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The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says. The energy network operator said it was caused by a combination of high winds and faults in nuclear plants.
Nordic Maritime, a leading offshore service operator, announced this week a five year time charter for its DP2 IMR Subsea vessel, Mokul Nordic, which has been awarded by Noble Energy, the Houston based international energy provider, which also has operations in the Falkland Islands.
The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks.
French oil major Total appointed on Wednesday refining head Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive and former CEO Thierry Desmarest as non-executive chairman. The nominations at the head of the world's fourth-largest integrated oil company came less than 48 hours after the brutal death of Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie in a plane crash in Moscow.
Russian investigators have said criminal negligence caused the crash at a Moscow airport that resulted in the death of Total's chief executive. Christophe de Margerie died along with three crew members when his corporate jet collided with a snow plough.
Noble Energy, Inc., which is involved in Falkland Islands hydrocarbons exploration and confirmed its interest in the South Atlantic potential, said on Tuesday that its Board of Directors has elected David Stover as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Charles Davidson as CEO.
Venezuela's Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco said on Tuesday that the Mercosur member was fully prepared to cope with price volatility on the global oil market and would honor a 3 billion dollar bond payment due next week.
President Energy announced on Monday it has discovered good oil-bearing zones at its Lapacho drill in the Paraguayan Chaco and confirms strong hydrocarbon pay at its Jacaranda well.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan of up to 42.2 million dollars to help the private sector in Uruguay finance the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 48.6 MW wind farm and its associated facilities.
The global oil market slump looks likely to continue, with prices possibly nearing 70 dollars a barrel in the short term, an official of Russian gas producer Gazprom said. Crude fell more than on dollar a barrel on Thursday to a four-year low below 83 a barrel as growing concerns over the global economy stretched a four-month rout.