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UTEC extends surveying capabilities with new autonomous underwater vehicle launch and recovery system

UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, successfully commissioned its new launch and recovery system (LARS) for the fleet of seven autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) it uses for seabed surveys in the oil and renewables industries.

Titan Torque invests in the future with state-of-the-art EnerQuip torque machine

Titan Torque has doubled its operational capacity – and signaled its long-term confidence in the offshore oil and gas industry – with a major investment in a new torque system from EnerQuip.

Analytics can optimize oil and gas equipment performance, predict failures

Andy Weatherhead, Rockwell Automation

Given the opportunity that analytics present, and the pressures facing oil and gas producers, the question isn’t, “Can analytics help improve our operations?” but rather, “How long can we compete without them?”

Advancing drilling operations through collaborative work and innovation

Tristam Horn, DeltaTek Global

Advances in drilling technology are helping to unlock challenging reservoirs and achieve the industry-wide goal of maximizing economic recovery. This article discusses the importance of innovation and collaboration for the industry moving forward, and how new technologies are maximizing efficiencies and reducing costs.

Next UK fracer shrugs off shutdown risk seeing need for gas

The head of the company set to drill Britain’s first fracing well in a decade shrugs off the risk that protesters and government’s main opposition will shut down his project before it can start.

People in the industry

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Hal J. Goldie has been appointed to the board of Enpro Subsea, based in Houston. With a career that spans almost 50 years in the industry, Goldie was previously president at Cameron Subsea Systems.

What's new in production

Don Francis, Contributing Editor

Let’s party

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Windows to the hole

Scottish universities to partner in major energy sector education program in Mexico

The North-east of Scotland is set for an international boost, as its universities have been named as two of only four European institutions to be chosen by the Mexican Government to work in collaboration with Mexican universities to address the future needs of the country’s energy sector.

Arnlea secures $5.23-million contract, 2022 extension with Total

Total has extended its contract with innovative software business Arnlea to the end of 2022.

Crude tumbles most in seven weeks as American stockpiles swell

Oil dropped from the highest price in almost four year amid signs of a growing crude surplus in the world’s biggest economy.

Equinor takes over as operator of Rosebank project, offshore UK

Equinor has signed an agreement to acquire Chevron’s 40% operated interest in the Rosebank project, one of the largest undeveloped fields on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Once concluded, the transaction will strengthen Equinor’s UK portfolio, which includes the Mariner development, attractive exploration opportunities and three producing offshore wind farms.

Angus Energy begins RNS Balcombe 2Z well test

Angus Energy plc, a UK conventional oil and gas production and development company, has announced that the flow test of the horizontal well, Balcombe-2z, has commenced.

BP receives approval for Vorlich development, in the central North Sea

BP announced today that approval has been received from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to proceed with the Vorlich development in the central North Sea, which will target 30 MMboe, expected to produce 20,000 boed (gross) at peak.

Gas fracers seek more support from UK as drilling date nears

Weeks away from fracing its first well in seven years, Britain’s oil and natural gas industry is stepping up complaints that the government is moving too slowly to approve further projects.

Ashtead delivers installation monitoring services to Subsea 7 on Utgard development

Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has successfully completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.

Total reports major gas find offshore UK

Total announces a major gas discovery on the Glendronach prospect, situated offshore UK, West of Shetland.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

LLOG Exploration delivered first production from its Crown and Anchor fields in the Gulf of Mexico, during second-quarter 2018.

People in the industry

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Evy Glørstad-Clark has been appointed senior V.P., exploration, for Aker BP.

First oil

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Moderate, stable growth is in the offing