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New DNV GL JIP to Deal With Risks in Sour Gas Fields

Koheila Molazemi

In the operation and development of a sour gas field, a key challenge is ensuring the process safety and integrity of the asset and, most importantly, the safety of the personnel working with high concentrations of hydrogen sulphide (H2S). To help the industry manage the risks throughout the project’s lifecycle, DNV GL has now initiated a Joint Industry Project (JIP). Operators are invited to join this JIP to obtain synergies through the development of guidelines on design, construction, operations and training. Several sour gas fields are under development or in operation in different parts of the world. The focus is now on the Middle East, as this region looks likely to meet its soaring domestic energy demand through its large reserves. However, sour gas is toxic, highly corrosive and explosive, so both the development and operation of these fields are associated with a high risk level relating to Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE), process safety and integrity. “Facing these risks, and given the inadequate existing standards and best practices for handling high H2S concentrations, DNV GL has now initiated a JIP to develop international standards and guidelines specific to sour gas fields,” says Koheila Molazemi, DNV GL’s Risk Management and Advisory Service Line Manager in the UAE.

Spirit Energy 76 Discovers New Gas Field

Unocal Corporation's Spirit Energy 76 unit said a wildcat exploration well in 240 ft. of water on its 100-percent owned Ship Shoal block 295 offshore Louisiana has discovered a significant new natural gas field with an ultimate discovery volume of as much as 130 billion cubic feet (bcf). Spirit Energy also said its net production reached 175,000 boepd at the end of 1999. The company expects continued production strength into 2000 due to increased development activities and exploration success

Drydocks World World’s Largest Turret

Turret Completion WEB.jpg

Drydocks World marked a milestone in completing the world’s largest turret mooring system. At almost 100 meters high, weighing over 11,000 tons and with a diameter of 26 meters, the turret is designed to ensure the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility can operate safely in the most extreme weather conditions. This innovative FLNG storage and production facility will be stationed by Shell at its Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia

Iran Orders Six LNG Tankers from China

According to a May 30 report from, Iran has ordered six tankers worth $1.2b from China for exporting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) it produces in the country's gas fields. China recently backed a U.S.-proposed draft resolution for further UN sanctions against Iran but has stressed that sanctions should not harm "normal trade" between the two countries. (Source:

Saipem Wins Offshore Contract in Saudi Arabia

According to a report from Reuters, Italian oil services firm Saipem (SPMI.MI) won a contract for offshore work at Saudi Aramco's [SDABO.UL] non-associated gas fields feeding Wasit, Saudi Arabia's biggest gas plant, industry sources said on March 1. Saipem is controlled by oil company Eni (ENI.MI).   (Source: Reuters)

New Zealand Mulls CNG Imports

New Zealand energy companies are considering importing compressed natural gas to help make up a possible gas shortfall when the Maui field runs dry in 2010, as reported in the New Zealand Herald. As the Maui gas field, off the south coast of Taranaki, nears the end of its life, concern is mounting about how to make up the energy shortfall if no new gas fields are found. CNG would overcome several objections to one of the alternatives gaining traction - the importation of liquefied natural gas

ClassNK Releases Guidelines for CNG Carriers

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Carriers.   Global economic and population growth is bringing about increased energy production and consumption. In its latest forecast, CEDIGAZ, an international not-for-profit association dedicated to natural gas information, predicts that global natural gas demand will grow by 1.8 percent a year from 2013 to 2035 with the largest portion of this growth coming from Asia-Oceania and the

Akkas Gas Field Development Hit By Iraq Crisis- KOGAS

Development of Iraq's Akkas gas field has been delayed because of the latest crisis in the OPEC member nation, South Korea's energy ministry said on Sunday, quoting project owner Korea Gas Corp. An official at the state-run gas company who is familiar with the matter also told Reuters the delay began last week as those who worked on pipeline tasks near the battles had fled to safe areas. "If the civil war expands and the U.S

Shell, Statoil Announce Joint Energy Plan

Shell and Statoil announced a plan to use carbon dioxide to increase offshore oil recovery in the North Sea. Carbon dioxide (CO2) would be captured from power generation and pumped into an underground reservoir to enhance oil recovery, resulting in increased energy production with lower CO2 impact. The project was estimated to cost about $1.4 billion dollars. The project, due to be phased in between 2010 and 2012, comprises a gas-fired power plant and methanol production facility at

Power Below the Waves: ABB Subsea Transformers

Subsea Transformer Located in Åsgard Compressor Station: Schematic credit ABB

ABB has delivered subsea transformers for fields in the North & Norwegian seas & the Gulf of Mexico for operation at depths of up to 2,000 m. Subsea transformers are an ABB innovation. Deployed in extreme conditions in ultra-deepwater, these high-tech workhorses provide the power for heavy-duty equipment on the sea floor - enabling declining oil and gas fields to be more productive and making new deepwater fields accessible.

BMT Fluid Mechanics to Validate FLNG Design

Marlin free surface velocity field

The emergence of the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) concept has seen an unprecedented focus on development activity and has reinforced the commercial interest in these facilities. However, as the industry strives to make the concept a reality

Iran Belgium Hold Talks to Build FLNG Unit

FLNG Unit Image by National Iranian Oil Company

 Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh said that Iran and Belgium are in talks for possible floating production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) FLNG Unit off the Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.    The issue was brought up during Zangeneh’s talks with Belgian Secretary of

Energy Firms Partner to Cut Costs in the North Sea

Photo: Petrofac

Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum and Eni Hewett have established a cost-saving partnership to drive efficiencies and commercial synergies across U.K. operations in the Southern North Sea.   The tripartite agreement sees collaboration between Petrofac (Duty Holder) and the respective equity owners

GAC Russia Opens Office at Sabetta Port

GAC Russia informs it has opened an office to provide ship agency and support services for vessels calling at the newly built port of Sabetta.   Sabetta sits on the Ob Bay in the Yamal Peninsula, located within the Northern Sea Route

GAC Opens Office at Sabetta Port

Artist impression of New Sabetta Port

  GAC Russia has opened an office to provide ship agency and support services for vessels calling at the newly built port of Sabetta. Sabetta sits on the Ob Bay in the Yamal Peninsula, strategically located within the Northern Sea Route

RINA Group Widens Gas Sector Services

International classification, certification and engineering group RINA said it has widened its services to the global gas industry. While its traditional classification society arm RINA Services has recently approved a new Compressed Natural Gas carrier to aid the exploitation of marginal fields

First Gen Set to Build LNG Terminal

Photo: First Gen Corp

 First Gen Corp. hopes to secure a partner for its planned $1-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Batangas this year as the company gears up for the project’s construction phase in 2016, reports local media.  

Maersk's APM Snaps up 11 More Terminals

A Maersk Containership alongside during intermodal cargo operations (file image: Maersk)

Port operator APM Terminals, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, is buying 11 container ports from Spanish shipping and logistics group Perez y Cia to boost its presence in emerging markets and better serve bigger container vessels. No terms were given for the deal

Subsea 7 Bags $150 million Offshore UK Contract Maersk

Image: Subsea 7 SA

 Offshore contractor Subsea 7 has been awarded a $150 million subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract by Maersk Oil for the development of the Culzean field in the UK North Sea.   The ultra-high pressure, high temperature field

SMOE Wins $1bln Multi-platform Culzean Contract

Image: Sembcorp Marine

 Singapore's offshore services provider Sembcorp Marine has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth over USD1 billion for the Culzean field development project in the North Sea.   Sembcorp Marine subsidiary SMOE construction contract  will cover the

Eni Finds Giant Egyptian Offshore Gas Field

Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer. Photo by Eni SpA

 The Italian energy major Eni SpA discovered a “super giant” natural gas field offshore Egypt in what the Italian oil company said is the largest find in the Mediterranean Sea.   The Zohr gas field covers any area of 100 square kilometers and Eni said that "it could

TASI Acquires SignalFire Telemetry

John T. McKenna, President and CEO at TASI Group

TASI HOLDINGS INC. announced today it has completed the acquisition of all shares of SignalFire Telemetry, located in Hudson, Massachusetts.  This new acquisition is strategic to the growth model of TASI, and adds an exciting new wireless communication component to TASI’s Founded in

CNOOC Profits Nosedives, Eyes South China Sea

Photo: Cnooc Ltd

 Cnooc Ltd., China’s biggest offshore oil and gas explorer, posted a 56 percent decline in profit for the first half of this year.   Net income dropped to 14.73 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), or 0.33 yuan a share, from 33.59 billion yuan, or 0

US Sanctions Put Gazprom-Shell Alliance Plans in Jeopardy

Royal Dutch Shell's plans to build a strategic alliance with Russia's Gazprom could be in jeopardy after the United States added one of Gazprom's biggest gas fields to its list of Russian sanctions on Friday.   Shell and Gazprom signed an agreement in June to develop a strategic alliance in

US Adds Russian Oil Field to Sanctions List

The United States has added a Russian oil and gas field, the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, to its list of energy sector sanctions prompted by Moscow's actions in Ukraine, drawing a prompt rebuke from the Kremlin on Friday.   The federal government said on Thursday the field

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