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ABS Ventures to VietNam

The Dung Quat Shipbuilding Industry Company has signed with American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) a contract under which the US firm will supervise the shipyard's building process of three oil tankers. Under the $400,000 contract, ABS, one of the world's leading ship classification societies, in collaboration with the Vietnam Register Agency will send its supervisors to the shipyard to supervise the quality of all stages to build the oil tankers, which will begin at the end of this month, said Dinh Tien Dung, Deputy Director of the Dung Quat shipyard. The first oil tanker with capacity of 104,000 DWT is expected to be handed over to the Vietnam Oil and Gas Corporation by mid 2008, helping meet the demand for the transport of materials and products for the Dung Quat Oil Refinery, the first of its kind in the country which is now under construction in central Quang Ngai province. (Source: http://english.vietnamnet.vn


FPSOcean Acquires Tankers for Conversion

Oslo-based FPSOcean acquired shuttle tanker Nordic Laurita and Aframax tanker Semakau Spirit for conversion into deepwater, dynamically positioned floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO). FPSOcean is seeking to develop a fleet of four to six deepwater FPSOs over a period of the next five to six years. The 68,139-dwt Nordic Laurita, which was built in 1981, will be renamed the DeeP Producer 1. The vessel is undergoing its conversion into an FPSO at Dubai Drydocks in the


Jurong Shipyard Completes Construction of FPSO

Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of SembCorp Marine has completed construction of the 356,400 dwt Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Fluminense for MODEC International LLC. Measuring 363m x 61m x 29m, the 356,400 dwt FPSO Fluminense has a production capacity of 81,000 barrels of oil per day and a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil. The conversion of this Ultra Large Crude Carrier (ULCC),


Despite Protests Gazprom Starts Arctic Oil Production

Prirazlomnaya offshore platform: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Gazprom says it has started producing oil from the Prirazlomnoye field, which is the first Russian project for developing the Arctic shelf and the commencement, they say, of their large-scale activities aimed at creating a large hydrocarbon production center in the region. The Prirazlomnoye oil field [scene of an earlier Greenpeace protest] is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 kilometers off the shore. The recoverable oil reserves amount to 71


Great Ship - Maria Desgagnes

Constructed in China at the Qiu Xin Shipyard in Shanghai, Maria Desgagnes is a state-of-the-art double-hulled, ice class 1A, type 2 oil and chemical tanker, which is able to transport 12 different types of cargo at once. Featuring a total capacity of 15,570 cu. m., the vessel measures 394 x 69 ft. (120 x 21 m) requiring an investment of more than $35 million. The vessel is chartered by Petro-Nav, a subsidiary introduced by Groupe Desgagnes in 1996 with two other shareholders - Nicolas


Chinese Firms in Winning Libra Field Bid, Offshore Brazil

The Chinese firms, China National Offshore Oil Corporation ( CNOOC) and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), have a 10 percent stake each, with Shell and Total taking 20 percent each, and Petrobras the remaining 40 percent share. The Libra block is located in Santos Basin ultra deep waters in the pre-salt polygon and is considered a prospect of high potential. The total extension of the area is 1,547.76 km2 and was discovered by well 2-ANP-0002ARJS, drilled in 2010.


Wärtsilä to Power Australian FPSO

Wärtsilä Corporation won a contract to supply a 31.5 MW diesel power plant for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Mutineer-Exeter field of Santos Ltd off the north west coast of Australia. The plant has been ordered by MODEC Inc of Tokyo, Japan, a leading designer and supplier of FPSO vessels, floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessels and tension-leg platforms for the world oil and gas industry


Greenpeace Ship Welcomed Back After 300-day Russian Detention

Arctic Sunrise: Photo Greenpeace

The environmental protest icebreaker 'Arctic Sunrise' has sailed back into Dutch territorial waters after over 300 days in Russian custody. The ship had been held illegally since taking part in a peaceful direct action against state owned oil company Gazprom, as it tried to drill the world’s first oil well in icy Arctic waters, says Greenpeace. Several members of the so called ‘Arctic 30’ were there to greet the ship and boarded the vessel in Beverwijk, near Amsterdam.


Thunder Hawk on Stream

Øivind Reinertsen, senior vice president for StatoilHydros upstream business in USA and Mexico. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen)

On 8 July the StatoilHydro Houston subsidiary received first oil and gas from the Murphy Oil-operated Thunder Hawk field in the US Gulf of Mexico. The Thunder Hawk field production unit has a production capacity of 45,000 barrels of oil per day and 70 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (approximately 0.7 BCM per year). With the Tahiti production received in May, StatoilHydro has more than doubled its production from the Gulf of Mexico in a few months.


Keppel Shipyard to Deliver New FPSO

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Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) is on track to deliver its latest Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) project, Armada TGT 1, to Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada). Nelson Yeo, MD of Keppel Shipyard, said, "We would like to thank our valued customer Bumi Armada for entrusting Keppel Shipyard with the conversion of all their FPSOs. "The success of any complex conversion project depends on the trust and teamwork between a shipyard and its customers


Gibson to Build 900,000b Crude Storage in Alberta

Canadian oil storage and transport company Gibson Energy Inc said on Monday it is building 900,000 barrels of crude oil storage at its terminal in Hardisty, Alberta, after receiving sufficient support from shippers.   The company will build a 500


Fire Aboard Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr

The FPSO Petrojarl Knarr being towed by Fairmount Marine tugs from South Korea to Norway (file photo)

  A fire started aboard the Teekay-owned FPSO Petrojarl Knarr this morning. The fire was the second aboard the FPSO unit, which was built in 2014, during its young life at sea.   The blaze occurred just a week after the Petrojarl Knarr produced its first oil from the Knarr field in


BG Group Produces First Oil from Knarr Field

Petrojarl Knarr (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group announced the Petrojarl Knarr floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel had started production from the Knarr oil field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.    The FPSO has been leased from Teekay Corporation and is moored approximately 120 kilometers off the


First Oil tanker Libya's Hariga Since Strike, Storm

An oil tanker has docked at Libya's port of Hariga for the first time since security guards ended a strike this week and a storm passed, a port official said on Thursday. Authorities managed earlier this week to persuade security guards to end a strike over delayed salary payments


Dyna-Mac to Build FPSO Topsides for Armada Cabaca

Dyna-Mac has secured a Letter of Award (LoA) from Armada Cabaca Ltd. worth approximately $48 million (USD) for the construction of six FPSO topsides modules.   Armada Cabaca Ltd, an affiliate of Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada), a Malaysia-based international oilfield services provider to


Es Sider Port Oil Tanks On Fire

A fire at an oil storage tank at Libya's Es Sider oil port has spread to two more tanks, officials said on Friday. The first oil tank was hit during clashes between armed factions allied to Libya's competing governments over control of the country's biggest oil port, located in the east.


QGEP to Acquire FPSO from Teekay

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção SA (QGEP) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the Atlanta field located in the Santos Basin offshore


First Oil From Jack/St. Malo Project in the Gulf of Mexico

The Jack/St Malo semi-submersible floating production unit is the largest of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico and has a production capacity of 170,000 barrels of oil and 42 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, with the potential for future expansion. (Photo: Business Wire)

Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) announced that crude oil and natural gas production has begun at the Jack/St. Malo project in the Lower Tertiary trend, deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Jack/St. Malo is a key part of Chevron's strong queue of upstream projects and was delivered on time and on budget


Rosneft Ships First Oil From Chayvo Field

First tanker carrying Sokol-grade crude leaving port on November 21.

  Rosneft commenced shipment of crude oil extracted at the Northern Tip of Chayvo license off the coast of Sakhalin, with the first tanker carrying Sokol-grade crude leaving port on November 21. The tanker was loaded at the Sokol single-point oil terminal located 5


Chevron Starts Oil Production in Gulf of Mexico

 Tubular Bells floating production facility is a classic spar hull with traditional three-level topsides.

 Chevron Corporation announced today that the Hess Corporation-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production. The field is located 135 miles (217 km) southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 4,300 feet (1


Petrobras Signs LoI for Libra FPSO

The extension of the Libra reservoir (blue) compared to Rio de Janeiro

  Libra Consortium has signed a letter of intent with Odebrecht/Teekay (OOG-Teekay), winner of a tender process, for the charter of a FPSO-type platform (floating production, storage and offloading) designed for the extended well test campaign of Libra, in the Santos Basin pre-salt deposits


Fallen Brazilian Tycoon Batista Faces the Law

A year after the epic collapse of his industrial empire, Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's financial and legal troubles appear far from over. Once worth more than $30 billion and listed as the world's eighth-richest man by Forbes Magazine, Batista says his debts now exceed his assets by $1


SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

  SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft (TM) Semi located in 6,060 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).


Gazprom Neft Starts Oil Production, Shipments from Iraqi Badra Field

Badra Oil Field

  Russia's Gazprom Neft said on Monday it started commercial production and shipments of oil produced at its Iraqi Badra oil field. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of state gas company Gazprom , said that first oil was to be delivered via Iraq's pipeline system to the export terminal in Basrah


First Oil in Salamander FSO at Bualuang Field

Greater Bualuang operations banner

  Salamander announces that first oil has been received in the tanks of the newly converted Suksan Salamander Floating Storage and Offtake Vessel (“FSO”) at the Bualuang field in the Gulf of Thailand. This is the culmination of the planned upgrade to the field’s facilities






 
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