OE Activity: 2016 / January

 

Lankhorst Ropes gets Shell Appomattox contract

Jan 28, 2016

Rope manufacturer Lankhorst Ropes, was awarded a contract by Shell to supply the mooring lines for the Appomattox development to be located approximately 140nm southeast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. Lankhorst Ropes is supplying 78 rope lengths totaling over 63…

Carnarvon gains West Auz stake

Jan 28, 2016

Carnarvon Petroleum has secured 35% stake in license TR/3 in the Barrow sub-basin offshore Austrailia, joining operator Quadrant Energy. Image of the Noble Tom Prosser, courtesy of Noble. The…

Nylacast to open China facility

Jan 28, 2016

Leicester-based engineering polymer firm Nylacast is to open a new production facility in China following a £12 million (US$17.21 million) funding deal from Santander Corp. & Commercial.  Nylacast supplies high performance engineering polymers and finished components to the oil and gas…

Petrofac, GE join up on wind farm

Jan 28, 2016

Petrofac and GE have been awarded a contract worth over £110 million to engineer, construct and install a turnkey power system to efficiently connect up to 336 MW of clean energy from the Galloper offshore wind farm, off Suffolk, UK, to the British grid…

Statoil to use Bideford Dolphin for Vigdis sidetrack

Jan 27, 2016

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) of Norway has granted Statoil consent to use the Bideford Dolphin mobile drilling facility to drill a sidetrack on the Vigdis field in production license 089. The planned start-up is early February and the activity is estimated to last 8 days…

Ecopetrol forms offshore group

Jan 27, 2016

Ecopetrol's fully-owned subsidiary, Hocol Petroleum, has formed a new company called Ecopetrol Costa Afuera Colombia, which will now be responsible for offshore exploration and production activities off Colombia. These activities are…

Siemens gets Finnish wind order

Jan 27, 2016

Siemens has been awarded its first commercial offshore wind order from Finland. The company will supply, install and commission 10 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 4 MW and a rotor diameter of 130m, for the Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea…

Prosafe takes Safe Zephyrus delivery

Jan 27, 2016

Prosafe has taken delivery of Safe Zephyrus semisubmersible accommodation vessel on 27 January 2016. The final delivery installment of the Safe Zephyrus has been reduced by US$30 million, which represents a seller’s credit from Jurong Shipyard…

Subsea Expo: Tackling the UKCS' small pools

Jan 27, 2016

According to a recent study by the UK’s Technology Leadership Board, there are 210 “small pools” of hydrocarbons (those containing less than 15 MMboe). While recognized, these pools, containing 1.5 billion boe in total, remain undeveloped…

Osbit expands Port of Blyth footprint

Jan 27, 2016

OSBIT Power has secured additional facilities at the Port of Blyth to deliver its largest project yet to Helix Energy Solutions, a world leading company in well intervention projects. In an agreement with the Port, the company will utilize…

Subsea Expo: setting sights on global growth

Jan 27, 2016

As part of the UK Government’s strategy to increase British exports to £1 trillion, Subsea UK is encouraging companies to set their sights on international expansion to sustain long-term growth. The industry body has widened its “Global Opportunities” program during Subsea Expo…

AziNam completes Namibia survey

Jan 26, 2016

AziNam, the offshore Namibia focused exploration company, has announced that it has completed a 3D seismic survey on PEL 34, the Guy Block, offshore Namibia. The survey is located in the Walvis basin and was conducted by PGS Geophysical…

QTEC, PFM merger forms FOCUS

Jan 26, 2016

Aberdeen headquartered QTEC Energy Services and Calgary headquartered Performance Fluid Management (PFM), both companies specializing in the management of drilling fluids on drilling installations, are merging to create a new company, FOCUS…

Farstad bags two Petrobras gigs

Jan 26, 2016

Farstad Shipping has been awarded two charter contracts from Petrobras for operations offshore Brazil. There will be a four-year contract for the PSV Far Strider expected to begin in April 2016. Petrobras has also awarded the anchor…

Sonardyne acoustics for Brandon Bordelon

Jan 26, 2016

Louisiana-based Bordelon Marine is using acoustically-aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne for its new ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV), Brandon Bordelon. The dual Ranger 2 Pro DP-INS systems, the highest specification available…

Lundin completes Bambazon well

Jan 25, 2016

Lundin Malaysia completed, and will plug and abandon the Bambazon exploration well in Block SB307/SB308, offshore East Malaysia. The well encountered approximately 15m of net logged reservoir pay with oil shows over three main reservoir…

Keppel FELS delivers jackup to GDI in Qatar

Jan 25, 2016

Singapore-based Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has delivered Halul, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Gulf Drilling International (GDI) of Qatar. It was completed on 21 January 2016, 10 days ahead of schedule…

Indian group buys PDi from Ceona administrators

Jan 25, 2016

Aberdeen headquartered engineering consultancy Project Development International (PDi), today announced it is under new ownership following an acquisition by Tattva International Holdings. Tattva International Holdings, based in Singapore…

Sky-Futures in first GoM drone inspection

Jan 22, 2016

Sky-Futures, the provider of drone inspection services for the global oil and gas industry, completed the first ever oil and gas inspection by drone in the Gulf of Mexico last week for a global oil and gas service and drilling company. Drone…

Schlumberger, Golar LNG enter MOU

Jan 22, 2016

Golar LNG signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Schlumberger to co-operate on the global development of greenfield, brownfield and stranded gas reserves.  Under the MOU, Golar and Schlumberger have agreed to jointly market gas monetization solutions to owners…

Exxon, GEPetrol in Equatorial Guinea PSC

Jan 21, 2016

Equatorial Guineas’ Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, on behalf of the government of Equatorial Guinea signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with ExxonMobil E&P Equatorial Guinea (Offshore) and GEPetrol for Block EG-06, offshore Bioko Island…

Ampelmann opens Aberdeen office

Jan 21, 2016

Ampelmann, provider in motion compensation access solutions, opened an office in central Aberdeen as the next step in the continued expansion of the company. Ampelmann has an extensive track record in supporting walk to work campaigns in the North Sea…

Wood Group, Magma form commissioning duo

Jan 21, 2016

Wood Group has established a collaborative agreement with international engineering consultancy, Magma Products to extend its existing commissioning service. Headquartered in Aberdeen and specializing in the field of commissioning and start-up…

Trelleborg opens seal inspection facility

Jan 20, 2016

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has opened a dedicated climate-controlled swivel stack seal inspection facility for the validation of custom seals for floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) operators. The facility, located in Barendrecht…

Castex to install platform jacket at Hummer

Jan 20, 2016

Castex Energy is set to fabricate and install a platform jacket over the Main Pass Block 270 #3 BP 1 well on its Hummer exploration prospect, in the Gulf of Mexico, according to partner Petsec Energy. The well is located about 50mi southeast of Venice…

The astonishing simplicity of offshore energy risk management

Jan 20, 2016

A series of talks aimed at young oil and gas industry professionals in Aberdeen launches with a look at risk management and collaboration early next month. The SPE Aberdeen Simplified Series is run by the Society of Petroleum Engineer's Young Progessionals section in Aberdeen…

Plexus enters Oman with Masirah contract

Jan 20, 2016

Wellhead engineering firm Plexus has won a contract with new customer Masirah Oil and its majority owned technology driven oil and gas company REX International for POS-GRIP Tersus Mudline equipment and a 10,000psi adjustable rental exploration wellhead for oil exploration offshore Oman…

Statoil upgrades to AVEVA E3D

Jan 19, 2016

AVEVA has announced that it has entered a multiyear agreement with Statoil for AVEVA Everything3D (E3D). Statoil has selected AVEVA E3D to be its strategic 3D design software platform, upgrading from its existing design system, AVEVA PDMS…

Aqualis Offshore lands BorWin3 gig

Jan 19, 2016

Aqualis Offshore has been contracted by Petrofac to perform technical support services for its work on the BorWin gamma topside that is destined for the North Sea.  The scope of work includes preparation of technical specifications for…

HitechVision trio forms Point Resources

Jan 18, 2016

HitecVision merged three oil companies into Point Resources, a robust mid-sized independent oil company focused on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The new company will engage in both exploration, development and production on the NCS…

ExxonMobil, Hunting partner on autonomous tools

Jan 18, 2016

ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co. has signed a joint development agreement with Hunting Energy Services’ Titan division to develop new autonomous tools technology focused on well construction and intervention efficiency.   The two Houston…

Tidewater Subsea charters Brandon Bordelon

Jan 18, 2016

Tidewater Subsea and Bordelon Marine have agreed to the charter of the Jones Act compliant MV Brandon Bordelon for 60 days plus options. In addition, Tidewater Subsea is mobilizing two FMC Technologies Schilling 150-HP remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to the vessel…

Hess taps Fugro for Australian survey work

Jan 18, 2016

Fugro has been awarded a combined geophysical and geotechnical project by Hess Exploration Australia to assist in Hess’ activities in the Northern Carnarvon Basin offshore Northwest Australia. Fugro’s work will include seabed and shallow…

Airborne secures Chevron investment

Jan 15, 2016

Airborne Oil & Gas, a composite pipe manufacturer, has secured an investment from Chevron Technology Ventures, the technology investment arm of Chevron Corp. The Dutch manufacturer has developed a range of composite pipe products that offer unique benefits for offshore oil and gas operations…

Mitra gains more Vietnam stake

Jan 14, 2016

Malaysia's Mitra Energy gained approval from the Prime Minister of Vietnam of the Reserve Assessment Reports for the Nam Du (Block 46/07 PSC) and U Minh (Block 51 PSC) fields, off Vietnam.  Image from Mitra Energy…

Chevron, Neptune enter diving deal

Jan 14, 2016

Chevron Australia awarded Neptune a marine maintenance diving contract under a recently awarded master services agreement (MSA). The contract, which is due to commence imminently, includes the provision of diving services for the facilities…

Maersk Gallant to drill North Sea wildcat

Jan 14, 2016

Total, the operator for production license 618 in the North Sea, has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) of Norway, to drill exploration well 1/5-5 using Maersk Gallant. Maersk Gallant is a jackup drilling facility…

SapuraKencana inks US$117 million in contracts

Jan 14, 2016

Subsidiary companies within the SapuraKencana Group have been awarded contracts and extensions with a combined value of approximately US$117 million (RM503 million). Image from SapuraKencana. SapuraKencana HL Sdn…

IOG delays Skipper, seeks funding

Jan 13, 2016

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG), the North Sea focused oil and gas company, will delay the Skipper appraisal well until there is greater stability and clarity in the oil market. This follows recent oil price movements and bad weather in the North Sea…

Ezion Holdings lands service rigs deal

Jan 13, 2016

Ezion Holdings Ltd. has secured an agreement to jointly market two service rigs being built by a Chinese state owned enterprise to support the offshore windfarm, oil and gas activities in the energy sector, announced Ezion Holdings board of directors…

GustoMSC gains ABS, DNV GL jackup approval

Jan 13, 2016

Successfully launched in March 2015, the CJ54 cantilever drilling jackup has recently received full basic design approval from the two major international offshore drilling classification societies: ABS and DNV GL. The CJ54 jackup…

Urgency to safeguard subsea sector

Jan 13, 2016

Subsea UK today urged the industry to turn talk into action now to safeguard the future of the UK’s £9 billion subsea sector.  The call was issued as Subsea UK announced the final speaker line-up and program for its eleventh annual conference and exhibition…

IKM bags Johan Castberg subsea gig

Jan 12, 2016

Statoil awarded IKM Ocean Design a contract worth an estimated US$22.5 million (NOK 200 million) for the Johan Castberg subsea integration pre-FEED and FEED project. Image of the contract signing in Oslo of Peder Hoås and Geir Paulsen…

Badger inks MOU with CNPC

Jan 12, 2016

Norwegian technology firm Badger Explorer has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's CNPC DR, signaling the firm's intention to become a full partner in the Badger Explorer development program.  The Badger Explorer is a…

Nexans picks iSURVEY for Skagerrak

Jan 11, 2016

Nexans has awarded iSURVEY a multi-year frame agreement to provide navigation, positioning and survey support for its cable lay operations on board the C/S Nexans Skagerrak. iSURVEY will provide services including positioning and monitoring during cable lay and trenching operations…

WCS obtains IWCF drilling course accreditation

Jan 11, 2016

Well Control School (WCS) received accreditation from International Well Control Forum (IWCF) for its System 21 e‐Learning Drilling course. Image from WCS Facebook. The IWCF System…

Technip gains Serimax minority stake

Jan 11, 2016

Technip and Vallourec subsidiary Serimax signed an agreement in principle in order to achieve a strategic partnership in the domain of pipeline welding that will see Technip acquire a minority stake in Serimax. Image from Technip…

Transocean Winner to drill on Volund

Jan 11, 2016

Det norske oljeselskap has received consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority to use the Transocean Winner mobile drilling facility for production drilling and completion on the Volund field. Transocean Winner is a semi-submersible facility of the GVA 4000 type…

Protea completes Total FSO crane package

Jan 11, 2016

Protea has completed the manufacture of a comprehensive crane package for an FSO (floating, storage, and offloading) that will be chartered by Total for operation at the Martin Linge offshore development. Comprising of two deck cranes…

Lundin in Imbok-1 P&A off Malaysia

Jan 11, 2016

Lundin Petroleum subsidiary Lundin Malaysia has completed the Imbok-1 exploration well offshore East Malaysia. The well, located in Block SB307/308 encountered minor oil shows and was plugged and abandoned. The well was targeting hydrocarbons in Miocene aged sands…

UK strike action averted

Jan 11, 2016

UK trade union Unite repeated a call for the industry to end its year-long imposition of cuts after members in the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) agreement accepted improvements to their terms and conditions. Following a consultative ballot…

ABS, MARIC expand collaboration

Jan 08, 2016

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industry, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC) to expand collaboration, focusing on operational…

POSH, Al-Khalaf Group form ME JV

Jan 08, 2016

PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), an Asia-based offshore marine services provider, has announced that it has entered into a joint venture (JV) and incorporated “POSH Saudi Co.” with Saudi Arabia’s Hmood Al-Khalaf Group as part of its plans to expand its presence in the Middle East…

Hardide Coatings opens Virginia facility

Jan 08, 2016

Hardide Coatings, a UK-based provider of advanced surface coating technology, has announced the opening of its new Virginia production facility.   In January 2015 the company commenced an investment of up to US$7 million in Martinsville to expand its production operations to North America…

Trendsetter acquires Wiltor Machine

Jan 07, 2016

Trendsetter Engineering has announced the acquisition of Wiltor Machine, a 6000sq ft precision machine shop in north Houston specializing in complete turnkey, proto‐type, and production machining for the oil and gas industry. This machine shop has experience machining stainless steel…

BP awards Datum360 Azerbaijan work

Jan 06, 2016

Datum360 has been awarded – and has already delivered – a contract to deploy its Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that will standardize engineering information for the largest oilfield project in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian basin…

Wintershall to use Kongsberg's SiteCom

Jan 06, 2016

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies has been awarded a 3-year contract by Wintershall for provision of its hosted SiteCom real-time data aggregation and visualization solution for well construction. All real-time, planned and historical…

Cathelco wins ICCP orders for FPSO trio

Jan 05, 2016

Cathelco has won orders to supply hull corrosion protection systems for three FPSOs. Two of the systems are being supplied to MODEC, while the third will be installed by Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong yard in Singapore. The FPSO Cidade de Campos…

Songa Delta to drill Statoil wildcat

Jan 05, 2016

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority granted Statoil consent to drill exploration well 30/11-11 using the Songa Delta. Beginning mid-January 2016, Statoil has allocated 36 days for the activity. The well is around 28km south of the Oseberg field…

HB Rentals installs TLQ on Far Sentinel

Jan 05, 2016

Offshore living quarter specialist HB Rentals installed a new temporary living quarters (TLQ) accommodation project on the Far Sentinel, a 15,000 gross ton subsea construction / inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel owned and managed by Norway’s Farstad Shipping…

Beerenberg, Prezioso win Statoil contracts

Jan 05, 2016

Statoil has awarded two new, long-term contracts with estimated value of NOK 11 billion for insulation, scaffolding and surface treatment services to Beerenberg Corp and Prezioso Linjebygg. They will provide services to 20 of the company’s…

Subsea UK Awards finalists unveiled

Jan 05, 2016

Aker Solutions, N-Sea and Saab are in contention for the Subsea Company of the Year award at this year’s Subsea UK Awards, held during Subsea Expo – Europe’s largest subsea focused exhibition and conference, and supported by principal media partner OE…

DW: Expect consolidation in 2016

Jan 04, 2016

2015 was a tough year. Spending and headcounts have been slashed across the industry and the specter of bankruptcy is an all too common concern. Recent trends in commodity prices have not helped. Late December saw Moody’s downgrade its…

Clough AMEC awarded Timor Sea contract

Jan 04, 2016

A joint venture between Amec Foster Wheeler and Clough, Clough AMEC, has been awarded a three-year contract by ConocoPhillips to provide asset support, operations and maintenance services to the Bayu-Undan offshore field development, located in the Timor Sea…

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