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ExxonMobil makes ninth discovery off Guyana

US-based oil major ExxonMobil has made its ninth discovery offshore Guyana at the Hammerhead-1 well, marking its fifth discovery on the Stabroek Block in the past year and proving a new play concept for potential development in the area.

Flaring a significant source of oil and gas emissions

Emissions associated with oil and gas production are a significant source of greenhouse gases, according to a new study by Stanford University. The study revealed that burning of unwanted gas associated with oil production – or else known as flaring – remains the most carbon-intensive part of producing oil.

New paper studies safety implications for AI in oil and gas

As artificial intelligence emerges in a growing number of industries, the need to ensure safe use of AI has become a priority. DNV GL launched a position paper to advise on responsible use of AI, asserting that data-driven models alone may not be sufficient to ensure safety.

Norwegian trio seeks to digitalize offshore maintenance

Norway-based oil exploration company Aker BP has announced collaboration with technology provider Cognite and manufacturer Framo, aiming to intensify digitalisation in offshore operations by changing the traditional approach to maintenance.

Watch: Installation of world’s largest tub cranes on Sleipnir

The video, published by the Dutch lifting and drilling company Huisman Equipment, depicts the installation of two 10,000-tonne tub mounted cranes on Heerema’s Sleipnir semi-submersible crane vessel, in Singapore. The two cranes are the world’s largest tub cranes with a radius of 48 meters.

New Zealand court quashes seabed mining off Pātea

New Zealand’s High Court has quashed the EPA’s green light for Trans-Tasman Resources’ experimental seabed mining operation off Pātea, in Taranaki and environmentalists are celebrating as the country’s only known population of blue whale ‘has been granted a reprieve’.

Equinor considers powering oil fields with offshore wind farms

Equinor and partners at Gullfaks and Snorre have decided to explore the possibilities of supplying the Gullfaks and Snorre fields with power from floating offshore wind. If this happens it would be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms.

Employment in UK offshore oil and gas to increase in 2018

Oil & Gas UK’s Vision 2035 report showed that total employment is expected to stabilise and increase slightly this year. In fact, Oil & Gas UK’s 2018 Workforce Report expects an increase across direct, indirect and induced employment to 282,700, from 280,000, in 2017.

Four US states to receive support for offshore wind development

The Business Network for Offshore Wind will cooperate with New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland to help these states advance offshore wind projects and promote green energy in general. The Network will also be working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create offshore standards and guidelines.

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