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Iara tested

PETROBRAS has completed formation tests on its appraisal well drilled offshore Brazil in the Santos Basin block BM-S-11 - the so-called Iara block.

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AGR Oz win

AGR Field Operations' Asia-Pacific unit has signed a three-year contract with Australian Worldwide Exploration (AWE) for operation and maintenance of its Perth Basin assets in Western Australia. Norwegian-owned AGR, which has a major Aberdeen presence, says the contract has provision for two successive two-year extensions.

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Market-only rejected

A KEY part of the UK's future is to have a successful green-tech revolution, but other than setting targets (the UK is way behind with those) and implementing some incentives such as ROCs (renewables obligation certificates), there is a view that Britain is trailing behind and that, somehow, the market will provide.

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First launch of $800m rig series

WHILE most new drilling tonnage is built in East Asia, the US continues to build, too. The first of four $200million Rowan EXL Super 116E jack-up drilling rigs has just kissed the water for the first time at the Keppel AmFELS Yard in Brownsville, Texas.

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ICoTA clan to gather later this month

WELL intervention: rejuvenating the North Sea is the theme of this year's ICoTA conference, with the keynote to be delivered by Leo Koot, MD of Taqa Bratani, which company is playing a key role in that process. However, arguably at this time, it is StatoilHydro which probably has the most ambitious well revamp programme in train in the North Sea (see Page 17).

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Scots and US firms make seismic connection

ABERDEEN company ffA has teamed up with US firm OpenSpirit to provide what they describe as "multi-vendor connectivity" to users of ffA's 3D seismic analysis products using the OpenSpirit software development kit. ffA says its SVI Pro and SEA 3D Pro seismic analysis applications will be able to reach out to any OpenSpirit-enabled data store to access data and share interaction events with other geotechnical software.

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Technology investment critically low

It's bizarre, isn't it, that the biggest story that came out of Offshore Europe was that visitors who parked on the grass verge on the approach roads were all handed parking tickets? In reality, though, the biggest story from Offshore Europe was that not much happened.

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Finding opportunity in the challenge

The world faces a major energy challenge. Global energy demand will double by 2050, driven by economic and population growth. At the same time, it will be necessary to curb emissions of greenhouse gases to avoid the environmental and economic damage of climate change. Business as usual is not an option.