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Drummond Lawson, Subsea Technologies Ltd.

Collaboration is the driving force of the global oil and gas industry, as it faces mounting pressure to increase efficiencies, maximize production and streamline processes, both offshore and onshore.

Trelleborg supplies SafePilot solutions to Shell's Brent Delta decommissioning project

SafePilot from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation successfully helped to pilot Allseas’ 200-m-long barge, Iron Lady, from the Tees Bay to Able UK’s Seaton Port in Hartlepool, which transported Shell’s 24,200 ton-Brent Delta topside to Able’s facility on May 2, 2017.

Nexen announces full sanction of Buzzard Phase II project, offshore UK

Nexen has announced that the BPII (Buzzard Phase II) project has received full sanction from partners (Suncor Energy UK Limited, Chrysaor Limited, Dyas EOG Limited and Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources Limited) and the Field Development Plan has been approved by the UK Oil and Gas Authority – allowing the project to move into the execute stage.

Petrofac secures five-year contract renewal with ONE

Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) business has secured a five-year renewal on its Duty Holder Support Services contract with Oranje-Nassau Energie Resources Limited (ONE).

Serica acquires additional interests in offshore UK assets

Serica has signed an agreement to acquire further interests in the Bruce and Keith fields, UK North Sea, from Total E&P.

DNV GL to support Shell’s Penguin field redevelopment

DNV GL has been awarded a cross-service contract to support Shell's Penguins field redevelopment, UK continental shelf.

Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore UK

Subsea 7 announced the award of a contract by Nexen as part of the Buzzard Phase 2 Project, located approximately 55 km off the northeast coast of Scotland.

Cuadrilla granted final hydraulic fracturing consent for first horizontal shale gas well

Cuadrilla has today received final hydraulic fracture consent from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for its first horizontal shale gas exploration well at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

Alba Mineral Resources completes Portland extended flow test

Alba has announced that it has been informed by Horse Hill Developments Ltd. (HHDL), the operator of the Horse Hill-1 (HH-1) Kimmeridge and Portland oil discovery, that the initial well "clean-up" phase of the Portland extended well test (EWT) programme has been completed according to plan.

Result of Arbitration between Tullow Oil and Kosmos Energy

Tullow Oil plc has announced that a panel of arbitrators has delivered an award in favor of Kosmos Energy Ghana HC (Kosmos) in relation to its dispute with Tullow Ghana Limited (Tullow).

Providence Resources completes farm-out of FEL 2/14, offshore Ireland

Providence Resources, the Irish based Oil and Gas Exploration Company, has provided a license update on Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL) 2/14.

OGA launches 31st UKCS Offshore Licensing Round

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched the 31st Offshore Licensing Round, offering blocks in frontier areas of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), supported by government-funded data to stimulate interest in these under-explored basins and assist companies in their activities.

Oil strike in Norway shuts Shell field as escalation looms

A strike curtailed oil production off Norway for the first time in six years as Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut a North Sea field and workers threatened to escalate labor action during the weekend.

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Michele Cowart, World Oil

EnerMech has appointed Salvatore Cutino as regional director for Africa, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hurricane Energy concludes well completion operations at Lancaster EPS

Hurricane Energy plc, the UK based oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs, has provided an operational update in relation to the Early Production System development of the Lancaster Field (Lancaster EPS).

Law firm WFW advises OMV on €158 million disposal of Pakistani subsidiaries

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised OMV on the completion of its sale of two wholly-owned subsidiaries comprising its upstream exploration and production business in Pakistan (“OMV Pakistan”) to Dragon Prime Hong Kong Ltd., Hong Kong, for an agreed consideration of €158 million.

BP to increase share in UK’s giant Clair field, sell interest in Alaska’s Kuparuk field

BP has announced that it has entered into agreements with ConocoPhillips that will significantly increase its holding in Clair field, a core asset of BP’s North Sea business in the UK.

Court orders Tullow Ghana to pay $254 million to Seadrill

Tullow Oil plc announces that a judgment in the English Commercial Court case brought against its wholly owned subsidiary Tullow Ghana Limited by Seadrill Ghana Operations Limited has been received.

Anglo African Oil & Gas develops the Republic of the Congo

Anglo African Oil & Gas plc, an independent oil and gas developer, is pleased to announce the results of further work on the TLP-102 well on the Tilapia license in the Republic of the Congo.

Shell approves North Sea project, seeing "life in old dog"

Royal Dutch Shell Plc approved its second North Sea project in six months, greenlighting a natural gas field that it considered uneconomical to produce from six years ago.