-- Apache lets contract for Forties platform Houston independent Apache Corp. has let a contract worth more than $240 million to OGN Group of the UK to build a satellite production platform for Forties oil field in the central UK North Sea.
-- 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.