Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Saipem Wins $700 Mln Worth of Offshore Contracts

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Saipem has been awarded contracts for the second phase of the ExxonMobil led Liza development offshore Guyana.These contracts, assigned by Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, as the project operator, are in addition to those awarded to Saipem in 2017 for Liza Phase 1.Following engineering and subject to requisite government approvals, project sanction from the joint venture and an authorization to proceed with the next phase…

In Brazil, Equinor Aims to Repeat Norway's Oil Boom

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Norway's Equinor will invest up to $15 billion in Brazil over the next 12 years to develop oil, gas and renewable energy sources, the company said on Wednesday.Coinciding with an expected drop in output from many ageing oilfields off the cost of Norway, Brazil is expected to become a core region for Equinor as the firm takes advantage of the country's opening in recent years to more foreign investment.The company plans to raise its Brazilian output to between 300…

Aker BP, Maersk Drilling Sign Rig Contract off Norway

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Maersk Drilling and Aker BP have signed a one-year contract to deploy the Maersk Integrator jack-up rig off Norway from June 2019, Aker BP said in a statement on Thursday.The contract, based on an alliance created between the two firms and Halliburton in 2017, is based on market-rate terms and holds the possibility of a sizeable upside for all parties, based on actual delivery and performance, it said.Maersk Integrator will finish its current campaign on the Gina Krog field off Norway in June 2019, and then go directly to the Ula fiel

Total E&P South Africa Contract for Solstad Farstad

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad Farstad has been awarded contact  for two of its vessels by French oil major Total Total E&P South Africa."Total has awarded Solstad a contract for one Large Anchor Handling Vessel (AHTS) Normand Ranger (2010, VS 491 Design) and one Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Far Starling (2014, PSV 08 CD Design)," said a press release from the company.The contracts are to support Total E&P South Africa’s drilling campaign in Block 11B/12B for 1 well firm + 1 well option, which is expected to commence Q4 2018.

Baltic Eagle Surveys Underway

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Fugro has commenced a marine site characterisation programme at Iberdrola’s Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm, in German waters of the Baltic Sea.Under a contract worth over EUR10 million, Fugro will undertake a UXO survey to clear the investigation sites, followed by a geotechnical seabed investigation and borehole drilling. The workscope also includes a programme of standard and advanced laboratory testing.The fieldwork takes place…

Kongsberg's Operational Advisory Solution for Harsh Environment Semi-Submersible

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Odfjell Drilling has awarded Kongsberg Maritime the contract to deliver a real-time monitoring and advisory solution to provide operational safety and non-productive time (NPT) improvements for the 6th generation semi-submersible, Deepsea Stavanger. The contract is in specific relation to an upcoming offshore South Africa campaign awarded to Odfjell Drilling.Kongsberg Maritime’s integrated services and systems delivery for Deepsea…

Total Pact with Stena Drilling for Laggan Well

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Aberdeen-based Stena Drilling has announced that it has signed a deal with French oil giant Total to drill one well at the west of Shetland, Laggan field.A press release from Stena Drilling said: "We have signed a contract with Total E&P UK Ltd. for the Stena Don in 2019 to drill one well on the Laggan field located west of the Shetland Islands in water depths of up to 650m."The Stena Don is currently working for Total E&P UK on an Exploration well which is also located west of the Shetland Islands.

Ampelmann Secures North Sea Decommissioning Project

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Dutch offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has made another step forward in the field of decommissioning with a recently secured contract in the Southern North Sea.An E-type gangway system has been installed on the Olympic Orion vessel to carry out a two-month campaign for end client Spirit Energy to prepare the Audrey platform for decommissioning.The E-type is the largest fully motion compensated system within the Ampelmann portfolio.

Eni Wins Offshore Mozambique Block

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Italian oil and gas major Eni has signed in Maputo the contract for the exclusive exploration and development rights of the offshore block A5-A, in the deep waters of the Northern Zambezi Basin, approximately 1,500 km to the north east of the capital Maputo.With this acquisition, Eni further strengthens its presence in Mozambique, a country that has a strategic relevance for the company, said a press release from the company.The…

Ampelmann Six New North Sea Contracts

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Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has strengthened its position in the North Sea this year after being awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the basin.The projects will see six E-type gangway systems deployed for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UKCS.Utilizing motion compensation technology, Ampelmann’s E-type is the…

Mexico's Obrador Pledges More Than $11 Bln for Refineries

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Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday his administration will invest more than $11 billion to boost refining capacity in order to curb growing fuel imports.Lopez Obrador, who will take office on Dec. 1, told reporters his government plans to invest $2.6 billion to modernize existing domestic refineries owned and operated by national oil company Pemex, and spend another $8.4 billion to build a new one…

EXCEED Developments Reflect Bullish Growth Strategy

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Aberdeen-headquartered well management and performance improvement specialist EXCEED Energy has underlined its continued global expansion with a number of significant contract wins, prompting a key appointment and a move into new premises.Recent contract wins totaling over £18 million will see EXCEED deliver full well management services offshore The Gambia for a southern hemisphere-based exploration company and a drilling campaign offshore Ghana for a Norwegian operator.Head of Well Management…

Ampelmann Wins North Sea Contracts

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Ampelmann has strengthened its position in the North Sea this year after being awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the basin.The projects will see six E-type gangway systems deployed for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UKCS.Utilising motion compensation technology, Ampelmann’s E-type is the largest system in the company’s portfolio and is ideally suited for the harsh environment of the North Sea…

AGL LNG Import Project Slowed by Environment Review

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Plans by Australia's AGL Energy to start importing liquefied natural gas from 2021 will be delayed after the state of Victoria called for the company and its pipeline partner to submit a full environmental assessment of their project.The review process typically takes nine to 12 months, which means AGL will not be able to reach a final investment decision on the A$250 million ($178 million) jetty project by June 2019, as it had hoped.AGL…

Oil Up; Traders Cite Crude Build at Cushing

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Traders say Genscape reports crude draw at Cushing; prices rally on hopes latest weekly draw was an anomaly.Oil prices strengthened Thursday, turning higher after traders saw an industry report suggesting U.S. crude stockpiles would soon begin to decline again after a surprise rise in the latest week.Traders said prices rallied when industry information provider Genscape reported that crude inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub for U.S.

Oil Fall Again, Rising Supplies Weighs

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Trade tensions cap gains as U.S. inventories jump, confounding expectations.Oil prices fell for a third day on Thursday, following a surprise increase in U.S. crude inventories that added to existing concern about the rapid rise in global crude supply.Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have increased production, as agreed at a meeting in June, to help to compensate for an anticipated shortfall in Iranian crude supplies once U.S.

Norway’s Largest Oil Pipeline Now in Place

Saipem Castorone at the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Bo B. Randulff / Roar Lindefjeld / Equinor ASA)

Late last week, Norway’s largest and longest pipeline reached the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.The last pipe of what is now Norway’s longest and largest oil pipeline was installed by the vessel Saipem Castorone, right next to the riser platform at the Johan Sverdrup field. The 36-inch pipeline extends 283 km from the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen to the giant field in the North Sea.“We have together with our supplier Saipem succeeded in laying the oil pipeline to Johan Sverdrup without any serious incidents.

iSURVEY Completes Industry First Project for Norske Shell

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iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has completed a pioneering project for A/S Norske Shell. The project, which took place last month as part of the operator’s Scarabeo 8 drilling campaign, utilized iSURVEY’s survey support remotely from its Oslo headquarter. This marks the first time remote positioning has been applied for a regular…

DNV GL Provides Tech Support for 3 Norwegian Wind Farms

The wind farms comprise 70 Siemens Gamesa 4.2MW turbines, located near Stavanger in Norway. Image: DNV GL

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, today announced that the company’s technical expertise was an important part of the due diligence of the Bjerkreim cluster, a 294-megawatt group of wind farms in Norway.The German asset manager for renewable energy investments Luxcara recently entered long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 100% of the output and environmental attributes…

Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

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Environmental campaign group ClientEarth has filed a complaint with a court in Sweden to block the construction through Swedish waters of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline intended to transport Russian gas to Germany, it said on Wednesday.Sweden approved the pipeline in June, but ClientEarth's complaint argues that the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation failed to consider the impact the project would have on wildlife in the…