OE Press: 2014 / March

 

AGR drills Barents Sea wells

Mar 31, 2014

AGR was assigned by OMV to drill a well in the Barents Sea. As a result of establishing different drilling targets and challenging reservoirs, the operation ended with two wells drilled with the Leiv Eiriksson rig. AGR delivered the Wisting…

Taqa CEO discusses 2014 capex

Mar 31, 2014

Abu Dhabi National Energy Co.'s (Taqa) capital expenditure for 2014 will be between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, 'a little less than in 2013,' the company's chief executive, Carl Sheldon, said during a conference call on 25 March. Taqa reported a net loss of 2…

Crowley tugs deliver Tubular Bells topside to MC 725

Mar 28, 2014

On the heels of the recent successful delivery of offshore production facility Jack/St. Malo, Crowley Maritime has again supported the domestic petroleum industry by providing ocean towing services for the Tubular Bells topside in the Gulf of Mexico for Saipem…

US LNG exports to create new jobs

Mar 28, 2014

US Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, held a hearing on how increasing exports of LNG will create thousands of high-paying jobs and support U.S. allies abroad. The hearing, entitled “Importing Energy…

Dolphin starts Barents Seismic

Mar 28, 2014

Dolphin Geophysical started mobilization for two new multi-client 3D projects in the Barents Sea off Norway using the newly launched, high-capacity 3D seismic vessel, Sanco Sword. The Gohta North and Maud Basin South 3D surveys, covering about 6200sq km…

Trelleborg bags large DRBM deal

Mar 27, 2014

Trelleborg’s offshore operation has been awarded one of its largest single orders for drill riser buoyancy modules (DRBM) by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea. Consisting of RiserGuard and riser buoyancy, the contract…

Lekoil starts 3D shoot off Nigeria

Mar 27, 2014

Nigeria-based Lekoil provided an update on activities in oil prospecting license (OPL) 310 offshore Nigeria. OPL 310 contains the Ogo discovery announced last year. The Polarcus vessel MV Polarcus Nadia has started the 3D seismic program…

Getting risk management right

Mar 27, 2014

Getting offshore risk management wrong can prove disastrous, but how easy is it to get it right?  Insurance professional Robert Armstrong is hoping to demystify some of the issues in a talk organised by Aberdeen’s SPE Young Professionals on 2 April…

Latest Johan Sverdrup wells complete

Mar 27, 2014

Lundin Petroleum has completed two successful appraisal wells 16/3-8 S and 16/3-8 S T2, on the Johan Sverdrup discovery. Appraisal well 16/3-8 S, on the Avaldsnes High, was drilled about 4km southeast of discovery well 16/2-6 and about 3km west of appraisal well 16/3-4…

Repsol, Indra put heads together for leak detection system

Mar 26, 2014

Repsol and Indra have jointly developed a water-based hydrocarbon leak early detection system, the companies announced on 26 March 2014. The system, called HEADS (Hydrocarbon Early Automatic Detection System) has successfully completed testing at the Repsol Industrial Complex in Tarragon…

Seaway inks Dutch yard space

Mar 26, 2014

Seaway Heavy Lifting signed a contract with Rhenus Logistics which will give it its own offshore yard facilities, warehouse and quayside on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam (pictured) for 10 years. The contract, with Rhenus Logistics, started 1 March 2014…

Greenpeace scales West Alpha

Mar 24, 2014

Greenpeace has said five of its 14 activists have scaled the West Alpha semisubmersible drilling rig offshore Norway in protest against ExxonMobil’s plans to drill in the Russian Arctic.  The protest has been staged on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill…

Santos begins Peluang production

Mar 24, 2014

Australia-based Santos Ltd. announced that natural gas production has commenced ahead of schedule from the Peluang gas project offshore East Java in Indonesia. Sanctioned in February 2013, Peluang is a tie-back to the existing facilities…

Mine risk to be analyzed

Mar 24, 2014

Engineering and project management firm Royal HaskoningDHV and advisory firm 6 Alpha Associates have signed a contract with the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA), to be the research contractor for a project…

Next stop Martin Linge

Mar 24, 2014

Maersk Drilling has named its latest ultra harsh environment jackup drilling rig, the Maersk Intrepid, ahead of its first deployment development drilling on the Martin Linge field offshore Norway. Maersk Intrepid is the first…

OAA winners shine

Mar 21, 2014

More than 500 industry professionals came together at the sparkling 28th Offshore Achievement Awards ceremony in Aberdeen, last night.  The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section organized and hosted the awards, “the industry Oscars”…

Subsea 7 wins BC-10 work

Mar 21, 2014

Subsea 7 has won a lump sum contract worth about US$110 million from Shell for the installation of jumpers, umbilicals and associated subsea structures for the BC-10 Phase 3 project in the Campos basin, offshore Brazil.  Project management…

Heerema planning new heavy lifter

Mar 20, 2014

Heerema Marine Contractors is planning a new semisubmersible crane vessel (NSCV), which, according to crane supplier Huisman, will have the world's largest cranes on board. At 214m-long and 97.5m-wide, the NSCV will become the world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel…

Shah Deniz 2 contracts awarded

Mar 20, 2014

The Shah Deniz and South Caucasus Pipeline consortia have awarded key contracts for the development of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 and South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX) projects. The contracts, covering project management services and construction…

PSC agreed offshore Comoros

Mar 20, 2014

The National Assembly of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago island nation east of Mozambiue, Africa, has ratified a production sharing contract with Bahari Resources. The PSC, covering offshore blocks 35, 36, and 37 (previously named blocks A…

IKM wins Statoil ROV job

Mar 19, 2014

IKM Subsea has been awarded a 1+1+1 year contract by Statoil for ROV drill support service. The contract includes ROV services onboard Maersk XLE 3. Maersk XLE 3 is a jackup rig to perform drilling at the Gina Krog field. 'The fact…

Malaysia find for Shell/Petronas

Mar 19, 2014

PETRONAS and Shell have made an oil discovery offshore Sabah, Malaysia. The discovery was made via the Limbayong-2 well during the appraisal of the Limbayong gas field by Shell. The appraisal well encountered 136 metres of oil bearing sands…

Visund hit for Statoil

Mar 19, 2014

Statoil Petroleum has discovered hydrocarbons in wildcat well 34/8-17 S in production license 120 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well was drilled on the north-east flank of the Visund field, in the northern part of the North Sea…

Global completion database JIP launched

Mar 18, 2014

ITF, the Industry Technology Facilitator, has started a joint industry pptoject (JIP) with Tullow Oil to establish a comprehensive, global wells and completions reliability database and is urging more operators to join the project. The…

E.ON gets slice of Barents license

Mar 18, 2014

E.ON E&P has farmed into the Aurelia license in the Barents Sea. The firm will take 20% stake 'We have had the Barents Sea as a focus area since 2010, and this farm in is a part of E.ON E&P’s long term exploration strategy in this area…

Tri Tool to open Houston office

Mar 18, 2014

Tri Tool Incorporated will be opening a new 15,000sq ft office and warehouse location to better serve the offshore and onshore pipeline oil & gas industries in the gulf region. On May 7th, Tri Tool will be hosting a grand opening event…

Chariot adds to Moroccan acreage

Mar 18, 2014

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited has been awarded 75% interest and operatorship of the Mohammedia Reconnaissance license offshore Morocco.  The Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) will be its partner, holding 25% carried interest…

Bourbon takeover bid annnounced

Mar 18, 2014

Luxembourg-based investment firm JACCAR Holdings has made a takeover bid for French offshore vessel owner Bourbon.   JACCAR, the private, maritime sector-focused, investment company of Jacques de Chateauvieux, Bourbon’s chairman, already directly owns 26…

Vard launches Canada subsidiary

Mar 18, 2014

Shipbuilding firm Vard has set up a new subsidiary for ship design, engineering and sales activities in Canada. Vard Marine Inc. is a ship design and marine engineering company providing solutions for offshore and specialized vessels such as offshore support…

Kongsberg wins Petrobras newbuild deal

Mar 17, 2014

Kongsberg Maritime has been chosen to deliver technology packages for ten new pipelaying vessels ordered by Brazilian multinational energy corporation, Petrobras. In contracts valued about US$19.85 million, the scope of supply includes Kongsberg…

McDermott conducts pipeline repair in UAE

Mar 17, 2014

McDermott International Inc. recently mobilized its dive support vessel (DSV) Thebaud Sea for an emergency pipeline repair offshore the United Arab Emirates. This is the third time in recent months that the DSV has been fast tracked to an emergency response…

Keppel bags string of contracts

Mar 17, 2014

Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiaries have secured contracts worth about US$110 million in total. Keppel Shipyard will, for SOFEC Inc., fabricate an external turret mooring system for an FPSO vessel that will operate in the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme fields in Ghana…

Saipem picked for South Stream

Mar 17, 2014

Saipem has been contracted by South Stream Transport for the construction of the first line of the South Stream Offshore Pipeline, from Russia to Bulgaria across the Black Sea, for a total value of about US$2.7 billion. The South Stream…

Kenya well Sunbird-1 inconclusive

Mar 17, 2014

The Sunbird-1 exploration well in area L10A offshore southern Kenya is to be plugged and abandoned after finding hydrocarbons. Pancontinental Oil & Gas, which holds 18.75% WI in the BG Group-operated well, said while hydrocarbons were found…

Foum Assaka well spuds

Mar 17, 2014

Kosmos Energy subsidiary Kosmos Energy Deepwater Morocco has spudded the FA-1 well on the Eagle prospect in the Foum Assaka area offshore Morocco, according to partner Fastnet Oil & Gas.  The planned target depth is 4000m in about 600m water depth…

Moroccan heavy oil dampener

Mar 17, 2014

Cairn Energy's JM-1 well, offshore Morocco, is to be plugged and abandoned without testing, after funding heavy oil.  The JM-1 well (operated by Cairn with 37.5% WI) was drilled to evaluate Upper Jurassic and Middle Jurassic objectives…

Cairn contracts for 3D survey off India

Mar 15, 2014

Singapore-based Nordic Maritime has received a contract from Cairn India to provide 3D marine seismic data acquisition and processing services off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, India, starting later this month. Under the terms of the $23…

Bibby orders ROVs from SMD

Mar 14, 2014

SMD announces an order from Aberdeen based Bibby Remote intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Bibby Offshore, to supply a further two Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV) complete with Launch and Recovery systems (LARs)…

SEG teams with Energistics on open standards

Mar 14, 2014

Energistics, the upstream oil and gas standards consortium, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the international society of applied geophysics, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore joint development opportunities…

BP cleared to enter GoM contracts

Mar 14, 2014

BP announced that it has entered into an administrative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on behalf of the federal government, resolving all matters related to the suspension, debarment and statutory…

Wintershall shifts upstream

Mar 14, 2014

Germany-based crude oil and natural gas producer is planning to divest its shareholding in the Eastern German company Verbundnetz Gas AG (VNG) as part of its strategy to concentrate on the upstream sector. A 24 March agreement will see EWE Aktiengesellschaft take over Wintershall’s 15…

AGM Petroleum, GNPC team up in Tano Basin

Mar 13, 2014

Minexco Petroleum Inc., the African focused private Oil and Gas Exploration Company, provided details of the petroleum agreement between its subsidiary AGM Petroleum and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), for their joint project in the South Deepwater Tano Basin…

Juliet field hits plateau rate

Mar 13, 2014

France-based GDF Suez announced that the Juliet field in the Southern Gas Basin is now producing at its plateau rate of 80MMsqcfg/d. This is the equivalent to 400,000bbl/month. The fast track project has been executed and successfully…

Petrobras completes Pitu drilling

Mar 13, 2014

Petrobras announced that it has completed drilling wildcat well 1-BRSA-1205-RNS (Pitu), located in the Potiguar Basin. The results confirm the discovery of intermediate oil as previously announced to the market on 17 Dec 2013. The Pitu well sits at a water depth of 1731m…

SGO to remove Amuriyah wreckage

Mar 13, 2014

Sterling Global Operations (SGO) has been chosen to provide surface - supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal and salvage operations for the sunken 82,000-ton VLCC (very large crude carrier) Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in Jan…

VARD inks four new PLSV deals

Mar 12, 2014

VARD announced the signing of new contracts with JVs of DOF Subsea and Technip for the design and construction of four pipe lay support vessels (PLSVs). The contracts constitute the largest order in VARD’s history, with an aggregate order value of approximately US$1…

Solstad-Vard in new build deal

Mar 12, 2014

Ship designer and builder Vard Holdings has agreed a letter of intent with Solstad Offshore for the design and construction of a large offshore subsea construction vessel (OSCV).  The contract will be the largest single vessel order in…

Harkand moves vessel to N Sea

Mar 12, 2014

Subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) group Harkand is to position a second dive support vessel in the North Sea sector after securing a major contract with CNR International (CNRI). The contract will see Harkand deliver jacket life extension works…

Mid-Atlantic weather initiative launched

Mar 11, 2014

BMT Group subsidiary BMT ARGOSS has formed a joint initiative with the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, and Oceanweather Inc, to help support oil and gas majors with offshore engineering design and operational planning in the mid-Atlantic region…

South Stream offshore pipeline progress

Mar 11, 2014

The supervisory board of South Stream Transport BV approved the signing of a construction contract for the South Stream Offshore Pipeline on 11 March 2014, a day after European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger was quoted by German daily newspaper Die Welt…

Barents seismic contracts awarded

Mar 11, 2014

WesternGeco and PGS have been awarded contracts for a joint industry seismic acquisition in the southeastern Barents Sea. The surveys cover blocks proposed for the 23rd concession round by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and will in total cover about 13…

Arctic research center launched

Mar 11, 2014

An Arctic petroleum research center has been launched in Tromso, Norway, to increase knowledge about hydrocarbon exploration in the region.  The Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration (ARCEx) is funded by the Norwegian…

Talisman to use Archer's Emerald

Mar 11, 2014

Drilling and well services firm Archer has won a contract to provide drilling services to Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited.   The contract will be the first to use the Archer Emerald modular rig on the UK Continental Shelf. The Archer…

DeepOcean charters new cable layer

Mar 11, 2014

A charter agreement between expanding subsea contractor DeepOcean and Maersk Supply Service has triggered an order for a Damen Offshore Carrier DOC 8500 - the second order for this new ship design from Damen Shipyards Group. The…

Cape buys Motherwell Bridge

Mar 11, 2014

UK and Singapore headquartered services firm Cape has acquired UK-based Motherwell Bridge, a provider of storage tanks, gasholders and heat exchangers to the energy and steel markets for £37.65 million. Motherwell Bridge, headquartered in Lanarkshire…

ABB telecoms for offshore Norway

Mar 10, 2014

Power and automation group ABB has won three orders worth US$60 million for internal and external telecommunication systems for three Statoil projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The three contracts are signed with shipyards in South Korea…

Offshore Nigeria OBC work starts

Mar 10, 2014

Mobilization work for a 3D seismic ocean bottom cable (OBC) data acquisition survey in offshore production license (OPL) 233 offshore Nigeria has started.  Following mobilization, which is expected to complete by the end of March, the…

Dry North Sea wildcat for Statoil

Mar 10, 2014

Statoil Petroleum, operator of production license 248 C, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 35/11-16 S on the Juv prospect. The well was drilled about 5.5km north of the Fram field in the northern North Sea, and about 130km northwest of Bergen…

Safety warning issued

Mar 07, 2014

Experts from the global oil and gas industry have heard that a catastrophic disaster can – and will – happen again if the lessons of Macondo and other similar incidents are not learned and shared routinely. The stark warning was issued…

Cable laying under focus

Mar 07, 2014

Xodus Group, Cathie Associates, and UTEC Geomarine have formed a consortium which will aim to reduce the costs of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in UK waters. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), which brings together nine offshore wind developers (DONG Energy…

First steel cut on Alba

Mar 07, 2014

First cut for Marathon Oil's Alba field B3 compression platform project was marked at Heerema Fabrication Group's (HFG) HFG Polska yard, in Opole, Poland, with project partner Iv-Oil & Gas (Iv). Operated by Marathon Oil subsidiary Marathon E…

Technip wins Jangkrik subsea deal

Mar 06, 2014

Technip has been awarded a subsea contract by Eni Muara Bakau B.V. (Eni), operator of the Muara Bakau PSC, for the Jangkrik project located in the Muara Bakau PSC working area, about 70km off the coast of Makassar Strait, Indonesia, at water depth ranging from 200m to 430m…

Oryx confirms discovery off Congo

Mar 05, 2014

Oryx Petroleum Corp Ltd. announced that the testing of the E-1 exploration well targeting the Elephant prospect in the Haute Mer A license area in Congo (Brazzaville) confirmed the discovery of natural gas and crude oil previously announced in September 2013…

SOSINA launches 3D seismic program

Mar 05, 2014

SOSINA Exploration Ltd. announced a new 3D seismic program, which is planned to be acquired by Polarcus in the southern Porcupine basin, offshore southwest Ireland. The non-exclusive multi-client survey, is projected to commence this summer…

Ophir moves into Seychelles

Mar 04, 2014

Ophir Energy has entered into an agreement with Australian explorer WHL Energy to acquire a 75% operated interest in Blocks PEC-5B/1 and PEC-5B/2 offshore the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean (pictured). In exchange for the acquired interest…

Boskalis buys Fairmount Marine

Mar 04, 2014

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) is to buy Fairmount Marine B.V. and Fairmount Ocean Towage Company B.V. (Fairmount) from the French group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. Fairmount is a global provider of long-distance ocean towage services operating five…

InterMoor on GOM decom job

Mar 03, 2014

InterMoor has completed decommissioning operations of the Innovator platform in Gomez field, Mississippi Canyon Block 711, Gulf of Mexico. The scope of work, conducted in water depths of 910 m, involved disconnecting 10 risers/umbilicals…

Iran, India, Oman discuss natural gas transport

Mar 03, 2014

Iran, India and Oman are preparing to begin official negotiations for delivery of the Iranian natural gas to the Indian market through a deepwater pipeline. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid…

OneSubsea wins Egypt deal

Mar 03, 2014

Pharaonic Petroleum Company (PhPC) awareded OneSubsea an US$80 million subsea supply contract for the East Nile Delta END-3 development offshore Egypt. The contract calls for the supply of four well systems including subsea production equipment…

Statoil boosts Tanzanian LNG prospects

Mar 03, 2014

Statoil and co-venturer ExxonMobil have carried out a successful first drill stem test on their Tanzania Block 2 offshore discovery Zafarani-2. The data acquired will help reduce technical uncertainties in a possible future Tanzania offshore and LNG development…

Barents Langlitinden well disappoints

Mar 03, 2014

Det norske oljeselskap is to plug and abandon its exploration well on the Langlitinden prospect after getting disappointing results. The well was the first well in Barents Sea production license 659. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said the well…

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