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Offshore drilling foes invoke 1953 law to prod Obama on U.S. ban

Environmental activists who dangled from bridges and paddled kayaks around an Arctic rig have a new strategy for stopping oil development off U.S. coasts: persuading President Barack Obama to use a 1953 law to bar offshore drilling permanently.

Statoil cancels rig contract with Seadrill

Statoil has, on behalf of the Aasta Hansteen licence, decided to cancel the contract with Seadrill for the West Hercules drilling rig.

COSL wins contract for 3D seismic acquisition in Arctic waters

Recently, China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) was awarded a contract for 3D seismic acquisition, covering a total area of more than 4,000 km2 in Arctic waters, which has become COSL’s first great order for 3D seismic operations in Arctic waters.

Oil & Gas UK study identifies new technologies to improve asset integrity

In the critical area of offshore asset integrity, a new study published by Oil & Gas UK promises to broaden awareness of the array of technologies developed and deployed successfully by the industry and other sectors, which could be used to great effect in delivering safe and effective improvements in efficiency.

Wintershall Norge makes small discovery in the North Sea

Wintershall Norge AS, operator of production licence 248, has completed the drilling of wildcat wells 35/8-6 S and 35/8-6 A.

Offshore leasing program lacks vision, doesn’t reflect U.S. energy leadership: API

API has called on the federal government to align its offshore leasing program to reflect America’s new role as a global energy superpower and focus on the opportunities this creates for the country.

Murkowski warns Obama admin on Arctic lease sales

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pressed the federal BOEM to maintain all three lease sales proposed for Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf in its final program for 2017 through 2022.

Exxon, Total, Chevron in talks with Pemex on Gulf prospects

Petroleos Mexicanos is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp., Total and Chevron Corp. as Mexico’s struggling state-run oil producer seeks partners to develop deepwater crude in the Gulf of Mexico.

Petrofac secures enhanced North Sea contract from Total

Petrofac is set to build on its provision of reimbursable services for Total E&P UK following the award of an enhanced three-year contract extension on the Alwyn and Dunbar platforms in the Northern North Sea.

Alaska’s congressional delegation presses Interior on OCS development

Alaska’s congressional delegation—Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young—has sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging the Department to keep all three lease sales proposed for Alaska’s OCS in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) final Five-Year Program for the years 2017 to 2022.

McDermott joins 14 offshore companies in signing offshore engineering standardization agreement

McDermott International has joined with 14 other leading offshore companies in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish engineering industry standards.

Ikon, Fugro combine forces to tackle wellsite related geohazards

During well planning oil companies need advice from specialists for both shallow hazard assessment and deeper pore pressure prediction. Now Fugro and Ikon Science have joined forces to offer an integration of these two services.

Norway offers thirteen companies production licenses in Barents Sea

Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has offered new production licenses to thirteen companies in the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. All ten production licenses are located in the Barents Sea.

BSEE announces investigation panel for Gulf of Mexico oil release

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is continuing its investigation of the oil release from Shell Offshore Inc.’s Glider field on May 12.

Rockhopper confirms potential of Falklands basin oil discovery

Rockhopper Exploration confirmed potential oil resources in a discovery in the Falklands basin, sending its shares higher.

BP doubles its interest in Culzean field in the North Sea

BP announced today it has doubled its interest in the Culzean development in the UK Central North Sea, following its acquisition of an additional 16% interest from JX Nippon.

New North Sea beckons oil producers off Canada's eastern coast

A change to an obscure shipping law is helping draw major oil companies to an area off Canada’s east coast that may rival the North Sea for its production potential.

TGS reaches 75% acquisition progress mark on Gigante seismic program

TGS has now acquired approximately 141,000 km (75%) of the planned 186,000 km 2D seismic project Gigante, the company said in a statement.

BSEE responding to release of oil in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to a two mile by thirteen mile sheen in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, La.

Wintershall awards Halliburton service contract for Maria project

Wintershall Norge has awarded a four-year service contract to support its exploration and development projects in Norway to Halliburton Norge.