OE Daily: 2019 / June

 

Brimmond Group Hosts Offshore Asset Demos

Jun 28, 2019

Hydraulic equipment and services company Brimmond Group, together with partner oilfield equipment and services firm Rigrun Europe, greeted more than 125 oil and gas professionals and suppliers to their Kintore facilities on Thursday, for an Offshore Asset Demo Day…

Shearwater Kicks Off Survey for KrisEnergy

Jun 28, 2019

Independent upstream oil and gas company KrisEnergy announced the commencement of a 1,200-square-kilometer 3D seismic survey in the offshore Cambodia Block A concession, where the company is developing the Apsara oil field. (File…

Siccar Point's Lyon Prospect Disappoints

Jun 28, 2019

UK focused Siccar Point said it has completed an exploration well 208/02-1 on the Lyon Prospect in Licence P1854 in the West of Shetland, but the results fell short of expectations. Diamond Ocean GreatWhite…

PTTEP Makes Large Gas Find off Malaysia

Jun 28, 2019

PTTEP announced it has made its largest gas discovery ever, at the Lang Lebah-1RDR2, the first exploration well in Sarawak SK410B Project located offshore Sarawak, Malaysia. © corlaffra / Adobe Stock Drilling…

Sleipnir Passes Sea Trials

Jun 28, 2019

The world's largest crane vessel, Sleipnir, has completed sea trials and crane load tests, the vessel’s owner Heerema Marine Contractors announced on Friday. During sea trials testing, Sleipnir’s two 10…

Norway Oil Workers Strike Averted

Jun 28, 2019

Norwegian labor unions and oil rig owners agreed a wage deal on Friday, averting the outbreak of a strike that would have halted some of the Nordic country's crude production and paralyzed exploration activity for new resources, unions and companies said…

Shell, Exxon Eye Somalia's Offshore

Jun 28, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil are looking to return to Somalia ahead of an oil block bid round later this year, the East African country's oil ministry said. © Mark Rubens / Adobe Stock Shell…

A Push for Better Offshore Water Treatment

Jun 28, 2019

Changing environmental regulations around the world will have an impact on how the offshore industry handles produced water. © currahee_shutter / Adobe Stock Typically, offshore operators…

Oceanteam Bags CSV Gig

Jun 28, 2019

Norway's Oceanteam Shipping said that its construction support vessel (CSV) Southern Ocean will support Fugro for a deepwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) subsea installation project off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Image…

Floating Wind: French, Japanese Firms Partner

Jun 28, 2019

French floating foundations developer Ideol and Japanese renewable specialist Shizen Energy have signed an agreement to jointly develop a commercial-scale floating offshore wind project (OWF) off the coasts of Kyushu in Japan. Photo…

W&T Buys Exxon's Eastern GoM Assets

Jun 27, 2019

W&T Offshore announced on Thursday that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with ExxonMobil to acquire their interests in and operatorship of oil and gas producing properties in the eastern region of the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Alabama…

CAN-ductor Reduces Environmental Impact

Jun 27, 2019

Neodrill's CAN-ductor technology is capable of reducing a well's environmental impact by as much as 44% compared to a conventionally drilled well, a recent report found. (Photo: Neodrill) The…

Zama Resource Estimate Upgraded

Jun 27, 2019

Talos Energy and its partners have increased the resource estimate of the Zama field in the offshore portion of Mexico's Sureste Basin, following evaluation of the data acquired from the Talos-operated Block 7 Zama appraisal campaign. (Photo…

Well-Safe Solutions Opens New HQ

Jun 27, 2019

Well-Safe Solutions will be moving into a new larger headquarters in Aberdeen, following a landmark contract win and acquisition of its first asset. Well-Safe Solutions'' Chief Technical Officer Glenn…

Shell, Hexcion to Develop Floating Wind Farm

Jun 27, 2019

Swedish floating wind farm designer Hexicon said it is teaming up with energy giant Shell to develop, construct and operate a floating wind farm approximately 40 kilometers offshore Ulsan. The…

CNOOC Invites Foreign Firms to Bid for Offshore Blocks

Jun 27, 2019

China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, has issued a tender inviting foreign firms to jointly explore and produce oil and gas in the South China Sea and the Bohai Bay area, according to a statement posted on the company's website on Wednesday…

Tullow Encounters Delays Offshore Ghana

Jun 27, 2019

UK-based oil & gas company Tullow Oil Plc’s subsidiary Tullow Oil Ghana, has announced the pushing back completion of drilling of the Enyenra-14 production well in Deepwater Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) field development following revision of 2019 projection figures for this offshore project…

Exxon, Total to Explore off Crete

Jun 27, 2019

Greece on Thursday awarded licences to ExxonMobil and Total to search for hydrocarbons off the island of Crete, marking the country's first major foray into an oil and gas search in the region. © Ryhor Bruyeu / Adobe Stock The companies…

Guyana's First FPSO Named Liza Destiny

Jun 27, 2019

Dutch-based global group SBM Offshore said that its FPSO, Liza Destiny, destined for ExxonMobil’s Liza field in Guyana, was named at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. Photo: SBM Offshore “This is a very special vessel…

ABB Transformers for Moray East

Jun 27, 2019

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has contracted Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB to supply transformers for the turbines at the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. Image…

Icahn Steps up Fight with Occidental

Jun 26, 2019

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday ratcheted up his fight with Occidental Petroleum over its pending purchase of rival Anadarko Petroleum by calling for a special shareholder meeting where he hopes to win board seats. (Photo…

EnVen Co-founder Exits, Sues Company

Jun 26, 2019

An EnVen Energy Corp co-founder claims the chief executive of the offshore oil and gas producer provided misleading production and financial data to the board and forced him out as president, according to a lawsuit in a Texas court. ©…

TechnipFMC OSV Refit Completed

Jun 26, 2019

The TechnipFMC-owned diving support vessel Deep Arctic has departed Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam on time following a significant maintenance stopover, a substantial proportion of which was spent in dry dock. Deep…

Equinor, OMV Partner on Wisting and Hades/Iris

Jun 26, 2019

Equinor and OMV have signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on both the Wisting development in the Barents Sea and the concept development for the Hades/Iris discovery in the Norwegian Sea. Johann Pleininger (left)…

LLOG Begins Production at Buckskin

Jun 26, 2019

US-based LLOG Exploration announced on Tuesday that it has started production from the large-scale deepwater Buckskin project in the US Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo: Repsol) Buckskin, which is located on Keathley Canyon blocks 785…

Oceaneering Unveils Digital Inspection System

Jun 26, 2019

A new digital asset inspection system from Oceaneering International aims to streamline non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection management. (Image: Oceaneering) The tablet-based technology…

Norway Approves Lundin's Solveig Plan

Jun 26, 2019

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has granted final approval for the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Solveig field, operator Lundin Petroleum announced on Wednesday. The…

Namdock

Jun 26, 2019

Former EBH Namibia Namdock kicks off new era with superb rig repair success (Photo: Namdock) The years 2018 and 2019 have been strategically momentous ones for EBH Namibia. From the previous position of having South African shareholding…

Neptune Gets Green Light for Duva and Gjøa P1

Jun 26, 2019

Norwegian authorities have approved development plans for the Duva (PL636) and Gjøa P1 (PL153) projects in the North Sea, operator Neptune Energy announced on Wednesday. An illustration of the Gjøa field and Gjøa platform…

Equinor Awards Sand Screen Contracts

Jun 26, 2019

Norwegian energy company Equinor announced Tuesday it has signed three-year contracts with services firms Tendeka and Baker Hughes for providing sand screen services at a total value of around NOK one billion ($117.5 million), including options for five two-year extensions…

Mexico Approves BP's Offshore Drilling Plan

Jun 26, 2019

Mexico's oil regulator on Tuesday approved a $97 million plan for drilling in an offshore area operated by British supermajor BP in the southern Gulf of Mexico. © Danial / Adobe Stock The…

TechnipFMC Resolves US and Brazil Probes

Jun 26, 2019

Oil services company TechnipFMC said it would pay $301.3 million to resolve anti-corruption probes with Brazilian and U.S. authorities, and added it was committed to resolving another probe on its affairs with French authorities. TechnipFMC…

Wood Sees Profit Rise

Jun 26, 2019

British engineering and oilfield services provider Wood Plc said on Wednesday its operating profit for the first half would be 25% higher than last year, sending its shares up more than 7%. © Kevin Jarratt…

MacArtney Supports Deep-Sea Observatory Project

Jun 26, 2019

MacArtney France continues to supply Teledyne Oil & Gas connectivity solutions to the pioneering MEUST-NUMerEnv observatory project located 40 km offshore from Toulon, France. Deployment of a KM3NeT…

Dolphin Drilling Declares Bankruptcy

Jun 26, 2019

Norwegian oil and gas rig operator Dolphin Drilling filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, leading creditors to seize its key assets in a restructuring that will see the company maintain operations. (Photo…

DOF Subsea Desperately Seeking Funds

Jun 26, 2019

Norwegian offshore support vessel owner DOF Subsea is seeking a revision of debt terms with creditors as it struggles to achieve a refinancing solution. Image: DOF Subsea The cash-strapped…

Shearwater Wins Tyra Shoot

Jun 26, 2019

The geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices announced it has been awarded a 4D seismic survey by Total to be conducted this summer offshore Denmark. SW Amundsen (Photo: Shearwater GeoServices) The…

IPC Begins Drilling Program in Malaysia

Jun 26, 2019

The oil and gas exploration and production company International Petroleum Corporation (IPC) has commenced drilling the first well in a planned multi-well drilling program on Block PM307, located offshore Peninsular Malaysia. (Photo…

BHGE to Bring AI to Oilfield

Jun 26, 2019

Oilfield service company Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) has entered into a joint venture with the California-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) software provider C3.ai to accelerate the digital transformation in the oil and gas industry. ©…

Moving Water Treatment Subsea

Jun 25, 2019

Verification of the Seabox ability to treat water for increased oil recovery The Seabox subsea water treatment system, located on the seabed. (Image: NOV) Unlocking full oil recovery…

Senegal President's Brother Resigns After Energy Fraud Claims

Jun 25, 2019

The brother of Senegal's President Macky Sall has resigned from his government post after allegations of fraud relating to natural gas contracts, he said on Monday. © Pictures news / Adobe Stock An…

Kvaerner Awarded Jackdaw FEED from Shell

Jun 25, 2019

Norwegian based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Kvaerner said it has been awarded a contract from Shell to perform an early phase design engineering of the planned Jackdaw wellhead platform on the UK Continental Shelf. (Photo…

Curlew FPSO Arrives in Dundee for Cleaning Ahead of Scrapping

Jun 25, 2019

Shell's Curlew floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) arrived in Dundee, Scotland on Saturday for cleaning and waste disposal in preparation for full decommissioning. (Photo: Forth…

Game-changing advances turn the tide on convention

Jun 25, 2019

Leveraging proven technology and extensive knowledge, MacGregor’s new fiber-rope offshore crane offers enhanced load handling at unrestricted water depths. (Photo: MacGregor) Industry change is driven by many factors…

Maersk Drilling Wins Contracts in Mexico

Jun 25, 2019

Maersk Drilling announced Tuesday it has secured contracts for a two-well project for the drillship Maersk Valiant with Repsol Exploración Mexico, S.A. de C.V. for work in Block 10 and 29 offshore Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo…

New Cable Layer to Feature Seawater Cooling

Jun 25, 2019

Norwegian VARD will incorporate a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a cable laying vessel the shipbuilder is designing and constructing for energy and telecom cable systems firm Prysmian Group. (Image…

US Offshore Wind Market Doubles in Size

Jun 25, 2019

The market for offshore wind in the United States is growing, and growing fast, led by a number of solicitations from states on the East Coast. © Fokke / Adobe Stock Over the last 12 months…

Eni, IBM Use AI to Boost Data Analysis

Jun 25, 2019

Italian supermajor Eni and American information technology giant IBM have revealed the first results of a multiyear collaboration using artificial intelligence (AI) by launching a new research platform to support Eni's decision-making during the initial stages of exploration phase…

SGRE, Ørsted Firm Up Taiwan OWP Project

Jun 25, 2019

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received the firm order from the Danish energy company and offshore wind giant Ørsted for their 900MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind power project in Taiwan. Image…

Subsea Plow Delivered to Global Marine

Jun 25, 2019

UK-based supplier of tailored equipment and engineering services to enable the execution of challenging offshore projects, Osbit has delivered a multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plow to offshore engineering company Global Marine Group…

Brent Bravo Arrives at Able Seaton Port

Jun 25, 2019

The giant 25,000-metric-ton Brent Bravo oil platform topsides arrived at Able Seaton Port in preparation for its dismantling and recycling, said Peter Stephenson, founder and Executive Chairman of Able UK. Image: Able UK The Brent Bravo…

World's Longest Wind Turbine Blade Debuts

Jun 25, 2019

The American supplier of rotor blades to the wind industry LM Wind Power, part of GE Renewable Energy, has displayed its first 107-meter blade, for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine, which has made its first trip outside its factory in Cherbourg…

GulfSlope Hires Ensco Rowan Rig

Jun 25, 2019

Houston-based oil and gas company GulfSlope Energy has executed a drilling services contract with Ensco Offshore Company, a subsidiary of EnscoRowan, to secure and utilize the Ensco 102 jack-up rig. ENSCO…

Yinson Gets Extension for Vietnam FPSO

Jun 25, 2019

Malaysian floater company Yinson Holdings Bhd has secured another extension of its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) with Petrovietnam Technical Services Corp (PTSC) for operations at the Lam Son Field, offshore Vietnam. Image…

Petrobras Pays $700 Mln to Vantage Drilling

Jun 24, 2019

Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA said on Friday it had made a $700 million payment to oil services provider Vantage Drilling Company in a case involving a contract that it had terminated. ©…

McDermott Wins Saudi Aramco Contract

Jun 24, 2019

US based McDermott International announced on Monday it has been awarded a contract from Saudi Aramco for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) services in the Marjan and Zuluf fields, offshore Saudi Arabia. (File…

Enpro Subsea and Can-K Partner

Jun 24, 2019

Enpro Subsea and DASS Can-K Pumps Inc. have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will leverage each company’s expertise to deliver multiphase pumping solutions for topside and subsea well boosting.The announcement sees Can…

Damen Building an FCS 7011 in Antalya

Jun 24, 2019

Two and a half years on from the genesis of the FCS 7011 concept in response to extensive feedback from the offshore energy sector, the build of the first of this design has begun at Damen Shipyards Antalya, Turkey. The milestone was marked by a traditional keel-laying ceremony held at the yard…

New Tech for Wind Blade Inspections

Jun 24, 2019

Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanning technology could help wind blades stay in service longer, which may help lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting bigger, pricier and harder to transport, Sandia National Laboratories researchers say…

Valhall Flank West Topsides Installed

Jun 24, 2019

The Valhall Flank West topsides were installed on the Valhall field on Saturday, 14 months after the first steel was cut at Kvaerner’s yard in Verdal.  Both the topsides and the jacket were delivered ahead of schedule…

ExxonMobil’s Exit Not a 'Major' End in Norway

Jun 24, 2019

The withdrawal from Norway’s offshore sector of ExxonMobil appears to be underway, and the development to some looks like the start of a pullout of “international oil majors” from a sector dominated by stately player, Equinor. Statfjord…

Tapping Tiebacks

Jun 24, 2019

Operators continue to look for fast returns via subsea tiebacks while vendors look for technical solutions to help unlock more fields for less. An artist’s impression of Equinor’s Troll Phase 3 development…

Wood Tallies Grane FEED Contract

Jun 24, 2019

Uk headquartered engineering firm Wood said on Monday it has secured a contract from Norwegian energy firm Equinor to deliver front-end engineering design (FEED) services for brownfield modifications to the Grane offshore facility in Norwegian sector of the North Sea…

ExxonMobil Eyes Norwegian Exit

Jun 24, 2019

ExxonMobil is considering selling all of the stakes it holds in oil and gas fields off the Norwegian coast, a spokeswoman said. ExxonMobil has a 17.2% stake in the Sleipner field in the North Sea (Photo…

Dutch-Aussie Team Targets Safer Blade Lifting

Jun 24, 2019

Dutch maritime contractors Van Oord and heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet are cooperating with Australian start-up Verton to design a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades. From left to right: Jacques Stoof (Mammoet)…

TechnipFMC Wins ConocoPhillips Award

Jun 24, 2019

American multinational energy corporation ConocoPhillips has rewarded services firm TechnipFMC with a Global Supplier Recognition Award. Image: TechnipFMC According to a press release from the UK-based oil and gas services provider…

Orsted to Build NJ's First OWF

Jun 24, 2019

Denmark’s Ørsted won New Jersey’s first offshore wind solicitation with a 1.1-gigawatt project Ocean Wind, the largest offshore wind project to secure a development deal with a U.S. state to date. Image…

Azerbaijan Takes Delivery of Satti

Jun 24, 2019

The Satti floating drilling unit owned by Kazmortransflot National Maritime Shipping Company of Kazakhstan has been delivered to Azerbaijan. Image: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company Baku…

Oilfield Services Pricing Rises

Jun 24, 2019

Oilfield services companies are in bullish mode. They are now able to raise prices for their products and services, after several years of gloom. Graph: Rystad Energy “Oil and gas investments are on the rise…

Teekay, Alpha Petroleum FPSO Deal Terminated

Jun 21, 2019

Teekay Offshore Partners, midstream services provider to the offshore oil production industry, said that the agreement with Alpha Petroleum signed in October 2018 for Teekay’s Petrojarl Varg vessel to operate on Alpha’s 100%-owned Cheviot field was terminated…

TGS Shareholders Approve Spectrum Acquisition

Jun 21, 2019

Seismic survey company TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) said its shareholders have approved a deal to acquire rival Spectrum ASA. TGS CEO Kristian Johansen (Photo: TGS) Kristian Johansen…

Delfin Asks for FLNG Project Extension

Jun 21, 2019

Delfin LNG LLC asked U.S. federal energy regulators for a three-year and six-month extension until March 28, 2023 to build facilities proposed to connect floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessels off the coast of Louisiana. (File…

Orsted to Develop NJ Offshore Wind Project

Jun 21, 2019

New Jersey on Friday selected Denmark's Orsted A/S to develop a 1,100-megawatt wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, the largest ever offshore wind procurement by a U.S. state. © Rudmer Zwerver…

BHGE Opens Subsea Center of Excellence

Jun 21, 2019

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has opened its transformed Center of Excellence (CoE) facility in Montrose, Scotland to deliver engineering, manufacturing, test and assembly and services to advance deepwater technology for its customers. The…

Partners Aim to Improve OWF Installs

Jun 21, 2019

Van Oord and Mammoet Sign MOU with Verton Australia From left to right: Jacques Stoof of Mammoet, Trevor Bourne of Verton and Paul Verheul of Van Oord. (Photo: Mammoet) Global marine…

Africa Looks to FLNG to Accelerate its Dash for Gas

Jun 21, 2019

Since the idea of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) was first mooted the landscape of the oil and gas sector has changed dramatically. When Shell finally pressed the go button for its Prelude FLNG project offshore Australia back in mid-2011…

Pemex Steering Clear of Deepwater

Jun 21, 2019

Petroleos Mexicanos will focus on shallow water projects and onshore plays, and avoid investing in its deepwater riches for now, as the ailing Mexican state-run oil company seeks to turn around a 14-year slide in crude production, a top official said on Thursday…

Brent Oil Climbed 5% This Week

Jun 21, 2019

Brent oil rallied above $65 per barrel on Friday and was on track for a 5% gain this week on fears of a U.S. military attack on Iran that would disrupt flows from the Middle East, which provides more than a fifth of the world's oil output. ©…

LOTOS Buys Maersk Jack-up

Jun 21, 2019

Danish-based Maersk Drilling said on Friday it has sold the Maesrk Giant  jack-up drilling rig to the Poland's LOTOS Petrobaltic Group The Maesrk Giant jack-up will be renamed Giant and used exclusively…

The Working Diamond

Jun 21, 2019

An industry that operates in some of the harshest environments in the world sometimes needs to call on the toughest material for wear parts. Diamond bearing technology (Image: US Synthetic) Enter the industrial diamond…

Siemens Gamesa Enters Japan Offshore Market

Jun 21, 2019

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured its first preferred supplier nomination in the Japanese offshore wind sector, winning a preferred supplier status for a 455-MW project in Akita prefecture. Image…

Inpex Submits Revised Indonesian LNG Plan

Jun 21, 2019

Japan's largest oil and gas exploration and production company Inpex Corporation has submitted a revised plan of development (POD) for the Abadi  LNG Project, a gas field on the remote Masela Block in the Arafura Sea off Indonesia.   Map…

Danska Commodities Inks PPA with Hywind Scotland

Jun 21, 2019

Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland. The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. (Photo…

Modec Signs LOI for FPSO with Petrobras

Jun 21, 2019

MODEC Inc. received a letter of intent (LOI) from Petróleo Brasileiro for the supply, charter, and operations of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Búzios field. Image…

Lundin Strikes Oil At Jorvik, Tellus East

Jun 21, 2019

Lundin Petroleum announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway has made two oil and gas discoveries near the Edvard Grieg Field on the Utsira High in the North Sea offshore Norway. Image:…

SubseaPartner Tallies FPSO Work in the UK

Jun 20, 2019

Norwegian diving contractor SubseaPartner announced it has secured a contract from floating production, storage and offloading unit owner and operator Teekay Offshore for dive work offshore the UK. (Photo…

Renewables Sector Hails New York Climate Plan

Jun 20, 2019

Investors, developers and users of renewable energy at an industry conference in New York this week were buzzing about the state's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. ©…

Acteon Acquires TerraSond

Jun 20, 2019

UK based subsea Services group Acteon announced it has completed its acquisition of marine geosciences survey company TerraSond. (File image: TerraSond) US-headquartered TerraSond is…

Study Findings Boost Chariot’s Morocco Plan

Jun 20, 2019

Guernsey-based oil and gas explorer Chariot Oil & Gas has announced the completion of the development feasibility study and gas market assessment for one of its gas fields in Morocco as the company inches closer to a full-blown hydrocarbon development…

DSV Rever Polaris Gets Engine Overhaul

Jun 20, 2019

New engineering work involving the overhaul of diesel engines on the offshore construction and dive support vessel (DSV) Rever Polaris, has been completed by power specialist Royston. Rever Offshore’s…

Harvey Gulf to Retrofit Batteries on OSV Pair

Jun 20, 2019

Two Harvey Gulf offshore supply vessels (OSV) slated to be retrofitted with battery/converter systems will be the first in the US to be equipped with such technology. Harvey Energy and…

Total Cuts 200 Jobs in Denmark

Jun 20, 2019

French oil major Total SA said on Thursday it would cut 200 jobs in Denmark as part of the redevelopment of the Tyra gas fields in the North Sea. The Tyra West platform in Denmark (Photo: ROUSSEL Marc…

Drill-tech Trends: Hybrid Rigs, Automation

Jun 20, 2019

Fully-automated drilling aboard a semisubmersible or jack-up drill rig powered by batteries has just become a reality. As May 2019 got underway, new, modern rigs were being ordered on more exploration, and no fewer than eight modern rigs — seven…

Turkey to Drill Near Cyprus for Three Months

Jun 20, 2019

Turkey launched a second drilling ship on Thursday which will conduct natural gas operations off the northeast coast of Cyprus for three months, a move which risks aggravating a conflict with Cyprus over jurisdiction rights for oil and gas exploration…

Aker BP Completes P&A Campaign

Jun 20, 2019

Aker BP successfully carries out North Sea decommissioning using cutting edge technology (Photo: Optime Subsea) Aker BP selected Optime Subsea as a provider of well access system and -services on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS)…

ACE Winches Grows Global Footprint

Jun 20, 2019

ACE Winches said it has expanded its offering at a number of locations worldwide, supported through a pair of new working partnerships. (Photo: ACE Winches) The UK-based firm, which designs…

OGA Publishes UKCS Decommissioning Report

Jun 20, 2019

British industry regulator, Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) will soon publish an industry report detailing the cost of decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf and the progress being made by industry, government and regulators to reduce costs by more than 30 per cent…

Van Oord Scoops Mozambique LNG Deal

Jun 20, 2019

Dutch maritime contracting company Royal Van Oord in consortium with TechnipFMC, has won a contract by Anadarko Moçambique Área 1, Lda, for their Area 1 Mozambique Golfinho/Atum development. Stingray from the top…

NPD Grants Drilling Permit to Equinor

Jun 20, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has announced that it has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 6507/2-5 S. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%…

Offshore Drilling Waste Management Support Tighter Regulations

Jun 19, 2019

Water-based and non-aqueous drilling fluids and its associated drill cuttings are the largest waste streams generated in global offshore drilling operations. Because of this, there are regulations in place which govern how companies dispose of the materials generated from the wellbore…

Oceaneering Awarded Work in Mozambique

Jun 19, 2019

Oceaneering announced on Wednesday it has secured a contract from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to supply umbilicals, distribution hardware, and aftermarket services for its liquefaction and export terminal project in Mozambique. Oceaneering''s…

Wight Shipyard Breaks Into Offshore Wind

Jun 19, 2019

A UK shipbuilder known for building high-speed ferries aims to enter the offshore wind market with a new line of wind farm support vessels (WFSV). WSC''s Vortisea wind farm support vessels will initially…

Leadership Changes at Equinor

Jun 19, 2019

Equinor said it will make changes to the leadership of two corporate staff areas. Ana Fonseca Nordang (left) will take over the position as SVP People & Leadership, and Siv Helen Rygh Torstensen will take over as General Counsel…

Potential Norway Oil Strike Looms

Jun 19, 2019

Some 922 workers on Norwegian offshore oil drilling rigs and floating production platforms could potentially go on strike on June 28 unless a pay deal is agreed, Norway's largest oil workers union Industri Energi said on Wednesday. Statfjord…

Xodus HIres de Andres on Renewables Team

Jun 19, 2019

International energy consultancy Xodus Group said it has added a new principal consultant to strengthen its renewables team as the company sets its sights on a range of new offshore developments. Dr…

Equinor Wraps Up Carcará Deal in Brazil

Jun 19, 2019

Equinor and Barra Energia have completed their transaction announced in July 2018, whereby Equinor has acquired Barra's 10% interest in the BM-S-8 block in Brazil's Santos basin for a total consideration of $379 million. Barra…

BP Rig Arrives On Site Despite Protests

Jun 19, 2019

A BP drilling rig reached its destination in the North Sea on Wednesday after 11 days of delays due to Greenpeace protests over climate change, the activist group said. (Photo: Greenpeace) The 40…

Bourbon BoD to Analyze Restructuring Proposals

Jun 19, 2019

Following the submission of financial restructuring proposals subject to conditions precedent, the Board of Directors of BOURBON Corporation reviewed today the two proposals which are considered relevant to the interests of the group, its employees…

Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

Jun 19, 2019

A subsea space race is now officially underway in the offshore oil and gas industry following successful trials of docking and inspection operations using a commercially available underwater vehicle and Norwegian energy firm Equinor’s open-standard subsea docking station (SDS)…

Shell Sees More FLNG Opportunities

Jun 19, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell sees more opportunities for floating liquefied natural gas projects, but not necessarily like its $17 billion Prelude operation off Australia, which shipped its first cargo last week, over two years behind schedule. (Photo…

PGS Calls off Debt Refinancing, Shares Fall

Jun 19, 2019

PGS, the world's largest seismic surveyor, called off a planned debt refinancing on Wednesday, citing worsening investor sentiment towards the oilfield services sector over the past weeks, sending the Norwegian company's shares down 24%. Courtesy…

Prysmian Bags Dolwin5 Cabling

Jun 19, 2019

Italian multinational corporation Prysmian Group  has been awarded a major grid connection project worth in region of EUR 140 million by the Dutch-German grid operator TenneT which will enable the connection of multiple offshore wind farms to the German grid…

Singapore, Taiwan Firms Team-Up for OWP

Jun 19, 2019

Sinagpore-based Kim Heng Offshore & Marine Holdings  has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan-based Hung Hua Construction (HHC) to collaborate on the offshore wind sector. Image…

SOFEC Taps Sonardyne, BMT for FLNG Project

Jun 19, 2019

Offshore mooring solutions supplier SOFEC has selected BMT and Sonardyne partnership to supply a mooring monitoring system (MMS) for Eni’s Coral South floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project offshore Mozambique. ENI’s Coral Sul FLNG vessel…

OPEC Output to Remain Flat: Rystad

Jun 19, 2019

OPEC and its allies, including Russia, can maintain their current cuts and not reduce outputs any more because there will be a crude oil demand surge later this year from changing shipping fuel standards worldwide. Photo…

Oceanteam Wins Cable Lay Spread Gig

Jun 19, 2019

Oceanteam Solutions, a provider of complete set of equipment suitable for offshore cable laying, announced that it has been awarded a contract for supplying an undisclosed client with a cable lay spread. Image…

Addax Signs FPSO Charter with Yinson

Jun 19, 2019

Malaysia's  Yinson Holdings has secured a four-year extension of its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) charter contract worth $137.5 million with Sinopec subsidiary Addax Petroleum. FPSO Adoon - Nigeria…

TechnipFMC Wins $1 Billion Subsea Contract

Jun 18, 2019

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a number of subsea contracts by US-based Anadarko Petrleum for its Golfinho/Atum development offshore Mozambique. Arnaud Pieton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC (Photo…

Indonesians Seek $140 Mln Over Montara Spill

Jun 18, 2019

Indonesian seaweed farmers were set to seek more than A$200 million ($137 million) from Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production in a trial starting on Monday, to cover damage they say they suffered after Australia's worst oil spill. (Photo…

Apache Extends ESVAGT Charter

Jun 18, 2019

Apache North Sea has extended its contract with Danish based ESVAGT for the Esvagt Observer, a standby vessel which has been servicing the Beryl field, 335 kilometers northeast of Aberdeen, since 2004. The latest contract extension is for four years…

Hurricane Sells First Cargo from Lancaster

Jun 18, 2019

UK based oil and gas company Hurricane Energy said it has sold its first cargo lifted from the Aoka Mizu floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) at its Lancaster field offshore Scotland. (Photo…

EU Called to Act Over Turkey Offshore Drilling

Jun 18, 2019

Cyprus and Greece heaped pressure on the EU on Tuesday to take action against Turkey over gas drilling in disputed waters, as Ankara said it would step up exploration in a move that could further strain ties with Western allies. ©…

Anadarko Approves $20 Bln Mozambique LNG Project

Jun 18, 2019

U.S. energy firm Anadarko Petroleum Corp gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for the construction of a $20 billion gas liquefaction and export terminal in Mozambique, the largest single LNG project approved in Africa, according to the government of Mozambique and energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie…

Chevron: Mature Fields, Maximum Production

Jun 18, 2019

Chevron is combining technology and streamlined work processes to maximize production efficiencies in its mature offshore fields. Continued investments in the fields, reservoir surveillance, analytics and portfolio optimization are some of the…

Norway Wants to Open New Offshore Wind Areas

Jun 18, 2019

Norway will seek to open two areas for the construction of floating offshore wind parks, which combined could hold a turbine capacity of up to 3.5 gigawatts (GW), the Norwegian oil and energy ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. ©…

CGG Wins Multi-year Processing Contract

Jun 18, 2019

Subsurface Imaging, part of CGG’s Geoscience division, has been awarded a processing contract by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), CGG announced on Tuesday. (Photo: CGG) The…

Harvey Gulf Wins Work in Nigeria

Jun 18, 2019

US based Harvey Gulf announced on Tuesday that it has signed a pair of one-year charters in Nigeria, for the placement of two US-flag 3250DWT DPS-2 platform supply vessels (PSV). Both PSVs are capable of working in shallow water ports with 4…

Video: Pioneering Spirit Lifts Brent Bravo Topsides

Jun 18, 2019

(Photo: Allseas) Allseas’ record-breaking multipurpose heavy-lift and pipelay vessel Pioneering Spirit has completed the single-piece removal of the 25,000-metric-ton Brent Bravo topsides from the UK sector of the North Sea…

Mooring Monitor System for Coral Sul FLNG

Jun 18, 2019

Mooring solutions supplier SOFEC has selected an innovative mooring monitoring system (MMS) for a major new deepwater development offshore Mozambique. Eni’s Coral Sul FLNG vessel (Image: Eni) The new system…

Total Launches New Supercomputer

Jun 18, 2019

Energy major Total said its new supercomputer - which has propelled it to a world ranking as the most powerful computer in the sector - will enable its geologists to find oil faster, cheaper and with a better success rate. (Photo…

Turkey to Launch Second Cyprus Drill Ship

Jun 18, 2019

Turkey will launch a second drilling vessel on Thursday that will begin natural gas operations near Cyprus at the beginning of July, Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez was quoted as saying on Tuesday. FAith (© Tayfun Pehlivan / MarineTraffic…

Okea Expects Foreign Majors to Leave Norway's Offshore

Jun 18, 2019

Norwegian oil firm Okea predicts all oil majors, except Norway's Equinor, will leave the Norwegian continental shelf in 10 years, opening up opportunities for smaller, independent firms, its chief executive said on Tuesday. ©…

Subsea Power Distribution Drawing Near

Jun 18, 2019

Subsea power distribution set to move oil and gas production facilities on the seafloor Subsea power distribution down to 3,000 meters depth will soon be a reality. This summer, a full-scale prototype will be running a 3…

Jan De Nul Scores OWF Contract in Taiwan

Jun 18, 2019

Luxembourg-headquartered offshore services company Jan De Nul Group scores a hattrick in Taiwan being successfully awarded the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) of both foundations and subsea cables for the Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF)…

Further Delay in Barryroe Project Loan

Jun 18, 2019

Ireland's offshore Oil and gas company Providence Resources has again pushed back a deadline to receive $9mln of funding from Apec, its farm-in partner in the key Barryroe site off the south west coast.The loan from Barryroe's Chinese backer was due by June 14…

Seadrill Gets Kosmos Job

Jun 18, 2019

UK-based offshore drilling company Seadrill has secured a one well contract with Kosmos Energy (KOS), for the West Capricorn. West Capricorn (Photo: Seadrill) The rig will work for KOS in the U…

Siemens Gamesa Bags Formosa 2 Project

Jun 18, 2019

Spanish-based provider of the offshore and onshore wind turbines and services, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has conditionally received an order for the supply of offshore wind turbines including a 20-year full Service agreement for…

NPD Grants Drilling Permit to Aker BP

Jun 18, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Aker BP a drilling permit for well 25/2-20 as per the the Resource Management Regulations. Deepsea Stavanger (File photo: Odfjell Drilling) Well…

Abadi LNG Development Deal Reached

Jun 17, 2019

Japan's biggest oil and gas explorer Inpex Corp and the Indonesian government signed a basic agreement on the development of Indonesia's Abadi liquefied natural gas (LNG) project on Sunday, moving forward the $15 billion project. ©…

Okea's IPO Falls Short

Jun 17, 2019

Norwegian oil firm Okea has raised 315 million crowns ($36 million) in an initial public offering, the company said on Monday, less than half of what it had initially planned due to a fall in the oil price. Gjoea…

BP Rig Zigzags in Chase with Greenpeace Ship

Jun 17, 2019

A BP drilling rig heading to an oilfield in the British North Sea has been forced to turn away twice over the past two days as a Greenpeace vessel protesting climate change tries to hamper its progress. Greenpeace…

West Africa Offshore Outlook

Jun 17, 2019

The outlook for West Africa’s offshore oil and gas market remains positive despite some hiccups hinged on delay by some countries in the region to align their hydrocarbon regulations to prevailing market trends and the intensifying global competition…

ONGC Moves 35 Rigs for Monsoon Season

Jun 17, 2019

India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has moved a record high 35 offshore drilling rigs to new locations ahead of the Indian monsoon season, said marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore. ©…

Equinor Drills Dry Arctic Exploration Well

Jun 17, 2019

Equinor's exploration well drilled near its Korpfjell gas find in the Norwegian Arctic has proved to be dry, Norway's Petroleum Directorate said on Monday, in an area near the Russian offshore border the company had hoped would be oil rich. Well…

Atlantic Towing Buys Norwegian-built PSV

Jun 17, 2019

Canadian-based Atlantic Towing Limited said it has entered into a contract with Norwegian builder Havyard Ship Technology for the purchase of a Havyard 833 WE platform supply vessel (PSV), the Atlantic Harrier, for delivery in April 2020. Photo…

Greek PM May Seek Sanctions Against Turkey in Gas Row

Jun 17, 2019

Greece and Cyprus will push their EU partners to penalize Turkey, including the possible option of sanctions, if Ankara is verified to have started drilling for gas west of Cyprus, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday. ©…

Bigger, Bolder, Heavier

Jun 17, 2019

Europe’s offshore wind market is growing faster than anyone expected – not least in terms of the components being installed. Could this mean a challenge for the existing installation fleet? Seajacks’s…

New Flow Measurement Tech Unveiled

Jun 17, 2019

New automated technology launched by an Aberdeenshire-based start-up aims to accurately and safely measure and analyze flow data on offshore installations. GM Flow Measurement Services Ltd…

Norwegian Sea Gas Province an Oil Draw

Jun 17, 2019

Equinor announced on Monday that it has discovered oil and gas in separate formations of cut by the same well, and all indications are that a new oil-heavy play in a Norwegian Sea gas province may create a rush to oil if the area’s notoriously splintered geology can be mastered…

Petrobras Confirms Large Natural gas Discovery

Jun 17, 2019

Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA has made natural gas discoveries in six deepwater fields in the Sergipe Basin, it said in a regulatory filing on Monday. © Celso Pupo / Adobe Stock Petrobras…

Equinor Makes Two Finds in the Norwegian Sea

Jun 17, 2019

Equinor and its partners Ineos E&P and Faroe Petroleum have made an oil and gas discovery in exploration well Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture in production licence 159B in the Norwegian Sea. The well had two different reservoir targets; an upper…

Japanese, Australian Firms Join for FLNG Project

Jun 17, 2019

Australia's Transborders Energy  announce it has entered into a Joint Study Agreement with Japanese utility  Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. and its affiliate Kyushu Electric Australia Pty Ltd (Kyushu).   Image…

Steelwind Bags Yunlin OWF Gig

Jun 17, 2019

German offshore foundations manufacturer Steelwind Nordenham has received an order from YunNeng/wpd for its 640MW Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) in Taiwan. Image: Steelwind Nordenham The order is for 40 monopiles…

EDF Consortium Wins 600 MW Dunkirk OWP

Jun 17, 2019

France's state-owned utility, EDF, and its consortium partners Canada's Enbridge and Germany's Innogy has won a contract for a major 600 megawatt (MW) offshore wind project near Dunkirk in western France, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy said…

Mermaid Gets Funds for Two Vessels

Jun 17, 2019

Thailand-based offshore drilling services company  Mermaid Maritime Public Company said that  its subsidiary Mermaid Subsea Services Thailand (MSST) has entered into a $65 million loan deal with the Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Exim). Image…

Harvey Gulf Scouting Merger Opportunities

Jun 16, 2019

In both 2018 and the start of 2019, Harvey Gulf made no secret that they were exploring possible merger and acquisition opportunities. Their first major play was a merger proposal with fellow US owner GulfMark, who at the time was in discussions to merge with US OSV behemoth Tidewater…

Leidos, Xodus Join Forces on Offshore Wind

Jun 14, 2019

Fortune 500 science and technology leader Leidos and international energy consultancy Xodus Group are joining forces on a new North America offshore wind alliance, bringing a wealth of expertise to the growing industry. The move will leverage…

CGG, Shearwater Partner

Jun 14, 2019

Marine geoscience companies CGG and Shearwater GeoServices earlier this month signed a binding term-sheet for a strategic partnership for marine seismic acquisition services and creation of a new streamer technology company. (Photo…

Macron Urges Turkey to Stop Drilling off Cyprus

Jun 14, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Turkey to stop 'illegal activities' in Cyprus's exclusive economic zone and said the European Union would not back down on the issue. Official Portrait of Emmanuel Macron © Presidency of the Republic…

Video: Valhall Accommodation Topside Removed

Jun 14, 2019

(Photo: Jan Arne Wold, Woldcam/Aker BP) The original accommodation platform (QP) topside at Valhall in the southern part of the North Sea has been removed by Allseas' giant multipurpose heavy-lift construction vessel Pioneering Spirit…

Shell to Invest up to $2.4 Bln in Mexican Deepwater

Jun 14, 2019

Mexico's oil regulator on Thursday approved exploration plans for four deepwater areas operated by Royal Dutch Shell, after it gave the green light to five others earlier this week, committing the oil major to invest at least $791 million. ©…

Australia Dominates China's LNG Supply

Jun 14, 2019

Australia's fast-expanding liquefied natural gas industry has this year been supplying the lion's share of China's growing demand for imports of the commodity, with appetite surging as Beijing shifts away from dirtier fuels such as coal. Offshore…

Norway Green Lights Gullfaks Boost

Jun 14, 2019

Norway has approved Equinor's project to boost oil recovery from the Gullfaks field in the North Sea by 17 million barrels, the energy ministry said on Friday. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor) The project…

Fugro Wraps Malaysian Seep Hunt

Jun 14, 2019

Fugro has completed the first of three Malaysian seep hunting and geochemical campaigns for the Provision of Surface Geochemical Survey for Domestic Waters for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Malaysia’s fully integrated oil and gas company…

Grimsrud Named CFO of Aker Solutions

Jun 14, 2019

Ole Martin Grimsrud has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Aker Solutions, effective August 1, 2019. He replaces Svein Oskar Stoknes, who is taking over as CFO of Aker on the same day. Ole Martin…

More Activists Climb BP Rig After Arrests

Jun 14, 2019

Greenpeace activists climbed back on a drilling rig on Friday to keep it from heading to a BP oilfield in the British North Sea, hours after police removed protesters who had boarded the vessel days earlier. (Photo…

Maersk Innovator Gets Buzzard Extension

Jun 14, 2019

Maersk Drilling announced Friday that CNOOC has exercised a one-well option for the Maersk Innovator jack-up rig to continue infill drilling at the Buzzard field on the UK continental shelf. Maersk Innovator…

Stoknes Appointed CFO at Aker

Jun 14, 2019

Svein Oskar Stoknes has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Norwegian industrial investment company Aker, effective August 1, 2019. Svein Oskar Stoknes (Photo: Aker) Stoknes…

Ivory Coast to Conclude Talks on New Contracts

Jun 14, 2019

Ivory Coast is expected to finalize the licensing procedures for six oil blocks this month with the outcome likely to boost the West African country’s drive to attract increased investment in its upstream activities and enable it double output by 2020 in line with the National Development Plan…

ION Expands 2D Multi-client Program Offshore

Jun 14, 2019

ION Geophysical Corporation, a technology focused company that provides geophysical technology, services and solutions to the global oil and gas industry, has announced an expansion to the company's 2D multi-client programme offshore Newfoundland…

Vattenfall Launches Maiden Green Bond

Jun 14, 2019

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has issued a EUR500mln green bond, its first such issuance, with the proceeds earmarked for a number of projects, including renewables. Image: Vattenfall The…

France Doubles Offshore Wind Target

Jun 14, 2019

France has boosted its offshore wind power target to 1 GW per year until 2028 totalling 10 GW, double an initial target of 4.7 GW over the next decade, prime minister Edouard Phillippe said. Photo: Edouard…

U.S. Pushes for More Offshore Wind Jobs

Jun 14, 2019

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) announced the support for the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunities Act. Image: University of Delaware NOIA President Randall Luthi submitted…

Renewable Energy Brings 11 Million Jobs

Jun 14, 2019

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) eleven million people were employed in renewable energy worldwide in 2018. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017. Image: IRENA As more and more countries manufacture…

Greenpeace Activists Removed from Rig

Jun 14, 2019

Two Greenpeace activists who were occupying an oil rig have been removed from the structure and arrested. Image: Greenpeace UK Officers boarded the Transocean rig in the Cromarty Firth…

DSME, DNV GL Pact for Joint Projects

Jun 13, 2019

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and DNV GL have signed a framework agreement which will see them cooperate on joint development projects (JDPs) for future technologies in the shipbuilding and offshore plant industries…

Turning Tide for OSV Operators

Jun 13, 2019

After a tough handful of years with an oversupplied offshore supply vessel (OSV) market, OSV companies may be finding the tide is finally turning. Tidewater’s Troms Hera OSV. (Photo: Tidewater) At the peak of the last upturn…

Petrobras Receives Top Bid from Ouro Preto

Jun 13, 2019

Brazilian energy company Ouro Preto Oleo e Gas delivered the highest bid to acquire a pair of Brazilian oil clusters from state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. (Photo…

Brazil Postpones Santos Basin Bid Round

Jun 13, 2019

Brazil's oil regulator ANP announced on Thursday preliminary rules for a major oil auction in the pre-salt area in the Santos basin and postponed the bidding round to Nov. 6 from Oct. 28. © Ranimiro…

The Subsea Transformation is Happening

Jun 13, 2019

The light has been shone on the potential for the subsea oil and gas industry to not only play a role in but lead energy transition initiatives and new ocean industries in Norway and overseas during the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) Bergen today…

Oil Prices Jump 2% After Tanker Attacks

Jun 13, 2019

Oil prices settled 2.2% higher on Thursday after attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman stoked concerns of reduced crude trade flows through one of the world's key shipping routes. (Photo: Islamic…

Portable Equipment Reeling in SURF Change

Jun 13, 2019

In April, Maritime Developments (MDL) concluded a flexible installation project offshore West Africa. The work scope, commissioned by DeepOcean, saw the MDL third-generation reel drive system (RDS) used on board the Polar Onyx for installation of a 2…

iXblue Wins OWF Survey in France

Jun 13, 2019

iXblue said its Sea Operations division has been selected by developer EOLFI to conduct the geophysical survey of the future Groix & Belle-Île pilot floating wind farm located in the South of Brittany, off the west coast of France. iXblue’s…

Offshore Wind O&M to Reach €11 Bln by 2028

Jun 13, 2019

The global market for offshore wind operation and maintenance (O&M) is expected to grow by 17% annually to €11 billion ($12.4 billion) by 2028, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables.  ©…

Flowline Specialists Names Whittingham CEO

Jun 13, 2019

Scotland-based energy equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists announced changes to its senior management team, including the appointments of Ross Whittingham as CEO and Graeme Chalmers as COO. Flowline Specialists'' new CEO…

JFSE Launches Shallow Water Excavation Tool

Jun 13, 2019

Controlled flow excavation (CFE) services expert James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) said it has developed a low draft, lightweight excavator that is primarily aimed at shallow water excavation and shore pull works, including trench maintenance during pull-in operations…

Norway Wealth Fund to Drop ConocoPhillips, Hess

Jun 13, 2019

Norway's wealth fund will have to divest its holdings in ConocoPhillips and Hess after both U.S. oil companies were added to a list which effectively excludes them from the Nordic country's portfolio. (Photo…

Subsea 7 Wins Johan Sverdrup 2 Contract

Jun 13, 2019

Subsea 7 announced Thursday it has been awarded a contract for subsea pipelines and associated marine operations in the second phase of the large scale Johan Sverdrup project, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The…

Bids for Petrobras' Shallow Water Fields Surpass $1 Bln

Jun 13, 2019

Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Thursday it received final proposals for shallow water fields Polos Enchova and Pampo that surpass $1 billion in value, according to a securities filing. (Photo…

C-Ventus Merges with 4SEAS

Jun 13, 2019

Netherlands-based C-Ventus Offshore Windfarm Services BV has merged with 4SEAS BV to jointly service the offshore wind industry. Image: C-Ventus Offshore Windfarm Services All personnel and activities of 4SEAS…

EuroAsia Still on PCI List

Jun 13, 2019

The EuroAsia Interconnector, the Israel-Cyprus-Greece electricity link remains on the official list of European projects of common interest (PCI) making it eligible to receive some €300 mln in EU grants for the Crete-Attica sector of the cable…

Singapore Firms Select ABS Systems

Jun 13, 2019

Singapore-based offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (POSH) and the maritime logistics solutions provider Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL) have selected ABS Nautical Systems  (NS) fleet management software to support their digitalization strategy…

SAL Fly High With New Extension

Jun 13, 2019

SAL Heavy Lift, a carrier specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo, has installed a Fly-Jib crane boom extension on MV Lone which will be used on an offshore wind project in Taiwan. Image…

Trump Administration Sued Over Offshore Rule Changes

Jun 12, 2019

A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Interior Department's rollbacks of safety measures put in place by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill…

Saab Seaeye eRobotics Campaign Wins UTC Award

Jun 12, 2019

A project that achieved a world first in subsea vehicle deepwater residency capability, proving the potential for marine autonomous systems to take a greater role in underwater inspection, repair and maintenance methodologies, is the winner of the annual UTC Subsea Award…

Subsea Challenges, but Also Solutions

Jun 12, 2019

The huge changes made in the industry since the downturn in 2014, through to the challenges that lay ahead and some of the solutions that could help solve them, were set out by a top tier line up ranging from oil major heads of macroeconomics…

PM Solberg: Industry Has the Power to Transform

Jun 12, 2019

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg underlined her and the government’s support for the offshore oil and gas industry, especially the subsea industry, in a keynote speech and visit to this year’s Underwater Technology Conference in her home town…

US Considering Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2

Jun 12, 2019

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project -- which the United States has told European companies to avoid -- and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel…

Jumbo Bags Wind Farm Work in Taiwan

Jun 12, 2019

Dutch firm Jumbo said it has been awarded the contract to transport and install wind turbine generator (WTG) substructures for Taiwan's first large multi-megawatt offshore wind project. (Photo: Jumbo) The…

Worley, Enaval Form Brazil Brownfield JV

Jun 12, 2019

Australian-based engineering firm Worley said it has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Brazilian services company Enaval. Worley''s Graham Robertson with Trade Commissioner Joanna Crellin, and Adriano Rodrigues…

POSH, PCL Select ABS to Support Digital Strategy

Jun 12, 2019

ABS Nautical Systems Selected for Leading Fleet Management Platform Capabilities PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd (POSH) and Pacific Carriers Limited (PCL) have selected ABS Nautical…

Newbuild Deepsea Yantai Embarks for Norway

Jun 12, 2019

A naming ceremony was held on Wednesday for Deepsea Yantai, a new semi-submersible drilling platform designed and built by CIMC Raffles in China. Deepsea Yantai (Photo: CIMC Raffles) Following the ceremony…

Shell Contracts Danos for Enchilada Services

Jun 12, 2019

US-based oilfield services provider Danos said it has been awarded multiple contracts from Shell to provide integrated operations on its Enchilada platform in the US Gulf of Mexico. Danos said its production…

UTC: Complex Markets and Innovation Under Focus

Jun 12, 2019

Complex macro-economic scenarios, electric vehicle growth and the value – and meaning – of digitalization were among the wide-ranging topics tackled during Day 0 at this year’s Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) in Bergen. (Photo…

CGG: Imaging Innovation at Mad Dog

Jun 12, 2019

Subsurface Imaging, part of CGG’s Geoscience division, has delivered a step-change in subsalt image quality over the Mad Dog field in the Green Canyon area of the US Gulf of Mexico. The Mad Dog platform…

Infinity, Medserv Form Services JV

Jun 12, 2019

Aberdeen-based Infinity Oilfield Services and Malta-based Medserv have formed a new joint venture named InMedCo, to provide a broader portfolio of highly specialized technical services to the oil and gas market. The…

MHI Vestas Opens First US Office

Jun 12, 2019

Danish wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has opened its first US office in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Massachusetts State Representative, Patricia Haddad, and MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan…

Offshore: New Project Pace Quickens

Jun 12, 2019

As the oil and gas industry comes out of the recent downturn, E&P companies are tempted to chase the rewards of higher oil prices by accelerating the sanctioning of new projects. However…

Shawcor Bags $49m in Pipe Coating Contracts

Jun 12, 2019

Energy services company Shawcor’s pipe coating division has entered into several contracts with an international EPC contractor to provide coating services for offshore pipeline projects. (Photo: Shawcor) The…

SAExploration Completes Ocean-Bottom Project

Jun 12, 2019

The geophysical services provider SAExploration Holdings successfully completed the largest shallow water ocean-bottom marine project in its history. Pic: SAExploration Contracted to SAExploration by a major national oil company…

KS Energy Signs Drilling Contract

Jun 12, 2019

The one-stop energy services provider to the global oil and gas KS Energy announced that a consortium of PT Java Star Rig, a joint venture of KS Drilling, and Universal Energy Resources Inc, has been awarded a contract by Eni East Sepinggan…

Iberdrola's Wikinger OWF Passes DNV GL Test

Jun 12, 2019

The energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has awarded Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH the project certificate for its Wikinger offshore wind farm. Image: DNV GL The…

Worley Wins Gjøa EPCIC Work from Neptune

Jun 11, 2019

Neptune Energy said it has awarded contracts to Rosenberg Worley for modifications on the Neptune operated Gjøa semi-submersible platform. (Image: Neptune Energy) The engineering, procurement…

Shell Investing in Mexican Deepwater

Jun 11, 2019

Mexico's independent oil regulator on Tuesday approved deepwater exploration plans for five areas operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc in Mexican waters near the U.S. maritime border. The Shell-operated…

Reliance, BP Sanction Third Gas Project in India

Jun 11, 2019

Oil companies Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and BP announced on Tuesday they will jointly develop the deepwater MJ project offshore the east coast of India. (File photo: BP) MJ (also…

The On-again Arctic

Jun 11, 2019

A cursory look at rig, seismic and yard activity in the world is enough to deduce that there’s more happening in the Arctic than Greens tying themselves to seventh-generation drilling units. Arctic-capable: the semisubmersible drill rig…

HST Orders Fourth Damen Fast Crew Supplier

Jun 11, 2019

High Speed Transfers (HST), a recent new entry into the crew transfer sector, has placed its fourth order for a Damen next-generation Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710, to be named HST Euan. Photo: Damen…

CGG Wins Johan Sverdrup Contract

Jun 11, 2019

Subsurface Imaging, part of CGG’s Geoscience division, has been awarded a contract by Equinor for the processing of seismic data from the Johan Sverdrup Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM) system in the North Sea, CGG announced on Tuesday. Photo…

Prelude FLNG Ships First LNG Cargo

Jun 11, 2019

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has sailed from Shell’s Prelude floating LNG (FLNG) facility offshore Australia, Shell announced Tuesday alongside its joint venture partners INPEX, KOGAS and OPIC. The Prelude FLNG facility…

Well-Safe Scores DNO Decom Project

Jun 11, 2019

Well-Safe Solutions announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract to decommission up to 21 wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA. Bogi Vang…

ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

Jun 11, 2019

Subsea vehicles and services provider Modus Seabed Intervention has selected JBA Consulting’s operational management software ForeCoast Marine to help optimize the operation of its hybrid autonomous underwater vehicles (H-AUV). (Photo…

Total Starts Culzean Production

Jun 11, 2019

French energy company Total announced it has started up production from the Culzean gas condensate field located on Block 22/25a, 230 kilometers off the coast of Aberdeen, in the UK. (Photo: Total) With a plateau production of 100…

Wintershall Dea Seeks European IPO in 2020

Jun 11, 2019

Newly created oil and gas group Wintershall DEA plans to hold an initial public offering in the second half of the next year, its chief executive told Reuters, in a deal that could become one of the largest European listings in 2020. File…

Libra Partners Launch Mero Phase 2

Jun 11, 2019

Project partners have taken final investment decision (FID) for the second phase of the Mero project in the deepwater Libra block of the pre-salt Santos Basin offshore Brazil, operator Petróleo Brasileiro announced on Tuesday. (Photo…

NorSea Wind Appoints Pedersen CEO

Jun 11, 2019

NorSea Wind, part of the Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) Group, has named Anders Peter Pedersen as its new chief executive officer (CEO).   The new head of NorSea Wind is back in Esbjerg, where he as a 17-year-old started his career…

ERSG Ties-up with Taiwan Offshore

Jun 11, 2019

Taiwan Offshore Windfarm Service Corp (TOWSC) has entered into collaboration agreement with the UK energy industry recruitment outfit ERSG for future business in Taiwan's offshore wind sector.   File…

KCA Deutag Names Elkhoury CEO

Jun 11, 2019

Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has appointed a new chief executive Joseph Elkhoury, as ­current boss Norrie McKay prepares to retire. McKay will remain with the group in an advisory capacity until December 31, 2019, working closely with Joseph to ensure a smooth transition…

Offshore AUV, ROV Market to Grow 18.2%

Jun 11, 2019

The global market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) is predicted to propel at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2017 to 2025, says a recent industry report. ©…

Dubai Intros Floating Solar Power Plants

Jun 11, 2019

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to appoint consultants to study, develop and construct floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf. Image…

Sovcomflot Extends Polarcus Charter

Jun 11, 2019

Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF) has backtracked on a decision taken in March to redeliver a Polarcus seismic vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov early from its charter. Vyacheslav Tikhonov. Image: Polarcus…

Jedstone Starts RLWI Work at Montara

Jun 10, 2019

Asia Pacific focused Jadestone Energy announced Monday it has begun a riserless light well intervention (RLWI) campaign at the Montara complex, offshore Australia. © Hand Fairhurst / MarineTraffic.com The…

Prosecutors Probe Senegal Energy Contracts

Jun 10, 2019

Senegal's justice ministry asked prosecutors on Monday to launch an inquiry into the country's energy contracts after a report alleged that the president's brother was involved in fraud related to two offshore gas blocks being developed by BP…

SUBSEA ENGINEERING: By-pass, superfast

Jun 10, 2019

When a troublesome pipeline beset with wax issues escalated into a blockage, new North Sea independent Chrysaor and Subsea 7 nimbly dealt with it, installing a 26km bypass pipeline in just eight months – despite facing multiple issues on the way…

Nucore Adds Modular Doors Division

Jun 10, 2019

Aberdeen-based Nucore Group said it has established a new division that will offer a range of fire and blast door installation, maintenance services.  Left to right: Mark Fraser – CEO and Brian Wallace…

Seacat Services Wins Galloper Extensions

Jun 10, 2019

UK-based offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services said on Monday it has secured long-term extensions to its vessel support contracts with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) at Galloper Wind Farm, off the coast of Suffolk…

Oceaneering Lines Up Deepwater GoM Survey

Jun 10, 2019

Oceaneering International said it has secured a contract to perform the first-ever deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey in Mexican waters. (Image: Oceaneering) The geophysical…

Activists Climb North Sea-bound Oil Rig

Jun 10, 2019

Activists have halted the progress of an oil rig destined for BP's North Sea exploration program off the coast of Scotland, environmental group Greenpeace said on Sunday. Activists climbed a BP oil rig in Cromarty Firth…

Subsea and Beyond

Jun 10, 2019

...but not without a few global challenges Åsgard subsea compression template (Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Equinor) Ahead of this year’s Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) in Bergen, Elaine…

ABS, Akselos Advancing Digital Twin Tech

Jun 10, 2019

ABS announced on Monday it is partnering with digital twin specialist Akselos to explore developing cutting-edge digital services to clients. (Image: Akselos) The project unites the experience…

Oil Rises on Likely OPEC+ Supply Cuts

Jun 10, 2019

Oil prices rose on Monday after Saudi Arabia said producer club OPEC and Russia were likely to keep withholding supplies, and in relief that the United States and Mexico averted a trade war that would have damaged the global economy. ©…

Lawmakers Want UK to Stop Funding Fossil Fuel Projects Abroad

Jun 10, 2019

Britain must stop financing fossil fuel projects abroad by 2021 as it undermines the nation's efforts to combat climate change, a report by lawmakers said on Monday. © Iakov Kalinin / Adobe Stock The report…

NPD: High Content Minerals in Seabed

Jun 10, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s chemical analyses of sulphides and manganese crusts from the Norwegian shelf reveal that the sulphides contain a high content of copper, zinc and cobalt. Sampling from sulphide-deposit…

Global Energy Group Wins Nigg Gig

Jun 10, 2019

Global Energy Group (GEG) has won an offshore wind contract worth up to GBP12 million. Image: Global Energy (Group) Limited. GEG's Port of Nigg facility, on the Cromarty Firth in the Highlands…

Offshore Wind Energy Market to Reach $69.63bn

Jun 10, 2019

Global offshore wind energy market to reach USD 69.63 billion by 2025, said a study. Image: Vattenfall Global offshore wind energy market valued approximately USD 18.48 billion in 2016…

C-Kore Deploys 200th Subsea Testing Unit

Jun 10, 2019

Subsea testing tools manufacturer C-Kore Systems says it has deployed its 200th subsea testing unit during an umbilical installation operation off the coast of Australia. Image: C-Kore Systems Ltd C…

DOF Gets Petrobras Extension

Jun 10, 2019

Norwegian offshore vessel provider DOF said that its Brazilian subsidiary Norskan has received an extension for one of its vessels working in South America. Image: DOF Group According to a press release from the supply shipping company…

Lukoil Eyes Kazakhstan Development

Jun 09, 2019

Lukoil said it has signed a preliminary agreement with Kazakhstan's state energy company to develop the I-P-2 license block in the Kazakh Sector of the Caspian Sea. (Photo: Lukoil) Lukoil…

Seadrill Hires Jackson as CFO

Jun 09, 2019

Offshore driller Seadrill said it has appointed Stuart Jackson as Chief Financial Officer, effective upon release from his current employment which is expected by the beginning of August. (Photo: Seadrill) Jackson…

Ideol Unveils Floating Electrical Substation

Jun 08, 2019

A new market-ready universal floating offshore electrical substation for offshore wind farms has been unveiled by project partners Ideol, Atlantique Offshore Energy and ABB, at a technical seminar in Paris on Friday. (Image…

Siemens Gamesa Bags Order for Taiwan OWF

Jun 07, 2019

Siemens Gamesa receives firm order for wpd’s 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind power project in TaiwanFollowing its selection as preferred supplier in May 2018, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received the firm order by wpd offshore to…

Kraken Sets Up Unmanned Vehicles Facility

Jun 07, 2019

Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. said it has established a new facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to field test and support its range of underwater robotic platforms and technologies. (File…

Fitch Downgrades Pemex Debt to 'Junk'

Jun 07, 2019

Fitch on Thursday became the first major ratings agency to downgrade the debt of Mexican oil company Pemex to 'junk' status, in a major setback for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plans to revive the struggling state-run firm. Pemex…

Boskalis Orders SMD Pre-lay Plough

Jun 07, 2019

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) announced it has signed a contract to supply a 200Te Multi-Mode Pre-lay Plough to marine service provider Boskalis N.V. (Image: SMD) Set for delivery in spring 2020…

BP Relaunches Shearwater Oilfield Sale

Jun 07, 2019

BP is again seeking buyers for its stake in the Shearwater oilfield in the British North Sea after talks with Royal Dutch Shell fell through, industry and banking sources said. Field operator BP holds a 27…

Vessel Strikes Statfjord A, Staff Evacuated

Jun 07, 2019

Oil workers have been evacuated from the Statfjord A platform in the North Sea after it was struck by a platform supply vessel (PSV), Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor said on Friday. Statfjord A…

Buss Forms French Offshore JV with IDEA

Jun 07, 2019

German-based Buss Offshore Solutions and French industrial logistics firm IDEA have formed a joint venture to target the French offshore wind market. Image: Port of Hamburg The JV follows…

Collaboration to Support Offshore Wind

Jun 07, 2019

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a 50:50 joint venture between Shell and EDF Renewables North America, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rutgers University to advance ocean research and monitoring that will support offshore wind development…

Van Oord Lays Deutsche Bucht Cables

Jun 07, 2019

Van Oord has deployed more than 40 kilometres of its trencher Dig-It to bury the laid inter-array cables at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in Germany. Nordness laying cables at Deutsche Bucht offshore Wind Farm…

Chinese J-Lay Design Gets LR AiP

Jun 07, 2019

Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute has been granted approval in principle (AiP) by Lloyd’s Register (LR) for a J-lay heavy lift vessel concept design. Photo: LR The vessel’s primary function will be deep-water pipe-laying…

DNV GL, Kongsberg and Subsea 7 Finish Remote DP Pilot

Jun 06, 2019

Partners DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime and Subsea 7 have concluded the pilot testing of Kongsberg Maritime’s (KM) DP Digital Survey (KMDS) application on board the Subsea 7 vessel Seven Kestrel. Subsea…

BMT Scores US Offshore Wind Contract

Jun 06, 2019

BMT said on Thursday it has been awarded a contract to design two crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to be deployed for Windserve Marine to service Ørsted’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project in the US. (Image…

ABS, MSI Partner on Cyber Security

Jun 06, 2019

ABS has partnered with Mission Secure Inc (MSI) to provide enhanced cyber defense protection of industrial systems that operate modern day vessels and offshore platforms.

ABS Protects Offshore Critical Systems with FCI Cyber Risk Methodology

Jun 06, 2019

ABS cyber security expert Cris DeWitt explains the foundation of the company's FCI Cyber Risk methodology and how it can safeguard against cyber threats to offshore operations on MODUs, drillships, and offshore support vessels.

Santos Boosts Dorado Discovery

Jun 06, 2019

The Dorado-2 appraisal well has confirmed a major oil and gas resource in the Bedout Basin, offshore Western Australia, operator Santos announced on Thursday. (Image: Santos) The well…

Israel Extends Exploration Tender Deadline

Jun 06, 2019

Israel on Thursday extended its tender by a month to grant new licenses for offshore oil and natural gas exploration. © Andriy Markov / Adobe Stock The deadline for bids was due by June 17 but the Energy Ministry extended it until July 15…

Vattenfall May Raise Offshore Wind Target

Jun 06, 2019

Sweden's Vattenfall may raise its target for installing offshore wind power generation in Europe beyond the 11,000 megawatts (MW) it now plans to have in place by 2025, an executive said. (Photo: Vattenfall) Gunnar Groebler…

Fugro Wraps up IRM Work off Denmark

Jun 06, 2019

FUGRO’S ROV SUPPORT VESSEL SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FIRST IRM CONTRACTAfter initial vessel mobilization and launch in March 2019, Fugro is pleased to confirm that its Edda Sun ROV support vessel has successfully completed its first IRM contract…

Angola Could Reap from New Policy Regime

Jun 06, 2019

Angola, sub-Saharan Africa’s second largest oil producer after Nigeria, is optimistic the new fiscal and regulatory regime now in place would translate into a reversal of the country’s declining oil output and attract more private investment…

MHI Vestas Turbine Debut at Deutsche Bucht

Jun 06, 2019

Installation is underway at Northland Power’s Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm as MHI Vestas and other installation partners have successfully installed the first of 33 wind turbines. Image: MHI Vestas Deutsche Bucht…

ExxonMobil to Redevelop Angola Block 15

Jun 06, 2019

American multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil and its partners said that they will further invest in Block 15 offshore Angola to increase production as part of an agreement with Angola’s recently established National Agency for Petroleum…

W&T Offshore Makes Oil Discovery in GoM

Jun 06, 2019

The oil and natural gas producer W&T Offshore has discovered oil at the Gladden Deep prospect in Mississippi Canyon block 800 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Image: W&T Offshore  W&T…

Güralp, Sonardyne Join on Seabed Research

Jun 06, 2019

Seismic monitoring instrumentation and solutions provider Güralp and Sonardyne International, a global provider of underwater acoustic, inertial, optical and sonar technology, have signed an agreement to cooperate in the provision of multidisciplinary ocean bottom research technology…

W&T Strikes Oil in US Gulf of Mexico

Jun 06, 2019

Oil and natural gas producer W&T Offshore has discovered oil at the Gladden Deep prospect in Mississippi Canyon block 800 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Image: Kosmos Energy W&T is operator of the well…

Spectrum Starts 3D Survey in North Sea

Jun 06, 2019

Seismic acquisition company Spectrum has commenced the first phase of a new high-density regional Multi-Client 3D survey, over a 2019 prioritised area of the UK’s Southern North Sea. Akademik Primakov…

US Crude Inventory Above Average

Jun 05, 2019

US crude inventory now 6% above the five year average – Brent crude price down 17% over past 10 days Trong Nguyen / Adobe Stock Recent government data indicate a US crude inventory surplus has been forming…

HMI to Develop AI-powered Subsea Manipulator Hands

Jun 05, 2019

US-based subsea robotics firm Houston Mechatronics, Inc. (HMI) said it has set out to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robotic hands for subsea manipulators, under a recent award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Aquanaut…

Expanding into a Temporary Abandonment Solution

Jun 05, 2019

Deepwater drilling activities require contingencies for temporary abandonment of the well, sometimes necessitated by wellhead change outs or riser work, and sometimes by Mother Nature. TAM International’s Temporary Suspension System…

VIKING Wins CNOOC Contract

Jun 05, 2019

Safety products manufacturer and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment informs it has won a contract to supply CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, with personal protective equipment (PPE) and servicing for approximately 16…

Brazil’s Pre-salt Faces Gas Gridlock

Jun 05, 2019

Brazil liquids production will edge 5 million b/d in the late 2020s, and more than 90% of that will come from the Campos and Santos basins where the massive pre-salt discoveries lie, says consultancy and analyst Wood Mackenzie. Combined with the liquids…

Luviano Joins READ Cased Hole

Jun 05, 2019

Aberdeen based services firm READ Cased Hole said it has appointed Angel Luviano to its senior management team as Vice President Sales & Business Development, Western Hemisphere. Angel Luviano (Photo: READ) Based in Houston…

EPC Contract Awarded for Mozambique LNG

Jun 05, 2019

A joint venture between McDermott, Saipem and Chiyoda, has reached full agreement for a contract with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the Mozambique Area 1 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Development, McDermott International announced on Wednesday…

WIND Inks 20-year Deal with Ørsted

Jun 05, 2019

Danish renewable energy company Ørsted has awarded WIND a 20-year framework agreement for the storage and onshore handling of all its array cables and accessories at WIND's site in Velsen, The Netherlands. The contract relates to all of Ørsted's current and future European offshore wind farms…

Heavy Lift Jack-up Apollo Refit Completed

Jun 05, 2019

DEME Offshore’s newest heavy-lift jack-up Apollo has recently completed a one-month conversion project at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (DSDu) that included the installation of a moon pool on the main deck. (Photo: Damen) According to DSDu…

JDR Cables Wins SeaMade OWF Contract

Jun 05, 2019

JDR Cables reports it has signed a contract with DEME Offshore for the SeaMade offshore wind farm after a competitive tender. JDR, part of the TFKable Group, will design, manufacture and deliver 78.1 kilometers of aluminium core inter-array cables and a range of cable accessories…

Bourbon's Creditors Seal Restructuring Deal

Jun 05, 2019

The creditors of indebted French marine services company Bourbon reached a restructuring deal that would give them control of the company, protect jobs and draw new liquidity. (Photo: Bourbon) Bourbon…

Hurricane Achieves First Oil at Lancaster

Jun 05, 2019

Hurricane Energy has announced first oil at its Lancaster field off Scotland, the first such success for so-called fractured basement reservoirs in Britain and a major milestone for the company within its guided schedule. (Photo…

Innogy Eyes Partnerships in US Offshore Wind

Jun 05, 2019

Energy firm Innogy , in the process of being broken up by parent RWE and rival E.ON, could team up with oil majors to build offshore wind farms in the booming U.S. market, one of its board members said. (File…

NKT Commissions Kriegers Flak

Jun 05, 2019

Power cable systems provider NKT has commissioned the 170kV HVAC cable system for the 400MW Kriegers Flak combined grid solution which is the world’s first offshore interconnector using the national grid connections of offshore wind farms to connect the power grids of Denmark and Germany…

Equinor Eyes Floating OWF in Canary Islands

Jun 05, 2019

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has received the green light to build a 200-MW floating offshore wind farm (OWF) off the coast of the Canary Islands. Image: Equinor According to local media report…

EMGS Wins Pemex Acquisition Contract

Jun 05, 2019

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has signed a contract for a multi-year acquisition contract with the Mexican state-owned petroleum company PEMEX. Image: Electromagnetic Geoservices The two-year contract has a value of approx…

Brayton Expands to Offshore Wind

Jun 05, 2019

North American brownfield redevelopment firm Commercial Development Co. Inc. (CDC) has announced an expanded port operations agreement at the Brayton Point Commerce Center, a former Massachusetts coal plant being redeveloped into an offshore wind hub…

Wilhelmsen Acquires 50% of NorSea Wind

Jun 05, 2019

Norway-based global maritime industry group Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has announced the acquisition of a 50% stake of NorSea Wind and it’s subsidiaries to expand its offerings in the the renewable wind energy market. Image: Norsea Wind AS…

Environmental Studies Wrap Up for Exxon Off Guyana

Jun 04, 2019

Offshore scientific services company TDI-Brooks International said on Tuesday it has completed two Environmental Baseline Studies (EBS) for ExxonMobil offshore Guyana. (Image: TDI-Brooks) The…

UK O&G Addressing Climate Concerns

Jun 04, 2019

The role of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry in enabling the country’s transition to a lower carbon future was underlined at an industry conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday. © Lukasz Z / Adobe Stock More…

Eni Scoops Two Blocks Offshore Ivory Coast

Jun 04, 2019

Italian supermajor Eni announced Tuesday it has signed contracts for a pair of new exploration blocks in the eastern part of the sedimentary basin offshore Ivory Coast. The two blocks were among 20 available at the end of 2018. Eni…

Murphy Completes Acquisition of LLOG GoM Assets

Jun 04, 2019

US-based Murphy Oil Corporation announced that its has completed its $1.227 billion acquisition of deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets from compatriot oil and gas company LLOG. (File photo: LLOG) Murphy Oil President and CEO…

Shell Eyes Dividend Boost After 2020

Jun 04, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday said it expects to increase its dividend payouts to shareholders once it completes a $25 billion share buyback by the end of 2020. © Roman / Adobe Stock The…

US FTC Approves Oxy's Bid for Anadarko

Jun 04, 2019

Oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum Corp said on Tuesday the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted approval for its proposed $38 billion deal to buy Anadarko Petroleum Corp. © Jason / Adobe…

Stena Drillship Gains Cyber Secure Notation

Jun 04, 2019

Classification society DNV GL reports it has signed a contract for the first Cyber Secure class notation with Stena Drilling. The contract covers the application of the “Basic+” notation to the drillship Stena IceMAX and includes the vessel’s dynamic positioning…

Capricorn to Drill Lynghaug Prospect

Jun 04, 2019

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has given the green light to Cairn subsidiary Capricorn Norge to drill a well in block 6508/1 in the Norwegian Sea. The Lynghaug prospect will be drilled by semi-submersible…

UK Awards 37 Offshore Licence Areas

Jun 04, 2019

Thirty companies have acquired acreage in the UK 31st Offshore Licensing Round, the country’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced on Tuesday. (Image: OGA) In all, 37 licence areas were…

IKM Testing Wins Aker BP Contract

Jun 04, 2019

Oil company Aker BP has awarded Norwegian testing, cleaning and inspection service provider IKM Testing a frame agreement that includes most of IKM Testing’s core services. The duration of the frame agreement is six years plus an option period…

Norwegian Oil Strike Averted

Jun 04, 2019

Norwegian oil workers struck a wage deal with employers on Tuesday, averting the outbreak of a strike that would have cut production by 440,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boed), the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG) announced…

Aker BP Comes Up Dry at Freke-Garm

Jun 04, 2019

Oil firm Aker BP has come up dry in the Freke-Garm exploration well in the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Tuesday. Deepsea Stavanger (Photo: Odfjell Drilling) The…

Culzean Startup Expected Within Days

Jun 04, 2019

French energy group Total will start up the Culzean field in the British North Sea within days, the group's UK Exploration and Production Chief Jean-Luc Guiziou said on Tuesday, shortening the timeline for the project. Culzean…

2H Offshore Opens Paris Office

Jun 04, 2019

2H Offshore, a riser and conductor specialist in subsea services group Acteon, announced it has opened a new regional office in Paris, France, to provide a direct and higher-quality service to operators and contractors based in and around Paris and to other clients throughout Continental Europe…

Equinor Plans Rosebank FID by 2022

Jun 04, 2019

Equinor and its partners expect to reach a final investment decision (FID) for Rosebank, one of the largest undeveloped oil and gas fields on the UK continental shelf, by May 2022, the Norwegian major said on Tuesday. Hedda Felin…

Moray Offshore Open to OWF

Jun 04, 2019

Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd (MORL), which is established to develop offshore wind generation,  has announced intention to open consultation on the development of offshore wind on the remainder of its zone in the Outer Moray Firth. Image…

Eni Makes Fifth Oil Find Offshore Angola

Jun 04, 2019

Italian oil and gas company Eni has made the fifth oil discovery in one year in Block 15/06, through the Agidigbo-1 NFW well in Angola's deep offshore. Image: ENI It follows the discoveries of Kalimba…

Chevron Starts Gorgon Stage Two Drilling

Jun 04, 2019

Chevron Australia and the Gorgon joint venture participants have started the Gorgon Stage 2 drilling campaign off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Gorgon subsea structure being lowered to the ocean floor…

Norway: Strike Negotiations Go Past Deadline

Jun 03, 2019

Norwegian oil workers and their employers have extended their pay talks past a midnight deadline in a bid to avert a strike that would reduce the country's oil and gas output, negotiators said on Tuesday. (Photo…

Senegal: Opposition Wants BP Gas Deal Probe

Jun 03, 2019

A group of opposition politicians in Senegal called on Monday for an investigation of the history of two major offshore gas blocks run by BP after a report alleging fraud involving President Macky Sall's brother Aliou Sall. BP…

Asian Choices: Canadian 'Climate' or US 'Freedom' Gas

Jun 03, 2019

Canada — with its abundance of petroleum — has been surprisingly slow exporting gas anywhere other than across the border to the United States. © vladsv / Adobe Stock Now, Ottawa is supporting…

Schlumberger Debuts Digital Exploration Platform

Jun 03, 2019

Schlumberger on Monday introduced a new digital exploration platform designed to help exploration teams to rapidly discover and access basin-scale data and manage exploration opportunities. The GAIA…

Prosafe and Floatel Agree to Merge

Jun 03, 2019

Prosafe and Floatel announced Monday that they have agreed to merge, creating the world’s largest offshore accommodation provider. (Photo: Prosafe) Oslo-listed Prosafe will acquire Floatel with consideration in Prosafe shares…

Ampelmann Enters Norway with Walk to Work Contract

Jun 03, 2019

Dutch offshore service provider Ampelmann has secured a contract with DeepOcean to support the hook-up and commissioning of the Valhall Flank West (VFW) project, operated by Aker BP.  Photo: Ampelmann An…

NOIA President Luthi Announces his Departure

Jun 03, 2019

Randall Luthi has announced that he will leave the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) next month, after serving nearly 10 years as the offshore energy group’s president.  Luthi will return to his home state of Wyoming to serve as Chief Energy Advisor to Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon…

Luthi Steps Down as NOIA Head

Jun 03, 2019

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) announced that Randall Luthi will leave the organization next month, after serving as the group’s president for nearly 10 years. Luthi will return to his home state of Wyoming to serve as Chief Energy Advisor to Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon…

BP Sells Egypt Assets to Dragon Oil

Jun 03, 2019

BP said on Monday it has agreed to sell its interests in Gulf of Suez oil concessions in Egypt to Dubai-based Dragon Oil, as part of the supermajor’s plan to divest more than $10 billion in global assets over the next two years. BP…

Search for Missing US Oil Worker Called Off

Jun 03, 2019

The search for an oil platform worker that went missing in the US Gulf of Mexico was called off on Friday after efforts to locate the man over several days were unsuccessful, the U.S. Coast Guard said.  (File…

New Subsea Cutting Technology Unveiled

Jun 03, 2019

Services company James Fisher Offshore (JFO) has developed an advanced internal abrasive cutting system designed to offer higher performance, cost savings and operational efficiency to support the oil and gas industry’s decommissioning cost reduction target…

Polarcus Scores Wide-azimuth Project

Jun 03, 2019

UAE based marine geophysical company Polarcus announced on Monday that it has been awarded a wide-azimuth project to be acquired in the Americas. Polarcus Naila (Photo: Polarcus) Polarcus Naila and Polarcus Adira will perform the acquisition…

Ampelmann Scores W2W Contract in Norway

Jun 03, 2019

Dutch offshore service provider Ampelmann said it has secured a contract with DeepOcean to support the hook-up and commissioning of the Valhall Flank West (VFW) project, operated by Aker BP. The Ampelmann…

Expro Wins HOEC Contract in India

Jun 03, 2019

UK based oilfield services company Expro said it has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract for Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) in Mumbai, India. (Photo: Expro) The seven-year contract will include the build…

Delek to Start Exporting Gas to Egypt Soon

Jun 03, 2019

Israel's Delek Drilling hopes to begin commercial sales of natural gas to Egypt by the end of the month, a senior company executive said on Sunday. File photo: Tamar platform in December 2012 (Photo: Albatross Aerial Photography Ltd…

Strike Would Cut Norway's Output 11%/Day

Jun 03, 2019

Norway's oil and gas output could be cut by about 440,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day, or about 11% of total production, if workers go on strike from June 4, industry association Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOG) said on Monday. (Photo…

EMGS Appoints Lindhom as CEO

Jun 03, 2019

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has appointed Bjørn Petter Lindhom as the permanent CEO of the company. Photo: Bjørn Petter Lindhom Lindhom assumed the position of interim CEO of the company on December 01…

Vår Energi to Remove Jotun B Platform

Jun 03, 2019

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has given Vår Energi AS consent for the removal and disposal of Jotun B platform in the North Sea offshore Norway. Jotun A (Photo: Vår Energi) The consent…

Gulf of Mexico Oil Production Hits Record

Jun 03, 2019

Oil production in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is poised to set new records in the imminent future, said Rystad Energy. Graph: Rystad Energy Royal Dutch Shell started producing oil and…

HYTORC: LITHIUM SERIES II Electric Torque Tool

Jun 02, 2019

HYTORC President Eric Junkers demonstrates the benefits of the company's award-winning LITHIUM SERIES II Electric Torque Tool, featuring an all-new method of direct torque measurement…

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