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OTC Names 2013 “Distinguished Achievement Award” Recipients

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will present its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards on May 5 at the Annual OTC Dinner to Ken Arnold for individual achievement and to Total Exploration and Production for corporate achievement. In addition, the Heritage Award will be presented to E. Dendy Sloan, PhD and James Brill, PhD.                                   The Annual OTC Dinner will take place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The dinner kicks off the world’s largest conference for offshore development May 6-9 at Reliant Park in Houston. OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals Ken Arnold is being recognized for his outstanding leadership and extensive contributions to the E&P industry. His many achievements include playing an integral role in the offshore industry’s focus on safety through the development of Recommended Practices for offshore design and safety management; and developing approaches to both equipment sizing and facility project management that are still in use today. He also has been instrumental in the effort to establish oilfield facilities engineering as a recognized technical engineering specialty. OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies, Organizations, or Institutions


Oil Companies to Establish Arctic R&D Center

Rosneft and ExxonMobil jointly agree to develop tight oil reserves in Western Siberia & establish a joint 'Arctic Research Center for Offshore Developments' Rosneft and ExxonMobil agreed to expand and expedite joint efforts to develop oil reserves in tight low-permeability formations in Western Siberia using advanced technologies that ExxonMobil has successfully employed in North America. The other agreement signed will enable ExxonMobil to join the new Arctic Research Center


Wärtsilä to Supply Direct Electric Heating for Chevron African Offshore Oilfield

Wärtsilä Direct Electric Heating

Wärtsilä was contracted to supply its Direct Electric Heating (Wärtsilä DEH) system for Chevron Overseas Congo Limited's Lianzi offshore development project, located off the Republic of Congo and Angolan coasts. The 9,000-kW system will be used to heat the 43-km subsea production pipeline between the Lianzi field and the Benguela Belize Lobito Tomboco (BBLT) platform. The Lianzi field lies approximately 100 km off the coast of the Republic of Congo


Offshore Wind Energy – Scotland Could Take Global Lead

Scotland's foremost energy economist to tell “All Energy” Aberdeen conference that plans for a controversial demonstrator wind farm in Aberdeen Bay could enable Scotland to take a global lead in the development of offshore wind energy. According to a 'Scotsman' news report, Donald Trump, who is threatening to pull the plug on his £750 million golf resort development in Aberdeenshire because of the plans for the “monstrous” 11-turbine offshore development


NEVA Opens in St. Petersburg

The Neva-2005 International Shipping, Shipbuilding, Ports and Offshore Energy Exhibition opened in St. Petersburg on Monday. It is held for the eighth time under the auspices of the Maritime Board under the Russian government and under the patronage of the city’s Maritime Assembly. The exhibition organisers have attracted over 500 companies from 40 countries to participate in the event. A number of countries, including Russia will display their national expositions and industry groups.


OTC 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will present its 2011 Distinguished Achievement Awards on May 1 to Cortis (Cort) Cooper for his pioneering work in metocean research, and to BP Norway for the Life of Field seismic reservoir surveillance project. ExxonMobil Development Company will receive a special citation for its deepwater project implementation in Angola.   The awards will be presented at the Annual OTC Dinner


Strong Growth Forecast for Offshore Operations & Maintenance

Over $335 billion worth of expenditure is expected over the next five years on offshore operations and maintenance, according to a new report, The World Offshore Operations & Maintenance Market Forecast 2012-2016, by Douglas-Westwood. “In 2011, demand for offshore operations & maintenance services totalled $52.5 billion, having grown at a compound rate of 6.3 percent over the past five years,” said Jenny Harbour, author of the report


Kvaerner, COOEC Complete Demo Platform Module

Kvaerner and COOEC have jointly invested in engineering and fabricating of a demonstration module to document the partners' combined capabilities for delivering new offshore oil and gas platforms. After the start of the engineering and procurement in January 2011, the fabrication of the module was completed and presented to business partners at the COOEC fabrication yard in Qingdao in China on 25 August 2011. The two international oil and gas contractors


DNV GL Wins Statoil Contract for the North Sea

Mariner with reservoir. Credit Statoil ASA

DNV GL U.K. has secured the third party ICP (Independent Competent Person) multimillion GBP contract, related to compliance with U.K. Offshore Regulations for the Statoil Mariner project. The award is the culmination of two years’ of project FEED support, assisting Statoil in developing Performance Standards and the Written Scheme of Examination (WSE) under the U.K. Offshore Safety Case Regulations for the Production Drilling Quarters (PDQ), Subsea, Umbilical’s


Kvaerner Appoints Allen Executive VP

Kvaerner appointed Tony Allen as Executive Vice President for its International business area.  Allen has more than 30 years of industry experience and has been part of the corporate management with several of the leading EPC contractors for the oil and gas industry, including SNC-Lavalin Inc., Humphries & Glasgow and Earl and Wright. He also worked as a Project Manager and Technical Director for Kvaerner in the 1990s.


Statoil Awards Mariner Contracts to UK Suppliers

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited

  Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field to Aker Solutions UK.  The offshore services contract has been awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited, also based in the UK.


UK Suppliers Win Statoil Contracts

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited (Credit Statoil)

Statoil (UK) Limited has awarded Aker Solutions UK with the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field.  Likewise, the offshore services contract was awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited (UK). Aker Solutions will perform the services for the Mariner field


Sovcomflot Reports “Strong Start” for Q1 2014

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Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, a global top-five tanker company, reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company, which offers crude oil, refined petroleum products and liquefied gas transportation services, recorded a “strong start” with highlights as


RS Holds Offshore O&G Field Development Seminar

On May 27-29, 2014 in Astrakhan, Russia, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) held a seminar on shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas field development for experts representing RS offices in Russia and abroad. The seminar covered latest amendments to the procedural requirements of the


HSOG, Chowgule Create India Offshore Service Hub

International oil and gas service specialist HSOG has joined forces with the Chowgule Group, a multi-industrial International conglomerate, to offer a full range of maintenance and modification services to the offshore sector to service the international market.


Two More CTruk Workboats For OTS

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OTS took delivery of its sixth CTruk 20T MPC vessel, with its seventh coming by the end of May. Pontrilas-based Offshore Turbine Services (OTS) offers crew, fuel, cargo and equipment transfer services to offshore wind turbines, sub stations and other offshore developments requiring maritime


Total's Intelligent AUV by 2016

Totals AUV

  To improve the monitoring of subsea installations Total and Chevron have tasked a team of a dozen researchers for building an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) by 2016.The intelligent submarine will be capable of inspecting wellheads and pipelines over tens of kilometers, in 3


RS Expands Participation in Offshore Projects

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is to undertake ship construction survey for the Lukoil Group. This project follows the RS effective cooperation with one of the major RF oil companies in developing offshore hydrocarbon resources.


NCS Survey Hires Goldsworthy

Simon Goldsworthy

NCS Survey, an Acteon company, has appointed Simon Goldsworthy as business development manager in its Aberdeen office. Goldsworthy will be responsible for building relationships with existing and potential clients and growing NCS Survey’s presence in the offshore industry globally


Industry Targets Improved Offshore Leak Detection

Christian Markussen

Leak detection is a considerable challenge facing the industry, and DNV GL has therefore taken the lead in establishing a new Joint Industry Project (JIP). Twenty key industry players are partnering to develop a best practice for designing and implementing offshore leak detection systems.


Ukraine's Black Sea Gas Ambitions Seen at Risk over Crimea

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


World Development Drilling & Production Forecast

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Douglas-Westwood has launched the first of a new suite of quarterly products which provide unparalleled insight into global oil & gas drilling & production (D&P); the core driver of oilfield services and equipment markets worldwide


Study: Outlook Strong for Offshore Pipe Industry

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The European outlook for the offshore pipe industry in 2014 is positive, according to a recent report conducted by Tata Steel, a supplier of innovative deep-water pipe line solutions. The study, conducted by Europe’s second largest steel producer, points to high energy demand from Africa


Wärtsilä Pumps Chosen for North Sea FSU

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä said it signed a contract in late 2013 for a range of pumping solutions for a new Floating Storage Unit (FSU) which will operate on the Mariner oilfield in the North Sea. Wärtsilä's contract was signed with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) which will build the FSU in


ABS to Class its First Japan-Flagged Vessel

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Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel will be built to ABS class for Offshore Japan Corporation by Japan Marine United Corporation. ABS has been selected by Offshore Japan Corporation (OJC) to class its newly-ordered Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel






 
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