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Investors Ask Oil Companies for Risk Reduction Strategies

According to an August 6 report from Environment News Service, suffering deep financial losses from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and in response to a proliferation of deepwater offshore drilling for oil worldwide, investors have sent a joint letter to 27 major oil companies seeking transparency on risk reduction strategies for their offshore oil operations. Fifty-eight investors in the United States and Europe, representing trillions of dollars in assets, sent the request for more information to chief executive officers at the oil companies, including the world's three largest deepwater oil producers - ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras. (Source: Environment News Service)


Norway To Simplify Licensing Rules

Norway's government wants to let firms other than pure oil companies apply for stakes in offshore oil and gas licenses as part of a drive to simplify the sector and attract investments. Government officials said smaller oil companies, downstream companies and the supply industry could take stakes in licenses on the shelf if the regulations are changed. Currently only pure oil and gas firms are allowed to apply. Analysts say that companies like offshore supply group Aker Maritime are


MMS Delays Decision On Oil Drilling In California Waters

The U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced it will delay its decision on whether oil companies can drill for oil and natural gas off California's coast, until August 16, 1999. The MMS was scheduled to decide by June 30 if drilling would be allowed on 40 undeveloped leases off the central coast of California, but said it needs more time to review the oil company requests.


Concordia Maritime Signs Contracts with Lukoil

Concordia Maritime has signed two-year timecharter contracts for the V-MAX vessels Stena Vision and Stena Victory with Litasco, a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. The new time charters will begin immediately upon expiration of the current charter contracts with the American oil company Sunoco at the end of 2007. The vessels are chartered in from Arlington Tankers Ltd until the end of 2009. With the new time charter contracts Concordia Maritime has secured employment


Oil Spill Contained in Davao

Elements of the Philippine Coast Guard Station (CGS) Sasa contained the spread of oil spill reported at the Legaspi Oil Company Incorporated at KM 09, Sasa, Davao City last Friday, January 17. According to report, the incident resulted when the coco fatty oil, a by-product of coconut oil, overflowed from the final catch basin at the refinery department of the said oil company. Approximately 500 liters of oil spilled affecting the seawall and foundation post of Legaspi Oil Company


Union Rejects Oil Refinery Contract Offer

Union negotiators on Thursday rejected the latest contract offer from oil companies and said the largest U.S. refinery strike since 1980 may spread to more plants beyond the 11 where walkouts are underway. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a message to members and news media that the latest proposal from lead oil company negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc failed to improve safety at refineries and chemical plants in an "enforceable way."


Exxon Mobil 1Q Income Soars To $5 Billion

Exxon Mobil Corp., the No. 1 oil company, said first-quarter earnings rose 51 percent, as it cashed in on strong crude oil and natural gas prices as well as better profits from refined fuels such as gasoline. Exxon Mobil posted record first-quarter income, excluding merger effects, of $5.05 billion, up from $3.35 billion in the year-earlier period. First-quarter revenues rose to $57.28 billion from $54.1 billion a year before


CNOOC to Bid on Nation Energy

CNOOC is likely to bid for a Kazakhstan oil company just days after it unveiled plans to spend $2.3 billion on offshore oil and gas assets in Nigeria, www.TheStandard.com reported. CNOOC is eyeing an offer for Nations Energy, an independent oil producer based in Canada. The move by CNOOC comes after the company announced the acquisition of a 45 percent stake in oil and gas fields owned by Nigerian oil company South Atlantic Petroleum earlier this week


Colombia Grants E&P Rights To 5 Oil Companies

The Colombian government Tuesday granted exploration and production rights on nine offshore areas on the Caribbean coast to five different companies in an effort to boost the country's oil reserves. In Tuesday's auction, Colombian state-owned oil company Ecopetrol SA, India's state-run oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (500312.BY), Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), U.K.-based BP PlC (BP) and Hess Corp. (HES) won the rights separately or in partnership to explore the nine blocks


Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC Appoints CFO

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (DFM: GULFNAV) has announced the appointment of Khalid Karim to the position of Chief Financial Officer  Khalid brings to Gulf Navigation over 30 years of experience in major oil & gas and shipping companies in senior finance roles. He joins the company as it enters a new phase in its substantial expansionary plan where he will assist the company in its continuing growth strategy.


W. Africa Crude-Trading Quiet, Nigerian Delays Dampen Demand

Oil futures were on track for their biggest annual gains since 2009 despite intraday losses, aided by OPEC's agreement to cut production from early next year. Still, demand for West African crude in spot trading was limited by holidays across Europe and uncertain demand in Asia. Gains in U.S


West African Oil Loading for Asia to Slip in January

West African crude loading for Asia is expected to slide more than 10 percent in January as some buyers opt for regional grades or cargoes in floating storage, a Reuters survey of traders and shipping data showed on Thursday.   Some 1


DryShips Expands to Gas Carrier Market with Four New VLGCs

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc. has agreed to enter into a "zero cost" LPG Option Agreement with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum


Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

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DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas


Saipem Rig Caught Fire off Norway, No Injuries Reported -Statoil

A fire broke out in an engine room on Saipem's Scarabeo 5 drilling rig in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday, Norwegian oil company Statoil said in a statement.   All 106 crew were accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries, Statoil said.  


Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq

Will Follett Photo Restrata

Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of


S.Arabia Costructs Huge Shibuilding Complex

Khalid Al-Falih Photo: MIT News Office, part of the Office of Communications

 A Reuters report quoting  Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said that the country expects a huge ship repair and shipbuilding complex that its national oil company Saudi Aramco is developing at Ras al-Khair on the kingdom's east coast to cost over 20 billion riyals ($5


Ecovix to File for Bankruptcy - Report

Brazilian shipbuilder Engevix Construcoes Oceanicas (Ecovix) is expected to file for bankruptcy protection from creditors in a local court this month, the newspaper Valor Economico said on Wednesday. The company, based in Rio de Janeiro, has more than 6 billion reais ($1


Qatar Merges State-Owned LNG Producers

Photo Courtesy: Qatargas. The Official Instagram account for Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas), the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer in the world

 Qatar, the world’s largest liquified natural gas producer, announced it is to merge state-owned Qatargas and RasGas to create a “truly unique global energy operator”, says an AP report.   The country is merging its two government-controlled LNG companies to


Total Joins SEA\LNG Coalition

Total, the world’s fourth-ranked international oil and gas company, has joined SEA\LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Total is a global gas player, involved across the entire LNG chain


Reforma Pemex Now Under BSM Management

Reforma Pemex - Photo BSM

Following a two-year period of plan approval and newbuild supervision services provided by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement’s project focused business, Schulte Marine Concept, BSM's Mexico based Ship Management Centre has commenced management of Reforma Pemex


BP's Mad Dog Major FID in Gulf of Mexico

Photo: BP p.l.c

 Sole standalone in a sea of tiebacks: BP's Mad Dog is the only major final investment decision (FID)  in deepwater Gulf of Mexico this year, says Wood Mackenzie.   On 1 December 2016, BP (60.5% and operator) sanctioned the Mad Dog Phase II development in the deepwater Gulf of


Conquest Offshore Partakes in Troll Solution Wreck Removal

Photo: Conquest Offshore

Conquest Offshore’s MB-1 heavy lift barge was the key asset in the largest wreck removal recorded in 2016.  Conquest MB-1 removed the Troll Solution jack-up rig from the seabed 30 meters deep of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. 


China's LNG Buying Spree Continues Through December

File Image: an LNG tanker underway (Credit: GAC)

China LNG imports hit record in November, but set to beat that this month. China's state oil and gas majors are set to import record levels of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this month, betting on robust demand during the cold winter months and helping lift Asian prices to their highest in nearly


Exploration In The US Gulf Of Mexico

Graph: Clarksons Research

 49 ultra-deepwater field discoveries have been made in the last decade in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM), says Clarksons Research.   Offshore E&P in the US GoM began in the 1930s, picking up pace in the 1950s. By the end of 1975






 
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