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Aker Kvaerner's Technologies Win OTC Award

Aker Kvaerner's focus on technology has been duly recognized by the 2007 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Aker Kvaerner's PowerTracCone Crusher and Aker Kvaerner's SeaBooster technologies have both won 2007 OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards. The PowerTrac Cone Crusher(TM) (full press release attached) provides a new solution for cost efficient, safe and environmentally sound removal of scale from well completions. Aker Kvaerner's SeaBooster(TM) (full press release attached) increases production rate of oil wells requiring local pressure support by injecting sea water. The OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards showcases advanced technologies for the offshore oil and gas industry. Companies exhibiting at this year's OTC submitted entries detailing why their innovative technology should be in the spotlight at OTC.

Hunting profit flat on weak North Sea, Canada

Energy services firm Hunting posted pretax profit broadly flat on the previous year, but just short of analyst expectations, as a lack of drilling in the North Sea and Canada hit demand for equipment and services. The company, which provides equipment and services for drilling and completing oil wells, reported underlying profit before tax of $196 million on revenue of $1.3 billion, with demand in the Gulf of Mexico and Asia helping offset weakness in Europe and Canada.

Global Drilling Expected To Bounce Back In 2000

World drilling activity for oil and gas fell 24 percent in 1999 from 1998, but levels should bounce back in 2000, IHS Energy Group said. "In 2000, I expect levels to reach at least those of 1998," said Ian Cross, Asia director for IHS, who produced an IHS report on world drilling activity in 1999. "Some areas in 2000 will be slow to catch up. I think the Far East will be one of them. There is less money going into this region," he said.

DNV GL's P&A Guideline Could Save O&G $ 32 bln

Per Jahre Nilsen

The plugging and abandonment (P&A) of offshore wells represents a significant cost to operating companies and national authorities. On the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) alone, the cost is estimated to be USD108bn (NOK1870bn) over the next 40 years. Now a new DNV GL guideline will introduce a risk-based approach instead of the current prescriptive practice. DNV GL estimates that when combined with optimized project execution and new technology, the P&A cost can be reduced by 30-50%

“Idle Iron” Mandate to Plug Wells Could Save Some GOM Jobs

Yesterday Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich announced a mandate – effective October 15, 2010 – that oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico will be required to set permanent plugs in nearly 3,500 nonproducing wells that are currently completed with a subsurface safety valve in place and dismantle about 650 oil and gas production platforms if they are no longer being used

Sound Oil Upgrades Recoverable Volume of the SMG

James Parsons, Sound Oils Chief Executive Officer

  Sound Oil, the European / Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, achieved a significant upgrade in the recoverable volume of the Santa Maria Goretti ("SMG") gas prospect, onshore Italy.   The onshore SMG Permit sits in the Marche Region in Central Eastern Italy, covers an area of 101km2 and is owned 100% by Sound Oil.  The SMG Permit area contains the southern extension of two significant producing gas fields, from 4 wells

Use a new EOR technology brings award for BP

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  In recognition of the breakthrough new enhanced oil recovery – or EOR – technology, BP has been presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was presented on 4 May, 2014 at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas. This is the second time in four years that BP has won the award at this major annual gathering for oil and gas professionals. BP's plans to use the new enhanced oil recovery – or EOR – technology from day one of

Petrobras Sets Record in Brazil

  Consolidated Oil and Gas Petrobras in Brazil and abroad, production amounted to 2 million 795 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe) in October. This volume was 0.5% higher than in September, which was 2 million 781 thousand boe. Oil production in Brazil grew by 0.4% compared to September, and reaches a new high. Oil production from Petrobras in Brazil reached in October average of 2 million 126 thousand barrels / day (bpd), 0

Brightoil Reports Steady Growth in Interim Results

Photo: Brightoil Petroleum

Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, reporting steady growth over the period.   During the period, profit attributable to the owners of the group increased 3% year-on-year to HK$561 million. Basic earnings per share amounted to 6.41 HK cents, up 3% from a year ago. Total revenue climbed 11% from HK$40.3 billion in 1HFY2014 toHK$44.9 billion for the period as the twin-engines business model (upstream and

Nigeria Ramps up Push to Eradicate Oil Theft

Nigerian authorities hope to put an end to rampant oil theft in eight months by increasing drone and naval monitoring of territorial waters and working with local communities, the state oil company chief said on Tuesday.   The Niger delta has been plagued by oil theft for years that has left the region heavily polluted and prompted foreign oil companies, particularly Shell, to sell onshore assets.   "We must eradicate oil theft in eight months ..

BSEE Participates in Circumpolar Gap Analysis Workgroup

Workshop Participants Photo BSEE

  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement staff from the Oil Spill Preparedness Division attended an international workshop last month that focused on how Arctic meteorological and oceanographic conditions can affect traditional oil spill response strategies.

The Digital Oilfield Microwave Communication Offshore Brazil

 FPSO Skarv with  Pointlink antennas. Photo: BP

With most offshore wells in Brazil located between 30 and 300 km from the coast, communication with offshore assets has not always been straightforward or reliable. Some operators and service providers still use traditional maritime VSAT services for coverage offshore Brazil

Marintec China Indicates Growth

Image: UBM Maritime Events

 Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk of a slowdown in China and its hard-hit shipyards.   The two years since the last Marintec China event have not

Wärtsilä's' Digital Services for Performance Enhancement

Genius services courtesy Wartsila

  Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, launches a new service portfolio, Wärtsilä Genius services to help Wärtsilä's customers seize the opportunities from digitalisation.

Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb

Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of reduced arbitrage volumes from the West next month even as the market remained quiet, traders said.  

Alaska Buys TransCanada AK LNG Stake

Alaska LNG project. Photo by

 The State of Alaska has finalized a deal with TransCanada to buy out the pipeline company's share in the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas export project for nearly $65 million.   Alaska has completed the buyout of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project

Deepwater Downturn: Bump in the Road or Long-Term Slowing of Growth?

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IMA/World Energy Reports has just completed a comprehensiveassessment of the five year outlook for the deepwater sector.  The new report – the 19th annual floater market forecast prepared by IMA since 1996 -- provides our forecast of orders for floating production systems between 2016

Fredriksen's Firms See Diverging Fortunes

Rig firm Seadrill sees tough market continuing in 2016. Firms in Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen's empire saw contrasting fortunes on Tuesday, as rig firm Seadrill booked $1.8 billion in writedowns while tanker firm Frontline turned around its fortunes after years of turmoil.

Technology Readiness Levels Defined for Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility Courtesy BSEE

  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) staff participated in a workgroup meeting at the bureau's Ohmsett facility in Leonardo, N.J., as part of the workgroup’s efforts to define Technology Readiness Levels for use in the oil spill response community.

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

  Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines

BEST Sets STS Crane Record

A total of 1,471 containers were loaded and 2,080 were discharged. Courtesy BEST

  On October 27, Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved another milestone for the Port of Barcelona. BEST serviced the MSC Livorno, a 14,000 TEU vessel with 8 ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, the first time that a container terminal in Barcelona has operated such a high number

Second Quake hits North Oklahoma

  A magnitude 4.1 quake hit near the north Oklahoma town of Medford on Friday, the second temblor in two days to hit the area where energy extraction takes place. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 4.6, struck at 4:40 p.m. at a shallow depth of 4

USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements

The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil.   The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing

Tanker Rate Spike Dents Efforts to Store Oil Glut at Sea

Record high freight rates are creating more headaches for traders looking to house millions of barrels of unsold crude oil and who already face potential losses due to record high stocks.   They have to decide on whether to use tankers for longer term storage until they can sell their

Traders Prepare for Next Oil Price Dip

March 2016 would mark start of low-demand spring season. Oil traders are preparing for another downward turn in prices by March 2016, market data suggests, as what is expected to be an unusually warm winter dents demand just as Iran's resurgent crude exports hit global markets after sanctions

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