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Total Overtakes Shell in North Sea Production

File Image: a typical offshore North Sea installation (Credit: Craig International)

Majors still control three quarter of output; even after $10 bln of deals, private equity still plays only modest role.   French oil major Total has overtaken rival Royal Dutch Shell to become the second-largest producer in the North Sea with its acquisition of Maersk's Norwegian and UK producing assets.   The $7.45 billion deal by Total was welcomed by the market, with analysts saying it helped the French company rebalance its portfolio by adding assets in developed countries after going for projects in riskier places such as Iran and Russia.   The deal boosts the share of eight global oil majors in the North Sea - Statoil, Total, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Conoco , ENI, BP and Chevron - to back above three quarters of total output.   Several oil majors have been actively looking to divest fields in the North Sea - one of the most mature global oil provinces where future developments will be complicated by high decommissioning costs of old infrastructure.   Some assets have been bought by private equity firms which have expanded significantly in the region, with companies such as Chrysaor and Siccar acquiring fields from Shell, Austria's OMV and France's Engie.   But despite around $10 billion worth of deals in the North Sea over the past two years, private equity firms remain fairly small players with their total share still below 10 percent.  


DHT Holdings Time Charters 4 Vessels

Announcing a term chartering update, DHT Holdings, Inc. has chartered out a VLCC, two Aframax vessels and a Suezmax vessel.   The VLCC DHT Chris has been chartered to a major commodity house for a period of about 10 months from February 2015 at a rate of $45,000 per day.   Additionally, two Aframax vessels, the DHT Sophie and the DHT Cathy, have been chartered to an oil major for a period of 24 months from April/May 2015 at a rate of $22,500 per day.  


Profitable Year for Shipbuilding Companies

Increased spending on offshore exploration & production (E&P) of oil and gas has increased order-book positions of Indian shipbuilders. ABG Shipyard has an order backlog of Rs 1,300 crore, while Bharati Shipyard has pending orders worth Rs 676 crore on its books. The jump in order books is getting reflected in stock prices of these companies as well. BSL has seen its market cap soar to almost Rs 900 crore from Rs 309 crore at the beginning of 2005


London Offshore Consultants Expands in Asia

Kenny Ong, Manager of LOCs new Vietnam office in the port of Vung Tau, which will formally begin operations in May 2013. Photo: LOC

New office in Vietnam at the port of Vung Tau announced at Maritime Vietnam London Offshore Consultants (LOC) announced further expansion in Asia Pacific with the opening of a new office in Vietnam. The new office in the port of Vung Tau, which will formally begin operations in May, will be managed by Kenny Ong, who is highly experienced in major offshore oil and gas projects across Asia, especially in Vietnam. The office will provide oil majors, contractors, underwriters


Otto Marine Clinches Australia AHTS Contracts

AHTS Go Spica: Photo Otto Marine

Otto Marine says it has clinched AUD57-million worth of charter contracts in Australia for two of its large deep water AHTS vessels. Otto Marine Limited, which owns and operates a large fleet of offshore support vessels, with shipyard and other specialized offshore services, says that it has secured time charter contracts with two oil majors for its deep water anchor handlers, GO Sirius and GO Spica. Employed in drilling and pre-lay support, the 16


Ezra Wins UK North Sea Contracts

Image: EMAS AMC

 Offshore service provider Ezra Holdings has announced that subsea division, EMAS AMC, has won global contracts values at over $115m including options, reports Business Times.   These contracts include one for rigid pipe lay for the Aviat field development in the UK North Sea; engineering and offshore support work in West Africa for an oil major which will be undertaken together with Ezra's subsidiary company, EMAS Offshore Limited.  


Total Says Nigeria’s Oil Bill Will Hurt Industry

According to a September 21 report from the Associated Press, a top official at French oil major Total SA warned that a proposal to overhaul Nigeria's oil industry would hobble foreign investment, just as the firm prepares to bring a major offshore field into production. Analysts said the petroleum bill would sharply reduce the profits of foreign oil companies like Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total, all of whom have subsidiaries operating oil fields in Nigeria


EMAS Wins US$110-million Subsea & Offshore Contracts

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Singapore's EMAS, the operating brand of Ezra Holdings, announce that its Subsea Services (EMAS AMC) and Offshore Support Services (EMAS Marine) divisions have been awarded projects worth US$110 million. These projects will be executed in the Gulf of Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region. EMAS AMC’s project wins come from a national oil company operating in the Gulf of Mexico for a SURF type offshore installation project


Trafigura Fixes Australian LNG Cargo

Swiss-trading house Trafigura has purchased one of three liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes offered by Australia's North West Shelf export plant as part of a tender awarded late last week, four traders said. The winners of the remaining two cargoes are thought to be a mid-size oil major and a Japanese electric utility, traders said, although it was not possible to confirm this. Asian spot LNG prices are trading at around $9 per million British thermal units for March delivery.  


Norway's Statoil to Exit Alaska

Photo: Statoil

Norwegian oil major Statoil said on Tuesday it will pull out of Alaska as its exploration leases in the Chukchi Sea no longer looked competitive.   "Since 2008 we have worked to progress our options in Alaska. Solid work has been carried out, but given the current outlook we could not support continued efforts to mature these opportunities," Statoil exploration chief Tim Dodson said in a statement.  


Harvey Produces Rare Jet Fuel Exports to U.S.

File Image: a product tanker loads at berth (Transnet)

Traders are shipping jet fuel from Europe to the United States, where Tropical Storm Harvey has sparked concern over possible shortages of the aviation fuel.   French oil major Total has booked the Maersk Misumi and Butterfly to load 37


Dryships Adds New VLGC

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, has announced that it has taken delivery of the previously announced high specifications second newbuilding Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC).   The VLGC will be employed under a time charter on a fixed rate with five years


DryShips Commences 5 Year TC for Second VLGC

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 DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that, its second Very Large Gas Carrier commenced its time charter on a fixed rate with five years firm duration to an oil major.    The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to


Winson Oil, Unipec Snap up Gasoil Cargoes

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Both traders buy over 12 million barrels in September.   Oil traders Winson Oil and Unipec have snapped up over 12 million barrels of gasoil in just under two weeks and are booking vessels in Singapore to either store the fuel or export it, shipping and trading sources said on Wednesday.


Shell's FLNG Facility Sets Sail for Australia

The Shell FLNG underway (CREDIT: Shell)

Royal Dutch Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) ship has left a shipyard in South Korea for its destination offshore northwest Australia, the company said on Thursday.   Shell's $12.6 billion Prelude project is expected to start operating next year, the company said


DryShips VLGC Commences Time Charter

DryShips Inc., an owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that on June 29, 2017, its first very large gas carrier (VLGC) commenced its time charter on a fixed rate with five years firm duration to an oil major.   The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to


Fugro Continues IMR Work for Petrobras

Fugro Aquarius (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro said it has been awarded a further two-year contract by Petrobras to provide inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) and pipeline inspection services in Brazil. Operations commenced in May 2017. The new award follows Fugro’s completion of an initial 12-month contract for the oil


BP Sends US Diesel to Australia

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Second such cargo in a year - traders; cargo loads from Cherry Point, heading to Botany Bay. Oil major BP Plc is shipping diesel from the United States to Australia in an unusual shipping flow, several industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.  


Aker BP Ups 2017 Output View

Oil firm Aker BP, the second-largest operator of oil and gas platforms off Norway, raised its 2017 output guidance and lowered its production cost outlook as it posted second-quarter earnings roughly in line on Friday.   The company is the result of a merger between the Norwegian business


GE, Maersk Drilling Accelerate Digital Partnership

 The image shows Maersk Drilling’s rig Integrator. Photo Credit: Maersk Drilling

The 'digital revolution' continues in earnest in the maritime and offshore energy sectors, driven by new pilot programs with positive results such as GE (NYSE: GE) and Maersk Drilling, which announced this morning an extension of the scope of their digital partnership following the positive


d'Amico Tankers Updates Ship Sales and Purchases

Photo: ​ d’Amico ​Società di Navigazione SpA

 In January 2017, d’Amico Tankers sold MT High Endurance and MT High Endeavour, two 46,992 dwt medium-range product tanker vessels, built in 2004 by STX, South Korea, to Sea World Tankers a client of Sea World Management SAM, for a consideration of US$ 13.5 million each.   


European Oil Majors Enter U.S. Offshore Wind Markets

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Statoil, Shell, DONG Energy turn to U.S. offshore wind; oil firms bring big budgets, offshore tech and risk experience.   Some European oil majors have made inroads into the emerging U.S. offshore wind energy market, aiming to leverage their experience of deepwater development and the


Flurry of Vessels Booked After Dutch Refinery Outage

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At least 10 tankers booked from Mideast to Europe; freight rate for clean tankers up 11 percent from Monday.   Oil traders are rushing to secure vessels to ship refined fuel from the Middle East to Europe after a Dutch refinery outage made the route profitable


TGS Shares Fall after Q2 Sales Disappoint

Shares of the world's leading provider of geoscience data to oil companies TGS fell by more than 6 percent on Thursday, after disappointing sales in the second quarter.   TGS reported $108 million in quarterly revenues, 6 percent below consensus


Transocean to Buy Songa Offshore

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About 77 pct of Songa shareholders have so far accepted deal.   Transocean, one of the world's biggest drilling rig operators, has agreed a deal to buy Norwegian competitor Songa Offshore for 9.1 billion Norwegian crowns ($1.1 bln), the two companies said on Tuesday.  






 
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