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OE Activity: 2013 / June

 

Viatran opens Houston facility

Jun 26, 2013

Viatran Corp. announced the opening of their new Southwest Calibration Center in Houston, Texas. Now owners of Viatran Hammer Union Pressure Sensors in the southwestern states can receive true OEM calibrations and certifications closer to their place of business…

Sasoil, PetroSA to explore Orange basin

Jun 21, 2013

South Africa's national oil company, PetroSA, signed a Technical Cooperation Permit (TCP) for Block 3A/4A with Sasol. The block is located in the Orange basin, off the country's west coast. Block 3A/4A covers 19,066 sq km, with water depths ranging from 100-500m…

Busch Brazil opens pump factory

Jun 19, 2013

Vacuum pump, blower and vacuum systems manufacturer Busch inaugurated a new factory in Jarina, 50km north of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the presence of the Mayor of Jarina and 280 invited guests, the new factory was officially opened by Dr Karl Busch…

Boskalis awarded Philippines work

Jun 17, 2013

Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. awarded Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. a contract to install a Depletion Compression Platform for the Malampaya Project off the coast of Palawan Island, in The Philippines. The contract value is about US$60 million; to run early-late 2014.

Noble to drill at Mariner

Jun 17, 2013

Noble Corp. was awarded a four-year drilling contract from Statoil for work on the UK North Sea Mariner project using a new Cat J jackup. The contract is worth $655 million and includes a two-year option. Work will start in 2016.

Saipem wins installation work

Jun 17, 2013

Saipem was awarded new contracts in Latin America worth about US$500 million. In Venezuela, Saipem signed with Cardon IV to develop the Perla EP Project, in the Gulf of Venezuela. In Brazil, Petrobras assigned an EPCI contract to Saipem…

Technip awarded flowline work

Jun 17, 2013

Husky Oil Operations awarded Technip two contracts for the planned subsea tieback of the South White Rose Extension field off Newfoundland and Labrador in the Jeanne d’Arc basin. Contracts include gas injection flowlines, umbilicals, and subsea structures.

AWE discovery

Jun 17, 2013

AWE Ltd. reported a second successful drillstem test (DST) at the Lengo-2 appraisal well 25 miles north-northwest of Tuban, Indonesia, with a maximum gas flow rate of 21.2 MMcfd. Gas samples were gathered for analysis. Partners in the Bulu PSC are: KrisEnergy Satria Limited (operator) 2…

Viking Offshore opens R&D center

Jun 17, 2013

Viking Offshore & Marine Ltd. will invest up to S$15 million to set up a dedicated innovation hub in Singapore.The center will be an enterprise hub for companies, and will combine research and development, collaboration, innovation, technology test-bedding…

Rosneft, Marubeni sign E&P pact

Jun 17, 2013

Rosneft and Marubeni Corp. signed a memorandum of cooperation for an LNG project and joint exploration and development (E&D) of oil and gas fields. It includes engineering and construction, financing, LNG transport (tanker operation, equipment and machinery supply)…

IVB opens Abu Dhabi office

Jun 17, 2013

Growth by Inspection Verification Bureau Ltd. (IVB) has prompted it to open a new office in Abu Dhabi and set up a joint enterprise in Kuwait. IVB will open an office with two staff, but has plans to expand the office to as many as 12 employees.

Tanzania licensing round

Jun 17, 2013

Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) announced the 4th Tanzania Deep Offshore and North Lake Tanganyika Licensing Round. The round will launch on Oct. 25, 2013, during the 2nd Tanzania Oil and Gas Conference, and Exhibition (23-25 October 2013 in Dar es Salaam) and close on May 15…

Tanzania discovery

Jun 17, 2013

BG Group completed a second drill stem test in Block 1 off Tanzania. The test was in the Mzia-2 well and flowed at a maximum rate of 57MMcfd. This is the first test of a Cretaceous reservoir in Tanzania’s deep water. Mzia-2 is 4km from the Mzia-1 discovery…

Mozambique discovery Eni finds gas in the Mamba South 3 well

Jun 17, 2013

Mozambique discovery Eni found gas in the Mamba South 3 well, which was drilled in 1571m of water to 4948m TD. The well is in Area 4 about 50km off the Cabo Delgado coast. The well opened 214m of gas pay in Oligocene and Eocene reservoirs.

Farmout of OPL 310

Jun 17, 2013

Afren farmed-out 17.14% interest in the OPL 310 license off Nigeria to Lekoil (subject to Nigerian Ministerial consent). Optimum Petroleum Development Ltd. (60%) will operate with partners Afren (22.86%) and Lekoil (17.14%). The first exploration well will be drilled on the Ogo prospect…

Petroceltic and Edison gain acreage

Jun 17, 2013

Petroceltic International is participating in a joint venture with Edison International Spa, which was the successful bidder for two blocks, North Thekah and South Idku, in the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. 2012 International Bid Round…

Noble discovers gas

Jun 17, 2013

Noble Energy found “significant signs of gas” in the Karish 1 well 75km northwest of Haifi in Israeli waters, according to partners. Delek Group said that 60ft of natural gas bearing sands were found after drilling reached 4790m below sea level in license area Alon C/366.

Energean explores Greece

Jun 17, 2013

Energean Oil & Gas plans to increase its exploration  and production offshore Greece. The firm received $60 million from the newlycreated Third Point Hellenic Recovery Fund. The cash will fund a four-well program in 2013 with the goal of doubling production to 4000b/d by year end…

Fairfield shots 3D

Jun 17, 2013

Fairfield Energy began a 400sq km Broadband 3D seismic survey over Block 43/28, using the Polarcus Nadia.

New Gullfaks reserves

Jun 17, 2013

Statoil and Petoro have proven additional resources in the Shetland Group/Lista formation in the Gullfaks licence. Production well 34/10-A-8 on the Gullfaks A platform where the well test is was done, currently provides a production of 7…

FOGL to drill

Jun 17, 2013

Falkland Oil & Gas (FOGL) will continue its 3D seismic acquisition campaign and target exploration drilling in the second half of 2013. A 1,000sq km survey over a Cretaceous fault block area is underway and a large 3D survey in the Northern Licence Area is planned for 4Q 2013…

Petrobras discovery

Jun 17, 2013

Petrobras discovered goodquality oil (26° API) in the Entorno de Iara area in the Santos Basin pre-salt region. Well 1-BRSA-1146-RJS (1-RJS-711), known as Entorno de Iara 1, is in 2266m of water, 235km off Rio de Janeiro state. The well produced oil from carbonates at 5045m, just below the salt.

Brazil enjoys licensing success

Jun 17, 2013

ANP, Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, announced the winners of its 11th licensing round. There were 289 blocks (150,000 sq km) up for bid. Thirty high bids were accepted, about US$1.4 billion in revenue, ANP said. Total offered the highest bid for a single block…

Shell to develop Stones project

Jun 17, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell plc will develop the Stones ultradeepwater project in 9,500ft of water, about 200mi southwest of New Orleans. Development will start with two subsea wells tied back to an FPSO, followed by six additional wells. This first phase is expected to reach peak production of 50…

Julia field to be developed

Jun 17, 2013

ExxonMobil and Statoil (50% each) will develop Julia oil field, 265 miles southwest of New Orleans in the Walker Ridge area of the US Gulf of Mexico. Initial development will be designed to produce 34,000 bo/d, Exxon said. Capital costs could be more than US$4 billion.

ConocoPhillips pauses its 2014 Alaska Chukchi Sea drilling program

Jun 17, 2013

ConocoPhillips paused its 2014 Alaska Chukchi Sea drilling program, saying it would not be practical to make monetary commitments given uncertainties of evolving federal regulatory requirements and operational permitting standards.

DeepOcean UK announces it has acquired 50% interest in ADUS

Jun 14, 2013

DeepOcean UK, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, announced that it has acquired a 50% interest in 3D sonar visualization firm, ADUS, to form ADUS DeepOcean Ltd. Bart Heijermans, DeepOcean Group Holding BV CEO says, “This acquisition…

Ecolab Inc closes acquisition of Champion Technologies

Jun 14, 2013

Ecolab Inc closed its acquisition of Champion Technologies and its related company Corsicana Technologies for $2.3 billion. “Champion strengthens our position in the fast-growing oil and gas services industry. It bolsters our ability to better…

PGS unveils its Ramform Titan platform in Nagasaki, Japan

Jun 14, 2013

PGS unveiled its Ramform Titan platform in Nagasaki, Japan. The platform has a 70m broad stern and is equipped with 24 streamer reels, 16 reels aligned abreast and 8 reels further forward. “The Ramform Titan will spend her first season working on multi-client projects in the North Sea…

Total Gabon contracts two Smit Lamnalco vessels

Jun 14, 2013

Total Gabon contracted two Smit Lamnalco vessels, the SL Gabon and SL Libreville for a five-year period. The vessels will support offshore oilfield activities and tanker operations at the terminal of Cap Lopez, Port-Gentil. “These two state…

McDermott International Inc. acquires outstanding shares of DeepSea operating companies

Jun 14, 2013

McDermott International Inc. acquired all outstanding shares of the DeepSea operating companies. “The acquisition of DeepSea by McDermott enables us to offer a greater number of subsea engineers with broader specialist services to reinforce our own engineering…

Tidewater Inc. has enters into agreement with HitecVision to purchase Troms Offshore Supply AS

Jun 14, 2013

Tidewater Inc. has entered into an agreement with HitecVision to purchase Troms Offshore Supply AS for about $395 million. The acquisition will expand Tidewater’s global footprint into the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and supplement…

IADC North Sea Chapter Safety Awards

Jun 14, 2013

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) North Sea Chapter Safety Awards celebrated its member companies for safety performance in 2012. Northern Offshore and Ensco won in the jackups category while Noble Drilling and Stena Drilling were acknowledged for semisubmersibles…

Marine Well Containment Company to house its subsea umbilicals in Mobile, Alabama

Jun 14, 2013

Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) selected Mobile, Alabama, as the shore base location to house its subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) equipment. “Should our SURF equipment be needed to respond to a well control incident in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico…

Trelleborg acquires Ambler Technologies Ltd.

Jun 14, 2013

Sweden based Trelleborg acquired the UK company Ambler Technologies Ltd. The company develops and produces composite materials that create strictly specified buoyancy and insulation properties in applications used primarily in deep-sea environments…

Prirazlomnoje

Jun 13, 2013

This is the first commercial offshore oil development in the Arctic, operated by Gazprom. Prirazlomnoje is located in the Pechora Sea, 500 nm east of Murmansk, south of Novaja Zemlja, in about 40m water depth. Prirazlomnoye field has reserves of 610MMbbl (97MMcm)…

Shtokman

Jun 13, 2013

Shtokman is one of the world’s largest offshore gas fields. Estimated resources are 3.8Tcm of gas and 37MMcm of gas condensate. The field is located in the Russian Barents Sea, 338 nm from Kirkenes and about the same distance from Murmansk…

Kara Sea

Jun 13, 2013

Large areas in the Kara Sea have been licensed to a consortium of Rosneft and ExxonMobil. Extensive seismic exploration was carried out last year and will continue this summer.   Contractors are Schlumberger and Western Geco using Kirkenes and GAC and Henriksen Shipping…

Pechora Sea

Jun 13, 2013

According to Gazprom, Gazpromkeft Sakhalin has contracted a Rumanian jackup, GSP Jupiter, for drilling at the Dolginskaya field. Both Murmanskaya and Energy Exerter have drilled wells on this field before.

Exploration activity

Jun 13, 2013

The southern part of the formerly disputed area between Norway and Russia has been licensed to a consortium of Rosneft and Eni. The companies plan seismic surveys for later this year. This area includes the large Fedyn High structure. The northern part of the formerly disputed area…

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