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BOEM to broadcast next month’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale online

BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced Friday that the bureau will offer 23.8 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a milestone lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

Noble Energy starts production at Gunflint in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Noble Energy has started production at the company's Gunflint oil development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

2H Offshore appoints new managing director

2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has announced the appointment of Yann Helle as managing director.

Lundin starts three well campaign in southern Barents Sea

Lundin Norway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has commenced its 2016 exploration and appraisal campaign in the Loppa High area in the southern Barents Sea. The campaign will be carried out by the Leiv Eiriksson semisubmersible.

Keppel profit falls as oversupply of oil rigs delays deliveries

Keppel Corp., the world’s largest builder of oil rigs, posted a 48% drop in second-quarter profit as oversupply led to delivery delays for offshore projects, and said it doesn’t expect demand for rigs to return soon.

First Subsea supplies relatchable bend stiffener connector for Gina Krog FSO

First Subsea has supplied a relatchable bend stiffener connector to NOV Completion & Production Solutions for a flexible production riser for Statoil’s Gina Krog, turret moored, Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

First downhole X-ray diagnostic operation performed offshore Norway

On June 27, Visuray performed the first downhole X-ray diagnostic operation offshore Norway for Statoil.

KrisEnergy starts 3D survey in the Gulf of Thailand

The CGG Amadeus has commenced an 884 sq km 3D seismic acquisition program in the G10/48 contract area in the Gulf of Thailand, KrisEnergy said Tuesday. The program, which was awarded to CGG Services, is expected to last 41 days.

North Sea field shutdowns to climb as Brexit deepens oil gloom

The pace of North Sea oil-field shutdowns is picking up as the impact of the market slump is compounded by the uncertain investment environment created by Brexit.

HHI delivers world’s largest semisubmersible to Diamond Offshore

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder and a leading offshore facilities manufacturer, has delivered Ocean Greatwhite, the world’s largest semisubmersible rig, to Diamond Offshore.

Sembcorp Marine delivers world’s largest jackup to Noble Corporation

Sembcorp Marine has delivered the world’s largest jackup rig to Noble Corporation.

Energy veteran betting on LNG bounce sees future floating at sea

Turmoil in the oil market gave Fred Jones his start in the energy business four decades ago. Now he’ll be hoping turmoil in the gas market doesn’t sour his new venture.

Faroe Petroleum to acquire North Sea assets from DONG E&P Norge

Faroe Petroleum has conditionally agreed to acquire a package of interests in producing Norwegian oil & gas assets from DONG E&P Norge.

BOEM clamps down on OCS decommissioning obligations with new requirements

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has notified companies holding oil and gas leases in federal waters that it is updating financial assurance and risk management requirements to ensure that taxpayers never have to pay for decommissioning and removing a company’s offshore production facilities.

Fugro awarded geotehnical site investigation contract by ONGC India

Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation contract by ONGC India for the KG-DWN-98/2 project on the East Coast of India.

Keppel AmFELS delivers fifth jackup to Mexico’s Perforadora Central

Keppel AmFELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine in the U.S., has delivered Uxpanapa, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Mexico's Central Panuco, a subsidiary of Mexico's Perforadora Central S.V. De C.V.

Traders hoarding most oil since 2009 amass North Sea fleet

Oil traders increased the fleet of ships deployed in the North Sea to store crude, the latest sign of faltering demand that has triggered the biggest buildup of stockpiles at sea since 2009.

Marathon Oil achieves first gas from Alba B3 compression platform offshore Equatorial Guinea

Marathon Oil has achieved first gas production through its new Alba B3 offshore compression platform off Equatorial Guinea.

ConocoPhillips sells Senegal assets to Woodside in $350-million deal

ConocoPhillips has entered into an agreement to sell its 35% interest in three exploration blocks offshore Senegal, which include the SNE and FAN discoveries.

Weatherford deep-set safety valve achieves V1 rating

Weatherford International's new model WUDP-10 deep-set safety valve has been certified to V1 standards under the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification 14A.