Reuters reported that Russia has abolished for two years import duties and customs taxes for offshore drilling rigs temporarily imported to Russia for exploration work, the government said on Tuesday. The measure is the first step toward a long-discussed reduction of taxes for energy companies exploring offshore fields, which are expected to contain massive oil and gas reserves but are more expensive to develop than onshore fields. The government said it had cancelled customs duties and taxes for offshore rigs to be rented by a Russian citizen from a foreign owner for five months. The government has also been discussing the idea of mineral resource tax breaks to develop offshore fields -- a benefit similar to that introduced last year for the underdeveloped but resource-rich region of East Siberia. Among the companies most interested in the benefits are state-controlled oil firm Rosneft and gas giant Gazprom which are developing major projects offshore the Pacific island of Sakhalin. Also concerned is privately owned Lukoil the country's second biggest oil producer, which is developing deposits in the Caspian Sea. Russia has said its offshore deposits could contain billions of barrels of oil and gas reserves, but has signaled all major blocks will be awarded at closed tender to state-owned companies, such as Rosneft and Gazprom. (Reporting by Tanya Mosolova) Source: Reuters
Shell announces final investment decision on Prelude Floating LNG project in Australia. The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has taken the final investment decision on the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Project in Australia (100% Shell), building the world’s first FLNG facility. Moored far out to sea, some 200 kilometres from the nearest land in Australia, the FLNG facility will produce gas from offshore fields, and liquefy it onboard by cooling.
Teekay Corporation TK +0.42% (Teekay) today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with A2SEA A/S (A2SEA) to jointly develop an innovative vessel design for the installation of offshore wind foundations. A2SEA is a leading service provider to the offshore wind sector. The MOU encompasses the key terms of cooperation between Teekay and A2SEA for the design, delivery and operation of floating transportation and installation vessels for offshore windfarm foundations
Prysmian Group, a leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, is participating in the creation of Norstec, an association uniting the main players in the energy industry at the global level with the aim of supporting the production of renewable energy using offshore wind farms in the Northern Seas. Norstec, supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron, brings together more than 40 entities operating in the energy transmission infrastructure and technology industry
TWG said that Kirk Nicolaisen has joined its sales team, taking on the role of Offshore Energy Account Manager. Kirk is based out of Gulfport, Mississippi, and brings more than 16 years of experience developing business and serving customers in the offshore energy market. Kirk has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience specific to winches and offshore equipment. In this position, Kirk will be managing sales and growth within our offshore energy accounts for all brands
As part of the implementation of the Danish government’s Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark, 21 initiatives are now being launched in order to target education and training in the offshore sector, further qualify the labor force and create growth and jobs. The offshore industry is one of Denmark’s commercial positions of strength that is experiencing great growth. A working group established by the Danish Government under the auspices of the Ministry of Science
The Cuban government is reportedly offering 59 offshore oil blocks for joint venture projects with foreign companies as part of its bid to develop the local hydrocarbon industry and remedy national fuel shortages.
The U.S. Interior Department asked the energy industry, environmental groups, state officials and others for suggestions on how to develop a federal energy leasing plan through 2012 for all areas of the Outer Continental Shelf, according to a Reuters report. However, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said she would uphold a White House promise and not offer any federal leases through 2012 within 100 miles of Florida's coast. The new U.S. energy law requires the Interior Department's
The major limitation in offshore wind farms tapping the stronger, more consistent winds that lie farther out is the depth required to install the footing for the turbine foundations. The Norway-based company Hydro is developing a new concept that would use floating concrete construction technology developed for the North Sea oil industry and apply it to offshore wind turbines, according to Renewable Energy Access reports.
Gamesa's 5 MW offshore turbine obtains design certification, a milestone in its offshore wind farm sector progress. Gamesa secures IEC 61400-22 design certification for its G128-5.0 MW offshore wind turbine from independent organisation Det Norske Veritas (DNV). This achievement represents a major milestone in the certification process for Gamesa's offshore turbine, ensuring the timely launch, sales and manufacturing potential of the company's offshore turbine systems in coming years.
Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has completed its first oil and gas floatover project in China, supplying a range of its floatover hardware for the BoZhong (BZ) 35-2 COEEC offshore platform in Tianjin. Designed and fabricated by China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC)
By Henning Gloystein, Reuters Ukrainian plans for expanding Black Sea natural gas output have been thrown into doubt by Russia's seizure of Crimea, a region linked to most of Ukraine's offshore developments. Past price disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to the Russians cutting off
A practical demonstration of the ARENA R&D project, part funded by the EU, will be delivered at Sagem’s premises in Massy, Paris on April 16, 2014. ARENA (Architecture for Recognition of thrEats to mobile assets using Networks of Affordable sensors) was developed to enable the automatic
Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs (Remote
Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's bankrupt shipmaker and sister oil company are extending tests in the offshore Tubarão Azul field until March 7, according to a Wednesday securities filing. OSX Brasil SA said its OSX-1 platform would continue tests in the field operated by Oleo e Gas
Thailand’s Unithai Shipyard and Engineering said it has expanded operations to support the steady growth of offshore operations. The company has opened a new branch in Songkhla province, one of the busiest offshore markets in the region.
Building on the fruitful past decade of U.K.-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) officially launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore
Offshore and maritime classification society ABS has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore through the company Island Ventures II LLC to class two next-generation offshore construction vessels (OCVs). The ULSTEIN SX165 design vessels, ordered through Island Ventures II LLC
EMAS, the operating brand of Ezra Holdings, a global offshore contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that the group has been awarded subsea construction and offshore support contracts in Asia Pacific and West Africa with a combined
Reuters - Edison, the Italian utility owned by EDF, is in talks to buy two Israeli gas fields from U.S. explorer Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Drilling, which are estimated to hold up to 70 billion cubic meters in total, two sources with knowledge of the talks said.
By Lin Noueihed, Reuters Egypt is enhancing exploration terms and striving to repay nearly $5 billion it owes to foreign oil and gas producers as it struggles to prevent them fleeing to more promising prospects elsewhere in Africa. Cairo needs them to expand exploration and bring new finds
The Dutch offshore contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting has ordered Amarcon’s OCTOPUS-Onboard decision support technology for her monohull crane vessel Stanislav Yudin. This order is the second OCTOPUS-Onboard installation for Seaway Heavy Lifting
HS Ocean Group (HSOG ) celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by committing to long-term Apprenticeship program. The marine services specialist HSOG has launched a formal Apprenticeship training program following the successful progression of its first ever apprentices.
Oil and gas asset integrity and corrosion management firm LUX Assure said it has made strides in developing a presence in the U.S. by establishing a sales and service agreement with Houston-based Brown Corrosion Services Inc. Brown Corrosion Services will be handling the business development of
Xodus Group, Cathie Associates and UTEC Geomarine have formed an industry leading consortium to deliver a study which will aim to reduce the costs of generating electricity from offshore wind farms in U.K. waters. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA)