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Maersk Drilling secures 20-month extension for jack-up rig Maersk Convincer in Brunei Darussalam

The contract extension has an expected duration of 602 days and will commence in May 2021 in direct continuation of the rig’s current work scope, which means that Maersk Convincer is now contracted by BSP until the end of 2022.

Ocean Installer and Vard team up to develop offshore wind installation vessels

“We will jointly be developing one of the world's most advanced vessels for installation of future offshore wind turbines, which are too large for the existing turbine installation fleet,” says Erik Haakonsholm, General Manager of Vard Group Offshore & Specialized Vessels.

Siemens to explore leveraging wind power for hydrogen production

The company, which earlier this year launched the world’s biggest wind turbine, plans to start a pilot project in Denmark to test how its machines could power production of the fuel seen as key to eliminating carbon emissions from transportation and heavy industries.

Equinor performs world’s first offshore logistics operation via drone

“Development is rapid, and we see a huge potential within drone technology that could transform the way we operate, both under and above the sea surface. Equinor aims to lead the way in utilizing new technology on the Norwegian continental shelf,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway.

CGG adds second azimuth to Northern Viking Graben multi-client survey

CGG announced the commencement of a new multi-client 3D survey in the Northern North Sea. The survey will provide a second azimuth over CGG’s existing Northern Viking Graben (NVG) multi-client 3D survey and extend into open acreage on offer in the UK 32nd License Round.

Oil edges lower as Hurricane Laura threatens Gulf refinery capacity

Oil edged lower from a five-month high as Hurricane Laura bore down on key refining facilities on the U.S. Gulf Coast, with forecasts saying it will strengthen rapidly into a “potentially catastrophic” Category 4 storm.

Laura to strike U.S. oil and gas infrastructure as “potentially catastrophic” Cat 4 hurricane

The tropical threat has prompted more than 84% of oil output and nearly 61% of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico to be shut, according to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Germany pushes for talks to de-escalate Greece and Turkey’s energy battle

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Greece and Turkey to restart talks over their competing claims to economic sovereignty in contested waters of the eastern Mediterranean as he visits the NATO allies on Tuesday.

Category 3 hurricane Laura targets U.S. energy infrastructure

Laura’s winds will likely peak at 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour as it comes ashore early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Laura has disrupted offshore oil and natural gas production, shuttered refineries and export terminals and prompted mandatory evacuations.

Energean successfully completes installation of Energean Power FPSO suction anchors at the Karish Field Development

In fewer than 3 weeks, 13 piles of 7.5m diameter, 19m height, and weighing 176 tons each plus one pile of 9m diameter, 17m height, and weighing 233 tons have been installed on the seabed, in water depths ranging from 1,695m to 1,763m.

Oil prices climb as two hurricanes shutter U.S. offshore production

Almost 58% of crude output, or more than 1 million barrels a day, in the Gulf of Mexico was closed as of midday Sunday. The storms Marco and Laura -- the latter of which is forecast to become a hurricane -- are coming from different directions and have the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage.

Turkey’s Black Sea find shapes its potential role as an energy producer

“Turkey is a premium gas market, which has never been significant on a global scale. The discovery really reinforces the country’s potential role as an energy producer in the region,” said Ashley Sherman, principal analyst on Caspian and Europe upstream at Wood Mackenzie.

Turkey announces historic Black Sea natural gas find

Turkey bought three drilling ships in recent years as it dramatically expanded energy exploration in the Black Sea and contested waters of the eastern Mediterranean. It’s keen to find sizable energy reserves to ease its heavy reliance on imports from Iran, Iraq and Russia, and support one of the biggest economies in the Middle East.

On-call logistics experts keep oil and gas companies moving through the downturn

Oil and gas companies adapting to new economic realities are finding success by outsourcing logistics support roles that were previously handled by full time, in house teams. Shifting to an on-call structure ensures expert support scaled to the company’s needs, while closely managing costs.

Film-Ocean invests in designing and manufacturing a compact ROV Launch and Recovery System

Film-Ocean, an ROV specialist for the oil, gas and offshore renewables sectors, has recently invested a six-figure sum in the design and manufacture of its latest compact ROV launch and recovery system (LARS).

Valaris, world’s largest offshore rig owner, declares bankruptcy

“The substantial downturn in the energy sector, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, requires that we take this step to create a stronger company able to adapt to the prolonged contraction in the industry,” Valaris CEO Tom Burke said in a statement.

High costs, low oil prices increasing financial risks for deepwater drillers

Firms including Transocean, Seadrill and Pacific Drilling are exploring strategic options as they seek to stave off default, leaving more than $30 billion of debt at risk. The industry’s turmoil has sparked the biggest wave of restructurings since 2017, when the effects of the last oil price downturn reverberated through the industry.

Neptune Energy and Eserv partner for digitization of Cygnus platform

Neptune Energy announced a new partnership with 3D technology specialist, Eserv, as part of the ongoing digitalization of Neptune’s assets including its operated Cygnus gas platform in the UK southern North Sea.

Turkey stokes EU tensions with exploration activity off Cyprus

Ankara resumed its search of the contested waters last week after German-mediated negotiations with Greece collapsed when Athens announced a maritime delimitation agreement with Egypt on Aug. 6 in retaliation to a similar deal between Turkey and Libya.

Offshore wind development projects continue to expand

Global data compiled by the Energy Web Atlas, a World Oil sister service, show steady growth in offshore wind development.