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Apache completes midcontinent asset sales

The asset sales reflect the company’s exit from the Western Anadarko Basin and the previously announced exit from the SCOOP/STACK play.

Schlumberger sees shale output boom slowing on budget cuts

Schlumberger expects surging oil production from North American shale basins to slow as explorers cut spending, outgoing CEO Paal Kibsgaard said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call.

Wild Well Control taps Fugro to enhance subsea capping stack capabilities

Wild Well Control has contracted Fugro to provide BOP intervention skids and test units for its subsea response kit, increasing pumping capability and water depth ratings.

BOEM announces region-wide lease sale for GOM

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

ExxonMobil commits to joint development of open automation processes

The goal of this collaboration is the creation of a standards-based, open, interoperable, and secure automation architecture that addresses both the technical and commercial challenges of current systems.

Solaris Water launches expanded New Mexico recycling operations

Solaris Water launches operations at its expanded Lobo Ranch Produced Water Recycling and Blending Center in Eddy County, New Mexico.

Halliburton releases first 3D logging-while-drilling technology

Halliburton launched 3D reservoir mapping, providing detailed representation of subsurface structures to improve well placement in complex reservoirs.

Permian watch: America’s hottest shale play is slowing down

The engine of America’s shale boom is beginning to sputter.

Fast and lean: How North Sea oil is learning from American shale

The U.S. oil boom changed the petroleum industry forever. Now its philosophy is being adopted by conventional producers in the North Sea.

Turkey scoffs at EU rebuke, vows to keep drilling off Cyprus

Turkey rebuffed measures by the EU and vowed to go ahead with its exploration in a growing dispute with EU member Cyprus.

Equinor drills dry Norwegian well west of Johan Sverdrup

Equinor Energy AS, operator of production licence 502, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 16/5-7.

Africa Energy signs rig contract for Block 11B/12B, offshore South Africa

Africa Energy Corp., an oil and gas company with exploration assets offshore South Africa and Namibia, is pleased to announce that the joint venture partnership for Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa has entered into a multi-well drilling contract with Odfjell Drilling for the Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible rig.

KCA Deutag wins $168 million in Russian drilling contracts

Global drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag (KCAD) is delighted to announce that its land drilling operation has won three new contracts in Russia worth approximately $168 million.

EU to cut flow of funds to Turkey as drilling spat heats up

The European Union is poised to freeze most high-level contacts with Turkey and cut the flow of funds to the country, while holding back for now on sanctions that could target Turkish companies involved in offshore drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cracks in Permian promise slowing shale boom

The promise of the Permian is shrinking.

Cuadrilla confirms return to UK frac operations

Cuadrilla today confirmed that it will return to hydraulic fracturing and flow testing of natural gas at its flagship Lancashire site in Preston New Road, near Blackpool.

Pemex under pressure with AMLO ruling Mexico’s economy

The surprise departure of Mexico’s finance minister has the state oil company’s watchers biting their nails.

Capricorn Norge strikes out southeast of Norne field

Capricorn Norge AS, operator of PL 758, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6508/1-3.

EU mulls cutting funds to Turkey as drilling feud escalates

The European Union may suspend most high-level contact with Turkey and cut the flow of funds in protest at its drilling activities off the coast of Cyprus.

World of oil and gas

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Talos Energy has completed its appraisal program for the Zama discovery on Block 7, in the offshore portion of Mexico’s prolific Sureste basin.