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New DNV GL JIP to Deal With Risks in Sour Gas Fields

Koheila Molazemi

In the operation and development of a sour gas field, a key challenge is ensuring the process safety and integrity of the asset and, most importantly, the safety of the personnel working with high concentrations of hydrogen sulphide (H2S). To help the industry manage the risks throughout the project’s lifecycle, DNV GL has now initiated a Joint Industry Project (JIP). Operators are invited to join this JIP to obtain synergies through the development of guidelines on design, construction, operations and training. Several sour gas fields are under development or in operation in different parts of the world. The focus is now on the Middle East, as this region looks likely to meet its soaring domestic energy demand through its large reserves. However, sour gas is toxic, highly corrosive and explosive, so both the development and operation of these fields are associated with a high risk level relating to Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE), process safety and integrity. “Facing these risks, and given the inadequate existing standards and best practices for handling high H2S concentrations, DNV GL has now initiated a JIP to develop international standards and guidelines specific to sour gas fields,” says Koheila Molazemi, DNV GL’s Risk Management and Advisory Service Line Manager in the UAE.


Spirit Energy 76 Discovers New Gas Field

Unocal Corporation's Spirit Energy 76 unit said a wildcat exploration well in 240 ft. of water on its 100-percent owned Ship Shoal block 295 offshore Louisiana has discovered a significant new natural gas field with an ultimate discovery volume of as much as 130 billion cubic feet (bcf). Spirit Energy also said its net production reached 175,000 boepd at the end of 1999. The company expects continued production strength into 2000 due to increased development activities and exploration success


New Zealand Mulls CNG Imports

New Zealand energy companies are considering importing compressed natural gas to help make up a possible gas shortfall when the Maui field runs dry in 2010, as reported in the New Zealand Herald. As the Maui gas field, off the south coast of Taranaki, nears the end of its life, concern is mounting about how to make up the energy shortfall if no new gas fields are found. CNG would overcome several objections to one of the alternatives gaining traction - the importation of liquefied natural gas


Iran Orders Six LNG Tankers from China

According to a May 30 report from www.PressTV.ir, Iran has ordered six tankers worth $1.2b from China for exporting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) it produces in the country's gas fields. China recently backed a U.S.-proposed draft resolution for further UN sanctions against Iran but has stressed that sanctions should not harm "normal trade" between the two countries. (Source: presstv.ir)


Saipem Wins Offshore Contract in Saudi Arabia

According to a report from Reuters, Italian oil services firm Saipem (SPMI.MI) won a contract for offshore work at Saudi Aramco's [SDABO.UL] non-associated gas fields feeding Wasit, Saudi Arabia's biggest gas plant, industry sources said on March 1. Saipem is controlled by oil company Eni (ENI.MI).   (Source: Reuters)


Akkas Gas Field Development Hit By Iraq Crisis- KOGAS

Development of Iraq's Akkas gas field has been delayed because of the latest crisis in the OPEC member nation, South Korea's energy ministry said on Sunday, quoting project owner Korea Gas Corp. An official at the state-run gas company who is familiar with the matter also told Reuters the delay began last week as those who worked on pipeline tasks near the battles had fled to safe areas. "If the civil war expands and the U.S


Russian, American Gas Giants Discuss Shtokman, LNG exports to U.S.

The chief executives of Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom and U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips met recently to discuss prospects for the development of the Shtokman gas field and the supply of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to markets in North America, according to an RIA Novosti report. The meeting was held as part of consultations with companies interested in being involved in the first leg of the Shtokman project


Shell, Statoil Announce Joint Energy Plan

Shell and Statoil announced a plan to use carbon dioxide to increase offshore oil recovery in the North Sea. Carbon dioxide (CO2) would be captured from power generation and pumped into an underground reservoir to enhance oil recovery, resulting in increased energy production with lower CO2 impact. The project was estimated to cost about $1.4 billion dollars. The project, due to be phased in between 2010 and 2012, comprises a gas-fired power plant and methanol production facility at


Linde forms Global Alliance with SBM

Linde has formed a Global Alliance with Single Buoying Mooring Inc. (SBM) to develop and market Floating Production, Storage and Offloading units (FPSO) for the growing Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry, based on Linde's proprietary natural gas liquefaction technology. After having finalized a generic concept for a LNG FPSO with a yearly capacity off app.2.5 million metric tons of LNG, global marketing efforts will start as of today


Power Below the Waves: ABB Subsea Transformers

Subsea Transformer Located in ├ůsgard Compressor Station: Schematic credit ABB

ABB has delivered subsea transformers for fields in the North & Norwegian seas & the Gulf of Mexico for operation at depths of up to 2,000 m. Subsea transformers are an ABB innovation. Deployed in extreme conditions in ultra-deepwater, these high-tech workhorses provide the power for heavy-duty equipment on the sea floor - enabling declining oil and gas fields to be more productive and making new deepwater fields accessible.


Total Restarts Production at St Fergus Terminal

Production at the St Fergus natural gas terminal in Britain restarted on Monday afternoon following an unplanned offshore outage which resulted in reduced production, Total Exploration and Production UK said. The outage at the terminal on the northeast coast of Scotland caused UK spot natural


Sound Oil Upgrades Recoverable Volume of the SMG

James Parsons, Sound Oils Chief Executive Officer

  Sound Oil, the European / Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, achieved a significant upgrade in the recoverable volume of the Santa Maria Goretti ("SMG") gas prospect, onshore Italy.   The onshore SMG Permit sits in the Marche Region in Central Eastern


Ship Reportedly Booked for First US Condensate Export

The first condensate cargo for export is due to load in Texas at the end of this week, headed via the Panama Canal to Asia, shipping sources said. Westport Petroleum Inc., the Franklin, Tennessee-based shipping arm of Japanese trader Mitsui & Co


China Studies Floating Gas Plants for South China Sea

Photo: CNOOC

Chinese energy giant CNOOC Group is studying the possibility of building a multibillion-dollar floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel, as-yet untried technology that would likely be used to produce gas from the deep waters of the South China Sea.


Qatar Petroleum plans to invest over 40 billion QAR

 Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of QP

  Qatar Petroleum (QP) announced plans to invest over 40 billion Qatari Riyals (QAR) in the re-development of the existing Bul Hanine offshore oil field located about 120 kilometers to the east of the Qatari coastline. The project, which is currently at the pre-FEED stage


Argentina Won Lottery With Vaca Muerta Shale Field - Chevron

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  Argentina has won the "geological lottery" with its 1,000-foot-thick Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas field in Patagonia, a spokesman for Chevron said on Thursday, as the U.S. energy giant increases its investments in the country.


Aker Gets BP Offshore Norway Contract

Aker OCV: Image courtesy of Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions says it has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway. The contract has a period of up to two years valued at maximum NOK 1


RWE Dea's 'The Breagh Story' Wins Film Awards In Houston, Hamburg

RWE Dea

At the WorldFest 2014 International Film Festival in Houston, RWE Dea won the platinum award in the documentary category with “The Breagh Story”. The film also won the silver award in the energy category at this year’s WorldMedia Festival held in Hamburg.  


China Optimistic of Finding Gas Offshore Vietnam

Offshore rig: File image

A Chinese oil rig whose deployment to waters claimed by Vietnam early this month triggered a rupture in ties has a good chance of finding enough gas to put the area into production, Chinese industry experts said. That would give China its first viable energy field in the disputed South China Sea


Gassing About Ukraine

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Ukraine’s oil and gas production appears to have been largely unaffected by the ongoing crisis involving Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the uprising of pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. Most of the Black Sea state’s producing gas fields are located away from


RS Holds Offshore O&G Field Development Seminar

On May 27-29, 2014 in Astrakhan, Russia, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) held a seminar on shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas field development for experts representing RS offices in Russia and abroad. The seminar covered latest amendments to the procedural requirements of the


Only a Fraction of LNG Export Projects Will be Built: Shell

Shell Prelude rendering courtesy of Shell

Only a fraction of the natural gas export projects being developed around the globe will become reality as high costs and weakening gas prices torpedo those that until recently promised huge returns on investment. Large natural gas field discoveries on and offshore have prompted several


More Norway Oil Projects Being Delayed

Oil firms are purposefully delaying the development of oil and gas fields off Norway, the head of the agency tasked with managing the country's oil and gas resources told Reuters on Thursday. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate was expecting some 13 development projects to be submitted by


Petrobras Board Approves More Exploration

The board of Brazil's state-run oil company, Petrobras, approved the exploration of new oil and gas fields in February, Planning Minister Miriam Belchior said on Friday, countering criticism by some board members that they were not previously informed of a 15 billion reais ($6


New Russian Tax Credits Encourage Arctic Oil Exploration

Arctic drilling platform: File photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off a new law on mineral extraction tax incentives for hydrocarbons produced in Yamal and the Nenets Autonomous District, reports official news agency Arctic-info. The document [signed] also refers to the resources that are extracted in Eastern Siberia






 
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