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BP boosts Thunder Horse production with water injection project

BP has started up a major water injection project at its Thunder Horse platform, extending the production life of one of the biggest deepwater fields in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

TGS announces new multi-client 3D program in Newfoundland-Labrador, Canada

TGS announces the expansion of its multi-client library offshore Eastern Canada, with plans to acquire approximately 2,000 km² of 3D seismic data, in partnership with PGS.

UK set to pioneer decommissioning globally as low oil price takes toll

The UK oil and gas industry is set to become a pioneer in decommissioning activity globally and has the opportunity to become a leader in this field, according to Wood Mackenzie.

Technip awarded umbilical supply contract by Statoil in Norway

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary Technip Umbilicals Ltd. has been awarded a contract by Statoil ASA to supply the umbilical to the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field offshore Norway.

Aqualis Offshore secures third ONGC contract

Aqualis Offshore has been reappointed by United India Insurance Company to provide marine warranty services to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited’s (ONGC) assets offshore India.

Sparrows Group seals inspection contract with Stena Drilling

Sparrows Group has been awarded a 20-month inspection services contract to cover Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels.

JDR awarded steel tube contract by GE

JDR, a UK-based supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry, has been awarded a contract by GE Oil & Gas, on behalf of operator ONGC, for the Vashishta & S1 project.

World better forget about $100 crude coming back, Norway says

The oil market is rebalancing, but don’t count on ever seeing prices at $100 a barrel again: that’s the clear message from Norway’s petroleum and energy minister.

Offshore drilling foes invoke 1953 law to prod Obama on U.S. ban

Environmental activists who dangled from bridges and paddled kayaks around an Arctic rig have a new strategy for stopping oil development off U.S. coasts: persuading President Barack Obama to use a 1953 law to bar offshore drilling permanently.

Statoil cancels rig contract with Seadrill

Statoil has, on behalf of the Aasta Hansteen licence, decided to cancel the contract with Seadrill for the West Hercules drilling rig.

COSL wins contract for 3D seismic acquisition in Arctic waters

Recently, China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) was awarded a contract for 3D seismic acquisition, covering a total area of more than 4,000 km2 in Arctic waters, which has become COSL’s first great order for 3D seismic operations in Arctic waters.

Oil & Gas UK study identifies new technologies to improve asset integrity

In the critical area of offshore asset integrity, a new study published by Oil & Gas UK promises to broaden awareness of the array of technologies developed and deployed successfully by the industry and other sectors, which could be used to great effect in delivering safe and effective improvements in efficiency.

Wintershall Norge makes small discovery in the North Sea

Wintershall Norge AS, operator of production licence 248, has completed the drilling of wildcat wells 35/8-6 S and 35/8-6 A.

Offshore leasing program lacks vision, doesn’t reflect U.S. energy leadership: API

API has called on the federal government to align its offshore leasing program to reflect America’s new role as a global energy superpower and focus on the opportunities this creates for the country.

Murkowski warns Obama admin on Arctic lease sales

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, pressed the federal BOEM to maintain all three lease sales proposed for Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf in its final program for 2017 through 2022.

Exxon, Total, Chevron in talks with Pemex on Gulf prospects

Petroleos Mexicanos is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp., Total and Chevron Corp. as Mexico’s struggling state-run oil producer seeks partners to develop deepwater crude in the Gulf of Mexico.

Petrofac secures enhanced North Sea contract from Total

Petrofac is set to build on its provision of reimbursable services for Total E&P UK following the award of an enhanced three-year contract extension on the Alwyn and Dunbar platforms in the Northern North Sea.

Alaska’s congressional delegation presses Interior on OCS development

Alaska’s congressional delegation—Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young—has sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell urging the Department to keep all three lease sales proposed for Alaska’s OCS in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) final Five-Year Program for the years 2017 to 2022.

McDermott joins 14 offshore companies in signing offshore engineering standardization agreement

McDermott International has joined with 14 other leading offshore companies in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish engineering industry standards.

Ikon, Fugro combine forces to tackle wellsite related geohazards

During well planning oil companies need advice from specialists for both shallow hazard assessment and deeper pore pressure prediction. Now Fugro and Ikon Science have joined forces to offer an integration of these two services.