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Monday, July 16, 2018

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AET Secures DP2 Shuttle Tankers with Petrobras

Photo:  AET Tankers Pte Ltd

Petroleum tanker owner and operator AET announced the extension of partnership in the DP2 shuttle tanker sector with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.(Petrobras), the Brazilian multinational petroleum corporation. "Recently we were awarded a contract to own and operate four specialist DP2 Suezmax Shuttle Tankers on long-term charter by Petrobras. These new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the Brazilian Basin for Petrobras," said a press release from the company.

Norway Awards Oil Permits to 11 Firms in Arctic Licensing Round

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norway has awarded 12 oil and gas exploration licences to Equinor and 10 other companies focused mostly on the Arctic, where Oslo believes it has the greatest potential for significant new discoveries.Nine of the licences are located in the Barents Sea and three in the Norwegian Sea off central Norway, the Ministry of Oil and Energy said on Monday."This licensing round confirms that the oil companies see opportunities for further profitable petroleum activity in the north," Oil and Energy Minister Terje Soeviknes said in a statement.Equinor…

EMGS' Vessels Utilization Drops

BOA Thalassa

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) releases information on vessel activity and utilisation 4-5 working days after the close of each quarter. The Company defines "vessel utilisation" as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data acquisition. Vessel utilisation for the fourth quarter 2015 came in at 21% compared with 63% for the fourth quarter in 2014. For the full year 2015, the vessel utilisation was 59%, whereas the utilisation for the full year 2014 ended at 69%.

Singapore’s Survivability

New business: Keppel has begun building dredgers like the Cristobal Colon, seen hear outside Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: copyright Jan de Nul Offshore)

Singapore’s shipyards are looking to recent investments in capacity, design and newly acquired technology to combat order declines after a decades-long offshore buildup. Sembcorp and peer Keppel are making the most of partnerships in FLNG and showing signs they’ll be okay through the downturn, helped by their gas-hungry Australasian backyard and renewed ties with old charterer parties and suppliers. With drilling contractors unable to pay for the offshore rigs they’ve ordered, Singapore’s heavyweight yards have had to defer deliveries and become defacto rig owners.

Aker Solutions Secures Work for Njord A Upgrade

Photo: Thomas Sola / Statoil

Aker Solutions will provide design engineering for the upgrading of the semi-submersible Njord A platform in Norway. The company will as a subcontractor of Kvaerner take part in upgrading the platform after operator Statoil exercised an option in an agreement awarded in April 2016. The option is for work in the engineering, procurement and construction phase of the project. Aker Solutions' share of the work is valued at about NOK 1 billion and will be booked in the company's first-quarter orders.

Norsafe Lifeboat Systems Ordered for Njord A Platform

Photo: Norsafe

Norsafe has received orders from Kværner relating to the delivery of new lifeboat systems to Statoil’s Njord A platform. Norsafe will supply three lifeboat systems of its largest freefall lifeboat, the GES 52, with compatible davits. The lifeboat systems are built according to SOLAS and DNV-OS-E406, and although the products were developed just a few years ago, they have already been delivered to many installations worldwide. The contract is worth over 35 million Norwegian kroner and will be delivered in 2018 and 2019.

Corvus Lithium Ion ESS Powers Edda Freya

Edda Freya (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Østensjø Rederi AS has christened its new offshore construction vessel, Edda Freya. This new vessel was designed and built for the Greater North Sea market and utilizes an environmentally friendly and fuel saving diesel electric hybrid propulsion system powered by a Corvus Energy ESS (Energy Storage System). The subsea construction vessel was designed with a focus on cable laying operations, offshore construction and IMR operations. The vessel’s first mission will be with DeepOcean…

Statoil, AET Expand Shuttle Tankers Contract

The shuttle tanker Eagle Barents currently on charter for Statoil from AET. (Photo: Statoil)

Statoil ASA and petroleum and chemical tanker owners and operator AET are extending their partnership in the North Sea shuttle tanker sector. Statoil has, awarded a long-term contract to AET, a subsidiary of Malaysian energy shipping group, MISC Berhad, to operate two specialist DP2 offshore loading shuttle tankers (OLSTs) on long-term charter. These new vessels will be in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter, in the same area, for Statoil. These new vessels are in addition to the two AET DP2 ships currently on charter in the same area for Statoil.

Halliburton Bags Maria Project Service Contract from Wintershall

Photo: Wintershall Holding GmbH

Wintershall Norge AS has awarded a four-year service contract to Halliburton Norge AS to support its Maria Projects in the Norwegian Sea. The contract is effective immediately and will be used for drilling-associated services on Wintershall’s Maria development in the Norwegian Sea. The agreement, which contains incentives for efficient well deliveries, can also be used for other Wintershall activities. “At an uncertain time for the industry, this contract provides a timely boost…

Second US Aircraft Carrier Enters Mediterranean

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) enters the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations on June 8, 2016 (U.S. Navy photo by Anderson W. Branch)

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean late on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, at a time when U.S. officials are raising alarm over Russia's maritime expansion. The Eisenhower, also known as the "Ike," will relieve the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group which later this month heads back to the United States after an extended eight-month deployment. The Eisenhower, which also leads a strike group of cruisers, destroyers and warplanes, is scheduled to continue on to the Gulf to participate in U.S. air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.

Odfjell Drilling Signs Contract with Aker BP

Image: Odfjell Drilling

Odfjell Drilling signed a contract with Aker BP ASA for Deepsea Stavanger (6th generation semi-submersible) for a period of approximately 9 months with commencement in February 2018 and completion around October 2018. The contract is for exploration and development drilling at various locations in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The contract will follow from the estimated completion of the Wintershall Maria contract and continue until the Deepsea Stavanger is due to mobilise to South Africa to complete one well for Total. The contract value is estimated up to USD (68) million.

Summer Cruise to North Sea Oil Rigs Amazes Tourists

File Image: a Statoil Offshore oil production installation (Statoil)

Bored with palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas? Then the gigantic oil platforms of the North Sea beckon. The first ever "rig-spotting" cruise just ended off the coast of Norway, and those onboard the four-day trip said it was jawdropping. "I couldn't believe that these big buildings could be made," said passenger Kari Somme, 86, after seeing Statoil's Troll A platform - the heaviest structure ever moved by mankind - towering 200 metres (650 feet) above the surface of the sea. "It's just wonderful, just wonderful. I was so excited because I didn't know much about it.

Statoil to Drill 5-6 Wells in Arctic Barents Sea in 2018

© Ivan Kurmyshov / Adobe Stock

Norway's Statoil will continue to drill for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea next year even though its 2017 campaign was mostly disappointing, the company's head of exploration told Reuters on Tuesday. Statoil plans to drill between 25 and 30 wells in Norwegian waters in 2018, of which five or six are expected in the Barents and the rest will be split between the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, which are both located further south. "We have tested a lot of potential there (in 2017)…

FPSO Guide to Life Extension

Majestic The FPSO Fluminense (2003) Photo: Sembcorp

There are new-builds, and there are conversions. In lean times, there’s also “life-extension” for FPSOs increasingly seen as the best hope of developing oilfields too pricy as platform projects. Life extension is about making first-time money, cutting costs or continuing to earn when a field or floater enters a new stage. It’s also about safety. Life extension involves major, multiyear considerations for operators and FPSO contractors, and for all approaches to longer life, history is the great decider.

West Phoenix to Drill in UK and Norway

The West Phoenix drilling rig. Photo Statoil

Statoil and its partners have contracted the West Phoenix rig for exploration drilling on the U.K. and Norwegian continental shelves from the summer of 2018. The contract is awarded to the two Seadrill companies North Atlantic Drilling UK Ltd. and North Atlantic Norway Ltd. The semi-submersible rig West Phoenix will first drill an exploration well for the Ragnfrid North license on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), followed by three wells on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS). The rig has been approved by authorities for use both on the NCS and UKCS.

Saipem Buys Lewek Constellation Vessel

Lewek Constellation sets pipelay record-in-GoM Photo courtesy of  Saipem

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem said it has reached a deal to purchase the pipelay, heavy lift and construction vessel Lewek Constellation for $275 million. The 2013-built DP3 rigid and flexible pipeline construction vessel had been previously owned by bankrupt EMAS Chiyoda Subsea. Saipem said the vessel will be available for hire immediately and will be marketed globally, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea and Norwegian Sea where the its characteristics are particularly suitable for submarine tie-backs.

Saipem Rig Caught Fire off Norway, No Injuries Reported -Statoil

A fire broke out in an engine room on Saipem's Scarabeo 5 drilling rig in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday, Norwegian oil company Statoil said in a statement. All 106 crew were accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries, Statoil said. "We have reports that no flames are visible, but there is smoke," a Statoil spokeswoman said, adding that efforts to extinguish the fire were still ongoing. "33 crew have been moved onshore or to nearby installations," she said. The rig was working for Statoil on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea when the fire broke out. "No drilling operations were underway at the time of the incident. There are no other installations on the Njord field at the present time," Statoil said in its statement.

Fire under Control at Saipem Rig off Norway -Statoil

A fire in an engine room on Saipem's Scarabeo 5 drilling rig is now under control, Norwegian oil major Statoil said in a statement on Tuesday.   "There are no longer visible flames or smoke... and the situation is under control. We are now working on a final clarification and towards normalization," said the Norwegian oil major.   All 106 crew, of which 33 were evacuated, were accounted for, and there were no reports of injuries.   The rig was working for Statoil on the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea when the fire broke out. (Reporting by Stine Jacobsen, editing by Terje Solsvik)

TGS Awards Seismic Survey Contract to Shearwater GeoServices

Image:  Shearwater GeoServices

Shearwater GeoServices, jointly owned by GC Rieber Shipping ASA and Rasmussengruppen AS, has been awarded a new contract by geophysical company TGS. The project is expected to take approximately three months and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, 2018. For the second consecutive year Shearwater has been awarded a contract for a seismic survey on the Atlantic Margin in the Norwegian Sea. The 2018 survey will cover 5,135 km2 and will be performed by one of Shearwater's high-end 3D vessels.

Life Extension for FSO Njord Bravo

 Conract to Aibel for upgrading of the Njord Bravo floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel Photo courtesy Statoil

Statoil, on behalf of the Njord license, awarded a NOK 1.3 billion ($168 million) contract to Aibel to upgrade the Njord Bravo floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel in the Norwegian Sea.The FSO will be prepared for extended operation of the Njord and Hyme fields, as well as tie-in of two new field developments in the Norwegian Sea, Bauge and Fenja.The job involves extensive vessel upgrades and maintenance, in addition to the installation of equipment on board for reducing…

Arctic Coast Guard Forum: Eyes and Ears Up North

Sailors aboard the fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) inspect the boat after surfacing through Arctic ice. Seawolf conducted routine Arctic operations. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

On October 30, 2015, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, the heads of eight agencies fulfilling the functions of Coast Guard of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States signed a Joint Statement formally establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF). The ACGF is an independent, informal, operationally-driven organization. It is not bound by treaty, but will work in cooperation with the Arctic Council to foster safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic region.

Norway: EMGS in 3D EM Data Sale

Barents Sea and Norway Courtesy EMGS

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into a data licensing agreement with an oil company for the provision of 3D EM data from the multi-client data library over the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The company did not reveal the name of the client, however, it stated that the deal is worth a total of USD 4.0 million.

Norway Launches New Licensing Round in Mature Offshore Areas

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Norway will hold a new licensing round for its offshore oil and gas fields in already opened areas, further expanding the exploration acreage available to energy firms, the oil ministry said on Wednesday.Areas in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea will be offered to oil companies, who have until September to submit their applications. The ministry plans to award licenses at the beginning of 2019, it said."Access to prospective exploration acreage is crucial in order to make new petroleum discoveries.

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