OE Daily: 2013 / May

 

Sound Oil ready to unlock Laura

Jun 03, 2013

Exploration and production company Sound Oil is planning to drill its first appraisal well on the Laura discovery offshore Italy as part of a larger drilling program in the country next year.    Laura, in the D150 DR-CS permit in…

SeaBird vessel updates

May 31, 2013

SeaBird Exploration PLC was awarded a US $16 million contract for its 2D Osprey Explorer vessel in the South America region. The client has not been named.  In addition, the Hawk Explorer has moved to Uruguay and started a 4000 km survey for Spectrum…

Tullow plugs Ivory Coast well

May 30, 2013

Tullow Oil plc's Calao-1X exploration well, in the CI-103 licence off the Ivory Coast, encountered thin condensate/gas-bearing reservoirs in an Upper Cretaceous deepwater channel system, the company announced on 30 May 2013. Following completion of logging operations…

GAC and POLOG partner for Arctic

May 30, 2013

GAC Norway AS and Polar Logistics Group APS (POLOG) have partnered to strengthen GAC’s network within the Arctic Circle. The move is the latest stage in the company’s strategy to better serve the Arctic region by bringing together organizations…

Industry donates to Oklahoma relief

May 30, 2013

Several companies have stepped forward to assist in relief efforts for tornado victims in Oklahoma. Apache Corp., BP, Conoco Phillips, Chevron Corp., Noble Energy Inc., Chesapeake Energy, Exxon Mobile Corp., and others have made pledges of at least US $500…

Kleckner succeeds Lawler at Anadarko

May 29, 2013

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has promoted James J. Kleckner—former VP, Operations of Anadarko's Rocky Mountain region—to Executive VP, International and Deepwater Operations. 'Jim's promotion to Executive VP, International and Deepwater Operations…

New Forties platform to sail tonight

May 29, 2013

A new satellite platform built in the north east of England is due to float out of its yard tonight (May 29) to be installed 177km off Aberdeen. The 6338ton Forties Alpha satellite platform (FASP) topsides is part of a £400million project…

Gryphon Alpha resumes production

May 29, 2013

Just under two and a half years after coming off station in a storm, Maersk Oil's Gryphon Alpha FPSO has been brought back on production. The vessel, stationed about 280km north east of Aberdeen in the North Sea, has undergone a major overhaul in dry dock…

EnQuest dips toe in Tunisia

May 29, 2013

UK oil and gas exploration firm EnQuest is to become a North African player after farming in to fields in the Gulf of Gabes offshore Tunisia.  The move involves EnQuest taking a 70% stake and operatorship of the Didon and Zarat fields from Swedish oil and gas company PA Resources…

Reliance confirms Indian gas find

May 28, 2013

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and partner BP, have discovered gas and condensate in the KG D6 block in the Krishna-Godavari field off the eastern coast of India. The KGD6-MJ1 well was drilled in a water depth of 1024 m, and a total depth of 4509 m…

New jack-up for North Sea

May 28, 2013

Noble Corporation has ordered a new harsh-environment jack-up rig it is to deploy in the  North Sea from 2015. The new unit, based on the Gusto MSC CJ70 design and meeting an enhanced version of Norwegian oil firm Statoil's 'Cat J' specifications…

Noble preps Aphrodite drilling

May 27, 2013

Noble Energy is to start drilling on Aphrodite 2 offshore Cyprus in the next two weeks, according to partners on the project.  Delek Group, whose subsidiaries Delek Drilling and Avner are partners on Aphrodite in Block 12, said the work…

Robbins & Meyers brands join NOV Mono

May 24, 2013

Houston-based National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is to pay $2.5 billion for Robbins & Myers – a supplier of well-drilling equipment parts, including valve controls and grinders – adding three more businesses to its NOV Mono division: Moyno Inc…

Wärtsilä supplies Lianzi heat

May 24, 2013

Chevron awarded Wärtsilä a contract to supply a direct electric heating (DEH) system for the company's US$2 billion Lianzi offshore development project, located off Congo and Angola, West Africa. Wärtsilä will deliver the topside modules to be installed on the platform…

Statoil increases Tanzanian presence

May 24, 2013

Norwegian oil giant Statoil has increased its holdings off east Africa after acquiring a 12% working interest in a licence offshore Tanzania from Petrobras.   The stake in Block 6 covers 5549sq km in the Mafia basin, with water depths of 1800m…

Sub-commercial Black Sea well for Petroceltic

May 24, 2013

Petroceltic International has said the first of a four-well campaign in the Black Sea is to be plugged and abandoned after finding sub-commercial gas shows.  The Kamchia-1 exploration well, in the Galata concession offshore Bulgaria,…

Shell recruits FMC for Stones

May 23, 2013

Shell has contracted FMC Technologies to supply subsea equipment for its 100%-operated Stones field development in the US Gulf of Mexico.  The contract’s scope includes the supply of eight subsea trees, a subsea manifold, topside, and subsea controls and associated equipment…

Carlsberg wildcat bites dust

May 23, 2013

Lundin Norway AS completed drilling on wildcat well 7/4-3, 24 km north of the Brynhild field in the southern part of the North Sea. Lundin plugged and abandoned the well as a dry hole. Drilled by the Maersk Guardian to a vertical depth of 2957 m below sea surface…

TGS strikes new partnerships

May 23, 2013

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) announced at its Capital Markets Day that it will embark on several new partnerships. TGS and Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) agreed to jointly development multi-client projects in defined areas in northwestern Europe…

Noble confirms Karish find

May 22, 2013

Noble Energy confirmed that it has made a natural gas discovery at the Karish prospect off Israel. The Karish discovery well, located in the Alon C license 20 miles northeast of Tamar field, encountered 184ft of net natural gas pay in high-quality lower Miocene sands…

South Pars to get $16B investment

May 21, 2013

Iran will invest US$16 billion to develop the offshore South Pars gas complex over the next 10 months, a natural gas company director said. Pars Oil and Gas Co. Managing Director Mohammadreza Zahiri said that most of the funding will come from domestic sources…

Joint effort to boost EOR on UKCS

May 21, 2013

After more than 40 years of production in the North Sea, with declining production and an ever more complex and costly operating environment, it could be easy to view the basin with a “glass half empty” attitude. However, the industry…

HRT find offshore Namibia

May 21, 2013

A subsidiary of Brazil-based explorer HRT said its first exploration well offshore Namibia has found oil - but not in commercial volumes.  HRT Walvis Petroleum said the well, Wingat-1 2212/07/1 in PEL-23, spudded on March 25, was drilled in water about 1…

Oceaneering picks up Burullus work

May 21, 2013

Oceaneering International has been subcontracted by Saipem to supply umbilicals for the Burullus West Delta Deep Marine (WDDM) Phase IXa development offshore Egypt. The order is for 10 subsea production control umbilicals totaling approximately 84 kilometers (52…

Moniz installed as DOE chief

May 20, 2013

The US Senate has confirmed MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz as  Barack Obama’s new Energy Secretary, replacing outgoing Secretary Stephen Chu. President Barack Obama congratulated Moniz on his successful confirmation hearing, where the Senate voted unanimously…

Chesapeake Energy appoints new CEO

May 20, 2013

Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced Robert Douglas “Doug” Lawler – senior vice president of international and deepwater operations for Anadarko Petroleum – to succeed Aubrey McClendon as CEO and member of the board of directors for Chesapeake…

Harkand to buy Houston's Veolia Marine Services

May 20, 2013

Newly founded IRM group Harkand has announced plans to buy Gulf of Mexico business Veolia Marine Services (VMS).  The deal would add 150 onshore and offshore staff, based out of Houston, three dynamically-positioned multi-purpose vessels (MSVs)…

Gas find for Noble at Karish 1

May 17, 2013

Noble Energy has found 'significant signs of gas' on the Karish 1 well 75km north west of Haifi in Israeli waters, according to partners on the project. Delek Group said, according to information from Noble, 60ft of natural gas bearing…

Cal Dive rolls Pemex double

May 16, 2013

Cal Dive International, Inc. has secured two contracts from Pemex worth a combined total of $188 million, the company announced on 15 May 2013. The scope of the first contract, which is worth an estimated $129 million, involves the procurement…

Northern eyes southern Adriatic find

May 16, 2013

Independent explorer Northern Petroleum has revealed well data from Italy’s ENI has given it extra confidence in its southern Adriatic Sea Cygnus prospect. Richard Latham, chairman of Northern Petroleum, said the newly available well…

Energean to explore Greece

May 16, 2013

Mediterranean-focussed oil and gas explorer Energean Oil & Gas is seeking to increase its exploration and production plans offshore Greece after a cash injection. The firm has had a cash injection of $60million from the newly-created Third Point Hellenic Recovery Fund…

Brazil licensing round attracts $1.4B

May 15, 2013

ANP, Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, announced the winners of its 11th Licensing Round - the first round since 2008, which was held on 14 May 2013 in Rio de Janiero. The agency said there was record interest in the round with 39 companies from 12 countries participating…

Buccaneer spuds Cosmo well

May 14, 2013

Buccaneer Energy has spud the shallow water Cosmo No. 1 well located in Alaska's Cook Inlet, near Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula, the company announced on 13 May 2013. Buccaneer used the Endeavour - Spirit of Independence jack-up rig…

Subsea 7 nets Pemex work

May 14, 2013

Pemex awarded Subsea 7's Mexican joint venture its second contract for work at the Line 67 Project in the Bay of Campeche, the E&C services company announced on 14 May 2013. The contract's value is estimated at US$90 million. The scope of work includes the engineering…

Noble bags Mariner drilling

May 14, 2013

Drilling firm Noble Corp. has been awarded a four-year drilling contract for work on the UK North Sea Mariner project using a new Cat J jack-up with Norway's Statoil. The contract is worth $655 million and includes a one two-year option…

Toyo wins P-74 topsides

May 13, 2013

Brazil's Petrobras awarded Toyo Engineering Corp. affiliate, Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda. (EBR), an EPCI contract for its P-74 FPSO, Toyo announced on 13 May 2013. The contract was awarded by Petrobras Netherlands BV. The scope includes…

Shell grabs Beverley stake

May 13, 2013

Independent E&P firm Ithaca Energy has said it has agreed a farm-out deal with Shell UK, reducing its exploration spending commitments in the UK North Sea by $45million.  The deal relates to licence P1792 containing the Beverley prospect…

Wood Group joins Bonaparte

May 13, 2013

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) is to work on a subsea concept definition project for GDF Suez' Australian Bonaparte LNG project. The Bonaparte LNG project is made up of the Petrel, Frigate and Tern fields, located in the Timor Sea. They were previously stranded gas fields…

OTC.13: Aker Arctic’s unveils newbuild arctic vessel

May 10, 2013

With construction underway on the first ever Oblique Icebreaker, research specialist Aker Arctic Technology  has unveiled a new version of a unique vessel type that will bring ice management and pollution control in thick, first-year ice to a new level…

Nexans milestone contract on Lianzi

May 08, 2013

Nexans has been awarded the production of the world’s deepest direct electrical heating (DEH) system by Subsea 7 for Chevron’s affiliated operated Lianzi field offshore Angola/Republic of Congo The Lianzi development will include the…

OTC.13: PWA launches Osorb

May 08, 2013

Produced Water Absorbents of Ohio yesterday commercially launched  its 'break through' Osorb technology for the treatment of oil and gas waste water streams at OTC. Osorb is a regenerable granular media, which PWA says removes up to 99% of free…

OTC.13: Subsea 7 orders new build

May 08, 2013

Subsea 7 has announced that it is to build a new heavy construction and flexible pipelay vessel which will be delivered in 2016. The new vessel will be one of the most capable heavy construction vessels in Subsea 7’s fleet of over 40 ships…

Exxon OKs $4B GOM project

May 08, 2013

ExxonMobil and 50/50 partner Statoil will commence development on the Julia oil field in the US Gulf of Mexico, the companies announced on 7 May 2013. The project's capital costs could total more than US$4 billion. “The development of…

Technip wins Canadian double

May 08, 2013

Husky Oil Operations awarded Technip two contracts for the planned subsea tieback of the South White Rose Extension field off Canada's eastern coast, Technip announced on 8 May 2013. The field is an extension of the White Rose field, located in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin…

OTC.13: Subsea 7 on heated pipelines

May 08, 2013

Technology is a big focus for Subsea 7 during OTC week, with a raft of speakers from the firm talking on everything from Pipe-in-Pipe (PIP) developments to deepwater solutions.  The firm’s latest kit—including the Seven Borealis—is also on show at the firm’s booth (1641)…

OTC.13: Flexlife takes new Houston base

May 07, 2013

Success for Subsea Integrity Specialist’s Houston Operation Flexlife, a specialist provider of flexible pipe integrity and engineering services, is expanding into new premises in Houston and targeting US work with a value of nearly £2million in the next financial year…

OTC.13: Mexico move for EnerMech

May 07, 2013

Mechanical engineering group EnerMech announced at OTC in Houston that it has invested more than £13 million ($20.2m) as it steps up its drive to cement its presence in the US and Mexico. A recent move to a new 50,000 sq ft workshop,…

HRT picks up Polvo stake

May 07, 2013

HRT Oil & Gas Ltda will purchase BP's 60% stake in the Polvo oil field, located 100km off Rio de Janeiro's coast, for US$135 million, the supermajor announced on 6 May 2013. BP said it expects the deal to close by 2H 2013, pending regulatory approvals…

OTC.13: Norway celebrates 40 years

May 06, 2013

OTC is marking a milestone for Innovation Norway this year with not only its largest ever pavilion for Norway but also a celebration of 40 years of the country showing at Houston's annual global oil and gas showcase. The event was marked…

OTC.13: Focus on abandonment issues

May 06, 2013

Rigless abandonment of wells and use of downhole communications will be future trends, according to an OTC paper on well plugging and abandonment. Praful Desai, presenting for Schlumberger, outlined the large number of ageing and non producing wells globally…

OTC.13: Petrovietnam details growth

May 06, 2013

Petrovietnam gave an overview of its operations and plans for future development at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston today. The company seeks to grow to meet the expanding energy needs of Vietnam. Dr. Do Van Hua, president and CEO of Petrovietnam…

OTC.13: Impact of Macondo report highlights risk aversion

May 06, 2013

US oil and gas professionals are losing their appetite for risk and are worried about rising operating costs, as they grapple with the consequences of a tougher, post-Macondo regulatory regime, according to new research published today by GL Noble Denton…

Petrobras sells Gila stake

May 03, 2013

Brazil's state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras will sell its 20% stake in BP's Gila prospect in the US Gulf of Mexico, the company announced on 29 April 2013. Petrobras signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) for its stake in exploratory blocks KC 49…

Jumbo on EnQuest subsea installation project

May 03, 2013

One of Jumbo’s heavy lift & installation vessels, the Fairplayer, is in Rotterdam preparing for a subsea installation project. Jumbo’s Fairplayer will be executing the installation of the mooring spread for the EnQuest Producer FPSO. This FPSO will be operating at the Alma and Galia fields…

First cut on Cygnus jackets

May 02, 2013

The ceremonial first cut of steel for the construction of the jackets on the Cygnus gas field project was celebrated today by operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK and partners Centrica Energy and Bayerngas at Burntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) Methil yard in Fife…

Spectrum starts Lebanon 3D Seismic

May 02, 2013

Spectrum has announced the start of another Multi-Client 3D survey in the Levantine Basin offshore Lebanon. This new survey covers approximately 2,200 square kilometers and the acquisition will be performed by Polarcus using its 12-streamer vessel 'Adira'…

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