Petrobras News

17 May 2019

EnscoRowan Wins Arbitration Against SHI

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Offshore drilling services provider EnscoRowan announced that an arbitration tribunal has awarded it $180 million in damages in its proceedings against South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).Further, the company will be claiming interest on this amount and costs incurred in connection with the matter.In April 2016, EnscoRowan (then Ensco) initiated arbitration proceedings in London against SHI for the losses incurred in connection with a drilling services agreement for ENSCO DS-5 that was voided by customer Petrobras.In January 2018…

14 May 2019

K Line Offshore Sells 15-year-old PSV

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The offshore support vessel provider for the global oil and gas industry, K Line Offshore has sold one of its platform supply vessels (PSV) to Gard Supply AS.The Norway-based offshore division of Japan's K Line said that the the 2004-built PSV KL Arendalfjord is its very first ship."A Protocol of Delivery and Acceptance was signed and KL Arendalfjord was delivered by K Line Offshore AS(KOAS) to Gard Supply AS in Tønsberg, Norway," said the press release from the shipowning and operating company with high end PSVs and two of the world's most powerful AHTS.

13 May 2019

Wilson Sons Vessel Converted in Brazil

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A platform supply vessel (PSV) owned and operated by Wilson Sons UltraTug Offshore has been converted to a shallow dive support vessel (SDSV) for a Petrobras job offshore Brazil.The vessel, Fulmar, needed an upgrade from DP1 to DP2 Class notation, and the work was completed in April by Wilson Sons Estaleiros in partnership with Damen at the Wilson Sons shipyards in Guarujá.Damen said it carried out quick scan and later a feasibility study for the project before Wilson Sons had been awarded the contract.Daniel Pereira, Maintenance Manager said, “The project was not without its challenges.

06 May 2019

Natural Gas Liquid Market to Cross 14 mbl/day by 2025

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Global Natural Gas Liquid Market is poised to cross 14 million barrels per day by 2025, said a study.Japan natural gas liquid market is projected to surpass an annual consumption of 0.2 mbl/day said the latest study by Global Market Insights.Accelerating funding’s toward chemical industry along with the manufacturing of high value-added petrochemicals will augment the industry growth.In addition, up-surge in investments toward automotive sector coupled with expansion of various industrial base including manufacturing…

26 Apr 2019

Petronas Coming to Brazil

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Malaysian national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has acquired a 50% equity stake in Brazil's Tartaruga Verde field following a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA)with Brazil’s Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).Petronas said in a press release that its subsidiary Petronas Petróleo Brasil Ltd (PPBL) acquired the stake in Tartaruga Verde field (BM-C-36 Concession) and its facilities, Module III of the Espadarte field, both located in deep waters of the Campos Basin…

22 Apr 2019

Petrobras Extends BassDrill Beta Contract

BassDrill Beta. Image: Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd

Atlantica Tender Drilling, a provider of management and contract drilling services for oil and gas wells for the offshore tender assist market worldwide, announced that Petrobras has extended the rig BassDrill Beta by 180 days."Petrobras exercised its right to extend the Beta contract by 180 days commencing in September 2019 through March of 2020," said a press release from theAtlantica has two semi tender units are secured on long-term development contracts. Atlantica's “BassDrill Beta” is a semi-submersible tender assist vessel built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry.

22 Apr 2019

TechnipFMC Orders Vallourec Pipes for Mero 1

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The provider tubular solutions for the energy markets Vallourec Soluçoes Tubulares do Brasil has been awarded by TechnipFMC in Brazil to supply around 12,000 tons of seamless steel rigid line pipe with outside diameters 8” and 10”.The pipe will be used in the fabrication of the riser and flowline system for interconnecting 13 wells (6 production wells and 7 water alternate gas injection wells), to be installed in the pre-salt field Mero 1, which is part of the giant Libra reservoir.Libra covers an area of 1…

05 Apr 2019

Petrobras Takes Two of Six Port Terminals in Brazil Auction

Brazil auctioned off six port terminals for liquid fuels in the northern state of Para to private operators on Friday, with subsidiaries of state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA winning two of the areas.The government raised nearly 450 million reais ($117 million) in the auction of the terminals — five in the Miramar port in the city of Belem and one in the Vila do Conde port in the city of Barcarena.The rights to operate the terminals are the latest in a slew of assets Brazil is selling as part of its drive to shore up public finances and reduce a gaping budget deficit.In an auction broadcast online, Petrobras Distribuidora SA - also known as BR Distribuidora - won a 20-year lease on a terminal in the port of Miramar with a bid of 50 million reais ($12.94 million).Petrobras Transpo

27 Mar 2019

Petrobras Sues Samsung Heavy Industries

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Samsung Heavy Industries said on Wednesday that Petrobras America filed a lawsuit against the South Korean shipbuilder with a U.S. court, claiming 283 billion won ($249.32 million) in damages.Petrobras America claimed that it paid excessive charter fees for a drill ship built by Samsung Heavy, Samsung said in a regulatory filing. Samsung delivered the vessel to U.S.

25 Feb 2019

DOF Bags Three ROV Contracts in Brazil

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Norwegian supply shipping company DOF Subsea has been awarded contracts for three remotely operated (ROV) Support Vessels (RSV) with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).All contracts have a firm duration of three years and can be extended for another two years, informed the offshore support vessel owner.The vessels allocated for the contracts are Skandi Commander, Skandi Olympia and Skandi Chieftain, all owned by DOF Rederi AS (100 % owned by DOF ASA).Each vessel will be equipped with two state of the art work class ROVs owned and operated by DOF Subsea Group.

19 Feb 2019

2021 to See 33 More FPSOs

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A total of 33 floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels will be sanctioned between now and 2021 as oil and gas activity picks up in the offshore sector.Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy reports that 15 of the FPSOs will require production capacity of more than 80,000 barrels per day.Rystad said that the high capacity demand would come mainly from the developments in Guyana and Brazil where operators such as ExxonMobil, Equinor, and Petrobras…

13 Feb 2019

Video: FPSO Travels from China to Brazil

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Dutch firm Boskalis transported the 90,000-ton FPSO P-67 from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aboard the semi-submersible heavy transport vessel BOKA Vanguard.FPSO P-67 was built by China’s Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC), and delivered to Brazil's Petrobras in 2018.The FPSO recently began producing in the deepwater Lula Norte area, in the pre-salt of Santos Basin offshore Brazil.

29 Jan 2019

Roxtec Provides Safety Services for Petrobras FPSO

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Multinational petroleum corporation Petrobras turned to cable and pipe seals specialist Roxtec for verification of the cable and pipe transits on board the P-68 floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) in a Brazil shipyard before final approval from the classification society.Petrobras also asked the cable and pipe transit specialist to educate engineers and installers of Petrobras and the Jurong Shipyard on how Roxtec seals work.A Roxtec team consisting of sealing experts and inspectors from Sweden…

10 Jan 2019

US Oil Export Boom Sparks Battle to Build Texas Ports

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Booming U.S. oil exports have set off a scramble to build Gulf Coast ports to handle more than 3 million barrels per day in new supplies expected over the next five years.Of seven proposed oil-export projects, nowhere is the opportunity greater or the competition more fierce than in Corpus Christi, Texas, where three firms are vying to open the state's first deepwater port.Commodities trader Trafigura has taken an early lead with a planned offshore facility that has an easier…

20 Dec 2018

Vitol Bribery Case: Prosecutors Charge 12

Brazilian federal prosecutors on Thursday charged 12 people in connection with an alleged bribery scheme meant to benefit the giant oil trader Vitol SA at the expense of Brazil's state-led oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA.Those charged include former Petrobras employees and middlemen who prosecutors allege worked directly with top executives at Vitol. Calls to Vitol's Rio de Janeiro office rang unanswered on Thursday. Last week the company told Reuters it would work with investigators, and that it had a zero-tolerance policy on corruption. (Reuters reporting by Brad Brooks; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

11 Dec 2018

AET Grows in Brazil

Eagle Paraiba. Photo: AET_Tankers

With the ongoing development of deepwater pre-salt plays and a decreased demand on local content in tankers and other vessels, Brazilian national operator Petrobras and other super-majors have been looking abroad for better rates and reliable operators of shuttle tankers. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Peter Liew, Global Director – Mid Size Tankers, Crude Shipping, about AET Tankers’ history and its operations in Brazil.AET (formerly American Eagle Tankers) was founded in Houston in 1994 primarily to conduct lightering operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

03 Dec 2018

Petrobras, Murphy to Explore in GoM

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Brazil's state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) said on Monday it had sealed a joint venture with Murphy Exploration & Production Company to explore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a securities filing.Petrobras received $795 million for the deal, and will have a 20 percent stake in the venture.Reporting by Carolina Mandl

28 Nov 2018

Eight OSD Systems to Petrobras

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Sea-state monitoring firm Miros Group is set to supply eight Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems to Brazilian oil major Petrobras in the world’s largest x-band radar-based OSD surveillance and response contract to date.The agreement is in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, primary supplier to Petrobras, and includes radars and thermal imaging cameras for Petrobras Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs) in the Campos Basin. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2019.The…

26 Nov 2018

Brazil Offshore Invests: Belov to Build RAL-designed DSV

Photo: Robert Allan

With a renewed wave of offshore industry investment in Brazil, there is a growing demand again for specialized vessels on the horizon. Underwater service providers play a major role in maintaining offshore assets, especially in deep water, by  performing diving operations and ROV surveys (Remotely Operated Vehicles). In the plethora of Brazilian operators, a company stands out from the crowd, having performed work for the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras for several years: Belov Engenharia Ltda.Understanding this new demand…

02 Nov 2018

Teekay Offshore Settles Dispute with Petrobras

Arendal Spirit. Image: Teekay Offshore Partners

Bermuda-based marine services company Teekay Offshore Partners announced that certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a settlement agreement with Petrobras with respect to various disputes relating to the previously-terminated charter contracts of the HiLoad DP unit and Arendal Spirit unit for maintenance and safety (UMS). As part of the settlement agreement, Petrobras - on behalf od its subsidiaries Petróleo Brasileiro and Petroleo Netherlands - has agreed to pay a total amount of $96 million to Teekay Offshore…

22 Oct 2018

Petrobras Receives $149 Mln from SBM in Leniency Deal

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Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has received an initial payment of 549 million reais ($148.92 million) from Dutch marine engineering group SBM Offshore as part of a 1.22 billion-real leniency deal, the Brazilian government said on Monday.As a result of a long-running corruption investigation, SBM was accused of paying bribes to secure contracts with Petrobras, as the state-controlled oil company is known.($1 = 3.6866 reais)(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

28 Sep 2018

Petrobras Extends Transocean Contract

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The  international provider of offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells Transocean announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Petrobras 10000 was awarded a 790-day contract extension offshore Brazil with Petrobras.The contract is extended through October 2021 and includes a blend and extend modification to the previous contract dayrate, effective September 2018. The additional net contract backlog is approximately $185 million, including cost escalations.Additionally…

27 Sep 2018

Petrobras to Resume Building Its Own Platforms

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Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA will build its own oil platforms again from 2023, regardless of who wins the presidential election next month, an executive at the state-run oil company said.Petrobras' 2019-2023 business plan, set to be released in December, should include a resumption of platform construction thanks to the company's improving finances, Petrobras' director for production and technology development Hugo Repsold said."We will build platforms independently of who is president…

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