OE Daily: 2019 / October

 

Wintershall Wins Two Offshore Blocks in Brazil

Oct 13, 2019

German oil and gas company Wintershall Dea was awarded two offshore blocks in the Santos and Campos basins with its partners Chevron and Repsol in Brazil’s 16th Bidding Round for oil and gas exploration blocks. Map…

UK to Account for 35% Offshore Wind in Europe

Oct 13, 2019

The UK will account for 35% of the growth in offshore wind over the next five years, followed by the Netherlands and Germany, said , according to WindEurope’s new ‘Wind Energy Outlook to 2023’. Image…

ADES Wins 2nd Deepwater Drilling Gig in Egypt

Oct 13, 2019

The oil rig contractor ADES International PLC  has won a second deepwater drilling campaign in the Egyptian Mediterranean area, from  an undisclosed oil company. Image: ADES International PLC The…

Solvberg Appointed NPD Director General

Oct 13, 2019

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has announced the appointment of Ingrid Solvberg as Director for the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea, replacing Bente Nyland. Photo: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate According to a note from NPD…

Green Signal for Floating OWF in Norway

Oct 13, 2019

Germany's largest  natural gas and crude oil company Wintershall Dea GmbH together with the Norwegian continental shelf platform Snorre and Gullfaks oil field invest in the development of the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm in the Norwegian North Sea off the coast of Florø…

Chestnut Field Extended Up to Three Years

Oct 11, 2019

Partners Spirit Energy and Dana Petroleum will invest £140 million ($177 million) to extend the life of the Chestnut field in the UK North Sea by as much as three years. Hummingbird Spirit FPSO (Photo…

Equinor Makes FID for Hywind Tampen

Oct 11, 2019

Equinor and the Snorre and Gullfaks partners have made a final investment decision (FID) for the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm development and will submit updated plans for development and operation to Norwegian authorities. Illustration…

Japan, Scotland Invest in Subsea Technology

Oct 11, 2019

Scottish and Japanese companies will receive £9 million from a joint fund to work together on innovative subsea technology. L- R: Tony Laing of NSRI, David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise and Neil Gordon of Subsea UK…

BP to Shut West Chirag Platform for Maintenance

Oct 11, 2019

BP said on Friday it would shut down its West Chirag platform in Azerbaijan for 15 days starting on Oct. 15 for planned maintenance. (Photo: BP) 'In accordance with the plan, production…

Atlantic Offshore Orders Hybrid Package for OSV Pair

Oct 11, 2019

Technology group Wärtsilä said it will engineer, supply and install complete battery hybrid packages to two offshore supply vessels (OSV) owned by Norwegian-based operator Atlantic Offshore.  Ocean Art…

Eni Committed to Cyprus Exploration

Oct 11, 2019

Italian oil major Eni is committed to the exploration of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone and its contractual engagements with the country, its chief executive said on Friday. (Photo: Eni) Turkey…

BP Spurs $10 Bln Divestment Target

Oct 11, 2019

BP will take charges of $2 to $3 billion in the third quarter, the British energy firm said on Friday, as it looks to reach divestments worth $10 billion by the end of 2019, a year ahead of schedule. (File photo: BP) In a statement…

Denmark Weighs Ending North Sea Exploration

Oct 11, 2019

Denmark is assessing whether to go ahead with an already announced tender for new oil and gas exploration in the Danish North Sea after setting itself one of the most ambitious climate targets in the world. ©…

Springfield Kicks Off Ghana Drilling Campaign

Oct 11, 2019

Springfield Exploration and Production Limited (SEP), a subsidiary of Springfield Group, has spudded the first of its new deepwater wells off the coast of Ghana. Stena Forth (Photo: SEP) After targeting Afina-1x…

Iranian Tanker Hit by Missiles, Oil Rises

Oct 11, 2019

Oil prices jumped more than 2% on Friday, October 11, 2019, after Iranian media said a state-owned oil tanker had been struck by missiles in the Red Sea near Saudi Arabia, raising the prospect of supply disruptions weeks after attacks on Saudi oil plants…

Fewer Splices Mean Faster Umbilical Production at Upgraded Facility

Oct 11, 2019

A new method for manufacturing large power umbilicals can shave off 15% to 20% of manufacturing time by minimizing the number of electrical cable splices required. Elements coming together in Oscilay static closing point…

Windhoist Completes Hornsea One work

Oct 10, 2019

Windhoist UK, the wind turbine erection company, have now successfully completed all Pre-assembly operations at Hornsea 1, the world’s largest offshore wind power plant to date, comprising of 174 x Siemens Gamesa SWT-7.0-154 offshore wind turbines…

Ideol, Taisei Sign Floating Wind Deal in Japan

Oct 10, 2019

French floating foundations specialist Ideol and Taisei Corp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint development and promotion of concrete foundations for floating offshore wind in Japan using Ideol’s Damping Pool technology…

POSH Acquires Pacific Workboats

Oct 10, 2019

Singapore-listed operator of offshore support vessels PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH) has agreed to acquire the 50 per cent stake held by Sembcorp Marine (SMM) in harbour services provider Pacific Workboats Pte Ltd (PWPL) for over US$679…

Total Says It Will Skip Brazil TOR Auction

Oct 10, 2019

Fance's Total SA, the big winner in a Brazilian auction of offshore oil concessions on Thursday, said it will not participate in a bigger auction scheduled for November 6 of the so-called Transfer of Rights area in Brazil's pre-salt region. ©…

Brazil Oil Auction Draws $2.2 Billion

Oct 10, 2019

Ten companies on Thursday agreed to pay more than $2 billion for the exploration and production rights in 12 offshore oil blocks in Brazil, in what could be a promising sign for even bigger upcoming oil auctions. (Photo…

Fugro Completes GoM Surveys for Shell

Oct 10, 2019

Fugro said it has completed several deepwater geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell. (Photo: Fugro) The project required data collection over multiple deepwater lease blocks…

Tekmar Acquires Pipeshield

Oct 10, 2019

Tekmar Group, a provider of subsea protection systems technologies, said it has signed a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of subsea concrete mattresses provider Pipeshield International from its founder Steven Howlett. The deal…

Airswift Eyes APAC Growth

Oct 10, 2019

Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider for the energy, process and infrastructure sectors, announced two senior hires to build upon recent successes in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Fueled by the region’s energy and infrastructure markets…

Brazil Oil Bidding Points to Future Auction Success

Oct 10, 2019

Brazil's mines and energy minister said the positive results of Thursday's round of bidding for the country's offshore oil blocks point to successful auctions later this year of the so-called Transfer of Rights area and pre-salt oil find. ©…

BW Energy IPO Awaits 'Right Window'

Oct 10, 2019

Norway's BW Offshore will wait for markets to stabilize before launching a planned initial public offering of its oil production arm, BW Energy, an executive said on Thursday. (Photo: BW Offshore) 'We…

Brazil Court Green Lights TOR Mega Auction

Oct 10, 2019

Brazil's Federal Audit Court known as the TCU unanimously approved on Wednesday the ground rules for a major auction of pre-salt oil concessions in a 'transfer of rights' (TOR) area off the country's southeastern coast. ©…

Equinor Wins Exploration Permit off Australia

Oct 10, 2019

Norway's Equinor ASA said on Thursday it has been awarded a new exploration permit in shallow waters off Western Australia, close to the Dorado field, Australia's biggest oil find in more than two decades. (Image: Equinor) Equinor…

Which Way for Gabon's Offshore Sector?

Oct 10, 2019

Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa’s eighth largest oil producer, last week participated in the last of its earlier scheduled nine events held in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, to popularize the 12th shallow and deep water licensing round with only three months before the bidding process is closed…

Brazil's New Dawn

Oct 10, 2019

Brazil’s offshore oil and gas sector: it’s complicated, challenging and rife with opportunity. Top producer: FPSO Cidade de Maricá, producing in Lula field through seven interconnected wells, produced 150…

GSI Expands in the UK

Oct 10, 2019

Offshore equipment and engineered solutions provider Gulfstream Services International (GSI) said it has moved into its new Aberdeen headquarters as part of an effort targeting expansion in the North Sea and beyond. (Photo…

Equatorial Guinea Says Currency Caps Will Hurt Energy Prospects

Oct 10, 2019

New currency controls enforced by the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) could ruin the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Guinea and 'destroy' Equatorial Guinea's economy, the country's oil minister told Reuters on Wednesday. ©…

Majors to Bid in Brazil's $800 Mln Oil Auction

Oct 10, 2019

BP PLC, Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are among firms that will compete for exploration and production rights off the Brazilian coast on Thursday, in the first of three oil bidding rounds scheduled for coming weeks. ©…

Eni Won't Drill Off Cyprus if Warships Sent In

Oct 10, 2019

Eni is not concerned about escalating tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over the question of offshore drilling and would seek to stay clear of any conflict, the Italian oil and gas group's Chief Executive said on Thursday. Turkish…

Shelf Drilling Bags ONGC Jack-up Deal

Oct 09, 2019

Dubai-based Offshore drilling contractor Shelf Drilling has received an award for a three-year contract for the Trident II jack-up rig. Image: Shelf Drilling The Oil and Natural Gas…

CSA Ocean Sciences, MMT Join Forces for US Offshore

Oct 09, 2019

CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA), a provider of marine environmental services, and MMT, a provider of superior technical geophysical and survey services for the offshore offshore energy and Interconnector industries, have joined forces to provide combined services for the American offshore industry…

JERA Buys Majority Stake in Taiwan's Formosa 2

Oct 09, 2019

Japanese energy group JERA, , a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in the 376MW Formosa 2 project being developed off the west coast of Taiwan. Image…

Crown Estate Hosts Round 4 Bid Talks

Oct 09, 2019

The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has hosted a Round 4 bidders day to give offshore wind developers further insight into how it will run the 7GW seabed rights auction. Image…

Final Turbine Installed at Taiwan 1st OWF

Oct 09, 2019

Formosa 1 announced that the installation of all 20 wind turbines for phase 2 of the project has now been completed. Image: Ørsted Formosa 1 is the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in Taiwan and will be able to supply 128…

Deep Casing Tools Unveils New P&A Tech

Oct 09, 2019

A new tool designed to help reduce the cost of decommissioning is being developed by Aberdeen-based oil and gas technology company Deep Casing Tools (DCT) in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Technology Center (OGTC) and Total. (Image…

Drops Risks Not Fully Accounted For -Dropsafe

Oct 09, 2019

The offshore oil and gas sector urgently needs a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the risks of dropped objects are mitigated effectively prior to and during decommissioning. If mismanaged, drops may result in safety risks for personnel…

Maersk Supply Service Wins Brazil Project

Oct 09, 2019

Maersk Supply Service said it will provide an integrated mooring lines life extension solution for Shell’s floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Fluminense, including project management, engineering, interface management and offshore execution off the coast of Rio de Janeiro…

Hempel Promotes Wiese

Oct 09, 2019

Martin Wiese has been appointed to lead the protective and industrial business areas for worldwide coatings manufacturer Hempel. These two business segments, which deliver around half of Hempel’s total turnover, cover oil and gas, wind power…

Talos Deploys USI Subsea Wellhead Cap in the GoM

Oct 09, 2019

Universal Subsea Inc. (USI) announced that its patent-pending Defender subsea isolation cap was installed to the Bulleit subsea well, operated by Talos Energy in the Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 1,300 feet. The…

Forum’s XLe Spirit ROV Completes Sea Trials

Oct 09, 2019

Forum Subsea Technologies’ latest remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the XLe Spirit, has completed sea trials in Norway, the manufacturer announced on Wednesday. XLe Spirit (Photo: Forum Subsea Technologies) The…

All-polymer Pipeline Connector Delivered

Oct 09, 2019

Swagelining, the polymer lining specialist for subsea pipelines, said it has installed its LinerBridge connector technology for the first time for three North Sea projects.. (Photo: Swagelining) The…

Unique Group Buys Five USVs

Oct 09, 2019

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has sad it has signed an agreement to acquire five unmanned surface vessels (USV) DriX units from French technology company iXblue. (Photo: Unique…

Exxon Appoints Bank to Sell Malaysia Assets

Oct 09, 2019

Exxon Mobil Corp has appointed Bank of America Merrill Lynch to run the sale of its Malaysian oil and gas assets as the U.S. firm accelerates a vast disposal program, banking and industry sources said. ©…

Angola Seeks to Reduce Gas Flaring to Capture Revenue

Oct 09, 2019

Angola wants to cash in on the roughly 3 billion cubic feet per day of associated natural gas it produces, most of which is now flared, the petroleum minister said on Wednesday. © Igor Kardasov / Adobe…

Senegal Delays Oil Licensing Round

Oct 09, 2019

Senegal has delayed the launch of an oil and gas licensing round due on Wednesday until November 4 as contract documents still need to be finalized, oil minister Mahamadou Makhtar Cisse said. © Pictures…

Fugro Appoints Erik-Jan Bijvank as Group Director

Oct 08, 2019

Dutch multinational geo-data specialist Fugro has appointed Erik-Jan Bijvank as Group Director for Europe and Africa. Erik-Jan Bijvank. Photo: Fugro With this latest appointment, Fugro said it completes its new executive leadership team…

SSE Picks Montrose for Seagreen O&M

Oct 08, 2019

Dublin-based SSE Renewables, a renewable energy subsidiary of Airtricity, has selected the port of Montrose on the east coast of Scotland to serve as the operations and maintenance (O&M) base for its 1100MW Seagreen offshore wind farm. Image…

Germany Plans 20 GW of Offshore Wind by 2030

Oct 08, 2019

Germany's northern states and federal government want to nearly triple the country's installed offshore wind power capacity within ten years with a new expansion target of 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. Olaf Lies - Minister for the Environment…

Digitalization: Oil Industry Could Save up to $100Bln

Oct 08, 2019

The global oil and gas industry can save as much as $100 billion through automation and digitalization in the 2020s, energy research firm Rystad Energy said. Graph: Rystad Energy 'As…

Halliburton Awarded License for Gravel Pack Completions

Oct 08, 2019

Oilfield services company Halliburton said it has been awarded an international license for ExxonMobil’s patented Non-Aqueous Fluid Gravel Packing (NAFPac) technique for gravel pack completions. (Photo…

Energy Recruiters Name Scotland Regional Manager

Oct 08, 2019

Norway-headquartered MDE Group, a global provider of energy recruitment services, continues to implement its UK sector growth strategy, by announcing the appointment of its first regional manager in Scotland. Zander…

Northern Drilling Cancels Drillship Resale Contract

Oct 08, 2019

Offshore drilling contractor Northern Drilling announced it has cancelled a resale contract for the 7th generation ultra deepwater drillship West Cobalt, which had been scheduled for delivery from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in 2021…

In Norway, Cost Overruns Are Good Times

Oct 08, 2019

Order delays, cancellations and decision-gate debates have been hampering Norwegian oilfield owners grappling with a vastly weakened currency and projects — like the not-on-time and not-on-budget, Martin Linge — that have burst budgets. Over…

Bourbon Rhode Search Continues

Oct 08, 2019

Search teams continue to scour the Atlantic Ocean for traces of seven mariners still missing offshore tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode, which sank near a category 4 hurricane in September, the vessels' owner said. Bourbon…

Seacat Kicks Off 3-vessel Charter with Equinor

Oct 08, 2019

Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services said it has commenced a long-term contract with Equinor, which will see three OESVs support the ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) of the 88-turbine Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm in the UK North Sea…

Production 4.0

Oct 08, 2019

As the oil and gas industry increasingly automates functions, one service company has focused on changing the focus from dumb iron to the cloud. © an-kyl-o / Adobe Stock Weatherford’s…

Borr Drilling Appoints Kibsgaard as Chairman

Oct 08, 2019

Offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling announced that Pål Kibsgaard has been formally appointed as the new Chairman of the Board. © Lukasz Z / Adobe Stock Kibsgaard will replace Tor Olav Trøim as Chairman…

Sulzer Expands in Southeast Asia

Oct 08, 2019

Rotating equipment services provider Sulzer said it has opened a new service center in Semenyih, Malaysia to offer specialist technical knowledge and support for all types of pumps, electrical equipment and turbomachinery for local industries including oil and gas…

TGS Posts Record Q3 Revenue

Oct 08, 2019

Norway's TGS, a supplier of seismic data to the global oil industry, reported record third-quarter revenues on Tuesday, beating both its own and analysts' forecasts, the company said. © DedMityay / Adobe…

Groix and Belle-Ile OWF Selects MHI Vestas

Oct 07, 2019

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  has been selected as the preferred supplier for the Groix & Belle-Île floating offshore wind project in France. Photo…

BOEM Announces New GoM Lease Sale

Oct 07, 2019

The US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans to offer about 78 million acres in a region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale scheduled for March 2020. Image: BOEM Lease Sale 254…

Maersk Installer to Support Pemex in Mexico

Oct 07, 2019

Danish offshore vessel owner Maersk Supply Service has secured a one-and-a-half-year  contract with Blue Marine Group to support Pemex from subsea support vessel Maersk Installer. Image: Maersk Supply Service Joining Maersk Implementer…

Geoquip Saentis Completes 1st Job in North Sea

Oct 07, 2019

Switzerland-based geotechnical data acquisition company Geoquip Marine said that its DP2 multi-purpose offshore support vessel, the Geoquip Saentis, has completed its first geotechnical campaign in the North Sea. Geoquip Saentis…

Transborders Signs up MOL on FLNG Solution

Oct 07, 2019

Perth-based company Transborders Energy has entered a Joint Study Agreement (JSA) to work with Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to together continue the development of its Floating LNG (FLNG) Solution and to pursue its deployment on a range of stranded offshore gas resource opportunities…

Shelf Drilling Wins Multiple Contract Extensions

Oct 07, 2019

Shelf Drilling, the international shallow water offshore drilling contractor, announced that it has secured contract extensions for four of its jack-up drilling rigs. Image: Shelf Drilling The…

Cost Estimates at Equinor Norway Fields Goes Up

Oct 07, 2019

The cost of developing two major Norwegian oil and gas fields has increased due to the complexity of the projects, with the start of production delayed for one of them. Image: Equinor The…

Iran Approves 8 New Offshore Projects

Oct 07, 2019

Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of Iran has announced the approval of the Marine Structures Licensing Committee with the extension and licensing of operation for 8 offshore structures in the north and south of the country. Image…

Chevron Buys Into Three Blocks in Mexico

Oct 07, 2019

U.S.-based Chevron Corp said on Friday it signed an agreement with a unit of Royal Dutch Shell to buy a 40% stake in three deepwater blocks in the Mexican Gulf that the Anglo-Dutch firm won in auctions under the nation's energy reform. ©…

Qatar Petroleum Takes Over Offshore Oilfields

Oct 07, 2019

Qatar Petroleum has assumed operatorship of the Idd el-Shargi North Dome and South Dome offshore oilfields, the company said in a statement. (Photo: Qatar Petroleum) Development and production…

Jersey Awards Greater Buchan Contracts

Oct 07, 2019

UK focused independent upstream oil and gas company Jersey Oil & Gas said it has awarded contracts to consultancy Rockflow and services company Petrofac to support the Greater Buchan Area (GBA) development in the North Sea. (Photo…

Turkish Ship to Drill Off Cyprus by Tuesday

Oct 07, 2019

The Turkish drillship Yavuz will begin drilling for oil and gas southwest of Cyprus on Monday or Tuesday, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, in a move which has intensified tensions between the two countries. Fatih…

Keppel, Sembcorp Reach Deal with Embattled Brazil Firm

Oct 07, 2019

Singapore firms Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine said on Monday they had reached settlements with indebted Brazilian firm Sete Brasil over long-standing contracts to build drillships and rigs. © Nikita Sobolkov / Adobe Stock Sete…

Martin Linge, Njord Cost Estimates Climb

Oct 07, 2019

Norway's Martin Linge offshore oil and gas project will cost $865 million more than previously expected and take an extra half year to come on line, the government and operator Equinor announced on Monday. Martin Linge (Jan Arne Wold / Woldcam…

Interra Resources Spuds First Well in Kuala Pambuang Block

Oct 07, 2019

Southeast Asian independent oil and gas exploration and production player Interra Resources said has started drilling its first onshore well in the onshore/offshore Kuala Pambuang block, in southern Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, where seismic…

Neodrill Saves Costs for Siccar Point at Cambo

Oct 07, 2019

Neodrill's CAN well foundation has been proven to cut well construction time, costs and environmental impact, while also reducing risks and improve safety during conduct or running operations.

DEME Completes Installation on Hornsea1

Oct 06, 2019

Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) offshore unit said that its  ‘Sea Challenger’ and crew completed the installation of 174 SWT-7.0 MW turbines on  Hornsea One, the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Image…

Bauer Tests Piles for OWF in France

Oct 06, 2019

German construction and machinery manufacturing firm Bauer Spezialtiefbau has tested onshore piles at the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind project in France to gather data for the design of foundations. An…

PGS Begins Sabah Phase 5

Oct 06, 2019

The seismic services prvider Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has announced a further expansion of one of the largest MultiClient 3D projects in the world. Phase five of the Sabah MultiClient project offshore Malaysia is under acquisition. First data is due Q2 2020…

Saipem Signs Subsea Drone Deal with Equinor

Oct 06, 2019

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem has secured a subsea service contract from Equinor, covering use of an underwater intervention drone Hydrone-R and an all-electric work class remotely operated vessel (ROV) Hydrone-W at the Njord field development in the Norwegian Sea…

OSM Appoints New Chairman amd CEO

Oct 06, 2019

OSM Maritime Group, the provider of full service solutions to the Offshore and Maritime Industry, announced that it has appointed Tommy Olofsen as the Chairman. Photo: OSM Maritime Tommy will in his new role…

EMGS Increases Fleet Utilization

Oct 06, 2019

Norwegian geophysical services company Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) said in its fleet update for the third quarter 2019 showed a fleet utilization of 73 percent,  compared with 29% for the third quarter in 2018. Atlantic Guardian…

Johan Sverdrup Comes On Stream

Oct 05, 2019

Production has commenced from the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian North Sea, operator Equinor announced on Saturday. (Photo: Equinor) The largest development in Norway for three decades…

Buzzard Oilfield Shutdown for Repair Work

Oct 04, 2019

China's CNOOC shut down the 150,000 barrel per day Buzzard oilfield in the British North Sea to repair pipework on the platform, a spokesman said on Friday. (File photo: Suncor Energy) Buzzard…

Milito Named NOIA President

Oct 04, 2019

Veteran energy industry association executive Erik Milito has been named as the new president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and will to take the helm of the offshore energy association effective November 1, 2019. Erik…

Saipem Wins BP Azerbaijan Job

Oct 04, 2019

Saipem, in consortium with Boshelf LLC and STAR GULF FZCO, has recently been awarded three new contracts by BP for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil and gas (ACG) field offshore Azerbaijan. (Photo…

Hibiscus Oil Find Bigger than Expected

Oct 04, 2019

Panoro Energy reported drilling results in the Hibiscus Updip well (DHIBM-1), located on Dussafu Marin Permit, offshore Gabon, “have significantly exceeded expectations” the company's CEO John Hamilton said. Adolo…

More Drilling Lifts Cyprus, Turkey Tension

Oct 04, 2019

Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling intensified on Friday, with Nicosia accusing Turkey of a 'severe escalation' of violations of its sovereign rights. Yavuz (Photo: Turkish Minister…

Africa’s maritime boundary rows delay offshore projects

Oct 04, 2019

The International Court of Justice has delayed to early November the hearing of the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia and hence delaying further the earlier approved offshore oil and gas exploration activities by both countries…

BP Names Bernard Looney as Next CEO

Oct 04, 2019

Bernard Looney, who will replace Bob Dudley as chief executive of BP when he retires next year, faces the tricky task of navigating the energy major through a rising tide of environmentalism and the move to a low-carbon economy. Bernard Looney (Photo…

Shell Awards Pierce Scope to Subsea 7

Oct 04, 2019

Services company Subsea 7 said it has secured a contract from Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project in the UK North Sea, located approximately 160 miles offshore, east of Aberdeen. (Photo: Subsea…

Energean FPSO Hull Floated Out

Oct 03, 2019

The hull of Energean Oil and Gas’ Energean Power FPSO has been undocked and floated out from the COSCO Shipyards’ dock in Zhoushan, China, about 10 months after first steel cut. Image: Energean Power  Once completed…

OHT Heavy Lifter Keel Laying

Oct 03, 2019

Keel laying has been completed for Norway-based Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT)'s new crane vessel Alfa Lift currently under construction at China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) yard in Jiangsu. Image…

DNV GL Awards Type Certificate to SGRE

Oct 03, 2019

DNV GL, the global quality assurance and risk management company,  has awarded Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) with type certification for the manufacturer's new 8MW offshore wind turbine. From left to right: Andreas Kamleitner…

13 Firms Approved to Bid in 6th Pre-salt Round

Oct 03, 2019

Thirteen companies have been approved by Brazilian authorities to participate in a November oil bidding round for offshore exploration and production rights. © marchello74 / Adobe Stock The…

It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones

Oct 03, 2019

The starting gun on a subsea space race has now officially been fired with the first ever award of a contract that includes services from a subsea resident drone. The docking station used in Sweden by Saab Seaeye (Photo: Elaine Maslin) But…

Mexican Government Not Seeking to Control Zama

Oct 03, 2019

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that his government is not seeking to take control of the Zama oilfield discovery, which is currently operated by a private consortium led by U.S.-based Talos Energy. ©…

Shell Reaches FID for Pierce Upgrade

Oct 03, 2019

Operator Shell and its partner Ithaca Energy have taken final investment decision (FID) to upgrade the Pierce oilfield in the UK North Sea so that it can produce natural gas, Shell said on Thursday. Haewene…

Foss, Østensjø Partner for US Offshore Wind

Oct 03, 2019

Foss Maritime LLC and Østensjø Rederi AS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a partnership to provide domestic service operation vessels (SOV) to owners and operators of offshore wind projects in US waters. (Photo: Nicki Pløk…

ODE Wins Tolmount Installation Work

Oct 03, 2019

ODE Asset Management (ODE AM), a wholly owned subsidiary of the international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE Group Limited, has been appointed as Installation Operator (Duty Holder) of the Tolmount Platform, a Normally Unattended Installation (NUI)…

Climate Stakes for Suppliers

Oct 03, 2019

After a week that saw Norway announce a record number of oilfields in operation and support for the UN Climate Change Committee’s new report, there’s a paradoxical window of opportunity for offshore suppliers offering increments of “green” savings…

Equinor Sells 25% Stake in German Wind Farm

Oct 03, 2019

Norway's Equinor has agreed to sell a 25% stake in Germany's Arkona offshore wind farm for around 500 million euros ($547.85 million), almost doubling the value of its investment, the company said on Thursday. (Photo…

Japan JV Sells Frade Stake to PetroRio

Oct 03, 2019

Japan's Inpex Corp, Sojitz Corp and Japan Oil, Gas and Minerals National Corp (JOGMEC) said on Thursday they exited the Frade oil field in Brazil by selling their stakes to partner PetroRio S.A. (Image: Inpex) The three entities…

Subsea 7 Acquires 4Subsea

Oct 03, 2019

Services company Subsea 7 announced it has acquired 4Subsea, a provider of technology and services that delivers decision support to oil and gas and offshore wind operators. 4Subsea will function autonomously within Subsea 7…

Partners Walk Away from Mexico Gulf Project

Oct 03, 2019

A consortium formed by Hokchi Energy, Talos Energy and Wintershall Dea has given up a Mexican oil contract in the Gulf of Mexico's shallow waters due to lack of commercial discovery, the country's oil regulator said on Wednesday. ©…

Dolphin Drilling Wins Shell Contract

Oct 03, 2019

Dolphin Drilling sad it has secured a contract with AS Norske Shell in Norway for its Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig to support the drilling and completion of a gas producer well on the Knarr field starting in early 2020. Dolphin…

LR Report Identifies Data Gaps

Oct 03, 2019

Despite the age of big data, 71% of organizations still rely on a single data source to analyze asset performance and risk management – instead of drawing information from multiple sources for a more comprehensive view, reveals a report released by Lloyd’s Register…

Subsea IMR Moves Robotic

Oct 02, 2019

Unmanned maritime systems (UMS), especially autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), are no stranger to commercial applications. Survey of the seafloor by AUVs and subsequently unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) is now an accepted practice. UMS technology is moving into new commercial domains…

Engie's Tractebel Unveils Hydrogen Platform

Oct 02, 2019

Tractebel Engineering GmbH and Tractebel Overdick GmbH are developing a concept for an offshore platform which makes it possible to produce hydrogen from offshore wind energy at an industrial scale using electrolysis. The…

50Hertz, Parkwind Pact for German Baltic Sea

Oct 02, 2019

Germany's 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and Parkwind, the Arcadis Ost 1 Belgian offshore developer, have successfully reached the next level of collaboration. Employees of Parkwind and 50Hertz on an offshore platform of Parkwind in a wind farm in the North Sea…

Wind Farm Fryslân Reaches Financial Close

Oct 02, 2019

Ten banks and the province of Fryslân are jointly financing the 382.7MW Windpark Fryslân, which is being built in the Dutch IJsselmeer, south of the Afsluitdijk, six kilometers off the Frisian coast. Image…

Sovcomflot Returns Seismic Vessel to Polarcus

Oct 02, 2019

Russia’s Sovcomflot (SCF) will redeliver the seismic survey vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov to  the offshore geophysical company Polarcus in November 2019. Image: Polarcus  Polarcus in a…

NY Upgrades Port for Offshore Wind Boom

Oct 02, 2019

New York State has launched process to upgrade port infrastructure to support expanding offshore wind industry. Image: NYSERDA The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)…

Weatherford Wins Four-year Deal with Petrobras

Oct 02, 2019

Oilfield services company Weatherford International announced it has secured a contract with Brazilian-based multinational corporation Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., more commonly known as Petrobras, to deliver 24 Optimax deep-set safety valves in the next four years…

Transocean Floater Deployed with Hybrid ESS

Oct 02, 2019

Transocean has deployed the world’s first hybrid energy storage system aboard a floating drilling unit. The system is now operational on the Transocean Spitsbergen, engaged in drilling operations at the Snorre field in Norway, the drilling contractor said on Wednesday…

Peregrino Jacket Loaded Out

Oct 02, 2019

The 9,200-metric-ton jacket for the new Peregrino C platform has been loaded out at the Heerema fabrication yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, and is being fasted to a barge for sail…

Isabella Drilling Planned

Oct 02, 2019

Partners in the UK North Sea Isabella prospect will begin drilling a first trial well in October, one of the project stakeholders Ithaca announced on Wednesday. © corlaffra / Adobe Stock Drilling…

Offshore Inspections Take Flight

Oct 02, 2019

The use of drones to inspect offshore assets can drive up safety levels, increase operational time and reduce costs. A PrecisionHawk drone pilot collects aerial data during an inspection of oil assets…

Brazil Tops Record Monthly Oil Production

Oct 02, 2019

Brazil's oil production in August reached 2.989 million barrels per day, up 18.5% over the same month a year ago, as monthly output hit a record high, oil regulator ANP said on Wednesday. © Ranimiro…

Norway Sovereign Fund to Divest E&P Firms

Oct 02, 2019

Norway's $1.1 trillion sovereign fund will divest companies solely dedicated to oil and gas exploration and production in a bid to shield itself from a long-term fall in oil prices, the finance ministry said late on Tuesday. ©…

Valhall West Flank to Start Up this Autumn

Oct 02, 2019

Norwegian authorities have given operator Aker BP the go-ahead to start up the Valhall West Flank facility in the North Sea this autumn. Valhall West Flank is an unmanned facility tied in to the field center at Valhall…

DoJ Drops Shell Investigation

Oct 02, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday that it had been informed by the U.S. Department of Justice that it had closed its inquiry into Shell over the 2011 $1.3 billion acquisition of a Nigerian offshore oilfield. ©…

CGG Delivers 4D Seismic for BP

Oct 02, 2019

French-based geophysical services company CGG said it has delivered broadband 4D seismic results ahead of schedule from BP Angola’s latest monitor survey offshore Angola. (File photo: CGG) The…

Rosneft Makes Discovery Offshore Sakhalin

Oct 02, 2019

Russian integrated energy company Rosneft said it has completed drilling the first prospecting and appraisal well at the Vostochno-Pribrezhny license block on the shelf of Sakhalin Island, offshore Russia. Rosneft…

Fourth Bourbon Rhode Crew Member Confirmed Dead

Oct 02, 2019

Bourbon confirmed on Wednesday that the body of a fourth crew member has been recovered following the sinking of its vessel Bourbon Rhode last week. Only three of the 14 Bourbon Rhode crew members have been rescued as the search continues for seven mariners still missing…

Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Wind Work in Taiwan

Oct 02, 2019

Subsea 7 said it has secured a contract for the installation of the submarine cable system on an offshore wind farm project in Taiwan. (Photo: Subsea 7) The award is worth between $50 million and $150 million…

Equinor to Deploy Subsea Resident Vehicles

Oct 02, 2019

Norwegian energy company Equinor said it will use the new Hydrone all-electric wireless underwater intervention drone (UID) and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology from Italian services firm Saipem at the Njord Field development…

GE Provides World's Most Powerful Turbines British OWF

Oct 01, 2019

Dogger Bank Wind Farms, which is developing what will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm when built, has  unveiled GE Renewable Energy as its preferred turbine supplier. Image: GE Under the new deal…

Zennor Wraps up 2019 Finlaggan Subsea Gig

Oct 01, 2019

UK North Sea operator Zennor Petroleum announced that the 2019 Finlaggan subsea installation campaign utilizing six separate vessels over the summer has been safely and successfully completed. Image…

Mayflower Joins Connecticut Offshore Bids

Oct 01, 2019

Mayflower Wind has submitted bids to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in response to Connecticut's Request for Proposals. Image: Mayflower Wind Mayflower…

California Launches Offshore Wind Coalition

Oct 01, 2019

A group of offshore wind industry members that includes Equinor, Magellan Wind and Principle Power have launched an offshore wind group in California. Image: Offshore Wind California The…

PTTEP, Halliburton Ink Automation Deal

Oct 01, 2019

PTTEP, a national petroleum exploration and production company in Thailand, selected Halliburton Landmark for joint development of new well design workflow to automate drilling and completion engineering processes across the well lifecycle, the US-based oilfield services company announced…

US DOJ Closes Eni Investigations

Oct 01, 2019

The U.S. Justice Department has closed its investigations into alleged corruption by oil major Eni in Nigeria and Algeria without taking any action, the Italian energy group said on Tuesday. Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi (Photo: Eni) Eni…

Oil Search Boss to Retire in 2020

Oct 01, 2019

Papua New Guinea's biggest company Oil Search Ltd said on Tuesday long-serving Managing Director Peter Botten will retire from the firm next year after 25 years in the role, just as the company enters a major growth phase in PNG and Alaska. Peter…

Proserv Restructures

Oct 01, 2019

Controls technology company Proserv announced it has established two separate divisions as part of a corporate restructure plan. Proserv’s management team: Davis Larssen (left), David Currie (middle)…

Benthic Wins Geotechnical Work from TechnipFMC

Oct 01, 2019

Geosciences company Benthic announced it has secured an offshore geotechnical and geophysical contract from TechnipFMC for the Golfinho development, a deepwater discovery off the coast of Mozambique that will be developed as a subsea system…

Valaris Announces New Contract Awards

Oct 01, 2019

Offshore drilling contractor Valaris on Tuesday announced a group of new global contracts and contract extensions, with associated revenue backlog of approximately $245 million.  VALARIS JU-291 (Photo: Equinor) The latest batch of contracts…

Australia's Explorers Step Up Oil Hunt

Oct 01, 2019

Australia's oil exploration has picked up over the past year following the country's biggest find in more than two decades, and could drive a resurgence in production that has fallen to a near 50-year low. ©…

InfraStrata Buys Harland and Wolff Shipyard

Oct 01, 2019

Harland and Wolff, the Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, has been sold by owner Dolphin Drilling to infrastructure specialists InfraStrata for £6 million ($7.3 million), saving the facility from closure, InfraStrata said on Tuesday. ©…

Polarcus Gets Prefunding for Australia Survey

Oct 01, 2019

Polarcus said it has secured high industry prefunding for a multi-client XArray project in Australia. (Photo: Polarcus) The project will commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 with an approximate duration of two months.

Wintershall Dea Trims Norway Portfolio

Oct 01, 2019

Wintershall Dea has agreed to sell its stakes in Norway's Nyhamna gas processing terminal and the Polarled gas pipeline to CapeOmega and Solveig Gas to focus on its upstream oil and gas activities, the German oil and gas company said on Tuesday…

Three Confirmed Dead in Bourbon Rhode Sinking

Oct 01, 2019

The bodies of two more crew members from sunken offshore tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode have been recovered by search teams in the Atlantic Ocean, the vessel's owner Bourbon announced on Tuesday. Three crew members are confirmed deceased, three…

Papua New Guinea Oil Boss Steps Down

Oct 01, 2019

Papua New Guinea’s largest company, Oil Search Ltd, has announced that Peter Botten, its long-serving Managing Director, will retire next year after 25 years in the role. He will be succeeded by senior executive Keiran Wulff in February 2020 and will step down from the board the following August…

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