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Total, DNO keep pumping oil and gas in Yemen after airstrikes

Total and DNO said they continue to pump oil and natural gas in Yemen after Saudi Arabia and its allies bombed rebel targets in the nation.

KrisEnergy begins drilling at Rossukon-2 exploration well, Gulf of Thailand

KrisEnergy Ltd. has announced that the Key Gibraltar jack-up rig has commenced drilling of the Rossukon-2 exploration well in G6/48 in the Gulf of Thailand, where the Rossukon oil accumulation was discovered in 2009.

Texas LNG starts talks with customers in Eastern Europe, Asia

Texas LNG, a closely held company planning a $1.3 billion liquefied natural gas project in the U.S., has started talks with potential customers, targeting companies in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Cairn Energy disputes $1.6 billion Indian tax order

Cairn Energy has instructed counsel to file a Notice of Dispute under the UK-India Investment Treaty in order to protect its legal position and shareholder interests having received a draft assessment order from the Indian Income Tax Department.

Nam Cheong sells two vessels for $58 million

Nam Cheong Ltd, a global offshore marine player and an OSV builder, has sold two vessels worth approximately $58 million to two repeat customers.

Lamprell delivers second jackup to Greatship Group

Lamprell has announced the completion of construction on a further jackup rig, the Greatdrill Chaaru, and its delivery to Greatship Global Energy Services Pte. Ltd.

Small LNG is in as oil price collapse crimps megaproject spending

Slumping energy prices are crimping the ability of suppliers to finance new export terminals, giving small, highly-focused efforts the edge over the megaprojects the industry has favored for years.

India probe into theft of files widens to more oil companies

Indian police said a dozen people have been arrested as they probe more oil company employees in a case involving the alleged sale of stolen government files.

Police trap in India snares five for selling oil ministry papers

NEW DELHI (Bloomberg) -- Police in India’s capital arrested five people for the alleged sale of stolen Oil Ministry documents to energy and consulting companies, in a night-time sting operation targeting crime close to the heart of government.

Swiber bags $310 million EPCIC contract in South Asia

SINGAPORE -- Swiber Holdings has secured its second largest contract win in the group’s corporate history - an Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) contract worth approximately $310 million from a national oil company in South Asia.

Bibby Offshore Singapore secures contract with Seascape

Bibby Offshore Singapore has secured a contract with subsea service provider Seascape.

Asia Pacific set for renewed interest in exploration, Wood Mackenzie says

The fall in oil prices has set the tone for a challenging 2015, says Wood Mackenzie, which will affect E&P activity across Asia Pacific’s (APAC) entire upstream sector.

World Oil anticipates a drilling recovery after the oil price decline

HOUSTON -- The oil and gas industry’s leading magazine for upstream technology and activity, World Oil, forecasts a sharp drop in drilling, both in the U.S. and internationally, as a direct result of plunging crude oil prices. In its 89th annual forecast and review, World Oil predicts an average WTI oil price of $55.75/barrel (bbl), while Brent will be $58.80/bbl. A Henry Hub natural gas price of $3.35/MMBtu is expected.

Tethys gets 15-year extension to Kyzyloi production contract

Tethys Petroleum’s wholly owned subsidiary, TethysAralGaz, has received permission from Kazakhstan' s Ministry of Energy to extend the Kyzyloi Gas Production Contract for another 15 years, from June 14, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2029.

Jereh completes China’s first shale gas liquefaction plant

YANTAI, China -- Jereh has successfully completed the construction of China’s first shale gas liquefaction plant in Sichuan, China, with a capacity of 2.47 MMcfd of LNG, the company has announced.

Keppel bags $212 million contract to build ice-class vessel

SINGAPORE -- Keppel Singmarine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured a contract from New Orient Marine, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Maritime Construction Services, for an ice-class multi-purpose vessel worth about $211.95 million (S$265 million).

Ezra bags $110 million contract from Jurong Shipyard for deepwater project in Brazil

SINGAPORE -- Ezra Holdings' wholly owned subsidiary London Marine Consultants (LMC), Ezra’s FPSO Turret Design outfit, has been awarded a contract by Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary Jurong Shipyard of Singapore, to supply an external turret mooring system for the Libra field’s Extended Well Test (EWT) FPSO vessel.

Atwood Oceanics announces contract for Atwood Mako jackup

HOUSTON -- Atwood Oceanics has announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to provide drilling services with the jackup rig Atwood Mako.

Woodside inks LNG MoU with India's Adani Enterprises

AHMEDABAD, India -- Woodside has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Adani Enterprises Ltd. The MoU was signed at a ceremony in Gujarat, attended by senior company representatives and Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment.

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Pramod Kulkarni, World Oil

Damn the oil prices, full speed ahead