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Dolphin Group warns of insolvency

10/12/2015

Dolphin Group has warned it could be forced to file for insolvent liquidation of the company if a restructuring deal cannot be found. The Norwegian firm said it was continuing to work closely with advisers on a number of proposals.

Oil & Gas

Wood Group to focus on M&As, sees impact on North Sea and US work

10/12/2015

Wood Group said it remains focused on mergers and acquisitions as it said its overall financial outlook for the year remains unchanged, despite challenging market conditions. The company issued its pre-close trading update for the year ahead of results being published in 2016. Earlier this year the company announced the acquisition of Infinity as well as a previously deal to acquire Automated Technology Group in September as well as Beta Machinery Analysis in June.

Oil & Gas

Noble Energy boosts production

10/12/2015

Noble Energy has continued to increase production and said it plans to sell more oil in the fourth quarter of the year. The rise is higher than previously expected, up from 405,000 barrels to 415,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

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GE said to be in advanced talks for Halliburton drilling assets

10/12/2015

General Electric Co. is in advanced talks to buy the drill-bits and drilling-services divisions of Halliburton Co., which is divesting assets to win antitrust approval for its takeover of Baker Hughes Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. Selling both the drill-bits and drilling-services businesses could have fetched as much as $5 billion in total for the oilfield services provider, people with knowledge of the matter said earlier this year, when the units were each put on the block. It is not clear how much the decline in oil prices -- which have been hovering near six-year lows -- may have affected their respective market values.

Oil & Gas

Shell considers New Zealand asset sale

10/12/2015

Shell is carrying out a strategic review of its assets in New Zealand as it looks to streamline costs amid the continue decline in oil price. The oil major will carry out the assessment to see how their interests in the region align with the company’s current plans.

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Technip and FMC Technologies in merger talks

10/12/2015

Technip and FMC Technologies are said to be in merger talks, according to reports. The oilfield services provider has held talks about a potential combination although terms have not yet been agreed on. Sources familiar with the matter said there is no certainty the two companies will do so.

Oil & Gas

Billions of barrels of oil vanish in a puff of accounting smoke

10/12/2015

In an instant, Chesapeake Energy Corp. will erase the equivalent of 1.1 billion barrels of oil from its books. Across the American shale patch, companies are being forced to square their reported oil reserves with hard economic reality. After lobbying for rules that let them claim their vast underground potential at the start of the boom, they must now acknowledge what their investors already know: many prospective wells would lose money with oil hovering below $40 a barrel. Companies such as Chesapeake, founded by fracking pioneer Aubrey McClendon, pushed the Securities and Exchange Commission for an accounting change in 2009 that made it easier to claim reserves from wells that wouldn’t be drilled for years. Inventories almost doubled and investors poured money into the shale boom, enticed by near-bottomless prospects.

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Technology firm wins £1.2million Scottish Government grant

An Aberdeen technology firm has won a £1.2million Scottish Government grant to develop an innovative subsea power generation system. East Coast Oil and Gas Engineering (ECOG) has invested £3.9million in the autonomous electrical power technology which has been designed to reduce the cost of repairing or replacing umbilicals after all-too common power failures.

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Statoil seeks Tanzanian clarification on impact of new oil law

09/12/2015

Statoil ASA is seeking clarification on Tanzania’s new petroleum law and wants to learn how it will affect companies like itself already operating in the nation, local commercial manager Oivind Holm Karlsen said. “We need to go through the law to make sure we have a common understanding of what it is,” said Karlsen in an interview Tuesday in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, during a break at a conference. “We need to understand what is the implication and how will the production-sharing agreements that we already have be honored in light of that law.” Parliament passed the petroleum legislation in July, after repeated delays, ushering in a royalty regime in which energy companies pay 12.5 percent for onshore oil and gas production and 7.5 percent for offshore.