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Shell’s Largest GoM Platform Starts Production

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Shell has begun production from the Mars B development through Olympus, the company’s seventh and largest floating deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the first deepwater project in the Gulf to expand an existing oil and gas field with significant new infrastructure, which should extend the life of the greater Mars basin to 2050 or beyond. Combined future production from Olympus and the original Mars platform is expected to deliver an estimated resource base of 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe). “With two large platforms now producing from the deep-water Mars field, this project demonstrates our deepwater project delivery and leadership,” said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President for Deep Water, Shell Upstream Americas. “We safely completed construction and installation of the Olympus platform more than six months ahead of schedule, allowing us to begin production early from the development’s first well. Olympus is the latest, successful start-up of our strong portfolio of deepwater projects, which we expect to generate substantial value in the coming years. Deep water will continue to be a core growth opportunity for Shell.” In addition to the Olympus drilling and production platform, the Shell Mars B development (Shell 71.5% operator, BP 28.5%) includes subsea wells at the West Boreas and South Deimos fields, export pipelines, and a shallow-water platform, located at West Delta 143, near the Louisiana coast


Maersk Considers Exiting Angolan Oil Field

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says its investment in Angola's Chissonga oil field is under consideration as a result of falling oil prices. "We will only continue the project if we feel comfortable that we have limited risk and could expect reasonable returns," Chief Executive Nils Smedegaard Andersen said on a teleconference with journalists. He said it is a fact, that deepwater projects like Chissonga are challenged because of high costs.


Crowley Christens Barge 455-3

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently christened and launched barge 455-3, the third heavy-lift 455 series flat-deck barge to be built and delivered to Crowley this year by Gunderson Marine in Portland, Ore. Susan Michel, Crowley's director of people development and learning, had the honor of sponsoring and christening the newest addition to the company's growing big-barge fleet. Barges 455-3, 455-2 and the Marty J, all delivered this year


News: Cal Dive Riser System Deployed in Deepwater Project

Well Ops, Inc., a subsidiary of Cal Dive International, Inc. had the successful first application of the company's purpose-built, open water intervention riser system. Cal Dive's well intervention vessel, the Q4000, deployed the system in 1,042 ft. of water, where it was latched to a horizontal Cameron tree. The system includes a control umbilical, two-in. annular line, 7.375-in. flowhead and swivel. The riser system was integral to a successful well decommissioning operation


'Seven Borealis' Nominated for Ship of the Year

Seven Borealis

Subsea 7’s flagship ‘Seven Borealis’, a customized SOC 5000 design designed by Ulstein has been nominated for the prestigious Ship of the Year Award organized by the Offshore Support Journal. Voting is open until close of business on 25 January via this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/13SVVOTE. The Seven Borealis measures 182.2 x 46.2 meters and has a moulded depth of 16.1 meters. This state-of-the-art pipelay/heavy lift vessel, delivered 2012


FMC Gets Shell Ultra-deep Subsea Equipment Order

FMC Technologies, Inc. to support Shell's ultra-deepwater project in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico. Stones is located approximately 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast in approximately 9,600 feet (2,926 meters) of water. FMC Technologies' scope of supply includes eight subsea trees, a subsea manifold, topside and subsea controls and associated equipment. "Deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico require advanced capabilities and innovative solutions


Chevron Reports 1998 Net Income of $1.98 Billion

Chevron Corporation reported 1998 preliminary net income of $1.98 billion, down 39 percent from 1997 net income of $3.3 billion. Net income for 1998 and 1997 included net benefits of $31 million and $76 million, respectively, from special items. For the fourth quarter 1998, net income of $431 million included net charges of $72 million from special items. Charges associated with asset write-downs; reserves for environmental remediation and a litigation issue; and last-in


Deepwater Gulf of Mexico: Bright Future

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Quest Offshore characterizes the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as a deepwater region that is “Transitioning into a Bright Future.” According to the recently released 116-page Quest Deepwater Review Gulf of Mexico report, the Gulf of Mexico has experienced massive changes in the last 5 years with long-term implications for the region and the wider deepwater oil and gas market. The worldwide financial crisis and subsequent recession, shale gas’ implications on U.S


Malaysia Deepwater Project Contract for Technip J/V

Technip in a Joint Venture with MMHE awarded substantial contract for the Malikai Project in Malaysia. Technip in a joint venture with Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) has been awarded a substantial contract by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd (SSPC) for the engineering, procurement and construction of a tension leg platform (TLP) for the TLP Malikai Deepwater Project. This TLP will be designed as a fully-manned platform to be installed 110 kilometers offshore Sabah


Floating Production System Orders Outlook

Projected Growth Global Natural Gas Demand  (Quadrillion Btu)

An EPC contract for a production unit can easily exceed $1 billion – and $3 billion for an FPSO has recently been breached.  Overall, this is a $20 to $30 billion annual market.  But, as described below, the sector is hitting some headwinds that could impact future business opportunities. Backlog of Planned Floater Projects 243 floating production projects are in various stages of planning as of beginning May


Aker Wayfarer to be Modified for Subsea Work

Aker Wayfarer (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

Kleven’s Myklebust Verft in Gursken, Norway, has signed a modification contract with Ocean Yield ASA, a ship owning company with investments within oil-service and industrial shipping, to convert the Aker Wayfarer into a deepwater subsea equipment support vessel (SESV)


Chevron Sanctions Stampede Project

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  Chevron Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, Union Oil Company of California (Union), has reached a final investment decision to proceed with the development of the Hess Corporation-operated Stampede project in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico


What’s New in Floating Production?

Jim McCaul, IMA

What’s New in October 2014?  Today 324 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field.  FPSOs account for 65% of the existing systems, 78% of systems on order.  Production semis, barges


Chevron Starts Oil Production in Gulf of Mexico

 Tubular Bells floating production facility is a classic spar hull with traditional three-level topsides.

 Chevron Corporation announced today that the Hess Corporation-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production. The field is located 135 miles (217 km) southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 4,300 feet (1


2H Offshore Joins Deepwater Mining Consortium

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2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has joined an international European consortium comprising nineteen industry and research organizations to develop deepwater mining solutions. Over the next four years, the European Commission funded project, known as Blue Mining


Kleven Shipbuilding Wins IES Pioneer Contract

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Norway’s Kleven announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract with Malaysian based joint venture company IES Pioneer Ltd. The vessel is of Norwegian design company MarinTeknikk’s MT 6015 MPSV design and will be outfitted with a crane, helideck and FiFi II


Floating Production: $1.2b Speculative FLNG Ordered

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The floating production business continues to be very strong, particularly in the LNG gas processing sector.  Last month saw a speculatively ordered floating liquefaction plant – a $1.2 billion contract – as well as several regasification vessel contracts


Transocean Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. today issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since July 16, 2014. The total value of new contracts since the July 16


Floating Production Roundup: August 2014

Samsung is building two FLNGs, including the massive Prelude FLNG for Shell.

What’s New in August 2014 There are 320 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field.  FPSOs account for 64% of the existing systems, 79% of systems on order.  Production semis, barges, spars and TLPs comprise the balance


Sea Trucks Signs $130m Facility for Offshore Newbuild

Jascon 18 at Kwong-Soon shipyard

Sea Trucks Group Limited, an international oil and gas marine contractor with a track record in the key oil and gas producing regions, particularly West Africa, announced a $130 million facility to finance the completion of Jascon 18 has been signed.


DSS Secures HOS Jones Act MPSV for Gulf ROV Work

HOS Bayou

Delta SubSea Secures U.S.-Flagged DP-2 IMR/Construction Support Vessel for Deepwater ROV Operations in the GoM. Delta SubSea, LLC (DSS) has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (HOS) for the HOS Bayou


Maersk Drilling CEO: Slow Deepwater Rig Market Coming

Maersk Drilling Chief Executive Claus Hemmingsen talked to Reuters on the sidelines of A.P. Moller-Maersk's annual capital markets day. Maersk Drilling has focused on two areas - harsh environment rigs primarily in Norway and deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and off West Africa.


What's New in Floating Production?

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Today there are 324 oil/gas floating production units are now in service, on order or available for reuse on another field.  FPSOs account for 64% of the existing systems, 79% of systems on order.  Production semis, barges, spars and TLPs comprise the balance. 


Mærsk Deliverer's Contract extended

Maersk Deliverer

Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited, a Chevron subsidiary in Angola, has extended the current contract for the ultra deepwater semi-submersible Mærsk Deliverer expiring in June 2015 by two years. Mærsk Deliverer has since 2012 been working for Chevron and its partners on the Tombua


MARAD Seeks Comments on Proposed Policy for Deepwater Export Applications

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is seeking comments on the agency’s proposed policy to accept, evaluate and process license applications for the construction and operation of offshore deepwater export facilities. The agency is proposing to use the existing Deepwater Port License






 
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