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BP takes leap forward in seismic imaging technology

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BP announced a major breakthrough in seismic imaging that has identified more than 200 million barrels of additional resources at BP’s Atlantis field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). As a result of this early success, BP now is deploying this technique to fields elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico as well as in Azerbaijan, Angola, and Trinidad and Tobago. The innovation has enabled BP to enhance the clarity of images that it collects during seismic surveys, particularly areas below the earth’s surface that complex salt structures previously obscured or distorted. The sharper seismic images mean that BP can drill new development wells in deepwater reservoirs with higher confidence and accuracy. “This technological breakthrough has essentially allowed our team to ...

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First oil flows from the Flyndre field

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Production has begun from the Maersk Oil-operated Flyndre field in the UK and Norwegian North Sea. First oil began to flow on 26 March, traveling 25 km via pipeline to the Repsol Sinopec-operated Clyde platform. Production from the Flyndre field is expected to peak at 10,000 barrels of oil per day, with the field expected to produce until at least 2023. As well as today’s new production, Maersk Oil continues to focus on the North Sea region, where it is delivering value from a substantial producing asset base and major new developments such as the Maersk Oil-operated Culzean field on the UK Continental Shelf and the company’s stake in Norway’s Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup field. Gretchen Watkins, Maersk Oil CEO, said, ...

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Maersk Drilling secures contract for jackup Maersk Gallant

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Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract for the harsh-environment jackup rig Mærsk Gallant, following a competitive tendering exercise by Nexen Petroleum UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation. The contract covers the drilling of the High-pressure, High-temperature (HPHT) exploration Glengorm well, in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract duration is estimated for 140 days and is expected to commence in the Q3 of 2017. “I am glad to announce that Maersk Drilling has been able to secure a new contract for the jackup rig, Mærsk Gallant. Despite the current market downturn, Maersk Drilling has secured three new contracts in the past four months,”said Michael Reimer Mortensen, Vice President and Head of Global Sales ...

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Gulf of Mexico lease sale yields $275 million in high bids on 913,542 acres in central planning area

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US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that Lease Sale 247 for oil and gas parcels in the Gulf of Mexico garnered $274,797,434 in high bids for 163 tracts covering 913,542 acres in the Central Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama...

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Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 development decision agreed by partnership

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Maersk Oil and partners in the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup development have agreed to proceed with the front end engineering design (FEED) for Phase 2 of the giant, world-class Norwegian project. The investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation of Phase 2 is expected in the second half of 2018. Phase 2 is scheduled to come on stream in 2022. Phase 1 of Johan Sverdrup is under development, with first oil scheduled for late 2019. Phase 1 of the development establishes a field center consisting of four platforms on the field. Phase 2 builds on this infrastructure, adding another processing platform to the field center. Overall this will result in an increase in processing capacity from 440,000 ...

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