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Talos Energy announces successful deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration results

Talos Energy, along with affiliates of BP and Chevron U.S.A. announced successful drilling results from the Puma West exploration project located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Green Canyon Block 821.

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production set to increase through 2022, says EIA

The Energy Information Administration forecasts U.S. crude oil production in the U.S. Federal Gulf of Mexico to increase in the next two years, according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. By the end of 2022, 13 new projects could account for about 12% of total GOM crude oil production, or about 200,000 barrels per day.

Biden taps former BOEM chief for key Interior oil regulation role

Tommy Beaudreau, a veteran of the Interior Department who charted new restrictions for Arctic oil drilling under former President Barack Obama, is being tapped to return to the agency as its No. 2 official.

Halliburton and Optime Subsea form global subsea services alliance

The strategic alliance between Halliburton and Optime Subsea will jointly commercialize and deploy innovative and efficient subsea interventions and controls.

CGG wins three new offshore imaging projects for BP

CGG has been awarded three major seismic imaging projects by BP, two from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and one from offshore Trinidad & Tobago. These projects will start in Q1/Q2 this year and complete with cloud delivery of the data no later than Q4 of 2021.

Novel flexible pipe overcomes challenges in pre-salt subsea developments

Andre Macedo, Mauricio Brandao, Baker Hughes

An innovative technological solution has overcome flexible pipe corrosion cracking in high CO2 content fields, including Brazil’s pre-salt offshore developments. The new pipe system is verified to extend service life by at least 50%, compared to standard flexibles.

Noble Corp to acquire Pacific Drilling in all-stock deal

Noble Corporation and Pacific Drilling Company have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Noble will acquire Pacific Drilling in an all-stock transaction.

Preventing gas hydrate plugging in deepwater wells

Jonathan Wylde, Scot Bodnar, Claudia Mazzeo, Zachary Ward, Clariant Oil Services

Low-dosage hydrate inhibitors are an alternative technology to thermodynamic inhibitors for preventing gas hydrates from restricting production from deepwater wells. Injecting the correct amount of a high-performance chemical has proven effective at mitigating unplanned shut-ins and the resulting loss of production revenue.

Enhanced Drilling partners with Transocean on new subsea kick detection system

The Enhanced Kick Detection system eliminates the external effects of rig and slip-joint motion, to give a highly accurate return volume flow measurement enabling rapid detection of flow anomalies, resulting in reduced time spent on flow-checking.

Baker Hughes pioneers flexible pipe solution to overcome stress corrosion cracking

Baker Hughes has reached a significant technology milestone in pioneering a solution to overcome flexible pipe stress corrosion cracking (SCC) tendencies in high CO2 content fields, such as those found in Brazil’s pre-salt offshore developments.

Siemens Energy to supply eight topside modules and support for FPSO vessel offshore South America

Siemens Energy was awarded a topside EPC contract by MISC Berhad for eight complete topside modules that will provide sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly power generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as gas processing and compression aboard an FPSO that will operate offshore South America starting in 2024.

Expro and FTAI Ocean form subsea well intervention alliance

Expro Group has formed an exclusive alliance with global vessel provider FTAI Ocean for the supply of the DP3 M/V Pride well intervention vessel to provide full light well intervention services to the subsea oil and gas sector.

Forum Energy Technologies appoints Brazilian partner to support growth in South America

Forum Energy Technologies has entered into a partnership with Brazil’s Deepsea Technologies Equipamentos Industriais Ltda as part of their long-term growth strategy in South America.

ClassNK releases ROV/AUV performance and safety requirements

Classification society ClassNK has released its “Guidelines for ROV/AUV” which summarize the performance and safety requirements for remotely operated underwater vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles as part of its activities to meet industry needs related to the establishment of safety standards for innovative technologies and third-party certification.

Baker Hughes and Akastor ASA form global offshore drilling joint venture

Baker Hughes and Akastor ASA have announced an agreement to create a joint venture company that will bring together Baker Hughes’ Subsea Drilling Systems business with Akastor’s wholly owned subsidiary, MHWirth AS.

Oceaneering lands integrated rig services contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

The work scope includes the provision of remotely operated vehicles with collocated ROV tooling and technicians, remote positioning and metrology survey resources, and installation and workover control system equipment and technicians.

Offshore Technology Conference names new executive director

Leigh Ann Runyan, CMP, will take over as Executive Director of the Offshore Technology Conference in mid-April. She replaces Stephen Graham, who is retiring. Runyan has extensive experience managing OTC and other large events.

LLOG strikes deal with Eni and Marubeni for deepwater Mississippi Canyon tieback

The agreement provides LLOG access to Eni and Marubeni Oil & Gas’ existing subsea infrastructure connected to the Williams-owned Devils Tower Spar in Mississippi Canyon 773 to optimize its development of the Taggart discovery.

Turkish Petroleum mulls partnerships for multi-billion Black Sea gas project

Turkey’s state-owned oil and gas company is considering partnerships and plans to raise funding this year to carry out work on the biggest natural gas discovery in the Black Sea, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

THREE60 Energy awarded first international duty holder contract for Galoc Field FPSO

Under the terms of the life of field contract, THREE60 Energy will carry out operations and maintenance duties on behalf of the Galoc Joint Venture, with the objective of improving performance and extending the field’s economic life.