ASRY Elects New Technical/Marketing Manager
ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard) in Bahrain has appointed Franciszek Magnowski as the head of its Technical and Marketing Department. Magnowski, whose expertise encompasses not only the ship repair and conversion market, but also the offshore sector (particularly the FPSO and FSO market), will work to expand further the company's business into major conversion and offshore projects. Prior to joining ASRY in Bahrain, Magnowski spent more than 20 years in the ship repair and conversion business - the last nine with Remontowa Ship Repair in Gdansk as director of its Offshore Projects Division.
Multi-National Consortium to Construct Russian Far East Shipyard
Russia's Rosneft, Gazprombank, Sovcomflot with Korean shipbuilding company Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on key terms of co-operation to establish a shipbuilding and industrial cluster in the southern part of Primorskiy Krai (Russian Far East). The parties agreed to jointly complete the construction and launch a new shipyard – shipbuilding complex Zvezda – in 2016, to establish a Russian-Korean engineering center for shipbuilding and marine equipment for offshore projects. The companies also agreed key terms for technology exchange, localization of production and contracts placement.
SHI Offshore Projects Use Intergraph SmartMarine 3D
Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries extends application of next-generation 3D engineering technology to its offshore projects. SHI has been a longtime user of the industry-leading solution, deploying it in full production within its Shipbuilding division, and has now extended the use of SmartMarine 3D for its offshore projects. SmartMarine 3D's automated, rule-based technology has enabled SHI to achieve its objective of delivering a higher volume of the most complex and technically advanced vessels on the market today. Due to the success of SmartMarine 3D for its shipbuilding projects, SHI decided to implement the next-generation solution for its offshore projects as well.
Korean Shipyard Gets Orders for Two Liftboats
The value of this contract is approximately US$ 1.1 billion and the rigs will be delivered in the middle of 2015. After delivery, these rigs will be chartered by Statoil, the Norwegian state oil company for eight years, and they will provide services to the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, and Polar Regions. Statoil is operating a ‘Category-D’ oil well exploitation project on the Norwegian continental shelf and it will be possible for these rigs to drill up to a maximum depth of 8,500m in 100~500m of water. These semi-submersible rigs will be 116m long, 97m wide, and fitted with the Dynamic Positioning System which includes a GPS system.
HHI Set To Put Big Dent in Offshore Market
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is reportedly set to win up to $1.3 billion worth of orders for offshore projects by end-June, according to published reports. The roster of anticipated contracts includes a pending deal for an FPSO in West Africa, an order for a semi-submersible to be deployed in the Sakhalin project, and an order to set up a jack-up production platform in the Caspian Sea, Reuters reported. In 2001, Hyundai Heavy received in excess of $2 billion in offshore project orders, including an $800 million order from ExxonMobil, up from $1.0 billion in 2000. Hyundai Heavy is reported to be chasing after $10 billion worth of offshore orders comprising 33 projects.
Mexico Probes Pemex Offshore Mega-project
Mexican authorities are reportedly investigating alleged inefficiency and financial irregularities in building a multibillion-dollar offshore project by oil and gas monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos.
Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling – Rosneft Plans Expansion
According to a report in 'Barents Observer' Rosneft will be the main partner of Statoil and Eni in the Barents Sea, where the new CEO has highlighted the importance of three grand projects in the Russian Arctic. Sechin, who was recently appointed new CEO of the state-owned oil giant, stresses that big projects like the one in the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea will be given special attention under his leadership. In a meeting with PM Dmitry Medvedev, Sechin maintained that the implementation of grand offshore projects like the ones in the Barents Sea, the Kara Sea an the Black Sea, will be a top priority along with the supply of oil products with stable prices to the Russian domestic market and the modernization of oil processing facilities.
AMEC & Samsung Form Offshore Market J/V
AMEC forms a joint venture with Samsung Heavy Industries & Samsung Engineering to serve the offshore energy sector. AMEC will carry out design engineering for fixed and floating offshore platforms, FPSOs and subsea pipelines for Samsung’s future offshore oil and gas projects. The joint venture, which is subject to final regulatory approvals, has been named AMEC Samsung Oil and Gas LLC (ASOG). It is 51 per cent-owned by Samsung and 49 per cent by AMEC and will be based in Houston, Texas, United States. It will bring together AMEC’s world-renowned design engineering capability and extensive experience in offshore projects and Samsung’s leading project management expertise and shipbuilding technology.
Great Lakes May be Home to Offshore Wind
According to reports, the waters of the Great Lakes, near the shores of Canada, may soon be home to offshore wind power. The Province of Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted a deferral on applications to produce offshore wind power in the province's waters. This decision came after the province took steps over the past year to obtain the best available information on which to base decisions regarding offshore projects on. These steps have included partnering with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to evaluate offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes, analyzing lakes Erie, Huron and Ontario, including depth and wind speed and looking at the impact any offshore projects would have on wildlife. Source: Renewable Energy Access
COSCO Shipyard Integrates with SmartMarineT 3D
After 10 months of implementation, the COSCO Shipyard Group has reportedly realized productivity and quality results to warrant a more rapid deployment of Intergraph SmartMarine 3DT engineering design software solutions to all five of its yards for ship and offshore projects.
Houlder Plans an Office Across the Atlantic
Houlder said it will open an office in Houston to service key oil and gas clients headquartered in the U.S. The company said the move is the latest of a series of expansion steps and follows the delivery of an increasing number of offshore project engineering, marine design consultancy and equipment projects over recent years. Current Offshore Projects & Engineering Director, Garry Kennie will establish Houlder Americas Inc. to both service Houlder’s current clients source new business in country.
Gulf Island Fab Sign Bechtel Offshore Cooperation Agreement
Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. says it has signed a cooperative agreement with Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals, Inc. to work together to pursue opportunities for offshore projects for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and abroad. “Gulf Island is excited about the cooperation agreement signed with Bechtel which couples our fabrication expertise and specialized capabilities with one of the most respected EPC companies in the world. Together we offer a new approach to deliver offshore projects which incorporates innovative solutions and flexibility to meet and exceed client expectations and requirements…
GL Garrad Hassan Winner of Two DOE Grants
Hamburg, Germany – GL Garrad Hassan, part of the GL Group, has been awarded grants by the US Department of Energy (DOE) of $500,000 and $200,000 to fund two studies to identify optimal strategies for the installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms and to assess the readiness of US ports to meet the needs of the industry. To meet the renewable energy targets of the next century, offshore wind projects hold great promise with steady, strong winds, abundant space and low impacts. These benefits are not without their challenges, however, as developing offshore wind power projects requires significant investment, expertise and a reliable knowledge base.
U.S. Offshore Wind Projects Move Closer To Reality
Dow Jones reported that deal making and development in the wind arena continue even as the economy slows down, with the federal government moving ahead to grant leases for the U.S.'s first offshore wind projects in history and other state-based projects moving to the front burner. Comments on federal rules to govern a host of alternative energy projects proposed in federal waters off the coast of the drew about 225 responses by Monday's deadline, as the U.S. Mineral Management Service, or MMS, moves ahead with plans to lease the outer continental shelf to several companies. Maureen Bornholdt, program manager of the MMS offshore alternative energy program, said the Interior Department remains on track to complete drafting the rules by the end of the year, wrapping up a three-year process.
DNV GL Backs John Laing on First Offshore Wind Investment
DNV GL successfully completed its due diligence work of the offshore wind farm “Nordergründe” in the North Sea, reviewing and quantifying the technical risks of the project. The John Laing Group commissioned DNV GL with the assessment and analysis of the project to make its investment decision and has announced its 30% stake acquisition of the wind farm. “Nordergründe” is the first offshore wind investment for John Laing, the exchange-listed and internationally active company is specialised in infrastructure projects.
Eversendai Offshore Selects AVEVA Software
AVEVA announced that Eversendai Offshore, a brand new customer, has made a significant investment in AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solutions through its deployment of AVEVA Marine. The agreement includes the full suite of AVEVA Marine engineering and design applications that will be used on a series of new marine and offshore projects, including topsides, platforms and ships. Rapid installation and minimal training requirements have allowed Eversendai Offshore to immediately begin using AVEVA Marine on major new contracts.
Petrobras Expected to Award Contracts
According to Reuters, STX expects top South Korean shipyards to jointly win offshore project orders from Brazil's Petrobras. Petrobras is expected to issue large tenders for offshore oil development vessels, including drillships and floating product storage and offloading units. In April, Petrobras executives visited South Korea and held individual meetings with shipbuilders on vessel orders worth a total $25 billion-$30 billion.
Rolls-Royce Wins $73M Petrobras Contract
Rolls-Royce announced a new order from the Brazilian state oil company, Petrobras, for an additional four gas turbine power generation packages valued at $73m for use on a new offshore platform. This brings the number of Rolls-Royce gas turbine generator sets for Petrobras offshore projects to 27 since 2001, with a total value of more than $300m The new order is for RB211-powered generating set packages for the $1.2b P-56 semi-submersible platform, which is part of the development of the Marlim Sul field, located off the coast of in the Campos Basin, Brazil’s most abundant oil production area.
Russia May Allow More Firms to Offshore Oil
Russia may allow more oil companies to access its offshore projects, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday. "In general, the access can be extended," Novak told reporters in Moscow. An existing law stipulates that only state energy majors Rosneft and Gazprom can explore offshore fields. But Lukoil, Russia's No.2 oil producer, has long called for extending access to private firms as well. (Reporting by Olesya Astakhova, Writing by Polina Devitt, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska)
Aveva: New Paper on Integrated Steelwork and 3D Plant Design
Aveva released ‘Bolting it all together,’ the latest in its series of business papers, which discusses how integrating structural steelwork and plant layout design can reduce project cost, risk and delivery time. The paper explores the considerable business advantage that EPCs and Shipbuilders, working on plant/offshore projects, can gain by using a specialized steelwork application that can be used efficiently within a plant design solution to support close, collaborative working through an entire design and construction project.
Global, Flour Agreement, Middle East
Global Industries, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLBL) announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Fluor Offshore Solutions, a division of Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR), to pursue offshore projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The exclusive agreement, which will build on the combined 60 years of offshore experience of both companies, will jointly market and perform offshore construction projects for the oil and gas industry within the MENA region. The agreement will leverage the depth of Engineering, Project Management, Procurement and Installation processes to focus on both EPIC and traditional Transportation and Installation solutions. Global will be utilizing its extensive vessel fleet and significant offshore experience.
ISS Wins Gas Pipeline Logistics Contract
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has secured an offshore logistics services project in Tanzania from China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPPB) and Anglo Eastern Ship Management. Under the contract, ISS will support the construction of a prestigious $3.2 billion deep water gas pipeline linking the Mnazi Bay gas field to Dar es Salaam. The high capacity, 532km gas pipeline represents a major national infrastructure project for Tanzania and is a key driver in the country’s planned economic growth. It will run from Mnazi Bay, Mtwara and Songo Songo in Kilwa District, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. The pipeline is set to supply power stations generating 3,900 MW of electricity, as well as connecting commercial and domestic users in several major cities.
Premier Oil Buys Vietnam Project
According to a July 20 report from Bloomberg,Premier Oil Plc, the U.K. explorer operating in Europe, Asia and Africa, bought Delek Energy Systems Ltd. out of an offshore project in Vietnam. (Source: Bloomberg.com)