"Offshore" refers to the discovery and development of oil and gas resources which lie underwater. Usually the term refers to ocean-based oil extraction , though the term can also apply to drilling in lakes and inland seas. The remote locations and harsh conditions of offshore oil production present different challenges than do land-based operations. Platforms and facilities must be carefully designed, assembled, and maintained to ensure safe, productive, and environmentally responsible operations.
Crew supplies , transportation, and waste disposal all rely on support vessels, and must be carefully coordinated to make the most of limited time, space, and resources. The isolation and cramped conditions of offshore facilities can cause personnel difficulties. Rig work is considered higher risk and the staff usually receive higher salary than industry workers in other fields. Technological advances in communications, such as video conferencing, have made it possible to keep more personnel onshore.
Offshore drilling presents environmental challenges, especially in extreme conditions or when operations are located close to land. Platforms are designed to function in many different situations: from shallow-water steel jackets and jackup barges; to floating semi-submersibles and deepwater drillships. There are currently more than 600 mobile offshore drilling rigs in the competitive rig fleet, including jackups, semisubs, drillships, and barges.
Caterpillar was selected to power 16 offshore supply vessels for use in operation in the Brazilian offshore market. Caterpillar received orders requiring a total of 56 Cat and MaK Diesel Electric Propulsion Engine (DEP) generator sets for offshore supply vessel newbuilds. The vessels include four oil spill recovery vessels (OSRV) and 12 platform supply vessels (PSV).
Mill Log Marine announces Thordon Bearings components are now available in British Columbia.
Mill Log Marine, Burnaby, BC (www.milllog.com) announced that Thordon Bearings Inc. (www.thordonbearings.com) has collaborated with its Burnaby, BC distributorship to represent Thordon’s environmentally friendly state-of-the-art polymer products in Western Canada
Kvaerner appointed Tony Allen as Executive Vice President for its International business area. Allen has more than 30 years of industry experience and has been part of the corporate management with several of the leading EPC contractors for the oil and gas industry, including SNC-Lavalin Inc., Humphries & Glasgow and Earl and Wright. He also worked as a Project Manager and Technical Director for Kvaerner in the 1990s.
Evac's complete wastewater system is onboard MT João Cândido, the first Suezmax tanker recently delivered by Atlântico Sul Shipyard (EAS) for Transpetro. Evac was selected for the first series of ten 160,0000 dwt Suezmax tankers and for the series of five 110,000 dwt Aframax tankers, also being built by Atlântico Sul Shipyard, the largest and most modern shipyard in Brazil.
Dockwise announced its second project for the new-build vessel Dockwise Vanguard. Directly following the transportation of the Jack & St. Malo platform to the Gulf of Mexico in 2013, the Dockwise Vanguard will return to Korea to load and transport the Goliat floating, production, storage and offloading vessel [FPSO] to northern Norway.
Subsea Specialist Flexlife Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Petrobras International.
Flexlife, an oil & gas industry specialist in subsea project and integrity management, announced today (October 13) it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Petrobras to develop and provide a new integrity management system and specialised engineering services for its international oil and gas projects offshore. The agreement – Flexlife’s first work in South America - was reached during the recent OTC Brasil exhibition in Rio de Janeiro
Acquisition completes following July 4th announced agreement in principle.
Kongsberg Maritime AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, completed the acquisition of Evotec AS on Friday 30th September. Evotec AS develops and delivers technological management systems for the seismic, subsea and supply markets, among others. Within these sectors, the company has developed systems that have allowed it to carve out a position as one of the market's leading suppliers. In addition, Evotec is building up a Service and After-market Department that has recently concluded service/framework agreements with key players in the market.
Middle East Workboats 2011 opens on optimistic note - 58 new OSVs required to support recent oil and gas contracts worth $10b The maritime commercial climate in the Middle East is in buoyant mood, especially for the workboats sector, as investment in the offshore oil and gas industry spurs demand for offshore support vessels (OSVs), according to industry experts speaking at Middle East Workboats 2011. The three-day conference and exhibition was officially opened by Awaidha Murshed Al Murar, Director of Shared Services, ADNOC, along with Khalifa M
Omar Sekkat has joined DnB NOR’s energy division at the bank’s Asian headquarters in Singapore. He comes to the role after transferring from DnB NOR in London. Mr Sekkat’s appointment as a Senior Vice President of the energy division at DnB NOR Asia takes immediate effect and his role is to contribute to the bank’s ongoing expansion in Asia Pacific within energy finance. Omar Sekkat said today: “It is with great anticipation that I undertake this role and I
look forward to working with my team to develop further the bank’s client base in Asia
Asset integrity and initiatives to tackle skills shortages are among the subjects to be discussed when Aberdeen City and Shire’s leading renewable energy industry body hosts a business seminar in Aberdeen today (Tuesday, October 18). Leading figures from five of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group’s (AREG) member organizations will be highlighting and addressing current industry issues. They will also brief fellow members on recent developments and emerging solutions in their specialist areas. AREG’s chief operating officer, Morag McCorkindale, said: “AREG and its members work proactively to exploit new opportunitiesbeing created in renewable energy
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