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Schlumberger places $2 billion bet on strong oilfield service demand growth

Schlumberger is gearing up for growth around the world as the No. 1 oilfield contractor expects recovering economies to ignite several years of crude-demand expansion.

TotalEnergies grants Maersk Drilling one-well extension offshore Suriname

The contract extension for Maersk Valiant has an estimated duration of 100 days, with work expected to commence in March 2022 in direct continuation of the rig’s previously agreed work scope.

Subsea Data Systems teams with University of Hawai`i to support new SMART Cable project

The new grant supports the development of a new SMART Cable between New Caledonia and Vanuatu in the southwest Pacific Ocean, which will provide essential monitoring for tsunami and earthquake early warning.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador fails to fund offshore seismic program for 2022

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is not allocating funding for the 2022 offshore seismic program and as such, the program will cease for this year. The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association is disappointed with this decision and encourages the Provincial Government to reconsider for this year and to plan an offshore seismic program for 2023.

SPE postpones Offshore Europe 2022 on coronavirus concerns

In alignment with Scottish Government guidance on the coronavirus situation, the organizers of SPE Offshore Europe have made the decision to postpone the event on 1-4 February 2022 at P&J Live, Aberdeen.

ExxonMobil tallies two new discoveries offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil announced two oil discoveries at Fangtooth-1 and Lau Lau-1 in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana.

TGS and WesternGeco continue OBN seismic acquisition in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

TGS and WesternGeco announced the continuation of their ultra-long offset ocean-bottom node acquisition in Green Canyon, U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Data processing and imaging are by WesternGeco.

TDI-Brooks completes geotechnical program in the Gulf of Mexico

TDI-Brooks recently completed a Geotechnical Site Investigation for Beacon Exploration & Production LLC in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The project consisted of heavy geotechnical coring/cone penetration testing with TDI-Brooks’ research vessel, the R/V GYRE.

Logan Industries successfully engineers subsea grease injection unit with unique visual monitoring capabilities

Logan Industries International Corporation has successfully delivered a subsea grease injection unit as part of a complete subsea wireline pressure control system for a major subsea oil and gas company.

Norway’s oil regulator seeks value creation through better use of data

“Having the right data available at the right time and in the right format can have a huge impact for the future of the Norwegian shelf,” says May Karin Mannes, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's Director for shelf analyses and data management.

Maersk Drilling launches Horizon56 to drive offshore digitalization

Maersk Drilling has spearheaded an effort to develop a first-of-a-kind product to support digitalization of offshore drilling processes. The solution, known as RigFlow, has now been segregated into the digitally focused company named Horizon56 A/S to drive further development and commercialization.

TotalEnergies, Shell place big bets on Brazil’s offshore oil

European supermajors TotalEnergies SE and Royal Dutch Shell Plc will join Brazil’s state-controlled oil giant at two key fields, marking the latest expansion in Latin America’s largest crude producer and an important victory for President Jair Bolsonaro.

Chevron’s Angola subsidiary signs 20-year extension for Block 0

Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited has signed a contract with Angola’s Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels aimed at extending the exploration and production of Block 0, in Cabinda, for another 20 years.

Reducing conservatism and increasing service life of subsea BOPs with novel strain sensor

Harald Holden, Vegard Martinsen, Åge Grønningsæter

A company has developed a novel sensor technology to overcome direct measurement of load using strain gauges that allows for accurate measurement of strains in a wide measuring range, as part of a subsea wellhead integrity monitoring system.

Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico: Expediting an offshore platform’s decommissioning

Vivek K. Prajapati

With the backlog of idle offshore platforms steadily increasing, the industry needs to optimize procedures and operational strategies to reduce costs while improving overall HSE during and after decommissioning.

Embracing an Alliance mindset to sustainably unlock offshore production potential

Stian Ø. Jørgensen, Rob Stolpman, Richard Lochee-Bayne

Industry indicators point toward increasing demand for oil and gas, with the offshore market playing an integral role in the short- and long-term energy mix. However, as the offshore industry looks toward an upcycle, the landscape looks different from those of the past.

Floating ideas on safety and risk management

Matt Tremblay

Fifty-five FPSO units in the global fleet are reaching the end of their design life in the next five years, and a further five have life extension in place. With 19 more FPSOs currently being evaluated for life extension, what are the possible safety issues from corrosion and other structural integrity concerns?

Turkey threatens to block Exxon Mobil venture drilling offshore Cyprus

Turkey threatened to block any unauthorized search for gas and oil in its economic exclusive zone in the eastern Mediterranean after Cyprus awarded hydrocarbon exploration and drilling rights in its offshore block 5 to a venture of Exxon Mobil and Qatar Petroleum.

Neptune Energy extends drilling contract with Odfjell Drilling

Neptune Energy has extended a contract for Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Yantai drilling rig, to include three additional wells in the Norwegian North Sea next year.

Biden’s Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale draws high-dollar bids

Oil companies spent $191.7 million buying drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, during a robust government auction that underscored the industry’s appetite for new crude as the White House seeks to shift the U.S. away from fossil fuels.

Biden’s offshore oil lease auction will test drillers’ appetite for risk

The Biden administration is selling drilling rights across the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday in an auction that will test the oil industry’s appetite amid White House efforts to shift away from fossil fuels.

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