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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oil Field

SHI Secures Order For FPSO

SHI received an order for a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility worth US$140 million from Husky Oil Operations Ltd. of Canada on the 31st. As a competitive solution for the development of offshore oil and gas resources capable of the production, storage and offloading of crude oil and gas, an FPSO is a special facility suitable for the development of a medium size deep-sea oil and gas field due to its mobility.The FPSO facility SHI received an order for from Husky Oil Operations Ltd. is of 133,000 tonsmeasuring 272m(L) x 46m(W) x 27m(D). Capable of storing 940,000 barrels, it will be producing maximum 120,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the end of 2004 at the Whit Rose oil field located approximately 350 kilometers off the east coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The oil field is estimated to have 250 million barrels of oil reservoir. In consideration of the harsh environment of this oil field where there are heavy waves anda lot of floating icebergs, the FPSO facility will be equipped with a leading edge control system that enables the evacuation to a safe place or change of direction by using its twin screw in caseit falls into a dangerous situation of colliding with floating icebergs. And the hull of the vessel is going to be specially designed strong enough to resist the heaviest waves of the last century and collision with an iceberg of 10,000 tons

Husky Energy Increases Production

Husky Energy Inc. reported net earnings of $126 million ($0.29 per share) in the first quarter of 2002, compared with $192 million ($0.42 per share) in the same quarter of 2001. Cash flow from operations in the same period was $373 million ($0.87 per share), down from $620 million ($1.46 per share) in the first quarter of 2001. Results for 2001 have been restated to reflect the adoption of the recommendations of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants on foreign currency translation

Bids Out for Marathon Oil Tanker Conversion

Tenders are currently being sought for the conversion of the Norwegian owned 2001-built, 91,676 dwt crude oil tanker Odin into an FPSO for operation in Marathon Oil’s Alvheim oil field development project in the North Sea. Marathon Oil expects to announce the shipyard that will convert the vessel in the early part of next year. Conversion of the Aframax tanker will result in an FPSO with an oil storage capacity of 560,000 barrels. The Alvheim field is expected to begin operations in 2007.

Navy Actions Disrupt Oil Field Access

StatoilHydro reportedly suspended helicopter flights to some of its main fields in the North Sea due to Russian Navy exercises in nearby international waters, Reuters reported. According to the reports, the disruptions will not affect production levels at the fields, which include the Troll field. According the report, a Russian aircraft carrier and two accompanying vessels were carrying out exercises near the heart of Norway's offshore oil and gas sector in the North Sea.

Four Companies Proceed with FPSO Chartering Project

MODEC, Inc., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Marubeni Corporation have agreed that Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni will invest in a long-term charter business currently promoted by MODEC for the purpose of providing a floating production, storage and offloading system (FPSO) for use in the Carioca area of a pre-salt oil field off the coast of Brazil. The four companies have entered into definitive agreements today.

Mexico Approves 5 Shallow Water Areas in Round One Oil Tender

Mexico has approved the terms for five shallow water areas containing around 355 million barrels of oil equivalent as part of its Round One tender to open up the country's oil fields, the country's energy regulator said on Friday.   The whole of Round One covers areas including the Chicontepec basin and the Perdido area, as well as shallow and deep waters, and sees investment of up to $50.5 billion between 2015 and 2018, the energy regualtor said in November.    

Conoco Talks On Azeri Field Expire Without Agreement

Conoco is reportedly was "considering all options" after failing to reach agreement in talks with Azerbaijan over a $1.2 billion deal to rehabilitate and develop a major oil field.

Daewoo Shipbuilding Wins $1.27B Angola Order

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.won an order worth $1.27b to build an oil drilling and production platform for an Angolan unit of energy giant Chevron Corp. The platform, to be built at Okpo Bay of Geoje Island, about 406 km south of Seoul, will be installed in the Tombua-Landana offshore oil field off the coast of Angola, southwestern Africa, Antara reported. (Source: Antara)

CNOOC Discovers New Oil and Gas field in Bohai Sea

China National Offshore Oil Corp. Ltd. (CNOOC), the country's largest offshore oil producer, announced that it discovered a new oil and gas field, dubbed Bozhong 28-2 East, in Bohai Sea. Bozhong 28-2 East is located between Bozhong 28-1 oil and gas field and Bozhong 28-2 South oil field near the Yellow River mouth. A 35-meter gas layer and a 35-meter oil layer have been discovered underneath the sea water measuring 20 meters in depth.

BG Group Produces First Oil from Knarr Field

Petrojarl Knarr (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group announced the Petrojarl Knarr floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel had started production from the Knarr oil field in the North Sea, offshore Norway.    The FPSO has been leased from Teekay Corporation and is moored approximately 120 kilometers off the Norwegian coast. It has a production capacity of 63,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and a storage capacity of 800,000 barrels.   

Egina FPSO to Arrive in Nigeria

 The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside. (Image: NIMASA)

On a recent visit to South Korea to inspect the Egina FPSO project, and FPSO scheduled to arrive in Nigeria in August 2017, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside said the ongoing construction of the multi-billion dollar Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) project will increase the knowledge base of NIMASA as a safety administration and enhance its regulatory capacity.  

EU Needs to Address Decommissioning of Floating Oil and Gas Structures

Photo: EESC

 A joint event between the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and three Green Members of the European Parliament highlighted the paradox between the strict rules under OSPAR for the decommissioning of fixed oil platforms from the North Sea with the rules that govern the recycling of floating platforms and structures.    The latter fall under the same rules as commercial ships, and would therefore have to follow the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.   

Sulzer Acquires License for Total’s Wash Tank Technology

(Image: Sulzer)

Sulzer’s Chemtech division has been granted a license covering the Total-patented Wash Tank Technology for Oil Processing. The main purpose of this technology is to enhance the removal of water, salt and contaminants from oil and emulsions, by a controlled distribution of the feed into the bottom of a hull tank of an FPSO/FSO/FPU which transforms the water-in-oil dispersion into an oil-in-water one where high efficiency phase separation takes place more easily

Statoil Charters ULCC to Hold Crude for Asia buyers

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Oil storage is feasible with low freight rates, capital costs; backwardation pushes traders to churn oil faster from storage.   Norway's Statoil ASA has chartered the last remaining Ultra-Large Crude Carrier (ULCC), the world's largest oil tankers, to store oil off of Malaysia for distribution in smaller parcels to its clients in Asia, company executives said.   Statoil has booked the TI Europe, capable of carrying up to 3 million barrels of oil

Subsea 7 Awarded Norwegian North Sea Contract

Photo Subsea 7

Subsea 7 S.A. today announced the award of a sizeable(1) contract by Centrica for the Oda field in the Norwegian North Sea. The Oda oil field (previously called Butch) was discovered in 2011 in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea, approximately 14 kilometres east of the Ula field. The contract scope comprises Subsea 7's expertise and capabilities in engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of subsea umbilicals

Samsung Wins $1.26bln Contract from BP

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea's major shipyard, build a floating production unit for British oil multinational BP that will be used in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, says a report in Yonhap.   The 1.5 trillion won ($1.26 billion) contract is the first for a floating oil production platform to be received by any of South Korea's big three shipbuilders in 18 months, according to Samsung Heavy.  

SBM Offshore Shares Gain on Hopes of Brazilian Settlement

Shares in Dutch offshore oil industry services company SBM Offshore rose on Friday on a media report the company was close to settling a corruption probe with Brazilian authorities that has prevented it from bidding for work in a major market. The shares rose as much as 5.5 percent to a 17-day high of 15.29 euros after oil and gas magazine Upstream published an article indicating a deal was near, analysts said.

Keel Laid for Teekay’s First New Canada Tanker

Photo: Teekay Corporation

 Teekay Offshore will be the sole supplier and operator of shuttle tankers sfor East Coast Canada(ECC), says Teekay Corporation.   On February 15, the keel laying ceremony for Teekay’s first shuttle tanker newbuilding for ECC took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea.    This milestone marks the end of the block building period as well as the beginning of the next phase – to complete the newbuilding with all its systems

Total Seeking to Buy Stake in Iranian LNG Project

Photo: Total

 French oil giant Total held talks with Iranian officials about several projects in the country in 2016, notably a 10 million tonnes per year liquefied natural gas project (LNG), Reuters reported.  It has signed an agreement with Iranian authorities for a 50 per cent stake  in Iran’s South Pars gas field project which will developed at an investment of $4 billion.   Sources told Reuters in February that Total was in talks to buy a multi-billion dollar stake in

A Glimmer of Hope for Asia Dirty Tankers

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 As we enter Q2 2017, Asia’s crude tanker market finds itself flooded with a flurry of newbuilds that hit the water over the last quarter. According to Lloyd’s List Intelligence, new tonnage delivered hit 15m dwt in Q1 and is expected to stand at 8.7m dwt in Q2. The gradual but steady unwinding of floating storage in global hotspots due to a flattening Brent futures curve is likely to release a constant stream of tonnage into the market, exacerbating the situation of oversupply

Mitsui Innovation: noah-FPSO Hull Gets AIP from BV

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) obtained Bureau Veritas Approval in Principle (AIP) for the noah-FPSO Hull and associated design and construction methods following American Bureau of Shipping. This AIP provides assurance of the feasibility and reliability of the noah-FPSO Hull design. The noah-FPSO Hull is a next generation FPSO – Floating Production, Storage and Offloading – platform, and “noah” stands for New Offshore Adapted Hull

BP Oil Well Spills Out of Control in Alaska

Photo: BP

 The oil giant British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas well on Alaska’s Northern Slope that blew out on Friday continues to spill crude oil and gas uncontrollably.     There have been no injuries or reports of damage to wildlife, but crews trying to secure the well have failed amid frigid winds gusting to 38 miles an hour.   Well pressure was monitored throughout the night and excess pressure was bled off to keep it within a safe rang

Euronav Bags Five-Year FSO Deals

Photo: Euronav NV

 Euronav's joint venture with International Seaways (INSW) has signed a contract for five years for the FSO Africa and FSO Asia in direct continuation of the current contractual service.    The contract was signed with North Oil Company (NOC), the future operator of the Al-Shaheen oil field, whose shareholders are Qatar Petroleum Oil & Gas Limited and Total E&P Golfe Limited.   The new contracts for these custom-made 3 million barrels capacity units which have

Keppel on Track to Deliver Rig for Caspian Drilling

Photo credit: Keppel Offshore & Marine

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) through its subsidiary in Azerbaijan, Caspian Shipyard Company (CSC), is on track to deliver a semisubmersible drilling rig to Caspian Drilling Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The rig was named Heydar Aliyev at a ceremony in Azerbaijan today by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38M design

Sentinel Takes Delivery of New Rescue Vessel

Mariner Sentinel (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

Aberdeen-headquartered Sentinel Marine said it has taken delivery of a new emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) which will see 24 new jobs being created within its North Sea operation.   Sentinel Marine, which owns and operates offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract for the Mariner Sentinel with a major producer for its North Sea oil field. Following construction in China

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