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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.

Tullow taps Maersk Venturer for long-term Ghana campaign

Maersk Drilling has received a conditional letter of award from Tullow Ghana Ltd. for the provision of the ultra-deepwater drillship Maersk Venturer and additional services for a development drilling campaign at the TEN and Jubilee fields offshore Ghana.

C-Innovation signs one-year contract extension with BP for Riserless Light Well Intervention in Gulf of Mexico

C-Innovation, LLC announced a one-year contract extension with BP for Riserless Light Well Intervention in the Gulf of Mexico. The Island Venture and team are currently mobilized and in the field working on one of BP’s assets.

Biden’s anti-oil crusade can make climate change worse

America is the world’s biggest consumer of crude oil, and any restrictions of domestic production will mean more will have to be shipped in from other countries with less stringent humanitarian and environmental laws.

Keppel to end oil and gas rig building, turns focus to renewables

Keppel Offshore & Marine will exit the offshore rig building business, after completing the existing rigs under construction, the company said in a statement.

Biden’s oil and gas drilling ban may end offshore Gulf of Mexico work

“The region that would bear the brunt of the oil and gas ban are the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico since it’s entirely owned by the U.S. government,” said Elisabeth Murphy, ESAI Energy LLC upstream analyst for North America. It would mean a 40% output drop for the Gulf by 2030, she said.

Deepwater managed pressure cementing: Breaking paradigms in the Gulf of Mexico

Juan Carlos Valecillos, Maurizio Arnone, Julian Hernandez, Weatherford International

A structured engineering process, combined with efficient execution utilizing an MPD closed-loop system, enabled GOM operators preventing fluid losses and achieving effective zonal isolation during primary cementing operations in extremely narrow operating windows.

Technology scaled for any response

David Nickerson, Marine Well Containment Company

In the developing world of offshore drilling in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, leaders in well control containment technology must be innovative to keep pace with drillers in the region.

Tenaris to supply Subsea 7 with coated risers and flowlines for Brazil’s Bacalhau offshore field

Tenaris and Subsea 7 have signed an agreement for the supply of pipes and coating services for Bacalhau project, operated by Equinor and located 115 miles off the coast of São Paulo in Brazil.

Energean greenlights offshore Egypt subsea tieback project

Energean PLC announced a Final Investment Decision has been taken on the North El Amriya and North Idkunea concession subsea tieback project in offshore Egypt.

Total awards Maersk two deepwater drilling contracts in Suriname

The total value of the firm contracts is approximately USD $100MM, including rig modifications, integrated services provided, and a mobilization fee for Maersk Valiant. The contracts include various extension options.

U.S. blacklists CNOOC for “bullying” in the South China Sea

China National Offshore Oil Corp. has for years drilled in waters far from its borders, and within 200 miles of countries including Vietnam and the Philippines. The activity amounts to the oil giant acting like a “bully” for China’s military to intimidate its neighbors, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement announcing the move, which restricts access to U.S. technologies without specific permission.

Under pressure: how VAM® SLIJ-3 meets the needs of HP/HT ultra-deepwater projects

The VAM® SLIJ-3 design is part of the latest generation of VAM® semi-flush premium connections suited for the most critical applications. Developed targeting 20K applications like Chevron's Anchor Project (Gulf of Mexico), and tested to the most stringent industry standards, it offers exceptional performances for deep offshore wells.

Siemens Energy, Buoyant Production collaborate on smart offshore facilities design

Siemens Energy AS and BPT have been successfully working together for the past two years, as part of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre’s ‘Facility of the Future’ study, developing and maturing Floating Normally Unattended Installation technology.

Equinor and YPF team up with Shell in Argentina's offshore CAN 100 block

The CAN 100 block comprises an area of 15,000 km² and is the largest block in the North Argentinian Basin.

Total logs fourth significant oil and gas discovery offshore Suriname

Total and Apache Corporation have made a new significant oil and gas discovery at the Keskesi East-1 well, in Block 58 off the coast of Suriname. This follows previous discoveries at Maka Central, Sapakara West and Kwaskwasi.

Stena Drilling awards IDS fleet-wide rig reporting and performance analytics contract

Following successful six-month operational trials on Stena Spey and Stena Carron rigs, IDS will deploy its data driven TourNet Pro drilling contractor reporting service and drilling performance monitoring service, Anova DPM, across Stena Drilling’s fleet in Q1 2021.