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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Occidental Chemical News

Chemical Release Contained Within Vessel

Coast Guard boat crews from Station Port Aransas have set up a 1 mile safety zone around vessel VENUSGAS within the La Quinta marine channel in Ingleside, Texas until 4:30 p.m. today while a space inside the vessel is being ventilated. Alarms reported the release of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) early yesterday morning at the Occidental chemical facility. The source of the release was the VENUSGAS which was moored at the end of their pier. After a hazardous materials inspection team entered the vessel this morning and began ventilating the space, all levels of VCM are reported to be negligible and contained within the vessel. The ventilation of the space has no impact on the outlying community.

Texas LNG Facility Gets Go Ahead

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved an innovative new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and related facilities proposed by Ingleside Energy Center and San Patricio Pipeline to be located in San Patricio County, Texas. The Commission granted Ingleside Energy Center authority under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act to construct a new terminal designed to provide an option for extracting natural gas liquids in addition to importing, storing and vaporizing one billion cubic feet (Bcf) of gas per day. The project would be constructed on the shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay near Ingleside, Texas, on a site owned by the applicants’ parent company, Occidental Chemical Corp. “I congratulate the Commission staff for processing this application so expeditiously.

Icebreaking Research Vessel to Transit Lake Michigan

The Coast Guard is alerting residents of ice-breaking activities scheduled to begin Tuesday and last into the weekend. The nearest towns to Pere Marquette Lake are Ludington and Scottville, Mich. The research vessel Sikuliaq is scheduled to transit through Pere Marquette Lake multiple times in order to gain access to Ludington's Occidental Chemical Facility, Feb. 18-22. The vessel has icebreaking capabilities. All ice fishermen should remove their ice shacks and equipment from these areas. Snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle operators and other recreational users of the ice should plan their activities carefully, avoid shipping channels, and use caution near these areas of operation.

Occidental's Chiang Quits After New CEO picked

  Occidental Petroleum Corp told regulators on Friday that a top executive, Willie Chiang, has suddenly quit - a month after Vicki Hollub was picked to eventually replace Chief Executive Steve Chazen. Hollub, a longtime Occidental employee, will become the first woman to head a major U.S. oil company. That is expected to occur next year. Chiang was the company's executive vice president, operations, and had reported directly to Chazen. An Occidental spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.  (Reporting By Terry Wade and Anna Driver; Editing by Bernard Orr)  

Halliburton Wins $40M Contract

Halliburton Worldwide Limited has been awarded a two-year, $40 million multi-service contract by Occidental Mukhaizna, LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation for the Mukhaizna Field in the Sultanate of Oman. The contract calls for Halliburton to provide an integration of services from the Fluid Systems, Drilling and Formation Evaluation, and Production Optimization divisions. The range of services includes fluid services, cementing, casing attachments, directional drilling, mud logging, reservoir coring, and completion tools.

Rebels Prohibit Tanker From Loading In Bogata

Occidental Petroleum Corp. said it was unable to load an oil tanker waiting at Colombia's main lifting terminal at Covenas because of back-to-back rebel bomb attacks on the country's second largest crude export pipeline. The one million barrel capacity storage tanks at the Caribbean coast terminal have been empty since at least last week, and an Occidental spokesman said two shipments were canceled last week because of the problem.

MarAd Announces More Disposal Contracts

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) has signed contracts for the disposal of four ships from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet at Benicia, CA, bringing to nine the number that have left the facility for recycling since October 2005. The four ships are World War II-vintage Victory ships: Hannibal Victory, the Barnard Victory, the Occidental Victory and the Sioux Falls Victory. When ships are no longer considered useful for defense or aid missions, MARAD arranges for their proper disposal and works closely with the Coast Guard to ensure the safe transport of the vessels to their final destinations. Before towing from the fleet, all ships are inspected by an independent party.

Global Firms Compete for Awali Oilfield Contract

Eleven international oil firms have expressed an interest in efforts to boost production at Bahrain's onshore Awali field, the Oil and Gas Affairs Minister revealed recently. Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza’s statement followed the announcement that US firm Occidental and Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production have been awarded the right to explore for oil and gas off the shores of the country. Some reports have suggested that new technologies could double the amount of oil produced at the field from its current level of 35,000 barrels per day. Bids are expected by the end of the month. The latest round of bidding comes on the heels of the recently concluded tender process for four offshore exploration blocks comprising Bahrain's entire explorable acreage.

Bahrain Offshore Exploration - Oxy’s Strategy

Exploration of the offshore blocks in Bahrain are part of Occidental Oil & Gas's (Oxy) goal of expanding its position in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Oxford Business Group’s (OBG) report: Bahrain 2008. This report is the latest of the firm's annual business publications. Exploration of Blocks 3 and 4 is a joint venture between Occidental Oil & Gas and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco). The Bahrain 2008 report is a guide to the many facets of country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, political landscape, banking and sectoral developments. The publication, with an international distribution of 73…

Crystal Nordic Sold to Essberger Tankers

Photo: Nordic Tankers A/S

Nordic Tankers and Embarcadero Maritime (a joint venture between Borealis Maritime and KKR) have signed and closed an agreement to sell the jointly held company Crystal Nordic to John T. Essberger in Hamburg, a leading owner and operator of chemical tankers in Europe. Crystal Nordic was established following the combination of Nordic Tankers’ inter-European stainless steel chemical tanker business with Crystal Pool in 2015. The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial information.

CVCFL Acquires Stakes in ATAEI

Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited picked up 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd

Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited (CVCFL) has picked up approx 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd, a Rs 300 crore closely held Public Limited company manufacturing hi-tech, engineering products for the Oil & Gas sector in India & Gulf. CVCFL has invested Rs 16 crore which will be utilized by the company for expansion of its ball valve plant at Talawade near Pune in India. Anand Teknow (ATAEI) has established itself as a leading engineering company in the last 4 to 5 years specifically in the field of manufacture & supply of Ball Valves to Oil & Gas sector.

Canbank Venture Acquires Stakes in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering

(L to R)MS. RAGINI RANJAN (DIRECTOR, ANAND TEKNOW ENGINEERING), MR. RAKESH RANJAN (MD, ANAND TEKNOW ENGINEERING), MR. S.THIRUVADI (MD, CANBANK VENTURE CAPITAL FUND)

Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited (CVCFL) has picked up approx 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd, a Rs 300 crore closely held Public Limited company manufacturing hi-tech, engineering products for the Oil & Gas sector in India & Gulf. CVCFL has invested Rs 16 crore which will be utilized by the company for expansion of its ball valve plant at Talawade near Pune in India. Anand Teknow (ATAEI) has established itself as a leading engineering company in the last 4 to 5 years specifically in the field of manufacture & supply of Ball Valves to Oil & Gas sector.

Port Authority Commission Delivers Security Equipment

The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) commission approved several recommendations involving contract awards, bids and proposals, professional services and general administrative and operational matters during its meeting on Monday, January 26. Chairman Jim Edmonds presided over the public meeting. The commission approved recommendations to issue purchase orders to Motorola, Inc., Dictaphone Corporation, and SBC, respectively, for radio system equipment, voice recorder equipment, and telephone lines that will be installed in the PHA's Emergency Command Center. The combined total amount of the purchase orders is not expected to exceed $385,000.

More Oil Coming from Sunken Tanker

The Solar 1 tanker that sank off Guimaras Island is leaking more bunker fuel, thus adding to the spill that has already devastated the marine environment and affected coastal communities in the island and nearby provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the leakage started Monday night. According to official estimates, the tanker has already leaked 50,000 gallons of fuel and still has 450,000 gallons on several tanks on board, which could explode due to seawater corrosion. (Sunnex)

EBDG Hires HR Expert de Rubertis

EBDG announced the hiring of Human Resources Generalist, Carolyn de Rubertis in its Seattle office.  De Rubertis brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, as well as a proven track record of strong leadership. De Rubertis' broad-ranging background encompasses expertise in operational management, human resources management, strategic planning and process improvement.  A graduate of Occidental College, de Rubertis has a BA in American Studies and a MS in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven.

DoTC Forms Team to Conduct Probe on Oil Spill

On recommendations of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral Arthur N. Gosingan, Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro P. Mendoza formed yesterday a national board of marine inquiry (BMI) to conduct a thorough fact-finding investigation on the oil spill off Guimaras Island in Western Visayas — so far the biggest ever reported environmental disaster in the country. In a press conference held at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila, Gosingan said the creation of the national BMI elevated from a special board of marine inquiry (SBMI) the status of the probe body. Mendoza named Coast Guard deputy commandant Rear Admiral Danilo A. Abinoja as the national BMI chairman.

Petron to Bring in Gear to Locate Tanker

Petron Corp. is negotiating with a Singaporean company to bring in advanced technology that would determine the exact location of the oil tanker that sank off Guimaras island and siphon off the remaining bunker oil still in the vessel. Lori Tan of the World Wide Fund said Petron, which chartered the ill-fated M/T Solar I, will bring in deep-sea contractors who will use a side scan zoner to determine the wreck’s actual location on the seabed, a remotely piloted submersible to find the leak, and hot tap to siphon the oil that is still contained in the tanker’s hold. Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes and Tan believe the cleanup might take two years if all the needed technology and assistance arrive soon.

Aker Kvaerner, IHI Partnership Wins LNG Contract

Aker Kvaerner in joint venture (50/50) with Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (IHI) was awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Ingleside Energy Center regasification terminal in Ingleside, Texas. The contract value to the Aker Kvaerner and IHI joint venture is $665m. The project is expected to take approximately three years to complete, after Ingleside Energy Center elects to issue a Notice to Proceed. Construction is scheduled to begin the first quarter of 2007. The Ingleside Energy Center LNG terminal will be the second large LNG regasification project for the partnership. The design and engineering will be directed from Houston involving approximately 125 personnel from Aker Kvaerner and IHI.

Lufeng Drawing to a Close

After more than 11 years in production, StatoilHydro and Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) have reached a mutual agreement to transfer full responsibility for the abandonment of the Lufeng field in the South China Sea to CNOOC. The transfer will take effect after the production shutdown later this year. Lufeng 22-1 lies some 250 kilometres south-east of Hong Kong. Lufeng 22-1 was first discovered in 1983 by Occidental. Ampolex took over in 1991 and sold its interests to Statoil in 1996. The field was brought on stream in 1997.

Wijsmuller Granted Major SPM Job

Through its subsidiary, Cory Towage Limited, The Wijsmuller Group has been awarded a contract for marine services at the Ash Shihr oil export terminal in Yemen for Canadian Occidental Petroleum Yemen, which is familiarly known as CanOxy Yemen. The Ash Shihr terminal deals with crude originating inland, which is piped to the terminal storage tanks from where it is then pumped to loading tankers at the single point mooring buoy (SPM) - three miles offshore. The SPM can handle the largest tankers and regularly receives vessels of 300,000-dwt. The contract, which commenced June 1, entails the provision of a specialist multipurpose vessel, a linehandling tug, operation of a pollution control vessel and maintenance of the SPM both above and below water.

Boat capsizes in Philippines, 7 dead

Image: The Philippine Coast Guard

A pump boat carrying about 36 passengers  and five crew memberscapsized in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait  in central Philippines at around 4 p.m. on Sunday (October 18). According to the Philippine Coast Guard-Iloilo (PCG), the passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsized in a storm, leaving seven dead and two others missing. "MB Tawash left Iloilo with 36 passengers and five crew members going to Guimaras when it was suddenly blown by strong winds in the middle of the sea causing it to capsize," says a statement from the Coast Guard.

Fotland Named COO at Odfjell

Harald Fotland (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell SE has appointed Harald Fotland as chief operations officer (COO), effective January 5, 2018. The Norwegian tanker shipping firm said it is introducing a COO function to ensure full integration between ship management and commercial operations. “With the new structure, Odfjell Tankers will have common and aligned goals across all functions relating to chemical tankers,” the company said. Fotland joined Odfjell as chief of staff in 2010, and in 2015 was appointed senior vice president of Odfjell Tankers.

Triyards Loses Two Shipbuilding Contracts

Photo: Triyards Holdings

Triyards Holdings, the offshore marine division of Ezra Holdings, has swung deep into the red following the termination of two shipbuilding contracts worth some $51 million. "The Board of Directors of Triyards Holdings wishes to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Saigon Offshore Fabrication and Engineering Limited, has received notices of termination of the two shipbuilding contracts dated 26 June 2015 and the addendum dated 10 May 2017 for the design and construction…

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