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Shell Delivers more Brazil Deep-water Production

Shell and its joint venture announce the start of oil production from the third phase of the deep-water Parque das Conchas (BC-10) development in Brazil's Campos Basin. Production for this final phase of the project is expected to add up to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) at peak production, from fields that have already produced more than 100-million barrels since 2009.   "The safe, early delivery of this production is a testament to the efficiency of our deep-water project execution," said Wael Sawan, Executive Vice-President, Deep Water, Shell. "With this phased project, we have again demonstrated value from standardization, synergies from contractual relationships, and the strategic deployment of new technologies. These barrels, like other subsea tieback opportunities across our deep-water portfolio, have development cost advantages and will contribute to the strong production growth we expect from offshore Brazil."   Shell is a leader in deep water with a strong development pipeline following last month's completion of the BG combination, across offshore Brazil, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Nigeria, and Malaysia. Operated by Shell (50%) and owned together with ONGC (27%) and QPI (23%), Parque das Conchas Phase 3 comprises five producing wells in two Campos Basin fields (Massa and O-South) and two water-injection wells


CNOOC Pairs with Husky to Explore Deep Water Oil

CNOOC Ltd.’s unlisted parent company plans to start deep water oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea with Canada's Husky Energy Inc. next year, according to AP report. If the scheduled exploration finds sizable reserves in a bloc in the South China Sea about 185 miles south of Hong Kong, it will be China's first deep water oil and gas field. CNOOC's parent company is currently restricted to pumping oil and gas offshore at no deeper than 350 m


China to Build Deep Water Oil Exploration Fleet

China will build its own deep water oil exploration fleet in three to four years. The fleet will be able to work in deep waters all over the world, except for the north pole. China's Offshore Oil Company has launched the strategy for building such a fleet. The company's spokesman, Liu Junshan, said one of their future targets would be deep sea oil exploration. They will invest up to $1.33b in the construction of modern equipment for deep sea drilling, a laboratory, and a working fleet


DryShips Takes Delivery of First Newbuilding Drillship

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) announced that its 78% owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW Inc. took delivery of its newbuilding drillship, the Ocean Rig Corcovado. The Ocean Rig Corcovado is the first to be delivered of the four sister drillship vessels that are being constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries. The construction of all vessels is progressing well and according to schedule. The vessels are sixth generation advanced capability ultra-deep water drillships


Sonardyne Launches Leak Detection Sonar

Sonardyne International has announced the launch of an Automatic Leak Detection Sonar (ALDS) at the Oceanology International Exhibition and Conference in London. The Sonardyne product is an active sonar capable of detecting and localizing deep water hydrocarbon leaks around offshore installations and pipelines soon after they develop, allowing operators to respond immediately and accurately in the case of a leak.ALDS is designed to detect oil and gas leaks at significant ranges


New Drillship Design Offers Cost Efficient Deep-water Capabilities

Scylax Drillship  (Photo: GustoMSC)

The Scylax is designed to make developments available in the mid to deep–water market at reduced building and operating costs by providing fit-for-purpose capabilities.   The key is to focus on the essential functionality for deep-water drilling. Whereas ultra-deep water units feature ever increasing hook loads and capacities, these requirements can be reduced for a large amount of the wells in deep-water


ISE Awarded New AUV Development Contract

International Submarine Engineering Ltd was awarded a development contract in December, 2007 by Cybernetix S.A. of Marseille, France. The contract is to conduct the design and engineering work on a new Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) platform, known as SWIMMER. The contract comprises engineering Phase 1 of the SWIMMER project. Since 2001, Cybernetix has proven that the concept of using a hybrid AUV-ROV for inspection,


Offshore Drilling Spends Surges

High oil prices will drive oil & gas industry spends on offshore drilling to a total of $380b over the five year period to 2012; a rise of nearly 60% in comparison to the $240b spent in the previous five years. The latest edition of the ‘World Offshore Drilling Spend Forecast 2008-2012’ published by Douglas-Westwood and Energyfiles forecasts that by 2012 the global drilling market will be worth an estimated $80b, more than doubling since 2003.


X-Stream: New Deepwater Pipeline Concept

Dr. Henrik O. Madsen, DNV’s CEO

DNV has developed a new pipeline concept, called X-Stream, that can significantly reduce the cost of a deep- and ultra-deepwater gas pipeline while still complying with the strictest safety and integrity regime. X-Stream is based on established and field-proven technologies which have been innovatively arranged. X-Stream can reduce both the pipeline wall thickness and time spent on welding and installation compared to deep-water gas pipelines currently in operation


Deep-water Drilling Strategic Alliance Formed

Gardline Geosciences & Canyon Offshore strategic alliance to provide deep-water seabed drilling service to offshore SI market. Eric Zon, Managing Director of Gardline Geosciences stated ‘this agreement is a perfect synergy to enable Gardline to offer full geotechnical services in the deep water market and to add enhanced operational performance in extreme shallow water-environments.  The technology strengthens Gardline Geosciences and its sister company Asian Geos


Blue Water Ventures JV with Under Marine Group

Blue Water Ventures International, Inc. Announces the Creation of Blue Water Treasures, Inc. Photo: Blue Water Ventures International

 Blue Water Ventures International, a historic shipwreck research and recovery company, has entered an agreement with Under Marine Group to joint venture on future deep water wreck sites located in and around the waters of Great Britain and the Caribbean.   


Furuno's Multi-Beam Sonar reaches new depths

The multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. Image courtesy Furuno

Furuno is proud to announce that it is bringing side-scanning capabilities to its flagship NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFDs with its latest network sensor called the DFF3D. This multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s


Marine Professionals commemorates 20th anniversary

MPI 20th Anniversary Logo

Marine Professionals Inc. (MPI) is marking its 20th year in business, kicking off a year-long commemoration with a new celebratory logo and a secondary, complementary visual.  The anniversary logo symbolizes MPI’s success over the past 20 years


Tauranga Port Aims to Handle a Million Cargo Containers

Photo: Port of Tauranga

 New Zealand's largest freight gateway Port of Tauranga says it is on track to break the country's record for transporting more than one million containers in a single year.   "Our results show the Port of Tauranga is continuing to reinforce its position as the country's premier


VRC System Ordered for SSCV Sleipnir

SSCV Sleipnir (Image: Heerema Marine Contractors)

Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson Automation Solutions to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world’s largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.  


Harris Pye to Refurbish Kishorn Port Dry Dock Gates

Chris David Photo Harris Pye

Harris Pye begins work today on refurbishing the historic dock gates at Kishorn Port, last opened nearly 25 years ago. This will be the first step in making them, and the Kishorn dry-dock, operational once more. The contract value is £340


Conrad Shipyard Christens Vane Brothers Hull

Photo: Conrad

Conrad Shipyard said it has christened Hull C-1149 in a ceremony held at its Deep Water South Shipyard in Amelia, La. on January 4.   The 55,000-BBL barge is scheduled for delivery to the customer, the Vane Brothers Company, in early March 2017


Virginia Institute of Marine Science Orders Research Vessel

Image: JMS Naval Architects

Virginia Institute of Marine Science of Gloucester Point, Va. awarded a contract to Meridien Maritime Reparation of Matane, Quebec to construct a 93-foot research vessel. JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn. designed the research vessel to replace VIMS’s current vessel, the R/V Bay Eagle.


Heerema Sleipnir Contract to TMC

Heerema Sleipnir (Photo: Heerema Marine Contractors)

Compressor supplier Tamrotor Marine Compressors (TMC) has been awarded a contract by Sembcorp Marine to supply compressed air systems to the new build Heerema Sleipnir crane vessel.      The scope of work includes manufacturing and delivery of a complete marine compressed air


NextDecade Takes Aim at Texas City for LNG Export

Photo: NextDecade, LLC

 NextDecade LLC has signed lease agreements with the State of Texas and City of Texas City for a close to 1,000-acre site at Shoal Point for the potential development of a multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility.  


Moran Lays Keel for New USFWS Vessel

Image: Moran Iron Works

Sparks are flying on the keel of the $1.9 million, 57-foot aluminum fisheries research vessel for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), at Moran Iron Works (MIW).   The project was announced in November of 2016 when the two parties met for an inaugural meeting in Onaway


Alabama Port Signs Agreement with Cuba

Photo by Alabama State Port Authority

 The Alabama State Port Authority has announced a new memorandum of understanding with the National Port Administration of Cuba, potentially laying the groundwork for future trade deals.   The five-year, cooperative agreement  was signed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in


Two New Builds Delivered to Subsea 7

Seven Arctic (Photo: Subsea 7)

Offshore engineering, construction and services company Subsea 7 said it has taken delivery two new builds: a heavy construction flex-lay vessel Seven Arctic and dive support vessel Seven Kestrel, completing its substantial fleet investment program that has added six newly constructed vessels to


Peterson to Develop New Port Cameron

Photo: Peterson

 International energy logistics provider Peterson is to partner with Port Cameron in Louisiana to develop a deepwater staging port and supply base facility serving the Gulf of Mexico.   Peterson has signed a teaming partnership agreement with Port Cameron for the development of a


BHP Billiton Okay $2.2 bln Investments in Gulf of Mexico

Mad Dog Phase 2 Photo: BHP Billiton

 BHP Billiton has announced that the Board has approved expenditure of US$2.2 billion for its share of the development of the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in the Gulf of Mexico.   BHP Billiton holds a 23.9 per cent participating interest in the Mad Dog field.   






 
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