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EU’s biggest oil producer to end North Sea operations by 2050

Denmark, the European Union’s biggest oil producer, will stop offering new licenses in the North Sea and phase out production altogether in 2050 as it takes an historic step toward a fossil-fuel free future.

Newfoundland commits government funds to support West White Rose project

"The funding will help maintain the project in warm suspension during 2021 and hopefully position it for a full restart in 2022 and the path to first oil," Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association CEO Charlene Johnson said in a statement.

Woodside cuts seismic processing time from weeks to hours with Amazon Web Services

Woodside successfully executed a million-vCPU scale computing workload across three AWS regions in the United States, performing full-waveform inversion on 3,200 km2 of 3D seismic data from the Greater Sunrise gas resource, located offshore Timor-Leste.

Baker Hughes, Shell Offshore win 2020 COS Safety Leadership Awards

The Center for Offshore Safety announced the winners of the 2020 Safety Leadership Awards, recognizing companies for their outstanding leadership in developing safety management and performance practices and projects that advance the offshore industry’s culture of safety.

Survivtec air system improves chances of offshore helicopter crash survival

A new compressed air Emergency Breathing System (EBS) for offshore helicopter passengers and crew introduced by global safety and survival solutions provider Survitec has been designed to offer personnel a greater chance of survival in a water impact scenario.

Society for Underwater Technology names Dr. Cheryl Burgess new Chief Executive

The former Director General of the Pipeline Industries Guild, Dr. Burgess’ extensive international expertise from her years with UK Trade & Investment and the Society of British Gas Industries will bring benefit to the SUT’s international Branches and interests.

Petrofac partners with Intoware to drive value through digital deployment

Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, a leading provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy workflow automation software that is specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry.

Nippon Paint Marine’s NOA60HS receives NORSOK approval for offshore assets

The self-indicating technology Nippon Paint Marine has incorporated into its special tank coating NOA60HS has been certified by the Norwegian Technology Standards Institution as meeting the requirements of the NORSOK M-501 standard.

Turkey pauses Mediterranean oil search on further EU sanctions threat

The gesture is part of a broader series of moves meant to improve the atmospherics before EU leaders sit down on Dec. 10 to discuss a response to Turkish maritime activities in waters also claimed by bloc members Cyprus and Greece.

U.S. sanctions China’s CNOOC on drilling in disputed South China Sea

CNOOC’s operations in the South China Sea have run into controversy because China claims drilling rights in waters far from its borders, and within 200 miles of countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.

ADNOC considering purchase of key UAE offshore oilfield services firm

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is a potential contender to buy a local offshore oil-services firm that counts the state-owned crude producer among its major clients, according to people familiar with the matter.

Greece wearies of Turkey’s provocative energy hunt in disputed waters

European leaders in October called on Ankara to abstain from unilateral hydrocarbon exploration in disputed waters, saying it’s in breach of international law. Turkey nonetheless resumed the surveys, making any negotiation with Greece on delimitation of sea borders even more problematic.

CGG, Magseis complete North Sea’s largest OBN seismic survey

Covering two highly prospective areas of the UK Continental Shelf, the OBN Cornerstone 2020 survey project represented a total of 813,000 man-hours with zero Lost Time Incidents.

Oil tanker attacked in Saudi Arabian Red Sea terminal

The Agrari, a so-called Aframax-class vessel able to haul about 700,000 barrels of oil, was holed about 1 meter above the waterline in the incident, a statement said. The incident took place as the ship was preparing to leave a berth at the Shuqaiq facility, having finished unloading its cargo.

Subsea CO2 storage plan offshore Denmark clears first regulatory hurdle

The mission to store CO2 beneath the Danish North Sea has cleared the first major hurdle after the intended subsea reservoir was confirmed feasible for CO2 injection by independent certification body DNV GL to the endorsement of Danish authorities.

Total taps Maersk Drilling for two-rig Suriname campaign

The campaign is expected to commence in early 2021, with an estimated firm combined duration of 500 days. The estimated firm total contract value is approximately USD $100MM, including rig upgrades and integrated services provided.

Turkey wants to keep EU ties, despite sanction threat over offshore drilling

Turkish Cypriots and Cyprus have been at loggerheads over offshore gas reserves in disputed waters. Cyprus has been pushing other EU states to expand a blacklist against Turkey over its natural-gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. Other governments including Germany were wary of provoking Turkey.

Noia’s virtual fall seminar in East Canada focuses on energy transition

While 2020 has provided significant challenges, “Noia has remained committed to providing value to our members and to helping them through this difficult period,” said Noia CEO Charlene Johnson. “Our virtual fall seminar was a great way to step outside the typical formula of virtual events that met the standard people have come to expect from Noia.”

Norway offers more Arctic exploration rights as Supreme Court decision looms

The 25th licensing round covers nine areas, eight of which are located in the Barents Sea and one further south in the Norwegian Sea. Offering licenses so far north is controversial, with environmental organizations contesting similar awards in the courts.

Increase in offshore lease bids shows continued importance of the Gulf of Mexico

"Continued safe and responsible development of the Gulf of Mexico will continue to benefit every American. Otherwise the energy will be produced elsewhere, serving to diminish our energy, economic and national security,” National Ocean Industries Association president Erik Milito said in a statement.