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Offshore Upswing: CNOOC Spend Highest Since 2014

Jan 23, 2019

China's state-owned offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd said it is confident of achieving its spending target this year, the highest since 2014, as its responds to a call to build up the nation's petroleum output and reserves.The company plans to spend 70 billion to 80 billion yuan ($10.3 billion to $11.8 billion) on exploration and production, CNOOC said in a press release on Wednesday, compared with an expected 63 billion yuan in capital spending for 2018…

Weizhou 12-2 phase two online

Nov 28, 2017

CNOOC's Weizhou 12-2 phase II project started production, the company announced today (28 November). The Weizhou 12-2 phase II project is in Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea with an average water depth of approximately 35.7m. The project…

VIDEO: Heavy lift icon Hermod loaded for transport to China

Nov 27, 2017

After more than 40 years service, an icon of the inustry, Heerema Marine Contractor's semisubmersible crane vessel Hermod, was loaded onto Boskalis' heavy transport vessel Dockwise Vanguard in the port of Rotterdam.  The Vanguard will…

OOS inks MOU with Chinese counterpart

Nov 24, 2017

Dutch heavy life and accomodation vessel firm OOS International has agreed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese offshore services company Jiangsu Fanzhou Shipping to form a strategic alliance.  The two hope to work together to expand the coverage of their vessels globally…

Wison, GTT co-operate on LNG

Oct 27, 2017

Wison Offshore & Marine has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with LNG transport and containment system firm GTT work together on various LNG projects, including LNG floating storage regasification units and floating LNG. Wison says…

New CEO for SMD

Oct 25, 2017

Andrew Hodgson is stepping down as CEO of Tyneside-based subsea engineering firm Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD). He will be will be succeeded by his deputy Mike Jones from 23 October. Jones has worked for SMD for over 25 years. A director since 2004…

Empyrean finds Pearl off China

Sep 07, 2017

Empyrean Energy has encountered a new prospect, Pearl, offshore China, following recently acquired 3D seismic in the area.  Map from Empyrean. The company finalized the preliminary…

Retirement of an icon: Heerema Marine Contractor's Hermod

Sep 07, 2017

Heerema Marine Contractor’s iconic semisubmersible crane vessel Hermod is set to retire after a 40-year operational service history. Hermod's first job in 1979, installing the Piper A platform topsides in the UK North Sea…

CNOOC, SK Innovation enter South China Sea PSC

Sep 06, 2017

CNOOC has signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with South Korea's SK Innovation for Block 17/08 in the South China Sea. Block 17/08 is in the Pearl River Mouth basin, covering a total area of 466sq km with a water depth of 100-130m…

Dresser-Rand inks two China contracts

Aug 16, 2017

The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas, was awarded two orders to supply power generation equipment for the Penglai and Dongfang projects, offshore China. At China National Offshore Oil Corp.’s (CNOOC) Penglai oil field in Bohai Bay…

Husky, CNOOC start up BD gas field

Aug 01, 2017

Joint operator Husky-CNOOC Madura has started first production from the BD gas field in Indonesia. The BD gas field is in the Madura Strait in 55m water depth. It is being produced via an unmanned wellhead platform, a floating production…

Blue Whale semi starts sea trials

Jul 31, 2017

CIMC Raffles has started sea trials for the ultra-deepwater drilling rig Blue Whale II, following the completion equipment testing. The sea trials are expected to last for three weeks. Designed to operate in water depths of 3658m and drill to depths of up to 15…

Wison W-FSRP gets Bureau Veritas AIP

Jul 18, 2017

Wison Offshore & Marine’s newly-developed floating storage regasification and power generation barge, the W-FSRP, has received approval in principle (AIP) from Bureau Veritas. W-FSRP. Image from Wison…

WoodMac unveils energy outlook to 2035

Jun 19, 2017

Wood Mackenzie recently published a comparison of Wood Mackenzie’s Energy View to 2035, versus similar outlooks published by the International Energy Agency (IEA NP), BP, and ExxonMobil. Some key points: All forecasts expect energy demand growth through 2035 – however…

Ramboll inks Chinese wind farm foundation contract

Jun 16, 2017

Ramboll has been appointed by Huadong Engineering Corp. to design foundations for the SPIC Binhai South H3 offshore wind farm in the Yellow Sea north of Shanghai.  The project involves geotechnical investigations, numerical modelling of waves…

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