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New acting oil minister for Kuwait

oil rig zhengzaishuru Kuwait has appointed a new acting oil minister with Anas al-Saleh taking on the position in addition to his roles as finance minister and deputy prime minister

Iraq, Saudi Arabia lead rise in OPEC November oil output

OPEC HQ Istvan Flickr OPEC’s oil output has seen a marginal increase in November, compared to October 2015, according to a Reuters survey

Maintenance, repairs, operations: When, what and how?

EndressHauser Are you under the impression that measurement instrumentation in your company no longer meets the standards and that your surveillance duties are more time consuming than ever?

Petrojet awarded EPC contract for Salalah gas pipeline project

pipeline troy flickr Oman Gas Company (OGC) has awarded the Salalah Gas Loop Line project to Egypt’s Petrojet

Saudi Aramco launches Detroit centre for global fuels programme

Aramco Research Center Detroit inauguration Saudi Arabian energy and chemicals company Saudi Aramco has launched its research and development centre in Michigan, Detroit 

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Canada's Oil Rig Slowdown...

Posted by Brian Simpson on November 25, 2015 at 12:53

The Offshore Oil Drilling Industry...

Posted by Brian Simpson on November 16, 2015 at 13:30

$3.5b worth of gas found off Egypt's coast.

Posted by Brian Simpson on November 5, 2015 at 7:56

Super Rig: Troll A Gas Platform (Norway)

The Troll A platform is a condeep offshore natural gas platform in the Troll gas field off the west coast of Norway. It is the tallest structure that has ever been moved to another position, relative to the surface of the Earth, and is among the largest and most complex engineering projects in history. The platform was a televised sensation when it was towed into the North Sea in 1996, where it is now operated by Statoil. Troll A was built by Norwegian Contractors for Norske Shell, with base construction beginning in July 1991 at a cost of 4150 million NOK, or approximately US$650,000,000 at the time. The base and the deck were built separately, and were joined in 1995 while the base was partially submerged. The base is a Condeep gravity base structure built from reinforced concrete. The Troll platform was towed over 200 kilometres (120 mi) from Vats, in the northern part of Rogaland, to the Troll field, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north-west of Bergen. The tow took seven days.

Posted by Brian Simpson on November 2, 2015 at 11:48

OilField Rock n Roll with The Clash...

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Australian newspaper prints wrong year, people think they're in the future

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It's been a long year, but maybe not this long.

On Wednesday, the Herald Sun, a newspaper from Victoria in Australia accidentally, we hope, printed the date on their front page as 2105 as opposed to 2015

Hopefully it's a future where our dreams of police forces riding hoverboards and politicians taking a DeLorean to work will be realised. Ahh, sounds like bliss.

Reaction on Twitter was a mix of humour, bewilderment, and surprise that Oprah still looks great. We are just hoping we'll get a free hoverboard if we turn up to her show in 2105. Read more...

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McDonald's launches all-day breakfast everywhere in Australia

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If you are a late riser who never manages to crawl into McDonald's until after 10:30 a.m., your craving for McMuffins is about to forever be satisfied. In Australia, that is

McDonald's will be rolling out an all-day breakfast menu across all restaurants in Australia, with the rollout due for completion in February 2016. You heard that right.

Bacon & Egg McMuffins, Sausage & Egg McMuffins, Sausage McMuffins, Hash Browns and Hotcakes will be part of the all-day menu — following successful trials in Wollongong, the Gold Coast, South Australia and West Australia Read more...

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Molly the elephant seal found in Australian backyard, just wants to tan in peace

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Is it too much to ask for a little alone time? Perhaps it is, if you're a stray elephant seal leaving a trail of destruction in your wake while trying to find some peace and quiet.

Found in a backyard in Tasmania's Bruny Island, "Molly" — the seal in question — tried dodging photographers by taking some shortcuts through residential fences after being caught loitering in private property.

Residents told Tasmanian paper The Mercury the seal had broken into a backyard in Adventure Bay, destroying property in the process. Witnesses said the seal was about 2.5 metres long. Read more...

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Rick Barry's son shoots free-throws underhanded just like pops

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Canyon Barry is not ashamed of his heritage

Shooting free-throws underhanded is derided these days as "granny-style" on playgrounds across America. In the 1960s and 1970s, however, Rick Barry took his freebies underhanded throughout a Hall of Fame NBA career. Now his youngest son is bringing it back

Canyon is a junior guard at the College of Charleston. That's a small school that doesn't get much publicity, but a national audience saw Canyon and company play when they upset LSU on Monday night

Young Canyon drew plenty of attention online when he stepped to the foul line for the first time. Behold his underhand steez Read more...

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Illinois attorney general asks for federal probe of Chicago Police Department

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the Chicago Police Department's practices violate federal and constitutional law.

Madigan said Tuesday that the "shocking death" of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by white police officer in 2014, raises serious questions about the use of lawful and excessive force. She says trust in the police department is "broken."

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan noted five other high-profile cases in Chicago, including the death of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson, who was shot by police last year and the arrest of Jerome Finnegan, a special operations officer who was part of a ring of cops who carried out, among other crimes, burglaries and home invasions. Read more...

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A young Iraqi uses talent and compassion to face an unfair life

ERBIL, Iraq, 25 November 2015 – “I like rap music. I can express myself and send a message. I can scream a bit and shout it out, but at the same time, it’s useful and it can help people.”

Growing up too fast in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

PATE BANA MARANK, Sierra Leone, 25 November 2015 – John Kamara is growing fast, as he should be at 13 years old. But as the delayed second school term resumes across Sierra Leone, the one school uniform John owns no longer fits.

In Myanmar, uniting for children’s health and nutrition

KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, November 2015 - “I could hear the planes bombing the area, the constant gun shots and mine explosions,” Lwan No recalls. Lwan No was caught in the middle of the civil conflict in Kachin State, in northern Myanmar. To save her life, Lwan No fled her village empty-handed.

In Afghanistan, mending spirits and providing warmth

TALOQAN, Afghanistan, 18 November 2015 – “I am scared. I don’t want to come to school alone,” says 10-year-old Samira, a student at the Bibi Hajera High School in Taloqan, in Afghanistan’s Takhar province. Twelve girls at the school lost their lives and at least 38 were injured in a stampede, in one of the most tragic incidents reported during the earthquake that struck on 26 October.

In Burundi, starting again from scratch

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 17 November 2015 – "I was bored in Nyarugusu Camp. There were no games, no school," says Lutfi, 15, who fled from Burundi to Tanzania recenty with his mother and sister. "I would write letters, sentences and numbers on the walls or on the tents to study."

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