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UK government tells BP it would oppose any takeover, FT says

The UK government told BP Plc it would oppose the acquisition of the oil producer by a foreign company, the Financial Times reported.

Increased brownfield focus for ADIL

Independent energy consultancy ADIL has refocused its specialist brownfield project management team to help operators drive improved efficiency in this challenging sector of the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Ithaca Energy sells Norwegian business to MOL

Ithaca Energy Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary, Ithaca Petroleum Norge, for an initial consideration of $60 million.

Applus RTD wins non-destructive testing work for Kaombo development project

Applus RTD has been awarded a contract from Heerema Marine Contractors as part of the Kaombo development offshore Angola.

IHS CERAWeek ’15: Gas leaders see small-scale LNG gaining momentum

HOUSTON -- At IHS CERAWeek '15 conference's 'Natural Gas Day', Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS, chaired a plenary session on maintaining momentum in the global gas market.

BP sells stake in CATS pipeline for $486 million

BP has agreed to sell its equity in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) business in the UK North Sea to Antin Infrastructure Partners for $486 million.

Domino could trigger knock on effect for Black Sea investment, Wood Mackenzie says

Wood Mackenzie has presented its latest analysis of the competitiveness of Black Sea deepwater developments and the significant Domino discovery, which look set to dramatically influence the region’s gas supply dynamics and corporate landscape, at the annual BBSPA conference in Vienna.

Fugro commissions additional airborne laser bathymetry system for South West Pacific survey campaign

Fugro has commissioned an additional airborne laser bathymetry system to underpin its leading position in the development and application of bathymetric LiDAR technology.

Gazprom accused of market-power abuse to raise EU gas prices

European Union regulators attacked OAO Gazprom’s pricing structure throughout the eastern part of the continent, further straining political relations between the 28-nation bloc and Russia.

Sembcorp Marine subsidiary wins FSO conversion contract for Gina Krog field

Sembawang Shipyard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, has secured a floating storage and offloading (FSO) conversion contract from Teekay, worth about $42 million, for Gina Krog field in the North Sea.

Statoil awards Ferus CO2 service contract for Bakken test well

Statoil has awarded a major carbon dioxide (CO2) supply and service contract to Denver-based Ferus LP, a provider of energized fluids (liquid CO2 and liquid nitrogen) to the North American oil and gas industry.

Transocean names new president, CEO

Transocean has named Jeremy D. Thigpen as the company's new president and CEO. Thigpen succeeds Interim CEO Ian C. Strachan.

Gazprom said to get EU antitrust complaint on gas this week

OAO Gazprom will get an antitrust complaint from the European Union as soon as Wednesday in a two-year-old probe into gas pricing that’s been delayed amid political tension in Ukraine, according to an EU official.

Norway launches expanded licensing round

OSLO, Norway -- Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has announced this year’s licensing round for the geologically well know areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf—Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2015.

Sen. Menendez, Congressman Pallone to introduce offshore drilling ban in Atlantic Ocean

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressman Frank Pallone (D NJ-06) announced Monday, on the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that they will introduce a bill to ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Deep Sea Supply appoints new CEO

Deep Sea Supply's board of directors has appointed Jon Are Gummedal as the company's new CEO.

BP readies defenses as oil industry responds to Shell’s BG raid

As the oil industry takes stock of Royal Dutch Shell’s $70 billion move for BG Group, one company has more to chew on than most.

AGR awarded frame agreement with DEA

Global oil and gas service company AGR has announced the award of a well engineering and operational support services contract with DEA Norge.

Statoil chief says more oil deals likely after Shell-BG merger

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The CEO of Norway’s largest oil producer said the industry will probably see more deals after Royal Dutch Shell’s $70 billion to BG, especially if crude prices remain depressed.

BG Norge strikes out near Knarr field

BG Norge AS, operator of production license 373 S, is completing the drilling of exploration well 34/3-5, located approximately five km southeast of Knarr field in the Northern North Sea. The well is dry.