U.S. Senate Confirms Smith As Assistant Secretary For Fossil Energy

​Christopher A. Smith was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 16, 2014, as the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for fossil energy, according to a news release.

NY Health Department Calls Fracking Unsafe

The New York state Health Department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Governor Andrew Cuomo will allow the extraction process after a six-year-moratorium.

Subsea 7 Wins GoM Installation Contract

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by the Hess Corp. for installation work in support of the Stampede project in deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, according to a news release.

EMGS Seals Deal For Barents Sea Data

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered a data licensing agreement with an oil company worth $7.1 million for the provision of 3-D EM data from EMGS' multiclient data library in the Barents Sea, a news release said. 

SBM Offshore’s Hepkema Decides To Retire

Sietze Hepkema, chief governance and compliance officer for SBM Offshore, has decided to retire from the position, the company said in a news release.

FMC Wins Subsea Systems Work For Agbami Field

FMC Technologies Inc. has received an order from Star Deep Water Petroleum Ltd., a Chevron company and operator of the Agbami Field, to provide subsea equipment for operations in the Agbami Field offshore Nigeria.

CSL Secures Contract Extension From Shell

CSL has been awarded the extension of an existing onshore and offshore frame agreement with Shell U.K.

Nordic Maritime Bags 2-D Seismic Survey Contract

Nordic Maritime Pte. Ltd. has been awarded a contract to provide 2-D seismic survey work in Indonesia by MultiClient Geophysical (Pte) Ltd.

Tanzania Approves Aminex Sale Of Stake To Solo

Aminex has received confirmation from the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals that the minister has no objection to the proposed transfer of assignment for the sale of up to a 13% stake in the Kiliwani North Development License.

HitecVision Forms Global Oil Service Group

HitecVision is establishing a new oil service group under the name Global Maritime Group by merging five companies in its portfolio, according to a news release.

Statoil Pushes Forward With Rutil Development

Providing close to 80 MMboe, the development will extend the lifetime of the Gullfaks A platform. The plan for development and operation (PDO) was submitted to the authorities Dec. 16, Statoil said in the release.

Three New Producers Position Shaikan For Growth

Installation work to connect three wells to the existing production facilities have been completed in Shaikan Block in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, according to a news release.