Platform News

BG starts renewables-powered platform

Jul 08, 2015

First oil has been produced from the Mukta-B (MB), a four legged renewables-powered unmanned wellhead platform in the offshore Bombay basin, India. The project marked several firsts, including the use of green technology involving hybrid…

Ivar Aasen gets its steel jacket

Jun 10, 2015

Det norske installed the 8900-tonne steel jacket for its Ivar Aasen platform in the North Sea. The Ivar Aasen steel jacket. Images from Det norske. The Saipem-built jacket was lifted in place down to the seabed at 112m water depth…

Petrofac to run ONE's Sean facility

Jun 04, 2015

Petrofac has been selected as duty holder for newly appointed southern North Sea Sean field operator Oranje-Nassau Energie (ONE), as of 1 June. Dutch operator ONE made its first step into UK waters when it bought a 50% stake in and took…

Big Foot delayed

Jun 02, 2015

First production for Chevron’s Big Foot in the Gulf of Mexico is being delayed after its subsea installation tendons suffered damages. Big Foot. From Chevron. The US supermajor…

Agency lays claims against Hibernia operators

May 26, 2015

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has laid four charges against the consortium behind the Hibernia field after an oil spill. The charges were made against the Hibernia Management and Development…

Shell seeks Draugen extension

May 20, 2015

Norwegian authorities granted Shell Norske permission to operate the Draugen field for a short period beyond its expected lifetime. But, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) was not able to give consent for Shell to use the Draugen facilities beyond 2024…

Ravn heading for Danish sector

Apr 30, 2015

Wintershall's unmanned Ravn platform is being towed out to the Danish sector of the North Sea ready for installation. The platform, which will produce the Ravn field, in License 5/06, is due to start up by the end of this year. Ravn…

ExxonMobil starts at Hadrian South

Mar 30, 2015

ExxonMobil began production at its deepest subsea tie-back, Hadrian South in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Image from ExxonMobil.   Hadrian South is located about 230mi offshore in the…

Alphastrut opens South Korea office

Mar 19, 2015

Alphastrut has expanded its operations by opening an office in Busan, South Korea. The Scotland-headquartered company has already enjoyed success in having its weight-saving aluminum support system specified for use on major North Sea platform developments for BP…

Shell sets out Brent decommissioning

Feb 03, 2015

Shell is to start a 30-day public consultation on the decommissioning process of the Brent field in the North Sea, beginning mid-February. Brent field. From Shell.   The decommissioning program will begin with the Brent Delta platform…

CNOOC begins Jinzhou 9-3

Feb 03, 2015

CNOOC began production at its 100% owned and operated Jinzhou 9-3, offshore China. Image from CNOOC.   The Jinzhou 9-3 oilfield is located in the North Liaodong Bay in Bohai in 6.5-10…

Vioco progressing Gazelle project

Jan 30, 2015

Africa focused small-cap player Azonto Petroleum is continuing its work on the offshore Ivory Coast Gazelle field, despite difficulties in the market.  A field development plan, submitted by operator and 87% equity holder Vioco, which is 35% owned by Azonto…

McDermott DB50 lifts 3250-tonne jacket

Jan 27, 2015

McDermott’s Derrick Barge 50 (DB50) completed the installation of a drilling and production platform that included the heavy lift of a 3250-tonne jacket in the Gulf of Mexico. The DB50 installation…

Hess cuts budget but stays with deepwater

Jan 27, 2015

New York-headquartered Hess says it is cutting its 2015 capital and exploration budget by 16%, compared to 2014, to US$4.7 billion. While the firm said most of the cash (45%/$2.1 billion) would be spent on its unconventional shale resources…

Ennsub completes Wheatstone work

Jan 26, 2015

Ennsub completed the design, manufacture, testing and installation of bespoke sealing systems for the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform off Australia. The company designed two different systems to provide an external and internal sealing system for 64-off 8 in…

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