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OE Activity: 2017 / January

OE Activity: 2017 / January (96)

Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:16

Beibu Gulf hits production milestone

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Production on 10 January 2017 from the Beibu Gulf fields, offshore China, reached a total of 13.9 MMbbl, according to Horizon Oil.

Up until this point, the Block 22/12 participants have been paying a fixed operating tariff of US$4.75/bbl to China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), the fields' operator, for transportation of oil through CNOOC’s Weizhou pipeline, storage and loading facilities. This amount is part of the total cash operating cost which has averaged approximately $12/bbl over the current financial year.

Having reached the 13.9 MMbbl cumulative production milestone, the fixed tariff for all future production will reduce to $0.50/bbl and the total per barrel operating cost will reduce accordingly.

Not only does Horizon Oil receive the benefit of reduced operating cost for its 26.95% working interest share of oil production, the additional effect is an increase in funds in the cost recovery pool under the petroleum contract, to which Horizon Oil currently has a 55% entitlement. The net result is an expected increase in cash flows to Horizon Oil of approximately $0.5 million per month.

The Beibu Gulf fields came onstream in March 2013 continue to produce in line with or above forecast levels, at a current rate of 8500 b/d gross.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:06

PSA completes Snorre B audit

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The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out audits within several disciplines at Snorre B, which is operated by Statoil. 

From 24 October to 7 November 2016, the PSA carried out an audit of Statoil's handling of major accident and working environment risk at Snorre B. The audit, part of the PSA's efforts to follow up late-life facilities, focused on process integrity, working environment, materials handling, maintenance, and drills and wells.

The audit revealed non-conformities relating to the follow-up of working environment factors and the operator cabin for pipe handling crane.

An improvement point was also identified concerning the use of process shutdown valves as emergency shutdown valves.

Statoil has been given a deadline of 1 February 2017 to report on how the non-conformities will be dealt with and how the improvement point will be assessed.

Snorre is an oil field in the Tampen area of the North Sea, around 150km west of Florø. The field has been developed using two floating integrated production facilities, Snorre A and B, and one subsea template tied back to Snorre A.

The Snorre B facility is in the northern part of the Snorre field. Production at Snorre B began in 2001, and the facility's design life runs to 2021. Statoil has given notice that they are planning to apply to extend the operating life of the facility.

Image: Snorre B/Statoil

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:06

Pacific Radiance contracts re-establish ME presence

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Pacific Radiance, a provider of integrated offshore marine support services, has re-established its presence in the Middle East with its recently inked multi-year contracts worth up to US$68 million, including options. 

Under the multi-year contracts with independent and national oil companies, five of Pacific Radiance's offshore support vessels (OSVs) will support production campaigns in the Arabian Gulf. These vessels, which were previously off-hire, have already started work, adding to the Pacific Radiance's overall vessel utilization. 

Besides the Middle East, Pacific Radiance also made further inroads into Mexico which recently liberalized its offshore oil and gas sector, allowing private and foreign direct investments and equity participation. Just last month, Pacific Radiance transferred its key operations and assets in Mexico to Navigatis Radiance, its 50%-owned indirect joint venture with Navigatis, to sharpen its position for growth opportunities in that market.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:41

ACE Winches gets Prelude spooling contract

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ACE Winches, a deck machinery specialist, has secured a spooling contract with Oceaneering for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project.

The contract will be the first time ACE Winches’ 500-tonne reel drive system is used. The tool is an upgrade of its existing 400-tonne system that has been engineered and manufactured at ACE Winches facilities in Aberdeenshire. The product range has been developed for high tension spooling and the deployment and recovery of subsea products such as umbilicals, risers and flow lines, flexible pipelines, power cables, telecommunication cables, tubing, wire ropes and mooring lines. It can accommodate a gross weight of 500-tonne.

“As our clients projects continue to venture to even greater depths, we understand the need for this equipment to operate in harsh conditions and as a result, have developed it to ensure we are accommodating the ever growing needs of the oil and gas industry,” said Alfie Cheyne, CEO, ACE Winches.

The scope of work will see ACE Winches spool 4400m of umbilical, with a diameter of 229mm on to a 12.2m reel. The weight of the umbilical is the heaviest Oceaneering has ever spooled with a total weight of 426-tonne. 

ACE Winches modified its existing 400-tonne reel drive system to meet the client’s specific requirements with an added base frame and packers to allow the 12.2m reel to be spooled on the quayside. 

“ACE Winches has invested heavily in the design and manufacture of reel drive systems and we are excited to be expanding our capabilities to allow for 14m maximum flange diameter and a 500-tonne load,” said Chris Waller, engineering manager, ACE Winches.

The company also supplied a total of 10 qualified commissioning engineers and technicians to assemble the ACE 500-tonne reel drive system quayside, before operations started, with a further six operating technicians providing a 24-hour service to complete the first phase of spooling. 

The patent pending 500-tonne system consists of two towers that disassemble into eight modules for easy transportation. The towers use a slave and master configuration, with two gear boxes in each drive hub.

Image: 500-tonne reel drive system/ACE Winches

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:27

GE to maximize Transocean's productivity

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GE Oil & Gas and Transocean signed a US$180 million contractual service agreement (CSA), to further maximize productivity and lower operating costs for Transocean. 

As a pioneer of new business models and performance-based service agreements, GE will provide condition-based monitoring and maintenance services for pressure control equipment on seven of Transocean’s rigs over the next 10-12 years.

“This agreement builds on the new service model we introduced last year to address today’s industry shift toward maximizing productivity and lowering operating costs while also maintaining operating flexibility,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO, GE Oil & Gas. “When cost and risk are at the top of operators’ minds, we share the responsibility by investing in equipment uptime and performance.”

The agreement, signed in late-2016, leverages GE’s digital capabilities to shift from event and calendar-based maintenance to condition-based monitoring and maintenance.  Working with GE on parts forecasting and service scheduling will allow Transocean to optimize operations by proactively planning and minimizing between-well maintenance.

“We are evolving our business and enhancing our digital offerings to match the needs of our customers,” Simonelli said. “Digitization truly is the single largest step change for the industry and the foundation for its future.”

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 03:45

Proserv, SapuraKencana join forces in Asia

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Malaysia's SapuraKencana Petroleum (SKPB) and UK-based engineering firm Proserv are joining forces to provide enhanced technology services offerings to clients in Asia Pacific.

The firms will jointly provide a range of services across the drilling, production, maintenance and decommissioning market sectors with a strong focus on subsea production and subsea maintenance services.

Proserv will offer its suite of advanced subsea production equipment and controls and SKPB will bring its technical support, resources and assets to the partnership.

Vivek Arora, senior VP of business acquisition at SKPB, said: “The partnership with Proserv allows our group to strengthen the diversity of its range of services to clients, especially in operations and maintenance services. We can now provide clients with more technical expertise and resources to support a range of subsea projects, in particular facility optimization, to extend lifespan of fields, services and support.

The partnership will also help clients to find smarter ways to navigate through the current changing oil and gas global environment with solutions to improve efficiency and asset obsolescence management.”

David Lamont, CEO at Proserv said: “Our specialist capabilities complement SKPB’s diverse range of services, allowing us to further enhance our offering to clients particularly in the subsea services sector, whilst continuing to grow our presence in Malaysia and throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Proserv is a technology services company first and foremost and this partnership firmly underlines our commitment to clients in the region through the delivery of highly reliable, efficient and competitive technology solutions."

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:02

Webtool features cable gripper at Subsea Expo

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Webtool, a hydraulic cutting tools provider, will highlight its latest cable gripper and retrieval tools, and electrically operated subsea cutters at Subsea Expo 2017. 

The stand will feature the Webtool cable gripper, which allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged power and telecoms cable up to 8in diameter. The hydraulically operated cable lifting tool is designed for cable retrieval and decommissioning projects. Fabricated from corrosion resistant steel and stainless steel, the mechanically locked gripping action ensures the cable cannot escape during retrieval. 

“With the growth in offshore wind further offshore, recovering damaged power cable can be time consuming and expensive. The cable gripper offers offshore wind operators a quicker and more cost-effective means of lifting and lowering previously damaged cables,” said Keith Elliot, engineering director at Allspeeds, the exclusive designer and manufacturer of the Webtool range of cutting tools.

The stand will also feature the company’s latest developments in electric cutters, which gives all electric remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) a Webtool cutting capability for softline ropes and guidewires, as well as their ROV resettable Emergency Disconnect Cutter for well intervention systems. The Webtool emergency cutter is designed to be a simpler and quicker emergency disconnection than more complex multi-line stab-plate systems for mixed material bundles. By making the cutter ROV resettable it avoids the need to return the cutter to the surface vessel for resetting.

Webtool will be at stand 52 at Subsea Expo 2017 in Aberdeen, from 1-3 February.

Image: Cable gripper/Webtool

Monday, 09 January 2017 09:52

Seatronics, Force Technology form partnership

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Seatronics, an Acteon company and provider of marine electronic equipment, has formed a partnership agreement with Force Technology, an international technological consultancy company. 

The agreement will provide Seatronics’ global customer base with access to Force Technology’s Field Gradient Sensor (FiGS) system. FiGS is a non-contact CP inspection tool and the FiGS system detects coating damages on exposed and buried pipelines and structures, measures anode performance and helps optimize CP retrofitting.  

“Seatronics has always been synonymous with the latest innovative technology and we are actively developing our portfolio of equipment, which can assist our clients in assessing the long-term integrity of their assets,” said Phil Middleton, group managing director, Seatronics. “We feel the FiGS system is unmatched in this respect and look forward to working with [Leiv Laate, vice president, Force Technology] and his team”. 

The FiGS system will be available for rental throughout Seatronics’ global bases in Aberdeen, Houston, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

Image: Leiv Laate (left) and Phil Middleton (right)/Seatronics

Monday, 09 January 2017 09:06

SapuraKencana wins US$300 million in contracts

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SapuraKencana Petroleum has been awarded several contracts via its subsidiaries worth a total of about US$300 million. 

SapuraKencana Subsea Services inked a two-year contract to provide underwater services for Petronas Carigali. The scope of work consists of underwater services together with vessels, air and saturation diving, remotely operated vehicles, and other related underwater services, including inspection, maintenance and repair to support Petronas’ underwater facilities in Peninsular Malaysia.

SapuraKencana GeoSciences has also been awarded a contract by Petronas for the provision of soil investigation services in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah. The contract is for a period of one-year with an option to extend for a further one-year period.

SapuraKencana TL Offshore (SKTLO) was awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the provision of offshore installation work of BNCPP-B jacket, foundation piles and bridge structure between BNCPP-B to BNG-B. The work location is in East Malaysia and the contract is scheduled to start in Q1 2017.

SKTLO will also provide transportation and installation of pipeline, substructure and topside for Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia’s Bunga Pakma development project. The project comprises of transportation and installation of Bunga Pakma, a wellhead riser platform which includes jacket, piles, topside, wet gas pipeline and subsea composite cable. The contract is for a period of 12 months.

SapuraKencana Drilling was awarded a contract by Brunei Shell Petroleum for the provision of its Tender Assist Drilling Rig SKD Alliance. The contract is scheduled to commence in April 2018 for a firm period of five years with options to extend for an additional five years.

Image from SapuraKencana.

Monday, 09 January 2017 09:03

Polarcus inks West Africa 3D project

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Polarcus received a letter of intent for a broadband 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa.

The project is due to start in Q1 2017 and will run for approximately one month.

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