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by Peter Aird
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BP puts US Gulf Thunder Horse Northwest on production
BP has started up the Thunder Horse Northwest Expansion in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico, four months ahead of schedule...

Pacific Bora drillship wins Eni contract for offshore Nigeria drilling
(10/22/2018) Pacific Drilling's deepwater drillship Pacific Bora has been contracted by the Nigerian Agip Exploration subsidiary of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi...

Canada's Norman Wells in Northwest Territories resumes production
(10/22/2018) Imperial Oil has successfully restarted production at its Norman Wells operations in Canada's Northwest Territories following pipeline restoration...

UTEC secures significant floatover project in the Middle East
(10/22/2018) Acteon's UTEC subsidiary has, in partnership with Zamil Offshore, secured a major contract in Saudi Arabia for floatover of platform topsides...
Jackup Rowan Stavanger to drill 2 wells on Norway's Gudrun Field
(10/22/2018) Equinor has awarded a contract to Rowan Norway for the drilling of two wells on the Gudrun Field north of Sleipner Ost and Sleipner Vest Fields...

Zenith finds new potential pay structure in Azerbaijan's Jafarli Field
(10/22/2018) Zenith Energy has identified a new structure in the Middle Eocene and Upper Cretaceous formations of the Jafarli Field onshore Azerbaijan...

IOG's Goddard license in UK North Sea gas resources confirmed
(10/21/2018) Independent Oil & Gas has received ERC Equipoise's competent person's report on its Goddard license in the UK sector of the North Sea...

Gran Tierra pipeline in Colombia bombed by armed saboteurs
(10/21/2018) The pipeline operated by Gran Tierra Energy in Colombia's Putumayo Province has been bombed by as yet unidentified saboteurs near Villagarzon...
Trans Adriatic Pipeline starts construction of offshore section
(10/21/2018) On 19 October, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline has commenced construction works for the 105-km offshore pipeline section to be carried out in 2019...

Wintershall given drilling permit for Norwegian Sea wildcat
(10/21/2018) The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Wintershall Norge a drilling permit for a wildcat well in PL847 in the Norwegian Sea...

Aker BP taps down 2 Gekko appraisals in Norwegian North Sea
(10/21/2018) Aker BP has completed drilling its appraisal wells on the Gekko oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian North Sea five km east of the Volund Field...

Philippines seeking to work with China in developing Sampaguita gasfield
(19/21/2018) Lito Atienza, deputy minority leader in the Philippine Congress, has advised it is imperative the Sampagnita gasfield off Palawan be developed...

UK OGA calls for development of UK North Sea Buchan area
(10/21/2018) The UK Oil & Gas Authority has initiated a new area plan to maximize economic recovery from the Greater Buchan area of the North Sea...

US rotary rig count rises 4 rigs this week
(10/192/2018) Baker Hughes has reported the US rig count increased by four rigs this week to take the total of working rigs to 154 more than at this time last year...

TPAO retains Schlumberger for Mediterranean deepwater drilling project
(10/19/2018) Turkiye Petrollelri Anonim Ortakligi has contracted Schlumberger for drilling its deepwater Alyana-1 exploration well in the Eastern Mediterranean...

Melbana divests its stake in New Zealand PEP51153 to CX Oil
(10/19/2018) Melbana Energy has agreed to sell its 30% interest in its non-core New Zealand permit PEP51153 to the present operator of the permit, CX Oil...

Dril-Quip scores Premier FEED contract for Falkland's Sea Lion
(10/19/2018) Dril-Quip has entered into a front end engineering and design contract and frame agreement with Premier Oil for the Sea Lion Phase 1 subsea development...

Core selling 67,000 acres in Oklahoma's Arkoma Woodford Basin
(10/19/2018) Core Energy Advisors has been retained by a group of companies to sell over 67,000 net acres in the Arkoma Woodford Basin in Oklahoma...
Petrojarl Varg FPSO to be deployed on UK North Sea Cheviot Field
(10/19/2018) Alpha Petroleum has entered into agreements with Teekay Offshore for its Petrojarl Varg floating production, storage, and offloading vessel...

Faroe drilling Rungne exploration well offshore Norway
(10/19/2018) Faroe Petroleum has commenced drilling operations at its Rungne exploration well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea...

Strike upping gas output from Jaws-1 coal seam wells in South Australia
(10/19/2018) Strike Energy has advised that production operations are proceeding at its Jaws-1 appraisal wells at the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project...

Earthstone buying Texas Midland Basin assets from Sabalo Energy
(10/18/2018) Earthstone Energy has agreed to acquire Sabalo Holdings and its interests in Sabalo Energy with both producing and non-producing assets...

Claxton wins contract for Deep Panuke decommissioning
(10/18/2018) The Claxton subsidiary of Acteon has received a contract as part of the decommissioning of the Deep Panuke Field offshore Nova Scotia...

Equinor selling Tommeliten Alpha off Norway to PGNiG
(10/18/2018) Equinor has agreed to sell its interest in the Tommeliten Alpha discovery offshore Norway to Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo...

Stork set for integrity services on Chrysaor North Sea fields
(10/18/2018) Stork has been awarded a two-year contract extension by Chrysaor for integrated integrity services for its Armada, Everest, and Lomond platforms...

Van Oord contracted for West White Rose Project off Newfoundland
(10/18/2018) Van Oord Offshore has been awarded the contract to carry out offshore installation works for the West White Rose Project offshore Newfoundland...

Talos & Hokchi swapping stakes in Mexican offshore blocks
(10/18/2018) Talos Energy has entered into a transaction with the Hokchi Energy subsidiary of Pan American Energy to cross assign interests off Mexico...

Samson sale of North Dakota Williston Basin project to Eagle fails
(10/18/2018) Samson Oil & Gas USA reported today its sale to Eagle Energy Partners I of its Foreman Butte Project in the North Dakota and Montana failed to close...

Novatek & Fluxys to build LNG terminal in Germany's Rostock Port
(10/18/2018) The Novatek and Fluxys joint venture has signed a lease with Germany's Rostock Port for the construction of a mid-scale LNG transshipment terminal...
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From the Editor

Rigs for recycling dumped in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Dev George
Managing Editor


Up to 80% of offshore drilling rigs, platforms, FPSOs, and allied vessels end their days in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, with most others seeing their final existence end in Turkey and China. With their numbers growing significantly as the aging fleet is replaced with newer versions of them, even more offshore units are to be decommissioned, with most of them to be cut up and recycled and only a few finding another purpose, including as a seafloor coral habitat...⇒⇒⇒
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Crude prices edge upward on China demand

(10/19/2018) The week's trade closed today at the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and London's Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) with modest price increases over yesterday's settlements by our monitored benchmarks, with the usual exception of Tapis, which reported a day late that it saw a loss...⇒⇒⇒
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