Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gulf Of Mexico News

AET Grows in Brazil

Eagle Paraiba. Photo: AET_Tankers

With the ongoing development of deepwater pre-salt plays and a decreased demand on local content in tankers and other vessels, Brazilian national operator Petrobras and other super-majors have been looking abroad for better rates and reliable operators of shuttle tankers. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Peter Liew…

Talos Energy Begins Zama Discovery Appraisal Program

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Talos Energy  has spudded its Zama-2 appraisal well, beginning the Zama discovery appraisal program, which will consist of three reservoir penetrations, including two wells and one sidetrack.The Zama discovery, which is located in Block 7 in the Sureste Basin, is planned to be developed with an investment of $325m.The oil and gas company that engages in the exploration…

Murphy Oil Closes Gulf of Mexico JV

Murphy Oil Corporation announced  that it has closed its previously announced deal to form a Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras.The global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company said in a press release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA, has closed…

Sapura Energy Wins Contracts in Mexico, Malaysia

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Malaysia-based integrated oil and gas services Sapura Energy Berhad has strengthened its presence in Mexico and Malaysia with new contract wins valued at approximately RM1.75 billion (USD 410 mln).The new contracts have lifted the company’s orderbook to RM18 billion and total contract wins to-date for this financial year to RM7…

Chevron: First Oil From Big Foot

The Chevron-operated Big Foot project uses a 15-slot drilling and production tension-leg platform, the deepest of its kind in the world, and is designed for a capacity of 75,000 barrels of oil and 25 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. (Photo: Business Wire)

U.S. supermajor Chevron announced that its operated Big Foot deepwater project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has started crude oil and natural gas production.The field is located approximately 225 miles (360 km) south of New Orleans, La., in a water depth of approximately 5,200 feet (1,584 m.). The Big Foot field was discovered in 2006…

Versalis, Petrochem JV for O&G Industry in Middle East

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Versalis, the Eni chemical company, Petrochem and Mazrui Energy Services have signed an agreement to establish Versalis Petrochem Mazrui (VPM), a joint venture for the commercialization of innovative chemicals for the Oil & Gas industry in the Middle East.Petrochem, a manufacturer of drilling fluids, is a Mazrui Energy Services Company.

Digitalization Can Save Upstream Business $73 Bln a Year

The Ivar Aasen platform in the North Sea transmits vast volumes of data back to shore. (Photo: Aker BP)

Energy firms could save an annual $73 billion within five years in oil and gas exploration and production by making better use of existing computing technology, energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie said.Exploration and production, known as the upstream industry, requires energy firms to analyze huge amounts of seismic and geological data and to monitor and maintain offshore platforms and other complex assets…

API Enhances Offshore Safety Standard

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) released its newest valve standard as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to improve operational safety and environmental protection.According to a release from the agency, the “Specification 6A” governs the design and operations of the critical safety valves at wells used in the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry.

Decommissioning Gets into Deep Water in GoM

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LOC Group’s Houston office provides perspective on decommissioning developments in the Gulf of Mexico.The Gulf of Mexico basin covers approximately 1.6 million km2 and is one of the most important petroleum production regions in the world. A significant portion of the area is shallow continental shelf waters. These areas were developed first by oil companies…

Lukoil and Eni Sign Agreement on Mexico Projects

Eni headquarters in Rome (Photo: Eni)

Russian oil producer Lukoil has signed a farm-out agreement with Italy's Eni on blocks 10, 12 and 14 in the Mexico's shallow waters.Lukoil will assign 40 percent in block 12 to Eni and retain the remaining 60 percent stake as operator of the project.In turn, Eni will give 20 percent in blocks 10 and 14 to Lukoil, and remain the…

Chevron Names Green President of N. America E&P

Steven W. Green (Photo: Chevron)

Steven W. Green has been named president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, succeeding Jeff Shellebarger, who is retiring from Chevron after 38 years of service.Green will transition from his current role as president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production to oversee the oil major's exploration and production activities throughout North America…

Rowan Reliance Awarded Fieldwood Contract

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Offshore drilling contractor Rowan Companies plc announced Monday that its drillship Rowan Reliance has been awarded a contract in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico by Fieldwood Energy LLC.The contract is for a firm term of one year plus three 90-day options, and is expected to commence the first quarter of 2019. The R-Class ultra-deepwater Rowan Reliance is currently warm stacked offshore Louisiana in the U.S.

FERC Green Signal for Calcasieu Pass LNG

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Venture Global LNG announced that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the company’s 10 MTPA Calcasieu Pass facility on the Gulf of Mexico.On August 31, 2018, FERC notified Venture Global LNG that it plans to issue a Final Order for the Calcasieu Pass facility and the associated TransCameron Pipeline no later than January 22…

BP Starts-up Thunder Horse Expansion in Deep-Water Gulf Field

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Energy giant BP said that it has started up the Thunder Horse Northwest Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, four months ahead of schedule and 15 percent under budget.This is the fourth Upstream major project to begin production for BP globally so far this year, following seven that started up in 2017 and six in 2016.

Several US States Likely Withheld from Offshore Drilling Plan

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (Photo: U.S. Department of Interior)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has hinted to at least six coastal states that he will keep their waters out of a looming plan to expand U.S. offshore drilling, telling some they lack enough oil to be included anyway, according to state officials and transcripts from public hearings.Zinke's comments are the clearest indication to date that the Trump administration’s initial proposal to open nearly all U.S.

Offshore Drillers Eye Recovery by 2020

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Battered oil and gas drilling companies are finally seeing piecemeal signs that the prices they charge for offshore rigs are bottoming out with Brent crude selling for more than $80 a barrel and some are forecasting a full turn in the market by 2020.At the depths of a global slide that took oil below $27 a barrel in early 2016…

US GoM Oil Production Off 32% from Storm

A view of the eye of Hurricane Michael taken on October 10, 2018 from the International Space Station currently orbiting Earth. The photo was taken by NASA astronaut Dr. Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor. (Credit: NASA)

U.S. Gulf of Mexico producers have cut oil output by 32 percent and natural gas production by 13 percent as a result of the lingering effects of Hurricane Michael, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Friday, citing reports from 27 companies.The reductions continued as oil and gas companies moved more workers back to production platforms that were evacuated earlier in the week.

Oil Rebounds Towards $81 but Weaker Demand View Weighs

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Oil rebounded towards $81 a barrel on Friday as an equities rally lent support, though prices pared gains after a closely watched forecaster deemed supply adequate and the outlook for demand weakening.Crude was still heading for its first weekly drop in five weeks, pressured by a big rise in U.S. inventories and fading concerns for now about looming U.S.

LOOP Resumes Normal Operations After Storm

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest privately-owned crude terminal in the United States, said it resumed normal operations at its Marine Terminal on Thursday after operations were suspended ahead of Hurricane Michael.Major oil producers and drillers began returning workers and restoring output at U.S.

U.S. Oil Firms Restoring Operations in Storm-tossed Gulf of Mexico

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Oil producers on Thursday were checking Gulf of Mexico production platforms and beginning to return crews to more than 90 offshore facilities evacuated this week as Hurricane Michael moved through the Gulf.Production shut-ins that temporarily halted 42 percent of Gulf oil output and nearly a third of natural gas production was…