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Cub Energy Inc. announces spudding of WO well in Eastern Ukraine

Cub Energy Inc. a Ukraine-focused upstream oil and gas company, announces that KUB-Gas LLC, Cub’s 35% owned subsidiary which owns and operates the eastern Ukraine licences, has commenced drilling of the North Yatskivska #3 (NY-3) well on the West Olgovskoye (WO) licence.

CompEx 25th Anniversary celebrations

The CompEx scheme is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2018 and celebrating the huge impact it has had on improved safety in the workplace during that time.



Decommissioning: should you extend or end?

Operators are often faced with the decision of extending or concluding offshore production asset life — and pre-decommissioning planning has emerged as a key challenge for the industry. This article from Tracerco looks at a variety of diagnostics services and discuss whether lengthening or stopping asset life is the way to go…


Apache North Sea awards new contract to ASCO

ASCO has announced a significant contract award from Apache North Sea that builds upon a positive start to the year for the global oil and gas materials management specialist.


Class Societies encourage and approve new technologies

The major Class Societies have already approved a number of new innovations, including the 'ODIN' diverless UWILD (Under Water Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking), and the NoMan™ remote camera technologies for non-intrusive tank inspections.


Carnarvon Petroleum provides Dorado-1 rig update

Carnarvon Petroleum Limited has provided the following update on the Dorado-1 well that is to be drilled in the WA-437-P exploration permit using the Ensco-107 jack-up drilling rig.


Repsol secures HydraWell to plug on NCS

Repsol Norge AS (Repsol) has awarded a frame agreement to HydraWell to provide technology and services for the operator’s plug and abandonment on the Norwegian continental shelf.



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Shell makes large heartland discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore, Inc. has announced a large, deepwater, exploration discovery in the Norphlet geologic play in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with its Dover well (100% Shell). 

The Dover discovery is Shell’s sixth in the Norphlet and encountered more than 800 net ft of pay (244 m). The discovery is located approximately 13 miles from the Appomattox host and is considered an attractive potential tieback. Shell’s Appomattox host has now arrived on location in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and is expected to start production before the end of 2019.

“Dover showcases our expertise in discovering new, commercial resources in a heartland helping deliver our deep water growth priority,” said Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Royal Dutch Shell. “By focusing on near-field exploration opportunities in the Norphlet, we are adding to our resource base in a prolific basin that will be anchored by the Appomattox development.”

Shell’s major, deepwater hubs are well positioned for production expansion through near-field exploration and additional subsea tiebacks. The company expects its global, deep-water production to exceed 900 000 boepd by 2020, from already discovered, established areas.

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