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Halliburton and Optime Subsea form global subsea services alliance

The strategic alliance between Halliburton and Optime Subsea will jointly commercialize and deploy innovative and efficient subsea interventions and controls.

VARD wins North Star Renewables contract for three SOVs to operate on Dogger Bank Wind Farm

VARD has secured contracts for the design and construction of three Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) for North Star Renewables in Scotland. The state-of-the-art hybrid trio will operate on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea.

CGG wins three new offshore imaging projects for BP

CGG has been awarded three major seismic imaging projects by BP, two from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and one from offshore Trinidad & Tobago. These projects will start in Q1/Q2 this year and complete with cloud delivery of the data no later than Q4 of 2021.

Novel flexible pipe overcomes challenges in pre-salt subsea developments

Andre Macedo, Mauricio Brandao, Baker Hughes

An innovative technological solution has overcome flexible pipe corrosion cracking in high CO2 content fields, including Brazil’s pre-salt offshore developments. The new pipe system is verified to extend service life by at least 50%, compared to standard flexibles.

Noble Corp to acquire Pacific Drilling in all-stock deal

Noble Corporation and Pacific Drilling Company have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Noble will acquire Pacific Drilling in an all-stock transaction.

It could take weeks to reopen the Suez Canal, salvage experts say

Work to re-float the Ever Given and free up oceangoing carriers hauling almost $10 billion of oil and consumer goods continued without success on Thursday in Egypt. The Suez Canal Authority has temporarily suspended traffic along the waterway.

Preventing gas hydrate plugging in deepwater wells

Jonathan Wylde, Scot Bodnar, Claudia Mazzeo, Zachary Ward, Clariant Oil Services

Low-dosage hydrate inhibitors are an alternative technology to thermodynamic inhibitors for preventing gas hydrates from restricting production from deepwater wells. Injecting the correct amount of a high-performance chemical has proven effective at mitigating unplanned shut-ins and the resulting loss of production revenue.

Tenaris to supply line pipe for Northern Lights CO2 transportation and storage project

Equinor has awarded Tenaris the supply of tubulars for the Northern Lights CO2 transport and storage facilities in Norway. From its Dalmine mill in Italy, Tenaris will produce 105km 12” Carbon Manganese (C-Mn) seamless line pipe for the milestone project.

UK agrees to safeguard oil and gas jobs during low-carbon shift

The UK government said it has reached an agreement with the country’s oil and gas industry that will help safeguard jobs as the nation strives to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

Equinor and partners tally 2021’s largest Norwegian oil strike thus far

Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery in the Fram prospects between 12 and 19 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalent, corresponding to 75-120 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.

Baker Hughes and Horisont Energi team on Barents Sea carbon capture and storage project

Baker Hughes and Horisont Energi AS have signed a memorandum of understanding for the Polaris carbon storage project off the northern coast of Norway. Under the agreement, the two companies will explore the development and integration of technologies to minimize the carbon footprint, cost and delivery time of carbon capture, transport and storage (CCTS).

Enhanced Drilling partners with Transocean on new subsea kick detection system

The Enhanced Kick Detection system eliminates the external effects of rig and slip-joint motion, to give a highly accurate return volume flow measurement enabling rapid detection of flow anomalies, resulting in reduced time spent on flow-checking.

Baker Hughes pioneers flexible pipe solution to overcome stress corrosion cracking

Baker Hughes has reached a significant technology milestone in pioneering a solution to overcome flexible pipe stress corrosion cracking (SCC) tendencies in high CO2 content fields, such as those found in Brazil’s pre-salt offshore developments.

Aramco and Saudi navy start exercises to thwart drone and missile attacks

The exercises will enhance the security of vital installations and oil fields, and secure freedom of navigation in the region’s waters, the official Saudi Press Agency said. They will be conducted by the Royal Saudi Navy with participation from Saudi Aramco, the state oil company.

Siemens Energy to supply eight topside modules and support for FPSO vessel offshore South America

Siemens Energy was awarded a topside EPC contract by MISC Berhad for eight complete topside modules that will provide sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly power generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as gas processing and compression aboard an FPSO that will operate offshore South America starting in 2024.

Harbour Energy to keep its stake in Mexico’s Zama oilfield

A new company soon to be created by Chrysaor Holdings Ltd and Premier Oil Plc will likely retain its stake in the giant Zama oil development in Mexico, reversing an earlier decision by the indebted North Sea driller to exit the project.

TechnipFMC to develop floating offshore wind projects in partnership with Magnora

TechnipFMC has entered into an agreement with Magnora ASA to jointly pursue floating offshore wind project development opportunities under the name Magnora Offshore Wind.

BP fields final offers for North Sea oil and gas assets

Oil and gas producers Tailwind Energy Ltd., Serica Energy Plc, Ithaca Energy Ltd., EnQuest Plc and newcomer Waldorf Production UK Ltd. have been considering binding offers for some or all of the assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

Expro and FTAI Ocean form subsea well intervention alliance

Expro Group has formed an exclusive alliance with global vessel provider FTAI Ocean for the supply of the DP3 M/V Pride well intervention vessel to provide full light well intervention services to the subsea oil and gas sector.

Forum Energy Technologies appoints Brazilian partner to support growth in South America

Forum Energy Technologies has entered into a partnership with Brazil’s Deepsea Technologies Equipamentos Industriais Ltda as part of their long-term growth strategy in South America.