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BSEE Harvey update: Personnel returned to evacuated rigs

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Offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico are re-boarding platforms and rigs and restoring normal operations following Tropical Storm Harvey. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Hurricane Response Team continues to monitor the operators’ activities as they return to safe operations. This is the final update of evacuation and shut-in production statistics for Tropical Storm Harvey...

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Schlumberger completes multipurpose vessel seismic acquisition survey for Roc Oil in Malaysia

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Schlumberger announced that WesternGeco has completed a hybrid seismic acquisition survey using their newly deployed multipurpose vessel (MPV)—a first in the industry. The 340 km2 3D seismic survey was acquired offshore Sarawak, Malaysia, for Roc Oil using a triple source array with simultaneous recording by ocean bottom nodes and a towed-streamer spread, all from a single seismic vessel...

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Transocean announces agreement to acquire Songa Offshore

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Transocean has reached an agreement with Songa Offshore whereby Transocean will, subject to certain conditions, make a voluntary exchange offer to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Songa Offshore, including shares issued before expiry of the offer period as a result of the exercise of warrants, convertible loans and other subscription rights...

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Atwood Oceanics announces contract for Atwood Achiever

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Atwood Oceanics announced that one of its subsidiaries agreed to a one well contract at an undisclosed dayrate for operations offshore Northwest Africa with Kosmos Energy Ventures for the ultra-deepwater rig, the Atwood Achiever. The new contract will commence immediately following the completion of the well in progress under the existing contract and includes six one-well priced options. As a result of this contract, the expected earliest availability of the Atwood Achiever is March 2018, assuming no options are exercised. If all six options were to be exercised, the drilling program would extend until approximately December 2018. Rob Saltiel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atwood Oceanics, commented, “We are pleased to extend our drilling operations for Kosmos Energy in ...

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ENGIE E&P UK announces first gas from Cygnus Bravo in southern North Sea

Cygnus Bravo delivered first gas from well B5 on the morning of 1 August. The Cygnus gas field is located 150 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, UK in water depths of less than 25 km. It consists of four platforms including two drilling centers, contributing 5% of UK gas production.

On the morning of 1 August, first gas from Bravo was exported 7 km SE to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cu ft per day since 13 December 2016. Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150 km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55 km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk...

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BHGE to provide full-stream support for Pasca A field in Gulf of Papua

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BHGE, announced one of the first agreements of its kind with Twinza Oil to provide full-stream support on the Pasca A gas condensate field, located off Papua New Guinea in the Gulf of Papua. The Twinza-BHGE full-stream agreement covers services and equipment during Phase I of the Pasca A field development, including drilling services, wellheads and pressure control equipment for the fourth and final appraisal well. The appraisal well will be drilled in Q3 2017, which will be suspended as a future development well, and the final investment decision (FID) to proceed to development is expected in 2018. Post-FID, BHGE expects to provide an integrated gas-processing solution from the wells through to point of export. The full-stream offering includes a ...

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Zama-1 well completes drilling operations offshore Mexico

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The Zama-1 exploration well offshore Mexico has now completed drilling operations in the final hole section, reaching a total depth of 4,108 m (13,478 ft). The logging results confirmed that the previous hole section had reached the base of the reservoir section, with an oil-down-to in the well of 3,380 m (11,089 ft) with no subsequent penetration of an oil-water-contact. The well drilled deeper into the Zama Deep target and no additional hydrocarbons were encountered, confirming pre-drill expectations for this formation...

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