Total headquarters outside Paris. (AP file photo/Jacques Brinon)

Total looking to keep its footing in Africa, expand elsewhere

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Total intends to maintains its presence as the largest international operator for deep offshore drilling in Africa, as it expands its presence in Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and the Equatorial Guinea, a high official for Total said in a Monday afternoon speech.
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OTC 2012: Balmoral unveils deepest-ever drill riser buoyancy

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Balmoral Offshore Engineering has introduced two additions to its drill riser buoyancy portfolio at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Categories: Offshore
Oil gushes from BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico on July 12, 2010. (AP Photo/BP)

OTC panelist: spill revealed need to reassess insurance policies

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The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill revealed a need to reassess insurance and risk management in offshore operations.
Categories: Accidents, Offshore, OTC

OTC 2012: Predictive risk system can connect policy and field practice

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Petrotechnics has unveiled Proscient, its new operational performance and predictive risk software at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Categories: Offshore

OTC 2012: GE features insight management system

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GE Energy’s (NYSE: GE) Power Conversion business is previewing its new insight management system, a decision-making aid and capital asset management product at OTC.
Categories: Offshore

BP contracts Technip for Mad Dog Phase 2 spar FEED

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BP has awarded Technip (Paris:TEC) a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the spar hull and mooring systems for the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
Categories: Offshore

Pluto begins LNG production

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Woodside is producing LNG from its Pluto LNG project near Karratha in Western Australia.
Categories: Offshore
Shell's new Perdido oil and natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle )

Deep discussion intrigues OTC pros

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A plan to drill in more than 12,000 feet of water — half a mile more than the deepest wells now — impressed engineers and geologists at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Categories: Crude oil, Offshore, OTC, Social

Wood Group Mustang to provide topsides engineering for Ichthys

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Samsung Heavy Industries has contracted Wood Group Mustang for the topsides detailed engineering and procurement support for the semisubmersible central processing facility (CPF) in the Ichthys field development offshore Western Australia. 

Categories: Offshore

Enteq Upstream to acquire Extended Exploration Technology

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Enteq Upstream plc is in the process of acquiring the assets of Extended Exploration Technology Inc. (XXT), a measurement while drilling equipment company based in Santa Clara, California.
Categories: Offshore