-- StatoilHydro lets Troll C modification contract StatoilHydro AS awarded Aker Kvaerner an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract for modifying the Troll C semisubmersible accommodation and processing platform.
-- Operators, contractors agree safety is priority Although oil companies call their safety programs by different names, operators agree that safety must come first, and that drilling contractors and operators can help one another improve safety.
-- Silverstone taps Acergy for Victoria field lines Silverstone Energy granted a £9 million contract to Acergy to install the flowline, control umbilical, and other subsea infrastructure in Victoria gas field in the southern North Sea.
-- Production starts from Kizomba C off Angola ExxonMobil Corp. unit Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Ltd. has started oil production from the Kizomba C development on Block 15, about 90 miles off Angola.
-- Petrobras lets contracts for Cascade, Chinook fields Petrobras America has let a $50 million contract to Subsea 7 to design and install power cables, control umbilicals, and 16 jumpers for the deepwater Cascade and Chinook oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
-- Colombia's La Creciente gas field starts up Pacific Stratus Energy began delivering 35 MMcfd of gas on Dec. 28 from La Creciente field in Colombia's Lower Magdalena basin to the Guepaje-Sincelejo pipeline.
-- A look back at some of 2007's more entertaining moments 2008 promises to be an exciting and challenging year in Washington for the oil and gas business. But before it gets too far under way, let's revisit some of 2007's more entertaining moments and properly recognize their instigators.
-- Chevron taps Atwood for semisubmersible newbuild Chevron Australia let a contract to Atwood Oceanics Inc. for the construction of a semisubmersible drilling unit for a period of at least 3 years, with an option for up to 6 years.
-- StatoilHydro sets lower 2012 production targets StatoilHydro reported that it hopes to ramp up its total equity production to 2.2 million boe/d by 2012 from 1.96 million boe/d, with the majority of the increase coming from the Norwegian continental shelf.
-- Woodside lets EPC contract for Pluto platform Woodside Energy let a $24 million EPC contract to the Eos JV for the design of its riser production platform for the Pluto LNG project off northwest Karratha, Western Australia.
-- US rig count down by 30 units A total of 30 units dropped out of the US rotary rig count this week, with 1,744 still working, up from 1,717 during the same period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- Perenco to develop Peru heavy oil fields Perenco, Paris, completed the acquisition of Barrett Resources (Peru) LLC, which owns three heavy oil fields set for development in the Maranon basin at a cost of $1.5 billion.