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UK wind capacity set for boost after record development auction

Scotland awarded rights for a massive offshore wind development more than twice the size of the UK’s current capacity, in a move that surprised the market for its scale and was welcomed by environmentalists.

TotalEnergies grants Maersk Drilling one-well extension offshore Suriname

The contract extension for Maersk Valiant has an estimated duration of 100 days, with work expected to commence in March 2022 in direct continuation of the rig’s previously agreed work scope.

Following Shell victory, South African environmentalists target Searcher project

Just weeks after Royal Dutch Shell Plc was forced by a court to suspend a seismic survey seeking hydrocarbons in South African waters, activists are looking to block another such program.

CGG confirms 2022 phase three of Northern Viking Graben multi-client survey

CGG announced phase three of its dual-azimuth multi-client 3D survey in the Northern North Sea. Initial data from the phase three acquisition are expected to be available in early 2023, and final processed data in early 2024.

Emboldened green activists target Argentina’s offshore oil plans

Environmental activists in Argentina are trying to prevent new oil exploration in the resource-rich South American nation just days after forcing a governor in Patagonia to reverse course on silver mining.

Equinor takes $1.8B impairment on North Sea Mariner field

Equinor ASA will make a $1.8 billion impairment on its Mariner field after slashing reserve estimates for the U.K. North Sea oil deposit.

U.S. backs Mediterranean power projects to meet Europe’s energy needs

The U.S. is backing natural gas and low-carbon power sources as it seeks to improve the eastern Mediterranean’s energy ties to Europe and promote stability in the region.

Subsea Data Systems teams with University of Hawai`i to support new SMART Cable project

The new grant supports the development of a new SMART Cable between New Caledonia and Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean, which will provide essential monitoring for tsunami and earthquake early warning.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador fails to fund offshore seismic program for 2022

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is not allocating funding for the 2022 offshore seismic program and as such, the program will cease for this year. The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association is disappointed with this decision and encourages the Provincial Government to reconsider for this year and to plan an offshore seismic program for 2023.

Carbon+Intel: Neptune Energy’s new digital twins support Dutch New Energy projects

Neptune Energy announced the development of new “digital twins” of two platforms in the Dutch North Sea, which will accelerate work schedules, and reduce costs and environmental impacts by enabling engineers to work onshore.

SPE postpones Offshore Europe 2022 on coronavirus concerns

In alignment with Scottish Government guidance on the coronavirus situation, the organizers of SPE Offshore Europe have made the decision to postpone the event on 1-4 February 2022 at P&J Live, Aberdeen.

ADNOC invests close to $1 billion in the long-term development of Umm Shaif field

The investment supports ADNOC’s oil production capacity plans of five million barrels per day by 2030 while ensuring energy security for the United Arab Emirates and partners around the world.

Shell sends seismic vessel home after South African court loss

The vessel hired by Royal Dutch Shell Plc to look for potential oil and gas fields is on course to leave South African waters after community groups won a court case to temporarily halt the activity.

ExxonMobil tallies two new discoveries offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil announced two oil discoveries at Fangtooth-1 and Lau Lau-1 in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana.

European court to decide if Arctic drilling violates human rights

The European Court of Human Rights is asking Norway to respond to charges by activists that allowing new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic during an environmental crisis may breach fundamental freedoms.

TGS and WesternGeco continue OBN seismic acquisition in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS and WesternGeco announced the continuation of their ultra-long offset ocean-bottom node acquisition in Green Canyon, U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Data processing and imaging are by WesternGeco.

TDI-Brooks completes geotechnical program in the Gulf of Mexico

TDI-Brooks recently completed a Geotechnical Site Investigation for Beacon Exploration & Production LLC in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The project consisted of heavy geotechnical coring/cone penetration testing with TDI-Brooks’ research vessel, the R/V GYRE.

Shell ordered to pause seismic survey offshore South Africa

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has been ordered by a South African court to temporarily halt an offshore seismic survey after local communities took legal action to block the project.

Logan Industries successfully engineers subsea grease injection unit with unique visual monitoring capabilities

Logan Industries International Corporation has successfully delivered a subsea grease injection unit as part of a complete subsea wireline pressure control system for a major subsea oil and gas company.

Aker BP buys Lundin’s oil and gas units for $10B, becoming major North Sea player

Aker BP ASA agreed to buy the oil and gas business of Lundin Energy AB in a $10 billion deal that creates the second-largest producer on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Norway’s oil regulator seeks value creation through better use of data

“Having the right data available at the right time and in the right format can have a huge impact for the future of the Norwegian shelf,” says May Karin Mannes, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's Director for shelf analyses and data management.

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