Statoil Oil and Partners Make Oil Discovery on the UK Continental Shelf

Statoil and partners have made an oil discovery in the Verbier sidetrack well in the outer Moray Firth on the UK Continental Shelf, proving a minimum of 25 million recoverable barrels of oil in the immediate vicinity of the wellbore.

2Statoil VerbierThe Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. (Photo: Kenneth Engelsvold)

The preliminary results suggest the discovery could range anywhere between 25 and 130 million barrels of oil.

“This is an encouraging result for Statoil and the UK team. We have proven oil in good quality sands with good reservoir properties, but significant work remains, most likely including appraisal, to clarify the recoverable volumes and to refine this range,” says Jez Averty, senior vice president Exploration in Norway and the UK.

The partnership will continue to assess the data and plan further appraisal to determine the exact size of the discovery. The partnership will also seek to determine the commerciality of the discovery in addition to maturing additional opportunities within the P2170 licence.

The Verbier main wellbore encountered a water-filled sand and the decision was made to drill a sidetrack to assess the remaining potential up-dip.

“The results show that we made the right decision to sidetrack the well and this discovery proves that there could be significant remaining potential in this mature basin,” says Jenny Morris, vice president for Exploration in the UK.

“Our aim this summer was to develop Statoil’s UK position through testing three independent prospects ranging in geological risk and with a potential impact on our portfolio. Whilst the results of the other two exploration wells were disappointing, we are convinced of the remaining, high-value potential on the UK continental shelf and the Verbier result certainly gives us the confidence and determination to continue our exploration efforts,” says Jenny Morris.

The Mariner Segment 9 well encountered two oil-filled sands in the Heimdal Formation and a thin oil column in the deeper Maureen Formation. A comprehensive suite of data was acquired which will be used to establish the extent of the Heimdal sand bodies, the impact on resources and future drainage strategy for the main Mariner field together with the potential for tie back of additional resources.

Jock Scott was dry and no reservoir section was encountered. All wells were drilled safely and very efficiently, and the drilling program came in below budget.

ExxonMobil Announces Fifth Discovery Offshore Guyana

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 Turbot-1 well is located approximately 30 miles from Liza phase one project. Map Image: Courtesy ExxonMobil 

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has announced it made a fifth new oil discovery after drilling the Turbot-1 well offshore Guyana.

Turbot is ExxonMobil’s latest discovery to date in the country, adding to previous discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek and Liza Deep. Following completion of the Turbot-1 well, the Stena Carron drillship will move to the Ranger prospect. An additional well on the Turbot discovery is being planned for 2018.

ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. began drilling the Turbot-1 well on Aug. 14, 2017 and encountered a reservoir of 75 feet (23 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone in the primary objective. The well was safely drilled to 18,445 feet (5,622 meters) in 5,912 feet (1,802 meters) of water on Sept. 29, 2017. The Turbot-1 well is located in the southeastern portion of the Stabroek Block, approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) to the southeast of the Liza phase one project.

“The results from this latest well further illustrate the tremendous potential we see from our exploration activities offshore Guyana,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “ExxonMobil, along with its partners, will continue to further evaluate opportunities on the Stabroek Block.”

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.

Danos and Petrofac to Form Alliance

4 1Danos 70 logo copy smDanos and Petrofac, a London-based provider of oilfield services to the international oil and gas industry, have 4 2Petrofac.svgsigned an agreement that will enable the formation of a Joint Venture (JV). The alliance will allow for the pursuit of joint opportunities to deliver services across the oil and gas asset life cycle, with a focus on supporting operations and asset management solutions in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. shale plays.

The two organizations are seeking to combine their collective strengths to provide a differentiated service offering to hydrocarbon resource holders. The increased service capabilities would be deployed to support effective and cost-efficient operations across all phases of the asset life cycle including late life and decommissioning.

Danos brings a 70-year track record in Gulf of Mexico operations, with 11 integrated service lines including maintenance labor services and onshore fabrication. Petrofac, through its Engineering and Production Services business, contributes its 36 years of experience in asset management solutions to lower OPEX, lifting costs and improve efficiency.

Danos Owner and Executive Vice President Paul Danos said, “At Danos, part of our purpose is to ‘solve big challenges for our customers’. We see a clear need for new and creative solutions to solve the developing challenges brought on by the current market realities. I am excited about the strong capabilities that this alliance creates to offer relevant solutions to our customers.”

Senior Vice President for Petrofac Engineering and Production Services Dave Blackburn said, “The ‘lower for longer’ operating environment requires a different approach to be taken, and we see this as an ideal time for our two companies to come together in this alliance. As many companies are forced to consider how to reduce operating and lifting costs or improve efficiencies, the blend of our capabilities, from skilled, competent local people through to fully holistic asset-led solutions provides us with a clear platform from which we can respond.”

Seanic Ocean Systems to Host MTS Houston Section Annual Barbecue

5 1MTSBBQ5 2SeaniclogoThe Annual MTS Houston Section Barbecue will be held on October 26, 2017 and takes the place of the regularly scheduled monthly lunch meeting. This year’s barbecue is being hosted by SEANIC OCEAN SYSTEMS at its Houston location. This is the second row in a year that Seanic has hosted the event.

In addition to some 80 exhibit tables, the annual barbecue typically attracts around 700 industry professionals from the Gulf Coast area. Money raised supports the Section’s generous scholarship program.

This year’s barbecue will once again include a barbecue dinner, Silent Auction, door prizes and excellent networking opportunities. The barbecue is open to anyone wish to attend. Cost is $35 for members and nonmembers with online registration by October 24. Location is Seanic Ocean Systems.

Seanic Ocean Systems is located at 25310 Clay Road, Katy, TX 77493.The company designs and engineers standard and custom deepwater intervention products. The company Quality Management is ISO 9001:2008 Compliant.


October 9-11, 2017 - Dynamic Positioning Conference, Westin Memorial City, Houston
October 26, 2017 – Annual Barbecue Social and Fund Raiser hosted by Seanic Ocean Systems
December 7, 2017 – ExxonMobil Diving Operations and Safety Perspective – David Gilbert, ExxonMobil

About the Marine Technology Society

The Houston Section of the Marine Technology Society is the largest Section of the Society. The Society’s members are comprised mainly of professionals involved in offshore oil and gas exploration and recovery. The Section hosts regular lunch presentations, as well as a variety of fund-raiser social events. These include a Sporting Clays Tournament, Golf Tournament, and the Annual Barbecue.

The Section hosts and/or supports a number of conferences and seminars each year, including the Offshore Outlook Industry Conference, the Offshore Technology Conference, the Dynamic Positioning Conference and Underwater Intervention. In addition, the Section supports Student Chapters at Texas A&M in College Station and Galveston, and donates over $160,000 in scholarships and student support annually.

Headquartered in Maryland, The Marine Technology Society is an International nonprofit society founded in the 1960s and includes members from the offshore petroleum community, ocean community: marine sciences, engineering, academia, industry and government.

Sparrows Group and Hydra Group Ltd Launch Joint Venture in Ghana

6Sparrrow Eddy current inspection of crane boom laticeSparrows Group has formed Sparrows Offshore Ghana Ltd, a Joint Venture (JV) with local partner Hydra Group Limited, to deliver crane, lifting and inspection services in Ghana.

The agreement will service strong demand for an experienced lifting and mechanical handling specialist to support reliability and operational safety in the country.

Accra-based Hydra Group has several years experience in oil and gas and has a proven background in developing successful partnerships with world-class international companies.

Sparrows’ extensive experience operating across West Africa, particularly in Angola and Nigeria, has seen the company win work in Ghana over the past 12 months and this new agreement firmly establishes their presence there.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows Group, said: “We believe there is a gap in the market for a crane specialist to provide all forms of lifting, mechanical handling and inspection services in Ghana. In forming the JV with Hydra Group, we are offering a service that combines our expertise with the infrastructure of a well-respected company with extensive local knowledge of the Ghanaian offshore market.

“There is an immediate demand for crane operations, maintenance and inspection services however, the partnership will also enable us to deliver our full service offering that includes a range of integrated engineering services. Having trusted partners throughout the world is part of our strategy to ensure we can deliver equipment and services wherever demand exists.”

The JV creation was supported by Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of the Scottish Government and Scotland's enterprise agencies.

Delali Otchi chief executive officer at Hydra Group said: “Our partnership with Sparrows works in several ways as we share an absolute commitment to safety and delivering value for clients. Sparrows is recognised as the global expert in offshore lifting and combining their specialities with our local knowledge and logistical capability will provide a service not previously available in Ghana.”

Exceed Creates 20 Jobs with Major North Sea Contract

7Ian Mills ExceedAberdeen-headquartered Exceed, a well management and performance improvement specialist, has announced it will create 20 jobs, having been awarded a contract by Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited for its forthcoming Cheviot Field development campaign. Alpha Petroleum is an upstream oil and gas operator focused on the UK sector of the North Sea and backed by private equity firm Petroleum Equity.

Exceed CEO, Ian Mills

Alpha’s programme includes the drilling and completion of a total of 18 subsea wells, and Exceed’s contract will begin with immediate effect. The operational phase of the project is expected to commence in Q2 2018, subject to securing FID in Q4 2017, with a workscope that will see Exceed provide drilling engineering and well construction operations management within blocks 2/10a, 2/15a and 3/11b of the North Sea for approximately 1,000 days.

Despite the oil and gas downturn of the last two years, Exceed has continued to invest internally, in order to expand its expertise and continue strengthening its engineering capabilities.

Exceed’s Managing Director, Ian Mills, explains further: “During the challenges of the past few years, the Exceed team has worked extremely hard to implement a strategy that ensures we now have the capacity and capability to manage major projects through our in-house, multi-disciplined team.

“By playing a significant role in the delivery of one of the largest field developments in the North Sea in recent times, Exceed is delighted to be creating 20 new jobs. This award is a clear illustration of the benefits our investment strategy has delivered and we look forward to working with Alpha Petroleum and our fellow contractors to successfully deliver this key UKCS project.”

Alpha Petroleum’s COO, Graham Walters, commented: “We conducted a careful evaluation of well management companies in order to select the right fit for Alpha and Cheviot. The award to Exceed will provide the additional operational strength and support the Alpha team requires as we prepare to commence operations next year.”

Keppel Secures Major FPSO Conversion Contract

8keppel offshore 22624Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has secured a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) conversion contract from long-standing customer, SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM Offshore).

The contract is for the conversion of a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) into an FPSO, which upon completion, will be deployed to the Liza field, located approximately 193km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block.

The shipyard's work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters, fabrication and installation of spread mooring systems, as well as the installation and integration of topside modules.

Mr. Chor How Jat, Managing Director (Conversions and Repairs), Keppel O&M and Managing Director, Keppel Shipyard, said, "We are pleased to undertake the conversion of this FPSO, which is our 25th major project from SBM Offshore. It is testament to Keppel's expertise in FPSO conversions and the strong partnership we have developed with SBM Offshore since Keppel Shipyard's first delivery in 1981."

"Over the years we have established a base of strong customers, including SBM Offshore, who choose us for our proven track record and value-add in the conversion, upgrading and repair of vessels."

The converted FPSO will have a storage capacity of 1.6 million barrels of crude oil and is capable of producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. The vessel will have a gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million standard cubic feet per day and a water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels of water per day.

The above contract is not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year.

Ampelmann Announces Partnership with Seaqualize

9ApplemannS TypeInfoBackAmpelmann, a global leader in offshore access solutions, has announced an exclusive partnership with Seaqualize, a Dutch marine motion technology innovator, to collaborate on the development of its latest S-type gangway.

Ampelmann develops and manufactures motion compensated offshore access systems and its latest gangway solution, the S-type, is designed specifically to be fully integrated into large, high speed vessels and dedicated to long-term crew change operations.

Key factors to the success of these vessels are speed, comfort and low fuel consumption. The S-type is designed to safely compensate the challenging motion characteristics of these vessels when in dynamic positioning (DP) alongside the platform. This is combined with a significant reduction in power requirement and weight of the gangway itself.

Part of the solution comes from the balanced heave compensation technology of Seaqualize. This patented technology engages the non-linear force of a gas spring to create an easily adjustable counterbalance, enabling balanced heave compensation. Numerical and scale models already tested have demonstrated the energy efficiency of luffing can be increased to more than 90%.

The full scale prototype is funded by a subsidy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs through top sector energy. While targeted predominantly towards the crew change market the offshore wind market will also hold opportunity for this new generation of gangway, due to the reduction in power requirements and weight.

Wiebe Jan Emsbroek, commercial manager crew change at Ampelmann, commented: “The crew change market requires a light-weight transfer system which enables a safer and more cost-effective alternative to other crew change methods, such as helicopters.

“Integrating balanced heave compensation technology into the S-type will offer a huge energy saving of up to 50% compared to our current gangways. It utilises electric actuators opposed to traditional hydraulics which results in reduced fuel consumption for the vessel and significant overall project savings.”

Production is due to start on the S-type in early 2018. In total, the cost of operators using the system will be around 30% cheaper than helicopters. The S-type builds on Ampelmann’s track-record of innovative design by incorporating a lightweight system that uses a low amount of energy to operate.

For the global oil and gas market where volume of crew is high and the sea state can be severe, the S-type can continuously transfer 50 people and luggage in five minutes in significant wave heights of up to three to four metres. The S-type design can be tailored for installation to individual vessels and is expected to be a particularly attractive option on current or new build fast or light-weight medium-sized vessels; such as mono-hulls, catamarans and trimarans.

CH2M Wins Major Marine Engineering Support Contract on BP Project Developing Offshore Gas Fields in Senegal and Mauritania

10CH2MCH2M has been awarded a new marine engineering support contract on BP's innovative Tortue development offshore Mauritania and Senegal. The new energy development project involves subsea gas production, a floating gas treatment facility, a pipeline with domestic gas connection points and a nearshore hub facility where the gas is converted into liquefied natural gas (LNG). The hub facility provides breakwater-protected berths for a floating LNG production unit and for international export of LNG by ship.

CH2M's preliminary front end engineering design (Pre-FEED) deliverables support final decision-making on the hub location, layout, and the form and method of construction of the inshore hub and support to marine operations and project execution planning.

BP named KBR as an Engineering Services Contractor for the Tortue development, and KBR selected CH2M as the BP-approved civil and marine engineering support provider. According to Dr Colin Skipper, CH2M Vice President and Practice Director, "CH2M has a strong civil and marine works portfolio for global energy producers, and we are pleased to perform a critical role working with KBR on this technically challenging project for BP. Delivering this project requires deep technical experience and innovative thinking--qualities on which our reputation has been built." With a longstanding oil and gas industry service record, CH2M has worked for major energy producers on many projects around the world for over 30 years. Civil and marine engineering support for the Tortue are being delivered in the UK by CH2M's international terminal, pipeline and infrastructure engineering team.

Add Energy Expands into Saudi Arabia

11 1add energyAdd Energy and DC Gruppe have combined their industry expertise to provide innovative engineering and asset support services to some of the most challenging industrial problems in Saudi Arabia.

The contract, expected to turnover almost $20m, has strengthened Add Energy’s Middle East presence as well as providing the capacity to secure an additional 40 jobs to complete the proposed projects.

Under the commercial partnership with DC Gruppe, which includes an office base in Saudi Arabia, Add Energy can now offer its technical know-how and specialized engineering solutions to the demanding Middle East market.

11 2ADDE 032 1The new relationship will not only enable Add Energy to widen its Middle East presence out with its Middle East headquarters in Muscat, but it will also allow for further bidding on key asset support service work in the region.

Peter Adam, Add Energy’s EVP for Asset & Integrity Management said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with industry leaders, DC Gruppe, further strengthening both companies’ core offering and expert services in this area.

“In having established offices and delivering successful projects in Oman, Saudi Arabia had always been a logical key focus for Add Energy and our future growth. This partnership signifies the commitment that both companies are willing to make in order to drive optimization and safety integrity across operations in Saudi Arabia.”

Noor Alnahhas, Managing Director of DC Gruppe, also commented on the agreement, "We are excited about our partnership with Add Energy. As leaders in asset and integrity management, the company brings a unique set of services and solutions that complements and strengthens our existing offering in the region. During these challenging market times, clients are looking for solutions that provide efficiency, integrity and cost reduction and we believe this partnership will help us deliver exactly that."

Churchill Drilling Tools and ToolServ Celebrate Successful Five Year Norwegian Partnership

12Andy Churchill left Christian Berven Right3Churchill Drilling Tools, a global oilfield service company specialising in drilling innovation, and its Norwegian distributor, ToolServ, are celebrating a five-year partnership which has helped oil and gas operators in the Norwegian sector improve their drill programs.

Both companies have reported growing demand for Churchill’s range of high performance tools, which operate in the drill string and are designed to enable operators to drill faster and more efficiently at low risk. The number of Churchill tools deployed in the Norwegian sector is expected to hit record levels by the end of 2017, growth of more than 100% on 2014 and a 30% rise on 2016.

An important milestone was achieved earlier this year when a major operator deployed four of Churchill’s tools in the Norwegian sector – it marked the first time that four of Churchill’s tools had been deployed on one drilling program in the Norwegian sector. The tools enabled the operator to cut its operational hours by around 10% in a 3,100ft long, 9-1/2” horizontal section.

The client was impressed with the performance of the products and the level of service that the Churchill / ToolServ partnership provided its drill program and is now deploying Churchill tools across its operations.

Talking about the partnership with ToolServ Mike Churchill, CEO of Churchill Drilling Tools, said: “It’s a partnership that suits both parties and has realized some exceptional results.

“We manufacture our tools in Aberdeen, the US and the Middle East, but to give us a truly global reach we have in place a number of distributor partnerships, including in Italy, Kurdistan, Australia and through ToolServ in Norway.

“I’m proud that with ToolServ we have enabled operators in the Norwegian Sector to drill faster and more efficiently at low risk. Demand for our tools in the sector continues to grow, which is testament to the strength of the partnership, the quality of our tools and the talent of our workforce.”

Toolserv’s Managing Director, Christian Berven, said: “The foundations of our success at ToolServ have been built on the trust we have developed with our customers, our experience and our customer focused approach. Our partnership with Churchill Drilling Tools is therefore a very natural one, given the quality, reliability and success of its products.”

He added: “We were particularly pleased to see a major operator deploy four Churchill tools on the same section earlier this year. It was a first for us, and is a good demonstration of how the tools complement one another to improve drilling performance.”

The team worked closely with the operator from the outset, reviewing its drilling plan. Hole cleaning was a major issue while stuck pipe was identified as a substantial risk in an operation that presented significant technical challenges. The operator also wanted to reduce the time spent top filling the string when Running In Hole.

Hole cleaning was the most concerning risk due to an unstable formation. To mitigate the risk Churchill recommended its DAV MX™ CircSub, a dart activated valve which is the most reliable tool on the market and is significantly quicker and easier to activate than using traditional ball activated devices.

The company also recommended the introduction of three further tools: Its HyPR™ Hole Saver, the quickest and most cost-effective means of cutting pipe; the Drift Catcher to verify a clear pipe without having to drop objects from the derrick; and the TopJet™ which enabled the operator to speed up top filling.

The operator agreed with Churchill’s proposal and the tools were dispatched via ToolServ.

A clear pipe was verified by the Drift Catcher, deployed on completion of the 9 ½” section, saving the client around ten minutes per 1000 ft of hole, around a 50% time saving. When deployed the Top Jet also enables operators to speed up top filling by around 50%. The operator didn’t encounter any instances of Stuck Pipe, despite the risk, and so the HyPR Hole Saver remained dormant in the drill string.

Overall Churchill’s tools enabled the operator to cut operational hours by 10% in the 9-1/2” section. Following completion of the drilling program, Churchill’s tools are now standard additions to the client’s BHAs across its drilling operations.

Anadarko Announces Leadership Changes

13Anadarko Petroleum Logo.svgAnadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) has announced a consolidation of its leadership structure. Since the beginning of 2015, Anadarko has sold nearly $7.5 billion of non-core assets in order to reposition and focus its business to deliver better returns and growth across commodity cycles. These management changes align with the evolution of the portfolio and strategic direction the company has taken.

Effective immediately, Danny Brown, formerly Executive Vice President (EVP), International and Deepwater Operations, has been named EVP, U.S. Onshore Operations, with responsibility for the company's upstream and midstream activity in Colorado, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Mitch Ingram, formerly EVP, Global LNG, has been named EVP, International & Deepwater Operations and Project Management, overseeing Anadarko's development and production activities in Algeria, Ghana, the Gulf of Mexico and Mozambique. Ingram will also assume responsibility for the company's worldwide project-management and construction activities. In addition, the company announced Ernie Leyendecker, formerly EVP, International and Deepwater Exploration, has been named EVP, Exploration, with responsibility for the company's worldwide exploration efforts. U.S. onshore exploration is being combined with Leyendecker's prior duties, consolidating all of the company's exploration activities under his direction. Brad Holly, formerly EVP, U.S. Onshore Exploration and Production, is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

"By consolidating our leadership structure, we expect to achieve greater consistency and results across the organization with regard to operational execution, health, safety, and environmental performance, and project management," said Al Walker, Anadarko Chairman, President and CEO.

"We have successfully narrowed the focus of our business and concentrated development activities in world-class material, scalable assets. Consistent with this approach, our executive management team needed to contract accordingly. Anadarko will continue to direct most of its investing toward our short- and intermediate-cash-cycling opportunities in the U.S. onshore and tieback opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico, while continuing to build longer-term value through our emerging LNG business and selective deepwater exploration. We expect the operating environment for our industry to remain volatile and, through our increasing use of technology to enhance safety and improve efficiencies to optimize our exceptional asset footprint, we are very well positioned to manage across cycles. Along with my congratulations to Danny, Mitch and Ernie, I want to express my appreciation to Brad for his 20 years of service and contributions to Anadarko. We wish him all the best as he moves forward in his career."

Brown began his career with the company in 1998. Prior to serving as EVP, International and Deepwater Operations, he held a variety of positions within Anadarko, including: Sr. Vice President, International and Deepwater Operations; Vice President, Operations for Anadarko's Southern and Appalachia Region; Vice President, Corporate Planning; General Manager of the Maverick Basin and the company's Freestone/Chalk area (U.S. onshore); Business Advisor for Planning and Reserves Administration in the Gulf of Mexico; and engineering roles in both the U.S. onshore and the Gulf of Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University, where he was a Jones Scholar Award recipient. Brown is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and serves on the Board of Advisors at the World Affairs Council.

Ingram has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and joined Anadarko in 2015 as EVP, Global LNG. Prior to joining the company, Ingram worked with BG Group, where he served as a member of the company's Executive Committee in the role of Executive Vice President – Technical. He also held positions of increasing responsibilities with BG Group's LNG project in Queensland Australia, where he was the Managing Director of QGC. Prior to BG, Ingram was with Occidental Oil & Gas for 20 years, where he held several U.K. and international positions in project management, developments and operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Robert Gordon University.

Leyendecker has more than 30 years of experience and joined the company in 2002. He most recently served as EVP, International and Deepwater Exploration. During his career, Leyendecker has held positions of increasing responsibility including: Sr. Vice President, International Exploration; Sr. Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Exploration; Vice President of Corporate Planning; and General Manager for Worldwide Exploration Engineering, Planning and International Negotiations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Houston Geological Society.

NOIA Appoints Four to Board of Directors, Commemorates 45 Years of Making Lives Better

14NOIANational Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Chairman David Welch has appointed four new members to the association’s Board of Directors.

Appointed to first term on the Board of Directors:

Jennifer Medcalf, Vice President Business Development, The REACH Group
David De Roode, Partner, Lockton Partners, LLC/Senior Vice President, Lockton Global Energy & Marine
L. Allen Sanders, Vice President Gulf of Mexico Operations, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Martin Stauble, Vice President Exploration North American & Brazil, Shell Energy Resources Company

The appointments were announced during NOIA’s fall meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the association is commemorating 45 years of commitment to America’s offshore energy industry.

Today, the oil and gas industry, long centered in the Gulf of Mexico, produces 17% of America’s domestic oil and 5% of our domestic natural gas, while off the coast of Rhode Island, America’s first offshore wind farm is providing energy to residents and businesses on Block Island.

“The offshore energy industry has come a long way in the last 45 years. The advanced technology involved in finding and producing offshore energy, whether from oil, natural gas, or wind has made our industry more efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly than ever before,” said NOIA President Randall Luthi.

All energy resources on the OCS are vital to the nation’s economic prosperity, and polls have repeatedly shown that most Americans want more energy to be produced domestically, including looking for more oil and natural gas resources off our shores. However, the Outer Continental Shelf still holds immense energy potential that remains unrealized due to current policies. Today, 94% of our federal offshore areas are closed to any and all exploration for new sources of oil and natural gas. Opening more offshore areas for exploration would mean more jobs, new economic activity, increased energy security and the continued march towards U.S. energy dominance.

“Our industry stands ready, with an innovative spirit and knowledge gained over decades of experience, to deliver homegrown domestic energy that powers our homes, schools and businesses, fuels our vehicles, and simply put, makes our daily lives better,” said Luthi.

Over the past four-and-a-half decades, NOIA has effectively represented the interests of all facets of the offshore energy industry, which is vital to the economic prosperity and energy security of the United States. To commemorate the anniversary, NOIA has produced a list of 45 top U.S. offshore milestones, which highlights the significant contributions of the offshore energy industry to our nation. NOIA will recognize the anniversary for the next year, as the association and its members work to increase access to the Outer Continental Shelf.

Reactive Downhole Tools Completes North Sea Installations

Reactive Downhole Tools, a leading supplier of lower completion systems to the global oil and gas industry, is celebrating the completion of six North Sea installations for multiple operators on both the UK and Norwegian continental shelves, worth in excess of £500K.

One of the installations was manufactured to incredibly tight deadlines, and Reactive delivered its swellable packers 36 hours ahead of schedule. Due to the rig being shut down whilst waiting on equipment, the time saved added considerable value to the customer.

The team also achieved an industry first as one of its swell packers was deployed in an exotic brine blend that would ordinarily rule out the use of swellable technology.

Globally, the firm has also signed two new long-term agency agreements in Bahrain and Pakistan and invested an additional $250,000 {£190,000} into its Houston facility. The investment has enhanced Reactive’s ability to manufacture more components in-house, allowing greater control of quality and delivery.

15Mike AllenMike Allen, CEO Reactive Downhole Tools

Mike Allen, chief executive officer of Reactive, said: “We’re proud to have successfully completed six North Sea installations this quarter utilising our Reflex HP® product line - two of these installations were particularly challenging. We look forward to continuing this momentum globally as the industry continues to pick up.

“The fact that we have in-house manufacturing in both our Aberdeen and Houston facilities gives us the ability to quickly turnaround tailored and bespoke solutions for our customers. It’s this provision, as well as our continued focus on providing outstanding customer service, that really sets us apart from our competitors.

“Our success is testament to this and it’s why we continually invest in new equipment - including our recent purchase of a HAAS four-axis vertical mill and a fully automated pipe blasting system. The equipment is capable of handling both carbon and CRA pipe in full range three lengths.”

In 2017, Reactive appointed Derek Fullarton as regional business development manager for Europe, Russia and Africa, to establish and continue successful relationships with the firm’s international clients. Derek’s experience includes a combined 30 years with Weatherford and Halliburton UK. Within both firms he held managerial, engineering and leadership roles in intelligent and well completions.

New Managing Director Set to Scale Up Operations for ClearWELL

Flow assurance and production optimisation specialist, ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, has appointed a managing director as the company looks to increase its international footprint.

Alasdair Fergusson brings more than 25 years of oilfield management and marketing experience to ClearWELL, having worked for major service companies in Europe and the Middle East. Most recently he held the Paris-based position of Business Manager Europe and Africa, Production Technologies at Schlumberger’s M-I SWACO, where he led and grew business capability in new markets.

16Alasdair Fergusson Managing Director ClearWELLAlasdair Fergusson joins ClearWELL as Managing Dircector

Before joining Schlumberger, Alasdair was Director Eastern Hemisphere, Engineered Chemistry for Weatherford, based in the UAE, where the team delivered its largest ever contract win. As well as diversifying the business and delivering strategies for growth, he was also responsible for managing the ClearWELL product line, then distributed exclusively by Weatherford. This was preceded by a 10-year stint at Baker Hughes in production chemistry, drilling fluids and completion tools businesses with a sales and marketing focus.

The appointment follows FrontRow Energy Technology Group Limited’s recent acquisition of 50% of ClearWELL from previous owner MSL Oilfield Services, which retains the remaining 50%.

ClearWELL is a non-intrusive scale control technology which uses pulsed, high-frequency signals to prevent the formation of mineral scale in oil wells and process systems. ClearWELL’s innovative, low-cost, chemical-free solution has significant growth potential in an oil and gas market demanding cost-effective flow assurance.

Commenting on his appointment, Alasdair said: “I am delighted to be appointed to lead ClearWELL at such an exciting time for the business. This technology can deliver huge value to oil asset operators as there’s no risky intervention to the well and no chemical hazard, discharge or pollution. ClearWELL offers a step-change in treatment cost for a huge number of wells world-wide and we now have a business totally focused on delivering this technology.

“World oil production is at an all-time high and we produce seven times as much water from these wells as oil, so the demand for cost effective handling of the scaling problems in that water is huge. It is important that we are equipped to meet this demand and maximise these opportunities and this is where ClearWELL will deliver value.

“The FrontRow group is building a fantastic brand with an enviable collection of experience. I’m very much looking forward to working with the FrontRow team and benefitting from the experience that MSL bring.”

FrontRow chief executive Stuart Ferguson said: “Alasdair’s appointment is a significant boost not only to ClearWELL, but also to the wider FrontRow group. The results he has achieved throughout his career to date are impressive and the experience he brings to our team will be extremely valuable moving forward.

Statoil, Shell and Total Enter CO2 Storage Partnership

The partners have signed a partnership agreement to mature the development of carbon storage on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The project is part of the Norwegian authorities’ efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway.

In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for the first phase of the project. Norske Shell and Total E&P Norge are now entering as equal partners while Statoil will lead the project. All the partners will contribute people, experience, and financial support.

1co2 storage partnership bThe agreement was signed on October 2, 2007. Photo credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland

The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million ton per year. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes aiming to stimulate new commercial carbon capture projects in Norway, Europe and more globally across the world. In this way, the project has the potential to be the first storage project site in the world receiving CO2 from industrial sources in several countries.

“Statoil believes that without carbon capture and storage, it is not realistic to meet the global climate target as defined in the Paris Agreement. A massive scale up of number of CCS projects are needed and collaboration and sharing of knowledge are essential to accelerating the development. We are very pleased to have Shell and Total as partners and believe their experience and capabilities will further strengthen this project” says Irene Rummelhoff, Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions. “We trust that this robust partnership is well positioned to develop this first-of-a-kind project”.

The three companies share a common vision of a carbon storage infrastructure. “Shell sees CCS as a transformative technology that can significantly reduce emissions from those industrial sectors that will continue to rely on hydrocarbons for decades to come. Shell has significant experience of working with governments and other experts to support the development and wide-scale deployment of CCS and are pleased to be joining forces with our joint venture partners.”, says Monika Hausenblas, Shell’s executive vice president for Environment and Safety.

“Total is integrating the climate challenge into its strategy. Total’s involvement in this first commercial-scale storage project, is thus fully aligned with our low carbon roadmap and our strategy to ultimately become a global CCUS leader” said Philippe Sauquet, President, Gas, Renewables & Power and President, Strategy-Innovation at Total. “The aim of this first integrated industrial-scale project, supported by the Norwegian Government, is to develop viable, reproducible commercial CCUS model in view of carrying out other major projects around the world.”

The storage project will store CO2 captured from onshore industrial facilities in Eastern Norway. This CO2 will be transported by ship from the capture facilities to a receiving terminal located onshore on the west-coast of Norway. At the receiving terminal CO2 will be transferred from the ship to intermediate storage tanks, prior to being sent through a pipeline on the seabed to injection wells east of the Troll field on the NCS. There are three possible locations for the receiving terminal; a final selection will be made later this year.

The objective for the project, which is supported by Gassnova and other relevant governmental stakeholders, is to stimulate necessary development of CCS so the long-term climate targets in Norway and the EU can be reached. The collaboration will form basis for establishing a further partnership for the construction and operational phases.

Add Energy and Trendsetter Engineering Introduce RWIS Lite

2 1RWIS Lite Engineering Drawing 1Add Energy, an international energy consultancy provider, and Trendsetter Engineering, a premier provider of specialized subsea solutions, have teamed up to develop the Relief Well Injection Spool (RWIS) Lite, designed to reduce the complexity of relief well operations on a global scale, when coupled with the original RWIS product.

RWIS Lite is an exact structural replica of the original RWIS, which allows for duplicity in shared components. The original RWIS increases the flow capacity of a single relief well, which is a safer and less challenging option to drilling multiple relief wells during a subsea well blowout. The RWIS is placed between the relief wellhead and the BOP to allow multiple pumping vessels to inject the kill fluid into the relief well in a more cost and time efficient manner. The RWIS Lite augments this by simplifying subsea installation and operation of the relief well system.

2 1RWIS Lite Annotated Graphic3The highly simplified RWIS Lite is a flow spool without controls, allowing operators to install BOP’s above the spool, greatly reducing the complexity of hooking up kill vessels to the system. This enhancement excludes gate valves, accumulators, ROV panels and a BOP, reducing the complexity of the subsea hardware configuration. In addition, the deployment method is a duplicate of the original set up of the RWIS, so it can be run off a vessel of opportunity or a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) using either a drill pipe or a wire line.

“When the RWIS Lite is used alongside an RWIS, it requires one less drill ship and utilizes the existing BOP emergency disconnect system for maximum efficiency,” said Morten Haug Emilsen, Managing Director, Add Energy. “The RWIS was a first for the industry and now the RWIS Lite represents an evolution of the technology.”

RWIS Lite will be increasingly useful for relief well operations as it makes field installations a standard subsea procedure. Fine-tuning field operations is a long and ongoing process, but the RWIS Lite is a leap forward in improving efficiency in the industry.

“The RWIS Lite greatly enhances the ease of installation & operation of an RWIS relief well response. The addition of the RWIS Lite makes relief well operations a standard subsea installation procedure instead of a unique one that requires vessel modifications,” said Brett Morry, Global Technical Director of Trendsetter Engineering.

TechnipFMC Awarded EPCI Contract for the Statoil Peregrino Phase II Project in Brazil

TechnipFMC (NYSE and Euronext: FTI) (Paris:FTI) (NYSE:FTI) (ISIN:GB00BDSFG982) has been awarded by Statoil an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract. It covers the execution of the subsea pipeline connection for the new production platform in Peregrino Phase II Project, located in Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. This new fixed platform will be connected by the in-field lines to the existing platform.

3Peregrino Phase 2 3D concept modelPeregrino Phase 2 concept illustration. Image credit: Statoil

TechnipFMC will be responsible for the overall execution for engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction, installation and pre-commissioning of the rigid pipelines, flexible lines and the required subsea equipment. The company will leverage local capabilities as well as the global state of the art pipelay fleet for the offshore campaign, which is scheduled to start in 2019.

Hallvard Hasselknippe, President of TechnipFMC’s Subsea Projects, commented: “We are extremely honored and proud to have been selected to execute this project, in addition to the previously awarded surface trees package for Peregrino phase 2. This reinforces the long-standing relationship between Statoil and TechnipFMC, which we will continue to strengthen through future Brazilian projects.”

Bibby Offshore Continues North Sea Success With Triple Contract Win

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has successfully completed three further contracts from global oil and gas operator, Apache North Sea.

The multimillion pound contracts utilized Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessels, Bibby Polaris and Bibby Topaz, and its construction support vessel, Olympic Ares.

4Bibby PolarisBibby Polaris. Credit Bibby Offshore

Operating across North Sea assets during Q3 2017, the vessels engaged with project activities, which included supporting field development and inspection repair and maintenance.

Commenting on this most recent win, Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore, said: “Securing a triple win from Apache reinforces Bibby Offshore’s key objectives; to fully appreciate our clients’ requirements and provide them with efficient, multi-scope operations.

“We are delighted that once again Apache has trusted Bibby Offshore with this repeat business, which continues to strengthen the close working relationship we have developed.”

Mark Richardson, projects group manager at Apache, said: “Working closely with Bibby Offshore has developed a trusting, flexible and adaptable relationship, helping to maximise the safety and production efficiency of our subsea assets. The team has, once again, delivered a safely managed, very successful multi-vessel intervention.”

Danos Secures Shell Maintenance Contract in Gulf of Mexico

5Shell Enchilada platformDanos has been awarded a contract by Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, to provide mechanical and automation maintenance services for three of its production hubs and associated subsea infrastructure located in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Danos is committed to providing world-class, competitive project management services to our clients like Shell so they can continue to safely operate their Gulf of Mexico deepwater assets,” said Mark Danos, vice president of project services for Danos. “With this contract, we are providing Shell with a fully integrated team that can maximize efficiencies and share best practices across facilities.”

Under the terms of the contract, Danos will provide project management, construction, automation, fabrication and scaffolding services for Shell’s Auger and Ram Powell tension-leg platforms and the Enchilada and Salsa fixed-leg platforms. Danos will mobilize nearly 100 Louisiana-based employees for this project.

This contract represents the latest chapter in the longstanding partnership between the two companies. Danos and Shell have worked together for more than 46 years to safely and competitively develop the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas resources to help meet the world’s growing energy demand. Danos is also under contract to support Shell’s Unconventionals business in the Permian and Appalachian regions, which is an important source of natural gas for the country and region.