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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.

Industry’s first truly integrated MPD control system advances offshore drilling efficiency

Leonardo Correa, National Oilwell Varco; Robert Van Kuilenburg, Noble Corporation

A partnership between a drilling contractor and an OFS provider is taking MPD systems, which are fully owned and operated by the drilling contractor, to the next level with unique, integrated capabilities.

BP, Reliance start gas production on India’s ultra-deepwater KG D6 field

RIL and BP are developing three deepwater gas projects in block KG D6 – R Cluster, Satellites Cluster and MJ – which together are expected to meet ~15% of India’s gas demand by 2023.

Schlumberger, OMV Upstream deploy AI and digital solutions powered by DELFI

The agreement formalizes the commitment from both companies to progress the industry standard OSDU data platform and lays the foundation for further collaboration and innovation for workflows and solutions across the energy spectrum.

Baker Hughes launches engageSubsea real-time operational management platform

engageSubsea remote serves as an equipment inspection tool, technical support and operational management platform, and is designed to drive operational excellence and increase capital productivity for offshore oil and gas operators.

Oceaneering wins connector supply contract from TechnipFMC

The M5 connector provides an easy-to-install, fly-to-place connection solution that enables injection of gas or chemicals into subsea infrastructure and serves as an access point for future subsea field intervention activities such as gas lift, chemical injection, well stimulation, hydrate remediation, flooding and venting operations, acid injection and scale squeeze.

Fugro awarded PETRONAS contract for positioning services in Guyana-Suriname basin

The 2-year contract involves Fugro’s Starfix precise positioning solution to help ensure safe and efficient transit, anchoring and drilling activities for the programmer’s semi-submersible rig and support vessels.

Trump keeps door open for expanded offshore drilling

The proposal under development is set to outline potential sales of long-plumbed territory in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as waters around Alaska and near Southern California, where exploratory oil drilling was last conducted decades ago. Atlantic waters near the coasts of Maryland and Delaware are also included in the proposed sale program.

SBS Energy Services sets new world record with Helix Energy Solutions in GOM decommissioning project

A highlight of the operation was cleaning out the flowline rather than cutting it into sections, which has been performed previously on long flowlines such as this one. This approach significantly reduced the number of critical subsea lifts and overall timeline for the cleanout and lay down. Performing the full cleanout in a single lift also required minimal onshore disposal of flowline components.

Baker Hughes, Shell Offshore win 2020 COS Safety Leadership Awards

The Center for Offshore Safety announced the winners of the 2020 Safety Leadership Awards, recognizing companies for their outstanding leadership in developing safety management and performance practices and projects that advance the offshore industry’s culture of safety.

Survivtec air system improves chances of offshore helicopter crash survival

A new compressed air Emergency Breathing System (EBS) for offshore helicopter passengers and crew introduced by global safety and survival solutions provider Survitec has been designed to offer personnel a greater chance of survival in a water impact scenario.

U.S. sanctions China’s CNOOC on drilling in disputed South China Sea

CNOOC’s operations in the South China Sea have run into controversy because China claims drilling rights in waters far from its borders, and within 200 miles of countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.

ADNOC considering purchase of key UAE offshore oilfield services firm

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is a potential contender to buy a local offshore oil-services firm that counts the state-owned crude producer among its major clients, according to people familiar with the matter.

Greece wearies of Turkey’s provocative energy hunt in disputed waters

European leaders in October called on Ankara to abstain from unilateral hydrocarbon exploration in disputed waters, saying it’s in breach of international law. Turkey nonetheless resumed the surveys, making any negotiation with Greece on delimitation of sea borders even more problematic.

Total taps Maersk Drilling for two-rig Suriname campaign

The campaign is expected to commence in early 2021, with an estimated firm combined duration of 500 days. The estimated firm total contract value is approximately USD $100MM, including rig upgrades and integrated services provided.

Increase in offshore lease bids shows continued importance of the Gulf of Mexico

"Continued safe and responsible development of the Gulf of Mexico will continue to benefit every American. Otherwise the energy will be produced elsewhere, serving to diminish our energy, economic and national security,” National Ocean Industries Association president Erik Milito said in a statement.

TGS announces new Brazilian seismic acquisition projects

TGS will mobilize the COSL vessel HYSY720 to commence acquisition of the Espirito Santo 3D survey by year-end.

CGG wins Offshore Malaysia seismic reprocessing contracts from PTTEP

PTTEP expects the resulting high-quality images will improve the definition of producing reservoirs, enable enhanced planning and drilling of future wells, and open up new plays for near-field exploration at deeper intervals.

OTC organizers postpone oil’s biggest conference to August 2021

OTC organizers said that new in-person and virtual activities will be planned to “ensure the conference continues to provide a platform for energy professionals to meet and exchange ideas.”