Monday, November 19, 2018

Oil Platform News

Offshore Platforms Controlled from Land

The Ivar Aasen platform (Photo: Aker BP)

Aker BP said it will become the first oil company in Norway to control operations of a permanently manned offshore platform from land from next year.Operating platforms remotely can be done with fewer staff than doing it offshore and other oil companies…

Samsung Heavy in Talks to Resolve Nigeria Industry Zone Dispute

Photo: Total

The Nigerian arm of Samsung Heavy Industries is in talks to resolve a court action launched by an industrial zone in the west African country where the company has been building a floating oil platform for Total, Samsung Heavy said on Friday."We are…

Equinor Evacuates GoM Platform Ahead of Storm

(Image: NOAA)

Norweigan state-oil company Equinor on Monday evacuated personnel from its Titan oil platform in the U.S.

Aker Solutions Workers at Equinor's Mariner Platform Vote to Strike

Photo: Aker Solutions

Unite the Union members working for Aker Solutions on Equinor's Mariner oil platform voted for strike action relating to pay, Britain's largest workers union said in a statement on Friday.The strike would involve about 200 workers and would likely take place between early August and early October.The Mariner

Equinor's UK Mariner Oil Platform Faces Further Strike Action

Photo: Equinor

Equinor's Mariner oil platform in the UK North Sea is facing further strike action after GMB union said on Monday its members had voted to stop work in a dispute over pay, probably in the autumn, days after another union also threatened a strike.GMB said its dispute is with Aker Solutions…

New Strike Ballot for Mariner Oil Platform Workers after Aker Offer

Photo: Equinor

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…

Offshore Gas Safety atop the Agenda for Martek Marine

Gas Sampling System (Photo: Martek Marine)

Maritime industry technology specialists Martek Marine say it is setting the bar high when it comes to offshore gas safety. The company has developed a first-of-its-kind gas sampling system for a new moored floating production unit, which forms part of the Jangkrik Complex gas fields development in Indonesia.

SBM Offshore, Repsol Get $247 Mln in Yme Insurance Settlement

Dutch oil industry services group SBM Offshore and Spanish energy firm Repsol will share an insurance payment of $247 million, less legal costs, related to a troubled Norwegian offshore project, SBM said on Monday. SBM said it had reached an agreement…

Conoco to Dismantle Historic Norwegian Platform

ConocoPhillips has won permission to prepare for the removal of the first permanent oil platform built off Norway more than 40 years ago, the country's industry regulator said on Thursday. The U.S. company applied in July to remove Ekofisk 2/4 A, which…

Eni's Arctic Goliat Field Remain Shuttered as Repairs Continue

Italian oil firm Eni's Arctic Goliat oilfield off Norway will remain shut for repairs for "some weeks", a company spokesman said on Friday. Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority, which regulates the industry, separately said it had demanded that Eni must…

ConocoPhillips Withdraws Workers From GoM Ahead of Nate

ConocoPhillips said on Friday it is evacuating non-essential personnel from its Magnolia oil platform in the central Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. It joined other oil companies that have reduced staff or curtailed production on offshore platforms over the past day.

Coast Guard Responds to Oil Platform Blast

The U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating search efforts for a missing man after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, La., Sunday evening. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a witness at approximately 8 p.m. of an oil platform explosion.

Update: Worker Missing after Oil Platform Explosion

The search continued for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late Sunday, sending six others to hospital with injuries, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard rescue crews and a helicopter failed to locate the worker overnight…

Search Suspended for Worker Missing in US Oil Platform Blast

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late on Sunday. Missing is Timothy Morrison, 44, of Katy, Texas, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Fire Shuts Shell Platform in GOM

Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Enchilada oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut and all associated production has been stopped after a fire on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said. The Coast Guard said the fire has been reduced to a small flame from a pipe on the platform…

Force Majeure Declared on Some North Sea Liftings

Pipeline shut on Dec. 11; repair work could last several weeks. Deliveries of crude oil through the Forties pipeline in the North Sea are under force majeure for the first time in decades and operator INEOS said on Thursday there was no timeline yet for repair work that could last several weeks.

BSEE Responds to Oil Platform Fatality in the GOM

Image Courtesy  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the fatality of a platform worker in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as West Cameron 215A, about 64 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The offshore oil and gas operator…

Oil Platform Fire near Corpus Christi Put Out

(Photo: USCG)

The United States Coast Guard said a fire on a Magellan-owned oil platform about three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas on Wednesday afternoon has been put out. No one was aboard the platform at the time of the fire and a response boat crew reported that it was out at about 6:30 p.m.…

Fire in Sauna Shuts World's Northernmost Oilfield

Goliat FPSO (© Eni Norge)

The world's northernmost oilfield was shut on Friday when a fire broke out in a sauna in the oil platform's living quarters, Eni, the Italian oil company that operates the field, said. The Arctic Goliat field is in the Barents Sea about 88 kilometers off the coast of Norway and inside the Arctic Circle.

In US Gulf, Robots, Drones Take on Dangerous Offshore Oil Work

File Image: A photo taken during an offshore DNV GL Drone-enabled survey (CREDIT: DNV GL)

At BP's massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed "Maggie" by BP, the dangerous inspection…