Thursday, August 16, 2018

En+ Considers Move to Russia's New Offshore Zone

En+ Group, hit by U.S. sanctions against Russia in April, said on Thursday it was investigating the possibility of re-domiciling from Britain's Jersey to one of Russia's new offshore zones.London-listed En+ Group, which manages the energy and aluminium businesses of Oleg Deripaska, was one of eight companies with ties to the Russian tycoon to be placed on a U.S. Treasury blacklist in April. The sanctions were related to Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S.

Circulation Tool Helps Operators Cut Rig Time

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With more than 1600 runs and 730 activations, operators across the globe are cutting rig time by deploying the DAV MX CircSub, the flagship tool from specialist oilfield service company, Churchill Drilling Tools. Run in hundreds of wells every year and recognized for its reliability, resilience and versatility, the dart activated DAV MX is the ultimate downhole circulation tool.With demand continuing to grow for the award-winning tool…

Signs of Recovery in the US Gulf of Mexico

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Today's U.S. auction of Gulf of Mexico exploration leases drew tepid response from oil companies, but marked notable progress for an industry still in a state of recovery.“While not a barn burner, Lease Sale 251 tops the previous Gulf sale in terms of increased participation, increased competition for offerings, and bid amounts,” said Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA).

Oil Companies Make Few Bids in US Offshore Lease Auction

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Oil companies bid on less than 1 percent of the parcels offered in a sweeping U.S. auction of Gulf of Mexico exploration leases on Wednesday, showing tepid interest in the region for the second time this year.Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp was awarded 25 blocks, the largest of any company, followed by BP Plc with 19 high bids and Hess Corp and Equinor, which each had 16.Smaller companies, including Talos Energy Offshore, Houston Energy and W&T Offshore were among the top ten high bidders.

Stena Drilling Streamlines Safety Equipment with VIKING

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U.K.-based offshore drilling company Stena Drilling has placed a significant part of its safety equipment and servicing management under a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement.In early 2018, an extensive review done by VIKING Life-Saving Equipment for its long-time customer revealed the potential for major cost and administration savings in placing much of the company’s safety equipment sourcing and administration under a VIKING Offshore Safety Agreement (OSA)…

Heijermans Joins Boskalis Management Board

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During today's Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, Bart Heijermans was appointed to the Board of Management of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. for a term until the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in 2022.Heijermans will be responsible for the company’s offshore energy division, effective September 1, 2018.Heijermans brings to the board extensive experience in the offshore industry, having recently served as CEO and board member of subsea services provider DeepOcean.

Colombia's Ecopetrol to Invest Up to $3.5 bln in 2018

Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Wednesday it will invest $3 billion to $3.5 billion during 2018, less than it had previously said it would spend.Ecopetrol originally planned to spend $3.5 billion to $4 billion in investment in 2018, mostly in exploration and production. First quarter investment was stymied by protests which led to the temporary closure of some fields and laws that restrict public company contracting during elections.

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…

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…

Cantium Contracts Rowan Jack-up

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Rowan Companies plc announced that the Rowan EXL III, an EXL Class high specification jack-up rig, has been awarded a six-month contract from Cantium in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The contract is expected to commence in early November 2018. The EXL III is currently under contract with Cantium in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico through mid to late August 2018. Rowan is a global provider of contract drilling services with a fleet of 27 mobile offshore drilling units…

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…

IMR Contract to IKM Subsea

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Aker BP has awarded IKM Subsea an ad-hoc call of agreement for light IMR services on the Norwegian continental shelf. The duration of the contract is 3 years with additional six years of options. IKM Subsea will provide onshore project management, engineering, tooling preparation and offshore operations utilizing its Merlin ROV fleet.

Innogy Sells Stake in $2.6 Bln Offshore Wind Project

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German energy group Innogy will sell a 41 percent stake in its 2 billion pound ($2.6 billion) offshore wind farm Triton Knoll to Japan's Electric Power Development Co and Kansai Electric Power Co, it said on Monday.The move helps Innogy secure funding for the project, which will result in one of Europe's largest offshore wind farms, and gives the Japanese firms a stake in a regulated energy infrastructure asset on the continent.Electric Power Development Co…

Aker Solutions Bags Work On Johan Sverdrup Offshore Norway

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Aker Solutions has, in collaboration with Kvaerner, secured additional hook-up and commissioning work for Equinor's Johan Sverdrup field offshore Norway.Equinor has exercised an option in the Johan Sverdrup Riser platform hook-up contract  awarded in January 2017 for Aker Solutions to perform hook-up and commissioning assistance of the field's utility and living quarter platform, as well as the preparatory…

Sovcomflot's Pskov Loads First Cargo from Yamal LNG

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The liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Pskov completed loading at the Port of Sabetta (YNAD), with the first cargo of LNG produced from the second high-tech production line at the Yamal LNG plant.August 08 marked the launch of the second production train at Yamal LNG, which happened six months ahead of schedule.Pskov is a state-of-the-art Atlanticmax LNG carrier with a cargo capacity of 170,000 cubic metres.

US drillers add most oil rigs since May

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U.S. energy companies this week added the most oil rigs since May as drillers follow though on plans to spend more on exploration and production in anticipation of higher crude prices in 2018 than recent years.Drillers added 10 oil rigs in the week to Aug. 10, bringing the total count to 869, the highest level since March 2015, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.That rig count increase occurred desite U.S.

Gazpromneft Issues Tender for Novy Port Crude Oil Loading in Sept 2018

Gazpromneft issued a spot tender on Friday to sell a cargo of light sweet Novy Port crude oil loading from Murmansk port in September, traders said.The producer is offering 100,000 tonnes of Novy Port crude oil loading from the RPK-Nord offshore terminal in the Murmansk port area on September 16-29, subject to weather conditions, traders added.Tender participants are invited to offer premiums to dated…

Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale to Test Response to Trump-era Regulations

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A federal auction of exploration leases in the Gulf of Mexico next week will test energy companies' appetite for acreage after the Trump administration left royalty rates for deepwater parcels unchanged, bucking an industry call to lower them.The U.S. Gulf of Mexico has faced waning interest in recent years as competition stepped up from other basins globally, as well as from onshore shale basins and…

Energa Considers Offshore Wind Farm Projects

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Poland's state-run utility Energa is interested in developing offshore wind farm projects, the head of Energa's generation unit Piotr Meler told a press conference on Thursday.Speaking at the same event, Energa's deputy head Jacek Koscielniak, said Energa was not running any analysis regarding a potential merger with another energy group.(Reporting by Anna Koper; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; editing by David Evans)

Unique Group Adds Diving & Industrial Gas Supply Service

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Offshore solutions provider Unique Group said it has extended its offering to include diving and industrial gas supply for the African offshore market from its base in Cape Town, South Africa.Rodney McKechnie, Group Director at Unique Group, said, “After a rigorous study of the diving industry and the current requirements of customers in the region, it was imperative for our diving division to offer…

Aqualis Offshore to Position Egina FPSO

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Aqualis Offshore has been handed the position keeping role for installation of the floating production storage offloading unit (FPSO) at Total’s Egina field offshore Nigeria.EPCIC contractor for the $3.3 billion FPSO, Samsung Heavy Industries, has awarded the position keeping work to Aqualis Offshore. The newbuild Egina FPSO was towed from South Korea and arrived in Nigeria in late January for final…

Sparrows Group to Operate in Saudi Arabia

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Global specialist equipment and integrated engineering services company, Sparrows Group, has made a significant development in Saudi Arabia after being granted commercial registration to operate in the Kingdom.The commercial registration allows Sparrows Saudi Arabia LLC, a newly established entity in Dammam, to deliver services related to the extraction of oil and natural gas and associated support…

McDermott Wins Shell Contract for Gulf of Mexico

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McDermott International announced a contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) plc, for subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Perdido development, located 230 miles south of Galveston, Texas, in the Gulf of Mexico."This award strengthens McDermott's relationship with Shell as we work together to safely and competitively deliver this next-generation deepwater energy project…

Fred. Olsen Energy edges closer to financial restructuring

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Norwegian drillship and rig operator Fred. Olsen Energy, owner of the yard that built the RMS Titanic, is considering a debt and equity restructuring that would almost wipe out the value of its current shares, the company said.With debt and liabilities of more than $840 million at the end of June, Fred. Olsen last month stopped paying its creditors to preserve liquidity, making it the latest victim of a slow recovery in the oil and gas exploration sector.The owner of seven drillships and rigs…

Hochoa Takes Over as Bourbon CFO

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French offshore services provider Bourbon Corporation announced Thierry Hochoa has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer effective as of August 6. He reports directly to Gaël Bodénès, Chief Executive Officer of Bourbon Corporation.Hochoa replaces Astrid de Bréon who resigned from her position as Chief Financial Officer from July 11.A graduate of IAE Paris, ESCP Business School and also CPA, Hochoa began his career in 1994 as an external auditor at Arthur Andersen, then Ernst & Young (EY).

Kosmos Energy Acquired DGE for $1.23 Bln

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Kosmos Energy has agreed to acquire Deep Gulf Energy (DGE) from its private equity owner for $1.23 billion, according to a bourse filing on Monday, expanding the deepwater oil and gas firm's operations into the Gulf of Mexico.Dallas-based Kosmos, which currently operates in Africa and South America, will pay $925 million in cash and $300 million in Kosmos common stock to acquire DGE, with the transaction expected to close towards the end of the third quarter.Acquiring DGE's business will increas

Enpro Subsea Supports First Oil for LLOG Exploration in Gulf of Mexico

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In June, LLOG Exploration delivered first production from its Crown and Anchor field in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone also represents a major achievement for Aberdeen based Enpro Subsea as it is the first of multiple deployments by LLOG of its patented Flow Access Module (FAM) technology.The FAM technology was selected by LLOG as it fully aligns with the company's strategic approach to fast track, capital efficient subsea tiebacks.

Strike Continues at Total's North Sea Oilfields, Talks Planned

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A 24-hour strike at three of Total's British offshore oil and gas platforms started at 0500 GMT on Monday, as planned, a representative from Unite the Union said.Unite's regional officer Wullie Wallace said that talks were planned for Thursday between its members and Total to discuss pay and a new rota scheme.The workers began a series of 24-hour and 12-hour strikes on July 23. The next 24-hour strike is planned for Aug. 20 and the next 12-hour strike at Aug. 13.

Prosafe Signs Pact with Cosco

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Norwegian contractor Prosafe and COSCO Shipping (Qidong) Offshore Co have come to an agreement on three newbuild offshore accomodation units being built in China."Prosafe has reached agreements with COSCO and its lenders which will transform the company’s fleet, market position and earnings potential, and secure a significantly enhanced financial runway," said a statement from the company.The agreement allows for flexible delivery and long-term financing of Safe Eurus, Safe Nova and Safe Vega.

Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL Celebrate FellowSHIP

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Project partners Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL have announced the closure of the FellowSHIP research project. The cooperation has explored the use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell technology in the maritime industry for over 15 years.“FellowSHIP has been a flagship research project,” states Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Maritime Programme Director for Technology and Research in DNV GL Group.

US Oil Rig Count Dips for Second Week in Three

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U.S. energy companies this week cut oil rigs for a second time in the past three weeks as the rate of growth has slowed over the past couple of months with recent declines in crude prices.Drillers cut two oil rigs in the week to Aug. 3, bringing the total count down to 859, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.More than half the total oil rigs are in the Permian basin in west Texas and eastern New Mexico…

Gas Production at Egypt's 9B Field to Begin in October - Minister

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Production of natural gas from two deepwater wells at Shell's West Nile Delta field 9B in Egypt will begin in the first half of October, the country's petroleum minister said on Friday.Tarek El Molla said in a statement the whole project, which includes several other wells being dug and linked to production, was set for completion in the second half of 2019 and that its output aims to reach 400 million…

Croatia Extends LNG Terminal Gas Bidding Deadline

A deadline for bids on output from a planned offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to be built on Croatia's northern Adriatic island of Krk has been extended until Sept. 28, developers LNG Croatia said on Friday.Demand will dictate the capacity of the 250 million euro terminal, which is part of EU-led efforts to diversify away from Russian energy imports.The deadline on bidding for output was Aug.

Noble's Loss Widens on $793 mln Charge

Offshore oil and gas drilling contractor Noble Corp Plc reported a bigger quarterly loss on Thursday, hurt by a $792.8 million impairment expense related to drilling rigs and other equipment.The company, which operates largely in the Gulf of Mexico, has been retiring deep-water rigs as oil producers move away from offshore drilling to cheaper land-based shale.Noble had 54 percent of its fleet in operation in the second quarter of 2018, down from 65 percent a year earlier.

Brazil Calls Oil Auction, Seeks to Export Oil in a Year

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Brazil's government will seek to sell 14.4 million barrels of oil cargo this month, while the state company managing the development of the pre-salt oil exploration aims to export its own oil in a year's time, the firm's head said on Thursday.The tender of oil cargo, at an auction set for Aug. 31, follows a failed auction in May, in which the government received no bids.On offer is the government's share of production from companies producing in deepwater pre-salt fields.

Fugro H1 Profit Boosts Shares

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Dutch deep-sea prospector Fugro on Wednesday surprised the market with a first-half profit, driven by strong growth in offshore wind projects, sending its shares sharply higher.The company, hit by a downturn in the oil sector in recent years, reported first-half earnings before interest and tax (EBIT), excluding exceptional items, of 4.0 million euros ($4.7 million) compared with a year-earlier loss of 25.3 million euros.Analysts in a poll conducted for the company had on average expected an EBI

China's New Shenzhen Terminal Receives First LNG Cargo

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China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) started operating a new import facility in southern China for liquefied natural gas (LNG), state media reported on Wednesday.The terminal in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, on Wednesday received a 93,000-tonne LNG cargo from Qatar, Securities Daily reported, making it the state firm's ninth LNG terminal in operation.The new facility has four tanks each sized 160,000 cubic meters and a berth able to dock 266,000 cubic-meter tankers, with annual ha

Eni to Invest $1.8 Bln in Offshore Mexican Oil Fields by 2040

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Italian oil major expects to invest $1.795 billion in three offshore Mexican oil fields by 2040, according to a development plan approved by Mexico's oil regulator on Tuesday.The plan covering the Amoca, Mizton and Tecoalli shallow water fields is the second one approved by the regulator, known as the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), following a landmark 2013 energy opening that has led to more…

Indonesia's Pertamina to Take Over Chevron's Rokan Block in 2021

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Indonesia has decided Pertamina will take over operation of the Rokan oil block, the country's second-biggest crude producing field, once Chevron's operating contract there expires in 2021, Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar said on Tuesday.Rokan has been a focus area for Chevron, which asked Indonesia earlier this year to extend its operating contract beyond 2021.A proposal made by Chevron for an extension of its contract after 2021 was "far below" an offer made by Pertamina…

Aker BP Adds More Acreage off Norway

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Norway's independent oil firm Aker BP has agreed to buy stakes in 11 production licenses off Norway from French Total for a cash consideration of $205 million, the company said on Tuesday.The portfolio includes four discoveries with net recoverable resources of 83 million barrels oil equivalents based on estimates from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), it added."With this transaction, we get access to new tie-back opportunities in the Alvheim and Skarv areas, we strengthen our resource

Shell to Make Final Investment Call on Nigeria Oilfield in 2019

Royal Dutch Shell and its partners will decide next year on whether to go ahead with the development of Nigeria's Bonga Southwest offshore oilfield, a senior company official said on Tuesday.The project, one of the country's largest with an expected production of 180,000 barrels per day, will generate profit at below $50 a barrel, Bayo Ojuli, managing director of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company…

Total Offshore Oil Platforms Strike Ended at Midnight

A 12-hour strike at three of Total's British offshore oil platforms that started at midday on Monday ended as planned at midnight, a spokesman for Unite said on Tuesday.Britain's largest labour union has also scheduled 24-hour stoppages on Aug. 6 and 20 and a 12-hour strike on Aug. 13 if it is unable agree new rotas with Total.No formal talks with Total were planned but some informal contact is ongoing, he said.(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla, editing by Louise Heavens)

New Strike Ballot for Mariner Oil Platform Workers after Aker Offer

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Unite the Union will ballot its members among offshore oil workers on Equinor's British North Sea Mariner platform again after Aker Solutions offered a new pay deal, Unite the Union said on Monday.A previous vote had been in favor of a strike which would involve about 200 workers and would likely take place between August and October. The Mariner field is due to start production in the second half…

Singapore's Offshore Industry Recovering

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A big drag on Singapore's growth in recent years, the embattled offshore and marine industry, has broken a three-year losing streak. Yet industry executives aren't betting on a return to the glory days anytime soon.The industry, along with a top-class finance sector, has been a key pillar of Singapore's economic transformation into a first world economy since independence from British colonial rule in 1965 and a source of national pride.

Diamond Offshore Posts Smaller-than-expected Loss

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Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc posted a smaller-than-expected loss on Monday, as a fall in revenue was offset by a 15 percent drop in costs.The Houston-based company's total operating expenses fell to $321.2 million from $378.5 million, a year earlier.As oil prices stay above $70 a barrel, oil and gas producers are again showing an interest in expensive offshore projects that can take up to a decade to develop.The rig contractor recorded a loss of $69.27 million…

Wison Wins FEED Contract for Canadian FLNG Project

Last year, Wison Offshore & Marine delivered the Caribbean FLNG on an EPC basis after liquefaction performance testing for the facility in its yard in China. (Photo: Wison)

Wison Offshore & Marine announced it has been awarded a contract to carry out front-end engineering design (FEED) for a proposed floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project sited in British Columbia, Canada.Wison said it has entered into a Technical Service Agreement (TSA) with the project’s developer Western LNG LLC, pursuant to which Wison will develop the basis of design (BOD) and carry out FEED wordk.

SBM Offshore Reaches Settlement in Brazil Corruption Probe

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SBM Offshore has reached a settlement in a long-running corruption investigation it faced in Brazil, allowing the Dutch marine engineering group to take up new business there.SBM said late on Thursday it would pay approximately $189 million to the Brazilian authorities and state oil company Petrobras in fines and compensation for damages.The company would not receive earlier agreed performance bonuses worth about $180 million in the period until 2030…

Total Starts Production at Offshore Angola's Kaombo Project

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French energy group Total said on Friday that it had started production at the Kaombo project, which is currently the biggest, deep offshore development in Angola.Kaombo Norte, the first 'Floating Production Storage and Offloading' (FPSO) unit, was successfully brought on stream and will produce an estimated 115,000 barrels of oil per day, while the second one - Kaombo Sul - is set to start up next year…

CNIV Module Installed on Erha FPSO in Nigeria

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The Jumbo Javelin and her team have successfully installed a 100t Calcium Nitrate Injection Vessel (CNIV) module on the ERHA FPSO offshore Nigeria for Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN).For this assignment the Jumbo Javelin had the Fly-Jib installed in Singapore. The 16-meter x 700t SWL Fly-Jib gives essential additional lifting height when mounted on the vessels forward crane.Once the Fly-Jib was installed…

COSL to Drill Tui Field Wells for Tamarind Resources

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Offshore driller COSL Drilling Europe as entered into an agreement with Tamarind Resources for drilling operations with Hai Yang Shi You 982 (HYSY 982) in New Zealand.Tamarind Resources owner of the Tui Field (PMP 38158) announced that it has entered into a contract with COSL Drilling Europe for the semi-submersible rig, HYSY 982 (HYSY 982 is the sister rig of COSLProspector). The contract consists of three firm wells…

Equinor Eyes Investment Decision on Bay du Nord Project in 2020

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Norway's oil and gas firm Equinor expects to make the final investment decision on deepwater Bay du Nord project offshore Canada in 2020, the company and Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province said on Thursday.The province's government said in a statement it has finalised a framework agreement with Equinor and its Canadian partner Husky Energy on the development some 500 kilometres off its coast.The project…

Equinor Q2 Core Earnings Lag Forecasts

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Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor said on Thursday second-quarter adjusted operating income rose from a year ago but missed forecasts due to higher maintenance costs at its Norwegian fields.The company formerly known as Statoil also said it was too early to follow peers, such as Shell and Total , with share buyback programmes as it had investment plans to fund."We did not feel it was natural in the second quarter (to launch buybacks) because we have big projects and increased working capital.

Hess Corp Losses Shrink on Higher Oil Prices

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Oil and gas producer Hess Corp posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday as it raked in more money per barrel even as production fell, thanks to higher oil prices.The company's average realized price of crude oil jumped 36 percent to $62.65 per barrel, while production fell 16 percent to 247,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day boe/d, excluding its operations in Libya.U.S. crude prices topped $75 a barrel at June end…

Unique Group Enters into West Africa JV

Subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group said it has formed a joint venture (JV) with Nigeria-based Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety Ltd, a professional training company for the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries.The newly formed JV, Unique Charkin System Ltd, based out of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, offers a full range of support to the oil and gas market in Nigeria and will further extend services into Sub-Saharan Africa.Although already active in the region for some time…

Total's North Sea Oil Platforms Hit by 24-hour Strike

Around 40 rig workers started a 24-hour strike on Monday on the Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar platforms in the British North Sea, curbing gas flows to shore, but stored crude was expected to mitigate any oil supply disruption.The platforms halted production at 0500 GMT, said Unite, Britain's largest labour union. Unite and Total, which operates the platforms, earlier failed to agree on work shifts and pay…

Remote Medical International Acquires HSE Offshore

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Remote Medical International has acquired HSE Offshore as part of its strategic initiative to expand its oil and gas offshore medical capabilities. As a global medical services provider, Remote Medical International has recognized the need to continue growing its business and operational capabilities in Europe and Africa, to get closer to customers and provide better response time to customer needs.HSE…

Exxon Expects More Oil from Guyana's Offshore Block

Exxon Mobil Corp and its partners now expect the large Stabroek oil block offshore Guyana to contain about 25 percent more recoverable resources than estimated, they said on Monday.Exxon and U.S.-based partner Hess Corp said more than 4 billion barrels of oil equivalent could be recovered from the Stabroek block, which is part of one of the biggest oil discoveries in the world in the last decade.The previous estimate was 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent…

UAE's Adnoc Awards USD 1.6bln Contract to China’s CNPC

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has awarded contracts worth AED 5.88bn (US $1.6bn) for the world’s largest continuous 3D onshore and offshore seismic survey, covering an area up to 53,000 square kilometres, as the company continues to identify and unlock new opportunities and maximize value from its hydrocarbon resources and deliver on its 2030 smart growth strategy.Adding to the 2D and 3D seismic data already acquired across Abu Dhabi…

MOL buys Eni's Adriatic Offshore Gas Stakes

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MOL Group’s Croatian INA agreed to buy Eni Croatia BV, a wholly-owned member of Eni Group, through which Eni participated in the joint project of gas production in Croatia’s offshore areas Northern Adriatic and Marica.INA will become the 100% owner and the sole operator of the Northern Adriatic and Marica fields after all conditions are fulfilled, including receiving clearance from the antitrust authorities…

UK Union to Ballot 2,500 Offshore Oil Workers for Strike

Offshore oil services workers will be balloted for potential strike action after they rejected a pay increase offer by the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA), Britain's union Unite said on Friday.Unite said it has 2,500 members covered by the OCA and the decision would affect 106 North Sea oil platforms.Reporting By Julia Payne