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OGUK updates guidelines for well abandonments

Jul 23, 2015

Oil & Gas UK has released updated guidelines for abandonment of wells, including cost estimates.

BSEE grants Shell limited drilling rights for Chukchi project

Jul 23, 2015

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has grated conditional approval to Royal Dutch Shell PLC of two applications for permits to drill (APD) to conduct limited exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska.

Gazprom Neft brings fifth well on production in Iraq’s Badra field

Jul 23, 2015

JSC Gazprom Neft said a fifth well has been brought into production in Badra field in eastern Iraq (OGJ Online, June 26, 2015).

Well completed at Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oil field onshore Russian Arctic

Jul 21, 2015

JSC Gazprom Neft reported completion of construction of the first production well at Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oil field on the Gydan Peninsula in northern Russia (OGJ Online, Jan. 28, 2015).

Total starts oil flow from Dalia Phase 1A on Block 17 off Angola

Jul 21, 2015

Total SA has started production from Dalia Phase 1A, a development on the company’s deep offshore operated Block 17, 135 km offshore Angola.

CNOOC starts oil production from Luda 10-1 adjustment project

Jul 21, 2015

CNOOC Ltd. said its comprehensive adjustment project at Luda 10-1 oil field has started production in the Liaodong Bay area of Bohai Gulf (OGJ Online, Oct. 23, 2013).

Last key structure sails for Cygnus off UK

Jul 21, 2015

The last of four main structures for Cygnus natural gas field has departed the Heerema Hartlepool yard in the UK en route to installation on North Sea Blocks 44/11a and 44/12a, 150 km offshore Lincolnshire (OGJ Online, Aug. 13, 2012).

EPA needs to improve oversight of fracing with diesel, OIG report says

Jul 20, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency needs to improve its oversight of hydraulic fracturing using diesel fuels and address any compliance issues, EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said. The agency also needs to take further steps in its May 2014 plan to determine whether a federal requirement to publicly disclose frac fluid ingredients is necessary, OIG said in a July 16 report.

URTeC: Shell’s Hackbarth says unconventional innovation begins with data

Jul 20, 2015

Operators should resist the impulse to pull back on investments in technology despite a down oil market, said Claudia J. Hackbarth, manager, unconventional gas and tight oil research and development, Shell International E&P Inc. during a July 20 luncheon speech at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in San Antonio. “Innovation is needed now more than ever.”

BPTT relocates Juniper project fabrication work to Texas

Jul 20, 2015

BP Trinidad & Tobago LLC (BPTT) reported that it has agreed to relocate fabrication of its Juniper platform’s jacket and piles from Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Co.’s (Tofco) yard in La Brea to a fabrication yard in Texas in an effort to keep its Juniper project on schedule.

URTeC: Panel sees resiliency in unconventional space

Jul 20, 2015

Panelists commented on future recovery of oil prices and the growth of unconventional drilling, then took questions from an overflow audience during the opening plenary session of the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in San Antonio July 20.

Gas compression problems limit oil production at Jubilee field offshore Ghana

Jul 20, 2015

Tullow Oil PLC reported oil production at Jubilee field offshore Ghana is constrained to 65,000 b/d due to technical issues with gas compression systems on the Kwame Nkrumah floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.

Watching Government: DOI, EPA budget battles

Jul 17, 2015

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan did not mince words on July 7 when he described problems the Obama administration sees in the US House's fiscal 2017 US Department of the Interior appropriations bill.

EIA's estimates for state crude oil production to be helped by direct survey

Jul 17, 2015

Understanding how crude oil production in US key states has been affected by recent changes in crude oil prices and drilling activity is of great importance.

EIA: US oil output fell 50,000 b/d in May

Jul 17, 2015

Total US crude oil production dropped 50,000 b/d in May compared with April and is expected to continue falling through early 2016 before growth resumes, according to the US Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

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