Norway's oil industry body the OLF has published 45 recommendations on how to prevent major accidents offshore after research following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Oil and gas industry leaders will gather in Aberdeen on Thursday morning to hear from a "new generation" of companies and the opportunities they see in the North Sea.
India's Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has chosen December 2013 to launch the country's first bidding round for shale gas exploration.
Following a six-month enquiry, the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee has published its report into the implications of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for UK deepwater drilling.
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore says the UK Government will stand shoulder to shoulder with the oil and gas industry over the European threat to deep-water oil exploration.
Energy firms will oppose any European bid to tamper with North Sea safety laws.
An oil industry leader does not think BP's troubles in the Gulf of Mexico will lead to the offshore giant cutting back investment in the North Sea.
The number of inspections of North Sea drilling rigs is to be doubled following the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, which has cost BP more than £1billion.
Energy Minister Mike O'Brien announced yesterday that the UK Government would spend more than £5million over three years on studies on the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.