-- TAQA restarts Rijn oil production off Netherlands Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. PJSC (TAQA) restarted oil production from Rijn field off the Netherlands. The field lies on Block P15, 40 km northwest of Rotterdam, in 82 ft of water. It had been shut in for 12 years.
-- DOI officials, shallow-water drillers differ on permit progress Top officials from the US Department of the Interior and shallow-water drilling contractors emerged from a Nov. 22 meeting in Houma, La., with differing assessments of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement’s drilling permit process under new regulations outlined in a June 8 notice to lessees.
-- US rig count slips lower US drilling activity dipped this week after three consecutive weeks of small increases, with 1,677 rotary rigs now working, down 8 from the previous week, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
-- Halliburton adds frac fluid additive section to web site Halliburton Co. has established a new section of its corporate web site devoted to hydraulic fracturing that includes information about the identity and common uses of additives in its fracing products, the oil field services company reported.
-- Statoil lets contracts on two more fast-track projects Statoil let a $90 million contract to Subsea 7 Ltd. for the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of pipelines and control cables for connecting the PanPandora and Katla fast-track developments in the North Sea to existing production installations.