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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


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


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


Talisman Sinopec Closes North Sea Platform Ahead of Storm

Talisman Sinopec Energy UK has closed its Buchan Alpha platform in the North Sea, the company said on Wednesday, ahead of an expected severe winter storm. The Buchan Alpha is a floating production installation that contributes less than 5,000 barrels of oil per day to the Forties crude stream. A spokeswoman for the company, a joint venture between Canada's Talisman and China's Sinopec, said 61 non-essential personnel had been taken from the installation to Aberdeen, Scotland


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


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%.


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.


N. Sea Forties Echo Platform Shut after Collision

The Forties Echo platform in the North Sea has been shut after being hit by a supply vessel, a spokesman for operator Apache North Sea said on Monday.   Fifteen workers were taken off the platform and transferred to the nearby Forties Bravo platform following the collision, which happened at about 0840 GMT on Monday morning, the spokesman said. Another 15 remain on the platform.   The spokesman also confirmed there had been no leak of hydrocarbons


First Retrofit Plant for Drain Water Treatment

For the treatment of drain water by centrifugal separators and decanters, GEA recently delivered the first retrofit plant to a drilling platform in the waters of Alaska. (Photo: GEA)

With two centrifuge skids for the treatment of drain water, GEA’s Business Unit Mechanical Separation, recently delivered the first retrofit plant.   While drilling for oil, drain water collects on the platform in large volumes, which is passed into large tanks together with other


China Reef Work Could Lead to New Exclusion Zone

China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, the U.S. military commander for Asia said on Wednesday.  


NAO, Vard Push Back PSV Deliveries

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) informs that it has agreed with the Norwegian based Vard Aukra shipyard to extend the delivery of two platform supply vessel (PSV) newbuildings, originally scheduled to be delivered in mid-2015.   Under the new agreement


SEACOR Marine Sweeps NOIA SIS Awards

Safety-in-Seas-awards-2015

  The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today presented SEACOR Marine with the 2015 NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award and Safety Practice Award. This is the first time the same company has won awards in the same year


Powerful Submarines Join Israel’s Navy

The new Tanin (Crocodile) submarine en route to Israel from Germany. Image by Israel Defense Forces

 The Israel Navy’s fourth submarine, the ISS Tanin (Crocodile), is expected to become fully operational in a few weeks and participate in naval operations.   The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry


Palfinger Chooses NAMJet Waterjets

Photos courtesy of Palfinger

Netherlands-based Palfinger Boats has launched the first of two Damen-designed FRSQ 1200 fast-rescue/oil response vessels.   Built in Harderwijk, Netherlands, the 12-meter (40-foot) vessel is powered by dual 440-horsepower (hp) Yanmar diesels mated to twin NAMJet TJ431 HH waterjets.


World's Largest Ship: Pioneering Spirit Awaits Completion

Photo: Eric Haun

Final construction aboard the world’s largest vessel, Pioneering Spirit (formerly named Pieter Schelte), is wrapping up in the Port of Rotterdam before the vessel can be commissioned off Norway this summer.   Built primarily at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in South Korea


Blaze hits Mexico Oil Platform, 300 Workers Evacuated

Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that it was fighting a fire on oil platform in Campeche Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, home to the country's biggest oil field, and that some 300 workers have been evacuated. Pemex said on Twitter that a fire had broken out on the Abkatun


Hess Selects BMT for Stampede Marine Monitoring System

BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT), an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been selected by Hess Corporation to supply an Integrated Marine Monitoring System (IMMS) for the Stampede Tension Leg Platform (TLP) in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.


Fatal Blaze at Platform

fire that broke out midweek at the Pemex-operated Abkatun Alpha platform. Courtesy Pemex

Four workers were killed and 16 were injured in a fire that broke out midweek at the Pemex-operated Abkatun Alpha platform in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche. Petroleos Mexicanos, with the support of the Navy succeeded in extinguishing the blaze. 


Indonesian New Port in Subang or Indramayu, Not in Cilamaya

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (Image: The Australian National University)

 The Indonesian government has scrapped the long-awaited Cilamaya port project in Karawang district, West Java province, and is seeking a better location in Subang or Indramayu.   The Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who visited Cilamaya with several ministers


Pemex: 2015 Output Unaffected by Platform Blaze

Mexican state oil giant Pemex expects to meet its 2015 output target of 646,000 barrels per day (bpd) for the oil-producing region where a platform exploded last week, killing four people and leaving three more missing, a top executive said on Sunday.


China Likely to be Major Global Naval Power

Chinese navy: Peoples Liberation Army Navy

 Two analysts claimed yesterday that China is beefing up its credentials as a maritime force so that it can become a true superpower like the United States.   According to prominent historian Wang Gungwu,  with the recent Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road


Japan May Build Seaport in Indonesia

Image:  Pt. Sanba Industries Indonesia

 Japan is still interested to build a seaport in Indonesia after its plan to build the Cilamaya seaport was cancelled, reported Antara News as Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Yusron Ihza Mahendra saying.   He said he was confident that Japan was still interested to build a seaport


BlueTEC Platform Ready for Generation

Tidal BlueTec platform (lowres)

  The first BlueTEC Tidal Energy platform was formally named by the Mayor of Texel, the Netherlands this morning. The floating platform, which holds tidal turbines below the sea surface, will soon be positioned near the island of Texel – supplying clean electricity to the Dutch grid






 
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