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The head office of Statoil in Stavanger, Norway.  (AP Photo / Kent Skibstad, NTB scanpix, File)

Statoil profit beats estimates

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Statoil and competitors such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA are cutting investments and operational costs after oil prices fell by about 50 percent over the last 12 months.
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic

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Oil companies could get 10 more years to drill on their Arctic leases, under a provision in a broader offshore drilling bill advancing in the Senate.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New offshore safety rules would make drilling some wells too difficult, industry lobbyists tell White House

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More than a dozen oil companies and drilling contractors joined leading industry trade groups in pushing back against proposed federal mandates for offshore wells they say would make some impossible to drill. The proposed requirements were spurred by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
(Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg)

How the European oil industry decided to save the climate

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As BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley recalls, it all started with himself and his peers from Statoil, Total and Royal Dutch Shell, on stage at the forum debating their response to the climate change challenge.
(Photo: JOHN DAVENPORT/SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS)

Statoil to cut 2,000 jobs, adding to Norway’s woes

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The job losses at Statoil, Norway’s No. 1 oil and gas producer, add to thousands more in the country’s offshore energy industry after crude collapsed in the second half of 2014
Helix Well Containment Group equipment was deployed in a drill at a Noble Energy test well in May, with federal regulators and industry representatives looking on. (Photo: Noble Energy)

Despite new discoveries, deep water’s a bit still

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Marshall Adkins, director of energy research at Raymond James in Houston, said the moves show there is reason for optimism, but that the deepwater oil and gas sector might be 18 months away from seeing a rebound, as opposed to the quicker recoveries expected in U.S. shale.
(AP file photo/John McConnico)

Norway government loses in drive to expand Arctic oil boundary

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Even as a drop in oil prices makes Arctic exploration less attractive, Norway is betting on success in the Barents Sea, thought to hold more than 40 percent of its undiscovered resources. The Nordic country’s oil output, still western Europe’s biggest, has been more than halved since a 2000 record.
Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform heads to the Gulf of Mexico. The project was slated to start production this year, but that's been delayed after several subsea installation tendons sustained damage. (Chevron)

Chevron’s massive Big Foot project delayed again

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Production won’t start later this year as planned because the company has to move the platform to sheltered waters while it assesses the problem.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

European Big Oil opens schism on climate with U.S. rivals

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“It’s clear that the subject isn’t viewed in the same way on both sides of the Atlantic,” Total SA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne, one of the signatories, said on Monday at a press conference in Paris. “We are working with those who come forward.”
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Oil industry takes aim at proposed Arctic drilling mandates

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The proposed requirements would unnecessarily shorten an already brief window for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas while dramatically boosting the costs of those operations, dissuading companies from drilling in the region, industry representatives said in formal comments filed with the government.