OE Activity: 2014 / August

 

Offshore wind jackup efficiency challenge

Sep 02, 2014

The UK's Crown Estate has published its latest report aimed at improving the performance of the offshore wind sector, focusing on the more effective use of jackup vessels to help bring down costs in the maintenance of offshore wind turbines…

RDS inked for Sea Lion study

Sep 02, 2014

Rig design and engineering firm RDS has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by AMEC for Premier Oil’s Sea Lion development in the North Falklands Basin. The FEED work is part of AMEC’s overall FEED contract for…

Shell Malaysia taps IKM Group for mud system

Sep 02, 2014

IKM Group will provide a riser-less top-hole mud circulation system to Shell on the Malikai project offshore Sabah, Malaysia. IKM says the contract award is an important milestone for its MRR technology (mud recovery without riser) and…

Hess contracts Magseis for OBS

Sep 01, 2014

Norway's Magseis has been awarded a contract by Hess Denmark for seabed seismic acquisition in the southern part of the North Sea using the company’s proprietary MASS system and the Artemis Athene. The duration of the contract is estimated…

Lundin spuds Vollgrav South probe

Sep 01, 2014

Lundin Petroleum has started drilling exploration well 33/12-10 S on the Vollgrav South prospect, 250km west of Florø, between the Gullfaks and Statfjord fields, in production license 631. The main objective of well 33/12-10 S is to test…

Alfa Laval picks up Egina gig

Aug 29, 2014

Heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling firm Alfa Laval has won an order to supply Framo pumping systems to Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for use on Total's Egina FPSO. The order, worth about SEK 240 million…

Havyard breaks into Brazil

Aug 29, 2014

Havyard is to deliver the ship design and equipment for four anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels that are to be built and operated by the Brazilian shipping company and shipyard group Grupo CBO. The contract has been entered into by Havyard Design & Solutions…

Sempra considers expanding regas facility in Mexico

Aug 28, 2014

San Diego, California-based Sempra Energy is considering adding liquefaction capacity to its LNG regasification plant at Energía Costa Azul (ECA) in Baja California, Mexico. Subsidiary Sempra LNG's Energía Costa Azul is the first liquefied…

Kongsberg wins Catcher contract

Aug 28, 2014

Kongsberg Maritime division Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME) has won a contract to deliver an integrated control and safety system for the new BW Offshore Catcher FPSO. The contract follows BW Offshore’s signing of a lease and operate…

Pacific Drilling, Chevron begin GoM contract

Aug 27, 2014

Pacific Drilling’s ultra deepwater Pacific Sharav began its five-year drilling contract for Chevron on 27 August 2014. The contract is estimated to be worth more than US$1 billion, bringing Pacific Drilling’s total contract backlog as of 22 June 2012…

Bibby opens Norwegian office

Aug 27, 2014

Aberdeenshire-based Bibby Offshore is adding to its international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. Bibby Offshore is currently participating in a number of projects in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The…

Petrobras, Foro partner on laser drilling technology

Aug 26, 2014

Petrobras and Foro Energy signed a technology cooperation agreement (TCA) for high power laser drilling research and development. The program with the Leopoldo Americo Miguez de Mello Research & Development Center (CENPES) will focus on developing…

Nordic Maritime wins Statoil North Sea contract

Aug 26, 2014

Statoil awarded Nordic Maritime a contract for its newest DP2 vessel, Mokul Nordic in the North Sea. The 30-day contract has an optional 15-day charter. Mokul Nordicis a DP2 VS470 MKIII subsea service vessel capable of ROV and inspection…

Pacific Drilling’s Nigeria contract extended

Aug 26, 2014

Lagos-based Star Deep Water Petroleum signed a contract extension for Pacific Drilling’s Pacific Bora. The Pacific Bora is currently drilling offshore Nigeria. The contract extension increases the drillship’s backlog by approximately US$439 million…

TGS to survey offshore Sierra Leone

Aug 26, 2014

TGS announced a new multi-client 3D seismic survey offshore Sierra Leone.   The survey, Sierra Leone Block 4A Extension, will add 1000sq km of new 3D data to the existing 6268sq km of 3D data library in Sierra Leone. 'This survey…

ONS: Aquaterra launches riser tool

Aug 26, 2014

UK-based engineering firm Aquaterra Energy has launched a Riser Monitoring System (RMS) it believes will revolutionize integrity management and bring improved reliability and accuracy of data acquisition to the offshore oil and gas industry…

Rockwell, Cisco launch convergence training

Aug 25, 2014

Rockwell Automation and Cisco launched a training course to help information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) professionals overcome the challenges of converging network technologies. Managing Industrial Networks with Cisco Networking Technologies (IMINS) is a hands-on…

USITC confirms OCTG dumping in US

Aug 25, 2014

On Friday, The US International Trade Commission endorsed anti-dumping duties on steel pipe imports from four Asian countries, Turkey, and Ukraine. The USITC voted on 22 August that imports of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from South Korea…

ONS: Golder completes Arctic base study

Aug 25, 2014

Golder Associates has completed a comprehensive social baseline study in Greenland on behalf of Maersk Oil, Cairn Energy, ConocoPhillips and Shell.  The cooperative study was commissioned as Maersk Oil, Cairn Energy, ConocoPhillips and…

ONS: AGR bags NCS contracts

Aug 24, 2014

AGR has been awarded software contracts with Det norske oljeselskap, VNG (Norge) and OMV (Norge) worth in total about US$1 million. AGR will be delivering its bespoke software products P1, CT and iQˣ, which has been shortlisted for the ONS Innovation Award…

ONS: Expro plans Norway expansion

Aug 24, 2014

Oilfield services company, Expro, plans to open a major new base in Tananger, Norway in summer 2015. The 19,000sq m facility will consolidate the company’s three current Stavanger area locations and house Expro’s Well Testing and Drill…

SNC-Lavalin completes Kentz acquisition

Aug 22, 2014

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. announced it completed its acquisition of Jersey-based oil and gas services company Kentz Corp. Ltd. The acquisition of Kentz supports SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing transformation into a global Tier-1 engineering and construction (E&C) company…

Petrobras FPSO leaves yard for Lula field

Aug 22, 2014

The Cidade de Mangaratiba FPSO has begun its journey from the BrasFels shipyard in Angra dos Reis to the Iracema South area of Petrobras’ Lula field, offshore Rio de Janeiro. The FPSO will be connected to wells in the pre-salt layer of the Santos basin…

New EMAS spoolbase at Halsvik to support North Sea work

Aug 22, 2014

EMAS AMC has a new frame agreement with Apache North Sea for subsea construction in the UK North Sea. The awarded frame agreement includes pipeline construction, umbilical/cable lay, structure installation and other related offshore construction services…

Pulse support Martin Linge drilling

Aug 22, 2014

Pulse Structural Monitoring (Pulse), an Acteon company, has been awarded a contract with Total E&P Norge AS to provide a real time integrity monitoring system, to measure platform displacement during drilling operations.  The two-year contract…

ONS - opens Monday

Aug 22, 2014

One of the biggest oil events in the global calendar opens in Stavanger on Monday, with speakers, exhibitors and delegates expected from all corners of the globe.  The last event, held in 2012, attracted nearly 60,000 visitors, 1264 companies…

BP, Eni begin production in Egypt

Aug 21, 2014

Eni announced the start of production from the Denise-Karawan project (DEKA) with partner BP, through the new subsea well Denise South 6 at a gas rate of 1.8 MMcm/d and approximately 800bbl/d of associated condensates. The Denise South…

Platforms down-manned after power outage

Aug 21, 2014

A power cut at Shell’s Nelson platform, 124 miles off Aberdeen in the North Sea, saw 148 of the 167 on board airlifted to the nearby Borgholm Dolphin flotel on Tuesday (19 August). Nineteen workers remained on the rig while the problem is resolved…

Norway completes Barents seismic campaign

Aug 21, 2014

Norway's Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has collected 5600km 2D seismic in the northern Barents Sea since July 18, it said today. The acquisition is a continuation of the acquisitions which the NPD has conducted in the southeastern and northern Barents Sea since 2011…

Statoil shuts down Troll C

Aug 20, 2014

Statoil shut down production on the Troll C platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea on 17 August after an inspection program on the platform detected corrosion damage to a pipe connected to the oil export system. Troll C…

Canada adds smart buoy for Bay of Fundy

Aug 20, 2014

Transport Canada, the province of New Brunswick, and several other project partners announced funding for the SmartAtlantic Saint John (New Brunswick) buoy project, eighth in the smart buoy series that is modernizing Canada's marine navigation system…

Bumi to supply FPSO off Indonesia

Aug 19, 2014

Husky-CNOOC Madura awarded Malaysia-based Bumi Armada Offshore Holdings and its joint venture company PT Armada Gema Nusantara a contract to provide the floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) for the Madura BD Field, approximately…

Wild Well announces Asia Pacific expansion

Aug 19, 2014

Stennes, Haustead. Images from Wild Well. Wayne Stennes and Christian Haustead join Wild Well Control, Inc. to further increase the company’s service offerings and presence in the Asia Pacific region…

Pre-salt Brazil orders for FMC

Aug 19, 2014

FMC Technologies is to provide another five subsea manifolds for Brazil's Petrobras for its pre-salt fields located offshore Brazil. The order represents the balance of the 16 subsea manifolds ordered under a frame agreement signed in 2013…

Leak halts GOM drilling

Aug 19, 2014

Sevan Drilling's Sevan Louisiana ultra-deepwater semisubmersiblse drilling rig has temporarily halted operations due to a control system leak on the blow out preventer (BOP), the firm said today (August 18).  In order to repair the leak…

Badger Explorer, CNPC DR enter partner agreement

Aug 18, 2014

Badger Explorer ASA (BXPL) signed a co-operation agreement for a long term agreement with China National Petroleum Corp. Drilling Research Institute (CNPC DR), whereby CNPC DR will become a sponsoring partner in the development of the Badger Explorer autonomous drilling tool…

Drydocks World completes two turret modules for Shell Prelude

Aug 18, 2014

Dubai's Drydocks World has successfully completed turret modules 1 and 2 for the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility. This innovative FLNG facility will be stationed at Shell's Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia…

Harkand wins Apache North Sea work

Aug 18, 2014

Harkand has been awarded a contract to support Apache's North Sea business with inspection, repair and maintenance work (IRM) as well as light construction (LC). The award includes provision of vessels, ROV and diving services for three years…

Noreco/North Energy swap assets

Aug 18, 2014

North Energy and Noreco Norway have agreed to swap interests in two offshore Norway production licences (PL). North Energy will acquire 15% of PL 484 in the Norwegian Sea and transfer a 10% holding in PL 616 in the North Sea to Noreco…

Multiple contracts for DOF Subsea

Aug 18, 2014

DOF Subsea has been awarded multiple contracts, worth a total NOK830 million.   In Asia Pacific, DOF Subsea has been awarded several contracts including project management and engineering, inspection, maintenance and repair services and subsea installation work…

Dolphin awarded seismic contract in South America

Aug 15, 2014

Dolphin's M/V Sanco Sword. Image from Dolphin. Dolphin Geophysical has been awarded a contract extension of approximately 50 days on an ongoing 3D seismic project in South America. 'We are…

Uptime wins new orders for gangway

Aug 15, 2014

Norway-based Uptime International has entered into contracts with MAC Offshore Dubai and Fujian Mawei Shipyard China for delivery of three active motion-compensated gangways. The first of these three gangways will be mounted early 2015…

Mercuria forms JV with Pemex to import US gas

Aug 14, 2014

Mex Gas Supply (MGS), a subsidiary of Mexico's Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has a formed an alliance with Switzerland’s Mercuria, financed by JPMorgan.to import US-sourced natural gas. On 8 August, Geneva-based Mercuria Energy Trading…

ADX gets two-year extension in Tunisia

Aug 14, 2014

Tunisian Authorities approved Australia’s ADX Energy Ltd.’s two-year extension of the exploration period for the Kerkouane permit offshore Tunisia. The exploration period is now set to end on 21 February 2016.   The ADX operated contiguous Sicily Channel blocks…

API urges BOEM to expand US offshore opportunities

Aug 14, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) released comments urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to consider all Outer Continental Shelf areas for inclusion in the government’s offshore oil and natural gas leasing program for 2017 – 2022…

Aquatic relocates to Singapore

Aug 13, 2014

Aquatic Asia Pacific Pte relocated its regional headquarters to the east coast of Singapore, where all Asia-based aquatic equipment is stored and mobilized. The new office suite is part of the existing operations base. This move brings…

Kongsberg wins Johan Castberg FEED

Aug 13, 2014

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies has been awarded a contract for delivery of an extended concept study and pre-front end engineering design (FEED) on infield flowline and riser systems for the Statoil-operated Johan Castberg project in the Barents Sea…

Maersk Supply orders up to 6 supply vessels

Aug 13, 2014

COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., a subsidiary of COSCO Corporation's 51% owned subsidiary, COSCO Shipyard Group Co., has secured contracts worth more than US$470 million, excluding owner-furnished equipment, from Maersk Supply Service (part of the A…

Boskalis JV wins wind work

Aug 13, 2014

VSMC, a cable-laying joint venture between Royal Boskalis Westminster and VolkerWessels, has been awarded a contract by Sandbank Offshore Windfarm (a joint venture between Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München). The scope of work includes cable supply…

Keel laid at Barreras for Pemex flotel vessel

Aug 13, 2014

Last week, workers at the Hijos de J. Barreras SA shipyard (Astillero Barreras) in Vigo, northwest Spain, laid the keel for a new floating accommodation vessel for Pemex Exploration and Production. The Barreras shipyard was founded in the Galicia region in 1892…

Ceona awards NCS Survey subsea contract

Aug 12, 2014

Ceona awarded NCS Survey Ltd. a five-year contract for positioning services, in which mobilization has been successfully completed on the first vessel, Ceona’s DP3 multi-purpose vessel, the Normand Pacific. Following initial work in the Gulf of Mexico…

Pemex inks CGG OBC contract

Aug 12, 2014

Pemex has awarded CGG a US$200 million contract for ocean bottom cable (OBC) 3D-4C seismic work in one of the oil company’s most important producing areas, the Ku Maloob Zaap oil field, and the light crude oil fields of the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico…

Founders leave Trapoil to maintain value

Aug 12, 2014

Junior North Sea-focused exploration firm Trapoil is to shed more of its senior staff, including its co-founders, in a bid to maintain the value of its assets. The firm, currently has a mix of carried and paying interests in 11 licenses…

Arena picks Gulf Island for fabrication

Aug 12, 2014

Gulf Island Fabrication has received an award letter from Arena Offshore for the fabrication of two jacket/piles and topsides for Arena’s projects in the US Gulf of Mexico. Delivery for these units is set for late second quarter 2015…

Aker/DNV GL ink frame agreement

Aug 12, 2014

Aker Solutions has awarded DNV GL a global frame agreement to pave the way for better technology collaboration, more efficient project execution and considerable cost savings. The frame agreement covers the following business segments:  Subsea…

Helix, OneSubsea and Schlumberger form alliance

Aug 11, 2014

OneSubsea – a Cameron and Schlumberger company – Helix Energy Solutions Group, and Schlumberger announced that they have entered into a letter of intent to develop technologies and deliver services to optimize the cost and efficiency of subsea well intervention systems…

Pulse opens new US facility

Aug 11, 2014

Pulse Structural Monitoring Inc. opened a new, purpose-built facility in Katy, Texas that will provide modern office, production and testing facilities. The modern 740sq m facility will support Pulse’s expansion plans in the North American market…

Teekay inks accommodation unit

Aug 11, 2014

Teekay Offshore Partners have exercised the first of six options to build another floating accommodation unit (FAU) based on the cylindrical Sevan design at the Cosco Shipyard, Nantong, China. The new FAU is scheduled for delivery in Q3 2016…

Dolphin awarded seismic contract in Pacific region

Aug 08, 2014

Dolphin Geophysical won a 3D seismic contract in the Pacific region of approximately 90 days.  The contract will begin at the end of 4Q 2014 for a non-disclosed large independent oil company. Dolphin will utilize one of their modern high-capacity vessels…

Statoil, Schlumberger enter NCS agreement

Aug 08, 2014

Statoil awarded Schlumberger Norway a contract to provide integrated drilling services and exploration drilling on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Licenses are for Gullfaks, Gullfaks Satellites, Snorre, Statfjord, Tordis/Vigdis…

SOCO well spud offshore Congo

Aug 07, 2014

SOCO International announced the Lidongo X Marine-101 (LXM-101) exploration well spud in the Marine XI Block, located in the Congo Basin, offshore the Republic of Congo. The LXM-101 well is located 23km north west of Pointe Noire in a…

J2 Subsea opens new US facility

Aug 07, 2014

J2 Subsea opened a new facility in New Iberia, Louisiana. This facility, which includes a new hydraulic workshop for tool preparation, servicing and support, will provide torque tools, analysers, Webtool cutters, intensifiers, grinders…

New API map- LNG export facilities

Aug 06, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has compiled a new web-based map tracking North American LNG export facility projects. API says approving the LNG sites are critical to US export goals: the proposed export terminals are a 'roadmap to a lower trade deficit…

STATS opens UK facility

Aug 05, 2014

Left: Martin Wilson; Right: Dr. Mark Burton The Aberdeenshire-headquartered STATS Group opened a new intervention engineering and technical support hub and recruited two pipeline intervention services team members…

EMAS wins $110m contracts

Aug 05, 2014

EMAS AMC, the subsea services division of Ezra Holdings, has been awarded several projects around the world worth close to US$110 million, including options. The scope of work for the projects include the transport and installation of subsea structures in Africa…

Hydra joins Wood Group for Tullow's TEN, off Ghana

Aug 01, 2014

Hydra Offshore Ltd. and Wood Group Ghana Ltd. cement a long-term relationship for subsea engineering services in Ghana. Ghanaian company Hydra Offshore has signed a two-year contract to provide local engineering support to Wood Group Ghana…

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