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RMEC increases yard by 150% to meet industry needs

Oilfield services firm RMEC has completed a significant expansion to its premises in response to the growing demand from oil and gas companies looking to rent equipment rather than purchase costly kit.

Jee secures contract extension with BP

Jee Ltd., an independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training firm, has secured a contract extension with BP for the provision of integrity management services and in-line inspection engineering support in the North Sea.

Repsol drills dry well southwest of Njord field

Repsol Norge, operator of production license 642, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6306/5-2, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announced Tuesday. The well is dry.

Billionaire’s exit prompts Sri Lanka to seek new oil explorer

Sri Lanka will issue a fresh international tender for offshore oil and gas blocks after billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Cairn India Ltd. relinquished its exploration rights in the South Asian island.

BP, Ocean Installer sign regional framework agreement

Ocean Installer has been awarded a regional framework agreement with BP for subsea work in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) region.

INEOS Upstream buys North Sea gas fields from DEA

INEOS has agreed to acquire a strong portfolio of natural gas assets in the North Sea from a UK subsidiary of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, which is part of the LetterOne Group.

Statoil boosts Gullfaks recovery with start of subsea wet gas compressor

Statoil, in conjunction with partners Petoro and OMV, has started the world's first subsea wet gas compression system at Gullfaks field in the North Sea.

Eni bags two licenses offshore Egypt in Mediterranean Sea

MILAN, Italy -- Eni has been awarded two new exploration licenses—North El Hammad and North Ras El Esh—offshore Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea, as a result of the 2015 EGAS bid round.

Delek Group unit buys Ithaca stake to expand global activity

Delek Group Ltd., a partner in Israel’s two largest offshore natural gas fields, said a unit has acquired 20% of Canada’s Ithaca Energy Inc. for about $66 million as part of its strategy to transform itself into a global energy company.

Proven technologies match hookloads with ideal ultra-deepwater well designs

Dieter Wijning, Ed Adams, Huisman

Technologies incorporated in Huisman’s dual multi-purpose drilling tower (DMPT) allow operators to land heavy casing strings and optimize the design of wells targeting deep horizons.

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Roger Jordan, World Oil

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Ron Bitto, Contributing Editor

RPSEA demonstrates value of government-industry collaboration

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William J. Pike, World Oil

Arctic: The real deal

Petrofac terminates derrick lay vessel construction contract with ZPMC

Petrofac, the international service provider to the oil and gas industry, has terminated its contract with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC) for JSD 6000 deepwater multi-purpose offshore vessel.

Saipem bags contracts from Aramco, Eni worth €600 million

Saipem has been awarded new contracts by Saudi Aramco and Eni, which are cumulatively valued at more than €600 million—approximately $681 million.

Blowtorch beach, Turkey: Where old offshore rigs go to die

When offshore oil rigs reach the end of their useful lives, many head for their final resting place at blowtorch beach.

McDermott wins EPCI project for four jackets offshore Qatar

McDermott International has been awarded a brownfield project by Qatar Petroleum for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of four wellhead jackets.

Statoil reports oil spill at Statfjord field

Statoil has reported an oil leak at Statfjord field, one of the oldest producing fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Democratic senators bring bill to bar drilling off U.S. West Coast

A group of five Democratic senators has introduced legislation to permanently prohibit drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf of California, Oregon and Washington State.

Statoil awards Johan Sverdrup jacket contracts to Kvaerner, Dragados

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license partners, has awarded contracts for two Johan Sverdrup jackets to Kvaerner Verdal and Dragados Offshore S.A.