-- Total to install reelable electrically trace flowline at Islay Total E&P UK Ltd. awarded Technip a €70 million engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract that includes a 6-km reelable, electrically trace heated pipe-in-pipe flowline for the Islay gas field on UK Block 3/15 and Norway Blocks 29/6a and 29/6c.
-- Halliburton officials defend Macondo well's cement job Cementing of BP PLC’s ill-fated Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico took place after extensive tests, followed the operator’s specifications, and showed no signs of problems in the hours before the well blew out on Apr. 20 and its semisubmersible drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers, Halliburton Co. officials told a federal panel on Sept. 26.
-- US rig count declines US drilling activity fell this week, down 11 rotary rigs to 1,650 still working but well ahead of the 1,017 units running in the comparable week a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- Suncor completes tailings pond reclamation Suncor Energy has completed the reclamation of a tailings pond at its oil sands mining operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta., in what it says is the first such achievement in the oil sands industry.
-- BHP Billiton shuts down Angostura field BHP Billiton Petroleum (Trinidad 2c) Ltd. will shut down for 3 months its operations at Angostura field off Trinidad and Tobago’s northeast coast as it installs facilities for production of natural gas.
-- Total lets CLOV subsea contract to FMC Total Exploration & Production Angola let a contract worth $520 million to FMC Technologies Inc. for the manufacture and supply of subsea production equipment for the four-field, deepwater CLOV development off Angola (OGJ, Aug. 16, 2010, Newsletter).