Production News

Kashagan production to start

Jul 25, 2013

North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) began work to start production of Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea. The first phase will see production from eight wells on an artificial island complex. Wells, pipelines, and the Bolashak Onshore Processing facility have been completed…

CNR International signs PSC

Jul 25, 2013

CNR International signed a production sharing contract (PSC) for Block CI-12 off Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), with a 60% working interest. CNR International will operate the block, located west of the company’s Espoir and Baobab fields, in 250-300m water depths…

Petrobras sets production records

Jul 25, 2013

Petrobras set a new presalt production record in May 2013 with output of 322,100bo/d, an 11,000bo/d increase from its previous record of 311,500bo/d set the prior month. The company also achieved record output in Espírito Santo, with a monthly average figure of 322…

North Caspian Consortium announces milestone for Kashagan start-up

Jul 23, 2013

The North Caspian Operating Company B.V. (NCOC) announced the introduction of sweet gas into the offshore facilities on the artificial D Island and the lighting of the flare, a further major milestone in the start-up of the Kashagan oilfield…

Statoil's Gudrun production topsides sail to location on Saipem 7000

Jul 19, 2013

Statoil used the world’s second largest crane vessel, Saipem 7000, to lift and transport the 10,600-ton topsides module from Aibel’s shipyard in Haugesund, Norway on Wednesday, 17 July. Transit to the Gudrun field, in license area PL025 of the Norwegian North Sea…

Mozambique rising

Jul 17, 2013

All eyes are on Mozambique as significant natural gas finds are set to turn the East African country into a major LNG player, but are oil riches on the horizon? Mozambique’s prolific Rovuma basin holds 12 offshore discoveries within a 50km radius…

Deepwater production gets high-pressure boost

Jul 17, 2013

Petrobras leads subsea pumping development to overcome deepwater production problems Subsea boosting has evolved since the first subsea multiphase pump was installed, in 1994, by Shell at Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea. That pump…

BP, CNOOC sign new PSC

Jul 16, 2013

BP and China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) Ltd. signed a production sharing agreement for Block 54/11 in the South China Sea, the two companies confirmed on July 16. The block covers 4586sq km in water depths ranging from 370-2300m…

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…

FPSO Cidade de Paraty beginning production from the Lula Nordeste field

Jul 10, 2013

Cidade de Paraty in production FPSO Cidade de Paraty went on stream, beginning production from the Lula Nordeste field in the Santos Basin presalt play. It is about 300km off Brazil, in the northeast corner of Block BM-S-11. The FPSO can process up to 120…

MMHE readies FPS for load out

Jul 10, 2013

Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering (MMHE) shows how the Gumusut-Kakap semi-FPS, which was delivered to Sabah Shell Petroleum Company in July, came together from beginning to load out at its Pasir Gudang yard.

CNOOC strikes PSC with PetroBroad

Jul 08, 2013

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with PetroBroad Copower Ltd. (PetroBroad Copower) for Block 28/03 in Pearl River Mouth Basin. Block 28/03 is located in Pearl River Mouth Basin in the east part of the South China Sea…

FPS delivered to Gumusut-Kakap field off Malaysia

Jul 08, 2013

A semisubmersible floating production system for Malaysia’s Gumusut-Kakap deepwater field was delivered to be installed at the project development site offshore Sabah. The Gumusut-Kakap field is Malaysia’s second deepwater development after the Kikeh oil field…

Petrobras hits production record in May

Jul 03, 2013

Oil and natural gas production in May On May 18, 2013, Petrobras set a new pre-salt production record, with output of 322,100 bo/d. 11,000 bo/d up from the previous record of 311,500 bo/d  set on April 17, 2013. In addition to encouraging figures for pre-salt production…

PTTEP's Montara in production

Jun 25, 2013

PTTEP Australasia (PTTEP AA) achieved first oil from the Montara field in the Timor Sea off Western Australia, the company announced on June 20. The Montara Venture FPSO started production at the H2 well at the beginning of June, achieving steady rates by June 12…

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