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OE Activity: 2016 / December

OE Activity: 2016 / December (59)

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 14:30

NRC opens Mexican facility

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National Response Corp. (NRC) has established a Tier 2 oil spill response base in the Bay of Campeche region of Mexico. 

Driven by new shallow and deepwater drilling developments in Mexico, NRC’s Tier 2 base will support NRC exploration and production (E&P) clients now operating in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche.  NRC’s base is located in Paraíso, near the Port of Dos Bocas in the coastal state of Tabasco, Mexico.

Partnering with Marinsa Specialized Vessels, NRC has established its Tier 2 base as a shared services operation, providing an extensive array of equipment, stockpiled dispersant, dedicated expert personnel, incident management, consultancy and training, and call-out services.  Marinsa provides a range of support vessels including a large fleet of supply vessels, utility boats, crew boats, and pilot boats.

“Our strategically positioned response equipment and aerial dispersants are ready to support our E & P clients from our newest Tier 2 base in Campeche, Mexico,” said NRC CEO Paul Taveira.  “NRC’s global response capabilities make us uniquely qualified to support the new drilling and production operations in Mexico.” 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12:09

CIMC joins Tianjin Lanshui Offshore partnership

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CIMC Offshore Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of China International Marine Containers (CIMC) Co., intends to partner with Shenzhen Mangrove Venture Capital Co. and China Industrial International Trust Co. to jointly establish Tianjin Lanshui Offshore Partnership with total subscribed capital of US$794.4 million (RMB5.52 billion). CIMC Offshore contributing $1437 (RMB10,000) as a general partner and Shenzhen Mangrove and China Industrial Trust contributing $514 million (RMB3575 million) and $280.3 million (RMB1950 million) respectively as limited partners of Tianjin Lanshui, which has a duration of 5 years.

Purposes of the partnership is to engage in investment and services related to offshore engineering, and to generate investment returns for the partners. CIMC Offshore will carry out the Partnership’s affairs, and represent the Partnership regarding external affairs. From the day the Partnership receives the first installment of the capital contribution, CIMC Offshore will collect 0.01% of the total paid-in capital contribution from the partners as an annual management fee.

Upon the establishment of Tianjin Lanshui, CIMC Qianhai Financial Leasing (Shenzhen) Co. and Tianjin Yongwang Machinery and Equipment Leasing Co., both being wholly-owned subsidiaries of CIMC Co., intend to cooperate with Tianjin Lanshui on joint construction and operation of offshore platforms, including: Tianjin Lanshui and CIMC Qianhai Leasing to contribute additional capital into Tianjin Yongwang of $794.4 million (RMB5.52 billion) and $140.1 million (RMB974.9 million) respectively, holding 85% and 15% equity interest in the enlarged capital of Tianjin Yongwang; Tianjin Lanshui and CIMC Qianhai Leasing to jointly construct and operate, through Tianjin Yongwang, a D90 1# deepwater dual-rig semisubmersible drilling platform and a CR600 deepwater semisubmersible living platform.

D90 1# deepwater dual-rig semisubmersible drilling platform is 117m x 92.7m x118m, and has a maximum displacement of 70,000-tonnes. It is a 7th generation ultra-deepwater dual-rig semisubmersible drilling platform, equipped with DP3 dynamic positioning system and certified by Det Norske Veritas. It is rated for a maximum water depth of 12,000ft (3658m) and drilling depth of 50,000ft (15,250m).

The CR600 semisubmersible living platform is 106.45m x 68.9m, with a deck area of 2100sq m. It is equipped with 2x60MT deck cranes with DP3 dynamic positioning system, accommodation capacity of 600 dwellers, and a living area meeting the requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). It is designed to operate in sea areas of Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa; and has also considered the need for use at the UK North Sea.

Friday, 23 December 2016 09:17

Barakah inks Murphy gig off Malaysia

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Barakah Offshore Petroleum has won a two-year, US$4.4 million (RM20.0 million) contract from Murphy Oil to provide work on the company's Kikeh spar platform, offshore Malaysia.

The work will be done by Barakah's wholly-owned subsidiary company, PBJV Group, for Murphy Sabah Oil Co. and Murphy Sarawak Oil Co. PBJV will provide the provision of the production riser tensioner overhaul, maintenance and upgrade to the Kikeh spar platform. 

The Kikeh production and drilling riser tensioner (PRT & DRT) system is a critical component of single point anchor reservoir/dry tree unit (SPAR/DTU). PRT & DRT is vital in maintaining the stability of SPAR and wellhead riser.  The contract involves the overhaul of Kikeh DTU to like new condition, and the modification and improvement of PRT to extend the service life.

The contract, which comes with an option for a one-year extension, is expected to start this month.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 13:56

Hoover Ferguson acquires Uniteam business

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Hoover Ferguson Group (Hoover Ferguson), a provider of container, workspace and packaging solutions for the energy and petrochemical industries and general industrial enterprises, has acquired the rights and obligations of Uniteam Holding’s (Uniteam’s) offshore container rental business.   

The transaction, which includes a specified fleet of standard and customized offshore containers in Norway and Malaysia, increases Hoover Ferguson’s established portfolio within the Norwegian oil and gas market and strengthens the Hoover Ferguson’s footprint in Asia.

Hoover Ferguson’s Norwegian management team will continue to lead Uniteam’s operations, supporting its customer base through the transitional period.

In October 2016, three global providers of container solutions; Hoover Container Solutions, Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers, finalized a merger to form Hoover Ferguson Group. The newly merged company specializes in container, workspace and packaging solutions for the energy, petrochemical and general industrial enterprises; with a comprehensive service offering delivered through a strategic global network.

The offshore assets of Uniteam’s rental fleet will be incorporated into Hoover Ferguson’s Offshore strategic business unit, which designs, engineers and manufactures workspace and accommodation modules, IBCs and CCUs for the global oil and gas industry.

Image: Logo/Hoover Ferguson Group

Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:45

Statoil to use Deepsea Atlantic for Johan Sverdrup

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum a drilling permit for well 16/2-22 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 16/2-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Atlantic drilling facility in position 58°55’33.5’’ north and 2°24’33.2’’ east in a northwest extension of the Johan Sverdrup field in the central North Sea.

The drilling program for well 16/2-22 S concerns the drilling of an appraisal well on Johan Sverdrup in production license 265 (PL265). Statoil Petroleum is the operator (40%) and the other licensees are Petoro (30%), Aker BP (20%) and Lundin Norway (10%).

The area in this license consists of part of block 16/2. The well will be drilled about 2km northwest of the 16/2-9 S well in the Tonjer West segment on Johan Sverdrup.

PL265 was awarded in on 24 April 2001 (North Sea Awards 2000). This is the 16th exploration well to be drilled in the license area and the 12th exploration well on or near Johan Sverdrup in license 265.

The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

Image: Map of well 16/2-22 S/Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:13

Lamprell delivers NDC Al Gharbia jackup

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Lamprell completed the construction on the jackup drilling rig, Al Gharbia, and its delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Co. (NDC).

Completion and delivery of the jackup rig, on time and on budget, was marked at an inauguration ceremony held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the UAE on 22 December. The rig will depart the facility in late December en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi.

The contract for the NDC Al Gharbia rig was signed in November 2014 and this is the seventh rig in a series of nine rigs being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC. All nine rigs have been designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. The remaining two rigs are proceeding on schedule and will be delivered as planned in 2017.

“NDC launched this strategic project to maintain the highest levels of reliability and resilience, as well as to ensure that we provide high quality, cost-efficient, and versatile drilling services to our clients, ADNOC Group companies, without compromising on HSE standards and asset integrity,” said Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, CEO, NDC.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:39

Siemens gets Rentel wind order

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Siemens has entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order for the 309MW Rentel wind project. The customer is Rentel, part of the Otary partnership, a conglomerate of specialists from the Belgian renewable energy industry including investment and development companies. Siemens will supply, install, commission and service 42 SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines of the large direct drive platform. The output of the Rentel offshore wind power plant will be sufficient to supply approximately 300,000 households in Belgium with clean power. A long-term service agreement for a period of 17 years will provide customized offshore service and logistics solutions for the turbines, and includes Siemens' data-driven advanced remote diagnostics and monitoring.

The Rentel offshore wind power plant is located about 40km off the Belgian North Sea coast. The 42 Siemens wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations in water depths ranging from 22-36m. The first turbines are expected to deliver power to the Belgian grid by mid-2018, while the entire offshore project is planned to become fully operational by the end of 2018.

Image: Siemens SWT-7.0-154 wind turbine/Siemens

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 03:10

Imenco launches corrosion business

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In September 2016, privately owned Norwegian contractor Imenco launched a new division Imenco Corrosion Technology to concentrate on the promotion of its field proven anode systems globally to the offshore renewable energy sector and into late life assets in the oil and gas industry.

Imenco Corrosion Technology delivers ROV installable solutions that are cost effective as they have short installation time, are technically sound, both mechanically strong and maintain a long term electrical continuity, and are simple to install. The clamps can be installed by ROV pilots or divers without any specialist training.

With offices in Norway, Aberdeen in UK, Lafayette in USA and in Singapore, Imenco Corrosion Technology will aim to provide all the major offshore wind, tidal energy, marine energy along with oil and gas companies’ sacrificial anode equipment to protect their subsea structures at new build stages or as a retrofit solution.

Imenco Corrosion Technology have several preferred manufacturers that make parts for the various anode solutions. The parts are Quality Assured, Quality Checked and assembled in their workshop in Norway.

The range of products includes clamps to fit on to a wide range of construction detail like plates, into holes, over flanges, onto studs or bolts and around pipework or tubulars as well as to existing anode inserts. In addition to the clamps Imenco Corrosion Technology can provide brackets, skids, earthing cables and the anode mass to suit the structure dynamics.

Through an agreement with Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Imenco Corrosion Technology can offer modelling and analysis of structures to establish the amount of cathodic protection required and where that protection should be positioned. Other agreements allow Imenco Corrosion Technology to offer Impressed Current (ICCP) solutions as required.

Imenco’s corrosion protection solutions have been used in the Norwegian offshore oil and gas sector for more than a decade. Recent business activities have included expansion of the geographical markets served as well as venturing into new sectors where the company has been providing the Veja Mate and Galloper offshore wind farms with various anode systems solutions. 

Commenting on the launch of Imenco Corrosion Technology, Geir-Egil Østebøvik, CEO of Imenco AS said: “We have for more than a decade marketed our field proven cathodic protection solutions to the Norwegian offshore oil and gas sector. We are extremely pleased to see that our decision to expand the marketing efforts geographically as well as into new sectors, like renewable energy, have been so well received. We will, through the establishment of Imenco Corrosion Technology as a business entity focusing on cathodic protection, continue expanding our product and solution offering while expanding our marketing geographically as well as into new market sectors”.  

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:54

Penspen, Crestech form Nigerian alliance

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Penspen, a provider of engineering and project management services to the energy industry, has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Nigerian engineering firm Crestech. The partnership will enable the two businesses to provide engineering, project management and asset integrity services and operation and maintenance services for oil, gas and energy assets in Nigeria. 

Penspen has been active in Sub-Saharan Africa since 1972 and carried out a number of strategic projects in Nigeria including the Escravos – Lagos Gas Transmission System and Nigeria’s National Petroleum Products Pipelines and Depots. Over the past 12 months, Penspen has been working on a number of vital regional projects including the West Africa Gas System project for ECOWAS. 

Crestech currently offers engineering and project management services to oil and gas companies and other energy assets across Nigeria and West Africa. 

“The skill sets of the two companies are very complimentary; Penspen can offer services across an entire project lifecycle, from engineering design to asset management and integrity, and covering the full range of offshore production facilities, from subsea production systems to oil and gas transportation networks, as well as expertise in offshore engineering for floating production units, platforms and subsea structures,” said Neale Carter, vice president Europe and Africa, Penspen. “Crestech, meanwhile, have excellent local market knowledge and experience. We look forward to exploring many new possibilities together.”

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 08:18

Benthic bags Libra geotechnical gig

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Petrobras, on behalf of the Libra consortium, has awarded geosciences company Benthic a contract for an offshore geotechnical investigation in the Libra field area, some 140mi off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Benthic’s portable remotely operated drill (PROD) will perform in-situ testing and sampling to a maximum penetration depth of 80m below the mudline, in water depths ranging from 400-2300m. Following data collection, Benthic will log, process data, and test and profile the samples with a multi sensor core logger onboard the vessel. Advanced onshore laboratory testing and consolidation reporting will be managed by Benthic.

“This milestone project will expand Benthic’s operations into Brazil and is the maiden seafloor drilling project in the country. We are confident in PROD’s ability to execute the project to Petrobras’s highest satisfaction,”Greg Fyffe, Benthic VP operations said. “Benthic looks forward to building a long-term working relationship with Petrobras and hopes Brazil can become a cornerstone market for the company.”

Benthic will begin field operations in Q4 2016. 

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