According to the Statoil website, the company has accepted a fine of NOK 30 million following the well control incident on the Gullfaks C platform in 2010 Statoil was fined by the public prosecutor for Rogaland County following the well control incident that occurred on Gullfaks C platform on May 19, 2010 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Trelleborg, has teamed up with Saipem to develop a new LNG tandem offloading system. Derived from existing and proven technologies, the latest development in cryogenic LNG floating hoses is set to become a key component in offloading systems for future offshore FLNG projects.

ONGC has contracted Punj Lloyd for construction of the B-127 cluster pipeline offshore western India.

The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) held the 11th Bidding Round for oil and gas exploration blocks and auctioned 142 blocks (an exploration area of 100,300 sq-km), receiving a record US$1.4 billion in bids for exploration rights.

The U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally authorized Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC to export domestically produced LNG to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the Freeport LNG Terminal on Quintana Island, TX.

Tata Steel demonstrated its ability to deliver pipeline solutions to challenging and complex projects at the Offshore Technology Conference.

Jacking gears are by definition the most characteristic systems of self-elevating units and jack-ups. However, this gear remains often neglected on board, with a high potential for dire consequences.

In mid-December, a retired jack-up drilling rig under tow from Fourchon, LA to be dismantled in Texas began taking on water. Despite being in an area of heavy marine activity in the Gulf of Mexico, the tow captain maneuvered the sinking rig into a little-used section of the Vermillion leasing block where the seas finally washed over the main deck and forced the rig to the ocean floor.

Mokveld has been awarded the subsea anti-surge control valves for the Åsgard Subsea Gas Compression Project.

Natural gas from a large offshore field is flowing into Israel, “an important step toward energy independence,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The gas, located in Tamar reservoir, was discovered in the Mediterranean Sea in 2009. It ships to a terminal in the port of Ashdod.

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