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Statoil Cancels Maersk Rig Contract

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 Norwegian firm Statoil ASA is ending its rig contract for the Maersk Gallant six months early.    The jack up rig has been on contract with Statoil for two years, since 21 August 2014, and since 9 October it has been sub-chartered to ConocoPhillips.   "Between 14 February and 21 August 2016 the Maersk Gallant is on a new contract with Total E&P Norge AS, who will pay cancellation fee according to the former contract," says a press statement from Statoil.   In January, Total received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) of Norway, to drill the North Sea exploration well 1/5-5 in PL 618 using Maersk Gallant.   The jack-up Gallant was last listed as operating in the North Sea. No information was given on the day rate or other terms for the lease. The rig has worked in the North Sea since it was commissioned in 1993.    The Maersk Gallant contract is the latest of several to be terminated by the Norwegian firm.   Since last summer, it has terminated contracts with Transocean Ltd. for the Discoverer Americas ultradeepwater drillship; Songa Offshore for the Songa Trym semisubmersible drilling rig ; and COSL Drilling Europe AS for the COSL Pioneer drilling rig.   The cancellation from Statoil comes at a time when businesses servicing the exploration and production side of the energy sector face pressures from lowered industry spending that's developed since crude oil prices started


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon, which researchers hope will provide new information about the effects of climate change.   A team of researchers from the University of Western Australia led by Professor Malcolm McCulloch will collaborate with


Arctic Wreck Found after 169 Years

Photo: Parks Canada

After more than 169 years, Canadian researchers discovered one of the two ships from the doomed Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin, cracking one of the largest mysteries in sea exploration. The wreck was found some 11 meters below the surface using a ROV recently acquired by Parks Canada. It is unknown whether the ship is HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, though researches expect to determine its identity within several days.


OilCareers.com Joins Forces With Air Energi To Announce Latest Oil & Gas Workforce Survey

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Joint report anticipates a continual rise in recruitment with a steeper salary hike in the first half of 2011 March 14, 2011: Salaries in the global oil and gas industry are to increase throughout 2011 according to a joint report from OilCareers.com, the international job board for the oil and gas industry, in association with partner Air Energi, a global provider of manpower solutions to the energy sector. Focusing on employment and salary trends in the energy sector throughout 2011 the


Deep-Sea Robot Lost at Sea

Photo courtesy Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A deep-sea exploration robot — one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships — was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, affectionately nicknamed ABE, was launched late on the night of Thursday, March 4, and had reached the seafloor to begin its 222nd research dive when, in the early hours of Friday morning


Oil Discovery Close to Vigdis Field

StatoilHydro has struck oil during the drilling of an exploration well and a sidetrack north of the Vigdis East field in the North Sea. The proven recoverable resources are estimated at about 25 million barrels of oil. The well confirmed the existence of a 280-metre oil column in rocks with good reservoir properties. "Our exploration activities close to fields on stream are successful and the discovery again confirms that there is still a great potential in this part of the North


Greenpeace In Legal Battle With U.K. Over Oil Exploration

Environmentalist group Greenpeace reportedly took the UK government to court over what it sees as Britain's failure to protect coral beds, whales, dolphins and other marine life from the effects of oil and gas exploration. Greenpeace officials said the government has failed to apply the European Union Habitats Directive to oil and gas exploration in the relatively deep waters of the Atlantic Frontier, where oil companies believe large new oil reserves are waiting to be tapped.


BOEMRE Approves GOM Deepwater Exploration Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced the approval of a deepwater Gulf of Mexico Exploration Plan (EP) following the completion of a site-specific Environmental Assessment (SEA) for deepwater oil and gas exploration.   Shell Offshore, Inc.’s Supplemental EP includes five proposed exploratory wells in approximately 7,160 to 7,259 feet water depth, as well as three previously approved wells approximately 72 miles offshore Louisiana.


Statoil Gets Norwegian Continental Shelf Licenses

Statoil has been awarded shares in eight exploration licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf. The company is operator on six of them. The award, which comprises 38 production licenses, is split between 25 for the North Sea, ten for the Norwegian Sea and three for the Barents Sea. Statoil has been awarded shares in six North Sea licenses and two Norwegian Sea licenses. The company did not apply for shares in the Barents Sea this time


CNOOC Signs PSC with Primeline

CNOOC Limited (NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883) announced that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has signed a production sharing contract (PSC) with Primeline Energy China Limited (PECL) and Primeline Petroleum Corporation (PPC) (jointly as "Primeline") for Block 33/07 in the East China Sea. Block 33/07 is located about 390 kilometers of Shanghai in the East China Sea. It covers a total area of 5877 square kilometers, with water depth of 90 meters.


TGS, PGS Team Up on Eastern Canada Seismic

Eastern Canada 2016_Landscape Image courtesy TGS

TGS announces the expansion of its multi-client library offshore Eastern Canada with plans to acquire more than 36,000 km of 2D seismic data, in partnership with PGS, utilizing two vessels during the 2016 acquisition season. The M/V Sanco Spirit and M/V Atlantic Explorer


Statoil Launches New Subsea Concept

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 Norwegian oil major Statoil presented a new subsea concept that is designed to reduce cost and increase efficiency. The concept is called Cap-X.   The  concept was presented by Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for technology, projects and drilling in Statoil.


Cyprus LNG Terminal Non-starter?

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Photo: Cyprus Govt

 Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said that building an LNG terminal in Cyprus will depend on discoveries and the results of the country’s third licensing round.   Discussing the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone’s third licensing round


Statoil Looks to the Arctic to Increase Exploration off Norway

Oil firm Statoil is looking to a rebound in exploration activity offshore Norway in the next few years with a focus on the Arctic, having curbed activity due to the oil price slump, the firm's exploration chief for Norway told Reuters.  


Repair of Two Semi-submersible MODU Completed

Repair of Polyarnaya Zvezda and Severnoye Siyaniye, semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) of the sixth generation, has been completed under survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Shipyard Ltd. in Yantai, China. Mr


WWF-Canada Brings Lawsuit Against Shell on Arctic

Two narwhal (Monodon monoceros) surfacing to breathe in Admiralty Inlet, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. Photo: WWF-Canada

 WWF-Canada, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, is taking legal action to quash Arctic oil and gas exploration permits that continue to obstruct conservation efforts in Lancaster Sound, Nunavut.   The environmental group believes they “continue to obstruct conservation


China Rebuffs Vietnam Criticism of Rig Move

China's Foreign Ministry on Friday rebuffed Vietnam's second demand this year to move a controversial oil rig and drop plans to drill in South China Sea waters where jurisdiction is unclear, saying it was engaging in normal exploration activity.


Schlumberger Led Consortium Wins Malaysia Offshore Survey

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 Malaysia has opened an area of its offshore waters to the multi-client seismic model for the first time. The move is a result of a new initiative by Petronas to stimulate offshore E&P investment activity.   “A consortium comprising of PGS, TGS and Schlumberger WesternGeco


Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso Shipped for Renovation

Calypso (Photo: The Cousteau Society)

Jacques Cousteau’s ship Calypso, star of the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”, was loaded on March 14 in Concarneau, France for shipment to Turkey, where the legendary oceanographic vessel will undergo renovations.  


ICS Deliberate on “Legal Issues relating to Shipping & Ports”

Conference in session Photo ICS

ICS, East India Branch conducted conference on Legal matters pertaining to Maritime Sector prior to joining hands with M/s Hinode Events a Knowledge Partner to serialise this an Annual Conference on Legal Maritime Legal matters. The Branch takes pride to state that "The Ministry of


Boeing Unveils Robotic Submarine

Echo Voyager. Photo: Boeing

Boeing Co. has unveiled at its Huntington Beach facility an autonomous, unmanned undersea vehicle that can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.   The Echo Voyager, which is 51 feet long, is capable of running on its own, unmanned


Rosneft Starts Drilling First International Offshore Well

Russian oil producer Rosneft's Vietnamese subsidiary has started drilling an exploration well off the south coast of Vietnam, it said on Wednesday.   It is Rosneft's first individual international offshore drilling project as an operator, Russia's largest oil producer said in a statement.


India’s NUSI Warns of Oil Exploration Training Shortage

Abdulgani Serang (Photo: NUSI)

Indian shipping trade union the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has asked the Indian Ministry of Shipping for financial help toward the training of maritime workforce in oil exploration activities.   The union’s General Secretary, Abdulgani Serang


Topaz to Supply 14 Vessels for BP in Azerbaijan

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Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine informs it has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited.     Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five-year period plus two one-year


Topaz, BP Ink 14 Offshore Ship Contract

The PSV Caspian Server Courtesy TOPAZ

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has secured 14 offshore support vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited ("BP"). Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five year period plus two






 
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