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Delayed Production Start at Njord after Gas Leak

The Njord-platform. Archive photo: Statoil

Production on the Njord platform was shut down on April 24 as a result of operational problems with gaskets in a gas export compressor. Later the same day, during work to resume production, a gas leak was discovered in one of the risers. All production on Njord was immediately shut down and will remain shut down until the cause of the leak has been determined. Production at the Njord field has been shut down since April 1 as a safety measure, while inspection of risers is carried out after earlier discoveries of internal damage to a particular type of flexible pipe. The first instances of damage were discovered during a planned inspection last autumn, and an inspection programme was initiated which is now being carried out. Riser inspection is also being carried out at the Visund field. Risers are the pipes that convey oil and gas from the seabed to the installation, and consist of several layers of plastic and steel. Production at Njord and Visund is planned to be phased in again in due course as inspection of the risers confirms that they are in order, or after they have been repaired or replaced. The Njord field resumed partial production on April 16, but was shut down again on April 24 when manual measurements during a work operation revealed a gas leak from one of the risers after an automatic shutdown. The well was contained when the leak occurred.


Nigeria Maritime Workers' Strike Looms Large

Maritime Workers Threaten Pullout Nationwide

  There are strong indications that the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) may shut down port operations nationwide from tomorrow (17 December), and begin an indefinite strike over a number of longstanding issues. At the weekend, the union notified the relevant authorities - such as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and terminal operators – of the intention to shut down the ports


Oil Prices Fall, Emergency Oil Flows

Newswires reported that oil prices fell 2.4 percent on Tuesday as the energy industry showed signs of recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and industrialized countries prepared to tap emergency supplies to avert a crunch. U.S. crude CLc1> settled down $1.61 to $65.96 a barrel, below last week's peak $70.85. Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast early last week, shutting down nearly all U.S. offshore crude oil production and paralyzing more than 10 percent of refining capacity


Britain Prepares For Next Anticipated Computer Glitch

British maritime authorities have reportedly chartered winter tugboats early to help head off a possible shipping disaster anticipated on Thursday - the ninth day of the ninth month, 1999. The date entry "9/9/99" is a "stop file" in some old computers - a command that could shut down systems on an unknown number of ships plying the open seas, Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials said. The failure of navigation or other operations on large ships is the main concern for the MCA when the


Production Resumed on Brage and Veslefrikk

The Oseberg A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Production on the Brage and Veslefrikk fields has been resumed after the small fire on the Oseberg A platform in the on June 15. The small fire occurred in a high voltage room on the Oseberg A platform which is part of the Oseberg field center.  The high voltage room supplies electric power to the utility systems on the field center.  Both the processing and the transport of oil and gas from the Oseberg field centre were stopped immediately


Shell Resuming Nigeria EA Oil Production

Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it had resumed production of Nigerian EA crude oil and lifted its force majeure on the grade after completing repairs to a mooring platform. Shell shut down output on June 12 after weather damage to its platform, the company said. The EA field is located south west of Warri in water depths of around 25 meters.   Reporting by Joe Brock


Hammerfest LNG Plant Resumes Production

Hammerfest LNG Plant: Photo credit Statoil

The Norwegian LNG plant was shut down due to water ingress in natural gas driers, but is now back in production. Large amounts of natural gas are sent ashore and cooled down at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya, the world’s most northerly and Europe’s first export facility for LNG from Snøhvit, the first petroleum development in the Barents Sea that has no installations above the sea’s surface.


Nigerian Shipowners in Dire Financial Straits

Nigeria ensign: Image CCL

The Nigerian Ship Owners Association, NSA, has informed that some of its members are currently grappling with huge financial indebtedness to some banks, which has been aggregated at over $3billion (N480bn) reports the country's National Mirror. NSA, formerly known as the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria ISAN, is the umbrella body for all fully Nigerian- owned shipping firms made up of over 40 companies, most of which have closed down or at the verge of being closed down.


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea. Drummond only recently reopened the port in northern Colombia after the government had shut down operations until the miner completed an upgrade to meet new environmental legislation. It missed the January deadline for finishing work.


MacGregor's 'Soft Start' Benefits Powerful Electric Motors

MacGregors new “soft start” method reduces starting current peaks to half that of Direct On Line start-up, minimising stresses on mechanical and hydraulic components

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has introduced a new electric starter cabinet for hydraulic hatch cover power units on bulk carriers and general cargo ships. It features an intelligent “soft-start” function that avoids starting current peaks and reduces stresses on mechanical and hydraulic components. "A ship has a closed electrical system and so current peaks may cause disturbances elsewhere in the system


Maersk Line’s Chinese New Year 2015

Image by Maersk Line

 Eastbound Blank Sailings:  The 4713 Chinese New Year (CNY) begins on February 19th, 2015, and will run for 15 days as the people around the world reunite to celebrate the holiday.    Maersk Line has advised customers of nine blanked sailings over the CNY holiday period


North American Rig Counts Continue Decline

The number of U.S. oil and gas rigs declined by 48 last week, according to data released today by Baker Hughes, which shows the number of U.S. rigs is now down to 1,310, a decrease of 461 from a year ago and the lowest since January 2010.  


Refinery Strike Affects One-Fifth of U.S. Capacity

The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week on Sunday as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines. Sources familiar with the negotiations said talks may resume by mid-week to end the walkout by 6


LNG Destination Clauses May End: IGU

Destination clauses on contracts for liquefied natural gas (LNG)shipments will soon be a thing of the past because of the shale revolution in the United States, the head of the International Gas Union said in an interview. Japan and other buyers of LNG have long complained that the destination


US Proposes Allowing Oil, Gas Drilling off Atlantic Coast

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed allowing for the first time oil and gas exploration in a wide swath of U.S. waters off the Atlantic Coast.   The 2017 to 2022 drilling plan begins a process that could take many years before waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina


Libya Returns Fuel Tanker to Rival Government

Libya's recognized government has released a tanker forced to dock at a port under its control after originally banning it from delivering fuel to its rival administration, a port official said on Tuesday.   War planes forced the tanker Anwaar Afriqya to sail to Tobruk after it had


New Fighting for Libyan Oil Ports

New clashes erupted on Tuesday between rival factions fighting for control of Libya's biggest oil ports Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, killing at least 10 people, the two sides said.   The fighting came a day after the United Nations said it was seeking a ceasefire to pave the way for a new round


West Coast Port Cargo Halt in Weekend to Hit US Economy

Image: Pacific Maritime Association

 The loading and unloading of cargo freighters is suspending at all 29 U.S. West Coast ports this weekend because of chronic slowdowns on the docks that shippers and terminal operators have blamed on the dockworkers' union, says a Reuters report.


Libya's Hariga Oil Port Shut Due to Strike

Libyas port (Image: Temehu)

 Libya's eastern oil export port Hariga shut down because of a strike over unpaid salaries of  security guards, closing the country's last functioning export port apart from two offshore fields.  The closure will lower oil output to less than 300,000 barrels a day


Senate Subcommittee Holds Hearing on U.S. Ports

(Photo courtesy of the RILA)

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security held a hearing on U.S. ports today titled "Keeping Goods Moving." The hearing comes during a labor standoff between shipping companies and port workers that shut down 29 West


Libya Reopens Oil Port After Strike

Libya reopened its oil port of Hariga on Tuesday, ending a strike by guards that had threatened to further slash exports as rival factions fight for control of the OPEC country. The threat to shut down Hariga underlined the fragility of oil shipments as two competing governments and their armed


First Oil tanker Libya's Hariga Since Strike, Storm

An oil tanker has docked at Libya's port of Hariga for the first time since security guards ended a strike this week and a storm passed, a port official said on Thursday. Authorities managed earlier this week to persuade security guards to end a strike over delayed salary payments


Five Dead, Four Missing in Brazil FPSO Explosion

An explosion aboard a BW Offshore's oil and gas production vessel in Brazil has killed five people and four workers are still missing, the firm said in a statement on Thursday. The floating production storage and offloading vessel, working for Petrobras suffered an explosion on Wednesday


LNG Tankers Idled as Gas Downturn Widens

Combined tanker capacity of at least 2.25 mcm LNG lies unused. Over a dozen liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are parked, many idle, in and around Singapore - one of the world's biggest trading hubs for the fuel - in a sign that the slowdown engulfing world gas markets may be worsening into a


Managers Bunking at U.S.Refineries, Strike Continues

U.S. oil refinery managers are going to the mats, literally, during the biggest fight with union workers in 35 years, bedding down for a third strike week that experts and some employees say raises concerns over safety and operations. At the 135,000 barrel-per-day refinery just outside of Toledo






 
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