Topsides 2013: Seatrax highlights S23OP heavy lift crane model

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Offshore heavy lift crane supplier Seatrax Inc., has highlighted its Model S23OP rental crane at the Topsides Exhibition & Conference being held in Galveston.
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Shown is the lower half of a failed lower marine riser package connector. (Photo: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Regulators order drillers to replace faulty bolts

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Drilling on roughly two dozen offshore oil and gas wells may be temporarily halted so companies can replace faulty bolts on emergency devices, after federal regulators identified problems with the equipment.

Shell drafts in Technip for Gannet flowline replacement

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Shell U.K. (NYSE:RDS.A) has awarded Technip (PARIS:TEC) an engineering, procurement, installation, and construction contract for the Gannet F reinstatement project in the UK central North Sea.
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This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows the Shell drilling rig Kulluk aground off a small island near Kodiak Island  Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard)

Big Oil warms up to Arctic despite challenges

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The Arctic contains more than 90 billion barrels of oil, but limited infrastructure, competing sovereignty claims and spill containment challenges will make exploration difficult in its icy climate, an Ernst & Young report said Wednesday.

Lamprell wins new jackup assignment

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Dev Drilling has contracted Lamprell for a newbuild jackup.
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Norway issues well clearance for Repsol, Statoil

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Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has sanctioned use of the semisubmersible Transocean Barents for an exploratory well in the Barents Sea.
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Suncor reconnecting Terra Nova drilling facilities

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Production has been restored from the largest of three drill centers at the Terra Nova complex offshore Newfoundland, following completion of a dockside maintenance program on the FPSO.
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More oil recoverable from Asha offshore Norway

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Bridge Energy (OSE: BRIDGE/ AIM: BRDG.L) says reserves have been upgraded for the recent Asha discovery in the Norwegian North Sea.
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Total gains deepwater blocks offshore southwest Cyprus

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Total has signed two production-sharing contracts (PSCs) for blocks 10 and 11 offshore the Republic of Cyprus.
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US halts offshore drilling on wells with faulty bolts

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Drilling regulators have directed offshore operators to halt work on oil and gas wells in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after discovering faulty bolts made by General Electric Co. on equipment used to prevent blowouts.