Category: Offshore

Landrieu calls Obama’s offshore drilling plan a ‘gross injustice to Gulf Coast states’

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., took aim at the plan in her first statement since losing reelection last December.  More »

Oceaneering to buy Louisiana ocean-mapping firm for $230m

The deal to buy Lafayette, Louisiana-based C&C Technologies will give Oceaneering access to technology that can map the ocean and survey marine construction for surface and subsea assets, which would boost utilization of its underwater vehicles.  More »

Shell planning to restart Arctic drilling this year

Shell is planning on spending $1 billion to drill exploratory oil wells in Arctic waters north of Alaska this year — as long as it clears legal and permitting hurdles, said CEO Ben Van Beurden.  More »

Three oil majors team up on Gulf megaproject

The collaboration reflects the steep technological and financial hurdles to commercially producing oil from 23-million-year-old Paleogene rock more than five miles below the surface of the sea.  More »

Offshore drilling plan targets Atlantic and Arctic waters

The Obama administration’s proposal for 10 auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico, three targeting Arctic waters and one of Atlantic acreage is alienating both environmentalists and the oil industry.  More »

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022.  More »

Republicans vow to fight administration on Arctic drilling

Republicans lashed out at what they called a “triple whammy” of Obama administration actions that could limit oil development in and around Alaska, including new protections in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a coming plan for selling offshore drilling rights.  More »

Helicopter company opens Houston office to serve offshore workers

About 80 helicopters from Sikorsky’s S-76 model line are operating in the Gulf of Mexico, along with 50 in its S-92 line.  More »

Video: Anadarko turns massive Gulf spar into marine habitat

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has turned a 7,200-ton cell spar hull into a dark cave-like habitat for fish, sea anemones and other deep-sea creatures 200 miles off the coast of Louisiana.  More »

Hercules Offshore to lay down five more Gulf rigs

Hercules has already cold-stacked four of the rigs this month and a fifth is scheduled to end its contract in March.  More »

Anadarko pumps first oil at Lucius field in the Gulf

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has harvested the first barrels of petroleum at its Lucius project in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the biggest startups expected in the U.S. offshore region this year.  More »

Cal Dive skips interest payment

The Houston-based marine contractor, which provides manned diving, pipelay and other services for the oil and gas industry, said it is looking to sell non-core assets in a bid to get debt off its books.  More »

BP, ConocoPhillips to cut 530 jobs in the North Sea

In separate announcements Thursday, they said they’re both targeting jobs that support the offshore oil fields between the United Kingdom and Norway that have seen operational challenges and maturing petroleum basins in recent years  More »

Enbridge to build Gulf of Mexico pipeline

Enbridge Inc. has announced it will build an offshore crude oil pipeline extending to Hess Corporation’s Stampede Gulf of Mexico project.  More »

Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes

Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a deep-water port in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. Its stated purpose is to bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand, thereby lowering home-heating prices.  More »