The 11 passengers and two crew on the flight from Gullfaks B oil platform operated by Norway's Statoil, were all Norwegian except for one British and one Italian national, according to the Rescue Coordination Center for Southern Norway.

In February, a source involved in talks between the state and oil industry executives told Reuters Rio de Janeiro planned to scrap the tax to help protect the local economy.

"We take notice of the numbers from this year's report and work systematically to reduce the risk and number of critical events," the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said in a statement. 

In developing the competency standards with offshore pipeline engineers, APGA worked with the Society for Underwater Technology’s Perth, Australia, branch, which is producing a set of competency standards for all subsea engineering.

The Georges Bank Protection Act, which received all-party support in the House of Commons, entered into force on February 27 and provides the ministers with new authorities to prohibit oil and gas activities in the area.

Egypt plans to launch a new oil exploration round next week, offering 11 blocks in the Western desert and the Gulf of Suez, Petroleum Minister Tarek al-Molla said April 19.

In a meeting that was webcast, commissioners of the regulator known as the CNH voted unanimously to allow companies not involved in the day-to-day operations of a deepwater oil field to hold a larger stake than the project operator. The previous rule required that the operator hold the largest stake.

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The use of double shear rams in the BOP stack is a baseline industry standard that is now one of the rules.

With the new rules, the administration is hoping to prevent the kind of explosion that happened six years ago on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the official said.

The European Commission, which halted its investigation into the $35 billion deal last month while waiting for more details from the companies, will now decide by Aug. 11 whether to clear or veto the takeover.

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The corruption scandal hits debt-laden Petrobras hard during one of the worst downturns in the oil and gas sector’s history. But it’s not all bad news for potential investors.

The company was conducting hydraulic fracturing at the time at its site 30 km from Fox Creek. An investigation by the Alberta Energy Regulator concluded with "high confidence" that the quake had been caused by fracking, the regulatory agency's spokesman Riley Bender said by telephone.