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COOEC Offshore and Expro form international riserless well intervention alliance

China-based COOEC Offshore has formed an alliance with international oilfield services company Expro, expanding their Riserless Well Intervention (RWI) capabilities and resources.

Wintershall Dea starts Dvalin production drilling offshore Norway

Wintershall Dea has begun drilling four production wells on the Dvalin gas field in the Norwegian Sea, getting ready for the start of production in 2020.

Oil majors reluctant to place bets on aging North Sea, as output descends

Emily Querubin, World Oil

Since the 1960s, the North Sea has remained a highly sought-after region for oil and gas E&P.

Innovation continues to pull Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore sector forward

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

Activity may pick up to near-record levels in the next several years, as the province continues to encourage technical innovation.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Catching up with the times

Speedcast to provide fully-managed communications onboard Seadrill’s West Bollsta newbuild

Speedcast announced that the company has been awarded a new multi-year communications and IT solutions contract on the West Bollsta semi-submersible rig, a newbuild operated by Seadrill off the coast of Norway.

Peterson expands Caribbean presence with new Repsol project

Energy logistics company Peterson has been awarded a major contract with Repsol Exploracion Guyana, S.A., selected as the main logistics contractor for the Carapa 1 exploration and drilling project, providing Repsol with integrated supply base operations management, logistics and pipe yard operations.

Shell taps Deep Down for Trinidad and Tobago umbilical support order

Deep Down, an oilfield services company specializing in complex deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil production distribution system support services announced today that it has received an order for umbilical support services directly from Shell Trinidad and Tobago.

Saipem to establish a spoolbase in the US Gulf of Mexico

The new facility will support the Saipem Constellation, the latest addition to the Saipem fleet, suitable for the installation of rigid and flexible pipes in ultra deep waters as well as for heavy lifts of up to 3,000 tons.

Abrado wins California multi-well P&A contract from Chevron

Abrado Wellbore Services has secured a multi-million dollar contract from Chevron’s Environmental Management Company to support the plug and abandonment of more than 30 wells offshore California.

TGS awarded five-year well data contract extension by BSEE

TGS has been awarded a five-year contract for Digital Well Log Data Processing with the BSEE.

Trendsetter Engineering and Intelligent Wellhead Systems form joint venture

Trendsetter Engineering and Intelligent Wellhead Systems announced the establishment of a joint venture to introduce new technology and services aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of offshore drilling, completion, intervention and abandonment operations.

Saipem Sonsub begins final tests on industry’s first underwater intervention drone

Saipem Sonsub has launched its Hydrone-R underwater intervention drone to start endurance and qualification tests prior to its commercialization by year’s end.

Trendsetter Vulcan Offshore deploys next generation wellhead fatigue mitigation system

Trendsetter Vulcan Offshore has contracted with independent oil and gas company Tamarind Resources to provide its next-generation wellhead fatigue mitigation systems for deployment offshore New Zealand.

Upcoming license rounds show great promise for Brazil, says ANP’s Kury

Recent resumption of exploration programs puts Brazil on track to be one of the world's leading oil producers over the next 10 years, said Felipe Kury, director of Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency.

Shell invests in PowerNap subsea tie-back in Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore has elected to invest in its PowerNap deep-water project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a subsea tie-back to the Shell-operated Olympus production hub.

Senate panel advances U.S. sanctions against Allseas, Saipem on Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced legislation Wednesday that would impose sanctions on undersea construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for shipping gas from Russia to Germany.

WFS Technologies names new Chief Technology Officer

WFS Technologies, global provider of wireless subsea internet of things technology, has appointed Jim Darroch as Chief Technology Officer to drive its product portfolio and software development roadmap.

MDL wins pipelay work offshore Equatorial Guinea

Maritime Developments will supply a complete pipelay spread and personnel for a flexible installation offshore Equatorial Guinea, with a work scope to cover the launch of a number of new wells in an existing network of drill centers in the West African basin.

Israel awards 12 offshore exploration blocks to Cairn, Soco

The Israeli Ministry of Energy has awarded 12 new offshore blocks in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone in its second license round, adding British companies Cairn and Soco to an international roster of oil and gas companies operating in the country’s waters.