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Gas Leak Closes Visund Platform

A major natural gas leak shut down the Norwegian Visund offshore oil and natural gas platform, AP reported. No one was injured in the incident, but 17 of 91 crew members aboard were flown to a nearby North Sea platform by helicopter as a precaution when gas and fire alarms sounded. It was a major leak, but that strong winds kept the gas away from the platform itself. Gas leaks on offshore platforms can cause catastrophic explosions and fires, often far from shore, and the agency said it was investigating the incident. Visund was the sixth Statoil-operated field suffering problems this week. The total lost production is 250,000 barrels per day of oil and condensate, also called light oil, and about 50 million cubic meters of natural gas. Statoil ASA will check for any recurring problems in the various incidents. The Visund field produces about 35,000 barrels of oil and 5 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. It was not clear when production would resume. (Source: AP)


Schat-Harding to Exceed SOLAS Standards

Schat-Harding has agreed with Statoil to recall six of its FF1000S skid-launched freefall lifeboats for strengthening beyond SOLAS requirements. In service tests show that SOLAS requirements may need modifying for free fall boats for very high drop heights from some North Sea oil platforms. The move follows tests on boats installed on Statoil's Veslefrikk B platform in the North Sea. "The boat had been type approved by Lloyd's Register for a service freefall


Siemens Installs First North Sea Platform

All photos: Siemens

Siemens has installed the HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea, marking the completion of a stage in German grid connection projects. HelWin1 will link the two offshore wind farms Nordsee Ost and Meerwind to the mainland. Using the Siemens technology installed on the platform, the alternating current power generated by the wind turbines is transformed into low-loss direct current for transmission onto land. Starting next year


Kara Sea Platform 'West Alpha' Starts Drilling

West Alpha: Photo courtesy of PSA Norway

The 'West Alpha' platform, owned by North Atlantic Drilling, has begun drilling the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea as part of a joint Rosneft and ExxonMobil project, reports Russian official news agency 'Arctic-info'. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who took part in the launch of works by videoconference, called it an important step in the development of prospective fields in the Arctic. He noted the uniqueness of the project in terms of technologies applied in exploration and


ASC Chosen for North Sea Platform

Autoship Systems Corporation (ASC) of Vancouver, Canada announced the installation of its Autoload onboard stability software on Gjøa, one of the largest projects in the North Sea today. Gjøa's recoverable reserves are approximately 82 million barrels of oil and condensate and roughly 40 billion standard cubic metres of gas. More than 200 km of pipeline are to be laid at Gjøa as well as the cable that is going to supply the platform with power from shore


Statoil North Sea Platform Incident Leads to Partial Evacuation

Snorre Rig: Image courtesy of Statoil

Statoil say that a situation arose in which drill fluid was lost as a new well was being drilled on Snorre A, in the Tampen area of the North Sea. Statoil explain that while it was possible to quickly reduce the loss of drill fluid to the reservoir, adverse weather conditions created some uncertainty as to when a vessel might get out to the platform with a new supply of drill fluid. As a purely preventive measure, 117 out of a total 254 platform personnel were transferred to Gullfaks A and


North Sea Platform Leak: Crew Evacuated

Cormorant Alpha Platform: Photo credit TAQA

TAQA, the global energy company based in Abu Dhabi, confirms a hydrocarbon release detected in one of the Cormorant Alplha platform legs. The hydrocarbons were discovered at 09.40 hours local UK time on Saturday, 2, March during maintenance work. The platform and all pipeline infrastructure were shut down as a precaution and the company removed 71 non-essential personnel from the platform via crew change flights, reporting everyone safe and well.


PSV 'Skandi Caledonia' Hire Extended, Rate Increased

Photo courtesy of DOF

Three more years North Sea hire for DOP platform supply vessel 'Skandi Caledonia' Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has secured a three-year contract extension with Danish operator Maersk Oil for its platform supply vessel Skandi Caledonia for work in the UK North Sea sector. The three-year option now exercised from October this year replaces an earlier one-year option, with the dayrate for the new period  - which was not disclosed - set to increase 25%.


Repair Job Underway at Victoria Shipyard

The Times Colonist reported that repairs started at Victoria Shipyards on a platform used to propel commercial satellites into orbit. The Odyssey Launch Platform is undergoing repairs after a failed mission damaged the vessel in January after 20 consecutive successful launches. The platform, which is 436.6 ft. long or almost one and a half football fields in length, is owned by Sea Launch, an international partnership of four American, Russian, Ukrainian and Norwegian businesses


First of Type DP2 IMO 70m Catamaran FCB Under Construction

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced a first of type 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat (FCB), compliant with IMO HSC code and complete with a crew transfer system consisting of dynamic positioning equipment class (DP2) coupled with a stabilized access platform. Construction of the vessel has commenced at the shipbuilder Incat Tasmania, with delivery scheduled for September 2014. The vessel will operate as a fast crew transfer vessel for 150 offshore workers to multiple offshore installations


Raytheon Anschütz Enhance Bridge INS

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz says it has launched a new Synapsis software release and hardware infrastructure, which will further enhance the bridge alarm management and add new features and capabilities to the Integrated Navigation System (INS).


Chloropac Anti-Fouling Selected for Largest Decommissioning Vessel

Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest decommissioning and pipe laying vessel

Allseas Group S.A., a global offshore pipe installation and subsea construction company, has selected Evoqua Water Technologies’ Chloropac electrochlorination system to protect onboard cooling water for Pieter Schelte, the world’s largest decommissioning and pipe laying vessel.


Rowan Viking Rig Upgrade Completed

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has completed the upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea, in thirty days less than was initially projected by the client. Owner Rowan Companies plc


RDS Wins Engineering and Design Contract for Sea Lion

Rig design and engineering specialist RDS has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by AMEC for Premier Oil’s Sea Lion development in the North Falklands Basin. RDS is the rig design and engineering subsidiary of international drilling and engineering contractor


Navy Unmanned Aircraft Sets the Bar

Night-flying X-47B: Photo USN

The Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft has completed its final test aboard 'USS Theodore Roosevelt' (CVN 71) and has returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea
, informs U.S. Naval Air Systems Command.


ASNE to Host Launch & Recovery Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) announced that registration has opened for its Launch and Recovery Symposium 2014: Launch and Recovery of Manned and Unmanned Vehicles from Surface Platforms. The theme for 2014 is Mission Effectiveness, Safety and Affordability.


Textron Awarded $22-M Navy LCAC Contract Modification

LCAC: Photo USN

The US Department of Defense informs that Textron Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, is being awarded a $21,904,620 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-2401) for the construction of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 of the ship-to-shore connector (SSC) program.


Brazilian PSVs Get Rolls-Royce Offshore Cranes

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Detroit Chile SA to supply offshore cranes to nine Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) presently under construction at Detroit Brasil Ltda. shipyard, in Itajaì, Brazil. The delivery will include nine ship sets of the dual draglink crane


Collaboration Tackles Sea Spray Icing Challenges

Photo: DNV GL

Sea spray icing is one of the major challenges when operating in Arctic conditions. DNV GL is now launching an industry collaboration which will develop a simulation model that bridges functional winterization requirements and real physical conditions for drilling rigs


GPE Secures MARS Tanker Power Contract

Jake Moir

Gresham Power Electronics (GPE), the Salisbury-based defence and commercial power conversion specialist, has secured a £1.18 million order to supply uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to be fitted to Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers currently being built by


Schlumberger Launches First Photorealistic Reservoir Geology Service

Quanta Geo

  Schlumberger today launched the Quanta Geo* photorealistic reservoir geology service at the Offshore Northern Seas Annual Conference and Exhibition. The new service includes the industry’s first microresistivity imager that produces oriented, photorealistic


Kvaerner in Statoil Unmanned Platform Project

Thin legs concept: Image courtesy of Kvaerner

Kvaerner say that Statoil has awarded it a concept study related to a standardised, unmanned dry tree wellhead platform for the Oseberg Future Development project. The concept is focused on minimisation of facilities, equipment and costs down to water depths of 150 meters and may be a cost


Video: On-water Helicopter Rescue Demo

A King County Sheriff's Helicopter performed a rescue demonstration using a new rescue platform before a group of attendees at this year's Maritime Security West Conference in Tacoma, Wash. on August 18, 2014. The Seattle Fire Department, with the support of King County Sheriff's Office and


Motion Compensation Aids Offshore Lifeboat Lift

A lifeboat on the Ampelmann system right before installation (Photo courtesy of Ampelmann)

In a refurbishment program to upgrade lifeboats on offshore platforms, Ampelmann completed a second successful reinstallation using its full motion compensation technology. The eight-metric-ton lifeboat was kept completely stationary above the vessel deck


Pipeline Corrosion Shutters Statoil's Troll C Platform

Statoils TRoll C Platform in the north Sea (photo courtesy Statoil)

Norway's Statoil shut oil and gas production at its Troll C platform in the North Sea after inspections found corrosion damage on a pipeline, the company said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. The platform was shut on Sunday and the repair is expected to take seven days, Statoil said






 
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