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Equinor to make FID on Rosebank offshore UK

Equinor said it would make a final investment decision by May 2022 on Rosebank, which it plans to develop using a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel. Last year, Equinor finalized an agreement to acquire Chevron Corp.’s 40% operated interest in the Rosebank project, one of the largest undeveloped fields on the UK Continental Shelf.

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Permian gas flaring, venting reaches record high

Flaring and venting of natural gas in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico has reached an all-time record high in this year’s first quarter, averaging 661 MMcfd, according to research conducted by Rystad Energy. This widespread waste of a valuable commodity is the result of persistent infrastructure challenges, a lack of enough takeaway…

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Aker BP drills dry hole in North Sea

Aker BP ASA will plug exploration well 15/6-15 in PL814, 15 km northeast of Gina Krog field in the North Sea. The well was a dry hole. The exploration well—the first in the license—was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,761 m subsea with Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible drilling rig 225 km west of…

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UK offers 37 licenses in offshore round

Thirty companies, some of them in groups, have received offers for the award of 37 licenses covering 141 blocks in the UK’s 31st offshore licensing round. The frontier areas are in the Faroe-Shetland basin, Moray Firth, East Irish Sea, East Shetland Platform, Mid North Sea High, and English Channel.

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W&T Offshore makes oil find with Gladden Deep well

W&T Offshore made an oil discovery with its Gladden Deep well on Mississippi Canyon 800 block in the US Gulf of Mexico, reported partner Kosmos Energy Ltd. of Dallas. Gladden Deep is a subsea tie back expected to be brought online through the existing Gladden pipeline to the Medusa spar in this year’s fourth quarter.

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New technology due in Aerfugl development

Aker BP plans to use two new technologies in development of Aerfugl gas and condensate field in the Norwegian Sea, reports partner PGNiG Upstream Norway. The Polish Oil & Gas Co. subsidiary says the subsea wells will use the world’s first 7-in. vertical trees in anticipation of high flow rates.

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Contract let for B-80 field off Mumbai

Hindustan Oil Exploration Co. has let a contract to Expro for a production-handling facility and all topside processing equipment on a mobile offshore production unit on B-80 oil and gas field in the Mumbai basin. The 7-year contract covers construction, maintenance, and operation. Equipment delivery is due in 8 months.

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CNRL cuts Alberta output amid wildfires

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said on May 31 it had suspended about 65,000 b/d of crude oil production in response to wildfires in the Wabasca and Slave Lake areas of Alberta.

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Sentinel submits application for oil export facility

Sentinel Midstream subsidiary Texas GulfLink submitted a license application with the US Maritime Administration May 30 to construct and operate a deepwater crude oil export facility near Freeport, Tex. The completed facility will be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers.

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Baker Hughes: US rig count down 1 unit to 984

The US drilling rig count gained a single rig to reach 984 rigs working for the week ended May 31, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is down 76 units from the 1,060 rigs working this time a year ago.

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