Gulf Of Mexico News

Kymera bit produces ROP gain

Jul 30, 2013

Baker Hughes Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc., successfully deployed the Hughes Christensen Kymera™ hybrid drill bit for Statoil to improve rate of penetration (ROP) and drilling performance in an appraisal well in deepwater Logan field…

BSEE: Offshore decommissioning accelerates in Gulf of Mexico

Jul 26, 2013

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has jurisdiction over decommissioning of “idle iron” wells and structures, pipelines, and the Rigs-to-Reefs program. According to BSEE, there were about 2,996 production platforms on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)…

Clearing infrastructure– from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Sea

Jul 25, 2013

Technology can be transferred from the Gulf of Mexico to new markets such as the North Sea and beyond. Scott Adams, sales manager of Decommissioning Services, and Caroline Grant, Operations Manager, provide insight from Gulfstream Services Inc…

Discovery increases Appomattox reserves

Jul 24, 2013

Shell made a 100millionbbl, deepwater oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico, adding to the potential of its Appomattox find. The Vicksburg A discovery is nearby Appomattox, which contains about 500million bbl of potentially recoverable resources…

Relief well planned for leaking GOM well

Jul 24, 2013

The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approved Walter Oil & Gas Corp.’s permit application to drill a relief well at South Timbalier 220 in the US Gulf of Mexico, using the Rowan EXL-3 jack-up rig. The well is expected to be drilled on Thursday…

SBM wins Shell FPSO contract for Stones

Jul 23, 2013

SBM Offshore was contracted by Shell to supply an FPSO for the Stones development project in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract, valued at about US $1 billion, includes an initial period of 10 years with future extension options up to 20 years…

Apache to sell GoM shelf assets for $3.75B

Jul 22, 2013

Houston-based Apache Corp.will sell all of its Gulf of Mexico Shelf operations and properties to Fieldwood Energy LLC (Fieldwood), an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings, for US $3.75 billion. Operations include wells that are producing about 100…

Shell's Olympus TLP arrives in Texas

Jul 16, 2013

Shell's Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) left Ingleside, Texas, for the Mars field in the US Gulf of Mexico earlier this week (July 13). But before the 120,000-ton facility set sail to its new home, this video from Shell captures the…

Mooring line failures attract industry attention

Jul 16, 2013

Mooring lines on floating production systems continue to fail, costing the industry lost time and production— why and what is being done? Elaine Maslin reports. The use of floating production systems in the offshore oil and gas industry…

Emergency Release Connectors designed for high bending moment

Jul 16, 2013

In the wake of the Macondo incident, the drilling industry has focused on making improvements to offshore safety and developing methods to recover from similar incidents. However, emergency release connector (ERC) technologies, which…

Olympus TLP begins journey

Jul 15, 2013

Shell’s largest tension leg platform began its trek from the Kiewett Offshore Services yard in Ingleside, Texas to Shell’s Mars field in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend of July 13, 2013. The Olympus, a 120,000-ton, 406 ft-high platform is being transported by tugboats…

Keppel secures Grupo R jackup

Jul 15, 2013

Mexican drilling company Grupo R awarded Keppel Offshore & Marine subsidiary Keppel FELS a construction contract worth US$206 million for a newbuild jackup rig. The KFELS B Class design jackup is scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2015. Keppel…

ERT stops leaking well in GoM

Jul 12, 2013

BSEE confirmed on July 12 that Energy Resource Technology, LLC (ERT) stopped the flow of natural gas from well No. 2 at Ship Shoal Block 225, Platform B. The flow from the well, located approximately 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, Louisana…

Leak reported off Louisiana

Jul 11, 2013

An Energy Resource Technology (ERT) well, located within the Ship Shoal block 225, has been leaking a mixture of gas, salt water, and light condensate to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico since Monday July 8, 2013. Talos Energy—Houston…

Oceaneering, McDermott win Julia work

Jul 01, 2013

ExxonMobil chose Oceaneering International Inc. to supply production control umbilicals for its US$4 billion Julia development in the Gulf of Mexico. The order is for an electro-hydraulic, steel tube umbilical approximately 14 miles (22…

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