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OE Activity: 2016 / April

 

Balmoral releases HT thermal insulation systems

Apr 29, 2016

Balmoral Offshore Engineering has introduced a range of high temperature thermal insulation systems suitable for use on subsea Christmas trees, manifolds, spool pieces and jumpers, etc. High temperature-rated silicone, urethane alloy…

OES, SCM join strategic partnership

Apr 29, 2016

Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM), an asset integrity firm, has joined with OES Oilfield Services Group, an oilfield inspection company, in a global strategic partnership, which will integrate the companies’ RISCm (Risk, Integrity, and…

First Subsea gains ABS mooring connector approval

Apr 28, 2016

Subsea mooring specialist, First Subsea, has achieved American Bureau of Shipping ABS 2009 Approval for its larger R4 steel forgings up to 562mm diameter. According to First Subsea, these are the largest diameter forgings to have received the approval…

Sterling drops out of Ambilobe, off Madagascar

Apr 28, 2016

Sterling Energy UK has issued a notice of withdrawal from the Ambilobe block, offshore Madagascar to its joint venture partner Pura Vida Mauritius. Following the withdrawal, Sterling will cease to be the operator of the Ambilobe block…

3D Oil opts for Otway farm-out

Apr 28, 2016

Australia’s 3D Oil has commenced a farm-out process for its Otway Basin permit T/49P, offshore Tasmania. Image from 3D Oil. In T/49P, 3D Oil is the operator and holds 70% interest…

UNITECH deploys 3000th UH-500 Connector at Moho

Apr 28, 2016

Subsea distribution systems specialist UNITECH has deployed its 3000th UH-500 Series connector on the Total E&P Congo-operated MOHO Nord subsea project, located around 75km off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo.  First introduced in 1996…

F.lli Righini wins BP Shah Deniz umbilical handling contracts

Apr 28, 2016

Italian firm F.lli Righini has been awarded a new contract by BP for four umbilical handling and lay packages in the Caspian region. The contract, awarded by BP's Shah Deniz business unit, is for the Shah Deniz Phase 2 project in the Caspian Sea…

Petrobras extends Technip base contract

Apr 27, 2016

Technip has signed an additional four-year extension of its five-year initial contract signed in January 2011 with Petrobras for its Flexible Pipes Logistic Base (BAVIT), in Vitória, Brazil. The scope covers storage, handling, inspection…

Vericor to launch TF50F turbine

Apr 26, 2016

Vericor Power Systems has developed a new version of the TF Series gas turbine, for pump, compression and portable power generation applications. Rated at over 5000 hp, the TF50F gas turbine is changing the process of hydraulic fracturing…

Datum360 bags Culzean software gig

Apr 26, 2016

Maersk Oil has awarded Datum360 a four-year contract to implement Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for the Culzean development in the UK North Sea. The key component of the solution, PIM360, will be at the centre of Culzean’s engineering data management…

POSH nets US$168 million multi vessel work

Apr 26, 2016

PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) has been awarded long term charters for eight offshore supply vessels with a combined value of approximately US$167.5 million by a Middle Eastern national oil company. POSH will supply eight anchor-handling…

NSL wins Saipmen lifting, HSE work

Apr 25, 2016

NSL has won HSE (health, safety, and enviornment) and lifting operations contracts with Italy's Saipem. The two-year agreement will deliver HSE competency assurance and lifting intervention of onshore and offshore lifting operations to Saipem personnel…

Statoil enters German wind market

Apr 25, 2016

Statoil has entered into the German offshore wind market, through a 50% acquisition of the Arkona offshore wind farm. Statoil and E.ON also announce the final investment decision on the 385 MW project. The estimated total investment for the project will be in excess of US$1…

Siemens wins Baltic wind farm order

Apr 25, 2016

Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 60 direct-drive offshore wind turbines, each with a capacity of 6MW. The customer for the project is a consortium between the German power provider E.ON, based in Essen…

Fugro awarded CHS supply arrangement

Apr 25, 2016

Fugro has been awarded a supply arrangement by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) to provide vessel based hydrographic survey services. Under the contract CHS will procure hydrographic surveys as needed, anywhere in Canada, to enhance…

Deep Sea inks global work in multiple deals

Apr 25, 2016

Deep Sea Supply has been awarded multiple contracts by several international oil companies for work in the North Sea, offshore Asia, and South America. Statoil awarded Deep Sea a two-year contract, plus three yearly options for the PSV Sea Falcon for operations in the North Sea…

Interocean nets Maersk rig moves contract

Apr 25, 2016

Interocean Marine Services have been awarded a five-year contract by Maersk Oil North Sea UK for the provision of rig move and marine technical support services. The work will be managed by Interocean’s head office in Aberdeen, and will…

ABS offers condition monitoring advice

Apr 25, 2016

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has published two documents to help industry with condition monitoring. The new ABS Guidance Notes on Condition Monitoring…

Cross Group wins Trinidad gig

Apr 22, 2016

The Cross Group has won a contract to assist in pulling five flexible flowlines and an umbilical, with a maximum expected load of 44-tonne, onto a jacketed platform. The work will be performed using one of Cross Group’s Hepburn 83-MPE…

Saipem, DESFA enter MoU

Apr 22, 2016

Saipem has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DESFA, the national natural gas system operator in Greece, for cooperation on onshore and offshore gas projects within the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Saipem and…

Aqualis, CSCD join engineering forces

Apr 21, 2016

Aqualis Offshore and China Ship Design & Research Center Co. (CSDC) have signed an agreement to cooperate on engineering projects both in China and internationally.  CSDC specializes in shipbuilding and offshore engineering services.…

Viking Supply Ships closes Canadian office

Apr 20, 2016

Viking Supply Ships will close its office in St. John’s, Newfoundland effective 28 April 2016. Future commercial activities in the Newfoundland and Eastern-Canada region will be followed up closely by dedicated personnel from the Viking…

ITF JIP undergoes field trial

Apr 20, 2016

V-IR, a new technology system designed to identify the location of electrical faults on subsea installations, is undergoing a shallow water trial at Portishead Quays marina.  Established through The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF)…

Aquatic growing Americas business

Apr 20, 2016

Aquatic Engineering & Construction, an Acteon company, has expanded its team based in Houston, Texas. Bob Terrell joined Aquatic last month as regional manager, focusing on growing Aquatic’s business in the Americas. OE spoke to him about the business environment…

Aker opens Brazilian subsea facility

Apr 20, 2016

Aker Solutions has opened its new subsea plant in Curitiba, Brazil. The facility will employ about 850 people and is dedicated to machining, welding, surface treatment, assembly and testing of christmas trees and other subsea equipment. It…

Milaha takes delivery of newbuild

Apr 20, 2016

Qatar-based Milaha has taken delivery of a new lift boat which will be deployed offshore, particularly in support of field maintenance efforts. Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, president and CEO of Milaha, and Vivek Seth, CEO of Halul Offshore Services…

Statoil to drill 30/11-13 well with Songa Delta

Apr 19, 2016

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil a drilling permit for well 30/11-13, tobe drilled from the Songa Delta drilling facility in production license 035. The drilling program for well 30/11-13 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well…

Beach exits BMG JV

Apr 18, 2016

Beach Energy and Cooper Energy have accepted an offer from the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) to convert the Basker, Manta and Gummy gas field permits VIC/L26, 27, and 28 (BMG joint venture) in the offshore Gippsland Basin into retention leases…

Sakhalin Energy, Ampelmann sign Icemann agreement

Apr 18, 2016

Ampelmann and Sakhalin Energy Investment signed an agreement to install and operate a winterized version of an Ampelmann’s motion compensated gangway system. This system is designed to be capable of safely and efficiently transferring work crew in temperatures down to -28˚C…

NGE in Karoon Gas investment

Apr 18, 2016

Australia-based upstream company New Guinea Energy (NGE) has made an investment of some US$2.7 million (AU$3.55 million) in Karoon Gas Australia, representing about 18% of the company’s net assets. NGE, focused in Papua New Guinea (ONG)…

Italy shuns offshore drilling referendum

Apr 18, 2016

A referendum to drill within 12mi of the Italian coast has been sunk after failing to attract enough people to vote. A low turnout meant that the referendum, which had asked Italians if the government should stop renewing offshore drilling licenses within 12mi of the coast…

Class approval for floating turbine

Apr 15, 2016

Classification society Bureau Veritas has issued Approval in Principle for the WindFloat Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) foundation. WindFloat is designed by Principle Power and consists of a ballasted floating platform which supports a multi-megawatt wind turbine generator…

Statoil to drill Norwegian wildcat

Apr 14, 2016

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil a drilling permit for wells 30/11-12 S and 30/11-12 A in production license 035 (PL 035), part of block 30/11 in the Norwegian North Sea. Well 30/11-12 S is wildcat well that…

Bibby bags first Norwegian contract

Apr 14, 2016

Bibby Offshore’s Norway division, Bibby Offshore, secured its first contract in the Norwegian region with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia. Managed from Bibby Offshore’s Stavanger office, the workscope involves project management, installation engineering…

DeepOcean lands Tullow Ghana contract

Apr 14, 2016

DeepOcean and Tullow have entered a three-year contract for vessel operations, offshore Ghana. DeepOcean’s Ghana arm will provide a light construction vessel (LCV) to Tulllow Ghana in the agreement, which comes with options for two further years…

Last scheduled flight from Murchison

Apr 14, 2016

Bristow Helicopters gave the passengers on its last scheduled flight to and from CNR International's Murchison platform in the North Sea a special fly-past viewing to mark the occasion. These pictures, by Bristow pilot Captain Jonathan Binnie…

Cue gains West Auz suspension approval

Apr 14, 2016

The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) has given its approval to Cue Energy Resources for its application to suspend its Permit Year 3 work program commitment for WA-359-P and extension of the permit term, off Western Australia…

MEO's Beehive seismic seeing positive results

Apr 14, 2016

MEO Australia is achieving positive results from the seismic reprocessing and inversion study currently underway over the Beehive prospect in WA- 488-P, off the north coast of Western Australia.  MEO said that Beehive is a potential giant…

OFS - industry needs to start to act differently

Apr 14, 2016

OFS Partners, a new strategy consultancy and expert network, has been formally launched this week. The London-based firm, which has made the move as many in the industry are facing 30-40% falls in year-on-year performance, says the industry is in turmoil and operators…

Data system building blocks subsea

Apr 14, 2016

As subsea systems become more complex, both installation and life of asset management become challenging. Alistair Birnie looks at Ashtead Technology’s development of an advanced suite of common integrated building blocks to support subsea…

Weatherford's Sakhalin project saved rig time

Apr 13, 2016

In late February, Weatherford completed a drilling and reaming project near Sakhalin Island, Russia, that resulted in a total of 52 hours in rig time saved. The operator contracted Weatherford to enlarge a 3641ft (1110m) hole section from 8…

Proserv bags Gullfaks equipment deal

Apr 12, 2016

Statoil has awarded Proserv a multimillion-dollar contract to provide production control equipment for its Gullfaks project in the North Sea. Upon the terms of the agreement, Proserv will supply five wellhead hydraulic power units for the field…

DOF signs North Sea charters

Apr 12, 2016

DOF subsidiary DOF Rederi has entered into agreements with both Nexen Petroleum UK and Maersk Oil North Sea UK for charter contracts in the North Sea. With Nexen, a contract is scheduled to start in May for the Skandi Marstein in the North Sea…

Woodside to charter Auz's first LNG-powered vessel

Apr 12, 2016

Australia's Woodside Energy and Norway's Siem Offshore entered into a five-year charter contract for the delivery of Australia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered marine support vessel in 2017. Woodside chief operations officer…

Skandi Açu christened in Netherlands

Apr 12, 2016

Vessel builder VARD, vessel operator DOF and subsea firm Technip celebrated the christening of the newbuild Skandi Açu pipelay support vessel (PLSV) at Dutch offshore equipment manufacturer and engineer Huisman in the Netherlands. The…

IKM, Bibby sign precommissioning deal

Apr 11, 2016

IKM Testing in Aberdeen has been awarded a multimillion dollar pre-commissioning services frame agreement by Bibby Offshore.  The three-year contract, with the provision to be extended by a further two years, spans (3) DSVs, (1) CSV and…

Woodside, Kogas in partnership renewal

Apr 11, 2016

Australia’s Woodside Energy and Korea Gas Corp. (Kogas) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to renew a partnership that has been in place since 2011. The MOU, signed by Woodside CEO Peter Coleman and Kogas president and CEO Lee Seung-Hoon…

DNV GL launches leak detection RP

Apr 11, 2016

DNV GL has now launched the first globally applicable guidance for leak detection systems for offshore fields. The challenge for oil and gas operators is to have a leak detection system that is reliable and capable of detecting leaks…

Cross Group completes GoM subsea well intervention

Apr 08, 2016

The Cross Group has successfully completed subsea live well intervention operations on three TFL (through-flowline) template wells in the US Gulf of Mexico using its 3-1/16in 10,000 psi subsea convertible live well intervention package in 1800ft of water…

Eni expands HAL software adoption

Apr 08, 2016

Eni has expanded the adoption of Halliburton Landmark’s DecisionSpace Geosciences across its exploration business units worldwide. Eni decided to expand the utilization of Landmark’s solution in order to improve efficiency through integration and cross-disciplinary collaboration…

Archer wins COP Norwegian contract

Apr 08, 2016

Archer has been awarded a five-year contract by ConocoPhillips for the provision of mechanical wireline services for the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The contract was awarded following a competitive tender process for ConocoPhillips’ well intervention services in Norway…

Wood Group acquires Ingenious

Apr 08, 2016

Wood Group has acquired Ingenious Inc., a supplier of proprietary software and consulting services to the global chemical, oil and gas, and energy industries. The acquisition provides a manufacturing operations management systems capability…

Island lands BP well intervention work

Apr 08, 2016

Island Offshore's mobile offshore unit Island Constructor has been awarded a contract by BP Exploration Operating Co. for the provision of light well intervention services on the UK continental shelf in July this year.  According to the terms of the agreement…

Statoil to use Stena Don for Fram

Apr 07, 2016

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given Statoil consent to use the Stena Don mobile drilling facility for drilling and completion of wells 35/11-B-22 and B-13 in the Fram field in the North Sea. Fram is an oil field in the northern North Sea around 20km north of Troll…

Wintershall to use Island Frontier and Island Wellserver for Vega

Apr 07, 2016

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given Wintershall consent to use the mobile drilling facilities Island Frontier and Island Wellserver for intervention work on the wells in the Vega field. Vega lies due north of the Fram field…

TRIYARDS newbuild wins OSJ award

Apr 07, 2016

The TRIYARDS Holdings built Lewek Constellation ice-class DP3 multi-lay vessel, was named Support Vessel of the Year at the 2016 Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Awards. Only offshore support vessels (OSVs) deemed to have raised the bar…

Houlder in Rampion wind farm tool delivery

Apr 07, 2016

Houlder delivered the first of two offshore pile upending tools for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm development, off the UK’s Sussex coast. Image of Houlder's offshore pile upending tools, from Houlder…

Materia, Aegion awarded Appomattox work

Apr 07, 2016

Shell has awarded Materia, and Aegion Corp. a contract to supply pipeline insulation materials for the Appomattox development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The insulation system is unique among existing polymers in its ability to provide…

Lukoil to explore two Baltic Sea fields

Apr 07, 2016

Russia’s Lukoil has been granted approval from the Russian Federation Government for hydrocarbon exploration and production in two Baltic Sea fields. Lukoil will explore the D29 and D41 oil fields, which were both discovered in 2015, using the Arktichesksaya jackup drilling rig…

Exceed, Weatherford form alliance

Apr 07, 2016

Well management and performance improvement firm Exceed has bolstered its decommissioning credentials through a strategic alliance with Weatherford. The collaboration will offer an end-to-end solution for well decommissioning, using an…

Wärtsilä wins vessel design contract

Apr 06, 2016

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to provide the design for a new jackup lift vessel. The contract was signed in March with a well-known Chinese yard and includes an option for three additional vessels. The Wärtsilä design was developed in collaboration with Altis…

Woodside, Clough enter engineering services contract

Apr 06, 2016

Clough has been awarded an engineering services contract by Woodside Energy. Clough will work as part of an engineering panel to provide multi-disciplinary engineering services for Woodside.  The contract covers the full spectrum of engineering…

Kosmos gains operatorship of two blocks

Apr 06, 2016

Kosmos Energy Sao Tome and Principe (Kosmos) has gained operatorship of Block 5 and 12, offshore West Africa in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe (STP), as part of a farm-in (65%) agreement with Equator Exploration…

Geolog, Quad start partnership

Apr 06, 2016

Geolog International and Quad Operations, also known as QO Inc. (Quad), have entered into a strategic partnership alliance to leverage each other’s respective capabilities in providing a broader spectrum of services to their client base.  Geolog…

Asco inks BP Norway renewal

Apr 05, 2016

BP has renewed its contract with Asco for its Norwegian operations.  The supply services contract will be delivered across Norway, providing support in Tananger and Farsund, as well as further services in the northerly base of Sandnessjøen…

Bibby gets North Sea decom work

Apr 05, 2016

Bibby Offshore (BOUK), a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has secured a multimillion dollar contract with a North Sea Operator, to deliver decommissioning operations in the Northern North Sea East Shetland Basin.  The agreement…

Stena lands four vessel contract

Apr 05, 2016

The board of directors of AVIC International Maritime Holdings (AVIC Maritime) has announced that it has entered into a contract, as a co-seller, for four RoPax vessels with two plus two options with Stena RoRo, a subsidiary of Swedish ship owner…

Jee wins Tullow North Sea decommissioning work

Apr 05, 2016

Tullow Oil awarded subsea engineering and training firm Jee a contract to investigate the most appropriate options for decommissioning their Thames area assets in the North Sea. Awarded in February 2016, the contract relates to the decommissioning of the Horne…

Wood Group acquires SVT

Apr 05, 2016

Wood Group acquired privately-owned, Australia-based SVT Engineering Consultants (SVT) adding a global vibration, dynamics and noise (VDN) engineering service line. SVT, with headquarters in Perth, provides piping and rotating equipment vibration…

Transforming field prospects in a low oil price

Apr 04, 2016

The fact that exploration drilling activity is at a record lows in the UK North Sea is well recorded. It's easy to quantify and monitor. What is not so easy, is quantifying the number of already discovered fields which are currently sitting…

Fugro completes EOWDC site work

Apr 04, 2016

Fugro has completed offshore works undertaken in preparation for full construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) at Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. The geotechnical site investigation took place at 11 turbine locations to assess the seabed…

Kvaerner, Statoil sign Njord A agreement

Apr 04, 2016

Kvaerner has signed a framework agreement with Statoil, on behalf of partners, for upgrading of the Njord A semisubmersible platform. At the same time, Statoil has made the first call-off from the framework agreement with an estimated value of US$14…

Statoil picks DNV GL for Johan Sverdrup

Apr 04, 2016

Statoil has awarded contracts to DNV GL for verification of all four topsides, the three bridges, three of four jackets, topside installation by use of the Allseas single lift vessel Pioneering Spirit and extended site assessment for the jackup…

Xodus delivers intelligent monitoring to Woodside

Apr 01, 2016

Xodus Group’s Intelligent Monitoring service is being used by Australian oil and gas company Woodside to create surveillance tools for its North West Shelf assets. Accurate monitoring of oil and gas production is an increasingly valuable tool for operators and surveillance engineers but…

VIDEO: Deepwater Horizon movie teaser released

Apr 01, 2016

Nearly six years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood is taking its shot at recounting the tragedy with a film due this fall aiming to tell the story on the fatal blowout and its aftermath. The oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in global history…

GE, SapuraKencana JV signs PFLNG agreement

Mar 24, 2016

A joint venture between SapuraKencana Services and GE Power Systems, SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services (SKGE) has been awarded a long term service agreement by Petroliam Nasional (PETRONAS) Floating LNG1 (PFLNG) to provide maintenance services for PETRONAS’ two forthcoming floating LNG vessels…

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