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Sembcorp Marine delivers world’s first eighth-generation drillship

Sembcorp Marine Ltd successfully completed the delivery of the world’s first eighth-generation drillship, the Deepwater Atlas, for Transocean’s subsidiary Triton Atlas GmBH.

Eco Atlantic buys $10 million additional interest in Block 3B/4B offshore South Africa

Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company, Eco Atlantic, through its subsidiary Azinam Limited, signed a farmout agreement for the acquisition of an additional 6.25% participating interest in Block 3B/4B offshore South Africa.

Four die after ONGC helicopter emergency landing in Arabian Sea

A helicopter carrying nine people near India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s Sagar Kiran offshore rig landed in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday morning, killing four.

New UK oil and gas tax will damage production, diminish energy security, Offshore Energies UK warns

The UK government’s decision to impose a 65% tax rate on the nation’s offshore energy providers will do long-term damage to the industry – and raise the risk of future energy shortages, OEUK has told the government.

Xodus forms advisory group to tackle decommissioning challenges in Australia

Global energy consultancy Xodus has established a new Contaminant Advisory Group to help tackle the decommissioning regulatory challenges facing operators in Australia.

France’s Macron tells Biden that UAE, Saudi pumping near oil limits

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the United Arab Emirates’ ruler confided to him that OPEC’s two leading oil exporters are already pumping almost as much oil as they can.

Strohm fast-tracks delivery of TCP Riser for Shell’s North Sea operations

Strohm has supplied Shell with a static Thermoplastic Composite (TCP) Riser to support operations at one of its Southern North Sea assets.

BP pays UK tax on North Sea business for first time in years

BP paid tax on its UK North Sea business in 2021 for the first time in at least six years, according to the company’s latest payments to governments report.

Characterizing seismic facies in a carbonate reservoir, using machine learning offshore Brazil

Raisa Carvalho, Maria Gonzalez, Wagner Lupinacci

Seismic data can provide useful information for prospect identification and reservoir characterization. Combining seismic attributes helps identify different patterns, thus improving geological characterization. Machine learning applied to seismic interpretation is very useful in assisting with data classification limitations.

Industry at a glance

Crude prices climbed in May, as the war in Ukraine persisted. Experts predicted a drawn-out battle, which exacerbated concerns over the loss of Russian supplies, even after the war ends.

Increasing recovery by reducing oil in water with production chemicals

Samuel Ezewu

With increasing volumes of produced water from existing deepwater Nigerian assets, it’s imperative to limit or prevent emulsifications. To solve the problem, a customized water clarifier was developed to ensure regulatory compliance to discharge requirements and optimize waste management practices.

Outlook for offshore Newfoundland and Labrador greatly improved

In an exclusive interview, Energy NL’s Charlene Johnson talks about the fortunate turn of events that has transformed the outlook for East Canada’s offshore activity.

Seadrill’s Persian Gulf rig contracts extended for $361 million

Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, announced it has been awarded contract extensions for the AOD I, AOD III and West Callisto jackup rigs for work offshore in the Persian Gulf.

MacGregor signs two-year OnWatch Scout agreement

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a two-year OnWatch Scout agreement and has been selected to supply spare parts and services for the Offshore Support Vessel, MPV Everest, which is owned by Maritime Construction Service and equipped with MacGregor AHC cranes.

September spud date expected for exploration well offshore South Africa

Eco Atlantic plans to spud the Gazania-1 well, 25 km (15 mi) offshore the Northern Cape in South Africa in September.

Trident Energy commissions Okume oilfield upgrade offshore Guinea

Aimed at unlocking the geological capacity of the complex, a conventional oil development located in deep water in Equatorial Guinea comprising five producing oilfields, the upgrade will convert 15 gas lift wells to electrical submersible pumps.

World’s first open CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to use ABB technology

ABB has been contracted by engineering, procurement, and construction contractor Aker Solutions to deliver the main electrical, automation and safety systems for Norway’s Northern Lights project.

Floating ideas on safety and risk management

Matt Tremblay

As the world’s FPSO fleet ages, 55 vessels are reaching the end of their design lives, and five more have life extension in place. With 19 more FPSOs being evaluated for life extension, a group of major players is evaluating possible safety issues from corrosion and other structural integrity concerns.

Lack of U.S. energy permitting is preventing energy cost relief at home and abroad

Nikki Martin

Insufficient permitting and leasing, coupled with flawed regulations, are hampering development and production of good offshore assets.

Bluefield Geoservices expands footprint in the U.S. with new contract wins

Bluefield Geoservices, an international subsea geotechnical services provider, recently announced its third survey project offshore the U.S. this season, the latest being an export cable route site investigation off the Northeast U.S. for a major offshore wind project.

VIKING establishes safety hub for U.S. offshore wind in Virginia

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has selected Norfolk, Virginia, as the hub to support the safety needs of North America’s fast-emerging offshore wind sector.