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BP, Anadarko rejected by top U.S. court on Gulf spill fines

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and left intact a ruling that opens the companies to potentially billions of dollars in fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Logan Industries to supply CCTLF system for Maersk’s drillship Maersk Voyager

Logan Industries, based in Hempstead Texas, has recently been awarded with an order for a Compensated Coiled Tubing Lift Frame (CCTLF) for Maersk Drilling. The CCTLF system will be designed and built in-house and is expected to be delivered to Maersk in Q2 2016.

Petrobras lowers five-year spending plan to $130 bn

Petroleo Brasileiro SA cut its five-year spending plan by 37% and lowered oil output targets as Brazil’s state-controlled producer battles the industry’s heaviest debt load and a slump in crude prices.

LLOG awards Otis field subsea tieback contract to McDermott

McDermott International has been awarded a sizeable lump-sum contract by LLOG Exploration Offshore in support of LLOG’s Otis development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Transocean delays two ultra-deepwater drillships

Transocean, the world’s largest offshore driller, has delayed delivery of two ultra-deepwater drillships, the company announced Monday.

Tenaris to supply products and services for Statoil’s Mariner Project

Statoil has awarded Tenaris the contract for the supply of casing, tubing and all related services for the Mariner Project.

Wood Group Kenny secures KPOC pipeline contract

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will support the Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC) in pipeline engineering and flow assurance engineering studies for the Kamansu East (KME) field offshore Sabah, Malaysia.

CARBO proppant technologies prove worth in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON -- CARBO Ceramics Inc. has announced the successful application of two of its innovative proppant technologies, KRYPTOSPHERE HD and SCALEGUARD, for a major E&P operator in the Gulf of Mexico's Lower Tertiary trend, marking the largest and deepest job for these proprietary technologies to date.

Tropical Storm Bill heads for Texas as oil workers evacuated

Tropical Storm Bill formed in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving Texas bracing for another round of flooding in less than a month.

Ceona names new CEO

Ceona, a SURF contractor with deepwater subsea construction capabilities, has announced that Mark Preece, the company’s executive V.P., commercial and business development, has been appointed as CEO.

Petrobras sets new records for pre-salt production

Petrobras’ pre-salt production in May set two new monthly output records, the company said Friday.

Floater retirements to reach historical high, Rystad says

Rystad Energy’s latest research indicates that 88 units within the floater market will have to be taken out between 2015 and 2017, making it the largest ever retirement cycle in the history of offshore drilling.

Pacific Drilling draws interest as cheap deepwater target

HOUSTON -- Pacific Drilling SA, an offshore oil-rig contractor, is gaining notice as a takeover candidate.

Petrobras finishes investigation of FPSO explosion

Petrobras has completed an analysis of the factors that contributed to the fatal accident on board the Cidade de São Mateus FPSO in February, the company announced Friday.

Chevron completes its largest seismic survey in Aussie oil hunt

Chevron is studying data from its largest-ever seismic survey to decide where to drill for oil in an untapped frontier off southern Australia.

Spectrum kicks off 2D survey offshore Mexico

Spectrum announced Thursday that their vessel has arrived in Mexico and started the acquisition of their Gulf of Mexico 2D campaign, in collaboration with Schlumberger.

Technip bags Chevron subsea contract in Gulf of Mexico

Technip has been awarded a lump-sum project for the decommissioning of the brownfield development and installation of new subsea equipment supporting a floating production system, located in Mississippi Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, in a water depth of approximately 2,000 m, by Chevron North America Exploration and Production, a division of Chevron U.S. Inc.

Chevron seeks answers on why Big Foot stumbled before start

An equipment failure that’s delayed Chevron Corp.’s $5.1 billion Big Foot deepwater oil project will reduce the company’s production target by less than 25,000 bopd in 2017, the company said.

New approaches to inline fluid density and viscosity measurements

Joe Goodbread, Sunil Kumar, Bill Befeld, Rheonics, Inc.

Despite the importance of density and viscosity, they are notoriously difficult to measure under the extreme conditions found in the oil and gas industry. Resonant fluid property sensors are pushing back the limits of measurements thought to be possible only with laboratory-grade instruments.

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

IOCs continue investing in deepwater projects despite low prices