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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. The first instances of damage were discovered during a planned inspection last autumn, and an inspection programme was initiated which is now being carried out. Riser inspection is also being carried out at the Visund field. Risers are the pipes that convey oil and gas from the seabed to the installation, and consist of several layers of plastic and steel. Production at Njord and Visund is planned to be phased in again in due course as inspection of the risers confirms that they are in order, or after they have been repaired or replaced. The Njord field resumed partial production on April 16, but was shut down again on April 24 when manual measurements during a work operation revealed a gas leak from one of the risers after an automatic shutdown. The well was contained when the leak occurred.


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


Britain Prepares For Next Anticipated Computer Glitch

British maritime authorities have reportedly chartered winter tugboats early to help head off a possible shipping disaster anticipated on Thursday - the ninth day of the ninth month, 1999. The date entry "9/9/99" is a "stop file" in some old computers - a command that could shut down systems on an unknown number of ships plying the open seas, Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials said. The failure of navigation or other operations on large ships is the main concern for the MCA when the


Oil Prices Fall, Emergency Oil Flows

Newswires reported that oil prices fell 2.4 percent on Tuesday as the energy industry showed signs of recovery in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and industrialized countries prepared to tap emergency supplies to avert a crunch. U.S. crude CLc1> settled down $1.61 to $65.96 a barrel, below last week's peak $70.85. Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast early last week, shutting down nearly all U.S. offshore crude oil production and paralyzing more than 10 percent of refining capacity


Nigerian Shipowners in Dire Financial Straits

Nigeria ensign: Image CCL

The Nigerian Ship Owners Association, NSA, has informed that some of its members are currently grappling with huge financial indebtedness to some banks, which has been aggregated at over $3billion (N480bn) reports the country's National Mirror. NSA, formerly known as the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria ISAN, is the umbrella body for all fully Nigerian- owned shipping firms made up of over 40 companies, most of which have closed down or at the verge of being closed down.


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.


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea. Drummond only recently reopened the port in northern Colombia after the government had shut down operations until the miner completed an upgrade to meet new environmental legislation. It missed the January deadline for finishing work.


Weather Shuts Down Sydney

Strong winds and high seas forced authorities to close Sydney's port to passenger and cargo ships on Saturday. Winds of up to 59 mph lashed the coast of New South Wales state, bringing down power lines and unroofing a handful of homes. A Sydney Ports spokeswoman said swells of between 22 to 33 feet and wind gusts up to 35 knots inside Sydney Harbour forced the port's closure until at least Sunday. Australian Broadcasting Corp radio said the P&O passenger liner Pacific Sky, with about 1


STN Atlas Trains WIth Modular Simulators

In response to a change in emphasis from certification to verification of competency as per the upgraded Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 95) convention, the ISM code now calls for additional reliance on simulators for maritime training. STN is complying with these demands for engine room operatives with its new Atlas SES 4000 series of engine room simulators, which are based on real-time physical mathematical modules rather than the conventional look-up tables


St. Francisville/New Roads Ferry Shut Down

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that the St. Francisville/New Roads ferry crossing is closed because of a fuel tank leak that spilled diesel fuel into the river Saturday, April 25 at 8:30 p.m. The damaged ferry was shut down while the U.S. Coast Guard and National Spill Response Center were notified.  The spill was mitigated by the Marine Spill Response Organization and all diesel fuel was pumped out of the compromised fuel tank as of 2:30 p.m


France's Oldest Nuclear Plant Shut Down After Incident

Frances Oldest Nuclear Reactor

  France's oldest nuclear power plant, Fessenheim, was shut down on Saturday following an incident at the facility away from the reactor which did not pose any danger, operator EDF said. The accidental closing of a valve controlling the steam supply to the turbine generator


Beijing's bid to move polluting firms adds pressure on nearby regions

China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province


South Sudan Awards Two Mineral Exploration Licences

South Sudan has awarded provisional licences to two companies for mineral exploration as it attempts to diversify the economy away from oil, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. South Sudan is rich in gold and also probably has reserves of other minerals such as copper


Japex begins Japan's 1st commercial shale oil production

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (Japex) said on Monday it has begun the country's first commercial production of shale oil in Akita prefecture in northern Japan this month. Daily production from shale layers deep below the Ayukawa oil and gas field was about 220 barrels of crude (35 kilolitres)


Electric Rates Reduced at Port of Long Beach

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive   The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved reduced electric rates at the Port of Long Beach for the next 24 years and a program for Southern California


Santos, Kris Energy to Explore Oil and Gas off Bangladesh

By Serajul Quadir, Reuters Australian oil and gas company Santos and Singapore-based Kris Energy signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) on Wednesday to explore oil and gas in Bangladeshi waters. State-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, known as Petrobangla


Wind turbine maker Nordex turns corner in overhaul

Shares rise 4.6 percent to top TecDAX. German wind turbine maker Nordex on Friday said it had swung to an operating profit last year, boosted by stronger demand in its core European market as well as cost cuts after shutting down production in China and the United States.


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


Port Strike to Bring Delays in Vancouver

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) warned that this week’s industrial action by truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver is expected to severely impact Canada's largest and most diverse port. A strike notice has been issued to the port authority by the United Truckers Association


Asia-Pacific Crude-Weaker; ONGC sells Sokol

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Florence Tan, Reuters The Asia-Pacific crude market weakened on Monday with differentials for Russian Sokol depressed by slow demand during peak maintenance season, but a recovery in the naphtha market offset some of the losses.


Oil Holds around $110

By Shadi Bushra, Reuters   Brent crude oil steadied around $110 a barrel on Monday, resisting sharp declines in some other risk assets on news of further supply losses in Africa and expectations of revived oil demand growth. Libyan oil output plunged further over the weekend


MARAD Helps Green the Port of Honolulu

Photo: DOT

From Fast Lane, official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation The U.S. maritime industry continues to become greener each day as federal agencies, research centers, and ports work to reduce the industry's impact on our environment


Nhava Sheva Container Port Partial Shutdown

The container terminal at India's largest port of Nhava Sheva, also known as Jawajarlal Nehru Port near Mumbai, will be partially shut down for six weeks from the beginning of March to install new harbor cranes. The work in expected to impact normal operating conditions alongside the main


Saga Ruby in for Repair at Gibdock

Saga Ruby

Saga Cruises has highlighted Gibraltar’s continuing attractions for cruise owners, returning to Gibdock for repair and maintenance work on one of the "grand old ladies" of the cruise industry, the 24,492grt, 670-passenger capacity Saga Ruby.


GofM Oil Well Loss of Control Update

Jack-up Rowan Louisiana: Photo courtesy of Rowan Companies

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has clarified its earlier announcement concerning the loss of control over a well being drilled by operator EnVen from the jack-up rig 'Rowan Louisiana' in the Gulf of Mexico, saying "that the flow [of natural gas] was diverted overboard


 
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