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Delayed Production Start at Njord after Gas Leak

The Njord-platform. Archive photo: Statoil

Production on the Njord platform was shut down on April 24 as a result of operational problems with gaskets in a gas export compressor. Later the same day, during work to resume production, a gas leak was discovered in one of the risers. All production on Njord was immediately shut down and will remain shut down until the cause of the leak has been determined. Production at the Njord field has been shut down since April 1 as a safety measure, while inspection of risers is carried out after earlier discoveries of internal damage to a particular type of flexible pipe.

Congress Closes Concord Navy Base

Closing down the inland portion of the Concord Naval Weapons Station became final as Congress approved President Bush's recommendation to shut down 22 major military bases and realign another 33 in a cost-cutting move that will save the Pentagon about $4 billion a year, according to a Contra Costa Times report. The station shut down is different from any other base closure experts can recall in two ways: Local officials lobbied for the shut down and essentially no jobs will be lost. Shutting down the base will be a multi-year process that will involve sales to developers and planning meetings where residents, business leaders, environmentalists and others will have input on the land's future. Source: The Contra Costa Times

Lifeboat Repairs Shut Down Statoil Oil Fields

Statoil said it aims to restart 200,000 barrels per day of offshore oil production early this week after lifeboat repairs, according to an AP report in the International Herald Tribune. The company was forced to shut down its Snorre A platform and the linked Vigdis platform on Oct. 13 because an industry study found defects in lifeboats essential to evacuating crew in a crisis. A Statoil spokesman said the lifeboats were being upgraded and repaired, and that the best case scenario had production restarting late on Tuesday (October 24). The spokesman also the company's 140,000 barrel per day Heidrun field resumed production on Friday, after it was shut down Wednesday due to bad weather. Snorre A and Heidrun both use the lifeboats that were found to be defective.

BP Shuts Down Offshore Oil Field in Arctic After Small Leak

BP PLC has shut down an offshore oil field in the Arctic Ocean after a small leak was detected in a gas line, a company official said. The shutdown of the Northstar oil field has taken about 40,000 barrels of oil offline each day since Friday or Saturday. Company officials were not sure when the field would resume operations, but said that the facility had to be shut down in order to fix it. There was no environmental damage and no safety hazard associated with the leak, which was found in an 8-inch (20-centimeter) pipe that is used to handle extraneous gas from the field, reports indicated. The pinhole-sized leak was discovered during a routine inspection of Northstar's wells and processing facilities…

North American Rig Counts Continue Decline

The number of U.S. oil and gas rigs declined by 48 last week, according to data released today by Baker Hughes, which shows the number of U.S. rigs is now down to 1,310, a decrease of 461 from a year ago and the lowest since January 2010.   Of the U.S. rigs shut down this week, 37 were oil and 11 were gas. Oil rigs are now down to 1,019 and gas rigs down to 289, showing respective decreases from a year ago of 406 and 53.   By state, the largest number of rig shut downs last week were in Texas and Oklahoma, which saw 22 and 16 rigs shut down, respectively.   Canada also saw its rig count decrease, now at 360, down 22 from last week and 272 from a year ago.   North American rig totals are now at 1,670, down 70 from last week and down 733 from a year ago.  

Nigeria Maritime Workers' Strike Looms Large

Maritime Workers Threaten Pullout Nationwide

  There are strong indications that the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) may shut down port operations nationwide from tomorrow (17 December), and begin an indefinite strike over a number of longstanding issues. At the weekend, the union notified the relevant authorities - such as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and terminal operators – of the intention to shut down the ports, if the latest ultimatum given to the government to address the pending issues passed without any action yesterday (15 December).  

Nigeria's Bonny Light Pipeline Shut Down

The Trans Nigeria Pipeline that carries Nigeria's Bonny Light crude oil to an export terminal has been shut down since May 12, a Shell spokeswoman said on Thursday. Neither the reason for the shut down nor its expected duration were immediately clear. Traders have said Bonny Light loadings have been delayed by up to four days over the past week. Reporting by Libby George

Accident Prompts TAQA to Shut Down UK North Sea Platform

The 12,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Harding oil platform in the UK North Sea is being shut down as a precaution after a worker fell off and died early on Thursday, a spokesman for operator TAQA said. "Production is being shut down," the spokesman for the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA) said. "It is what we feel is the appropriate response to the tragic loss of life and the effect it has had on our colleagues on the platform."

Platform Shut Down after Leak

A small natural gas leak on the Statfjord A offshore platform shut down 160,000 barrels per day of Norwegian oil production on Feb. 14. The leak was quickly traced to a small hole in a water pipe, and that production was expected to resume within 24 hours. Any gas leak on an offshore platform can lead to catastrophic explosions and fires if ignited. The leak shut down the 30,000 barrel per day Statfjord A platform as well as the linked 130,000 barrels per day Snorre A platform. The majority of the 244 crew aboard Statfjord A took to their lifeboats as a precaution, and remained there for about two hours until the situation was clarified. There was no need to evacuate.

Iraqi Oil Sector 'Doing Nothing' To Prepare For Y2K, May Have To Shut Down

Iraq's oil industry is not prepared to deal with the millennium bug and may well be forced to shut down production and exports at the turn of the year, according to industry sources. Asked what the oil ministry was doing to counter the Y2K changeover, a source replied that they are doing nothing. Iraqi crude pumping stations and export facilities are likely to be hit by the problem, according to the source, and engineers will have to deal with disruptions as necessary. This may mean that refineries, fertilizing plants and gas plants may have to shut down or risk the effects of Y2K on their systems."

Two Norwegian Platforms Shut Down

Reports said that safety authorities ordered a production shutdown at two Norwegian offshore platforms Thursday, sharply reducing flows from the world's third largest oil exporter, an official said. The fields' operators — state oil company Statoil ASA and the Norwegian branch of Royal Dutch Shell PLC — were likely to keep the fields running at least until they meet safety officials on Friday. Officials from the Petroleum Safety Authority, said the agency wrote to the companies to say it did not accept lifeboat standards at Statoil's roughly 110,000-barrel-per-day Snorre A platform and Norske Shell ASA's 140,000-barrel-per-day Draugen field.

Australia's Gorgon LNG Export Facility to Resume Ops

Chevron has begun to restart its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Australia following its unplanned shutdown in April, the U.S. energy major said on Wednesday. "We confirm start-up activities are underway on Gorgon train one with a plan to safely resume production in the coming weeks," a Chevron spokesman told Reuters. The $54 billion Gorgon project shut down in April following technical problems, only shortly after starting up first production.   Reporting by Henning Gloystein

Emergency Shutdown System Gives Peace of Mind

ESRS Engine Shutdown System from Sea-Fire

In the event of an engine room fire, once the fire suppression system is engaged it's critical that engines, generators and fans are shut down quickly. This both minimizes damage to equipment and helps contain the extinguishing agent within the compartment it's protecting. The ESRS Engine Shutdown System from Sea-Fire automates this procedure using microprocessor technology, in a simple plug and play design. ABYC requires automatic equipment shutdown if there is more than one air change per minute within the engine compartment.

Coalition Urges President to Intervene

In a letter to President Bush yesterday, the West Coast Waterfront Coalition urged the President to take whatever steps are necessary to reopen the ports on the West Coast of the United States. Director Robin Lanier of the letter sent on October 2. "Even if we were to end this impasse today, it would take more than a month to recover and get our supply chains back in working order. This poses a tremendous threat to the holiday business so critical for many American retailers; and ensures that U.S. manufacturers will continue to experience parts shortages even well after ports are reopened.". • Short haul trucking companies at the harbors have effectively been shut down. Their employees and independent owner-operator truckers have no work to perform. • U.S.

Security Threat in Yemen Shuts CNOOC's Nexen Facility

CNOOC Ltd's Nexen unit is shutting operations at an oil field and processing facility in Yemen due to a security threat, a Nexen spokeswoman said on Sunday. The spokeswoman said Nexen determined there is an undue risk for staff working at its Block 51 field operations and BAK PF processing facility in Yemen. "As a prudent operator, we are temporarily shutting-down Block 51 PSA field facilities to ensure the safety of our people. The shut-down will be progressed in a timely manner. Our personnel will vacate and production will cease," Nexen spokeswoman Diane Kossman said in an e-mail. She said Nexen will monitor the situation and re-start operations when it is safe for workers to return. China's CNOOC acquired Calgary, Alberta-based Nexen in early 2013.

Ejde Loran Station Shut Down on Faroe Islands

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Ejde Loran station on the Faroe Islands will be shut down on December 31, 2015, after having been in operation since 1959. At the end of the year, the entire European Loran system will be discontinued. The Loran-C station on Ejde is a part of the Northwest European Loran system, consisting of four stations in Norway, two in France, one in England, one stationin Germany as well as the station on the Faroe Islands. Loran-C is a radio navigation system that can be used for navigation and the receipt of time information if you have a Loran-C receiver.

NMC Prepares for Potential Government Shutdown

The U.S. National Maritime Center issued a notice giving precautionary information due to the potential Government shutdown. If the government shutdown occurs, the National Maritime Center (NMC) is authorized to maintain a very small cadre of personnel to support National Security emergent issues. •Push notification via the Website and List Server. •Maintain the Customer Service Call Center. 888-IASKNMC will be open and monitoredfrom 0800 until 2000 Eastern Time Monday through Friday. REC and NMC phones will not be monitored. •Maintain the website. We will attempt to keep the industry up to date on our status via the website. •Regional Exam Centers will be closed. oExam Appointments will be cancelled and must be rescheduled after the shutdown is lifted. Online scheduling will be disabled.

GOM Oil Industry Starts Comeback

Following a nearly complete shutdown of the oil and gas business in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, signs indicate a comeback is starting, slow but steady. According to a Reuters report, oil and gas operations recovered slowly on Wednesday, with oil companies struggling to contact all of their workers and assess damage to rigs. Refinery progress was slow but steady. Three of eight refineries that Katrina completely shut have returned either full or partially, including Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC's large 245,000 barrels per day (bpd) plant in Garyville, Louisiana. Offshore, oil and gas production has also been on the rise after Katrina shut nearly all output.

Production Resumed on Brage and Veslefrikk

The Oseberg A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Production on the Brage and Veslefrikk fields has been resumed after the small fire on the Oseberg A platform in the on June 15. The small fire occurred in a high voltage room on the Oseberg A platform which is part of the Oseberg field center. The high voltage room supplies electric power to the utility systems on the field center. Both the processing and the transport of oil and gas from the Oseberg field centre were stopped immediately. All safety and emergency response measures were implemented as intended  during the incident and all personnel on board were taken well care of.

China's Changxing Shipyard Clears Cruise Ship's Screws

'Star Gemini' Repair: Photo credit CIC Shipyard

The Star Cruises' ship 'Superstar Gemini' was towed in to the yard for emergency repairs to fouled propellors. En route from Shanghai to Jeju Island the Superstar Gemeni's port side propellor shut down after becoming entangled with fishing nets and ropes, and while in the CJK anchorage the remaining starboard side unit shut down as well, leaving the cruise ship without means of propulsion. CIC Changxin shipyard quickly arranged five tugs to bring 'Superstar Gemini' into its JiuhuaShan floating dock where it was found that the propellers were entangled with fishing nets and ropes.

Hammerfest LNG Plant Resumes Production

Hammerfest LNG Plant: Photo credit Statoil

The Norwegian LNG plant was shut down due to water ingress in natural gas driers, but is now back in production. Large amounts of natural gas are sent ashore and cooled down at Hammerfest LNG on Melkøya, the world’s most northerly and Europe’s first export facility for LNG from Snøhvit, the first petroleum development in the Barents Sea that has no installations above the sea’s surface. Statoil’s share of production from Snøhvit comprises roughly 50,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day.

Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

Sen. Rand Paul (official congressional portrait)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors. Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see 1 million or more tons in traffic per year - often forcing small community harbors to fund their own dredging or be forced to shut down operations. The Harbor Equity Act will drop the minimum tonnage requirements and prioritize smaller harbors for dredging rather than just larger, commercial harbors.

NMC Shutdown Advice

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center provides advice on the imapct to its missions in the wake of the Government Shutdown. This notice serves to notify the maritime industry that Government has officially shutdown. The National Maritime Center (NMC) is authorized to maintain a very small cadre of personnel to support National Security emergent issues. Maintain the Customer Service Call Center. 888-IASKNMC will be open and monitored from 0800 until 2000 Eastern Time Monday through Friday. REC and NMC phones will not be monitored. Maintain the website.

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