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OE Activity: 2016 / October

OE Activity: 2016 / October (73)

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:38

Companies form decom consortium

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Four companies have joined forces to offer a decommissioning service under one collaborative offering.

Integrated DECOM, formed by DNV GL, Costain, Axis Well Technology and BMT Cordah, will offer front-end engineering and environmental solutions providing integrated support for oil and gas operators looking to retire redundant facilities without the burden of an in-house overhead. 

The firms say they have the capacity to deliver the entire decommissioning work scope up to the approval of the project’s decommissioning program, from subsurface to structure, through a single point solution.  

Frazer Mackay, of Costain, which is leading the consortium, says: “The companies within Integrated DECOM bring complementary, critical technical skills which are required to plan and deliver compliant and cost effective decommissioning. This unique combined knowledge ensures that every solution will be considered in a comparative assessment process, delivering a lower risk and cost decommissioning outcome for owners and stakeholders.”

Monday, 31 October 2016 12:03

SeaBird reaches Hawk Explorer decom agreement

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SeaBird Exploration has reached an agreement for the sale and decommissioning of the vessel Hawk Explorer. The decommissioning of the vessel is a part of the company's efforts to reduce cost and adjust fleet capacity to better reflect current market demand. The company will retain the seismic equipment of the vessel.

On 1 September 2016, it was announced that the company entered into an agreement to purchase the Hawk Explorer and related equipment.  The purchase contract also called for the cancellation of all future lease payments and additional obligations as required under the then prevailing charter agreement.

The purchase, the cancellation of the lease agreement and the subsequent sale of the vessel, is estimated to result in a net pre-tax loss of approximately US$8.9 million in Q3 2016.


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Seabird acquires Hawk Explorer

SeaBird extends Hawker Explorer lease


Image: Hawk Explorer/SeaBird Exploration


Monday, 31 October 2016 09:45

Mubadala, Petrofac sign Jasmine O&M contract

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Mubadala Petroleum has reached agreement with Petrofac for the modification and extension of contracts related to the FPF-003 floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), which continued extension of the Jasmine development’s field life.

The parties have signed a new ‘life of field’ agreement for the provision of operations and maintenance (O&M) services, which has the potential to run until 2023, with a six-month termination option. An extension to the associated charter lease for the vessel’s Bareboat Charter (BBC) has been signed between Mubadala and PetroFirst Infrastructure Ltd.

The new arrangements will result in a significant reduction in operating costs for Jasmine, underpinning the continuing commercial viability of this mature field even in the current oil price environment. 

“Jasmine has been a remarkable success story, having produced over 60 MMbbl, several times more than original estimates of recoverable reserves,” said Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, Mubadala Petroleum. “We believe there is more to come but it is a complex set of reservoirs and a mature asset, so a competitive and flexible approach to operations is vital.”

Monday, 31 October 2016 08:20

Statoil temporarily suspends Songa Enabler

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Statoil decided to temporarily suspend the Songa Enabler mobile rig, which was originally scheduled for drilling for the Johan Castberg license.

The Songa Enabler, from Songa.

The suspension will apply from completion of a production drilling campaign on the Snøhvit field, which is estimated to the end of November.

The rig will be suspended for a period of around four months, pending start-up of an exploration campaign in the Barents Sea. Statoil plans to drill five-seven exploration wells in this area in 2017.

Efforts are further being made to mature other tasks that may involve the rig.

Songa Enabler is a newly constructed Category D rig that was ordered by Statoil in 2012. Statoil subleased the first five years to the Johan Castberg license. The rig was delivered in 2016.

The Johan Castberg partners have previously decided to spend more time on maturing the Johan Castberg project. According to the current plan the project is being matured until a decision is made in 2016 whether to continue the project (DG2).

If the partners decide a final investment decision for the project (DG3) in 2017, the drilling campaign is scheduled for start-up on the field in 2H 2019.

Friday, 28 October 2016 03:46

Oceaneering inks BP Angola extension

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Oceaneering International has been awarded a two-year extension through January 2019 under the field support vessel services contract for work on Blocks 18 and 31 offshore Angola.

Under the contract extension, the Ocean Intervention III vessel will remain chartered through April 2017, with five option periods for further extension of one-month each.

Additional vessels and services, if any, would be provided during the remaining period of the contract, on as-needed basis.

Kevin McEvoy, CEO of Oceaneering, said: “We are pleased to have secured this contract extension with BP. In support of this contract, we are also providing a wide range of vessel-related subsea services, including remotely operated vehicles, tooling, asset integrity, and diving services. This extension strengthens our long-term commitment in Angola, which we see as a vital deepwater market for Oceaneering’s services and products.”

Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:33

LEEDCo appoints ODE as Icebreaker Wind rep

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The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) in Cleveland, Ohio has appointed Offshore Design Engineering Ltd. (ODE), an engineering and operations support services contractor that is part of the DORIS Group located in the UK, as the engineering representative for Icebreaker Wind, a 20.7MW offshore wind project in Lake Erie, and the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America.

The appointment is the latest development in a three-year relationship between ODE and LEEDCo, the regional non-profit corporation that has proposed this six-turbine wind demonstration project located 8-10mi off the shore of Cleveland in Lake Erie.  LEEDCo, is partnering with Fred.Olsen Renewables USA, and has received over US$10 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE), with an additional $40 million in federal funding contingent on meeting future milestones.

Icebreaker Wind will provide the electricity needs for 7000 homes. The freshwater project is capable of withstanding significant foundation icing conditions (surface ice and keel ice loads on the structure) and has acquired a submerged lands lease option in the Great Lakes.

ODE has provided support and solutions to a number of the international offshore wind developments, including the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm in UK waters. 

ODE has supported LEEDCo with technical expertise, knowledge of offshore wind projects internationally and relevant information needed to support the demonstration project, which is part of the DOE program to promote the installation of innovative offshore wind systems in the US.

The latest phase of work will involve ODE facilitating the certified verification agent process for the project. This includes the completion of the basis of design, design methodology, independent loads analysis and support in other aspects of the project’s development by providing appropriate technical and commercial expertise.

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Embracing wind


Image: Icebreaker Wind/Offshore Design Engineering Ltd.



Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:53

Mekers launches liftboat

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Mekers Offshore launched its first in a series of liftboats at Dajin Heavy Industries yard in Jiangsu, China. 

The self-elevating liftboat is a four-legged, DP2, self-propelled vessel with a working depth of 70m. It can house up to 250 people and is suitable for work over and well intervention with a large open deck area capable of carrying equipment and supplies for various offshore exploration, production and support activities. The unit is capable of rapid deployment to provide a stable platform in its elevated position for maintenance and construction work.

The first liftboat is expected to be delivered in Q1 2017 with the second unit to follow later the same year.

Aqualis Offshore was last year contracted by Mekers Offshore to supervise the construction of the two units. 

“We are very pleased with the launching of this first liftboat, which was carried out safely, on schedule and in a professional manner by all parties. Aqualis Offshore has done a solid job in making the launching and construction project to date a success,” says Dr. Cang, Deputy General Manager at Zhejiang-based Mekers Offshore. 

Image from Aqualis. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:47

Atlantis foundations in place, next step turbines

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Tidal energy developer Atlantis Resources is on track to first power from its MeyGen project offshore Scotland by the end of the year completing foundation installation work. 

All four turbine foundations were installed at the project site in the Pentland Firth. they were installed using Geosea's Neptune jackup vessel, which has been demobilized from the project site.

"This offshore operation was a resounding success and importantly has validated the use of jack up vessels for the purpose of installing tidal turbine foundations offshore in high flow locations," says Atlantis. "The use of a jackup rig for the installations is significant for the future of the industry offering a flexible and fast installation solution."

Next, the turbines will be installed and connected to the grid in time for first power delivery from the world's largest tidal power project by the end of the year, says Atlantis.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:39

Brazil an important market, says Sandvik

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Sandvik presented its wide range of corrosion-resistant products including umbilical tubing, OCTG tubing, downhole control lines, hydraulic lines for drilling risers, tubing for sand screens, subsea piping material, welding products and slicklines at the 18th edition of the Rio Oil & Gas Expo and Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Sandvik also displayed the complex components of powder metallurgy hot isostatic pressing (HIP) for subsea equipment.

According to Nigel Haworth, Sandvik’s global business unit head of oil and gas, Brazil continues to be an important market for the company, where it has a regional office as well as a facility that was opened around a year ago, to further enhance its products in the oil and gas market.

The facility, situated in Rio de Janeiro, can encapsulate flatpacks, perform flushing and filling of tubes, hydrostatic testing, re-spool lines to cut-to-length, color code tubes, and other services. The facility was set up with the aim to expand Sandvik’s presence in the region, and to be situated where its main customers have their bases.

Since then, Sandvik has supplied around 420km of flatpacks, including more than 1310 km of tubes and TEC to pre-salt projects in Brazil. The Libra oil field in the Santos Basin is the most promising oil field in Brazil, and Sandvik has supplied 100% of the control lines and chemical injection lines for the Long Duration Test (LDT) phase.

“Our expansion in Brazil is part of Sandvik's strategy to strengthen our position in the oil and gas market, bolster the growing control lines market and invest in high-level services for our customers. Since last year, we are already supplying control lines and chemical injection tubes with local content from the facility. We can also deliver coated umbilical tubing right from Brazil to meet 100% local Brazilian content, which is very important to tackle conditions specific to the local industry," says Leandro Finzetto, Regional Sales Manager, Oil & Gas, Americas, Sandvik.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 07:25

Rawson grabs offshore PNG license

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Rawson Resources was awarded the petroleum prospecting license (PPL) 560 in the gas-rich Cape Vogel basin, offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG). 

The Australian firm holds 60% interest in PPL 560, which covers 4680sq km. Rawson's deal includes a six-year term, with a further six-year renewal period, with the first well commitment in the license due in 2020.

Rawson believes PPL 560 ranks extremely well against other frontier exploration projects with the very large size of the potential resource and its proximity to Asian LNG markets.

An independent resource assessment by Fekete Associates puts the total mean P50 resource potential at 6.5 Tcf of gas. The Buna prospect is potentially the largest undrilled prospect in PNG since the Elk-Antelope discovery.

The coastal, shallow water location of the licensee allows for low cost drilling of the major Buna structure utilizing a jack-up rig, with a large discovery capable of supporting a standalone LNG development.

Early seismic data in the area suggested the presence of a gas cap over the Buna structure. Recent 2D seismic data appear to confirm anomalies consistent with a gas-bearing reservoir at Buna as well as firming up additional prospects.

PPL 560 is the third license awarded to Rawson in PNG, having already secured PPL 549 and PPL 391 in the onshore Aitape basin.

Image: Map of PPL 560 permit area / Rawson

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