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Staff Cuts at Maersk Oil

Maersk Oil, an oil and gas company owned by the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, is cutting about 200 employees and will seek permission from Britain’s Oil and Gas Authority to close operations at its Janice installation. The Janice installation produces about 7,000 barrels per day from three UK North Sea oil fields. The staff cuts will affect permanent Maersk Oil employees as well as contractors.


Schlumberger Acquires Cameron

Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, and engineering company Cameron have announced a definitive merger agreement in which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The transaction combines two complementary technology portfolios into a “pore-to-pipeline” products and services offering to the global oil and gas industry. On a pro forma basis, the combined company had 2014 revenues of $59 billion.


Subsea network extended in Alvheim area offshore Norway

TRONDHEIM, Norway – Det norske oljeselskap has brought online the second oil well at its Bøyla field in the Norwegian North Sea. It is tied back to the Alvheim FPSO via a 28-km (17.4-mi) pipeline. Bøyla is under development via subsea facilities comprising two horizontal producer wells and one water injector. The first producer came onstream – the second well initially flowed 18,000 b/d, but output from the two wells should eventually settle at around 20,000 b/d.


Oceaneering Buys into Viper Subsea

Oceaneering’s UK subsidiary has, on August 7, completed the acquisition of a minority equity interest in Viper Subsea Technology.


MH370 Debris Find Confirmed

 The aircraft flaperon recently retrieved from La Réunion has been confirmed as coming from a Boeing 777 aircraft, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has now confirmed it belonged to the missing flight MH370.


Thickness Gauge

 UWILD and general hull inspections have long been performed by divers and ballast tanks have been drained to be inspected.  Deep Trekker's DTG2 equipped with a Thickness Gauge allows for safer and more cost effective inspections that still keep vessels from dry-docking.



 Press Release: Subsea Vision has added a forth Saab Seaeye Cougar XT to its fleet.

The 2000 metre-rated Cougar is to assist in unexploded ordnance (UXO) disposal.

The ROV is used to locate and identify UXOs, which can include excavating the seabed to see the objects more clearly. The Cougar then lays a charge alongside the UXO, ready for remote detonation from the surface Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer. 


SubC Imaging launches SubC DVR software v5

SubC_Imaging writes:  

 SubC Imaging is excited to introduce latest version of its  SubC DVR software, version 5. Based on valuable input from users and a detailed analysis of the industry’s  current needs, this version includes a  significant number of  improvements over previous versions.


SubC Imaging equipment part of HMAS Sydney shipwrecks expedition

SubC_Imaging writes:  

SubC Imaging equipment part of  HMAS Sydney shipwrecks expedition


SubC Imaging have worked with Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum to successfully survey the shipwrecks of Australian warship HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean 200 km west of Shark Bay, Western Australia. The water depth at the site is approximately 2500m. 



US offshore rig count continues to rise

 HOUSTON – The Baker Hughes weekly rig count finds the number of offshore drilling rigs continues to creep up, reaching a total of 29, one more than the prior week.

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