Saturday, March 23, 2019

Oil And Gas Industry News

Global Energy Takes Over Apollo Offshore

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Global Energy Group, the provider of contract services to the oil and gas industry, has bought a majority stake in Aberdeen-based Apollo Offshore Engineering, forming a new contractor firm.The new company will be named Global Engineering and Construction (E&C), combining Apollo’s brownfield engineering capability with Global’s integrity and construction (ICON) division.Global E&C will have a headcount of around 900 and will be an engineering procurement and construction contractor exclusively focused on services for mature fields in the North…

LR Chalks Out Energy Growth Strategy

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Lloyd’s Register (LR), which ranks as one of the world’s largest providers of professional services for the engineering and technology sectors, has chalked out a new strategy for future growth in the energy market.The firm, which started out in 1760 as a marine classification society and now has more than 7,000 staff globally, said that the first phase of its new global strategy for its energy business to reposition the professional services portfolio for growth through the energy transition, with an enhanced focus on providing solutions for their clients across increasingly complex operations and infrastructure.

Repsol, Emerson Pact for Geoscience R&D

Emerson is enabling Repsol to accelerate time to first oil using digital transformation technology. Pic: Emerson

Emerson and Repsol announced they have established a strategic alliance to deliver advanced subsurface geophysical technologies to reduce the time to prospect and produce first oil.Emerson, a global engineering and technology company,  will work collaboratively with Spanish energy company Repsol to implement and deploy advanced subsurface imaging technologies, with core technologies developed by Repsol as part of Kaleidoscope, its 10-year innovation project."These advances will be used by a broad range of the geoscience community within Repsol and in all oil and gas companies that choose to license the technologies.

DEA Extends Concessions in Egypt

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German oil company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG has said it has extended its concessions for the Ras Budran and Zeit Bay oil fields in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. DEA’s General Manager Sameh Sabry signed the new concession agreement. The new agreement extends the concession for five years ending mid-2022. It includes an optional extension of another five years until 2027, subject to mutual agreement.Sameh Sabry says: “I am delighted that we managed to agree on a concession extension. DEA has been active offshore in the Gulf of Suez for more than 40 years.

Oil, Gas Majors Join Blockchain Consortium

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A group of seven major oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips, announced a partnership to establish the first industry blockchain consortium in the United States.With several use cases across the industry value chain, the consortium intends to conduct proofs of concept with this emerging technology in 2019, said a press release from OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium.The OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium was founded to advance industry blockchain technology learnings for the purpose of driving industry standards, frameworks and capabilities around emerging blockchain technology.

OPITO Appoints Director to Support Global Operations

 Stuart Clow (Photo: OPITO)

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

Neptune Renews IRM Contract with Sea Mar Shipping

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Dutch offshore vessel operator Sea Mar Shipping has won a three-year plus 2 x one year options for its IRM (Inspection, Repair and Maintenance) vessel Sea Mar Splendid from Neptune Energy Netherlands.The vessel and crew will support Neptune Energy with its IRM campaigns on the Dutch Continental Shelf from March 2019 until 2021, said a release.The 59- metre long Sea Mar Splendid will be utilized for air diving support duties, providing a safe and stable working platform for efficient IRM operations.The contract represents a continuance of the long-standing relationship between Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.

NOIA Statement on Trump’s SOTU Address

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi

Increase Access to All Offshore Energy Sources for American Energy Greatness.National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address:“In his second State of the Union address, President Trump reiterated his bold vision for American energy dominance in conjunction with facilitating new energy infrastructure. NOIA applauds the Administration’s efforts to date toward achieving American Energy Dominance and supports the hard work that remains to be done to continue our American energy revolution. “The Administration initiated regulatory and tax reforms that are allowing more U.S.

Proserv Acquires SGC Metering

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

New Managing Director at Magma Products

Magma Products managing director Phil Tweedy (left) and chairman Paul Rushton (Photo: Magma Products)

Oil and gas commissioning and start-up specialist Magma Products announced Tuesday it has appointed Philip Tweedy as managing director.Tweedy, previously commissioning manager at Magma, will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the company’s Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth and Bucharest offices.Previous managing director Paul Rushton will assume the role of chairman to focus on strategy, growth and business development with a number of industry projects due to come on stream in late 2019 and 2020.“The appointment of Phil as managing director ensures a smooth transition for the team, our clients and current projects,” Rushton said.

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

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Italy's Eni and Austria's OMV have agreed to pay a combined $5.8 billion to take a stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) refining business and establish a new trading operation owned by the three partners.The transaction, which expands ADNOC's access to European markets, furthers Eni's diversification away from Africa and gives OMV a downstream oil business outside Europe. It was hailed as a "one of a kind" deal by ADNOC's Chief Executive Sultan al-Jaber."The whole oil and gas industry hasn't seen a transaction of this size and sophistication…

Oil and Gas Execs Expect to Boost Spending

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The majority of senior energy industry executives expect to maintain or increase spending this year to meet demand for oil and gas after years of austerity, a survey by DNV GL shows.DNV, a technical adviser to the energy industry, surveyed 791 senior professionals from firms with annual revenue ranging from $500 million or less to those earning $5 billion and more.BP, Shell and many other companies cut capital spending and costs in 2016 after the price of benchmark Brent crude fell to a 12-year low of below $30 a barrel.Helped by output cuts by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies…

US Oil and Gas Industry Confidence Surges

Frank Ketelaars, Regional Manager, the Americas, DNV GL - Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

Senior oil and gas professionals in the United States are among the world’s most confident about the outlook for the sector in 2019, as companies prepare for significant increases in capital expenditure (capex) over the coming months.According to a new research published by DNV GL, 85% of sector leaders in the US are optimistic about the industry’s growth prospects in the year ahead, up sharply from 60% in 2018. This compares with three quarters (76%) reporting confidence among respondents globally.Full of confidence, and buoyed by favourable government energy policies…

China’s Oil and Gas Industry to Focus on Environment Impact

Arthur William Stoddart, Regional Manager of Greater China, Korea & Japan, DNV GL - Oil & Gas

China’s oil and gas industry is set to reinforce efforts to reduce environmental impacts of its projects and operationsin 2019, said a research.According to a new research from DNV GL, six in ten (61%) senior oil and gas professionals in China say their organizations are actively preparing for the transition to a lower carbon energy mix compared to 51% globally. Industry leaders’ focus on decarbonization aligns with the Chinese government’s new ‘Blue Sky’ plan to tackle air pollution by reducing emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides and other pollutants by at least 15% from 2015 levels by 2020.

Wellit Partners with Norvestor

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The owners of software company Wellit have decided to sell 60 percent of company shares to private equity company Norvestor.Wellit develops logistics solutions for the global oil and gas industry. Its software, WELS, is a cloud-based multi-tenant platform tailored to the oil and gas industry.WELS enables all involved parties in the oil and gas value chain to communicate on one logistics platform, thereby removing the risk of miscommunication and duplicate information. WELS optimizes planning and reduces lead-time from order to delivery. Furthermore…

N-KOM Building Offshore Living Quarters in Qatar

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Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) held a steel cutting ceremony for a new offshore accommodation platform under construction at the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Qatar.Chief Executive Officer of Nakilat, Eng. Abdullah Al Sulaiti, said, “This ceremony marks a milestone not only for N-KOM but also for Qatar, as this is the first such offshore fabrication to be wholly-constructed locally.”The project scope was awarded to N-KOM by Rosetti Marino, a Italian company providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to the energy industry worldwide.

Three60 Acquires North Sea Construction and Commissioning

Walter Thain, Group CEO. Photo: Three60 Energy

Australian energy services group Three60 Energy  has acquired Aberdeen-based North Sea Construction and Commissioning (NSCC) for an undisclosed sum. This is now the fourth company to be added to the fast-developing energy services group which now employs over 320 people.Established in 2017, NSCC specialises in the provision of construction, mechanical completion and commissioning support services for the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry, whose focus is on maximising safe and efficient delivery in both the North Sea and overseas.The company…

Italy's Saipem Strikes Deal with Turkish Renaissance for Arctic LNG-2

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Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem and Turkey's Ronesans signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for infrastructure construction for Russian Federation's Arctic LNG-2 project.Saipem said the contract for the construction of the project is worth EUR 2.2 billion (USD 2.5 billion).As leader of the JV, with a shareholding of 50%, Saipem’s portion of the total amount is therefore approximately 1.1 billion Euro, it said.The contract has been awarded by the company Artic LNG 2, consisting of Novatek JSPC (60%) and Ekropromstroy Ltd (40%).The project will be executed in the Tazovsky District…

Yamal LNG Reaches Full Capacity

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The Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Arctic Russia officially commissioned the third and last production line Tuesday.Russia's independent natural gas producer PAO Novatek announced that its joint venture Yamal LNG has reached full capacity at the plant’s three LNG trains.The Yamal LNG project was implemented in record time and on budget with the launches of the second and third trains made ahead of schedule by six months and more than a year, respectively. Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev participated in the official…

BP Nears FID at Platina Field Offshore Angola

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Angola’s Sonangol and British supermajor BP on Monday signed an agreement to progress to final investment decision (FID) for the development of the Platina field in the BP-operated deepwater Block 18, offshore Angola.Platina would be BP’s first new operated development in Angola since the PSVM project in Block 31 began production in 2013. It would be the second phase of development in Block 18, following the BP-operated Greater Plutonio project, which began production in 2007.The partners also agreed Monday to extend the production licence for the Greater Plutonio project to 2032…