Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Archer Wins Contract from Chevron

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Archer announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract to provide platform drilling services for Chevron in the UK sector of the North Sea.Under the deal, Archer it will provide offshore operations and maintenance supervision on the Alba Northern and Captain platforms. Archer said it will also continue to provide onshore rig operations, maintenance and QHSE management.The new contract, which is for five years firm, with two one-year options, is scheduled to commence May 1, 2019 and ensures continuity of platform drilling operations and maintenance management services on the Alba Northern and Captain platforms until at least 2024.Kenny Dey…

Saipem Settles South Stream Dispute

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South Stream Transport, which is responsible for the construction and operation of the TurkStream Offshore Pipeline, and the Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem have settled the arbitration concerning the South Stream offshore pipeline installation contract entered into on March 14, 2014.The subsidiary of Italian energy company Eni said in a release that the companies have positively ended their negotiations signing an agreement to amicably settle the arbitration.In December 2014, Russia, citing the EU's unconstructive position, gave up on South Stream in favor of a new gas pipeline toward Turkey (TurkStream).

Halliburton Reports Activity Uptick

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Halliburton Co said on Monday a pricing downturn that has plagued the oilfield services sector was bottoming out, as it reported modestly higher activity levels in North America in the first quarter from a year earlier.Oilfield services providers have been struggling with a tightening of spending by U.S. oil producers as they rein in new drilling in response to shareholder pressure for greater returns after a period of heavy investment.The company's shares were up 2.8 pct at $32 before the bell.In contrast to comments from top oilfield services provider Schlumberger NV last week…

BP Invests $6 Bln in Offshore Azerbaijan Project

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The British multinational oil and gas company BP and its partners will lead a $6 billion development of the giant Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil-field complex offshore Azerbaijan.The supermajor said that the Azeri Central East (ACE) project includes a new offshore platform and facilities designed to process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The project is expected to achieve first production in 2023 and produce up to 300 million barrels over its lifetime. The $6 billion sanction is the first major investment decision by the ACG partnership since the extension of the ACG production sharing agreement (PSA) to 2049 was agreed in 2017.

BSOG Gets Approval in Offshore Romania

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Romanian-based Black Sea Oil & Gas (BSOG), controlled by private equity firm Carlyle Group, said that it received approval from the Romanian government for the field development plan (FDP) for the Ana and Doina gas fields.The Ana and Doina gas fields make up the Midia Gas Development (MGD) Project, offshore Black Sea.The MGD Project, which is the 1st new offshore gas development project in the Romanian Black Sea to be built after 1989, consists of 5 offshore production wells (1 subsea well at Doina field and 4 platform wells at Ana field)…

Eni, CDP, Fincantieri, Terna in Wave Power Pact

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Italian oil group Eni is joining forces with compatriot shipbuilder Fincantieri, power grid group Terna and state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) to develop wave power stations.The Chief Executive Officers of the companies have signed a non-binding agreement today at the Eni headquarters in the EUR district of Rome to develop and build wave power stations on an industrial scale.The agreement seeks to combine the knowledge of the collective companies to transform the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC) pilot project into a project on an industrial scale for immediate application and use.

COOEC-Fluor Completes Module Fabrication

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Texas-based multinational engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation announced  that its joint venture COOEC-Fluor Heavy Industries fabrication yard has completed the central and wellhead platforms for CNOOC’s Dongfang 13-2 Gas Fields Development Project.The central platform recently departed the COOEC-Fluor yard in Zhuhai, China, and follows the successful loadout of the wellhead platform in August 2018. The modules will make up part of a new offshore oil and gas production platform in the western South China Sea, 132 kilometers west of Dongfang City.“This project epitomizes how the COOEC-Fluor team consistently executes with excellence…

Europe Invests $30bln in Wind in 2018

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Europe invested a total of EUR27bn (USD 30.34bln) in new wind farms in 2018, allowing it finance a record amount of new wind energy capacity, according to European trade body WindEurope.Europe invested EUR 10.3 billion in new offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 4.2GW in 2018.Investments in new offshore wind projects increased by 37% from 2017 but were still some way off the record EUR 18.2 billion seen in 2016, according to the report. The capacity financed in 2018 is also the second highest after 2016.The total amount invested in wind power is similar to previous years.

Oryx Acquires South African Marine Fuels

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Oryx Energies, a provider of oil and gas products and services, has acquired the majority stake in South African Marine Fuels (SAMF), a bunkering company in Algoa Bay, Eastern cape, South Africa.Founded in 2016, SAMF is a woman-run enterprise with 100% South African staff operating at the only port in South Africa that has licensed offshore bunkering and ship service operations targeting both port calling ships and general passing traffic in this strategic location on the busy East-West routes."Thanks to its integration into Oryx Energies…

US Rig Count Dips

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for the first time in three weeks as production growth forecasts from shale, the country's largest oil fields, continue to shrink.Drillers cut eight oil rigs in the week to April 18, bringing the total count down to 825, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Thursday.Baker Hughes released the report a day early this week due to the Good Friday holiday.The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output, is still…

Wintershall Wins Argentina Offshore Bid

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Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall won the bidding process for two blocks in the promising Malvinas Basin off the coast of Tierra del Fuego as part of the “Costa Afuera” licensing round.In addition to the CMA-1 exploitation concession, with this award, the company will participate in further offshore exploration projects in Argentina. The exploration licenses are located approximately 300 km off the southeast coast of Argentina.Wintershall will hold a 27 percent interest in the licenses MLO-114 and MLO-119. The British-Irish company Tullow is the operator, while the Argentine company Pluspetrol is another partner.

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Wind is “the tech of choice,” the International Energy Agency said recently, just as a new report by the University of Delaware outlined the opportunity in U.S. offshore wind: 5,000 miles of offshore cabling and 1,700 turbines, it turns out, are bundled into current state-side plans. Yet, serious observers of the first U.S. offshore wind installations saw inefficiency: unwieldy lifts; few specialist vessels on-hand; and cables were “just cables.” Supply chain innovation, people say, lags other industries.In Europe, where offshore turbines heavily dot maritime maps, there’s acknowledged room for innovation in turbine construction, support shipping and subsea.

A New York State of Mind

New York Bight call areas.  "Call" is a short-hand term referring to calls for proposals or calls for interest in an area. (Image: BOEM)

“A new industry is being established in New York, with the primary stimulus being a state-driven procurement process.”New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), July 12, 2018.To a great extent, this PSC comment provides direct insight into the dynamics behind New York’s pace-setting moves to establish offshore wind. First, this new energy development is deliberate – not left to chance or laissez faire markets. Second, state officials are in control, from choosing a contractor to securing money for payment. Third, state utility commissions act on projects.To that end…

Santos Posts Record Production in Q1

Santos in January announced first oil from the Van Gogh infill project, marking the completion of the two-well program that will increase production from the field. (Photo: Santos)

Australia's No.2 independent gas producer Santos Ltd on Wednesday posted record quarterly production, boosted by its acquisition of Quadrant Energy assets, while sales revenue jumped 28 percent.Santos said production for the quarter ended March 31 rose to a record 18.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), up from 13.8 mmboe last year.Revenue came in at $1.02 billion, the second-highest quarterly revenue on record, it said.Santos acquired Quadrant Energy last year in a $2.15 billion deal, snapping up Quadrant's 80 percent stake in the promising Dorado oil find."In the second quarter…

ExxonMobil Wins 3 Blocks Off Argentina

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U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp said  that its unit and an affiliate of Qatar Petroleum had won three exploration blocks offshore Argentina.ExxonMobil has increased holdings in Argentina after its subsidiary ExxonMobil Argentina Offshore Investments B.V. and an affiliate of Qatar Petroleum won three exploration blocks during Argentina’s first offshore bid round.The award adds approximately 2.6 million net acres to its existing holdings in Argentina, which includes the onshore Vaca Muerta unconventional oil play and a business support center in Buenos Aires.The blocks are located in the Malvinas basin…

Santos Finds Gas Off Western Australia

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Santos announced Tuesday it has confirmed significant gas resource in the Corvus-2 appraisal in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia.Corvus-2 is located in 63 meters water depth, approximately 90 kilometers northwest of Dampier in Commonwealth waters within petroleum permit WA-45-R, in which Santos has a 100% interest.The well was drilled approximately 3 kilometers southwest of Corvus-1 (drilled in 2000) using the jack-up mobile offshore drilling unit Noble Tom Prosser and reached a total depth of 3,998 meters. According to Santos…

India, Denmark Forge Offshore Wind Alliance

Indian PM Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen. Photo: PIB

India’s Union Cabinet has given its approval for a cooperation agreement between India and Denmark on strategic sector cooperation in the field of renewable energy with a focus on offshore wind.According to a government release, the Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for a Cooperation Agreement between Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India and Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate of the Kingdom of Denmark on strategic sector cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy with a focus on Offshore Wind Energy and a Letter of Intent to establish an Indo-Danish Centreof Excellence for renewable energy in India.

FueLNG Scores Century in Singapore Bunkering

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FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) and Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd, has set a new industry milestone for Singapore by completing its 100th LNG bunkering operation.Since May 2018, FueLNG has been providing truck-to-ship LNG bunkering for two dual-fuel tugs operated by Keppel Smit Towage.FueLNG is also able to provide LNG for the commissioning of LNG systems and machinery, and trials for gas-fueled vessels. In September 2017, FueLNG completed its first operation and provided LNG for the commissioning of the floating liquefaction vessel Hilli Episeyo.“This milestone is testament to FueLNG’s ability to provide safe…

MOL, Mitsui Join in Modec FPSO Project

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Mitsui & Co have participated in a long-term charter business  operated by MODEC for the purpose of providing a floating production, storage, and offloading system (FPSO) for use in the Area 1 block offshore Mexico and a loan agreement for the Project was entered into on April 12, 2019.Mitsui and MOL invested in Area1 Mexico MV34 B.V. ("MV34"), a Dutch company established by MODEC, which will engage in FPSO leasing, operations and maintenance services.In December 2018, MV34 concluded the charter agreement with Eni Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Eni Mexico"), the operator of Area 1 block and a subsidiary of Eni S.p.A.

Penman to Head up Malin React

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Newly launched Malin Group arm Malin React has appointed Graham Penman as a Business Unit Manager to head up its operation.Penman has been appointed to oversee Malin React, one of seven subsidiary brands which make up Malin Marine Limited, formally Malin Marine Consultants Aberdeen. It specializes in complete solutions for rapid installation of offshore marine equipment onto vessels (mobilizations), with a focus on the defense, renewables and offshore oil and gas sectors.With over 25 years’ experience in engineering, subsea installation, construction and project management, Penman has previously held various roles in the oil and gas industries.

Black Sea MGD Project Gets Government Nod

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Black Sea Oil & Gas (BSOG), controlled by private equity firm Carlyle Group LP, announced it has received Romanian government approval from the Romanian Government through the National Agency for Mineral Resources (NAMR) for its plan to develop the offshore Ana and Doina natural gas fields which make up the Midia Gas Development Project (MGD Project), in the Black Sea.Gigi Dragomir, NAMR President, said, “The development of the Ana and Doina gas fields offshore Romania is a top priority for NAMR, which supports the implementation of the Romanian…

Vermilion to Drill Exploration Wells in Central Europe

Canada's Vermilion Energy will drill its first two exploration wells in Croatia in June, a senior official from the company said on Monday. Vermilion won four licences in 2015 for oil and gas exploration in Croatia's flat northeastern areas and the drilling will take place on one of these."Although we see evidence of gas charge from the new seismic data we have acquired, we'll not know for sure whether any of this is commercially producible until after these initial wells are completed," Bryan Sralla, who heads the unit for central and eastern Europe…

New Jack Up Fitted with Huisman Crane

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Huisman has been awarded a contract for the design, engineering, construction and delivery of the main crane on Jan De Nul’s newest offshore wind turbine installation vessel ‘Voltaire’.The crane will be unique in its size, capacity and novel features to allow efficient installation of the next generation offshore wind turbines. The vessel will be built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry in China and the Huisman crane will be built in Huisman’s own production facility in Xiamen, P.R. of China and installed at the shipyard. With an unrivaled crane capacity of over 3…

NOIA Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi has issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior:“I congratulate David Bernhardt on his confirmation as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Highlighted through his bipartisan confirmation, his unparalleled depth of experience at the Department and knowledge of energy and conservation policies will serve our nation’s public lands and resources well. It is no surprise to see this bipartisan vote of confidence in Secretary Bernhardt’s ability to lead Interior.

Chevron to Buy Anadarko for $33 Bln

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Chevron Corp on Friday said it will buy oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp for $33 billion in cash and stock in a deal that doubles down on its bet on U.S. shale and LNG as U.S. energy production is shattering records.The deal makes Chevron the second-largest major by crude production, behind Exxon Mobil Corp, up from fourth. It expands Chevron's reach in two areas where U.S. energy output is surging - shale from the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) - which have helped make the U.S. one of the world's largest energy exporters.“Chevron now joins the ranks of the 'ultramajors' – and the big three becomes the big four…

China, France to Develop OWP Project

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China Energy Investment Corporation (CHN Energy) and Électricité de France Group (EDF Group) have signed a deal to jointly develop an offshore wind power project in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, Chinese official media reported.As per the agreement, CHN Energy and EDF Group will build the offshore wind power project with a capacity of 500,000 kilowatts in the city of Dongtai, said sources with Guohua Energy Investment Jiangsu company, a subsidiary of CHN Energy.The project is the first of its kind with both domestic and foreign investment in China. A total of 7.94 billion yuan (1.18 billion U.S.

​​​​BP Plans to Exit China's Shale Gas

European oil major BP plans to exit from two production sharing contracts (PSC) for projects drilling for shale gas in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, three sources with the knowledge of the matter said this week.BP is the last of the international oil majors, including Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and ENI, to quit exploring for shale gas in China because of poor drilling results. Its departure leaves the sector firmly in the hands of domestic companies.In March 2016, BP agreed with China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) to explore and produce natural gas from shale rock formations in the Neijiang-Dazu block in Sichuan…

Gazprom’s Arctic Offshore Platform Hits Milestone

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Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) said that the Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov loaded the milestone 10-millionth tonne of commercial oil produced at Prirazlomnaya offshore platform in the Pechora Sea.The energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas exploration and production said that this cargo of oil has become the 150th shipped from the platform since the transportation began in April 2014.Symbolically…

Europe Offshore Fleet has 105 Wind Farms

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There are now 189 GW of wind energy in Europe, making up 14% of the EU’s power demand. 18.5 GW of this is in Europe’s offshore fleet, whose 105 wind farms and 4,500 turbines now provide 40,000 jobs.According to WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson, this is set to grow.Offshore wind has a proven record of rejuvenating former industrial towns in Europe. Dickson gave the UK example of the Green Port in Hull, where offshore wind has brought €400m in investment and directly created 1,000 new jobs while providing a wide range of social initiatives to the local community.And the European offshore success story keeps improving: offshore turbines are getting larger…

Unique Group Debuts New Survey USV

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Unique Group, a provider of  services and solutions for the offshore, subsea and life support industries, has designed and developed its first Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) called Uni-Cat.With proven hydrographic survey capabilities, the Uni-Cat can be used effectively for bathymetry survey offshore and in shallow waters, claimed a press release from the integrated subsea and offshore solution provider."It is ideal to be used in locations where conventional survey methods are not feasible," the release said.The Uni-Cat USV is purpose built…

Qatargas Delivered 500 Cargoes LNG to China in Ten Years

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Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas) has recently highlighted its long-term relationship with China."Qatargas has reliably supplied Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to China for 10 years, having safely delivered more than 500 cargoes of LNG to date," Qatargas said.Qatargas established its Beijing Representative Office (BRO) in China in November 2009 to facilitate easy access to both existing and potential LNG buyers in the country.The BRO team, also celebrating a decade of Beijing office setup, have supported in establishing Qatargas'…

Woodside Inks LNG Supply Deal with ENN

PLuto LNG plant (Photo: Woodside)

Australia's Woodside Petroleum WPL.AX has signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China's ENN Group for 10 years from 2025, both companies said on Friday.Woodside, Australia's biggest listed oil and gas explorer, said in a statement the volume covered by the HOA is 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), to be sourced from Woodside's portfolio of gas supply. Signed at the LNG 2019 conference in Shanghai, the HOA follows a cooperation agreement sealed last October.ENN is aiming to increase its market share in China's gas distribution and retailing sector…

US Rig Count Climbs

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U.S. energy firms this week increased the number of oil rigs operating for the first time in seven weeks after oil futures soared nearly 40 percent this year.Companies added 15 oil rigs in the week to April 5, the biggest increase since May, bringing the total count to 831, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.The rig count fell to its lowest since April 2018 in the previous week.The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output, is higher than a year ago when 808 rigs were active.After Texas pushed the United States over the last decade to become the world's biggest oil producer last year…

GAC Steps up in Guyana

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GAC has opened its newest company in the South American country of Guyana in response to demand for professional shipping and logistics support following the discovery of large reserves of oil and gas in its waters.Bordered by the Atlantic to the north, Brazil to the south and southwest, Venezuela to the west, and Suriname to the east, Guyana covers just 215,000 km². Oil was first struck in 2015, and since then, major discoveries have been made in its deep offshore waters, with production due to start in 2020.The country looks set to emerge as a key player in the oil & gas sector, with almost a quarter of the new reserves discovered in 2018 being in Guyana.

Eni Slander Probe Could Prompt Management Changes

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Italy's Eni has carried out internal audits in a slander case relating in part to a Nigeria corruption scandal, and a source with knowledge of the matter said the review could prompt some management changes at the oil major.Eni and its Anglo-Dutch peer Royal Dutch Shell are on trial for allegedly paying $1.1 billion in bribes to buy Nigeria's OPL 245 offshore oilfield in 2011, one of the oil industry's biggest graft cases.Both companies deny any wrongdoing.Milan prosecutors opened in 2018 a separate case involving allegations that certain Eni managers had a role in exploiting false statements to discredit and slander witnesses involved in the main case.The source said Eni

Lebanon Announces Offshore Blocks

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Lebanon announced on Friday five offshore blocks to be included in its coming bidding round for energy exploration and production licences, including four along disputed maritime borders.Offshore energy development has been a central ambition for successive governments in cash-strapped Lebanon, but political paralysis has caused years of delays.Blocks 8 and 10 both include waters also claimed by Israel, while blocks 1 and 2 include waters claimed by Syria. One of the two blocks for which licences were awarded last year, block 9, is also on…

AMS Wins Hornsea Two Gig

AMS NoDig drill site for Hornsea One at Horseshoe Point. Image: Ørsted

AMS Trenchless Specialists, North Lincolnshire-based engineering company, has won a huge contract for part of the onshore cable works for Hornsea Two, an offshore wind farm being constructed 89km off the Yorkshire Coast.AMS Trenchless Specialists, based in Scunthorpe, will undertake Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), a method of installing ducting and cables beneath existing infrastructure without disruption, at the landfall site in Horseshoe Point where the offshore cables meet the onshore cables.This contract builds on the existing relationship between the East-coast firm and Ørsted…

Ecopetrol, Repsol Sign Joint Deal for Offshore Oil Block

Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol has signed a joint contract with Spain's Repsol to operate an offshore block in the Caribbean, Ecopetrol said on Wednesday.The contract for the GUA-OFF-1 block is the second new offshore deal Ecopetrol has inked with the Colombian government this year.Colombia recently modified contractual terms for offshore exploration and launched a permanent bidding process in an effort to boost its long-stagnant oil sector. Companies including Shell, Noble and Parex have since signed on to operate new blocks.GUA-OFF-1 will be split evenly between the two companies…

NPD Report on High North Offshore

Director Bente Nyland presents the report "Petroleum Activity in the High North" in Hammerfest. Photo: NPD

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), Norwegian government agency responsible for the regulation of the petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf, has presented a report on petroleum activity in the High North at the Barents Sea conference.The report titled "Petroleum activity in the High North" aims to place petroleum activity in the High North into a technological, historical and international context, showing how exploration and production of oil and gas take place under “demanding marine conditions.”The report shows how exploration and large-scale oil and gas production take place under demanding marine conditions in both the US…

GA Drilling Gets Capital Boost

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Slovakia-based GA Drilling has received a boost to help develop, test and commercialize its innovative plug and abandonment (P&A) technology. The company has signed a £4.2 million ($4.7 million) funding agreement with Budapest based venture capital firm Lead Ventures, with funding provided by Hungary-based integrated, international oil and gas company MOL Group and Hungarian Eximbank.The financing deal, in addition to a service agreement with the European oil and gas company, gives GA Drilling access to onshore production wells where it can put its PLASMABIT P&A technology to the test in real field conditions.

New Pipeline Coming Offshore Equatorial Guinea

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Noble Energy and partners will build a pipeline linking Equatorial Guinea's offshore gas fields to an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to boost exports, the African nation's government said on Monday.Under a deal with the government the 70 km (44 miles) pipe will have capacity for 950 million cubic feet of gas per day from fields operated by Noble and will be ready in the first quarter of 2021.Once liquefied at the export plant, which is run by Marathon Oil, the gas will be shipped to markets across the globe.Sonagas GE, the state-run gas company, will increase its stake in the project to 30 percent from 25 percent.The gas will come from a joint venture called th

Petrobras to Bid in Israeli Gas Tender

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Photo: Wikimedia)

Israel's energy minister said on Sunday that Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras will take part in a tender to explore for oil and gas off Israel's shore, Reuters reports."It was agreed that Petrobras ... will take part in a process of oil and gas exploration in Israel," Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro began a visit to Israel.A previous auction elicited bids from only two groups of companies, but prospects in the waters offshore Israel have become potentially more lucrative following…

GA Drilling Gets Fund, Signs Pact with MOL

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High-tech deep-drilling company GA Drilling signed a EUR 4.2 million funding agreement with Lead Ventures and a service agreement with MOL Group.Lead Ventures, a Budapest based venture capital firm invested funds provided by MOL Group, and Hungarian Eximbank.The deal gives GA Drilling access to onshore production wells to test its disruptive PLASMABIT plug & abandonment technology in real field conditions.The agreement is a major step in enabling the commercialization of the PLASMABIT technology, which can bring positive environmental impacts…

Orinduik Partners to Drill 2nd Well Off Guyana

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Partners Tullow Oil, Total and Eco Atlantic have chosen the Joe prospect for a second well in their much-watched Orinduik oil and gas field off Guyana's coast, Eco said on Friday.Eco earlier this month increased the estimate for the field to about 3.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent, a third more than announced in an estimate released in September.The well will be drilled with the Stena Forth drill ship in mid-July moving on from the Jethro Lobe well in the same field."Joe is a 150 million boe (P50 – best estimate) Upper Tertiary target which has a 43.2 percent chance of success...

Bourbon Wins Shell Contract in Bulgaria

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Bourbon Marine & Logistics said on Thursday it has been awarded a contract from Shell to support the oil major's exploration drilling in the Black Sea offshore Bulgaria.The French services company said its project scope covers the full logistics solution project management, offering for the first time both marine logistics together with shore logistics: marine services, logistics base, warehousing, port facilities, cargo carrying units, waste management, customs clearance, etc.Two large supply vessels will be dedicated to the project, as well as the latest digital data management tools…

US Offshore Drilling Takes Center Stage

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U.S. lawmakers will quiz President Donald Trump’s new pick to lead the Interior Department on Thursday, focusing on the former energy and mining lobbyist’s plans to expand fossil fuels production from the United States' public lands and waters.The Interior Department, which oversees more than a fifth of the U.S. land surface from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, has been central to Trump's policy of boosting domestic crude oil, natural gas and coal production.David Bernhardt, 49, has been acting secretary at the department since December when his predecessor Ryan Zinke resigned under a cloud of ethics investigations.

Eni Pilots Wave Energy Converter

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Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni has activated the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC), offshore Ravenna, capable of converting energy generated by waves into electricity, which will in the future enable Eni to convert mature offshore platforms into renewable energy generation hubs.The pilot plant was installed at the Ravenna offshore site by Eni’s Central Northern District and has been integrated into a hybrid smart grid system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage.It reached a peak power output of over 51 kW, or 103% of its nominal power.

DNV GL Invites Partners for Turbine Project

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DNV GL calls on industry stakeholders to join a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop Recommended Practice on wind turbine design methodologies for cyclones and earthquakes.The world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body said in a press release that the ACE (Alleviating Cyclone and Earthquake Challenges for Wind farms) Joint Industry Project is aiming to gather experiences from cross-industry players to align wind turbine design methodologies for those extreme weather conditions.Seismic and cyclone impacts on wind turbines is of critical importance in emerging offshore markets such as the Asian Pacific region like Taiwan…

Saudi Aramco, McDermott Plan New Facility

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Saudi Aramco on Tuesday signed a land lease agreement with McDermott Arabia Company to establish a facility for large scale fabrication of offshore platforms and onshore/offshore modules located within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia.“This facility will serve as a major engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) hub for not only the Kingdom, but for the [Gulf Cooperation Council] region,” said Ahmad Al Sa'adi, Saudi Aramco Senior Vice President of Technical Services.“Having…

Shell Starts Exploratory Drilling off Bulgaria

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Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it will start drilling an exploration well in a block off Bulgaria's Black Sea coast next month for oil and gas.Shell has teamed up with Spain's Repsol and Australia's Woodside Energy after sealing a contract with Bulgaria in 2016 for deepwater exploratory drilling as part of Sofia efforts to end its almost complete reliance on Russia's natural gas supplies. It is Shell's only upstream project in Bulgaria."With partners and with good data... we started preparation for drilling 18 months ago.

Reabold Signs Rig Contract for West Newton Well

Sachin Oza. Photo: Reabold

UK-based Reabold Resources said Rathlin Energy UK Ltd has signed a rig contract for the onshore UK West Newton appraisal well.The appraisal well at West Newton will have two objectives. The first objective is to appraise the Kirkham Abbey Formation gas discovery which has a 72 per cent. chance of success and an NPV of $185m.The second objective of the well is to test a deeper Cadeby Formation reef flank oil prospect, considered by Rathlin to have an NPV of $850m and a 24 per cent. chance of success.In line with Reabold's investment strategy…

Bahrain LNG Terminal to Start Commercial Operations in May

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Bahrain's liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal will start commercial operations in May, with the first LNG shipment to be imported mostly from the UAE's ADNOC, state media quoted the CEO of Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) as saying.Bahrain LNG is the developer of the receiving and regasification terminal within the Khalifa bin Salman Port facility in Hidd, Bahrain, Bahrain LNG's website says.The terminal also houses an offshore LNG receiving jetty and breakwater, a regasification platform, subsea gas pipelines from the platform to shore, an onshore gas receiving facility, and an onshore nitrogen production facility, according to the website.Bahrain's first

Cyclone Halts Production off W. Australia

North Rankin Complex, North West Shelf Project, Western Australia (Photo: Woodside)

Australia's Woodside Petroleum said on Monday it had evacuated all personnel from offshore production platforms off Western Australia ahead of Cyclone Veronica, and was operating the North West Shelf LNG and Pluto LNG plants on skeleton staff.Tropical cyclone Veronica was about 95 kilometers east north east of Karratha, the location of the two LNG plants, early on Monday."Once the immediate risks have passed, Woodside's focus will remain the ongoing welfare of our people, their families and our communities, and the safe return to full operations of our production facilities," the company said.(Reporting by Sonali Paul Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

Sinopec to Develop Weirong Shale Gas Field

Sinopec Corp, China's biggest shale gas operator, said on Monday it plans to develop a new field this year able to produce 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of shale gas annually.The state-run company said the field will tap a proven reserve equivalent to 124.7 bcm of gas at Weirong in the southwestern province of Sichuan. This marks its second major shale gas discovery after a flagship development at Fuling in the Chongqing region, situated in the same geological basin of Sichuan.The company is drilling for shale gas in a 20,000 square-kilometer area in southern Sichuan, as well as western Chongqing.

US Buyers Turn to Offshore Crude

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U.S. sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry have made winners out of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc, Gulf of Mexico offshore heavyweights, as refiners in need of substitutes are scooping up oil produced in the region.Those two companies produce notable amounts of crude oil that refiners have settled on as the immediate replacement for the heavy Venezuelan crude that U.S. refiners relied on for years. Trading volumes in these grades of oil have surged to the highest in months, and prices touched five-year peaks after sanctions were imposed.U.S. production has surged to a record 12 million barrels a day, but less than 5 percent of that is heavy oil.

US Re-fracking Balloons to 550 Wells

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The horizontal re-frac market within the US onshore scene has boomed in the recent years, with the number of horizontal re-frac jobs increasing every year over the last 10 years, said a report.According to Rystad Energy, the energy research and business intelligence company, in 2009, fewer than 10 wells were re-fracked, but in 2018 that number ballooned to more than 550 wells.New 2018 data is still preliminary amid some reporting delays for frac jobs in the fourth quarter of 2018. However Rystad Energy’s initial analysis reveals some interesting insights regarding the state of re-fracking.One key takeaway is that…

Exxon, Chevron Accelerate Shale Production

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The two biggest U.S. oil companies Chevron and ExxonMobil plan to significantly ramp up production in the US shale heartland as the oil behemoths are seeking to go from shale to scale in the Permian.Rystad Energy’s shale team analysed as to which operator holds the best potential in the prolific basin spanning parts of Texas and New Mexico and announced that Chevron has the better opportunity to continue to grow post 2030.ExxonMobil will have to drill about twice as many new wells as Chevron to reach the communicated production goal. The explanation relates in part to the difference in base production…

US Rig Cuts Continue

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U.S. energy firms this week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a fifth week in a row to its lowest in nearly a year as independent producers follow through on plans to cut spending on new drilling with the government cutting its growth forecasts for shale output.Drillers cut nine oil rigs in the week to March 22, bringing the total count down to 824, the lowest since April 2018, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.That is the first time the rig count has declined for five weeks in a row since May 2016 when it fell for eight consecutive weeks.More than half the total U.S.

Schlumberger, Rockwell Form Automation JV

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Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation and oilfield services provider Schlumberger have teamed up to create what they're calling the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider.The new Houston based joint venture, Sensia, is expected to begin serving customers in the summer of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.“Oilfield operators strive to maximize the value of their investments by safely reducing the time from drilling to production, optimizing output of conventional and unconventional wells and extending well life,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO, Rockwell Automation.

Anadarko Mulls 16 LNG Charters for Mozambique

An LNG carrier transits the Med in a recently taken image (CREDIT: Robert murphy)

Anadarko said on Thursday it would seek long-term charters for around 16 liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers it would need to ship gas from a proposed project in Mozambique.The independent U.S. energy producer aims to take a final investment decision on the $20 billion project in the coming months, having signed up long-term buyers for its LNG.Anadarko said all the contracts signed so far, for over 9.5 million tonnes a year (mtpa) out of a capacity of 12.88 mtpa, were on a delivered ex-ship (DES) basis.The company could have sold the LNG on a free on board (FOB) basis, as do many U.S.