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Rolls Royce to Design, Power, Hi-tech Subsea Vessel

Rolls-Royce to design and power high tech subsea construction vessel for Island Offshore The versatile UT 737 CD vessel will support the most demanding subsea projects, including constructing and servicing oil and gas wells on the sea bed, up to 3,000 metres below sea level. In order to support such challenging missions the vessel will include special features, including two independent systems for launching and recovering Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), a 125 tonne offshore crane that compensates for wave movements and an advanced offshore tower which handles subsea equipment through a large opening in the hull of the vessel, called a moon pool. Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President - Offshore said: “This high tech vessel will showcase a combination of innovative technology and world-class, energy efficient design. It demonstrates our position as the market leader in high specification offshore vessels and our ability to meet the challenges of the demanding deepwater oil and gas industry.” The design and fit out of the vessel enables it to perform almost any duty in a deepwater oil field. In addition to supporting subsea operations it can transport cargo to and from offshore oil and gas platforms and act as a rescue and oil spill response vessel. The vessel will also include a diesel electric propulsion system incorporating four Bergen engines


Wärtsilä Selected Best Supplier by CNOOC

Wärtsilä received an award for supplier excellence from CNOOC, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation. After internal evaluation by project management teams, 28 Chinese and international vendors participating in nine of CNOOC's major projects were honored. Wärtsilä is involved in four of these projects. This was the first time that CNOOC had arranged such an event to recognize its best suppliers, and the awards were presented at a ceremony held in Beijing


McDermott Breaks Ground on Deepwater Platform Yard

Rigzone has reported that J Ray McDermott has begun construction on the $20m first phase of a $220m construction yard in Mexico's Tamaulipas state to build deepwater oil platforms. McDermott is building the yard on land at Altamira port. Mexico's government awarded the company the yard space in a 30-year concession. The company plans to bid on platform contracts Mexico's state oil company Pemex will launch. Further, McDermott will seek to supply projects that oil firms such as BP


OMSA on Drilling Moratorium Poll

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) issued the following statement about the Bloomberg National Poll on Americans Opposing the Ban on Deepwater Oil Drilling After the Oil Spill: The results of the national poll of Americans who were asked about their view on the Obama Administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling are very telling, with nearly three-fourths, or 73 percent, saying “a ban is unnecessary, calling the worst oil spill in U.S


ABS to Class Ensco Deepwater Drillships

Ensco plc has selected ABS as the class society for its advanced-capability, ultra deepwater drillship to be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd (SHI) Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.  The ENSCO DS-8 will be the sixth Samsung DP3 drillship in the fleet and will extend the benefits of Ensco’s fleet standardization strategy. With drilling capabilities in water depths to 12,000 feet and a total vertical drilling depth of 40,000 feet


Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Oil and Gas Production Rises Dramatically

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) announced production of offshore oil and gas in the deepwater (greater than 1,000 ft deep) portion of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) reached an all-time high in 1998 and continues to escalate rapidly. Production of oil from the deep water has risen 279 percent in the last five years, and deep water gas production rose 252 percent. According to MMS Director Walt Rosenbusch, "The 1998 increase is significant and of national importance


Commitment for Deepwater Frontier

R&B Falcon Drilling has received a letter of intent from for Petroleo Brasiliero S.A. (Petrobas) for a two-year contract for DP drillship Deepwater Frontier, for operations offshore Brazil in up to approximately 8,900 ft. of water. Deepwater Frontier, capable of drilling in up to 10,000 ft. of water, is owned 60 percent by R&B Falcon Corp. and 40 percent by Conoco. The vessel will sail to Brazil upon completion of its current one-well commitment in West Africa


New Joint Venture Targets Deepwater Markets

J. Ray McDermott, S.A. and Keppel FELS Limited. are in the process of forming a new joint venture company, to be named FloaTEC, LLC, to provide deepwater and ultra deepwater oil and gas development solutions. To add to the Joint Venture’s offerings, J Ray and Keppel FELS plan to draw upon the purchased patent rights previously owned by ABB for the Extended Tension Leg Platform (ETLP) and Single Column Floater (SCF) designs


Hoover, First Reserve Announce Partnership

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Hoover Container Solutions has entered into an agreement to partner with First Reserve, the largest global private equity firm exclusively focused on energy. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   One of the global industry leaders in oilfield fluids container solutions, Hoover operates worldwide through 15 facilities in North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia


Deepwater Spar Hull Delivery Takes Ship to Capacity Limit

Mighty Servant 1: Photo credit Boskalis

The Boskalis subsidiary, Dockwise vessel 'Mighty Servant 1' has offloaded the 23,000 ton spar for the Lucius deepwater oil and natural gas project in the Gulf of Mexico. The Lucius truss spar, measuring 184 meters (605 feet) long and 34 meters (110 feet) in diameter, was loaded onto the Mighty Servant 1 by means of skid on operation at Pori, Finland. The spar was transported 7,700 nautical miles and discharged at Ingleside, Texas and delivered back to Technip.


BP Puts Tab for Gulf Disaster at $62 Bln

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BP announced today that following significant progress in resolving outstanding claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill, it can now reliably estimate all of its remaining material liabilities in connection with the incident.  


Exxon, Total, Chevron in Talks With Pemex on Gulf

Photo: Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex)

 Oil majors are in talks with Mexico’s state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) as the struggling state-run oil producer seeks partners to develop deepwater crude in the Gulf of Mexico, reports Bloomberg.   Petroleos Mexicanos is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp


Oil-hungry Bacteria Could Clean Up Next Big Oil Spill

Deepwater Horizon - “Oil….contains thousands of different types of hydrocarbon chemicals, many of which are toxic and difficult to break down. But some of these bacteria can.” Dr Tony Gutierrez Photo Heriot-Watt University.

Heriot-Watt scientists have cracked the genetic code of the marine bacteria which helped ‘eat’ the oil spilled in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, information which could aid clean-up efforts for any future major spill. Dr Tony Gutierrez


Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations


Obama to Issue New Offshore Drilling Rules

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The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that happened six years ago on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an official told Reuters. The Department of Interior will unveil the final version of its


Wahlberg Headlines Film on Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

Deepwater Horizon is due for release September 30, 2016 (Photo: Lionsgate)

Nearly six years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood takes its shot at recounting the tragedy with a film due this fall aiming to tell the story on the fatal blowout and its aftermath.   The oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in global history


BP Escapes US Lawsuits Over Post-Gulf Spill Drilling Ban

BP Plc does not have to face U.S. lawsuits by energy and drilling companies over losses they suffered from an offshore drilling ban imposed soon after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal judge ruled.   U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans agreed with BP that federal law


Mexico Sets Its First Deepwater Gulf Oil Auction

Contract awards for Mexico's first-ever deepwater oil auction covering 10 potentially lucrative blocks are expected to take place on December 5, oil regulator CNH said on Friday, a tender that will test investor interest given a worldwide price slump.  


Ocean Rig Loses Two Drilling Contracts

Pic: Ocean Rig UDW Inc

 Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced  that two of its drilling contracts have been terminated.    The Nasdaq-listed drilling affiliate of DryShips said that Total E&P Congo has terminated its long-term charter of the


China Pull Online Rig Location after Vietnam Complaint

Chinese maritime officials on Friday removed an online notice giving the location of a $1-billion deepwater oil rig in the South China Sea two days after issuing it, following a warning from Vietnam about drilling in disputed waters. Vietnam closely tracks the movement of the oil rig


China: Rig Not Drilling in Disputed Waters

In mid-2014, rig caused worst breakdown in ties in decades. China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that a $1-billion deepwater oil rig was not drilling in disputed territory in the South China Sea, in response to a warning from Vietnam against such activity.


MHI Subsidiary in Brazil for FPSO Compressors

Piracicaba Factory of NGM where MCO-B office will locate. Courtesy Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation

   In December Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO), a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Hiroshima, will establish a new company in Brazil in a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), to be known as MHI Compressor do Brasil Ltda


Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-Term Slowing of Growth?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensiveassessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector.  The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 -- provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016


Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-term Slowdown?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector. The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 – provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016


Update: Statoil Follows Shell out of Alaska

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska's Chukchi Sea, just weeks after Royal Dutch Shell abandoned the treacherous waters there after spending billions on oil exploration work.   The latest pullback comes as oil companies slash spending on expensive offshore






 
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