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World's Biggest Oil Platform May Sink

The world's biggest oil platform, owned by Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras, may sink, sending the death toll to 10 after two powerful explosions rocked the rig earlier Thursday, Petrobras president said. Petrobras President Henri Philippe Reichstul also said the nine workers missing since the blasts have little chance of survival, which would bring the death toll to 10. "The platform is listing 30 degrees and could sink," Reichstul told a press conference in Macae, Rio de Janeiro in a statement reported by Petrobras press department. Early Thursday morning, two powerful blasts rocked the rig, which stood 40 storeys high some 78 miles (125 km) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state in the Roncador oil field in the Campos Basin, which produces most of Brazil's oil. The platform has capacity to produce 180,000 barrels of crude per day, though it was so far only pumping out about 80,000 barrels per day, or 5 percent of Brazil's total. - (Reuters)


ONGC to Finalize Shipbuilding Contract

According to a June 25 report on livemint.com, India’s biggest oil exploration company, the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC), is expected to name within a week the winner of a tender to build 12 ships that will support its oil drilling operations. It was reported that Pipavav Shipyard Ltd, India’s newest private sector shipbuilder, has submitted the lowest bid. However, the winner will not be named ahead of a formal announcement by ONGC.


Petrobras Sends 20 Ships To Monitor Oil Spill

Petrobras moved about 200 men and 20 ships to monitor oil spilled offshore after the world's biggest rig was rocked by blasts and sank earlier this month. On March 15, three blasts ripped through Petrobras' 40-storey platform, the world's biggest oil rig, killing 11 and spilling about 11,000 gallons of diesel oil. Petrobras has mobilized 11,000 m of retaining barriers, 21 oil collecting units, 18 suction pumps and 40


Royal Dutch/Shell Workers Held Hostage In Nigeria

It was reported that militant youths in Nigeria's Niger Delta are holding 12 Royal Dutch/Shell workers hostage, to press for compensation for an oil spill in their area. Shell officials in Lagos said they were not aware of the kidnapping, which the youths said was to forced the oil company pay $1.5 million compensation for a 1989 oil spillage. Sources said the oil workers, mainly Nigerians, were seized by youths from Arhavwarien community in Ugheli South Local Council in southern Delta


A.P. Moeller Profits Fly Orange

A.P. Moeller, operator of the world's leading container line and a big oil producer, posted sharply higher first-half profits on Thursday and said full year profits would improve considerably on 1999. Consolidated operating profit before depreciation rose 54 percent to $910 million and net profit surged 92 percent to 2.63 billion crowns. The results were slightly below forecasts in a Reuters poll of analysts. Moeller's shares -- up some 28 percent in the past four weeks for a 2001 earnings


Single-Hull Tanker Traffic to Saudi Ports Dwindles

A Dec. 25, 2009 report from Gulf News, said the number of single-hull supertankers bound for Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil-producer, fell 50 percent over the past month, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. Trading of single-hull tankers will become more restricted next year under International Maritime Organization regulations. The vessels will require inspections to prove their seaworthiness. (Source: www.gulfnews.com)


Saudi Aramco To Turn Back Some Tankers

Saudi Arabia's state oil company has informed shipping agents at the Gulf state's ports that it will turn back tankers that are not prepared for the Y2K potential computer glitch, an industry source said. Experts on Gulf oil industries say Saudi Arabia -- the world's biggest oil producer -- is the best prepared in the Gulf for Y2K. Saudi Aramco is requiring ship captains to fill out questionnaires to determine if their vessel is Y2K compliant, the industry source said


Shell Aims to Develop Arctic Oil Field

One of the world's biggest oil companies believes Arctic waters, including those north of Alaska, hold huge promise as an oil and gas frontier, according to a Petroleum News report. Facing depletion of its regular oil sources, Shell views the Arctic as a very tantalizing opportunity to develop new oil and gas resources. The company's views tend to support studies by academics and agencies that Arctic basins contain about 25 percent of the world's remaining undiscovered resources


Exxon Mobil Plans to Drill Wells in Indonesia

Exxon Mobil plans to drill three exploratory wells in an Indonesian offshore oil block over the next three years, a company official said on Wednesday. Exxon Mobil signed an oil contract with the Indonesian government last month 2,062 sq mile of the offshore Surumana block in the Makassar Straits. The government had said that in the case of Surumana, any oil find would be split 65:35 percent between government and contractor. Meanwhile, any gas find would be split 60:40 percent.


MISC Proposes $973m Deal for Ramunia

MISChas proposed a $973m deal to merge its shipbuilding business with Ramunia Holdings, an oil services company. The merger would expand MISC’s plans to create a regional business building oil rigs to compete against neighbouring Singapore, which is the world’s largest producer of offshore energy platforms. The deal would be a reverse takeover that could allow MISC to list its Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering unit under the Ramunia name in hopes of copying the success of Keppel Corp


Brent steady, holds above $108 as Ukraine crisis worsens

U.S. crude stocks likely rose 2.2 mln barrels last week. By Manash Goswami Brent futures were steady on Tuesday and held above $108 a barrel as a worsening crisis over Ukraine stoked supply disruption fears, while concerns over demand growth from the world's two biggest oil consumers kept a


U.S. Crude Surges on Weak Dollar, Ukraine Concerns

Global oil prices surged on Tuesday as a weaker U.S. dollar boosted buying, while expectations for bullish inventory reports in the U.S. and fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine lent support. As the U.S. dollar plunged to session lows against the Japanese yen and the euro, U.S


Libya's NOC Keeps Force Majeure in Place at Eastern Oil Ports

Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) has yet to lift force majeure at the eastern ports of Zueitina and Hariga following a deal with federalist rebels to reopen them after a nine-month blockade, an oil ministry official said on Tuesday. "Force majeure is still in place, it has not been lifted


Shell drops Norwegian subsea gas project

Royal Dutch Shell has dropped one of Norway's biggest and most innovative industrial projects due to rising costs and complexity, dealing a blow to a technology that some hope could revolutionise offshore production. Shell said on Friday it would postpone a project to provide subsea compression


Petrotechnics Secures Investment From BGF

(L-R): Petrotechnics CEO, Phil Murray and Mike Sibson, BGF Investment Director.

Petrotechnics, a global software solutions company, announced the completion of £6 million investment from Business Growth Fund (BGF). The investment will help fuel the next stage in the company’s aggressive global growth strategy in new geographies


Tankship Freight Rates in Swift Freefall

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The biggest slump in tanker rates since January is signaling weaker U.S. oil imports, and is causing a 15-year low in the shares of one major crude-oil tankship operatore, reports Bloomberg. Rates for the biggest crude carriers tumbled 68 percent in the past two weeks


Danger Lurking: Above & Below the Surface

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Feds issue Interim Guidelines for reefing old rigs at the same time that NOAA identifies myriad potentially polluting shipwrecks. Salvage opportunities abound. In late June, the U.S. Interior Department revised its interim policy for defunct, offshore oil-and-gas platforms


Russian Oil Tanker Rates Rise 51% in Two Days

The cost of shipping Russian oil to northwest Europe had the biggest two-day jump since April as traders accelerated bookings of tankers to load at the end of this month, curbing the number available for charter, reports Bloomberg. Rates for Aframaxes shipping 100


Container, Cruise Records at Marseilles Fos amid Oil Slump

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Total 2013 throughput at Marseilles Fos confirmed containers, steel industry bulks, LNG and cruise traffic as the growth drivers at the French port. In contrast, a mounting decline in crude oil and petroleum volumes pegged overall cargo to 80 million metric tons for the year, down 7% on 2012.


Hijacked Tanker Returns Minus $8M of Diesel

MT Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Reuters - An oil tanker hijacked for a week off Angola in January has been returned to the country's authorities, a board member at state oil firm Sonangol said on Tuesday, adding that the hijackers had stolen diesel worth $8 million from the ship.


Oil Services Must Take on More Risk, Petrofac CEO Warns

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By Stephen Eisenhammer, Reuters Oil service companies will have to assume more risk in the coming years as investor pressure and a flat crude price make oil company clients push harder to avoid delays on megaprojects, the chief executive of FTSE 100 contractor Petrofac said.


Oil Drilling Slowdown to Last 12-18 Months

By Balazs Koranyi, Reuters The current slowdown in offshore oil and gas drilling will last 12 to 18 months, and the market for rigs will rebound in 2015, Maersk Drilling said, providing a more optimistic forecast than other drilling firms.


Oil Jumps More than $2 on Ukraine War Risk

Risk to oil flows seen low but Russia key supplier; Russian natural gas supply in doubt, European storage levels high. United States, Europe differ over trade sanctions. Crude oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel to multi-month highs on Monday


Ukraine Crisis Pushes up Gold, Oil, Grains

By Eric Onstad and Manolo Serapio Jr., Reuters Gold, crude oil and grains surged on Monday while industrial metals slid as investors reacted to escalating tensions between Moscow and Kiev after the Russian military tightened its grip on Ukraine's Crimea region.


Iraq Returns as World's Fastest-Growing Oil Exporter

By Alex Lawler and Peg Mackey, Reuters Iraq is reclaiming its rank as the world's fastest-growing oil exporter, cushioning consumers from Libyan supply outages for now and, perhaps, reviving OPEC market share rivalries down the road. Despite worsening violence due to spillover from the war


 
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