The UK-headquartered oil and gas environmental waste management company TWMA won a contract from Maersk Oil to handle and dispose of subsea structures and equipment damage when storms in the UK North Sea caused the Gryphon FPSO to move off station in February.

Port Arthur, TX parks will soon get upgrades as part of a settlement the General Land Office has reached over the Eagle Otomes spill, which put nearly 397,000 gallons of crude into the Port Arthur Ship Channel.

Petrobras announced a new oil discovery in the extreme southwestern part of the Walker Ridge concession area, located in the U.S. Gulf ultra-deep waters.

T.D. Williamson Inc. recently completed the first-ever subsea STOPPLE® Train isolation.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has approved a drilling permit, originally submitted by BP in January 2011, for a new well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Ziff Energy recently completed the 8th edition of its Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Improving Field Performance (IFP) study, which evaluates 2010 operations for 36 deepwater-producing assets in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Consortium operating Block BM-S-11, formed by Petrobras (65% - operator) in partnership with BG Group (25%) and Petrogal Brasil S.A. - Galp Energia (10%), has opened up the Lula-Mexilhão gas pipeline.

Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions has opened its $2 million TQR (Test, Qualification and Reliability) laboratory in Fife, Scotland to evaluate and assimilate the long-term behaviour of deepwater umbilical cables.

Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG) recently completed construction of the minimum facilities platforms for the Clipper South Development and the Breagh Alpha Development. Both EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contracts were awarded by RWE Dea UK.

Deep water ahead? The outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2011 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that aims to provide a barometer for the industry from the point of view of top-level operators, including CEOs and other board-level executives and policymakers. The report is sponsored by GL Noble Denton.

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