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Cameron International's former chief operating officer Scott Rowe has assumed the CEO role. (Cameron)

New CEO takes over Cameron International

R. Scott Rowe has taken over the top job at Cameron International Corp. as part of a previously announced succession plan by the oil field services company to replace retiring CEO Jack Moore.
The J. W. McLean offshore drill rig, operated by Transocean Ltd., stands anchored in the Cromarty Firth beyond the prow of the offshore pipelay vessel Deep Energy, operated by Technip SA, in Invergorgon, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Rolls-Royce to cut 400 marine jobs as oil hits ship sales

The cuts announced Monday follow the elimination of 600 factory posts at the division announced in May, mostly focused on Norway, where Rolls-Royce’s marine manufacturing operations are based.
(Kristian Helgesen/Bloomberg)

Former Arctic engineering exec to direct Houston deep-water research center

Bill Maddock, an expert in offshore operations and engineering, has been tapped to lead a Houston-based deepwater offshore energy research center established in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Houston investors win Mexican offshore lease

The sale was the second in a series of tenders intended to revitalize the country’s flagging energy sector by luring private investment.
Shell's Arctic drilling vessel the Noble Discoverer arrives in Everette on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Daniella Beccaria,

Shell’s Arctic miss is just the oil industry’s latest dry hole

Shell is far from alone in making a big bet on an offshore play only to end up with disappointing results. From the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Angola, offshore exploration has yielded plenty of dry holes.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Obama administration plan would ensure energy companies pay to scrap old offshore hulks

The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is designed to ensure that the companies have set aside enough money to dismantle offshore facilities once oil and gas stops flowing.
FMC Technologies elaborate booth in the Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Houston, Texas. (Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle)

FMC Technologies awarded $172 million subsea contract from Statoil

FMC Technologies has been awarded a $172 million contract to provide subsea equipment for one of the largest oilfields off Norway’s coast.

Exxon Mobil reports first oil in Nigerian project

The project is a deep-water subsea development located 60 miles offshore Nigeria in 3,300 feet of water and four miles north of the initial Erha field, which has been producing oil since 2006.

The oil patch palette

A couple of years ago we presented some examples of how the grit and steel of the oil field can take on its own beauty in the hands of a skilled photographer or digital artist.
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A group of idle rigs is seen behind James Noe, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Hercules Offshore while aboard the Hercules 251 a shallow water drilling rig owned by on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, near Port Fourchon, La. (Smiley N. Pool /Chronicle)

Cameron sells offshore jack-up rig business for $100 million

Cameron International Corp. has agreed to sell off its offshore jackup rig business for $100 million to a Singapore rig contractor, the companies announced Monday.