Thursday, October 18, 2018

Carlyle Group Acquires EnerMech from Lime Rock Partners

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Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announces that it has agreed to acquire EnerMech Group Ltd, an international services company providing critical asset support to the energy, infrastructure and industrials sectors, from Lime Rock Partners.The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2018, subject to customary anti-trust and regulatory approvals.Equity for this investment will come from Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP)…

Eni Wins Offshore Mozambique Block

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Italian oil and gas major Eni has signed in Maputo the contract for the exclusive exploration and development rights of the offshore block A5-A, in the deep waters of the Northern Zambezi Basin, approximately 1,500 km to the north east of the capital Maputo.With this acquisition, Eni further strengthens its presence in Mozambique, a country that has a strategic relevance for the company, said a press…

Several US States Likely Withheld from Offshore Drilling Plan

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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.

Scotrenewables Renamed Orbital Marine

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The floating tidal turbine developer Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited has announced a comprehensive company-wide rebranding to Orbital Marine Power.The new name is inspired by the orbital cycle of the moon around the earth, the reliable provider of tidal energy. Speaking about the rebranding, Andrew Scott, CEO, said: “After a comprehensive exercise, we are really pleased to introduce our new brand identity…

Lukoil Groundbreaking Ceremony at Rakushechnoye Field

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Russia's Lukoil informed its President Vagit Alekperov, jointly with Head of the Astrakhan Region Sergey Morozov, took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of infrastructure facilities of Rakushechnoye field.This is the Company's third large project in the Caspian Sea alongside with two other fields, Yury Korchagin and Vladimir Filanovsky.Commercial oil production…

Wintershall CEO Meets Norwegian Prime Minister on Growth Plans

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Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall, Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer, has presented Wintershall’s growth plans in Norway during a visit by Norway's Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, to Berlin.Mehren announced a further increase in production during a discussion with the Prime Minister and representatives of German energy politics and the energy industry, which was held at the Norwegian…

Nexans Wins Cable Contract for Northwester 2 Wind Farm

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Nexans said it will supply a subsea power cable and associated accessories for the 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm 46 km offshore from Zeebrugge, Belgium.The French based company has been awarded a contract from Northwester 2 developer Parkwind to design, manufacture and test the submarine power export cable for the offshore wind farm.The Northwester 2 wind farm comprises 23 turbines. It will be the…

Hoegh LNG Vessel to Leave Egypt Before Weekend

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Egypt's petroleum minister said on Tuesday that a regasification vessel would leave Egypt by the end of the week, a day after Norway's Hoegh LNG said Egypt was to give up one of its two floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.The minister, Tarek El Molla, told Reuters the other vessel would stay behind as part of the petroleum ministry's strategy to maintain energy supplies for the country.Hoegh said Egypt Natural Gas Holding (EGAS)…

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, daily rates for leasing the most sophisticated floating drilling rigs had fallen to just $180…

India's Petronet LNG says Talks to Invest in Qatar Have Slowed

India's Petronet LNG Ltd said on Monday its talks to invest in Qatar's exploration and production sector had "slowed down," as the company had not been able to reach an agreement on pricing with the Middle Eastern nation."Qatar is still at a very preliminary stage. We were actually looking at getting the molecule (gas) at the well head price. They want to sell it at market price," said Prabhat Singh…

US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for First Week in Four

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The U.S. oil drilling rig count rose this week for the first time in four weeks even as crude prices tumbled to their lowest in almost three weeks.Drillers added eight oil rigs in the week to Oct. 12, bringing the total count to 869, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its closely followed report on Friday.The increase is the biggest weekly gain since mid August.The 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 restarting in some areas.BP Plc conducted its first flyovers on Wednesday to check the status of four platforms that were evacuated…

LNG Report: Floating Liquefaction & Regasification

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International Maritime Associates has completed a 12-month study of the global market for floating gas liquefaction plants and floating LNG regasification terminals. The 150+ page study, published by World Energy Reports, is the most detailed analysis yet made of this growing business sector. Project Success EvaluationThe IMA study is the first professional effort to systematically look at the universe…

Statfjord A Platform Shut Due to Power Outage

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A power outage has shut down production at Equinor's Stafjord A platform in the North Sea and a restart time was as yet unclear, a company spokesman said on Thursday."We are still investigating the reasons of the power outage, which happened before midnight," Equinor's spokesman Morten Eek said.

Rowan Sells Two Jack-up Rigs to ARO Drilling

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Texas-based offshore drilling contractor Rowan Companies announced that it has concluded the sale of two LeTourneau TARZAN Class jack-up rigs, the Scooter Yeargain and the Hank Boswell, to ARO Drilling.The net economic impact of this transaction was that Rowan received approximately $90 million in cash and $176 million in shareholder notes from ARO Drilling as consideration for the two rigs.In addition to Rowan's 50% equity stake in ARO Drilling…

Michael Shuts Nearly 40% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico Oil Output

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Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production and more than one-third of natural gas output was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Wednesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael.Michael is a Category 4 storm expected to hit the Florida Panhandle later Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles (233 kilometers) per hour.Oil producers - including Anadarko Petroleum Corp…

Chevron becomes first oil major to exit Norway

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U.S. oil firm Chevron will become the first oil major to formally exit the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) as it transfers its last stake in an exploration license, according to a government letter.Oil majors, including Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell, have scaled down their presence in Norway by selling or merging their assets in the mature region to focus on new growth opportunities elsewhere.Chevron is also seeking to sell assets in the British North Sea in order to focus on growing U.S.

Storm Shuts Nearly 40% of US GoM Oil Output

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Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday due to platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael.Since Monday, oil producers, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp , have evacuated personnel from 75 platforms as the storm made its way through the central Gulf on the way to landfall on Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle.Companies turned off daily production of about 670…

U.S. Crude Rises as One-fifth of Oil Production Lost Ahead of hurricane

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U.S. crude prices were modestly higher on Tuesday as nearly one-fifth of daily oil production was lost from offshore Gulf of Mexico wells due to Hurricane Michael.Oil producers including Anadarko Petroleum Corp, BHP Billiton, BP and Chevron Corp have evacuated personnel from 13 platforms as the storm made its way through the central Gulf on the way to landfall Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle.Companies turned off about 324…

Clean Ops Offshore: Johan Sverdrup Powered from Shore

The Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Equinor ASA)

With a flip of the switch, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy, opened a new era in offshore oil and gas operations, initiating the "power-from-shore solution" that will provide the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea with electricity for more than 50 years. The development is significant because with electric power supplied from shore, Johan Sverdrup operations can be run without the use of fossil fuels…

DOF Bags Contract Extension in Brazil

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Norwegian supply shipping company DOF ASA said its vessel Skandi Hav has been granted a 226-day extension by Petrobras in support of work offshore Brazil.The 1983-built Skandi Hav is now secured firm until June 8, 2019.The vessel is currently working as a research and supply vessel (RSV) supporting floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) operations in Brazil.Skandi HavBuild: 1983Design: TMV 4000Class: DNV ✠1A1, Supply Vessel, OILREC, SF, E0, DYNPOS-AUTR,LOA: 87.9 mLPP: 81.4 mBre

C-Innovation Opens New Dock Facility

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C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, said it has opened a new dock facility in Port Fourchon, La., to expand the capabilities of its Subsea Services group.The new facility is located at the end of AJ Estay Road and was previously known as the Martin South Terminal.With more than 550 ft of open quayside, Bayou Lafourche is a main entrance into the facility…

GoM Offshore Platforms Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane

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Energy companies on Monday halted nearly a fifth of Gulf of Mexico oil production and evacuated staff from 10 platforms as Hurricane Michael intensified and headed for a path up the eastern U.S. part of the Gulf.BHP Billiton, BP, Equinor and Exxon Mobil Corp were evacuating personnel from oil and gas platforms in the Gulf as forecasters predicted the storm would become a Category 3 hurricane.Companies turned off the daily production flow of 324…

Eni to Acquire Half of BP's Libya Oil and Gas Assets

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Italy's Eni has agreed to buy half of BP's 85 percent stake in a Libyan oil and gas licence with the aim of resuming exploration next year, the companies said on Monday.Eni will acquire the 42.5 percent stake and become the operator of the exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) in Libya, in which the Libyan Investment Authority holds the remaining 15 percent, the companies said in a statement.The companies…

Eni to Acquire Half of BP's Libya Oil and Gas Assets

Italy's ENI agreed to buy half of BP's 85 percent stake in a Libyan oil and gas licence with the aim of resuming exploration next year, the companies said on Monday.Eni will acquire the 42.5 percent stake from BP and become the operator of the exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) in Libya, in which the Libyan Investment Authority holds the remaining 15 percent, they said in a statement.The two companies, along with state-owned National Oil Corp, signed a letter of intent in London

Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border

Norway plans to step up spending on looking for oil and gas in the northern Barents Sea close to its border with Russia, the country's 2019 budget showed on Monday.The government has proposed to allocate an extra 50 million Norwegian crowns ($6.04 million) to conduct a so-called 3D survey over a large geographical structure that straddles the border with Russia."Knowledge is crucial both for good resource management and for safeguarding national economic interests…

BMT Wins Marine Monitoring Contract with BP

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BMT has won a contract to provide multiple marine monitoring systems for BP’s new Mad Dog Phase 2 semi-submersible floating production facility in the Gulf of Mexico. These systems will play an important role in ensuring the day to day operations of the facility are conducted safely.The Mad Dog Field is one of BP’s largest discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico to date. Mad Dog Phase 2 will have the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day from up to 14 production wells.

Orsted Expands US Business with $510 Mln Acquisition

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Orsted, the world's largest offshore wind developer, said on Monday it would buy U.S.-based Deepwater Wind LLC for $510 million as part of its strategy to expand in a major growth market.The still small U.S. offshore wind sector is seen as one of the most important markets outside the core European region, where subsidies that have underpinned the industry since the early 1990s are starting to be wound back.Deepwater Wind, the builder of the only operating U.S.

Baker Hughes Acquires 5% of ADNOC Drilling for $550 Mln

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Baker Hughes, the world's second-largest oil services company, will take a 5 percent stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) drilling unit for $550 million under a tie-up announced on Monday.Baker Hughes (BHGE) becomes the first foreign company to take a stake in one of state-owned ADNOC's services companies under the agreement which values ADNOC Drilling at about $11 billion.It will allow Baker Hughes to cement its presence in the Middle East…

Ensco to Buy Rowan in $2.38 Bln Deal

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Offshore driller Ensco Plc said on Monday it plans to buy smaller rival Rowan Cos Plc in an all-stock deal valued at $2.38 billion, as it looks to expand its fleet and benefit from a partnership with Saudi Aramco.This is Ensco's second deal since OPEC-led efforts boosted oil prices in the second half of 2016. Ensco bought rival Atwood Oceanics in a similar deal last year.Rowan shareholders will receive 2.215 Ensco shares for each share held.

Belgium's Northwester 2 Wind Project Gets $242 mln EIB Loan

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Belgium's 219 megawatt (MW) Northwester 2 offshore wind farm project secured a 210 million euro ($242 million) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank said on Friday.EIB said the project, estimated to cost around 642 million euros, was among four Belgian offshore wind projects it would support with the European Fund for Strategic Investments.It said another 100 million euros for the project would be guaranteed by Denmark's Export Credit Agency EKF.Construction is expected to start

Boskalis Wins Subsea Contract at Tyra Gas Field

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the Tyra Redevelopment Subsea Installation Phase II contract by Total E&P Denmark.The sizable contract includes subsea engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation for the Tyra Redevelopment project in order to extend the operational lifetime of the Tyra offshore gas field by at least 25 years.Boskalis will provide a broad range of specialist…

IMA Completes 12-month Study of the Floating Liquefaction and Regasification Market

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International Maritime Associates has just completed a 12-month study of the global market for floating gas liquefaction plants and floating LNG regasification terminals. The 150+ page study, published by World Energy Reports, is the most detailed analysis yet made of this growing business sector.Project Success EvaluationThe IMA study is the first professional effort to systematically look at the…

Aker Solutions to Provide Brownfield Services for BP in Angola

Aker Solutions has been awarded a five-year agreement to supply brownfield modifications, maintenance and operations support for BP's Greater Plutonio and PSVM fields offshore Angola.The work scope covers the supply of engineering, procurement and construction services for brownfield projects on the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels located at each field. This includes support for upgrades to process…

Noble Energy Cashes Out of Tamar Petroleum After Egypt Gas Deal

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Texas-based Noble Energy sold its 43.5 percent stake in Israel's Tamar Petroleum after announcing last week that it would help finance a gas export deal with Egypt, the Israeli business daily The Marker reported on Wednesday.Noble's sale of 40 million Tamar shares, at 15.50 shekels ($4.26) each, took place on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, The Marker said in the unsourced report.A Noble representative…

Baker Hughes to Bid for Petrobras Production-sharing Contract

General Electric Co's unit Baker Hughes is preparing an offer for a production-sharing deal with Brazil's Petrobras, a Baker Hughes executive said on Tuesday, as the state-run oil company seeks creative ways to boost output from mature fields.Reuters reported in June that Baker Hughes was considering a bid, while Halliburton Co and Schlumberger NV were already preparing them, seeking to clinch Petrobras'…

Mexico Must Boost Oil Exploration to Halt Output Fall -Pemex

Mexico will need to double to about $4 billion its annual oil exploration investment to reverse a 14-year decline in output, a move that will require more funding by Pemex and private producers, a top official with the state-run firm said Friday.The nation's oil industry needs Petroleos Mexicanos to invest more than $2.5 billion per year and another $1 billion to $1.5 billion from private companies to fully replace its reserves…

ABB Offshore Wind Transformers for Borssele

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ABB has won an order of more than $20 million from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply reliable, energy-efficient and compact WindSTAR transformers, which are designed for installation in wind turbines.Borssele III and IV comprise the second phase of the Borssele wind farm. This phase constitutes a 731 megawatt (MW) wind project in the North Sea, 22 kilometers off the coast of The Netherlands and will be capable of providing enough clean energy to power more than 800…

No-deal Brexit Will Not Interrupt Norwegian Energy Flows to Britain

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Energy exports from Norway to Britain will not be affected even if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, Norway's energy ministry said on Friday."Energy trade is governed by bilateral commercial agreements.

Petrogal to Invest Up to $1 bln per Year in Brazil -CEO

Petrogal, the Brazilian unit of Portugal's Galp, plans to spend $800 million to $1 billion annually in the coming years in Brazil to develop its current oil and gas assets and boost its stake offshore, its chief executive officer said on Thursday.CEO Miguel Pereira said the company, Brazil's third largest oil and gas producer, wants to expand its presence in Brazil's offshore pre-salt areas, where billions of barrels of oil are trapped under a thick layer of salt…

Shell, Chevron Clinch Saturno Block in Brazil Oil Tender

A consortium made up of Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Corp won the Saturno block in the Santos basin in Brazil's pre-salt offshore oil auction on Friday, outbidding a rival group led by Exxon Mobil Corp.Shell's consortium won by pledging 70.2 percent of profit oil to Brazil's government, in the last oil auction ahead of a hotly contested presidential election next month. Reporting by Marta Nogueira and Alexandra Alper

HFW, BIMCO to Draft First 2020 Bunker Clause

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The law firm HFW has helped shipping association BIMCO draft its first clause relating to the International Maritime Organization's 2020 sulphur emission rules.The Global, sector-focused  law firm said that the new clause, focused on compliance, has been fast-tracked and may be published as soon as the end of October.BIMCO will produce several clauses dealing with specific issues relating to IMO 2020…

DNV GL Completes Due Diligence of World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

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DNV GL has successfully completed a lenders’ technical due diligence on Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One, the world’s largest offshore wind farm with a total capacity of 1.2 GW.The project, which is currently under construction, consists of 174 7 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and is located 100 km offshore, making it the furthest offshore wind farm in the UK. The exceptional distance is made possible…

Exxon Brazil to Focus on Drilling and Production

Exxon Mobil Corp will focus on drilling and production in Brazil now that it has made extensive acquisitions of oil blocks in the country, the company's chief executive officer in Brazil, Carla Lacerda, said on Thursday.Exxon also sees new opportunities in Brazil's biofuels, bioenergy and gas sectors, Lacerda said during a panel discussion at the Rio Oil & Gas convention in Rio de Janeiro."We are principally…

Hibiscus Petroleum to Double Production

Malaysian oil and gas exploration and production company Hibiscus Petroleum is aiming to double its oil output in the United Kingdom and Malaysia to 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2021, a senior company executive said on Thursday.It needs an additional $50 million by 2020 to boost production from about 10,000 bpd now, Kenneth Pereira, managing director of the company, told reporters."That's our maximum…

OMV Starts Offshore Oil Production in United Arab Emirates

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Austria's OMV started production at Abu Dhabi's SARB and Umm Lulu's offshore oil fields, expecting to produce 25,800 barrels per day by year-end, it said on Thursday.The gas and oil group took a 20 percent interest in the two oilfields off the United Arab Emirates under a $1.5 billion deal agreed with the Gulf state's national oil company ADNOC in April.OMV will initially produce 10,000 barrels per day and expects to increase its output to 43,000 barrels per day by 2023.(Reporting by Kirsti Knol

Petrobras to Resume Building Its Own Platforms

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Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA will build its own oil platforms again from 2023, regardless of who wins the presidential election next month, an executive at the state-run oil company said.Petrobras' 2019-2023 business plan, set to be released in December, should include a resumption of platform construction thanks to the company's improving finances, Petrobras' director for production and technology development Hugo Repsold said."We will build platforms independently of who is president…

DNV GL to Certify TenneT Offshore Power Substations

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DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has been contracted by Transmission System Operator TenneT to deliver the complete project certification for two offshore substations (OSS) for the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea.The reliability of renewable sources is increasingly important as the world continues to rapidly electrify while also switching to greener forms of generation.

OMM Calls EU, UK for Talk on Offshore Wind Firms

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Leading specialist marine contractor, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) is calling on companies and associations from across the EU to engage with UK businesses and to have that tough conversation on the future of the industry beyond Brexit.The call comes as OMM and many other European companies operating in the offshore wind sector prepare to attend the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, which is one of…

Shell Sees Peak Output for Brazil's Lula Field in 2020, 2021

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Brazil's most productive field, the Lula, located in the offshore Santos basin, should hit peak production in 2020 or 2021, after reaching 1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day next year, an executive at Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday.The increase in production next year will be helped by the launch of platforms P-67 and P-69, which should go online in 2019, according to Cristiano Pinto da Costa…

Total Oil Workers in N. Sea Accept Pay Offer, Cancel Future Strikes

* The UK's largest union Unite the Union said that offshore oil workers at three of Total's North Sea platforms had accepted a pay offer from the company* The workers have called off future strikes, a union statement said* The workers went on a series of 12 and 24-hour strikes in July and August, stopping production at the Alwyn, Dunbar and Elgin platforms* At issue was a rota shift change to three weeks on the platform versus two weeks previously* The workers accepted a mean basic headline pay

EXCEED Developments Reflect Bullish Growth Strategy

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Aberdeen-headquartered well management and performance improvement specialist EXCEED Energy has underlined its continued global expansion with a number of significant contract wins, prompting a key appointment and a move into new premises.Recent contract wins totaling over £18 million will see EXCEED deliver full well management services offshore The Gambia for a southern hemisphere-based exploration company and a drilling campaign offshore Ghana for a Norwegian operator.Head of Well Management…

Total Sees Cash Flow, Output Boost from Deepwater Projects

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Oil and gas major Total said on Tuesday it expected deepwater oil and gas operations to make a strong contribution to its output and cash flow thanks to major developments in the West Africa's Gulf of Guinea region, Brazil and U.S. Gulf area.Production from deepwater projects is expected to reach 500,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Kboe/d) by 2020, contributing to its 6 to 7 percent output growth…

Jumbo to Transport, Install FSRU Mooring System

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Jumbo has been awarded the transportation and Installation of a FSRU Mooring System including riser and umbilical, off the coast of Aracaju, Sergipe.Jumbo’s Offshore division was awarded the contract by Sapura to perform the transportation and installation of the FSRU’s Mooring System as well as project management and engineering services. The mooring system comprises an anchor base and a rotating yoke arm filled with water and barite ballast.

Marine Survey Work Starts for Greenlink Interconnector

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The subsea field work for the Greenlink interconnector, one of Europe’s most important infrastructure projects, gets under way with the launch of the first of MMT’s survey vessels, MV Franklin.The offshore and nearshore surveying along the proposed route of the electricity link between the UK and Ireland is expected to take approximately 40 days, depending on weather conditions. MMT were awarded the…

Alpha Completes Record Number of Blade Inspections

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Alpha Offshore Service reports it has completing more than 4,000 offshore wind turbine blade inspections to date in 2018, a company record. This is an increase of 56 percent compared to 2017, which was previously its most productive period.The Denmark-based business which was acquired by Sparrows Group in 2017, specializes in the delivery of technical personnel, integrated engineering, maintenance, repair and inspection services to onshore and offshore wind developments.

Hess Has No Plans to Sell Remaining Asian Assets

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U.S. oil producer Hess Corp has no intention to sell its assets in Asia as the region provides good, steady cash flow and a stable political environment, a senior company executive told Reuters on Tuesday.While the company sold assets in Thailand and Indonesia a few years ago as it saw little growth in those two countries, Southeast Asia still plays a key role in its portfolio, said Greg Hill, president…

Smarter Energy Policy Will Broaden Offshore Recovery

For the past few years, depressed commodity prices, stricter regulatory requirements and competition from onshore development at home and from other countries offering attractive offshore lease and royalty terms have had severe impacts on new exploration in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully, the tide appears to finally be turning.In August, Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 251 drew increased competition for offerings and $178 million in high bids, $53 million more than previous sale held in March.

Big Oil Readies Brazil Offshore Bets

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Exxon Mobil Corp , Royal Dutch Shell Plc and other companies will gather on Friday in possibly their last crack at Brazil's coveted offshore oil for another four years, as a wide-open election spurs fears about barriers to foreign investment.The auction in Rio de Janeiro for four blocks in the Santos and Campos basins comes just a week before the most unpredictable presidential election in a generation…