Friday, February 22, 2019

Gas Field News

Moog Focal Products for APL Norway AS

Stacked Focal swivels with the LVEOS on top (Photo: MacArtney)

A Floating Storage and Offloading project in the Norwegian Sea is to benefit from high-end products for data and process control from MacArtney & Moog Focal.MacArtney has secured a contract from APL Norway AS, a Norwegian Mooring and Loading Systems provider - part of NOV Completion & Production Solutions. The scope of supply covers a Moog Focal Low Voltage Electrical Optical Swivel (LVEOS) and a Medium Voltage Electrical Swivel (MVES) for the Equinor Njord Bravo FSO project in the Norwegian Sea.

Verus Petroleum Up For Sale

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Private equity firm HitecVision is seeking to sell its British North Sea oil and gas production unit Verus Petroleum, which last year completed a string of large acquisitions ramping up its output, industry and banking sources said.The sale process is being run by investment bank Jefferies and could fetch $500 million, according to the sources.HitecVision and Verus Petroleum did not respond to requests for comment. A Jefferies spokeswoman…

McDermott Bags Pan Malaysia Jobs

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American multinational McDermott International has announced Malaysian offshore projects contracts for developing pan Malaysia oil fields.One contracts was from Sarawak Shell Berhad and the other from Sapura Exploration and production, a press release from the fully-integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry said.McDermott's scope of work for SSB includes the transportation and installation of jackets, topsides and pipelines for the Gorek gas field.

Reserves at Snoehvit Gas Field Cut

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Reserves at Equinor's Snoehvit field, the only producing natural gas field in the Barents Sea, were revised down by 8.5 percent, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday.Estimates for gross reserves were reduced by 17 million cubic meters (107 million barrels) of oil equivalent, on top of a reduction stemming from last year's production, the regulator said in its annual update of Norwegian petroleum resources."The reduction in gross reserves is due to the fact that the reserves in the Snoehvit field have been reduced due to an updatin

EIA: Azerbaijan Surges in Natural Gas

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Azerbaijan is an important supplier of crude oil and natural gas in the Caspian Sea region, particularly to European markets, the US Energy Information Administration said in its report.The EIA’s report notes that Azerbaijan’s exports of natural gas are poised to become a more significant part of the country’s economy.Azerbaijan produced about 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of dry natural gas in 2017 and exported about 210 Bcf, according to EIA’s International Energy Statistics.“Azerbaijan is planning to expand its natural gas exports to Europe.

Shell, Eni, Exxon Win Concessions in Egypt

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Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, BP and Exxon Mobil were among winners of Egypt's international tender for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, with 12 concessions awarded in total.It marks Exxon Mobil's entry into gas exploration in Egypt, while Shell was awarded the most concessions in the tender - three for oil and two for gas.Neptune Energy, Merlon, Shell, Eni and state-controlled Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) were awarded seven oil exploration concessions in total in which 39 wells will be drilled, Egypt's petroleum ministry said in

Kvaerner to Study Floating Wind Structures

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Norway based Kvaerner said it has signed a contract with Norwegian energy company Equinor to study how floating concrete substructures for offshore wind turbines can be designed and constructed for the planned Hywind Tampen project in the North Sea.The objectives of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) assignment are to further mature the design of the concrete substructures, to identify appropriate construction site(s), and to develop a plan for construction…

McDermott Winds FEED for Scarborough FPU

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McDermott International, Inc. on Tuesday announced it has signed a contract with Woodside Energy Ltd. to undertake a front-end engineering and design (FEED) activities for a floating production unit (FPU) for the Scarborough field natural gas development in Western Australia.McDermott’s center of excellence in The Hague, Netherlands, will lead the study and early engineering. Upon completion, the contract includes the option to progress to an engineering…

Liberty Wins North Sea Pipe Contract

Largescale pipe ready for dispatch by rail from Liberty Pipes, Hartlepool (Photo: Liberty)

The Liberty pipe mills at Hartlepool has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to supply steel pipeline for North Sea gas.The mills, which were acquired and relaunched by Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, in late 2017, have just begun making the first batch of a total order for 12,000 metric tons of 24” steel pipe from global engineers Subsea7, that will be used in the Shell Shearwater gas field over 200 miles off the…

Eni Continues High-speed Gulf Drive

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi (Photo: Eni)

In less than 12 months Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi has turned the Middle East from a sideshow to a strategic hub for the Italian energy major. And the shift is not over.Since last March the 63-year-old has clinched nine deals in the United Arab Emirates, gained a toehold in Bahrain and expanded in Oman to reshape the group's future.In the latest deal on Sunday, Eni pledged $3.3 billion to buy part of the world's fourth-biggest refinery in the UAE…

Exxon Reorganizing Exploration Units

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Exxon Mobil Corp on Thursday outlined a major reorganization of its global exploration businesses aimed at reversing years of weak oil and gas output.Chief Executive Darren Woods, who took over the helm two years ago, has spent billions to buy production, build new pipelines and expand refineries after a series of costly misfires on deals under predecessor Rex Tillerson.Woods, who will address Wall Street analysts on an earnings call Friday for the first time as CEO…

Glengorm Discovery Highlights UKCS Potential

Topsides being installed in 2018 at the Culzean field (Photo: Total)

CNOOC announced Tuesday it has made a significant discovery on the Glengorm prospect, located in the Central North Sea of the U.K. continental shelf (UKCS), with recoverable resources estimated at close to 250 million barrels of oil equivalent.The exploration well was drilled in License P2215 in approximately 86 meters water depth to a total depth of 5,056 meters and encountered 37 meters net gas and condensate pay zones in an Upper Jurassic reservoir.Kevin Swann…

Woodside Boosts Spending for Next Leg of Growth

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Australia's Woodside Petroleum Ltd on Thursday flagged higher-than-expected investment spending for 2019 as it steps up early work on the two big natural gas developments that will drive its growth in the next decade.Australia's largest independent gas and oil producer plans to spend between $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion in 2019 on projects, significantly higher than an estimate from UBS of $1.2 billion.At the same time it is roughly halving…

Panoro Completes OMV Tunisia Acquisition

OMV's office in Tunisia (Photo: OMV)

London-based international independent oil and gas company Panoro Energy ASA announced Friday it has completed its $65 million acquisition of OMV Tunisia Upstream GmbH from Vienna-based integrated oil and gas company OMV.Panoro Tunisia Production AS (PTP, 60 percent owned) now holds an indirect 49 percent interest in five oil producing concessions in Tunisia ( the Cercina/Cercina Sud, El Ain/Gremda, El Hajeb/Guebiba and Rhemoura) with net 2P reserves of 8.1 million barrels as at July 1…

Total in Talks to Sell North Sea Assets

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French energy giant Total is in advanced talks with privately owned firms Albion Energy and First Alpha Energy Capital on the sale of some of its British North Sea assets, two industry sources said.In July, four banking sources told Reuters Total was set to sell a third of its stake in the Laggan Tormore gas field along with other oil and gas assets North Sea that could fetch a total of $1.5 billion.Total and First Alpha had no comment.

Verus Petroleum Mulls 12-Fold Production Growth

Alan Curran. Photo: Verus Petroleum

Aberdeen, UK-based Verus Petroleum has secured a 12-fold increase in its production – from 1,500 to 18,000 barrels per day in less than a year – with the closing of three recent acquisitions on the UK Continental Shelf.A press release from the petroleum exploration and production services provider said that it  has recently completed three significant acquisitions; an interest in the Babbage gas field acquired from Premier Oil on 6th December…

Exxon, BHP to Develop West Barracouta Gas Field

The Barracouta platform in Bass Strait (Photo: ExxonMobil)

ExxonMobil Corp and the world's top miner BHP Billiton said on Thursday they approved development of the West Barracouta gas field in the Gippsland Basin in Australia, to bring fresh gas to Australian domestic markets.Exxon said the project, located off the shore of the state of Victoria, is part of its continuing investment in the Gippsland Basin, an area rich in oil and gas. BHP will invest about A$200 million ($144.36 million) in the gas field…

Melkoeya LNG Plant Restarts Operations

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Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor has restarted operations at its Melkoeya LNG plant after an outage ten days ago, the company said on Monday.The plant, which liquefies natural gas from the Arctic Snoehvit gas field for transportation by tankers, has been shut since Jan. 4 due to a compressor failure.(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik)

Shell Opts for Subsea Compression on Ormen Lange Phase 3

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Norske Shell, the Norwegian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, announced it has decided to go with subsea compression as a concept for the Ormen Lange Phase 3 to increase the recovery rate from the reservoir."This is an important choice, where we have evaluated a number of alternative concepts. Subsea compression will result in a significant increase in what is possible to produce from Norway's second largest gas field, by reducing the pressure near the wellheads…

BP Green-lights Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Project

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BP and its partners announced on Friday that the green light has been given for the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal.The cross-border development, a first for the two West African nations and Africa's deepest offshore project at 2,000 meters below the sea's surface, will produce gas from an ultra-deepwater subsea system and mid-water floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will process the gas, removing heavier hydrocarbon components.