Bid to Reinstate Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Fails
According to a July 9 report from The New York Times, a federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling while litigation continues. But the court order said the administration can reapply for an emergency moratorium if drilling activity by deepwater rigs is about to begin. (Source: The New York Times)
Obama to Extend Drilling Moratorium
According to a May 26 report from the New York Times, President Obama plans to announce that he is extending the moratorium on permits to drill new deepwater wells for six more months and will delay or cancel specific projects off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia and in the western Gulf of Mexico, a White House official said. (Source: The New York Times)
ESS Lands Second Contract with Dolphin Drilling
ESS Support Services Worldwide, part of Compass Group, has won a new, three-year contract, worth £10.5 million, to provide hotel and catering services to Dolphin Drilling Ltd. Aberdeen-based ESS has worked with Dolphin Drilling since 2007, delivering food and housekeeping services on board the Belford Dolphin. This second contract, which commenced on June 1, 2014, will see the ESS team provide catering and hotel services to 180 people across seven levels of accommodation on board Dolphin Drilling’s new deepwater drillship, the Bolette Dolphin. dolphindrilling.no essgulf.com
FTO Services Announces Completion of First Vessel
FTO Services announced today that construction of its new deepwater well intervention services vessel has been completed. The naming ceremony for the new vessel, Island Performer, was held in Ulsteinvik, Norway on June 27. During the event, about 200 guests including executives from FTO Services, Edison Chouest Offshore and FMC Technologies sailed on a five hour maiden voyage to celebrate the naming of the vessel. In the fourth quarter of 2014, FTO Services will begin a 5 year lease of Island Performer from vessel owner, Island Offshore.
Largest Ever Ship on the Thames
The largest ship ever to enter the Thames is due to call at the U.K.’s new deepwater container port DP World London Gateway this weekend weekend, with estimated time of arrival in the early hours of Sunday morning, October 19. Oone of the largest containerships in the world, the 397-meter-long, 56-meter-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and can carry up to 15,500 standard containers.
Halliburton Introduces New Stimulation Vessel
Halliburton Energy Services, a business unit of Halliburton Company, introduced Stim Star, its new deepwater stimulation vessel, to more than 400 customers in Houston and New Orleans. The vessel is commercially available for service in the Gulf of Mexico. Stim Star is the latest addition to Halliburton's existing state-of-the-art deepwater stimulation fleet, which includes War Admiral and Man-o-War. All three vessels are equipped to deliver Halliburton's latest stimulation technology solutions - Delta FracPac service, water packs, and Sandstone 2000 service - to both deepwater and shelf customers. "The addition of Stim Star expands the rough sea capabilities of Halliburton's Gulf fleet to better handle the deepwater environment," stated HES president Edgar Ortiz.
Proposed Rule Change for Deepwater Ports
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed revisions to its regulations for the licensing, construction, design, equipment and operation of deepwater ports, which are offshore fixed or floating structures, other than vessels, used as ports or terminals for the import or export of oil and natural gas. According to the USCG, the proposed revisions would provide additional information, clarify existing regulations, provide additional regulatory flexibility and add new requirements to ensure safety. The proposed rule would not affect the license to operate of any existing deepwater port, nor would it result in the licensing of any new deepwater port. The USCG has invited participation in this rulemaking. Comments and related material must be submitted on or before July 8, 2015.
McDermott Gets Fixed Offshore Platform Contract
McDermott International. Inc. The project is to deliver new junction facilities for Discovery’s Keathley Canyon Connector™ pipeline system with a 3,300-ton, four-leg platform in 350 feet of water. The unmanned platform will provide pipeline junction facilities for incoming deepwater pipelines from the Hadrian South and Lucius fields and for outgoing shallow-water pipelines to shore. Fabrication is expected to commence this summer at McDermott’s Morgan City facility in Louisiana. Offshore installation is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2013, and is intended to be ready for operational start-up before the end of the year. McDermott’s deepwater combination heavy lift and pipelay vessel DB50 is expected to perform the installation.
Aker Kvaerner to Deliver Drilling Systems to Jurong
Aker Kvaerner signed a contract with Jurong Shipyard in Singapore for delivery of advanced deepwater drilling systems for two semi-submersible drilling rigs to Seatankers Management Co. Ltd. The total contract value for Aker Kvaerner is approximately $200 million. The contract also includes an option for delivery of identical drilling systems for two additional rigs. Aker Kvaerner's scope of work includes two complete drilling packages consisting of engineering, equipment deliveries, commissioning, and delivery of 3rd party equipment; blow-out preventers (BOP) and marine riser systems. The two identical drilling packages are designed for ultra-deepwater operations.
Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contracts
Aker Solutions has won two contracts to supply complete drilling equipment packages for two new deepwater drilling units that are being built by Cosco, the Chinese shipbuilding company. The combined value of the contracts is about $195 million, and includes options for a further two units. "These contracts underline our attractive offering in the deepwater drilling market. Current tender activity is high, and we are pleased to see that our position in the deepwater market is competitive…
Coast Guard ELC Receives Lucas Plaque Award
During a ceremony held on July 30th at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard complex, Rear Admiral Dale G. Gabel, Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, presented the 2007 Lucas Plaque Award to the Coast Guard Engineering Logistics Center (ELC). Sponsored by the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Lucas Plaque is presented as an award of excellence to a Coast Guard Naval Engineering organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the Coast Guard Naval Engineering program. The ELC is located in Baltimore, MD and its workforce of 550 military and civilian members provide engineering and supply support to all U.S. Coast Guard cutters, boats, and shore stations.
Canyon Offshore Purchases Triton ROVs
Canyon Offshore has purchased three new Triton XLS Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicles from Perry Slingsby Systems, Inc. Triton XLS, a new deepwater, 100-horsepower vehicle is specifically designed for deep and ultra deepwater operations. Depth-rated to 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) and equipped to carry a payload of 200 kg. (440 lbs.), the Triton XLS series improves the controls, performance and features of the Triton XL with greater depth capabilities, and a significantly longer 390-meter (2,130-foot) tether cable deployed from the proven Triton Top Hat Tether Management System. The XLS’s 3,000 kg (6,600 lbs.) of lifting capability provides a platform for a wide variety of tooling modules, including trenching skids, flowline connector modules, and other intervention tooling skids.
Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged
The number of mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract is unchanged from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 139 of 190 mobile offshore drilling rig are under contract this week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 73.2 percent. Among the working rigs is a new deepwater drillship, which has moved to its first drilling location. In the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and other European waters, 77 of 107 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. European offshore rig utilization stands at 72.0 percent. Worldwide, 472 of 631 existing mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. Worldwide offshore rig utilization is 74.8 percent.
Unocal Reports 4Q Results
Unocal Corporation said continued depressed crude oil and natural gas prices, coupled with asset writedowns and restructuring costs, were major factors in the company's reporting a preliminary loss of $29 million in the fourth quarter. This compares with earnings of $142 million in the fourth quarter a year earlier. Because of continued low commodity prices, the company has projected capital expenditures of about one billion dollars for 1999, compared with $1.7 billion in 1998. Unocal has also laid out a goal of reducing annualized cash expenses by $150 million to $200 million from the 1998 level to bolster cash flow. "Our capital plan focuses on preserving our high-potential deepwater exploration and development program in the Gulf of Mexico and Indonesia…
Amendments to Pending Exploration Plans
On April 22, BOEMRE called for public comment to inform new deepwater environmental assessment. Statoil, Inc. and BHP Billiton Petroleum Americas have provided amendments to their exploration plans (EP). The amended plans have been deemed submitted on April 28, and the 30-day review of the proposed activities has re-started. There are currently four deepwater EPs that have been deemed submitted. Shell Offshore, Inc.'s supplemental EP was amended and deemed submitted on April 12, 2011. Hess Corporation's supplemental EP is still available for public comment at: http://www.boemre.gov/PublicComment.htm
Heerema to Invest $1b for New Deepwater Construction Vessel
Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is investing $1b in a new deepwater construction vessel. The new vessel will feature unrivalled speeds and state-of-the-art equipment. It will enable HMC to operate in remote areas and ultra deepwater increasing the pace of field development worldwide. Once the vessel enters the market in 2010, it will secure construction capacity for at least another three decades. The conceptual design was prepared in-house Heerema Marine Contractors. The new vessel will be 721.7 ft. It will have a maximum speed of 20 knots: up to four times the speed of our current deepwater construction vessels. The high speed capacity…
New Deepwater Port Application Received
Woodside Natural Gas, Inc. (Woodside) filed its application with the United States Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration on August 18, 2006 for a license under the Deepwater Port Act, to build, own and operate a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in California. Woodsideâ€™s proposed OceanWay facility will be located approximately 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, California and will convert the liquefied gas to natural gas utilizing a ship to ship (STS) transfer for injection into Southern Californiaâ€™s existing onshore pipeline system. The process will use ambient air as the method of regasification and will not use either open loop vaporization or closed loop vaporization. The STS transfer of LNG does not require the construction of an offshore platform.
Friede Goldman Signs $143 Million Contract to Build Millennium SA
Friede Goldman International Inc. (FGI) has signed a $143.2 million contract with Rudgil SA, a subsidiary of Schahin Engenharia e Comercio Ltda. The Millennium SA (South America) is the latest in new, deepwater semisubmersible designs from FGI subsidiary Friede & Goldman, Ltd., (F&G) a New Orleans-based naval architecture and marine engineering company. Equipped as a dynamically positioned semi with a DPS-2 station keeping system, the Millennium SA is capable of drilling in 5,000 ft. of water with a variable deck load of 3,500 long tons. F&G will perform engineering work on the project in conjunction with Friede Goldman Offshore, East in Pascagoula, Miss., where the rig will be constructed.
Team Lines to Call at DCT Gdansk
DCT Gdansk SA, developer of Poland’s newest deepwater port facility, has signed a contract with major Baltic feeder line Team Lines, under which the carrier has confirmed its intention to initiate regular calls at the terminal to meet increasing cargo volumes and customer interest. DCT Gdansk is scheduled to begin operations from June 1 with two post-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and three rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. New road and rail links connecting DCT Gdansk to Poland’s transport infrastructure are already in place. By September 2007 the terminal will be operating with three STS cranes and five RTGs with attendant yard space and back-up machinery to give the facility
Curtiss-Wright Wins Contract
Curtiss-Wright Corporation won a follow-on contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation for the supply of Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse (ASIST) systems and Lightweight Track equipment. These systems will be installed on-board the new Deepwater National Security Cutter (NSC) class platform for the U.S. Coast Guard. Northrop Grumman Corporation is building the ship at their Pascagoula, Miss. facility, under contract from Integrated Coast Guard Systems LLP (ICGS), a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. The NSC will be a 418 ft. (127 m) vessel with a 4,300-ton displacement at full load when delivered and will be powered by a twin screw combined diesel and gas turbine power propulsion plant designed to travel at maximum speed of 29 knots.
Aker Kvaerner Wins China Contracts
Aker Kvaerner takes further strides into the Chinese market by signing two deals with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). One contract is for the delivery of a complete marine drilling riser system and associated equipment, while the other is for delivery of mooring equipment to a new deepwater semi submersible drilling unit. Contract values are undisclosed. The marine drilling riser system has a total length of 7500 ft. The marine drilling riser system will be manufactured and delivered out of Aker Kvaerner Subsea's new high tech manufacturing centre in Malaysia. Delivery is scheduled for Q2, 2010. Aker Kvaerner subsidiary, Aker Kvaerner Pusnes will deliver its well-proven mooring equipment to CNOOC's drilling rig.
Maersk Chooses DCT Gdansk
Maersk Line announced that with effect from December 1, it will switch its Polish operations from BCT in to the new deepwater container terminal DCT Gdansk. Maersk Line said: “After many years of good cooperation with BCT Gdynia, the time has come to explore new possibilities with DCT Gdansk, allowing Maersk Line to continue to offer its customers a reliable product while maintaining a high level of efficiency and cost effectiveness. “By moving to DCT we have secured the possibility for our customers to continue to grow along with Maersk Line in Poland. Through an open dialogue we will continue to engage our customers in determining the optimal terms of our services in order to cater for our future growth and cooperation.”
Offshore Newfoundland Geophysical Survey Contract Awarded
PGS in cooperation with TGS begins data acquistion on a new 20,000 km MultiClient 2D survey over the Northeast Newfoundland Shelf. The M/V Sanco Spirit has returned to Newfoundland and Labrador once again utilizing PGS GeoStreamer® broadband technology. Data acquisition will continue into early Q4 2012 and the vessel will complete the survey in 2013. “Northeast Canada and the far North represent some of the most exciting new deepwater exploration areas in the world today and broadband GeoStreamer data provides an ideal foundation for building a better understanding of its potential…