Category: Offshore

Deep-water giant begins production in Gulf of Mexico field (photos)

Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday it had started production from its Olympus platform, the first of several new platforms expected to push oil production in the Gulf of Mexico to a record level by 2016.  More »

Bristow Group CEO Chiles to retire in July

The company is a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry.  More »

Gas no longer escaping from rig off La. coast

The operator and federal regulators say the flow of natural gas, water and sand has been stopped at a drilling rig off Louisiana’s coast.  More »

Crews lose control of gas rig off Louisiana coast

Officials say no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.  More »

Pemex sees production ventures as early as year end

Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state- owned oil company, expects to sign its first exploration and production agreements with international companies as early as year-end after Mexico ended its 75-year monopoly.  More »

Feds will wait til March to open sealed Gulf bids

Oil companies that hope to nab new drilling leases near the U.S.-Mexico boundary in the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait a little longer to see if they were successful.  More »

Noble leads offshore drillers lower amid rig slowdown

Noble Corp. led a decline among offshore deep-water drilling contractors after saying the industry may be experiencing a “pause in the cycle” after years of growth fueled by oil and natural gas discoveries.  More »

Aboard a Statoil North Sea platform (photos)

Statoil believes the nation’s oil and gas output can remain at current levels until 2025 and possibly beyond, even as it tightens spending amid rising costs.  More »

Offshore wind turbine stands up to gusts, waves

A scaled-down offshore wind turbine has withstood winter storms that included the equivalent of waves exceeding 70 feet, providing confidence that a full-scale version can handle the harshest weather that the North Atlantic can throw at it, the head of the University of Maine’s advanced composites center said Thursday.  More »

Pemex to stake claims under Mexico’s new energy policy

Mexico’s oil company likely will target shallow-water fields when given the chance to stake its claim before a new policy opens the nation’s oil and gas fields to foreign firms, a legal expert said Wednesday.  More »

Aerial drones developed to locate deep-sea oil and gas (photos)

Drones soon could make waves in the North Sea, the latest oil-rich region to test the unmanned flying machines’ use in locating and extracting oil and gas reserves.  More »

Maine offshore wind project looks to overcome hurdle

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies, called Maine Aqua Ventus, to build a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island.  More »

Guest commentary: One-size-fits-all rules for offshore vessels are unrealistic

There is universal agreement on the desire to prevent another catastrophic explosion and spill. But there is the risk of doing harm by overreaching in regulating for a safer environment.  More »

Environmentalists seek to stop Miss. offshore drilling rules

Environmental groups want a judge to stop rules setting a framework for offshore gas and oil exploration in parts of the Mississippi Sound.  More »

UH subsea society seeks to rise to the top

Two men from a University of Houston engineering program are not content to ride the wave of the school’s new subsea program — they are working hard to put it on the map as a dynamic new offering to the energy industry.  More »