Following a nearly complete shutdown of the oil and gas business in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, signs indicate a comeback is starting, slow but steady. According to a Reuters report, oil and gas operations recovered slowly on Wednesday, with oil companies struggling to contact all of their workers and assess damage to rigs. Refinery progress was slow but steady. Three of eight refineries that Katrina completely shut have returned either full or partially, including Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC's large 245,000 barrels per day (bpd) plant in Garyville, Louisiana. Offshore, oil and gas production has also been on the rise after Katrina shut nearly all output. Government figures as of Tuesday showed 58 percent of the Gulf's crude production and 41 percent of its gas production remained shut down. The U.S. Coast Guard has said a total of 56 Gulf offshore platforms have been lost or damaged. Reuters reported that natural gas production this year will drop by about 1.5 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Oil and natural gas production from the storm-battered Gulf of Mexico continues to recover, Reuters reports. Around 727,000 barrels per day, or 48.47 percent of the Gulf's 1.5 million bpd of crude production, remained shut, along with 3.742 billion cubic feet per day, or 37.42 percent of the region's natural gas output, the report said. The complete recovery of the region's energy operations will take until the middle of 2006, about three months longer than previously estimated
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
ODS-Petrodata, a provider of market intelligence for and about the offshore oil and gas industry, commercially launched FPSbase, a web-based tool providing data on the world's floating oil and gas production systems. FPSbase is designed to track all forms of floating production systems, including FPSOs, FSOs, TLPs, spar-shaped and semisubmersible units; and to deliver analysis of upcoming project tenders, available FPS supply, and current and future demand
Norsk Hydro ASA has reduced its oil and gas production target for 2007 by 3.3 percent, to 585,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boed) from 605,000 boed, due in large to revised production forecast for several non-Hydro-operated fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including Kvitebjørn, Kristin and Volve.
According to Thomson Financial, the Indonesian government launched a tender for 26 oil-and-gas blocks to boost the country's oil and gas production. The oil and gas blocks that were offered today include the Bawean II, East Bawean I, Situbondo, and the North East Madura blocks onshore and offshore East Java province, as well as the South Barito (onshore and offshore) and Mahakam Hilir (onshore) blocks on Kalimantan island. [Source: Thomson Financial]
Employees of Shell Exploration & Production who evacuated from New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina will come back to the city soon, according to a BizNewOrleans report. Former Louisiana Senator John B. Breaux has attempted to step up pressure on Congress to give Louisiana a larger share of oil and gas revenues from offshore production activity as a means of funding the recovery from the hurricane and flood. Breaux has proposed creating the Louisiana Oil Producing and Energy Cooperative with
Louisiana’s governor warned that the state would not support future offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico unless Louisiana gets a share of the federal royalties generated by oil production there. Under a federal law that governs offshore drilling, governors in adjacent states are required to agree that federal lease sales are consistent with their states' coastal management plans. Louisiana governors have traditionally signed off on such lease sales
Northern Offshore Ltd., a Bermuda holding company which operates offshore oil and gas production and drilling vessels, said that the company's drillship Energy Searcher has resumed operations in under its drilling contract with Vietgazprom, according to a report on Trading Markets.com This follows repair work on the drillship, carried out in at an estimated cost of some $4.6m. (Source: Trading Markets.com)
Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary KS Investments Pte Ltd (KSI), has acquired a 27.77% stake (250,000,000 shares) in topside module fabricator Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd (Dyna-Mac) via an equity placement. This follows Dyna-Mac's successful listing on the main board of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX) today. KSI's total investment is S$87.5 million based on the invitation price of 35 cents per share.
U.S. utilities have withdrawn a record amount of natural gas from underground storage to meet heating and power needs during an extremely cold winter, but gas producers say they are confident they can rebuild inventory. By Eileen O'Grady
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
Intertek, the global provider of quality and safety services, will address key topical issues at the NACE Corrosion 2014 conference this week. Corrosion costs $276 billion annually in the U.S. alone and is often responsible for damage, downtime and the costly replacement of vital industrial
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
The Petrobras’ P-55 platform, one of the strategic projects in the 2013-2017 Business and Management Plan, started-up the last Tuesday (12/31/13) in Campos Basin’s Roncador field. P-55 is part of Roncador´s field Module 3 project and will be connected to 17 wells
Royal Dutch Shell plc has updated its expected 2013 results. Fourth quarter 2013 figures, which are expected to be published on January 30, 2014 , are expected to be significantly lower than recent levels of profitability, considering current oil and gas prices and the downstream oil products
The number of floating production units grew 5% in 2013. Here we examine the global market and future opportunities. Currently, there are 319 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field
Amid a positive outlook for the industry in 2014, senior oil and gas professionals have predicted that a deficit of skilled professionals will be the biggest barrier to the growth of their businesses in 2014, according to the research report 'Challenging Climates' released by DNV GL
National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi has issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address: “The President continues to take credit for the surge in domestic oil and natural gas production when the fact is
The FPSO Cidade de Ilhabela, the floating oil and gas production, storage and offloading vessel scheduled to operate in the Sapinhoá field, Santos Basin, has arrived at the Brasa shipyard in Niterói (RJ) to finish lifting and integrating thirteen modules into its processing plant
Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Cameron LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas. The Energy Department announced today that it has conditionally authorized Cameron LNG, LLC (Cameron) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade
Cameron LNG, one of the most advanced US LNG export projects, (promoted by GDF SUEZ as a shareholder and a capacity holder), has been granted conditional non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) approval from the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Non-FTA agreement will enable GDF SUEZ to export LNG
$136 billion expenditures forecast for Floating Production Unit purchases over the next five years Today, 319 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field. FPSOs account for 65% of the existing systems, 74% of systems on order.
Ziff Energy and Gas Processing Management Inc. analyze the gas growth areas of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta and British Columbia. Ziff Energy, a division of HSB Solomon Associates LLC (Solomon), and Gas Processing Management Inc
By Karolin Schaps, Reuters Britain urgently needs its oil and gas companies to pay for a new regulatory body to encourage industry collaboration and counter plunging North Sea production rates, a government review, the first since the mid-1990s, said on Monday.