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Transocean Ltd. awarded $830 million drilling contract for ultra-deepwater drillship

Transocean Ltd. has announced that it has signed a rig design and construction management contract, as well as a five-year drilling contract, with Chevron USA, Inc. for one of its two dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships currently under construction at the Jurong shipyard in Singapore.

Exxon in `bull's-eye' as worst year since Reagan nears end

Things haven’t been this bad for the world’s biggest oil stock since Ronald Reagan became president. But brace yourself, 2019 may not be much better.

BP announces FID for Phase 1 of the cross-border Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development

BP and partners today announced that the Final Investment Decision (FID) for Phase 1 of the innovative cross-border Greater Tortue Ahmeyim development has been agreed.

Sonangol and BP agree to advance BP’s activities in Angola

Angola’s Sonangol and BP today signed an agreement to progress to final investment decision the development of the Platina field in deepwater Block 18, offshore Angola.

Equinor's Aasta Hansteen Norwegian Sea goes online

Equinor and its partners started production from the Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea. Gas from the Aasta Hansteen field is available to the market for the first time and together with the Polarled pipeline the field opens a new region for gas export to Europe.

Phase 1 of Senegal's SNE development commences FEED activities

Woodside has advised that the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) joint venture has agreed to commence front-end engineering and design (FEED) activities following the award of the subsea FEED contract to Subsea Integration Alliance for the SNE Field Development-Phase 1 (SNE development) offshore Senegal.

BSEE works to ensure safety for deepwater GOM production start-up

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently conducted its final pre-production inspection of Chevron’s Big Foot tension leg platform, moored in the Gulf of Mexico about 225 mi south of New Orleans.

New products and services

Michele Cowart, World Oil

New products and services

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Companies in the news

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Sleepless in the Gulf

What industry leaders expect for 2019

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

By all measures, most of 2018 has been an improvement on 2017, which was markedly better than 2016.

Siemens supplies first lithium-ion battery solution for offshore drilling rig

The long-term sustainability of the offshore oil and gas sector is predicated on reducing costs and minimizing projects’ environmental impacts.

Equinor has been granted drilling permits from Deepsea Bergen and West Hercules facility

Well 35/11-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility in position 61°5'2.27"N and 3°20'56.92"E after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6407/11-1 for Equinor Energy AS in production license 751.

Rowan Relentless has first two options exercised by ExxonMobil

Rowan Companies plc has announced that ExxonMobil has exercised the first two options for the Rowan Relentless, an R-Class ultra-deepwater drillship.

BHGE launches Subsea Connect and Aptara TOTEX-Lite subsea system

Baker Hughes, a GE company has announced the launch of its new approach to subsea development: Subsea Connect, including its Aptara TOTEX-lite subsea system.

BP names new Gulf of Mexico platform

BP has announced that the new floating production unit for the Mad Dog 2 project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico will be named Argos.

McDermott awarded subsea contract by Shell for Great White Frio development

McDermott International, Inc. has announced a sizeable contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Great White Frio development in Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bolsonaro seeks $30 billion Brazil oil boon where others failed

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is pursuing the sale of Brazil’s deep-sea treasure-trove of oil, but just weeks after his election he’s facing the same political obstacles as his two predecessors.

Chevron reports first oil at Big Foot, in deepwater GOM

Chevron Corporation has announced that the Chevron-operated Big Foot deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production.

Johan Castberg construction begins at Stord, says Equinor

Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, will start cutting the first sheet for the topside of the Johan Castberg vessel at Kværner's yard at Stord.