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Statoil changes its name to Equinor

Statoil will propose to change the name of the company to Equinor. The name change supports the company’s strategy and development as a broad energy company. The new name will be proposed to shareholders to the Annual General Meeting on 15 May. The Norwegian government, as majority shareholder, will vote in favour of the new name.

New simulator to be built for Mad Dog Phase 2

A new custom-built multi-purpose dynamic simulator will be created, to serve the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in the Gulf of Mexico. The new system wants to provide a realistic simulation environment. The simulator is expected to be delivered at least one year before first oil, in order to give time to train the operators.

TurkStream offshore section installed by half

Half of the offshore section for the TurkStream Offshore Gas Pipeline has been installed. Namely, over 930 kilometer of pipeline has been laid in total on the seabed of the Black Sea, divided over two strings. Pioneering Spirit, the vessel conducting deep-water sections of the pipeline, passed kilometer point 706 for the first line.

Mitsui makes offer for AWE acquisition

Mitsui is about to make an offer of A$0.95 cash per share for all of the issued shares of AWE, which was announced on 5 February 2018. Mitsui currently has an interest in 3.01% of AWE’s shares. Mitsui will declare the offer unconditional if it acquires an interest in AWE shares of at least 50.1%, on 14 March 2018.

Energean sign deal with banks for Karish Development Project

Energean Oil & Gas announce that Energean Israel signed a Senior Credit Facility of up to $1.275 billion with Morgan Stanley, Natixis, Bank Hapoalim and Societe Generale as Mandated Lead Arrangers. The Facility Agreement will fund the development of the Karish offshore gas field over the next three years, with first gas production expected to set out in early 2021.

Major oil companies bid for oil and gas blocks off Greece

After the Greek Ministry of Environment & Energy released a Call for Tenders regarding the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons Offshore West Crete and Southwest Crete, a consortium of Total, ExxonMobil and Hellenic Petroleum, submitted  offers for these two lease block areas.  

Australia, East Timor agree on maritime border

Australia and East Timor have reached a agreement on a maritime border, putting an end to an over 10-year dispute between the two nations that has hindered development of a $40 billion offshore gas project in the Timor Sea, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague announced Saturday.

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