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TechnipFMC to split, spinning off onshore, offshore segments

TechnipFMC announced its board of directors has unanimously approved its plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies: RemainCo, a fully-integrated technology and services provider; and SpinCo, an engineering and construction business.

Equinor completes $965 million GoM acquisition from Shell

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has approved Equinor and Shell’s transaction, in which Equinor exercised its preferential right to acquire 22.45% interest in the Caesar Tonga oil field from Shell for $965 million in cash.

Interventek secures Trendsetter well intervention safety valve contract

The shear-and-seal subsea safety valves will be delivered by early 2020 for integration into Trendsetter’s MkII 15K Light Riser Intervention System. The system is scheduled for its first deployment for a major international oil and gas operator, around March 2020, as part of a subsea well intervention project in Latin America.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Catching up with the times

Talos logs two Green Canyon deepwater strikes

Talos Energy reported successful drilling operations in its Bulleit and Orlov prospects in the Green Canyon deepwater Gulf of Mexico block as part of its second quarter 2019 earnings results.

Speedcast to provide fully-managed communications onboard Seadrill’s West Bollsta newbuild

Speedcast announced that the company has been awarded a new multi-year communications and IT solutions contract on the West Bollsta semi-submersible rig, a newbuild operated by Seadrill off the coast of Norway.

Shell taps Deep Down for Trinidad and Tobago umbilical support order

Deep Down, an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services announced today that it has received an order for umbilical support services directly from Shell Trinidad and Tobago.

Saipem to establish a spoolbase in the US Gulf of Mexico

The new facility will support the Saipem Constellation, the latest addition to the Saipem fleet, suitable for the installation of rigid and flexible pipes in ultra deep waters as well as for heavy lifts of up to 3,000 tons.

Guyana, Bakken bets are paying off for Hess

Focusing on offshore Guyana and Bakken shale opportunities is paying off for Hess, who foresee significant production expansion in the coming years.

Trendsetter Vulcan Offshore deploys next generation wellhead fatigue mitigation system

Trendsetter Vulcan Offshore has contracted with independent oil and gas company Tamarind Resources to provide its next-generation wellhead fatigue mitigation systems for deployment offshore New Zealand.

Halliburton to bring pre-salt expertise to Libra development in Brazil

Halliburton announced the execution of an integrated services contract with Petrobras for pre-salt development in the Santos Basin, driving efficiency by applying pre-salt expertise and integrating multiple product offerings and technologies.

Shell sells its GOM Caesar-Tonga asset for $965 million

Shell has sold its non-operated interest in the Caesar-Tonga asset to Equinor for $965 million.

‘Prolific’ Chinese theft ring targeted deepwater drilling technologies

A man who stole deepwater trade secrets on behalf of China was convicted in federal court following the FBI's dismantling of his "prolific network".

Shell Appomattox, Gulf of Mexico’s first HPHT program, receives BSEE approval

Shell’s Appomattox project, located in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles south of New Orleans, is the first high temperature project to gain BSEE approval and begin production.

Japan’s INPEX acquires stake in Anadarko deepwater GOM blocks

INPEX has reached an agreement with Anadarko to acquire a 40% participating interest in Keathley Canyon blocks 921 and 965, as well as Walker Ridge blocks 881 and 925 in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Eni confirms significant Agogo find offshore Angola

The first appraisal well results confirm 650 MMboe in place at the Agogo field, and indicate further upside in its northern sector that will be assessed with new appraisal wells.

Chevron awards OneSubsea 20-year GOM equipment and services contract

Chevron awards OneSubsea 20-year subsea equipment and services master contract for the Gulf of Mexico, supporting all subsea development projects with standardized equipment, including technologies that can withstand up to 20,000 psi.

McDermott relocates subsea center of excellence following BP awards

McDermott announced it has relocated its Subsea Center of Excellence to Bedfont Lakes office park near Feltham in London, following the recent award of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Natural Gas Project, located offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

Norway’s Halfwave scores four major pipeline inspection contracts

In-line oil and gas pipeline inspection technology company Halfwave has been awarded four contract wins for subsea inspection in the first half of 2019, seeing its ROV mounted ARTEMIS tool utilized on major oilfield projects around the world.

BOEM announces region-wide lease sale for GOM

BOEM will offer 77.8 million GOM acres, including all available unleased areas in federal waters.