Deepwater Oil Drilling: US & Gulf of Mexico

TGS, Fugro to conduct year-long deepwater exploration study offshore Mexico

TGS has authorization from Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos to acquire multibeam, coring, and geochemical analysis data over a 600,000-sq km (231,661-sq mi) area offshore Mexico.

Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale yields $22.7 million in high bids

The Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 246 drew $22,675,212 in high bids for tracts on the US outer continental shelf offshore Texas, according to the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Shell taps OneSubsea for Stones 15,000-psi subsea processing systems

Shell Offshore Inc. has awarded OneSubsea a contract to supply subsea processing systems for the Stones project in the Gulf of Mexico.

More good news, bad news for Gulf E&P

Exploration activity in the Gulf of Mexico continues to see new positive milestones, driven by past discoveries and recent field development; and more discouraging ones, owing to the continued state of low oil prices.


Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

BOEM issues final GoM Lease Sale 246 notice

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to offer approximately 21.9 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

InterMoor completes mooring support project for Heidelberg spar in GoM

InterMoor Inc. has provided Anadarko Petroleum Corp. with rapid hook-up services for its Heidelberg truss spar in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico after stepping in at short notice for another contractor.

Wood Group to review future PEMEX field needs

PEMEX Procurement International has awarded Wood Group a three-year offshore engineering contract for field development in Mexico’s Gulf of Mexico waters.

Schlumberger embarks on multiclient WAZ survey in Campeche basin

Schlumberger has launched a new deepwater multiclient wide-azimuth seismic survey in the Campeche Basin, located in the Mexican sector of the Gulf of Mexico. 

Chevron pushes Big Foot first production into 2018

Chevron now expects first oil from its deepwater Big Foot TLP in the Gulf of Mexico in 2018. 


Assessing Mexico’s new offshore oil & gas exploration opportunities

When Mexico’s historic energy reform legislation became law on Dec. 21, 2013, it opened the country to foreign investment in its oil and gas sector...

Anadarko’s decommissioning of the first-ever cell spar in the Gulf of Mexico

The Red Hawk spar made history throughout its design life, commissioned and decommissioned as the first of its kind. Heralded as the first cell spa...

Offshore Design Optioneering using Cloud Computing

Cloud computing opens up to offshore engineering teams the opportunity to take advantage of almost unlimited computing power and data storage capab...

Falling oil prices and the offshore oil and gas industry: assessing the state of the market

The precipitous decline in oil prices has brought many areas of the oil and gas industry to a standstill. Yet while some sectors are feeling the pi...
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