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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Heavy Oil Field News

Huge Offshore Engineering Contract for CB&I

US-based CB&I wins a project contract worth US$250-million from Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, Ltd. (DSME). CB&I's scope of work, which will commence in the first quarter, includes detailed engineering design services for the Mariner Topsides project that is part of the Mariner oil field development project being operated by Statoil in the UK North Sea. The Mariner heavy oil field is located on the East Shetland Platform of the UK North Sea, approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Isles. Pending final approval of the field development plan by the UK authorities, Statoil expects to start production from Mariner in 2017. The field is estimated to produce for 30 years with an average production of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day.

StatoilHydro Acquires Brazilian Operator Anadarko

StatoilHydro and Anadarko have signed an agreement whereby StatoilHydro will take over the remaining 50 percent in the Brazilian Peregrino project, which will give StatoilHydro a 100 percent working interest and operatorship of the development. The Peregrino field is located in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil; expected reserves in this heavy oil field are estimated at approximately 500 million barrels, excluding identified upsides. The field is expected to come on stream in 2010. In addition, StatoilHydro is acquiring Anadarko’s 25% interest in the Kaskida discovery in deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. For these assets StatoilHydro will pay Anadarko $1.8 billion…

Hamworthy Improves on Separator Performance

Hamworthy signed a contract with FPSO Owner OSX 1 Leasing B.V., a subsidiary of OSX Brasil S.A., for delivery of its newest generation Vessel Internal Electrostatic Coalescer (VIEC) technology to the FPSO OSX-1. Upon completion of customization works currently in progress in , the FPSO OSX-1 will be delivered by OSX to its customer OGX Petróleo e Gás Ltda. under charter arrangements, for deployment in the basin, offshore . OSX and OGX are controlled by the EBX Group, owned by Brazilian entrepreneur Eike Batista.

Eni Announces Production from Junín-5 Giant Heavy Oil Field in Venezuela

Photo: Eni

PetroJunín, joint venture formed by PDVSA (60%) and Eni (40%),  has started production from the Junín-5 giant heavy oil field, located in the Faja del Orinoco, the area with the largest untapped hydrocarbon reserves in the world. The block is located 550 kilometers southeast of Caracas and covers an area of approximately 425 square kilometers. The Junín-5 block, currently under development, holds 35 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of certified oil in place and is jointly…

Statoil Hydro wins Offshore Brazil Bid

Statoil Hydro on November 27 said it has won a bid to conduct offshore exploration off Brazil. The Norwegian group was awarded two blocks offshore. The blocks, numbered CM529 and CM530, are located in sea depths of around 100 m. The licenses for the two blocks were to be operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation that would have a 50 percent stake, the same as Statoil Hydro. Statoil Hydro did not state what the bid cost. The blocks were located next to the heavy oil field Peregrino that was slated to come on stream in 2010. Statoil Hydro has a 50-percent-stake in the Peregrino field in the Campos basin. The Norwegian group was created October 1 when Statoil and its rival Norsk Hydro merged their oil and gas activities.

U.K. Mariner Platform Contract for Odfjell Drilling

Mariner Field: Image credit Statoil

Statoil has awarded the contract for drilling services on the Mariner platform on the U.K. continental shelf to U.K.-based Odfjell Drilling. Odfjell Drilling will perform drilling services, maintenance of the drilling facility and drill pipe logistics for the Mariner field development, with options also on the Bressay field development. Casing, tubing running services and modifications to the drilling facility is also optional in the contract. The contract duration is four years from November 2016 plus 3x2 years options. The contract has an estimated value of GBP 160 million.

AMEC Wins FPSO Contract Offshore Brazil

AMEC announced that it has been selected by Brazilian company QUIP to perform basic engineering services for the topsides of the P-63 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, to be operated on behalf of Petrobras, Brazil’s national oil company. The contract, the value of which has not been announced, begins immediately and will run until mid-2010. The P63 FPSO will develop the Papa Terra heavy oil field in the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. The field is located about 68 miles (110 kilometers) off Rio de Janeiro in water depths of up to 3,940 feet (1,200 meters). “We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with QUIP and Petrobras,” said Terri Ivers, president of AMEC’s Houston-based oil and gas business.

Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel

Mariner Sentinel illustration. (Illustration: Sentinel Marine)

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded a contract to Sentinel Marine Limited to provide a new multi role Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) to support operations on the Mariner field on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Sentinel Marine is an Aberdeen-based company, owning and operating offshore support vessels in the oil and gas marine industry. The new 65 metre ship, to be named “Mariner Sentinel”, will be custom built for Statoil and provide emergency cover, oil spill response preparedness and tanker assist capabilities for the Mariner field.

Mexican Alfa Tie-up with Pemex for Onshore Exploration

Mexican conglomerate Alfa He is interested in participating in association with the state oil company Pemex Exploration Projects in fields on earth, aunque también hacerlo the rule in shallow waters, dijo el viernes el director de Energía the company, Raul Millares. Pemex announced last week that he will seek partners in three mature onshore fields that together contain 2P reserves (proven and probable) for about 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The state said it will too for extra heavy oil fields in shallow waters Ayatsil-Tekel-Utsil in the southern Gulf of Mexico, with 2P reserves of 747 MMboe. "We have more preference or vocation to be more exploration in land…

Teekay’s New Shuttle Tanker Delivered

Beothuk Spirit is the first of three new Canadian flagged shuttle tankers built by Samsung Heavy Industries for Teekay Offshore (Photo: Teekay Offshore)

Teekay Offshore said it has taken delivery of Beothuk Spirit, the first of three new shuttle tankers to serve East Coast Canada, built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. Heritage Class sister vessels Norse Spirit and Dorset Spirit are scheduled for delivery in the first half of November 2017 and early-2018 respectively. The three Suezmax, DP2 shuttle tankers will provide crude transportation services to the Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose and Hebron offshore oil fields located in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

ABS Serves the Papa Terra Field Development

Classification society ABS has been selected to class two of the major components in Petrobras’ Papa Terra offshore Brazil field development. The tension-leg wellhead platform (TLWP) known as P-61 and the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit known as P-63 will both be ABS classed. The P-61 is the first-of- its-kind TLP dry tree application to be installed in deepwater offshore Brazil. “ABS has a longstanding relationship with Petrobras and, since dry trees are being considered as one of the solutions for deepwater exploration in the region moving forward, we are excited to class this unit and look forward to assisting Petrobras in achieving another milestone in its exploration and production history,” said Kenneth Richardson, ABS Vice President, Energy Development.

Rosneft, NIOC Ink Cooperation Deal

Image:  Rosneft

Russian oil producer Rosneft and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have agreed an outline deal to work together on a number of “strategic” projects in Iran together worth up to $30 billion, Reuters reported quoting Rosneft’s head Igor Sechin as saying. The potential collaboration with Iran would further strengthen Rosneft’s position in the Middle East, the company having already secured a number of deals in the region, including the acquisition of a majority stake in Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline.

Inside the World's First LNG Containership Conversion

Wes Amelie is now driven by a 7,800 kW MAN 8L51/60DF main engine. (Photo: Wessels Reederei)

The world’s first container feeder vessel refit to use natural gas was commissioned in late August in Bremerhaven, ushering in a new era in the use of alternative fuels across the global maritime sector. The container vessel Wes Amelie, owned by Wessels Reederei, Haren/Ems, was converted for the use of methane as a standard fuel at the German Dry Docks Shipyard in Bremerhaven, making it the world’s first of its kind vessel which consumes environmentally friendly methane. This conversion is more than simply another environmentally advanced ship…

Mariner Concept Presented

The concept chosen for the Mariner heavy oil project on the UK continental shelf includes a production, drilling and quarter (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, with a floating storage unit (FSU). Statoil expects a final investment decision in late 2012 and first oil in late 2016. The Bressay heavy oil project on the UK continental shelf is also progressing according to plan, one year behind Mariner, to ensure transfer of learning and synergies. The Mariner and Bressay projects were presented at a press briefing by Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production International, Peter Mellbye, at SPE Offshore Europe 2011 in Aberdeen. “After a period of uncertainty, I am proud to be able to say that we are back on track with the landmark Mariner and Bressay developments.

Total Has Moved Tripoli Expatriates out of Libya

French oil major Total has moved all expatriate staff based in Tripoli out of Libya following heavy fighting at the North African country's biggest airport in recent days, a spokeswoman said on Friday. "Following what happened at the airport, we have pre-emptively relocated expatriate staff based in Tripoli away from Libya," the spokeswoman told Reuters. She declined to say how many staff had been affected or their destination, citing security reasons. Local workers remain in Libya and there are still expatriates working on the offshore fields, she said. Since 2013, Total has moved some of its Libya-based staff to Malta following fighting in the Arab nation.

Hyundai Heavy Wins $2 Billion Offshore Facilities Order

3D Model of FPU

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), a shipbuilder and leading offshore facilities contractor received a letter of award for a $1.3 billion (USD) order for a floating production unit (FPU) and a $700 million order for a tension leg platform (TLP) from Total E&P Congo on March 26. Hyundai Heavy will carry out engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning for the two offshore facilities to be deployed in Moho Nord field, 80 km off Republic of the Congo’s coast. The 14…

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.

STATOIL Mariner Concept Presented

Mariner field illustration (Photo Courtesy www.statoil.com)

Peter Mellbye, Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production International. The concept chosen for the Mariner heavy oil project on the UK continental shelf includes a production, drilling and quarter (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, with a floating storage unit (FSU). Statoil expects a final investment decision in late 2012 and first oil in late 2016. The Bressay heavy oil project on the UK continental shelf is also progressing according to plan, one year behind Mariner, to ensure transfer of learning and synergies.

Hyundai Heavy Develops FLNG Model

Hyundai FLNG Model

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder and offshore facilities contractor announced today that the Company completed developing its own Hyundai FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Plant) model in association with Linde AG, an international industrial gases and engineering company of Germany. The Hyundai FLNG has an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tons of LNG and can store about 193,800 m3 LNG with its compact size of 355 m in length, 70 m width and 35 m in height.

S.Korean Refiners Look to Cash in on 2020 Mandate

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Sharrif Che'Lah)

Three refiners to spend more than $5 bln to upgrade or add units. South Korean refiners are planning to spend over $5 billion on plant upgrades in response to tighter rules on shipping fuel, boosting production of low-sulphur fuel oil as well as other high-end products. The refiners hope the investment, which comes ahead of the 2020 introduction of the new rules, will make them one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new regulations, with many competitors still waiting to commit to new spending. "Not many refiners are doing so.

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. Under the deal with BP Plc, Samsung Heavy will build a floating production unit (FPU) by August 2020.

Hyundai Heavy Awarded $750M Order

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. has received a $760 m order from Exxon Mobil Corp. to assemble an offshore facility that can extract, refine and store crude oil. Hyundai Heavy is to install the facility in Angola's Kimzomba field by June 2005, and deliver it a month later after test-runs. Hyundai Heavy has also won a $160 million offshore facility construction order from China's ACT-OG, a joint venture of CNOOC Ltd. (CEO), Chevron Overseas Petroleum, Texaco China B.V. and Operators Group.

Hyundai Heavy Awarded $750M Order

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. has received a $760 m order from Exxon Mobil Corp. to assemble an offshore facility that can extract, refine and store crude oil. Hyundai Heavy is to install the facility in Angola's Kimzomba field by June 2005, and deliver it a month later after test-runs. Hyundai Heavy has also won a $160 million offshore facility construction order from China's ACT-OG, a joint venture of CNOOC Ltd. (CEO), Chevron Overseas Petroleum, Texaco China B.V. and Operators Group.

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