Fortune favours Fluor

Texas-based contractor Fluor again topped Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in the engineering and construction sector.

Russian billionaire’s yacht seized

Gibraltar has impounded a super-yacht owned by a Russian energy industry billionaire after a German shipyard complained of unpaid bills totaling more than $16 million.

Capital retreat

Politicians in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea have retreated to the jungle — though it is neither a run for cover nor a holiday.

Sechin spies Khodorkovsky tricks

Rosneft has blamed former Yukos Oil owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky (pictured) for sponsoring a recent protest by members of the ultra-nationalist Other Russia party near the entrance to the company’s headquarters in Moscow.

Total commitment

You’ve got to hand it to Total’s top brass — chief executive Patrick Pouyanne et al remained full of as much bonhomie as hard industry information in their recent full-year analyst briefing, which went on for close to four hours.

Aker BP scoops top gongs

Asset-hungry player Aker BP has capped a year of big acquisitions by picking up a pair of coveted gongs in the prestigious annual Gullkronen awards hosted by Oslo-based research firm Rystad Energy.

Woodside pens NASA robot pact

Australia’s Woodside Petroleum is teaming up with the US National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) in a pact that will see the latter loan Woodside an anthropomorphic Robonaut system for a 60-month deployment in Perth.