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CNOOC opens 33 blocks off China

Sep 11, 2014

State-run China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) issued an exploration tender inviting foreign oil companies to bid for 33 oil and gas blocks. The gas blocks cover an area of 126,108sq km off east and southern China. CNOOC says…

CNOOC begins drilling off China

Sep 11, 2014

CNOOC Ltd. began drilling at the WZ12-10-1 exploration well in the Beibu Gulf Block 22/12, offshore China. Map from Horizon Oil The well is located 4.7km east-northeast from Roc’s existing…

Wartsila wins ballast water management contract

Sep 11, 2014

Singapore-based Pioneer Marine awarded Wärtsilä a contract to supply 22 bulk carriers under construction at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co. in China, with ballast water management systems. 44 Wärtsilä…

Flow Research predicts new technology growth

Sep 10, 2014

A new research study from Flow Research, Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters, 5th Edition finds that the worldwide new-technology flowmeter market totaled US$4 billion in 2013 and is projected to grow substantially to exceed $5.7 billion by 2018…

Roc abandons China Block 09/05

Sep 10, 2014

Roc Oil failed to find commercial hydrocarbons at the QK11-1-1 well in Bohai Bay, offshore China, reported joint venture partner AWE Ltd. The well was drilled to a total depth of 4377m measured depth and 3863 true vertical depth on 7…

Oceanlab, Shanghai Ocean University partnership

Aug 29, 2014

China's Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) has been building the program at its new Hadal Science and Technology Research Centre (HAST). The Hadal Zone is ultra deewater, 6000m-11,000m below the surface and includes deep trenches formed by tectonic subduction…

Badger Explorer, CNPC DR enter partner agreement

Aug 18, 2014

Badger Explorer ASA (BXPL) signed a co-operation agreement for a long term agreement with China National Petroleum Corp. Drilling Research Institute (CNPC DR), whereby CNPC DR will become a sponsoring partner in the development of the Badger Explorer autonomous drilling tool…

AWE acquires interest in China block as drilling begins

Aug 14, 2014

Australian company AWE Ltd. and ROC Oil Company signed a farm-in agreement for AWE to acquire 40% working interest in Block 09/05, Bohai basin, offshore China. Map of Block 09/05. Image from ROC Under the terms of the farm-in agreement…

Teekay inks accommodation unit

Aug 11, 2014

Teekay Offshore Partners have exercised the first of six options to build another floating accommodation unit (FAU) based on the cylindrical Sevan design at the Cosco Shipyard, Nantong, China. The new FAU is scheduled for delivery in Q3 2016…

Fosun to buy Roc Oil for US$441 million

Aug 08, 2014

Chinese industrial conglomerate Fosun International Ltd. is buying Australia’s Roc Oil Co. Ltd. in an all-cash, A$474 million (US$441 million) transaction. Sydney-based Roc Oil has assets from Australia to Malaysia, China, and the UK North Sea…

SKF selected for first international order

Aug 06, 2014

SKF has been selected to deliver Nautilus bearings for Dongfang Electric New Energy Equipment (Hangzhou) Co Ltd.’s first order of wind turbines outside China. Dongfang Electric New Energy Equipment is a leading manufacturer of wind turbines to a broad range of customers in China…

Sinopacific enters Mexican market

Aug 06, 2014

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group has been contracted by Mexican shipping company Naviera Petrolera Integral to construct three SPP17A offshore support vessels (OSV), marking the Chinese company’s first foray into the Mexican market. The vessels…

Making time

Aug 04, 2014

Loading rock on to the Flintstone at Shenzhen, mainland China. Photo from Tideway. Fast local sourcing and past experience helped Tideway turnaround a Chinese rock placement project in quick time…

BGP completes 3D seismic project offshore Gabon

Aug 01, 2014

China’s BGP Pioneer completed Perenco Oil & Gas Gabon 3D seismic acquisition project of approximately 1500sq km offshore Gabon. The project included undershoot operations between platforms and was to be run in water depth varying between depth between 15 to 55m…

Colloquy: Marine noise

Aug 01, 2014

Underwater noise is recognized as an adverse environmental stress and must be addressed in environmental impact assessments (EIAs). Companies have stepped forward with 3D acoustic modeling and measurement systems as countries develop…

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