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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


Richard Branson's Virgin Group Accused of Pirating

Image: Richard Branson Facebook Page

 British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Cruises has sailed into early choppy waters as a former CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line accused of pirating business plans and ideas for building "ultra ships."    Former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Colin Veitch has filed suit


First Cruise Ship from Port Metro Vancouver

First Cruise ship departs from Port Metro Vancouver this season

  The first cruise ship of the 2015 season will depart Port Metro Vancouver this weekend. An exciting and increasingly popular cruise itinerary will run back-to-back trips between Vancouver and Hawaii for the first time, bringing an earlier-than-usual start to the 2015 Canada Place cruise


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

Sen. Rand Paul (official congressional portrait)

  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


Advanced Drillships a Burden for Owners as Business Slows

Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators.   Now, with oil prices down by half since June


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


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


Vancouver Port Fire Leads To Evacuation

Image edited from Youtube video

 A chemical fire at a Vancouver container terminal led to a partial evacuation of Canada’s largest port for several hours Wednesday afternoon, as a cloud of white smoke drifting over the city prompted health warnings and road closures, says Canadian Press.  


Vancouver Container Fire Closes Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core. The toxic smoke forced local residents to take shelter inside


Vancouver Port Operations Resume Atfer Container Fire

Port Metro Vancouver said on Thursday that operations had resumed at most port facilities shut down by a shipping container fire the day before, but that its Centerm container terminal was still closed. The chemical fire, which prompted a massive emergency response late on Wednesday and shut


Global LNG-Asia Prices Creep Higher on Japanese Demand

Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices edged higher as scattered demand from Japanese buyers and others helped stem the recent decline in prices, traders said on Friday.   The price of spot LNG for April delivery inched up to $6.75 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) on Friday from $7






 
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