Friday, February 22, 2019

Middle East News

KCA Deutag Wins Multiple Drilling Contracts

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Global drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag (KCAD)  has been awarded new contracts and contract extensions worth $110m to perform onshore drilling in the Middle East, Russia and Africa.In the Middle East, KCAD has been successful in winning a total of seven years of contract extensions for five heavy rigs operating in Oman. The extension for each rig ranges from one to two years. In addition to this, we have also signed a contract with a new client in Oman for one of our 2000hp rigs.

OPITO Appoints Director to Support Global Operations

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OPITO has appointed Stuart Clow as Director with a remit focused on supporting industry safety through high-quality training and competency standards.Clow has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in a variety of roles both in the UK and internationally including Africa, South America and the Middle East.He spent 28 years with Transocean, latterly as Workforce Planning Manager where he was responsible for resource…

Saudi Aramco Lauches Arabian Rig Manufacturing

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Saudi Aramco and National Oilwell Varco Incorporated (NOV) recently held the first Arabian Rig Manufacturing (ARM) Board of Managers meeting.ARM is a newly formed company, a joint venture (JV) between NOV (owning 70% of the JV’s shares) and Saudi Aramco. Highlights of the meeting included the appointment of senior officials and the approval of the company’s branding strategy.The JV partnership will establish a world-class onshore rig and equipment manufacturing and aftermarket facility in Ras al-Khair…

Epic Gas Bullish on LPG Carriers Market

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Global seaborne liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) volume is expected to grow by over 6% in 2019 and surpass 100 million tonnes for the first time.Singapore based provider of pressurised LPG vessels, Epic Gas said that it is well positioned to benefit from the improving fundamentals of the LPG shipping market.For the fourth quarter of 2018, freight levels for most sizes in the pressurised sector were similar to the stronger levels seen in the third quarter.

Offshore Mooring to Reach $1.1B by 2021

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The global offshore mooring system market stood at US$0.93 bn in 2014 and is predicted to reach US$1.1 bn by 2021.It is predicted to expand at a CAGR of 3.60% from 2015 to 2021, revealed a new Transparency Market Research report.According to the report, the market for offshore mooring systems is propelled by the rising subsea production and exploration and the consistent introduction of technologically advanced products. In addition…

OMV Q4 Core Profit Surges

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Austrian oil and gas group OMV on Wednesday said it would propose a dividend hike for 2018 after the company posted a 53 percent surge in fourth-quarter adjusted operating profit, topping estimates, buoyed by higher sales volumes in Russia and the United Arab Emirates.OMV, which has been on a shopping spree in recent months to expand its footprint in Asia and the Middle East, said it will propose a dividend of 1.75 euros per share…

Anadarko Shell Deal for Mozambique LNG

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US company Anadarko Petroleum has signed a major long-term contract to shore up its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Mozambique.The Woodlands-based oil and gas company said that  Mozambique LNG1 Company, the jointly owned sales entity of the Mozambique Area 1 co-venturers, has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Shell International Trading Middle East. The SPA is for 2 million tonnes of LNG per annum (MTPA) for a term of 13 years.

Proserv Acquires SGC Metering

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The  global energy services company has announced the acquisition of SGC Metering from Petrofac.SGC Metering is a specialist in the design and manufacture of flow computer metering systems for the oil and gas industry. It provides expertise right across the full life cycle of a metering project, including conceptual design through to installation, operations and maintenance.The firm was established in 1988 and its wide array of systems allows the measurement of all the important metrics associated with hydrocarbon production…

Eni Continues High-speed Gulf Drive

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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…

Wintershall Appoints Helge Beuthan to Head ME

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Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall Holding has appointed Helge Beuthan as new general manager of its Middle East division in Abu Dhabi.Beuthan, the current vice president for global subsurface evaluation, would take over the duties of Uwe Salge in Abu Dhabi on February 1, said a press release from the wholly owned subsidiary of BASF.The previous General Manager will return to Wintershall in Kassel…

Petrobel Contracts Shelf Rig

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UAE-headquartered offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling has received a contract award for one of its jack-up rigs with Belayim Petroleum Company (Petrobel) for operations in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt.According to a press release from the shallow water offshore drilling contractor,  the Trident 16 jack-up drilling rig had been awarded a one-year contract.It said that the contract includes mutually agreeable options…

ADNOC Seals $5.8 bln Refining and Trading Deal with ENI, OMV

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Italy's Eni and Austria's OMV have agreed to pay a combined $5.8 billion to take a stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) refining business and establish a new trading operation owned by the three partners.The transaction, which expands ADNOC's access to European markets, furthers Eni's diversification away from Africa and gives OMV a downstream oil business outside Europe. It was hailed as a "one of a kind" deal by…

BP Partners with Eni For Exploring Oman Block

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British multinational oil and gas company BP and Italian oil and gas giant ENI have signed a heads of agreement with the Ministry of Oil & Gas of Oman to explore Block 77 in central Oman.In addition, Eni has signed with the Ministry of Oil & Gas and with BP a Head of Agreement (HoA) that sets up the principles for the acquisition of the Exploration and Production rights of Block 77 onshore.Block 77, with a total area of almost 3…

Norway Awards Record Number of Exploration Blocks

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Norway awarded a record 83 blocks to explore for petroleum resources in mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, in a sign of continuing interest from oil companies in the country's oil sector, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.A lack of large discoveries on the shelf has prompted concerns that Norway's top industry, which employs about 170,000 people directly and indirectly, could fall into decline.The government hopes…

Tendeka Secured AICD Contract in the Middle East

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Independent global completions service company Tendeka reports it has secured a further multimillion-dollar contract with a major national oil company in the Middle East.The agreement will see Tendeka provide reservoir modelling and the installation of its FloSure Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICDs) to boost production and improve reservoir performance in several mature fields.Tendeka will perform reservoir simulations for each well…

Bahrain, ENI Join Forces for Offshore Exploration

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National Oil and Gas Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain (NOGA) and ENI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue petroleum exploration of Block 1, an offshore area of over 2,800 sqkm still largely unexplored, located in the northern territorial waters of the Kingdom of Bahrain with water depth ranging from 10 metres up to 70 metres.The signing took place by  Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil of Bahrain and Chairman of the board of directors in NOGA…

Aqualis Offshore Establishes Office in Australia

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Marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore has set up an office in Perth, Western Australia, to support oil and gas developments in the Australasia region.“We have supported important projects offshore Australia in recent years and believe it represents a market with good potential. There seems to be an increasing confidence in growth in offshore activity here, so we feel the time is right to set up a dedicated office in Australia…

DNO Adds to Faroe Stake in Hostile Takeover Saga

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Norwegian oil company DNO has achieved another slight increase to its stake in Faroe Petroleum, it said on Friday as it continues its battle for control of the British business.DNO's combined ownership and bid acceptances now stands at 43.8 percent, up from about 43 percent on Thursday but still short of a controlling stake in London-listed Faroe.It had previously required backing from 57.5 percent of Faroe shareholders to take control…

DNO Clinches Faroe Petroleum

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Norwegian oil company DNO has secured control of Faroe Petroleum, a day after raising its hostile bid for the British company to 641.7 million pounds ($819 million).The move effectively ends a bitter battle that started around nine months ago when DNO bought a stake in the British firm, only for Faroe to resist its requests for board seats.DNO said on Wednesday it owned or had acceptances for its bid representing 52.44 percent of Faroe’s share capital…

LNG REPORT: LNG Bunkering Vessels Rise to Nine, 30 More to Come

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The liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering infrastructure is expanding globally and there are increasing numbers of LNG-bunker vessels which are encouraging other operators to adopt LNG.According to SEA\LNG,  the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, from limited availability at select ports, LNG bunkering has grown to encompass 24 out of the…