WorldOil Circle Oil names new CEO Circle Oil, an Irish incorporated Middle East and Africa focused EandP company, has announced the appointment of Mitchell Robert Flegg as the company’s new CEO and a director of the company with effect from June 1. U.S. states compete among top energy producing nations Many individual states now rival the world’s major energy producing countries, according to a ranking published Thursday by API. North Sea crudes trade at biggest discounts in six years North Sea crudes are trading at the biggest discount to the regional benchmark in more than six years amid a surplus of cargoes. Libya seconds OPEC output target as ministers head to Vienna OPEC will maintain its production target next week, Libya’s deputy vice prime minister for energy said, joining Kuwait in predicting no policy change when oil ministers from the 12-member group meet in Vienna. Atlantic Offshore Rescue launches latest vessel as part of fleet modernization program Atlantic Offshore Rescue has unveiled its third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of the company's fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling about $458 million (£300 million). Jee presents subsea mattress removal research in Aberdeen Jee Ltd, an independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training firm, has completed a contract with Decom North Sea (DNS), the representative body for the decommissioning industry, to identify pioneering methods of salvage and re-use options for concrete subsea mattresses. Stewart Tubular announces new manufacturing facility Stewart Tubular Products, a manufacturer of premium threaded products for use in the global oil and gas industry, has announced an office relocation and expansion of manufacturing capacity. WandT Offshore discovers oil, gas at Ewing Banks 910; brings Medusa SS #6 well online WandT Offshore has announced a new discovery at Ewing Banks 910 and first production from the SS #6 well at Mississippi Canyon 538 field (Medusa), both in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Seatronics inks global rental agreement with Neptune Oceanographics Seatronics, an Acteon company, has signed a rental agreement with Neptune Oceanographics. Seatronics now has access to Neptune’s range of leak detection systems globally. DOE authorizes Alaska LNG exports to non-FTA countries The Energy Department has issued a conditional authorization for the Alaska LNG Project, LLC to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the U.S. Somalia may pay 90% of oil revenue to explorer under draft deal Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Ltd., chaired by former U.K. Conservative Party leader Michael Howard, has proposed a deal with the Somali government that may grant it as much as 90% of the country’s prospective oil revenue.