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Nearly 3 MMbbl of Arctic oil delivered to Europe, Gazprom Neft says

The Kirill Lavrov tanker has delivered a new batch of ARCO Arctic oil to Europe in its sixth shipment of oil, Gazprom Neft announced Friday. More than 2.9 MMbbl of oil have been extracted from Prirazlomnoye oil field since production began.

BG Norge strikes out near Knarr field

BG Norge AS, operator of production license 373 S, is completing the drilling of exploration well 34/3-5, located approximately five km southeast of Knarr field in the Northern North Sea. The well is dry.

Huisman’s first hybrid boom crane nears completion

Huisman has started final factory acceptance testing of its first 900-mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Crane, now called the ‘Hybrid Boom Crane’, at the quayside of the Huisman China Production facility in Zhangzhou.

Petrofac develops maintenance program for Nexen's Golden Eagle field

Petrofac has completed a project for Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd.’s Golden Eagle Development Area, delivered through its Plant Asset Management consulting business.

Valemon officially opened, Statoil says

NORTH SEA -- Norway’s petroleum and energy minister, Tord Lien, has officially opened the Valemon gas and condensate field in the North Sea, Statoil announced Thursday. Expected recoverable reserves from the field are 192 MMboe.

TGS, Dolphin to conduct survey in Western Barents Sea

TGS has signed a joint venture agreement with Dolphin Geophysical to acquire 4,500 km2 of 3D multi-client seismic data over the western part of the Hammerfest basin in the Barents Sea.

Iona Energy announces Huntington back onstream

Iona Energy has announced that the four production wells at Huntington field in the UK North Sea are now fully back onstream.

Technip bags FEED contract for China’s first two tension leg platforms

Technip and its consortium partner China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) have been awarded a FEED contract by CNOOC for two tension leg platforms (TLPs) for the Liuhua 11-1 and 16-2 joint development project in the South China Sea.

Anadarko may sign Mozambique gas-supply deals in coming months

MAPUTO, Mozambique (Bloomberg) -- Anadarko Petroleum Corp. may soon close sales accords, enabling it to this year authorize a Mozambican project that has the potential to make the nation a top-three liquefied natural gas exporter, a company official said.

Regulations breached in Mærsk Giant lifeboat incident, PSA Norway finds

The investigation by Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) into the unintentional launch of a lifeboat on Mærsk Giant has been completed, with several breaches of the regulations identified.

Amec Foster Wheeler bags BP operations, maintenance contract

Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by BP to provide operations, maintenance and project support for the Forties Pipeline System and the Central Area Transmission System terminal in Teesside, northeast England.

IFR forms Mexican subsidiary to develop potential oil and gas assets

HOUSTON -- International Frontier Resources Corporation has formed a Mexican subsidiary, Petro Frontera S.A.P.I de CV (Frontera).

Wood Group secures 5-year EnQuest contract

Wood Group PSN has been awarded a five-year contract by EnQuest to provide engineering, design, construction, procurement and commissioning services to the Thistle, Heather and Northern Producer offshore assets in the North Sea.

Lundin reports first oil from Malaysia’s Bertam field

Lundin Petroleum’s wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Malaysia achieved first oil from Malaysia's Bertam field on April 5, the company announced Tuesday.

Sakhalin-1 sets new extended reach drilling record, Rosneft says

Rosneft, as part of the Sakhalin-1 consortium, has finished drilling the world’s longest well—production well O-14—at Chayvo field, offshore Sakhalin Island.

Bibby Offshore christens new IRM vessel in Norway

Bibby Offshore officially christened the IRM (inspection, repair and maintenance) light construction vessel Olympic Bibby at the Kleven Shipyard, Norway, on April 9.

Industry has led safety improvements for blowout preventers: API

Proposed federal regulations for well control and blowout preventers (BOPs) follow upon wide-ranging work by industry to improve offshore safety, said American Petroleum Institute Upstream Group Director Erik Milito.

IADC welcomes BSEE proposed rule on BOP, well control requirements

IADC President and CEO Stephen Colville said, “IADC welcomes regulation that is both sensible and transparent and we are very interested in the opportunity to work with BSEE on regulation that enables operations while protecting our people and the environment."

Obama admin releases draft offshore well control regulations

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has unveiled proposed regulations for offshore well control. The measures include more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for critical well control equipment used in offshore operations.

Polarcus marks halfway point on Capreolus survey

Polarcus has reached the 50% completion milestone in the acquisition of the Capreolus 3D multi-client project, the largest single 3D survey ever acquired offshore Australia, the company announced Monday.