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Major Conference Marks Helios Final Phase

EU-funded initiative on gas-fuelled, two-stroke ship engines A major international conference on November 27 in Copenhagen marked the final phase of the EU-funded Helios project. Helios is a cooperation research project within the EU´s seventh Framework Program for Research and Technical Development/Transportation with MAN Diesel & Turbo acting as coordinating partner. The general objective of the project is to develop a research platform for an electronically controlled, two-stroke, low-speed, marine diesel engine that operates on the principle of the direct injection of HP Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to meet the needs of the emerging LNG market. A large audience of 100 experts from around the world attended the conference to hear presentations on the gas-engine technologies garnered from Helios as well as on other factors influencing the development of gas-fuelled ship engines. Activities and results A broad range of activities were initiated over the past three years under the Helios framework. A concrete result was the development of the new, gas-fuelled ME-GI engine, a dual-fuel unit that MAN Diesel & Turbo has since released to the market with success. Generally speaking, Helios has generated many, positive results and increased the knowledge base in several technical fields


High Voltage Sub-sea Cable Contract for ABB

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ABB wins Statoil order to install high voltage power subsea cables  to the 'Troll' A gas platform on the western coast of Norway. The Troll A concrete deep water structure is the world’s largest natural gas production platform, 473 meters tall and weighs 1.2 million tons; it is the tallest structure ever to be moved by mankind. The platform can produce as much as 120 million cubic meters per day; it contains approximately 40 percent of the natural gas reserves on the Norwegian


Mobil Discovers New Gas Fields Of Australia

Mobil's wholly owned subsidiary, Mobil Exploration & Producing Australia Pty Ltd., has found significant new gas resources in the Carnarvon Basin, off the northwest coast of Western Australia. This follows two recent major discoveries in exploration permit WA-267-P, in which Mobil has a 25 percent interest. The Orthrus-1 well, the second well of a six-well exploration program in the permit, spudded on October 1 in 3,937 ft. (1,200 m) of water. It reached a depth of 11,712 ft


Texaco Announces Discovery Off Australia

Texaco announced two new gas discoveries in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia by joint ventures comprising Texaco, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and BP. The Iago-1 well, located in Exploration Permit WA-25-P and the Io-1 well in Exploration Permit WA-267-P follow successful wildcat discoveries Geryon-1 (1999), Orthrus-1 (1999), Urania-1 (2000), Maenad-1 (2000) and Jansz-1 (2000) made by Texaco and its partners in the same area adjacent to the giant Gorgon gas field.


CNOOC to Invest $12B in Gas, Oil Exploration

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) will invest $12.5b in gas and oil exploration in the next five years, CRI reported. By 2010, more than 50 new gas and oil fields of CNOOC Limited will be completed and put into production. The new fields, 24 of which are under construction and 13 under development assessment, are mainly located in East China's Bohai Sea, the Pearl River estuary and the Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea


Fourth LEG/LPG Tanker Started

Start of steel construction - from left to right: Bernard Meyer (Meyer Werft), Magne Morken, Bertram Engelsen (both Solvang ASA), Lambert Kruse (Meyer Werft) Magne Morken, Managing Director of the Norwegian shipping company Solvang ASA, pushed the button of the computer-controlled plasma torch for the steel construction of the fourth gas tanker out of a series of four. Cutting of the first steel plate marks the start of the production process of the new gas tanker


Aker Solutions Secures Contract with Total E&P UK Ltd

Aker Solutions has secured a three year contract to provide operations and maintenance services to Total E&P UK Ltd and its joint venture partner DONG E&P (UK) Ltd at the new Shetland Gas Plant (SGP). The agreement includes provision of operations, maintenance and services support personnel for Total E&P UK at the new gas plant, which will receive gas from the Laggan and Tormore fields, west of Shetland.


Bulgaria Weighs Dependence on Russian Energy

Reuters - Bulgaria, heavily dependant on Russia for gas and oil, will estimate its own reserves and seek alternatives to cope with any worsening of the Ukrainian crisis, it said on Tuesday. Bulgaria imports over 70 percent of its energy resources, most of which come from Russia - through Ukraine - and is considering alternatives for its energy security "Several key threats can be outlined that can pose risks to Bulgarian security


ClassNK Issues Approval for Cargo Oil Tank Coating Testing System

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April 5 (Tokyo) - ClassNK announced today that it had provided the world’s first class approval for a coating testing system in line with the IMO’s new performance standard for the protective coatings of crude oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). The approval certifies that JPIA’s new gas chamber corrosion testing system fulfills the testing requirements of the new IMO performance standard


Statoil Hydro wins Offshore Brazil Bid

Statoil Hydro on November 27 said it has won a bid to conduct offshore exploration off Brazil. The Norwegian group was awarded two blocks offshore. The blocks, numbered CM529 and CM530, are located in sea depths of around 100 m. The licenses for the two blocks were to be operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation that would have a 50 percent stake, the same as Statoil Hydro. Statoil Hydro did not state what the bid cost.


Explosion Rocks Natural Gas Processing Plant In Wyoming

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  An explosion on Wednesday rocked a natural gas-processing plant in Wyoming that can churn out about 2 percent of the daily U.S. gas supply, though no injuries were reported. The blast at the Williams Companies Inc plant in Opal, Wyoming


Azeri Shipyard, BP Sign Vessel Construction Contract

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Azeri state energy company SOCAR's shipyard and British oil major BP have signed a $378 million deal to design and build a subsea construction vessel for the Shah Deniz II gas project, BP said on Wednesday.   Azerbaijan's biggest gas field


Gazprom And OMV Chiefs Discuss Alternative European Gas Routes

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  The chief executives of Gazprom and OMV held talks on Tuesday about supplying Russian gas to Europe using routes that bypass Ukraine, they said in a statement. Gazprom's Alexei Miller and OMV's Gerhard Roiss said they had discussed "optional alternative supply


Polish PM Calls For EU Energy Union To End Dependence On Russian Gas

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  The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times.


Is Internal Combustion Engine Methane Slip Harmful to the Environment?

Not only the gas engine itself has to considered when one is talking about methane slip, but also the entire supply chain is important to consider.

Tighter regulations on exhaust emissions are prompting rapid change within the global shipping industry. Orders for scrubber systems have soared higher than before, suppliers of emissions monitoring software are rapidly taking increasing orders


OMV CEO Warns Against More Russia Sanctions

  Europe should avoid more sanctions against Russiaover its role in Ukraine and continue to pursue dialogue with Moscow, the chief executive of OMV , the longest-standing Western trade partner of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, said.


PetroVietNam Gas's Q1 gross profit falls 27.5%

PetroVietNam Gas's first-quarter gross profit fell 27.5 percent to 3.9 trillion dong ($185 million) from a year earlier, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported. PetroVietNam, Vietnam's largest listed company, would seek strategic shareholders in the gas exploration sector


US 2014 Petroleum Production: Why Hubbert was Wrong

Combined production of crude oil, gas and condensates in the United States is on course to a hit a record this year, passing the previous peak set in 1972. The rise in output has confounded the famous forecast made by Shell geologist M King Hubbert who predicted that U.S


DNV GL Oil & Gas to Expand in Norway

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Relocates Norwegian oil and gas HQ to Stavanger, led by Marianne Hauso; to increase staff in Western Norway by 10% in 2014 DNV GL is relocating its oil and gas head office in Norway from Høvik to Stavanger in order to be even closer to its customers, the company said


Drydocks World to Build Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

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Drydocks World, an international service provider to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, announced it has signed an Agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. for building two unique new jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design


Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

 Ukraine is suspending payments to Russia for gas deliveries until the conclusion of price talks, chief executive Andriy Kobolev said on Saturday.   State-run Naftogaz has suspended payments to Russia amid increasing tensions in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union


Aegis Logistics commissioned ahead of schedule

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Aegis Group, a Leader in Oil, Gas and Chemical Logistics, announced successful early commissioning of the 70,120 KL Bulk Liquid Terminal at Pipavav port on West coast of India.   The Pipavav - Phase I expansion was initiated in February 2013 to set up Bulk Liquid Terminal of 1


Russia's Gazprom: Ukraine did not pay for gas on time

Gazprom and Ukraine locked in gas price dispute; Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine stable. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said on Tuesday Ukraine had failed to pay for its March gas supplies on time but did not say whether the company would take any action against Kiev.


Maintenance Cuts Norway's Offshore Gas Output

Norway's gas output will be cut by 24 million cubic metres (mcm) per day due to maintenance at an offshore field on April 11-13, gas system operator Gassco said on Monday.   The maintenance was needed due to preparation for a new well, the message said.  


Russia Sacrifices Gazprom Profit for Politics in Ukraine

Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1


 
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