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Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Catching up with the times

Talos logs two Green Canyon deepwater strikes

Talos Energy reported successful drilling operations in its Bulleit and Orlov prospects in the Green Canyon deepwater Gulf of Mexico block as part of its second quarter 2019 earnings results.

U.S. Democratic candidates demonize oil industry

Bernie Sanders says the industry is a criminal enterprise. Joe Biden is vowing to take action against it.

Saipem to establish a spoolbase in the US Gulf of Mexico

The new facility will support the Saipem Constellation, the latest addition to the Saipem fleet, suitable for the installation of rigid and flexible pipes in ultra deep waters as well as for heavy lifts of up to 3,000 tons.

Abrado wins California multi-well P&A contract from Chevron

Abrado Wellbore Services has secured a multi-million dollar contract from Chevron’s Environmental Management Company to support the plug and abandonment of more than 30 wells offshore California.

TGS awarded five-year well data contract extension by BSEE

TGS has been awarded a five-year contract for Digital Well Log Data Processing with the BSEE.

Shell invests in PowerNap subsea tie-back in Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore has elected to invest in its PowerNap deep-water project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a subsea tie-back to the Shell-operated Olympus production hub.

Enterprise, Chevron USA agree to develop Gulf of Mexico offshore crude export facility

Enterprise Products Partners and Chevron U.S.A. announced long-term agreements supporting the development of Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal (“SPOT”) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell sells its GOM Caesar-Tonga asset for $965 million

Shell has sold its non-operated interest in the Caesar-Tonga asset to Equinor for $965 million.

Shell Appomattox, Gulf of Mexico’s first HPHT program, receives BSEE approval

Shell’s Appomattox project, located in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles south of New Orleans, is the first high temperature project to gain BSEE approval and begin production.

Chevron awards OneSubsea 20-year GOM equipment and services contract

Chevron awards OneSubsea 20-year subsea equipment and services master contract for the Gulf of Mexico, supporting all subsea development projects with standardized equipment, including technologies that can withstand up to 20,000 psi.

BOEM announces region-wide lease sale for GOM

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

U.S. oil lets top Korean refiner pivot away from Middle East

South Korea’s biggest oil refiner is looking to buy a wider variety of U.S. crude grades to reduce its reliance on Middle East supply.

Hurricane Barry halts large portion of GOM oil output

Hurricane Barry shut-in three-quarters of U.S. GOM crude production.

Oil rides to seven-week high on Gulf storm, tightening U.S. supply

Oil rode a tide of bullish news to its highest price in almost two months as a potential hurricane roiled the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. crude inventories dropped.

What’s new in exploration

William (Bill) Head, Contributing Editor

Rebound seen in new offshore exploration

Tropical Storm Barry could form in Gulf of Mexico, rattling markets

A tropical storm could form in the eastern Gulf of Mexico by Thursday and potentially swirl through offshore oil and gas fields along the coast.

Incident claims the lives of two people on Shell's Auger platform

Two people were killed and one injured on Royal Dutch Shell’s Auger platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

GulfSlope Energy launches shallow prospect program in the Gulf of Mexico

GulfSlope has announced the execution of a letter of intent with a privately held oil and gas company to form a joint venture to generate and drill shallow depth prospects in the Gulf of Mexico.

W&T Offshore acquires producing properties in the Gulf of Mexico

W&T Offshore, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with ExxonMobil Corporation to acquire their interests in and operatorship of oil and gas producing properties in the eastern region of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), offshore Alabama, and related onshore processing facilities for $200 million.