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Stim Star Performs Stimulation Treatment

Halliburton Energy Services' well vessel, M/V Stim Star, was used to stimulate production from one well at Shell Offshore Inc.'s Ursa deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans. Bettering the previously set record, which was also a Halliburton completion, one of the wells at the Ursa tension leg platform has produced more than 50,000 bpd to become the Gulf of Mexico's highest production rate well in history. Located in 3,800 ft. of water, the well has out-produced the previous record-setting well by almost 4,000 bpd. Using Halliburton's seawater-based Delta FracPac service, Stim Star personnel performed the treatment at a rate of 38 bbl/min through two flexible hoses connected to the rig, putting 95,000 lbs. of proppant into the formation. In addition, the 8.625 in. gravelpack packer and downhole service tools were custom designed for Shell Ursa by HES' Carrollton, Texas facility.

Halliburton's Brown & Root Wins ROV Drilling Support Contract

As a division of Brown & Root Energy International, Services (BRES), SubSea International, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services to support Burlington Resources, Inc.'s drilling program in the Gulf of Mexico. Brown & Root Energy Services is a business unit of Halliburton Company. Operating from onboard semi-submersible Borgny Dolphin, SubSea International's ROV systems. include a custom-built heavy launch and recovery system

Offshore Industry Leaders Invest Heavily In Safety Programs

The offshore oil industry market, by its very nature, is a challenging work environment that poses many safety hazards, particularly for individuals and companies which lack adequate safety training. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News sought the insight of two offshore industry leaders — Schlumberger and Halliburton — to discover how the industry leaders set the stage for a work environment that is safe for workers, equipment and investment.

Oil Search and Halliburton Renew Contract

Oil Search Limited and Halliburton have signed an agreement to renew an alliance that was originally formed in 2004. The multimillion-dollar contract covers three years, with the option for two additional years. The agreement calls for Halliburton to provide a full range of subsurface services, including drilling and formation evaluation, slickline, fluids, cementing services and production enhancement in Papua New Guinea where Oil Search is the industry leader in oil and gas exploration and

Offshore Support Businesses Feel Moratorium Pinch

According to a June 19 report from the Houston Chronicle, hundreds of Houston companies that provide specialized equipment and services to the offshore oil and gas industry are worrying about the prospect of the new deep-water drilling ban going forward as planned. Those include not just the giants like Halliburton, Schlumberger and National Oilwell Varco, but also a vast number of small and lesser-known shops. Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety Co

Tech Testifies Activities on BP Rig Disturbed Him

According to a report from NPR, a technician responsible for monitoring gas levels told federal investigators on Dec. 7 that he never considered using his authority to stop work on the Deepwater Horizon rig even though mud-moving activities in the hours before the blast made him uncomfortable. Joseph Keith, who works for a unit of Halliburton, told the joint U.S. Coast Guard-Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement panel that the BP wellsite leader and mud engineers

SembCorp Brazil Wins $149M Offshore Contract

SembCorp Marine Ltd.'s Brazilian joint venture had secured its first contract, worth $149 million, for the fabrication of topside production modules in offshore Brazil. The firm said the contract for Maua Jurong SA, the Brazilian joint-ventue of Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd, was to build topside fabrication modules for the Barracuda and Caratinga fields in offshore Brazil. It said the contract was awarded by Halliburton Productos Ltda, the Brazilian affiliate of Kellog Brown & Root Inc

Murray Selected to Lead ICoTA

Kelly Murray and Andrew Louden (Photo courtesy ICoTA)

Oil and gas industry body, the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter, has appointed Former vice-chair Kelly Murray as the new chair and vice-chair. Murray will be the first women to take the helm as chair of the organization in the chapter’s 20-year history, while fellow committee member Andrew Louden has been appointed as the new vice-chair. Murray becomes chair after spending five years as an ICoTA committee member where she has played a pivotal role

Strong Support for Frost & Sullivan 'Trail Charity Run'

Frost & Sullivan Trail Charity Run

  Held on 23 August 2014, Frost & Sullivan Singapore’s 9th edition of the ‘Frost the Trail’ run saw 165 teams, 95 individuals and over 750 runners gather at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park to run in support of the underprivileged.  ‘Frost the Trail’ saw both avid and novice runners hitting the winding trails of MacRitchie in the cool morning air amidst lush greenery. Runners participated in one of two categories – the 5 km team race as well

Offshore O&G: Weathering the Storm

Courtesy Fleet Operators

Vessels are stacked as Gulf oil operators retrench and day rates fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessels serving offshore oil-and-gas exploration and production are being stacked or idled as the rig count there declines. Oil companies are retrenching while crude prices remain weak, with smaller operators and the shallow-water sector scaling back the most. As the situation unfolds, MarineNews asked David Barousse, general manager at Fleet Operators, Inc

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

Wärtsilä's' Digital Services for Performance Enhancement

Genius services courtesy Wartsila

  Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, launches a new service portfolio, Wärtsilä Genius services to help Wärtsilä's customers seize the opportunities from digitalisation.

ESL Shipping to Enter the Renewable Energy Market

Photo: ESL Shipping Ltd

 ESL Shipping and AB Fortum Värme have signed an agreement for biofuel transport. The agreement provides ESL Shipping with access to the renewable fuels transport market. The company's transport operations to the new Värtan Energy Port in Stockholm will commence at the end of this

Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

Bill Gates Photo Microsoft

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to

Certification of Tidal Turbines and Arrays

Photo: DNV GL AS

 The new service specification DNVGL-SE-0163 Certification of tidal turbines and arrays is being published along with a new technical standard for DNVGL-ST-0164 Tidal turbines.    Although the service specification is a new document it is built on the foundations of DNV-OSS-312

OPTION Attracts New Partner for Oil Recovery

This Project combines novel technologies and recent scientific discoveries with the ambition of creating a game changer in the oil field

  OPTION (Optimizing Oil Production by Novel Technology Integration) aims to significantly improve simulation tools for the prediction and control of the flow between the horizontal wells and the reservoir – with a focus on enhancing oil recovery.

Clean Energy Bunkers Isla Bella with LNG

Photo by Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. participated in a little history last month when it supported General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO’s launch of the Isla Bella container ship, the first of its kind to operate on LNG fuel. Clean Energy provided bunkering services and fuel from its Boron

Rickmers Upgrades VSAT for Entire Fleet

Photo courtesy of Rickmers

Rickmers Group will migrate to multiband VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) from Marlink Maritime VSAT for its fleet of 90+ vessels including containerships, bulk carriers and heavy lift vessels, in a move  that aims to improve operational efficiency through better integration of ship and

Crowley Approved to Import Canada-sourced LNG

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s petroleum distribution group has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Energy Board – Canada (NEB) to import Canadian-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) for supply

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease

Peru to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday.   The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for

Tidewater Declares Quarterly Dividend


  Tidewater Inc. announced that its Board of Directors declared on November 12, 2015, a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock payable December 15, 2015, to shareholders of record on December 4, 2015. Tidewater is the leading provider of Offshore Service Vessels (OSVs)

Glander Hires Bunker & Lubricant Trader

Ankita Batra

  Glander International Bunkering, a leading, global marine fuel, lubricant trading and brokering company hires Ankita Batra as Bunker and Lubricant Trader for the India office. Ankita Batra joins Glander International Bunkering with a post graduate in the domain of Energy Trading 

Seacat Services Invests In New Vessels

Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has placed an order for up to four new vessels with local boat builder South Boats IoW. The DNV-GL class-certified next generation 23- and 27-meter catamarans have been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of European

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