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Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Schlumberger, Subsea 7 Mull Oil Services JV

(Photo: Subsea 7)

Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services firm, and smaller peer Subsea 7 said on Friday they were entering exclusive talks to form a joint venture to deliver subsea installations and services for oilfields. The news lifted Subsea 7 shares on hopes the talks could be the first step towards a full takeover, in a sector that has already seen consolidation with the 2016 merger of Technip and FMC Technologies. In recent months, oil firms have returned to profits due to higher oil prices and the benefits of deep cost cuts they made during the downturn.

Subsea 7 to Invest in Xodus Group

SEVEN FALCON. Photo: Subsea 7

Leading global contractor in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services to the offshore energy industry Subsea 7 S.A. and Chiyoda Corporation announced that Subsea 7 has agreed to acquire a 60% holding in Xodus Group, a leading energy consultancy, from Chiyoda. Yokohama-based Chiyoda, which provides services in the fields of engineering, procurement and construction on a global basis for gas processing, will retain a 40% holding as a joint venture partner. This investment…

Cyprus Accuses Turkey of Blocking Drillship Again

Cyprus accused Turkey on Friday of threatening to use force against a drillship chartered by Italy's Eni, in a standoff over hydrocarbons rights in the eastern Mediterranean. There was no immediate reaction from Turkey, which has vowed to prevent Greek Cypriots from exploring for oil or gas around the ethnically-split island and says some areas of Cyprus's offshore maritime zone fall under its jurisdiction. On Feb. 9, the Turkish navy on manoeuvres in the Mediterranean stopped the Saipem 12000 vessel on its way to drill for gas in the waters off Cyprus, triggering a diplomatic standoff which has underscored tensions in the region over competing claims for offshore resources.

BSEE Responds to Oil Platform Fatality in the GOM

Image Courtesy  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is conducting an investigation into the fatality of a platform worker in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as West Cameron 215A, about 64 miles south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The offshore oil and gas operator, Energy Resource Technology GOM, LLC, a subsidiary of Talos Production LLC, reported that the fatality occurred at approximately 10:30 am on Feb. 17, 2018. The deceased worker was involved in replacing firewater piping at the time of the incident. No other personnel were harmed. There was no pollution as a result of the incident.

835 Ships Sold to Scrap Yards in 2017

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More than 800 large oceangoing commercial vessels were sold to the scrap yards in 2017, according to the latest data from the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. Of the 835 ships sold to scrap yards, 543 vessels – or 80.3 percent of total tonnage dismantled globally – were broken down on the beaches of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. However, the number of vessels and total GT scrapped in the tree nations decreased compared to 2016. Still, of the 20.7 million GT dismantled worldwide in 2017, 16.6 million GT was on the beaches.

Aker Enters Offshore Floating Wind Market

Photo: Principle Power

Norwegian oil and gas specialist Aker Solutions has invested in floating wind power technology company Principle Power, with the aim to brings its offshore oil and gas field engineering experience to the renewable energy market. Aker Solutions has an extensive track record in developing offshore oil and gas fields, with particular capabilities in floating facilities. The partnership will help bring Principle Power's technology - an innovative floating foundation for offshore wind turbines, known as WindFloat - to a broader market.

Telford Offshore: A New Offshore Services Provider

(File photo: Sea Trucks)

There’s a new name in the global oil and gas industry: Telford Offshore, which officially launched today after acquiring four vessels from Sea Trucks Group following its liquidation. The newly formed contracting company acquired four DP3 multipurpose offshore construction vessels which can support multiple activities, focusing on high capacity accommodation combined with lifting, fabrication and installation services. The Dubai headquartered company said it will focus on areas where the vessels and company project personnel have demonstrated their capabilities…

Transocean Upbeat About Offshore Recovery, Despite Quarterly Loss

File photo: Transocean

Drilling contractor Transocean Ltd on Wednesday expressed optimism about a recovery in offshore drilling activity this year, despite reporting its third quarterly loss in a row. Companies that provide services and equipment for oil and gas exploration and production, among the worst hit by the 2014 oil price downturn, have grown optimistic about the future as oil prices recently have bounced back. In recent quarters, companies that focus on providing services to onshore shale producers have posted the biggest gains…

Maersk Energy: Uptick in Offshore Oil

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COPENHAGEN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Prospects for the offshore oil drilling market are improving but profits for drillers are still under pressure and rates will not rise before 2019, the head of A.P. Moller-Maersk's energy business said. Oil firms have seen cash flow climb in 2017 a high since a three-year slump in crude prices, lifted by their cost-cutting plans and a crude price recovery. Although this has spurred new investment, it has yet to benefit suppliers, such as Maersk,…

Aker Solutions Signs Agreement with Petrobras

Photo: Petrobras/Paulo Arthur

Norwegian oilfield services company Aker Solutions has won a contract to provide maintenance and modifications services for three platforms at Petrobras-operated oil and gas fields offshore Brazil. The four-year contract is valued at about NOK 800 million ($101.5 million) and includes an option for a one-year extension. The order covers a range of services to renovate, repair and upgrade the floating production storage and offloading platforms, or FPSOs, at the Barracuda, Caratinga and Albacora Leste fields in the Campos Basin.

Trump Proposes $200 Mln Budget for BSEE

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President Donald Trump today proposed a $199.9 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as the Administration aims to support a ramp up in domestic oil and gas production. The FY 2019 budget request includes an estimate of $67.9 million in offsetting collections. Offsetting collections includes $20.3 million for rental receipts, $3.8 million for cost recoveries and $43.8 million for inspection fees. “The President’s proposed…

Southern Ocean Bags New Contract

Southern Ocean. Photo: Oceanteam

The construction support vessel Southern Ocean, owned by a joint venture between Bourbon Offshore Norway and Oceanteam, has secured a new contract in the APAC region. "CSV Southern Ocean secures a new contract and will start operations by mid of February 2018 for a firm period of 30 days and options to extend with 60 days. The Construction Support Vessel has been assigned to multiple smaller projects within the APAC region," said a statement. The contract is the result of the…

Iran Cancels Norwegian FLNG Project

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Iran oil minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said that the agreement signed with the Norwegian IFLNG company has already been annulled. A report in the Trend said that the  deal with Norwegian Hemla was  cancelled following the criticism by some Iranian MPs. The report quoted Iran’s oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh saying that the deal is cancelled following the some criticism regarding the contract terms. In October 2017, Iran signed a contract with Norwegian oil and gas company to build the country’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit in the Persian Gulf.

California to Ban Crude from Trump Offshore Drilling Plan

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California will block the transport of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs through its state, officials told Reuters, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in U.S. federal waters. California's threat to deny pipeline permits for transporting oil from new leases off the Pacific Coast is the latest step by states trying to halt the biggest proposed expansion in decades of federal oil and gas leasing. Officials in Florida, North and South Carolina…

Allseas Plans World's Largest Construction Vessel

Allseas’ planned vessel, to be called Amazing Grace, will be a larger version of the firm’s existing Pioneering Spirit ship, which removed Shell's Brent Delta platform in the North Sea last year (pictured). (Photo: Allseas)

Swiss offshore services firm Allseas is planning to build a vessel big enough to be able to remove the world's largest oil and gas platforms when they reach the end of their production lives, its chief executive said. The vessel, to be called Amazing Grace, is designed to remove the heaviest platforms in a single lift and could reduce decommissioning costs for global oil and gas producers, the firm said. It would be a bigger version of Allseas' existing Pioneering Spirit ship…

MISC Profit Plunges

LNG Vessel - Seri Alam. Photo: MISC Berhad

Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC)'s net profit plunged 87.1% to RM 68.2 million (USD 17.36 mln) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared with RM 529.8 million (USD 134.88 mln) in the previous corresponding period. MISC said the oversupply of tonnage and cut in global oil production by OPEC in 2017 will continue to weigh on the petroleum shipping segment in 2018. However, a smaller order book for tankers and robust oil demand projections amidst declining global crude inventory will help improve tanker supply-demand balance.

Kirby Closes Acquisition of Higman Marine

File Image (CREDIT: Higman Marine)

Kirby Corporation has announced the completion of the acquisition of Higman Marine, Inc. and its affiliated companies (“Higman”), an operator of tank barges and towboats participating in the inland tank barge transportation industry in the United States. The total value of the transaction was approximately $419 million in cash before post-closing adjustments and transaction fees. issuance of senior notes, which closed on February 12, 2018. The new senior notes provided for $500 million in fixed rate debt at 4.2% with a 10-year maturity on March 1, 2028.

Lebanon Will Use Energy Block Disputed by Israel

Lebanese Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil vowed on Friday there would be full exploration in offshore energy Block 9, part of which lies in waters disputed by neighbouring Israel. Lebanon said on Friday it had signed its first offshore oil and gas exploration and production contracts for two energy blocks. A consortium of France's Total, Italy's Eni and Russia's Novatek signed contracts for two of the five blocks that Lebanon put up for tender. Israel and Lebanon have exchanged threats and condemnation over the tender, amid rising tensions over territorial and marine boundaries.   Reporting by Ellen Franci

Indonesia Offers 26 Oil-and-gas Blocks

According to Thomson Financial, the Indonesian government launched a tender for 26 oil-and-gas blocks to boost the country's oil and gas production. The oil and gas blocks that were offered today include the Bawean II, East Bawean I, Situbondo, and the North East Madura blocks onshore and offshore East Java province, as well as the South Barito (onshore and offshore) and Mahakam Hilir (onshore) blocks on Kalimantan island. [Source: Thomson Financial]

ONGC Videsh Wins 3 Exploratiom Blocks in Myanmar

ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) has won three offshore exploration blocks in Myanmar. The contracts will be signed between OVL and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, a Government of Myanmar enterprise. The company succeeded in acquiring 100 per cent participating interests in these three deepwater blocks AD-2, AD-3 and AD-9 in Myanmar offshore. Currently, the total oil and gas production of Myanmar is about 10,000 barrel oil per day (bpd) and 820 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD), respectively. The total oil and gas reserves are estimated at 50 million barrel and 10 trillion cubic feet respectively. Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise produces about 10,000 bpd and 120 MMSCFD gas from onshore oil and gas fields. [Source: The Hindu Businessline]

CNOOC Sets 2010 Output Target at 48-50m Tons

China National Offshore Oil Corp, the parent of CNOOC Ltd, said it has set an oil and gas output target for 2010 of 48 mln-50 mln tons of oil equivalent. CNOOC, the country's largest offshore oil and gas producer, said overseas oil and gas output is expected to hit 20-25 mln tons in 2010. CNOOC had oil and gas output of 40.33 mln tons of oil equivalent in 2006 with overseas output at 5.57m tons, it said in a statement. CNOOC has invested in 45 overseas oil and gas blocks in 10 countries including Nigeria, Australia, Kenya and Indonesia. Source: AFX News

Coalition Seeks to Block Alaska Oil, Gas Permit

A coalition of Native tribal governments, commercial fisherman and environmentalists has filed an administrative appeal to block a wastewater discharge permit for oil and gas operators in southern Alaska's Cook Inlet, Reuters reported. The appeal, filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenges a general permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that allows established oil and gas production facilities to discharge wastes directly into the inlet's marine waters. The new permit, scheduled to go into effect on July 2, covers 16 offshore oil and gas platforms and three onshore facilities in Cook Inlet, said Dianne Soderlund, communications coordinator for EPA's Alaska oil and gas section.

BP, Kosmos Move Closer to Senegal and Mauritania Offshore Project

BP and Kosmos Energy have moved closer to approving development of the Tortue natural gas field offshore Mauritania and Senegal after the two West African countries agreed to split production from the cross-border field. Kosmos said on Monday it expected to make a final investment decision (FID) on the project in 2018, with first gas expected in 2021. BP had previously indicated it expected to reach an FID on the project towards the end of this year. The Greater Tortue Complex, which straddles the maritime boundaries of the two countries, is estimated to hold more than 25 trillion cubic feet of gas. The production is expected to be exported via a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility.

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