO Energy’s post-salt Kindele-1 well, its first exploration well on Block 5 offshore Angola, was drilled to a total vertical depth of approximately 1,829 m, the company confirmed Monday. The objective reservoir, the Mucanzo sand formation in the Pinda Group section, was found to be water-bearing and the well is in the process of being plugged and abandoned.

Eni, Reliance ink PSCs for exploration offshore Myanmar

Eni and India's Reliance Industries have signed production sharing contracts (PSCs) for two blocks each, offshore Myanmar. Eni is partnering with with Petrovietnam and Reliance has a JV with the local Myanma Oil & Gas Enterprise.

Maersk Oil starts production from new platform in Danish North Sea

Maersk Oil has started production from the new unmanned platform Tyra Southeast-B, the company reported Tuesday.

Wood Group wins major Total contract

Wood Group has been awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar contract by Total, which includes the option for two, one-year extensions.

BP cancels one rig contract, extends another, Seadrill Partners says

Seadrill Partners has received a notice of termination from BP Exploration & Production for the contract for the West Sirius, which will be effective after the semisubmersible completes its current well and demobilizes, which Seadrill Partners estimates to be by early May 2015.

Exxon Mobil starts production at Hadrian South in Gulf of Mexico

IRVING, Texas --Exxon Mobil has begun production at Hadrian South in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Gross production, from two wells, is expected to reach approximately 300 MMcfgd and 3,000 bopd.

2H Offshore awarded Johan Sverdrup contract

2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has been awarded a contract by Statoil for tieback conductor, platform conductor and surface riser engineering analysis on Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

New Zealand offers 430,000 sq km in Block Offer 2015

New Zealand's Energy and Resources Minister, Simon Bridges, has launched Block Offer 2015, the country's annual tender for oil and gas exploration permits.

Aqualis Offshore completes heavy lift jackup move

Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, has completed the marine warranty services for the dry transportation of the Valiant Driller jackup from Indonesia to India, where it will operate for ONGC.

Statoil makes eighth discovery in Tanzania's Block 2

Statoil's Mdalasini-1 exploration well has resulted in a new natural gas discovery offshore Tanzania, the Stavanger-based company reported Monday.

Oil speculators focused on glut miss surge as bombs hit Yemen

Speculators were the least bullish on crude in two years before prices surged as Saudi Arabia and its allies bombed rebels in Yemen, threatening supply disruptions in the largest oil-producing region.

Loyz Energy inks two MOUs with India’s Sun Petrochemicals with respect to its concessions

In a strategic move to manage its concession portfolio, Loyz Energy Limited has entered into two binding memorandum of understanding (MOUs) with Sun Petrochemicals Private Limited through its exploration and production division, Sun Oil & Natural Gas (SONG).

CNOOC surprises with 6.6% gain in annual profit as peers slump

CNOOC, China’s biggest offshore explorer, reported a 6.6% percent increase in annual profit even as the plunge in crude prices hit explorers across the world.

Polarled pipe-laying underway, Statoil says

The Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started the first stage of the Polarled installation project on Thursday, Statoil has reported. The 482-km long pipeline will transport gas from Aasta Hansteen field, in the Norwegian Sea, to Nyhamna, in western Norway.

Helix, Shell in deepwater well intervention semisubmersible contract extension

Helix Energy has entered into a new multi-year contract with Shell to provide well intervention services in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico utilizing Helix’s Q4000.

Shell to cut staff, change working patterns in North Sea

Shell UK plans to reduce the number of staff and agency contractors who support the company’s UK North Sea operations by at least 250 in 2015. Shell will also introduce changes to UK North Sea offshore shift patterns.

EMGS inks more 3D EM data sales agreements in Barents Sea

Electromagnetic Geoservices has entered into two new data licensing agreements with two oil companies for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS's multi-client data library in the Barents Sea.