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Brazil tries to shake oil industry gloom with new bidding round

Brazil will auction crude-exploration blocks on Wednesday for the first time since a colossal corruption scandal crippled the nation’s oil industry and forced state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA to scale back investments.

Packers Plus opens service, sales centers in Argentina

Packers Plus Energy Services has positioned itself to continue expansion into the Latin America region with its newest service and sales centers in Neuquén and Buenos Aires, Argentina, respectively.

Statoil Brazil awards Peregrino contract to Wood Group

Statoil, on behalf of the Peregrino license partners, has awarded a contract to Wood Group to provide four-year operations and maintenance for two wellhead platforms and modification services for both units and the FPSO Peregrino.

Petrobras to use GE’s seawater sulfate removal nanofiltration membrane for offshore production

With the upstream oil and gas sector seeking new water treatment technologies as companies move into deeper waters, GE has announced that Petrobras has approved GE’s new seawater sulfate removal (SWSR) nanofiltration membrane for use in water injection applications regarding sulfate removal.

Venezuela sees oil summit plan advancing in bid to support price

Venezuelan proposals for a summit between OPEC and non-OPEC producers are advancing, and should focus on bolstering oil prices rather than limiting volumes, government officials said Tuesday.

Petroamazonas cuts downtime, expenses with system upgrade, virtualization

Luis Gamboa, Rockwell Automation

FactoryTalk software, virtual servers replace aging human-machine interface infrastructure as part of multi-facility upgrade, which saved the operator considerable expense.

Halliburton facilities, business lines in Brazil first in Latin America to receive API Q2 certification

Halliburton’s two Brazilian facilities, Macaé and Rio de Janeiro, and nine of the company’s business lines located there have received the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q2 Certification, an advanced industry certification standard for oil and natural gas service companies. They are the first in Latin America to receive the certification.

YPF, Gazprom sign pact to develop gas projects in Argentina

YPF SA Chief Executive Officer Miguel Galuccio and his counterpart at Gazprom PJSC, Alexey Miller, have signed an agreement to develop projects in Argentina.

Polarcus wins broadband 3D project offshore Brazil

Polarcus has signed a contract with an undisclosed client for a non-exclusive broadband 3D marine seismic project offshore Brazil.

GeoPark discovers new light oil field in Colombia

GeoPark Limited discovered a new oil field following the drilling of exploration well Chachalaca 1, located on the Llanos 34 Block in Colombia. GeoPark operates and has a 45% working interest in the block.

Fugro Americas showcases new-build survey vessel

Fugro’s new-build geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, was showcased to top clients, with over 100 in attendance.

Prosafe wins three-year contract offshore Brazil

Prosafe has signed a contract with Petrobras Netherlands B.V. for the provision of the Safe Eurus semisubmersible vessel for safety and maintenance support offshore Brazil.

Hoover Container Solutions opens service facility in Brazil

Hoover Container Solutions (Hoover), a provider of chemical tanks, cargo carrying units and related products and services, has announced the opening of its new service facility in Brazil.

Shell-BG merger receives Brazilian antitrust clearance

Royal Dutch Shell’s acquisition of BG Group has received unconditional merger clearance from the Brazilian competition authority (CADE), satisfying the first of the pre-conditions to the combination. Other pre-conditions include merger clearances in Australia, China and Europe.

Exxon’s Guyana oil find may hold 700 MMbbl

An Exxon Mobil discovery off the coast of Guyana may hold oil and natural gas worth 12 times the South American nation’s entire economic output.

InterMoor completes Juniper contract offshore Trinidad and Tobago

InterMoor Inc., an Acteon company, has completed its role in the largest foundation installation project offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.

BG, Petrobras achieve ambitious ultra-deepwater drilling target

In November 2011, BG’s Brasil’s well engineering team and Petrobras set out an ambitious target at a historic drilling performance workshop—to drill ultra-deepwater, pre-salt wells from spud to final depth in 30 days at a cost of less than $30 million.

Rosneft gets Brazil’s approval for full control of Solimoes project

Rosneft Brasil—a wholly owned subsidiary of Rosneft—and PetroRio have received approval from Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) for Rosneft Brasil to acquire an additional 55% interest in the Solimoes project.

Offshore in depth

Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

Disputed waters raise hopes, create conflict

Brazil is in deep trouble: DW Monday

Petrobras has long been a pioneer in the adoption and deployment of deepwater technology. This has enabled them to build huge reserves of some 16 Bbbl of oil. Converting these reserves to production, however, is another matter and Petrobras has a history of setting ambitious targets, with a poor record of meeting them.