OE Activity: 2013 / March

 

£2million work for XPD8

Apr 01, 2013

Aberdeen-based XPD8 Solutions has reported a strong start to 2013 after its condition monitoring team secured work worth more than £2 million and announced plans to expand its workforce.The company, which specialises in the management of maintenance systems for oil and gas producing assets…

SPIE links with PetroSkills

Mar 29, 2013

SPIE Oil & Gas Services has announced the signing of a Joint Development Agreement with PetroSkills LLC.This agreement will allow SPIE Oil & Gas Services to enhance its worldwide competency development programs.PetroSkills LLC a worldwide training and development company has over 280 instructors…

Shell, Kinder Morgan team up for US LNG exports

Mar 28, 2013

Shell teamed up with Kinder Morgan’s Southern Liquefaction to develop a natural gas liquefaction plant at Southern LNG’s Elba Island terminal near Savannah, Georgia, US. The partners plan to modify the Elba Express Pipeline and the Elba Island…

Jee opens London office

Mar 28, 2013

Subsea engineering firm Jee opened its first London office in January. The new location is part of the company’s strategy to create 150 jobs in the UK over the next four years. “The new location will allow us to better serve existing clients…

Aker Solutions acquires Enovate Systems

Mar 28, 2013

Aker Solutions acquired Aberdeen-based well control equipment firm Enovate Systems for an undisclosed amount. Aker plans to develop Enovate as an independent supplier of components and products that can be used for open water workover, riser workover…

Repsol reaches Tocardo partnership

Mar 28, 2013

In January, Spain’s Repsol announced a partnership with Netherlands-based Tocardo International, a tidal and freeflow water turbine producer, to develop offshore tidal energy. With backing from Repsol’s New Energy Ventures business, Tocardo aims to enhance its offshore engineering capabilities…

Variable Bore Rams strikes Weatherford supply deal

Mar 28, 2013

Variable Bore Rams struck a deal to supply Weatherford’s Asia Pacific subsidiary with blowout preventer rams. Equipment stocking began last month and includes multiple sizes of rams. “We hope that our presence in the Asia Pacific region will…

Seatronics to open new Brazilian facility

Mar 28, 2013

Aberdeen-based subsea marine equipment rental firm Seatronics, an Acteon company, completed the startup phase of its new facility in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro. The center will serve as an office, workshop and warehouse facility for sales, rental…

Global Tubing opens Canadian service center

Mar 28, 2013

Texas-based coiled tubing provider Global Tubing, opened a new service center in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, last month. The1709 sq m facility will house two full indoor service lines, and provide coiled tubing services including spooling, welding…

Latin America’s Telmex

Mar 28, 2013

Latin America’s Telmex contracted Offshore Marine Management to supervise and assist with repairs to the shore-end section of an existing fiber optic connection between the Mexican mainland and Cozumel. Offshore Marine Management installed protective pipe on to the submarine cable section…

Statoil contracted

Mar 28, 2013

Statoil contracted Heerema Fabrication Group’s Vlissingen yard for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a fixed jacket and pre-drilling module for the Dagny field development in the central North Sea. The 16,000-ton jacket will be the largest launch jacket built at the yard.

Wood Group Kenny won

Mar 28, 2013

Wood Group Kenny won a US$8.6 million contract from Inpex Maselato perform FEED work for the subsea production facilities at the Abadi LNG project off Indonesia. The contract involves the subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline systems,including subsea structures and equipment.

TGS Polarcus Asima

Mar 28, 2013

TGS announced it will charter the 12-streamer Polarcus Asima for a six-month period. TGS will utilize the ship during an acquisition of a 3D multi-client survey covering 7800km 2 of the Sunfish acre age in Harper Basin, off Liberia. TGS will…

Shell has awarded

Mar 28, 2013

Shell has awarded Subsea 7 a US $135 million contract for work on its Fram oil and gas development located 220km east of Aberdeen, Scotland. Subsea 7 will handle the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and installation of a4.5 km in-field pipeline bundle measuring 44in in diameter…

Tenaris renewed

Mar 28, 2013

Tenaris renewed a long-term supply deal with Brazil’s Petrobras last month. Under the agreement, Tenaris will supply large diameter casing pipes with TenarisHydril Wedge Series 500 premium connections and other products until 2017.

Houston warehouse boost

Mar 28, 2013

Dubai-based shipping, logistics, and marine services provider GAC began construction on its new North Houston office and warehouse. The 181,067 sq ft cross dock building, slated for completion in July, includes four acres of outside storage space…

Ecuadorean seismic

Mar 28, 2013

WPG Group initiated the acquisition of 2D and 3D surveys last month in Ecuador’s transition and shallow water zones for the State Sevmorgeo Company (SMG). SMG is utilizing Fairfield Z700 oceanbottom nodes in combination with portable sources provided by WPG.

Cantarell extension

Mar 28, 2013

Mexico’s Cotemar Group secured short contract extensions for three Prosafe SE accommodation vessels. The three semisubmersibles are currently stationed at Pemex’s Cantarell field. Bareboat charter contracts for Safe Britannia, Safe Lancia, and…

Chinese duo

Mar 28, 2013

Chevron subsidiary Chevron China Energy and China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) signed production sharing contracts for two shallow water exploration blocks in the South China Sea. Chevron will hold 100% interest during the exploration…

Spaoh-2 spudded

Mar 28, 2013

BC Petroleum spud the Spaoh2 well last month. It will target a total depth of 2710m subsea, is the third well in a multiwell appraisal drilling program in the Balai Cluster off east Malaysia.

Arabian construction

Mar 28, 2013

Saudi Aramco awarded Saipem a lump sum contract extension for the development of the Arabiyah and Hasbah gas fields in the Persian Gulf. The project’s scope includes construction work on the fields’ trunklines.

Make way for Jupiter

Mar 28, 2013

Australian exploration company Jacka Resources hired the GSP Jupiter jackup rig to drill and test its Hammamet West-3 exploration well off Tunisia, which is expected to spud later this month. The rig is en route to Tunisia and will require the…

Restoring Terra Nova

Mar 28, 2013

Suncor Energy resumed production at the largest of three drill centers at the Terra Nova complex, off Newfoundland, following the completion of dockside maintenance. A second drill center was connected in January and is currently being commissioned.

Arctic pact

Mar 28, 2013

ExxonMobil and Rosneft signed a new pact last month, enabling ExxonMobil to gain seven new exploration blocks in the Chukchi, Laptev and Kara Seas, an area totaling 600,000 sq km. In turn, Rosneft will have the option to take 25% of ExxonMobil’s…

Ichthys commissioning

Mar 27, 2013

Cegelec Oil & Gas Services won two commissioning contracts in January for the Ichthys project off the coast of Western Australia. Under the scope of the threeyear contracts, Cegelec will perform precommissioning, commissioning and engineering…

HPHT technology to India

Mar 27, 2013

Cairn India contracted GE Oil & Gas to supply the Ravva oil and gas field off the coast of Andhra Pradesh with HPHT wellhead technology, mudline systems, spare units and services for the field. “We see HPHT technology as a key for the next stage of development…

PSVM starts production

Mar 27, 2013

Production has begun from BP and Sonangol’s PSVM development in block 31, off Angola. The PSVM development, BP’s second operated development in the country, consists of four oil fields: Plutão, Saturno,Vénus, and Marte. Three wells at the Plutão…

Tamar jacket delivery

Mar 27, 2013

Rotterdam-based transporter Fairmount Marine delivered Noble’s Tamar jacket to the eastern Mediterranean last month. The 18,500ton jacket was built in Corpus Christi, Texas, and traveled 9000 miles from the US on Heerema Marine Contractor’s H851 barge towed by Fairmount Marine’s tugs…

Valhall in production

Mar 27, 2013

Production has begun at BP’s Valhall redevelopment project in the Norwegian North Sea. The project aims to increase Valhall’s life span by an additional 40 years. Current capacity is set at 120,000b/d of oil and 143mmcf/d of gas. BP expects production to increase to 65,000boe/d by 2H 2013.

Cyprus entry

Mar 27, 2013

A consortium made up of Eni and Kogas has won three deepwater blocks during the Republic of Cyprus’s second offshore licensing round. The consortium walked away with blocks 2, 3, and 9 in the Cypriot deepwater portion of the Levantine Basin…

Sapinhoá startup

Mar 27, 2013

Commercial production began at Sapinhoá field in January. Located in block BMS9 in Brazil’s presalt region, the first producing well, Guara1, was connected to the FPSO Cidade de São Paulo. Guara1 has a potential production rate of 25,000b/d…

Mafumeira Sul advances

Mar 27, 2013

Chevron subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil will proceed with the second stage development of the Mafumeira Sul project located in block 0, 24km off Cabinda, Angola in 60m of water. Scope of the US$5.6 billion project includes 50 wells, two wellhead platforms…

Nefertiti approved

Mar 27, 2013

The Egyptian government approved Dana Petroleum’s development plan for the Nefertiti oil field in the Gulf of Suez following a successful appraisal at the Nefertiti2X well. Dana says the field is the first it developed by drilling extended reach wells from an onshore location…

Wintershall wildcat’s a gas

Mar 27, 2013

Wintershall Norge hit gas and condensate at its Norwegian Sea wildcat 6407/16 S. The well discovered waterbearing reservoirs with gross vertical thickness of 118 and 123m, respectively, in the Garn and Ile formations. Gas and condensate were…

New Irish play

Mar 27, 2013

A full tensor gradiometry and magnetic airborne survey revealed a new oil prospect off the coast of Northern Ireland for Providence Resources. The Polaris prospect, located in the Rathlin Sound, lays structurally ontrend with the onshore 2008 Ballinlea1 well…

Gulf of Mexico lease sale

Mar 27, 2013

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and US Department of the Interior announced that Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 227 will offer 28.6 million acres off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The sale will take place this month in New Orleans…

Decommissioning market opportunity for UK

Mar 26, 2013

Research identifying strengths and weaknesses in the oil & gas decommissioning sector will be outlined to delegates attending a new one-day event for the sector taking place in Aberdeen today.Decom Offshore 2013 is being held by offshore oil…

Subsea UK 2013 Awards

Mar 22, 2013

EPC Offshore won subsea company of the year at Subsea UK’s seventh annual award ceremony held in Aberdeen during Subsea 2013. Photographed below is Keith Wallace, EPC Offshore’s CEO with the award, accompanied by Carole Innes, business development manager at Brewin Dolphin…

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