Offshore

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French half of TechnipFMC split reveals new company name

Houston Chronicle Anticipated split will create two publicly traded companies. The French half of Houston and Paris oil field service company TechnipFMC has revealed its new company name months ahead of an anticipated split that will create two publicly traded companies. Created by the July 2017 merger of Paris-based Technip and Houston-based FMC Technologies, TechnipFMC announced in August that the company will be split into two independent and publicly traded companies that were given the placeholder names RemainCo and SpinCo. In a statement released early Wednesday morning, TechnipFMC announced that SpinCo will be renamed as Technip Energies, a nod to the company’s history and its future in a transition to cleaner sources of power. Technip Energies will be headquartered in Paris where it will become an engineering, procurement and construction company specializing in onshore and offshore liquefied natural gas facilities. In an internal letter sent to all employees, Technip Energies[Read More…]

October 30, 2019 - 7:15 am Closing Bell Story, Energy News, LNG, Offshore, Oilfield Services
Source: Reuters/Diego Nigro

Oil spill may be worst environmental ‘attack’ in Brazil’s history: Petrobras CEO

Source: Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Oil slicks washing up on beaches along more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) of Brazil’s northeast coastline could be the worst environmental “attack” in the country’s history, the chief executive of state-run oil giant Petrobras said on Tuesday. Speaking at an event in Rio de Janeiro, Roberto Castello Branco said Petrobras continues to work with the navy to tackle the spill and is “doing its part”, analyzing the oil collected from beaches and helping mitigate the damage. Speaking at the same event, Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said the spill should have no impact on the upcoming Transfer of Rights oil auctions next month which are expected to attract billions of dollars of foreign investment. Albuquerque told journalists he did not see any “cause and effect relationship” between the environmental disaster and expected bids, also adding that the government has been doing[Read More…]

Source: Reuters

Big Oil seeks refuge in Brazil from Latam regional turmoil

Source: Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – When executives arrive in Rio de Janeiro this week for Brazil’s biennial Offshore Technology Conference, they will find themselves in Latin America’s most promising market for Big Oil by far. That marks a dramatic change from only a year ago.   In early October 2018, Brazil’s current president, Jair Bolsonaro, was in a tight electoral race with Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party. Global executives feared a Haddad victory would reverse recent pushes to provide them an opening in Brazil’s oil industry, which for years had been dominated by state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras. Elsewhere in the region, Brazil at the time had fierce competition in the race to attract capital. Business-friendly governments in Argentina and Ecuador were auctioning exploration blocks and working to lure foreign oil companies. In Mexico, leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had not yet taken[Read More…]

Source/Toby Melville

Somalia says Shell, Exxon agree to pay $1.7 million for oil blocks lease

Reuters MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil have paid $1.7 million to Somalia to lease offshore blocks for 30 years, the country’s state news agency reported on Friday. “Shell/Exxon Mobil have paid $1.7 million to Somalia as the preliminary rent for 30 years,” SONNA reported. Shell and Exxon Mobil had a joint venture on five offshore blocks in Somalia prior to the toppling of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in the early 1990s. The country has been mired in insecurity since Barre left and is battling Islamist group al Shabaab that frequently carries out bombings in the capital Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country. In June, the oil ministry announced that the two companies were looking to return to Somalia ahead of an oil block bid round later this year.        

Source: Reuters/Sergio Moraes

Investors cheer falling production costs at Brazil’s Petrobras

Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Investors cheered a significant cut in production costs at Brazil’s state-run oil firm Petrobras on Friday, sending shares in the company soaring 4% in morning trade, their biggest intraday gain in more than a month. In its third-quarter results released on Thursday night, the company said production costs in a key offshore oil area known as the “pre-salt” fell 20% from the previous quarter to around $5.03 per barrel. In a call with analysts, Exploration and Production Director Carlos Alberto de Oliveira said costs could be slightly higher next quarter thanks to the ramp-up of the P-70 platform and other one-off factors, likely bringing costs back near $6 per barrel. Still, analysts were encouraged by the cost savings and overall financial results, which were roughly in line with expectations. Analysts at Banco BTG Pactual SA called the production cost figures “impressive,” adding that the[Read More…]

Equinor to build first offshore floating wind to power oil and gas operations

Equinor to build first offshore floating wind to power oil and gas operations

Source: Houston Chronicle Equinor said Friday it will build the first-ever offshore floating wind development designed to power its oil and gas platforms off the coast of Norway. The roughly $550 million Hywind Tampen project will be built about 85 miles offshore to power the Snorre and Gullfaks platforms in the North Sea. The water depths are deep enough that floating wind turbines are required. “We have been systematically maturing technologies for floating offshore wind for almost 20 years,” said Equinor Chief Executive Eldar Sætre. “About 80 percent of the global resource potential for offshore wind is in deep waters, and floating offshore wind may play an important part in the energy transition towards more sustainable global energy supply.” The wind farm, which would be completed in 2022, will include of 11 floating wind turbines developed by Equinor. The development will have 88 megawatts of power capacity, enough to meet about 35 percent of[Read More…]

October 11, 2019 - 9:15 am Closing Bell Story, International, Offshore
Photo: Chevron Corp. / Chevron Corp.

Barry caused 330,000 barrel drop in Gulf oil production

Source: Houston Chronicle The evacuation of oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Barry caused oil production there to fall more than 330,000 barrels in July, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday. The agency estimates more than 280 platforms were evacuated, causing 70 percent of Gulf oil wells to be shut in. “This hurricane-related decrease was the largest decline in monthly crude oil production in more than a decade,” the EIA said. An increase in other U.S. oil producing regions mitigated some of the fallout, resulting in a national drop of 276,000 barrels in July. The last time the United States experienced such a large drop was during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in September 2008 when national oil production fell off by more than 1 million barrels a day.

October 9, 2019 - 1:30 pm Closing Bell Story, Offshore
Wintershall and Talos give up oil contract in Mexico’s Gulf

Wintershall and Talos give up oil contract in Mexico’s Gulf

From Reuters A consortium formed by Hokchi Energy, Talos Energy and Wintershall Dea has given up a Mexican oil contract in the Gulf of Mexico’s shallow waters due to lack of commercial discovery, the country’s oil regulator said on Wednesday. As part of Mexico’s flagship energy reform, the consortium in 2015 was awarded a contract to explore the block, area 2 of Mexico’s first shallow-water round. U.S. Talos and Germany’s Wintershall also participate in a neighboring venture, the Zama project, which has found nearly a billion barrels off Mexico’s southern Gulf coast and is now in talks with state-run Pemex to decide who will operate it. Hokchi, for its part, was approved last year a $2.5-billion development plan for the Hokchi field, also in the Gulf’s shallow waters, that includes the installation of two platforms and an onshore processing facility to produce up to 147,800 barrels per day of crude.[Read More…]

October 2, 2019 - 3:12 pm Closing Bell Story, Energy News, International, Mexico, Offshore
The Oseberg A offshore gas platform operated by Statoil ASA stands in the Oseberg North Sea oil field 140kms from Bergen, Norway, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Statoil, Norway's biggest energy company, sees the potential to keep domestic oil and gas output at today's levels until 2025 and possibly beyond even as it tightens spending amid rising costs. Photographer: Kristian Helgesen/Bloomberg

Exxon Mobil selling Norwegian North Sea assets for $4.5B

Source: Houston Chronicle Exxon Mobil will sell its oil and gas assets in the Norwegian North Sea for $4.5 billion to a Norway firm backed by Italy’s Eni and private equity funding. The anticipated sale continues the exodus of the top American energy firms from more mature North Sea oil production in order to focus on U.S. shale and other international prospects. Exxon has for months indicated its interest in selling those assets. Exxon is selling to Vår Energi, a joint venture in which Eni owns a nearly 70 percent stake. Norway’s biggest private equity firm, HitecVision, holds the remaining 30 percent. While the sale would end Exxon’s 125-year, oil-and-gas producing history in Norway, Exxon Mobil will still keep its Norway oil refinery and its Esso-branded retail fueling stations. The sale is part of a $15 billion divestment program that Exxon plans to complete by 2021. Exxon Mobil also is[Read More…]

September 26, 2019 - 2:49 pm Closing Bell Story, Crude Oil News, International, Offshore
Kosmos Energy

Kosmos touts 2nd LNG plant in Senegal after drilling results

Source: Reuters – Kosmos Energy, a U.S.-listed oil and gas exploration company, said on Monday the results of its appraisal drilling offshore Senegal were good enough to consider a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant in the West African country. Kosmos discovered the Greater Tortue accumulation of gas offshore Senegal and Mauritania in 2015 and partnered with BP to develop the discoveries through a floating LNG (FLNG) plant, Senegal’s first such production facility. Tortue is one of a troika of gas accumulations offshore Senegal that Kosmos is exploring and developing. The other two are the Yakaar and Birallah regions. On Monday, it said the results of its second well at Yakaar “underpin our view that the Yakaar-Teranga resource base is world-scale and has the potential to support an LNG project that provides significant volumes of natural gas to both domestic and export markets”. It said the well, drilled in[Read More…]

September 23, 2019 - 12:45 pm Closing Bell Story, Crude Oil News, International, Offshore
Talos Energy Announces Transactions With BP, ExxonMobil

Talos Energy Announces Transactions With BP, ExxonMobil

Talos Energy Inc. (“Talos” or the “Company”) (NYSE: TALO) today announced that it has entered into two separate agreements with BP plc (“BP”) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (“ExxonMobil”) related to new exploration opportunities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Company will work with BP to drill and evaluate the Puma West prospect (“Puma West”), located in Talos-owned Green Canyon Block 821, in the fourth quarter of 2019. Additionally, Talos has acquired from ExxonMobil the Hershey prospect (“Hershey”), located on Green Canyon Blocks 326, 327, 370 and 371. Talos President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Duncan commented: “Our strategy of leveraging deep technical expertise across our extensive seismic database and our growing infrastructure footprint is applicable to both the acreage we acquire and control as well as to third party acreage where we can execute on new opportunities. As these transactions prove, Talos is well-positioned to continue unlocking material[Read More…]

Source Reuters

Offshore bosses try to win back investors after ‘horrible year’

The Houston Chronicle Offshore drilling executives are trying to win back investors who have fled their stocks over the past year, insisting that a protracted recovery is gaining momentum. After suffering their worst downturn ever following the collapse of oil prices in 2014, rig companies started regaining hope as crude recovered three years later, bolstering the coffers of the oil companies that pay for their services. But the improvement to the offshore drilling market has been much slower than anticipated, weighing on an industry with too many rigs and too much debt. As oil tumbled again in late 2018 and in recent months to fluctuate around $60 a barrel, offshore drilling stocks took a severe beating. Everyone in oil services has had an “absolutely horrible year,” Pareto Securities AS head of investment banking Tormod Hoiby said on Wednesday at the opening of the firm’s annual Oil & Offshore Conference in[Read More…]

September 13, 2019 - 2:25 pm Capital Markets, Closing Bell Story, Offshore
Source World Oil

Trump administration paves way for Arctic drilling rights sale

From World Oil The Trump administration on Thursday took a major step toward auctioning oil drilling rights across every acre of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain, hours after the House of Representatives voted to outlaw the activity. In an environmental impact statement, the Interior Department acknowledged oil development in the refuge’s 1.56 million-acre coastal plain could affect polar bear and caribou that roam through the region. Nevertheless, the document released Thursday sets the stage for an auction later this year; it is a required legal step before the Interior Department can take bids. The Trump administration’s proposal to open the entire coastal plain for leasing goes far beyond a congressional mandate to make at least 400,000 acres available and hold two auctions of oil and gas leases by 2021 and 2024. Congress lifted decades-old restrictions on oil development in the refuge and required the sales in 2017, as[Read More…]

September 13, 2019 - 11:43 am Capital Markets, Closing Bell Story, Energy News, Offshore
Source Repsol

Repsol sees start-up at Norway’s Yme field in H1 2020: partner

From Reuters Spain’s Repsol believes it can start producing oil at the Norwegian Yme oilfield in the first half of next year, a partner in the field said on Wednesday. “Repsol, the operator of the field, is confident that Yme could start production in the first half of 2020,” Erik Haugane, chief executive of Okea, Repsol’s partner in the license, told an oil conference in Oslo.

Source: Qatar Petroleum

Qatar Petroleum Partners with Total in Africa, South America

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Qatar Petroleum signs agreement to farm Total-held exploration acreage in Namibia, Guyana and Kenya Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar’s state-owned energy company, has signed an agreement with French supermajor Total SA (stock ticker: TOT), under which the company will farm into Total-held exploration acreage in Namibia, Guyana and Kenya. With regards to Namibia, a coastal nation bordering South Africa to the northwest, QP will gain access to two deep-water blocks located in the Orange Basin. For Block 2913B, Total will transfer QP a 30% interest, while retaining 40%. Other partners in the block are Impact Oil (20%), and Namcor (10%). For Block 2912, Total will transfer QP 28.33… Login or click here to subscribe Username or E-mail Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Paal Kibsgaard (source: Schlumberger Limited)

Former Schlumberger CEO Recommended for Chairman Role at Borr Drilling

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Borr Drilling board of directors recommends appointment of Paal Kibsgaard as chairman The board of directors for Borr Drilling Limited (stock ticker: BORR), an international drilling contractor based out of Bermuda, has recommended former Schlumberger (stock ticker: SLB) CEO Paal Kibsgaard be appointed as the company’s new chairman, following a unanimous decision from the nominating committee. The election will take place at Borr’s annual general meeting, to be held on September 27, 2019. Kibsgaard will replace Fredrik Halvorsen as a member of the board, who will be resigning as a director effective September 1, 2019. Tor Olav Troim will continue to serve as the company’s vic… Login or click here to subscribe

Halliburton Lands Nine Contracts for Offshore Project in West Africa

Halliburton Lands Nine Contracts for Offshore Project in West Africa

From The Houston Chronicle Houston oilfield service company Halliburton has landed nine contracts to drill and complete a series of wells off the coast in West Africa. Australian exploration and production company Woodside Energy awarded the contracts to Halliburton as part of the first phase of developing the SNE Field off the coast of Senegal. Financial terms have not been disclosed but Halliburton reported that the contracts contingent on Woodside making a final investment decision to move forward with the ambitious offshore project. If the project reaches a positive final investment decision, the drilling campaign could start in late 2020 or early 2021 with 18 wells and up to eight optional wells over an estimated 3- to 4-year term. Halliburton’s contracts awarded include drilling, logging, cementing, lower completions, e-line/slick line, coiled tubing and well testing services. “We are excited to win this work and to provide services from our multiple[Read More…]

Source: Borr Drilling

Borr Drilling Awarded Contract by Pemex

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Borr Drilling is awarded its fourth Mexican contract in less than nine months Borr Drilling (stock ticker: BORR), an international drilling contractor headquartered in Bermuda, has been awarded a contract by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for the employment of a jack-up drilling rig. Previously, the company has entered into two other similar contracts with Pemex. The first rig, the Grid, has arrived on site and is currently commencing operations, and the second rig, the Gersemi, is expected to commence shortly thereafter. The design of the Grid and the Gersemi (source: Borr Drilling) The Grid and the Gersemi, both Liberian-flagged self-elevated drilling units, have an operati… Login or click here to subscribe

Source: Royal Dutch Shell

Shell Invests in New Deep-Water Gulf of Mexico Project, Sells Assets to Equinor and Noreco

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Shell Offshore Inc. makes final investment decision for PowerNap deep-water project in U.S. Gulf Shell Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (stock ticker: RDS-A, RDS-B), has reached a final investment decision (FID) for the PowerNap deep-water project in the US Gulf of Mexico, electing to move forward with an investment. PowerNap is a subsea tie-back to the Shell-operated Olympus production hub. The project, which is expected to begin production in late 2021, has the ability to produce up to 35,000 BOEPD at peak rates. Based on current estimates, the forward-looking breakeven price for PowerNap is $35 per barrel long-term, and it is currently estimated to cont… Login or click here to subscribe

Source: Boor Drilling

Borr Drilling Goes Public

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Borr Drilling Limited launches IPO of five million common shares Borr Drilling (stock ticker: BORR), an international drilling contractor headquartered in Bermuda, has launched an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States for 5 million of its common shares. The newly public security will trade under the ticker symbol “BORR.” Borr will also grant underwriters of the offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 750,000 common shares at the IPO price, less underwriting discounts and commissions. The company expects that its IPO price of will be similar to that of its shares on the Oslo Børs exchange, currently trading at approximately US $10.00 (NOK 87.00), … Login or click here to subscribe

First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Project Hits Snag Due to Fishing-Industry Concerns

First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Project Hits Snag Due to Fishing-Industry Concerns

From Reuters Trump administration infighting is holding up approval of the first major U.S. offshore wind energy project, with agencies sparring over whether the proposal does enough to protect the fishing industry, according to interviews and agency documents. The delays are a setback to President Donald Trump’s efforts to fast-track big energy infrastructure projects and could threaten the administration’s plans to launch a promising new domestic industry. How the problem is resolved will shape the regulatory blueprint for a growing list of offshore wind developers seeking to tap in to rising U.S. demand for renewable energy, but who face objections from fishermen worried the turbines will affect commercial species or make fishing more difficult. The Trump administration has sought to fire up development of the nascent offshore wind industry by streamlining permitting and carving out areas off the coast for leasing – part of its policy to boost domestic energy[Read More…]

Qatar Petroleum Buys Stake in Total’s Guyana Assets

Qatar Petroleum Buys Stake in Total’s Guyana Assets

From Reuters Qatar Petroleum said on Monday it had agreed a deal with Total (TOTF.PA) to acquire a stake in the French energy giant’s two oil and gas blocks offshore Guyana. Qatar Petroleum said it will hold 40% of Total’s 25% participating interest in the Orinduik block, and 40 percent of Total’s 25% participating interest in the neighboring Kanuku. The block’s other partners are Tullow Oil (TLW.L), with a 60% participating interest and EcoAtlantic with a 15% interest.  

Pacific Drilling Gets a New CFO

Pacific Drilling Gets a New CFO

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Pacific Drilling appoints James W. Harris as senior vice president, chief financial officer Pacific Drilling S.A. (stock ticker: PACD), a deepwater offshore drilling contractor, has appointed James W. Harris to serve as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. He will be replacing Johannes P. Boots, who has come to a mutual agreement with Pacific Drilling to step down in order to pursue other opportunities. “We sincerely appreciate the many contributions that John has made during his nearly 10-year tenure with Pacific Drilling and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Bernie Wolford, Pacific Drilling’s CEO. Source: LinkedIn Harr… Login or click here to subscribe

Source: SEACOR

SEACOR Marine Announces Departure of COO

SEACOR Marine Announces Departure of Chief Operating Officer

Energy PE Firm HitecVision, Oman’s Petrogas to Buy UK oilfields for $635 Million

Energy PE Firm HitecVision, Oman’s Petrogas to Buy UK oilfields for $635 Million

From Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Private equity fund HitecVision and Omani oil group Petrogas have teamed up to buy a portfolio of Total’s British North Sea oilfields for $635 million, the companies said on Wednesday. The fields, which are set to produce 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) this year, will be owned by a subsidiary of the two groups called Petrogas NEO UK which they want to expand to produce more than 100,000 boed within two to three years. The British North Sea has seen a change of guard since the oil price collapsed to below $30 a barrel in 2016 with big companies selling fields to new private-equity-backed operators seeking to squeeze more barrels out of the mature basin and then exit. HitecVision, an offshore energy-focused fund with $5.5 billion under management, last December partnered with Eni to build Var Energi, now one of Norway’s largest[Read More…]

U.S. Offshore Wind Project Dealt Two Blows: Edgartown Commission Rejects Cables, Feds Delay EIS

U.S. Offshore Wind Project Dealt Two Blows: Edgartown Commission Rejects Cables, Feds Delay EIS

The Edgartown conservation commission, in a 5-1 vote, has denied a permit for cables that would pass through the Muskeget Channel. Vineyard Wind proposed to bury two 400 megawatt export cables one mile off Chappaquiddick from its proposed wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard to a site in Barnstable. The cables had been approved by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, but at the Edgartown hearings fishermen pushed back strongly against them saying that the cables might have detrimental marine effects. Vineyard Wind and their consultants, Epsilon, appeared stunned after the vote. No one from the contingent would comment on the decision. Later, Scott Farmelant, a spokesman for the project, issued a statement: “Vineyard Wind appreciates the efforts of the Edgartown Conservation Commission and local stakeholders for its very detailed project review process, which focused on a broad range of issues associated with the work contemplated in the Muskeget Channel…”[Read More…]

July 12, 2019 - 5:07 am Closing Bell Story, Energy News, Offshore, Renewable Energy
Talos Energy Increases Borrowing Base, Announces Hedges

Talos Energy Increases Borrowing Base, Announces Hedges

By Bevo Beaven, Editor, Oil & Gas 360, with Olivier Goodrich Gulf of Mexico explorer Talos Energy (stock ticker: TALO) has added three new lenders to its credit facility and bumped its borrowing base to $850 million from the previous level of $600 million. Additionally, Talos has announced multiple derivative contracts, consisting of swaps and costless collars, to hedge its FY2020 oil production. The company’s oil production goal for 2020 is 3,423,500 barrels, with an average price of $56.59/barrel, under the swap agreement. The weighted average floor and ceiling prices under the costless collars contract are $55.00 and $66.63. Production Period Instrument Type Avg. Daily Volumes Weighted Avg. Swap Price … Login or click here to subscribe

McDermott Awarded Offshore Engineering Contract by Qatar Petroleum

McDermott Awarded Offshore Engineering Contract by Qatar Petroleum

McDermott Awarded Sizeable Offshore Engineering Contract by Qatar Petroleum

Source: Saudi Aramco

Aramco to Increase Oilfield Production Capacity by 500,000 BOPD

By Tyler Losier, Energy Reporter, Oil & Gas 360 Marjan and Berri oilfields to increase capacity by 550,000 BOPD, 2.5 BSCFD of gas Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of Saudi Arabia, has awarded 34 contracts worth $18 billion for increment programs to increase production in its Marjan and Berri oilfields. More specifically, the company plans to add an additional 550,000 BOPD of crude and 2.5 billion standard cubic feet per day (BSCFD) of gas. Aramco’s maximum sustained capacity, however, will remain at 12 million BOPD. Of the 90 companies who were invited to bid, 16 were selected, 50% of which were Saudi-based. In addition, contractors who were selected will be required to “maximize the procurement of material and equipmen… Login or click here to subscribe

Source: NOAA

Strengthening Storm Set to Hit Louisiana With a Foot of Rain

From Bloomberg System could become a hurricane Friday and slam coast Saturday, one-third of Gulf oil output shut as firms evacuate workers A gathering storm in the Gulf of Mexico that’s already flooding New Orleans could grow into a hurricane before slamming into Louisiana this week, drenching the region with as much as a foot of rain. The system, about 155 miles (250 kilometers) southeast of the Mississippi River’s mouth as of 2 p.m. New York time, has already spurred platform evacuations and cut 32% of oil output and 18% of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. It could turn into a tropical storm by Thursday and become Hurricane Barry on Friday. Tropical storm watches are in place along the Louisiana coastline, where the governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm could drop as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of rain, with some areas getting[Read More…]