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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


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


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),


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.


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


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


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


Technip: LOI for the Lucius Project in GOM

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Anadarko Petroleum issued a Letter of Intent to Technip for the engineering, construction and transport of a 23,000 ton Truss Spar hull for their Lucius field development. This field is located in approximately 7,100 ft.(2,165 m) of water, in the US Gulf of Mexico. This Letter of Intent allows Technip to begin preliminary work on the project including purchase of long lead items for the hull in advance of the planned sanction date of December 2011.


Divorce Costs Could Sour Scotland's North Sea Hopes

By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Scottish nationalists are betting $2.5 trillion of hydrocarbons trapped miles beneath the North Sea could bankroll an independent Scotland, but winning control of the European Union's largest oil reserves would be no blank cheque.


Texas City Oil Spill Update: Pollution Affects Coast

Oil washing ashore Matagorda Island: USCG photo

The Captain of the Port of Houston/Galveston opened the bay to all traffic Thursday after multiple cleanup assessments and input from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Oil is washing up on Matagorda Island. Coast Guard recruit volunteer 'Sentinels.


Asia-Pacific Crude Steady, Conoco Sells Bayu Undan

The Asia-Pacific crude market held steady on Tuesday as traders sought clarity on the supply of June-loading cargoes amid potentially higher Libyan exports. "We are still not quite sure whether it's for real," said a trader with an Asian refiner


Russia Ships First Oil From Offshore Arctic Platform

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President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.   Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top gas producer Gazprom, shipped the first 70


Kvaerner Wins EPC Contract for Hebron GBS Project

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ExxonMobil Canada Properties has released the option for Kvaerner's joint venture company Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors to provide the full scope of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Hebron Project gravity based structure (GBS)


Teekay FPSO Receives First Oil

Voyageur Spirit FPSO: Photo courtesy of Teekay

The 'Voyageur Spirit' FPSO has achieved first oil on the Huntington field in the United Kingdom. Teekay describe the event as an important milestone for on of its largest projects. The production unit has been installed for its new charter contract with E.ON Ruhrgas UK E&P (E


MTS Houston Luncheon

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First Oil Produced From Kashagan Field

Eni announces that first oil from the giant Kashagan oil field has been produced. The oilfield is located in the North Caspian Sea, approximately 80 kilometers southeast of Atyrau, in Kazakhstan. Eni holds a 16.81% stake in the consortium for the development of Kashagan and through Agip KCO is


Shell: First Oil From Phase 2 of Parque das Conchas

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Shell and its partners have begun production from the second development phase of the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) project, located off Brazil’s south-east coast. The BC-10 project (Shell share 50%, Petrobras 35%, ONGC 15%) is comprised of several subsea fields which are tied back to a


Aker Solutions' Subsea Business Does Best in Q3 2013

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Aker Solutions ASA publish their third-quarter results 2013 showing a fairly even performance in the group's sectors, but in subsea widening its profit margin to 10.9 percent from 8.7 percent a year earlier. Financial Highlights Sales were NOK 10


Harris CapRock Wins Offshore Angola Communications Contract

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Provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments, Harris CapRock Communications has signed a multi-year contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) to provide an integrated telecommunications solution supporting the Mafumeira Sul


Subsea Production, Arctic Shelf Oil, Gazprom 2013 Milestones

Prirazlomnaya offshore platform: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Gazprom lists amongst its 2013 achievements: the first subsea gas production facility by any Russian company, and secondly, extraction of the first oil from the Russian Arctic Shelf. Russia's first subsea production facility was successfully tested in the Kirinskoye field within the Sakhalin


EnerMech Secures Eni Norge Lifting Contract

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Eni Norge AS has awarded mechanical engineering group EnerMech a three-year frame agreement to provide lifting and inspection services on the Goliat FPSO project. EnerMech views the Norwegian oil and gas sector as a key growth area for its seven business lines and in 2014 will invest up to NOK


China Oil Major to Step Up 2014 Offshore Exploration Plans

China offshore operations: Image credit CNOOC

China's CNOOC has announced a summary of its business strategy and development plan for Year 2014 as follows: The company says it has an extensive exploration program and plans to drill roughly 155 exploration wells and acquire approximately 26


Trelleborg Wraps up China Floatover Projects

Trelleborgs leg mating units supplied for China floatover project

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 COOEC offshore platform in Tianjin. Designed and fabricated by China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC)


 
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