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Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:50 UTC

BP and GDF Suez announce discovery of new field in UK Central North Sea

The discovery has been called Marconi by GDF Suez subsidiary GDF Suez E&P UK, while BP has named it Vorlich ( Pic Thinkstock)

Oil firms BP and GDF Suez have announced the discovery of a new field in the UK Central North Sea. The find, which spans adjacent blocks operated separately by the two companies, has been flow-tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels per day.

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 10:53 UTC

Trekker technology captures imagery of Shackleton's South Georgia

The trek, part of the Trekker Loaner Program, was conducted by one Lindblad Expeditions' videographer, and yielded more than 10,000 panoramas

Trekker technology captures imagery of one of the most rarely-visited places on earth, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, made famous by Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the bravest and most remarkable explorers. It offers end users the literal experience of being an explorer by traveling to places where traditional vehicles – or they - cannot go.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 20:17 UTC

France reports four cases of chikungunya locally acquired infections

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Symptoms include high fever and headache with significant pains in the joints

On 21 October 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for France of 4 cases of chikungunya locally-acquired infection in Montpellier, France. The cases were confirmed by tests conducted by the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses on 20 October 2014. This is the first time that locally-acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in France since 2010.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 07:01 UTC

UK wind farms generated more power than the nuclear stations

Wind farms are causing controversy in rural areas and the government is choking off planning permission for new sites

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.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Democratic Spain trained Argentine officers during the 1976/1983 military dictatorship

PM Adolfo Suarez’s government was well aware of what was going on in Argentina, the Spanish news website Publico revealed.

Dozens of Argentine military officers who were complicit in crimes against humanity in the country during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship had been sent to Spain for training, new documents revealed this week.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 04:43 UTC

Falklands' veterans involved in 'clean up' after the war receive campaign medals

PM Cameron in Downing Street hands the medals to the veterans (Pic PA)

Falkland Islands veterans who arrived to 'clean up' after the war ended have finally been given their campaign medals after 32 years. David Cameron handed the servicemen the South Atlantic Medal in Downing Street on Wednesday after a long-awaited review found they should have been recognized for their service in 1982, according to a report from Dan Bloom for the MailOnline.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 04:11 UTC

Noble Energy contracts subsea vessel for operations in the Mediterranean

The Mokul Nordic is a 75 meter long dive and multi-support vessel, designed to meet the needs of the offshore subsea industry

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.

Thursday, October 23rd 2014 - 21:26 UTC

Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. shale operations

U.S. drilling companies could begin to seriously start removing rigs from operation if prices drop to around 75 dollars per barrel.

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.

Thursday, October 23rd 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Total makes two appointments to replace de Margerie killed in a plane crash

Pouyanne, 51, had a key role in merging Total's loss-making “downstream” refining and petrochemical units in recent years,

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.

Thursday, October 23rd 2014 - 05:26 UTC

Jaguar-Land Rover begins production in China in joint venture with Chery

“Making the Range Rover Evoque in Changshu is a result of our commitment to bringing more Chinese vehicles to Chinese customers” said CEO Dr Ralf Speth

Tata group's Jaguar Land Rover established its first overseas manufacturing unit in China this week. The facility is the first joint venture between British auto maker Jaguar Land Rover and Chinese automotive company Chery Automobile Company Ltd.

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