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Atlantic Offshore protects against cyber threats with fleet secure endpoint

North Sea operator Atlantic Offshore has put its levels of cyber resilience substantially ahead of approaching International Maritime Organization requirements for ship owners, after adopting Fleet Secure Endpoint from Inmarsat to protect against ongoing cyber threats.

U.S. blacklists CNOOC for “bullying” in the South China Sea

China National Offshore Oil Corp. has for years drilled in waters far from its borders, and within 200 miles of countries including Vietnam and the Philippines. The activity amounts to the oil giant acting like a “bully” for China’s military to intimidate its neighbors, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement announcing the move, which restricts access to U.S. technologies without specific permission.

Marubeni retains Jefferies to market its North Sea oil and gas assets

Marubeni Corp. could all but exit the UK North Sea as it looks to sell its main oil and gas fields in the region, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Under pressure: how VAM® SLIJ-3 meets the needs of HP/HT ultra-deepwater projects

The VAM® SLIJ-3 design is part of the latest generation of VAM® semi-flush premium connections suited for the most critical applications. Developed targeting 20K applications like Chevron's Anchor Project (Gulf of Mexico), and tested to the most stringent industry standards, it offers exceptional performances for deep offshore wells.

Nord Stream 2 to complete first of two branches as soon as June

The pipelaying vessel Fortuna is expected to complete works in Danish seas by the middle of the last week of May, and then start in German waters with construction going through to June.

Equinor, Moss Maritime to test floating solar generation offshore Norway

Equinor plans to build a floating pilot plant off Frøya near Trondheim in the late summer of 2021. It is set to become the world’s first pilot plant for floating solar power in rough waters.

Siemens Energy, Buoyant Production collaborate on smart offshore facilities design

Siemens Energy AS and BPT have been successfully working together for the past two years, as part of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre’s ‘Facility of the Future’ study, developing and maturing Floating Normally Unattended Installation technology.

Equinor, BP to build America’s largest offshore wind project off New York’s coast

Under the award, Equinor and partner BP will provide generation capacity totaling 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of power to the state of New York.

Equinor and YPF team up with Shell in Argentina's offshore CAN 100 block

The CAN 100 block comprises an area of 15,000 km² and is the largest block in the North Argentinian Basin.

Venezuela’s false-flag tankers cause headaches for law-abiding nations

The island nation of Palau says a tanker that recently loaded Venezuelan crude was using a false signal to disguise its identity, potentially putting the Pacific country in the crosshairs of U.S. sanctions.

Total logs fourth significant oil and gas discovery offshore Suriname

Total and Apache Corporation have made a new significant oil and gas discovery at the Keskesi East-1 well, in Block 58 off the coast of Suriname. This follows previous discoveries at Maka Central, Sapakara West and Kwaskwasi.

Maersk Drilling secures one-well UK contract for Maersk Resolve

Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from Spirit Energy for the harsh-environment jack-up rig Maersk Resolve to drill one development well at Grove North East in the UK North Sea.

Marlink to acquire Panasonic’s ITC Global satellite communications unit

Upon completion of the acquisition, ITC Global will become a cornerstone of the Marlink Group, supporting the expansion of Marlink's global leadership in the energy and enterprise markets.

Survivex awarded technology-led training contract for BP's Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project

The contract will see Survivex, which is part of the 3T Energy Group, train BP personnel in safety-critical operating procedures and processes for its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and Hub facilities using immersive training technology including virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile apps.

Stena Drilling awards IDS fleet-wide rig reporting and performance analytics contract

Following successful six-month operational trials on Stena Spey and Stena Carron rigs, IDS will deploy its data driven TourNet Pro drilling contractor reporting service and drilling performance monitoring service, Anova DPM, across Stena Drilling’s fleet in Q1 2021.

Turkey and Greece to meet over Mediterranean energy disputes

The announcement comes just weeks after the European Union pledged to expand the number of Turkish officials sanctioned over the country’s energy exploration in the disputed waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Coretrax saves 14 days rig time offshore Norway with expandable drilling liner

The expandable drilling liner enabled the operator to kick-off much deeper in the well, eliminating the need to drill a section of the wellbore and install a tie back. The system was fully expanded within six hours and the entire project was completed in less than 40 hours.

Frigid winter pushes LNG tanker day rates to new global record

Bullish factors have struck the LNG shipping market: robust Asian spot gas demand in a cold winter, record-high exports from U.S. projects and -- perhaps most importantly -- delays to traverse the Panama Canal.

Senegal plans 2023 start for $4.3B BP-Kosmos gas program

The Grand Tortue Ahmeyim gas field development, straddling the offshore waters of Mauritania and Senegal, is expected to produce its first gas in 2023 following delays related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Senegal’s Oil Minister Sophie Gladima.

Petrobras matched Kuwait’s oil production in 2020

In a year that brought the U.S. shale industry to its knees, the Brazilian state-run giant pumped an all-time-high 2.3 million barrels a day of crude, according to a statement Thursday. That’s about the same as OPEC member Kuwait.