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UK launches review of offshore oil and gas

Jun 11, 2013

The UK government has launched an independent review of nontax influences on offshore oil and gas activity, acknowledging the need for careful management of a mature but still-promising industry.

Eni to use Atwood Beacon jack up offshore Israel

Jun 10, 2013

Atwood Oceanics Inc. said Eni SPA has let a drilling contract to one of Atwood’s subsidiaries for use of the Atwood Beacon jack up rig, currently working offshore Israel under a contract expected to conclude by July.

US drilling rig count falls 6 units to 1,765

Jun 7, 2013

The US drilling rig count fell 6 units during the week ended June 7, reaching a total of 1,765 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

API cites growing support for opening areas to offshore drilling

Jun 5, 2013

Broad, bipartisan support is building among lawmakers at the state and federal levels for expanding access to offshore oil and gas drilling and development, said Erik Milito, American Petroleum Institute director of upstream and industry operations.

Statoil recommends Johan Castberg project delay

Jun 5, 2013

Statoil, citing resource and political uncertainties with the Johan Castberg oil development it operates in the Barents Sea offshore Norway, has recommended that the partners delay the investment decision.

Gullfaks, Oseberg due tailor-made jack ups

Jun 4, 2013

Statoil has let contracts for the construction and operation of two tailor-made jack up rigs to be used for drilling at Gullfaks and Oseberg oil fields offshore Norway and to be owned by the license-holders.

Latest Sverdrup appraisal well pleases Lundin group

Jun 4, 2013

Lundin Petroleum AB, Stockholm, said its 16/2-21 appraisal well in the North Sea offshore Norway provided another important data point for the Johan Sverdrup discovery and that it is moving the Bredford Dolphin semisubmersible to drill the 16/3-6 well to appraise Sverdrup’s northeastern flank.

BP to add two drilling rigs in Alaska

Jun 3, 2013

BP PLC plans to add $1 billion in new investment and two drilling rigs to its Alaska North Slope fields over the next 5 years. Executives attributed the increased investment to changes in the state’s oil tax policy that Gov. Sean Parnell signed during May.

US drilling rig count climbs 9 units to 1,771

May 31, 2013

The US drilling rig count was up 9 units during the week ended May 31, reaching a total of 1,771 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Statoil accepts Gullfaks C incident fine

May 31, 2013

Statoil has accepted a 30-million kroner ($5.1-million) fine imposed earlier this year by a public prosecutor for Rogaland County, Norway, in connection with a May 2010 well-control problem at its Gullfaks C platform in the North Sea.

TRC updates oil, gas well construction rules

May 28, 2013

The Texas Railroad Commission has amended well construction requirements rule to clarify oil and gas well construction requirements related to casing, cementing, drilling, well control, and completions.

Alberta: CAODC hikes forecast after first quarter drilling

May 28, 2013

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has hiked its forecast of 2013 drilling in western Canada 2.3% to 10,649 wells based on first quarter performance that was stronger than expected in the association’s November 2012 forecast.

US drilling rig count down 7 units to 1,762

May 24, 2013

The US drilling rig count was down 7 units during the week ended May 24, reaching a total of 1,762 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Flexibility in fracing reg seen still an open question

May 23, 2013

Increased flexibility for operators remains an open question in a revised proposal for federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, according to a May 23 legal update by Roger W. Patrick of the law firm Mayer Brown.

European Parliament approves offshore oil, gas safety directive

May 21, 2013

The European Parliament authorized a new offshore oil and gas operations directive that requires operators to prove their ability to cover potential liabilities and to submit major hazard reports and emergency response plans before operations start.

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