LAGCOE Names Don Briggs as LAGCOE Looey 2017

16 1LAGCOE organization logoLAGCOE announces LAGCOE Looey 2017 as Don Briggs, founding member and president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. LAGCOE Looey is an honorary position given to someone who has accomplished something great in the oil and gas industry. LAGCOE Looey recipients have shaped the oil and gas industry through years of devoted hard work while continuously giving back to their community.

16 2Don Briggs“Don Briggs has worked tirelessly to ensure the existence and health of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry,” said Kenny Crouch, Pressure Control Systems and LAGCOE chairman of the board. “He is quite deserving of the honor of wearing the golden hardhat in recognition for all he has done for the industry.”

Briggs holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He began his career in the oil and gas industry by founding Aztec Pipe and Supply, which became the conglomerate known as the Aztec Corporation. Aztec serviced the oil and gas industry from pipeline supplies to drilling fluid. Briggs also started the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association (LIOGA), serving as president of the association of only 12 members, which has since become the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA).

Today, LOGA’s membership comprises more than 1300 members, representing the independent exploration, production and servicing sectors of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. Under Briggs’ leadership, the association has worked with governors, legislators and members of Congress - from both sides of the aisle - to ensure that the culture of the oil and gas sector remains in Louisiana.

Briggs still holds the title of president of LOGA, where he remains committed to fight for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry and serve in his community.

LAGCOE will host a luncheon to honor Don Briggs as the 36th LAGCOE Looey in August as part of the kick-off to LAGCOE 2017, held October 24-26, 2017, at the Cajundome & Convention Center in Lafayette, La., USA. 

ELA Container Offshore GmbH Welcomes New Employees

ELA Container Offshore GmbH announced that three new employees have joined the company to expand its international activities. Since its founding in August 2014 the company now counts 15 employees.

“Next to our Sales Representative in the Netherlands and Belgium we decided to expand our activities within Northern Europe and the Middle East”, Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH, Hans Gatzemeier, says.

17ELAOffshoreAlready in January and May Hans Gatzemeier welcomed two new international sales employees: Fabian Brands and Niels Albers

Within the first six months the new employees will complete a training at the headquarters in Haren (Ems), Germany, to learn everything about the offshore container business: from production and transportation up to assembly and customer service. According to Hans Gatzemeier these basics are essential for explaining and highlighting the different types of ELA Offshore Containers and its benefits to potential clients. “Working in a ‘Blue-collar’ in the production line helps to get familiar with the container and its structure by heart. This training gives me great insights that I will need for my future tasks”, new Business Development Manager Northern Europe at ELA Container Offshore GmbH, Niels Albers, explains.

Also, the Middle East region will now be served by a Business Development Manager. Seif El Guindy recently joined the team and is doing his traineeship in Germany right now. “For me this new job is a very exciting opportunity and challenge. I arrived from Egypt last week and already fell in love with Germany”, Seif El Guindy comments on his new job as Business Development Manager Middle East at ELA Container Offshore GmbH. The ELA group already has a subsidiary in Dubai, Seif El Guindy will join the local team to expand offshore business within that region.

ELA Container Offshore has already gained diverse experience in the Offshore-Wind and Offshore Oil & Gas Industry. Whether on pontoons, transformer platforms, rigs or supply vessels - ELA Container is the ideal partner, offering tailor-made concepts for all requirements in the form of Living Quarters, Offices, Dining Rooms, Galleys, Laundries, Recreation or Locker Rooms and all types of Carrying Units. ELA Offshore containers are equipped with all the necessary utilities.This guarantees, in combination with all ELA Offshore features, a long service life, functionality and comfort.

The ELA Container Offshore GmbH, part of the Albers Group. ELA Container GmbH, is a family-owned company in northern Germany and has been continuously developing container technology providing the rent and sale of high quality mobile rooms and containers since 1972. Currently, the company has leased out more than 23,000 mobile units throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ELA’s own fleet of 60 special trucks with loading cranes ensures safe transport and installation on site. Offices throughout Germany provide fast deliveries on short notice to any location.

Eni Meets the Regulatory Requirements for Its Beaufort Sea Exploration Plan

BOEM announces that Eni US Operating Co. Inc. has met the regulatory requirements for its Beaufort Sea exploration plan (EP) to be “deemed submitted,” and invites public comment on the plan.

Eni US is a subsidiary of Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni S.p.A. In its plan, Eni proposes to drill into the federal submerged lands of the Beaufort Sea from their Spy Island Drillsite, a pre-existing facility located in Alaska state waters.

1Eni BOEMNikaitchuq North Map 20170531Image credit: BOEM

BOEM now has 30 calendar days to evaluate the EP in accordance with federal law and regulations. This evaluation will include a site-specific Environmental Assessment of the proposed exploration activities pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. By the end of the 30-day period BOEM may approve the EP, require modifications to the EP, or disapprove the EP.

The decision to deem the EP submitted initiates two separate (but partially concurrent) public comment periods:

  • A 10-day period (closing midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, June 22) to provide information on issues that should be examined in the Environmental Assessment; and
  • A 21-day period (closing at midnight Eastern Time on Monday, July 3) to comment on the Exploration Plan itself.

To view the EP and supporting documents, and instructions for commenting, click here.

An EP describes all exploration activities planned by the operator for a specific lease or leases, including the timing of these activities, information concerning drilling processes, the surface location of each planned well, and actions to be taken to meet important safety and environmental standards and to protect access to subsistence resources. An EP does not allow an operator to produce oil if any is found; for that, an operator is required to obtain approval of a Development and Production Plan (DPP).

In addition to an approved EP, Eni is responsible for procuring all appropriate permits from other state and federal agencies.

There are currently four oil- and gas-producing islands in the waters of the Beaufort Sea: Spy Island, Northstar Island, Endicott Island, and Oooguruk Island. The construction of a fifth island, as proposed in a DPP submitted to BOEM by Hilcorp Alaska LLC, is under review by federal agencies.

James Fisher Subsea Excavation Launches New Innovative MultiROV System

2MultiROV 2 copyLeading M/CFE excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) has launched the innovative new MultiROV system to satisfy additional client requirements.

The MultiROV brings new levels of controllability and productivity for excavation requirements in the offshore oil & gas and renewable energy sectors. It reduces the services required from a vessel as it needs no stabilizing tuggers or clump weights. On-board thrusters allow movement and heading control which increase the operational window and productivity.

The system’s configuration means it can be deployed in water depths in excess of 3000m bringing the benefits of M/CFE to the deep-water market.

JFSE’s range of 30 equipment spreads features proven and established technologies alongside pioneering innovations to ensure clients receive a truly tailored solution to their subsea excavation requirements. The team is responsible for the successful completion of more than 450 projects in 45 countries.

Graham Murdoch, technical director at JFSE, said:

“This is an exciting advancement in excavation technology. The MultiROV will bring real benefits to our clients with a range of challenging requirements. Automated heading and positioning controls greatly increase both productivity and the operational working limits.”

The system as standard also has the data hosting ability to run a multitude of survey sensors meaning there are flexible options for the real-time data that can be captured during operation. Additional capabilities of the MultiROV allow for the deployment and use of multiple other subsea tooling including shears, cutters and grabs.

The MultiROV has been developed with ROV specialist Aleron Subsea and is exclusive worldwide to JFSE.

Gary McConnell, business development manager at Aleron Subsea, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be involved in this development project with JFSE. Its market-leading excavation equipment married with our technically advanced ROV solutions have produced a bespoke system for challenging applications within the subsea excavation market.”

JFSE’s fleet of tools provides a non-contact form of excavation that eliminates the risks associated with other excavation methods, especially around complex subsea assets. Further enhancing their capabilities, the tools have the additional benefit of real-time sonar imaging which enables precision excavation in confined areas, as well as for all cable or pipeline trenching works with diameters from 1” to more than 60” scopes. The tools are used for applications including pipeline and cable trenching, deburial, rock dump dispersal and seabed clearance and preparations. The M/CFE spreads are ideal for moving materials such as sand, silt and mud, drill cuttings, clay and rock dump.

With strategic hubs in the UK, UAE, Singapore, Venezuela, USA, Brazil, China and Mexico, it is the only M/CFE company capable of working on multiple projects simultaneously and has equipment stationed on five continents. As part of the James Fisher group, JFSE has access to bases and sister company expertise in more than 40 countries worldwide.

BOEM Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Bathymetry Grid from 3D Seismic

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management makes publically available a new deepwater bathymetry grid of the northern Gulf of Mexico, created by utilizing 3D seismic data which covers more than 90,000 square miles. The grid provides enhanced resolution compared to existing public bathymetry maps over the region, delivering 10 to 50 times increased horizontal resolution of the salt mini-basin province, abyssal plain, Mississippi Fan, and the Florida Shelf/Escarpment. To create the grid the seafloor was interpreted on over one-hundred 3D seismic time-migrated surveys, then mosaicked together and converted to depth in feet. The grid consists of 1.4 billion, 40-by-40 ft defined cells covering water depths –130 to –11,087 ft (–40 to –3,379 m). The average error is calculated to be 1.3 percent of water depth.

3GoMBathymetryGrid copyNorthern Gulf of Mexico deepwater bathymetry grid created from 3D seismic surveys. The grid defines water depth with 1.4 billion 40-by-40 ft cells and is available in feet and meters. BOEM grid coverage is the area defined by the color in this image. Shaded relief is vertically exaggerated by a factor of five.

BOEM has the responsibility of issuing permits for the acquisition of geophysical data in U.S. Federal waters as designated under the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act. Regulations at 30 CFR 551 allow BOEM to obtain a digital version of any post-processed, post-migrated two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) seismic survey acquired within the OCS. BOEM now maintains a confidential library of approximately 1,700 time and depth 2D/3D seismic surveys for the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), with survey vintages dating back to the early 1980s. These data provide our geoscientists a world-class repository of subsurface digital data to interpret and utilize in achieving our regulatory missions.

Since 1998, BOEM has used the largest, highest quality 3D time surveys to interpret the seafloor. Time surveys were used because the primary objective was not bathymetry but to identify seafloor acoustic amplitude anomalies indicative of authigenic carbonate hardgrounds and natural hydrocarbon seepage; those areas which may be suitable habitat for communities of chemosynthetic, coral, and other benthic organisms [Roberts, 1996, Roberts et al., 1992 and 2000]. The acoustic amplitude response of the seafloor is better resolved in time-migrated surveys rather than depth-migrated, allowing for increased accuracy in the identification of potential benthic habitats and seeps. While this new bathymetry grid does not include acoustic amplitude data for the seafloor, BOEM does publish polygon shapefiles which outline areas of anomalously high and low seafloor acoustic reflectivity, which can be downloaded here.

UTEC Awarded Contract with Saipem to Support in Zohr Field

UTEC, a leading global survey company in subsea services group Acteon, has been awarded a contract with world leading subsea construction company Saipem to support its operations as part of the Zohr Field Development Project.

As the largest global operator of low logistics systems, UTEC will bring its experience in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to the project, which is expected to be one of the biggest gas field discoveries in the Mediterranean Sea, with an estimated 850 billion cubic meters (30 trillion cubic feet) of gas in place.

UTEC will work with Saipem in performing surface positioning on-board the Saipem operated barges, Bautino and Castoro 10, and associated Anchor Handling Vehicles (AHVs), while also providing trenching support, including trench monitoring services and as-trenched surveys utilizing UTEC’s Teledyne Gavia AUVs in water depths ranging from 2.5m to 20m. The contract is expected to last around five months.

4UTEC Gavia near shoreAn example of UTEC’s AUVs being launched

UTEC has been deploying AUV systems on a range of projects around the world since 2010 and, upon becoming part of the Acteon group, has become the single largest commercial user of the system with seven AUVs in their fleet.

Cory Goodyear, UTEC Business Unit Director, Europe and Africa, said: “The award of this significant contract underlines UTEC’s core values of performance and excellence by providing our clients with the ability to achieve more powerful results, while remaining focused on executing these projects safely and in a cost-effective manner.

“UTEC has built up a strong relationship with Saipem utilizing AUV solutions in Africa, and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship to remain at the forefront of emerging technology and ensure that all of our customers continue to receive world-class service and solutions”.

Paul Smith, UTEC Global Director, Projects and Operations, added: “At a time when our industry is challenging conventional methods of survey, the use of low logistic AUVs is a great example of how our global clients can optimise their offshore operations and reduce costs to projects.

“By deploying AUVs from vessels already in field, Saipem has been able to eliminate the requirement for a dedicated survey vessel to support this phase of the project”.

Transforming the Marine Ecosystem

5AllShips 04 smLike many other industry sectors, the marine space is undergoing substantial change today. There are three major transformations driving this change:

  • Cleaner fuels – There is a significant shift to achieve lower emissions through the adoption of clean technologies. It’s driven by environmental regulations, new designs and natural technology refresh in aging vessels. We are seeing the more widespread introduction of gas as a clean fuel for future shipping.
  • Electrification – As electrical technology grows ever-more efficient and capable, we are seeing a shift from mechanical, fuel-based technologies towards integrated electrical power and propulsion.
  • Digitalization – Like every industry, digitalization is catalyzing a substantial shift in the way physical assets are managed. We are seeing a rapid shift towards using software analytics to increase productivity, reduce unplanned downtime and enable predictive maintenance. This is helping to address global skill shortages by allowing a smaller engineering base to support a larger fleet, and it is bringing to life the vision of autonomous ships.

But why change now? Well, as has been the case so often throughout history, adversity is forcing innovation, and the marine industry has been through a number of challenges over the past few years. A convergence of forces—including market volatility, an aging workforce, increased regulation and the complexity inherent in the sector—have hit different parts of the marine industry in different ways. The offshore sector, with its capital-intensive assets, is struggling to lessen the impact of downtime while operating in remote environments with a shrinking workforce beset by chronic skill concerns and labor shortages. The challenge of attracting a new generation of talent to this area is a longstanding one, and it is a challenge that automation will have to play a part in addressing. In contrast, the cruise sector is faced with soaring demand in new markets, like China, but also with new environmental regulations. This is challenging operators to cut fuel and reduce their emissions’ footprint as they fight to keep utilization high to maintain their margins. In the naval sector, the need to be mission-ready with zero tolerance for system failure is as high as ever. Given that, in some cases, fleet sizes are shrinking, the requirement for total operational confidence is particularly critical. In cargo shipping, falling rates (in both containers and bulk) have been offset to a degree by low fuel prices. However, this hasn’t masked the overall challenge; oversupply of vessels and aging fleets will continue to unbalance supply and demand, forcing operators and owners to scrap millions of dollars’ worth of investment.

The need for holistic change across the ecosystem

It is vital that the industry embraces the opportunity that transformative technologies unlock to drive wholesale change, by looking at the marine industry as an ecosystem rather than dealing with individual vessels as isolated assets. As such, understanding that everything you do, every decision you make, is interconnected and will affect something else, is key to identifying opportunities for efficiency. For example, data derived from asset management tools can be fed into ship designs to build more optimized vessels, contributing to lower fuel usage, bringing down emissions, saving costs and keeping compliant with environmental regulations. In a parallel way, data fed back to marine society and regulatory bodies can help identify macro behaviour patterns for better governance and to improve policies for the sector’s long-term sustainability.

Three key opportunities for marine transformation

What, therefore, are the broader opportunities that emerge when you start to consider the industry as a larger, connected ecosystem? There are key opportunities for change:

  • Driving compliance with environmental regulation, and using it as a catalyst for change across fleets by using cleaner fuels and more energy-efficient technologies.
  • Using electrification to enhance reliability and energy efficiency, ensuring fleet readiness and operational flexibility as well as improving performance to control costs.
  • Activating intelligent asset strategies such as using fleet intelligence and digitalization to unlock the potential for greater efficiency in the marine industry and to enable more automated or autonomous vessels.

Delivering this transformation is happening in the marine sector today. We expect to see greater collaboration across the marine industry—operators, technology experts and ship builders, designers and owners all working together to accelerate innovation across the ecosystem. Change needs to be permanent, sustainable and industry-wide—in both machines and people. We are seeing a wider cultural change as organizations adapt themselves to the new market reality. At GE, we too are on a journey; to transform the company into a digital industrial business. It’s a journey we are taking with our customers and partners, as we work towards a better, more sustainable future for the sector. In the coming months, we’re going to look more closely at each transformation—cleaner fuels, electrification, digitalization—to assess how they link together to make up the marine ecosystem and how GE is proactively working with marine industry operators to embrace this new way of working.

Author: Tim Schweikert, president & CEO, GE’s Marine Solutions

Changing the ROV Game with the SRS FUSION and Linden’s STFOC

6 1fusion iso greyUnderneath the surface of our vast oceans, lakes and rivers there is a world as foreign to most as that of a far flung planet in a distant galaxy. Yet this is a world that is being explored around the world by an army of robotic vehicles. Commonly referred to as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) or Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), these robotic explorers come in many shapes and sizes and are specialized for the tasks at hand. Ranging from small inspection class vehicles to giant work class behemoths, each of these specialized machines are specifically designed to meet the operators’ needs. But why shouldn’t an underwater vehicle be more versatile? Why can’t it serve a multitude of functions? Can’t it be ROV and AUV all in one?

This is exactly what the Fusion from Strategic Robotic Systems out of Redmond WA does. It is a first of its kind hybrid underwater vehicle featuring Multi-Beam side scan sonar, USBL & GPC Positioning, HD video, Laser Line Scaling and wifi.

SRS has chosen Linden Photonics’ neutrally buoyant STFOC as the tether of choice for Fusion when in ROV mode.

Remotely Operated Vehicle Mode

The FUSION ROV system provides real time sensor feedback to the surface by means of a small diameter tether. SRS has chosen a specialized buoyant STFOC cable from Linden Photonics for the FUSION tether. This 1.9mm tether is a highly flexible buoyant design with a tensile strength of 250 lbs. Linden’s tether technology includes a patented hermetic inner jacket that protects the critical fiber optics. ROV mode allows for the same level of autonomy as AUV mode, but with the benefit of live data transmission.

Highly maneuverable and stable with the six-thruster configuration and optimized mechanical design. The powerful thrusters and clever control system provide precise maneuverability in demanding conditions all with minimized drag influence from the small tether. FUSION comes standard with a 500-meter tether or an optional 2,000 meters to extend the range capabilities in ROV mode.

6 2FusionAutonomous Underwater Vehicle Mode

FUSION can be used as a fully autonomous vehicle that can be programmed to conduct a wide range of missions using the array of onboard imaging sensors.

Accurate data collection is possible with FUSION’s high accuracy navigation sensors including Doppler Velocity Log, Attitude Heading Reference System, Altimeter, Global Positioning System, Ultra Short Baseline system, Pressure sensor and Temperature sensor. When the FUSION is operating in AUV mode the USBL positioning system allows the FUSION to conduct large area search missions without resurfacing and with great accuracy and reduced mission time.

IVER Navigation & Propulsion Mode

Expanding on the multi-mode capability of the FUSION is the ability to use the vehicle as a navigation and propulsion vehicle for divers. The quick addition of the Diver Module to the rail system on the FUSION provides divers with a large format screen, menu buttons and thruster control.

Tied into the core of the FUSION system the diver module seamlessly accepts data collected during AUV or ROV missions including waypoints. Divers are able to use the FUSION to navigate to predetermined waypoints using the onboard navigation sensors as well as real time correction through the USBL. For low visibility operations, the high resolution forward looking sonar provides long range detection capability.

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ExxonMobil Acquires Exploration Acreage in Equatorial Guinea

7ExxonEquatorialGuineaExxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has announced that its wholly owned affiliate, Exploration and Production Equatorial Guinea (Deepwater) Ltd., has signed a production sharing contract with the government of Equatorial Guinea for a deepwater block located 36 miles west of Malabo.

“We look forward to building on our more than 20-year history of safe operations in Equatorial Guinea with this new high-quality exploration opportunity,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “We are excited to add block EG-11 to our leading global deepwater acreage position and to expand the value of our important business in Equatorial Guinea.”

Deepwater block EG-11 measures about 307,000 acres (1,242 square kilometers) and is adjacent to the Zafiro field located in Block B.

Following ratification of the contract by the government, ExxonMobil will carry out the work program as operator with an 80 percent working interest. GEPetrol holds a 20 percent working interest.

The contract includes a commitment to acquire new and reprocess existing 3-D seismic data. ExxonMobil will also work with the government of Equatorial Guinea to further develop the national workforce.

Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc. operates the Zafiro field with 71.25 percent interest. GEPetrol has 23.75 percent interest and Equatorial Guinea has 5 percent. The field is in water depths between 400 and 2,800 feet and has produced more than 1 billion barrels in its more than 20 years of production. ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Equatorial Guinea (Offshore) Ltd. holds an 80 percent interest in block EG-06, which is adjacent to block EG-11.

Statoil Announces Revised Exploration Program in the Great Australian Bight

8StatoilThe National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) has approved the transfers and Statoil is now operator of EPP 39 and EPP40. Statoil has also been granted a suspension and extension of the work commitments in EPP39 and EPP40. The approved extension includes the drilling of one exploration well in EPP39 before 30 October 2019.

Image credit: Statoil

“We are very pleased to have reached these agreements and found a way forward for our exploration project in the Bight. With this transaction, we have strengthened our position in this promising, unproven basin with a large exploration upside. This is in line with Statoil’s global exploration strategy of accessing at scale and targeting high-impact opportunities,” said Pål Haremo, vice president of Exploration in Australasia.

“We have a good understanding of the geology in our license area, based on high-quality 3D data analysis. We believe there could be an active petroleum system within our permit area and we are now positioned to test this potential under favorable market conditions for exploration drilling,” said Haremo.

Statoil has mapped a number of prospects in its license area, including the Stromlo-1 well candidate in EPP39. Stromlo offers high-impact potential in a frontier exploration setting, while EPP40 represents upside exploration potential.

“We will now take the necessary time to systematically work through all the preparations needed to drill safely. While we are building on the previous work done in these licenses, our operational plans will have to be redeveloped,” said Jacques-Etienne Michel, Statoil’s country manager in Australia.

“In the end, it will be up to the Australian regulatory authorities to grant the necessary approvals for the activity to go ahead. Over the coming months, we will engage in dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, including the South Australian community,’ said Michel.

The agreement between Statoil and BP covers four offshore petroleum titles:

  • In offshore exploration permits EPP37 and EPP38 Statoil has transferred its 30% equity interest to BP and exited the licenses.
  • In offshore exploration permit EPP39 and EPP40 BP has transferred its 70% equity interest to Statoil and exited the licenses. Statoil consequently holds 100% equity interest.

McDermott Completes Load-out and Install of First Jacket from Dammam Fabrication Yard

9McDermottlogoMcDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) recently celebrated a major milestone with the load-out and installation of the first jacket fully fabricated by the Company at its recently opened Dammam fabrication yard in Saudi Arabia.

The Safaniya 264 Jacket is part of McDermott’s Long Term Agreement II (LTA II) scope of work with Saudi Aramco. The current scope of work being done at the Dammam yard covers four jackets, eight bridges and more than 70 subsea pipeline spools, as well as onshore support work.

The Dammam facility was opened in 2016 to support McDermott’s growing Middle East operations and expand the Company’s regional capacity. It reflects McDermott’s commitment to supporting Saudi Arabia and key client Saudi Aramco in their localization efforts.

Since inauguration in August 2016, the yard has completed more than 600,000 man-hours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI), further contributing to the 50 million man-hours LTI free McDermott recently achieved across the Middle East region.

“The load-out of the first jacket from our Dammam fabrication facility marks another milestone in McDermott’s long term commitment to Saudi Arabia and their Vision 2030,” said Linh Austin, McDermott’s Vice President of Middle East and Caspian. “Not only have we delivered our first jacket from our new facility, we’ve done it to Saudi Aramco’s schedule; all with no lost time incidents.”

The jacket has been installed in the Safaniya oil field, located 125 miles (200 km) north of Dhahran in the Arabian Gulf, by McDermott’s Derrick Barge 32 vessel.

McDermott has extensive experience offshore Saudi Arabia, having worked in the region for more than 50 years. In 2015, McDermott won a lump sum contract from Saudi Aramco for brownfield work, which was the largest single award for McDermott’s Middle East Area operations in Company history. More recently, McDermott was awarded an EPCI contract for four jackets and three gas observation platforms, the third fast-track project awarded to McDermott by Saudi Aramco in the past 18 months. This milestone follows McDermott’s recent announcement that it had signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi Aramco for a long-term land lease at the new maritime facility at Ras Al Khair in Saudi Arabia, currently being developed by Saudi Aramco.

CGG Delivers Final Data from Encontrado Project over Perdido Fold Belt

CGG announces that the final products from its Encontrado multi-client reprocessing project across the Gulf of Mexico’s prolific Perdido fold belt have been delivered on schedule to the Comision Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) and the industry.

10CGG MCNV EncontradoExample of a final Kirchhoff migration image from CGG’s Encontrado multi-client reprocessing project (courtesy of CGG Multi-Client & New Ventures)

The Final Reverse Time migration (RTM), Kirchhoff migration and associated data volumes covering a vast 38,000 sq km area straddling the Mexico/USA border are now available on a non-exclusive basis. The significant uplift in the imaging of these final products over the Fast Trax RTM data delivered last year is evident throughout. As a result, the prospective reservoirs can be identified and mapped in unprecedented detail. The improved depth information in the final volume also has a material impact on the understanding of the petroleum systems and the location, timing, volume and type of hydrocarbons that may have charged the reservoirs. Collectively, these improvements enable an enhanced assessment of prospectivity in this emerging exploration frontier. Given the project’s magnitude, this achievement is testament to the experience and commitment of the processing team in CGG’s Houston subsurface imaging center and the value of geoscience integration.

To further enhance industry understanding of this complex but highly prospective area, CGG has embarked on a JumpStart™ fully integrated geoscience program to complement the seismic data from the Encontrado project. JumpStart programs are designed to review, validate, calibrate and interpret all available seismic, well and geologic data to deliver all the information needed in one place for a comprehensive understanding of the petroleum systems present.

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “CGG’s considerable experience in understanding and imaging the geology in both the US and Mexican Gulf of Mexico has been instrumental in our timely delivery of the final products from this very large data set. The final images obtained from the advanced high-end processing sequence will allow detailed geological interpretation and be suitable for both ba¬sin-scale exploration and potential prospect evaluation. By undertaking the Encontrado reprocessing and a JumpStart geoscience program, CGG is playing a leading role in helping to turn this frontier area into a well-understood basin.”

DOF Subsea Contract Awards in the Asia Pacific and Atlantic Regions

11DOFSubseaDOF Subsea has been awarded contracts in the Asia Pacific and Atlantic regions.

The new projects bring vessel days for Skandi Singapore, Skandi Skansen and Geosund.

In the Asia Pacific region DOF Subsea has been awarded a 40-day diving project utilizing Skandi Singapore. This together with a number of expected campaigns under existing contracts could see the vessel busy for most of the year.

Contracts for the Skandi Skansen have been secured to complete an inspection campaign in UKCS and an anchor handling scope in the Norwegian Sea. This ensures that the vessel is utilized through most of Q3 2017.

Geosund will take part in a series of campaigns for a major operator undertaking trenching and survey support activities in the Norwegian Sea region, securing 50 days' utilization until Mid-August 2017.

DOF Subsea's Chief Executive Officer, Mons S. Aase, added: "I am happy to see increased activity levels in the regions, and that we are strengthening the Group's contract backlog."

Romica Completes Deck Equipment Deal for Fugro Venturer

12Romica Fugro Venturer courtesy Fr. Fassmer GmbHYorkshire UK headquartered engineering company Romica has completed a major deal to supply deck equipment for a state-of-the-art new geophysical and geotechnical survey vessel operated by global offshore survey specialist Fugro.

Beverley based Romica provided equipment for the 2455 gross tonne Fugro Venturer. The 71.5 metre vessel is one of the most advanced geophysical and hydrographic survey ships in the world and is built to undertake a range of geophysical survey work for sectors like oil and gas and renewables.

Romica managing director Bob Turner said the job was a complex and demanding one as it required bespoke engineering solutions.

“Romica has supplied equipment to more than eight Fugro geotechnical survey vessels in the last 10 years and our team brings collectively more than 50 years experience to the sector,” he said. “We drew on all that expertise to provide a range of A frame and launch systems to suit a variety of seabed sampling and sensitive measurement devices. Our range included coring handling systems, side scan winches, sub bottom profiler winch systems and gun array handling systems.”

Bob said the Romica team worked closely with Fugro on the project for more than three years designing equipment then manufacturing it at its plant in Romania before transporting it overland by truck to the shipyard and then helping to install it.

“We have built an understanding of how Furgo operate and what they want," he said. "We sit down and listen to them and then try and find solutions to what they require. This approach of working as part of their team and not just being remote and handing over an off the shelf product makes Romica different and gives us a competitive edge. Very few companies have our experience or are prepared to work as closely as we do developing the bespoke solutions the customer wants. No company knows as much as the owner about their vessel, that is why we sit down with Fugro and listen to their requirements. This approach delivers the best engineering solutions.”

Bob said Romica is actively searching to win more work in the geotechnical ship building sector.

“We established a manufacturing hub in Romania 13 years ago which draws on a large maritime engineering skills base enabling us to undertake a broad variety of work,” he said. “The last 12 years have seen Romica develop as a world leading manufacturer of marine lift equipment. This has been based around a strategy of developing relationships with survey operators and investing time helping them find optimum solutions for the handling of their survey systems. We believe that despite the downturn in oil and gas activity we can pursue a similar strategy in other sectors of the marine and lift equipment marketplace.” Romica’s Romanian manufacturing plant recently acquired accreditation with DNV GL, the world’s leading classification society forits repair and manufacturing operations which it operates from its 7000m2 fabrication facility.

Sparrows Appoints Ginemex as its Authorized Mexican Service Center

13Sparrows 020Sparrows Group has appointed crane service and maintenance specialist, Ginemex, as its authorized service center in Mexico.

The partnership will support Sparrows in meeting the requirements of its existing contract with state-oil company Pemex for servicing and parts provision which covers more than 60 offshore cranes.

As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the cranes, Sparrows will carry out competence assessments and any required training to Ginemex technicians who will conduct all maintenance work locally. Engineering support will be provided by Sparrows’ multi-discipline team in Houston.

As part of the work scope which is expected to commence in the coming months, Sparrows expect to gain a significant parts order for the cranes being serviced.

Stewart Mitchell, Sparrows’ chief executive officer, said: “Having Ginemex acting as our authorized service center in Mexico is a huge boost to our operations in North America. We have been looking into this for some time and were keen to make sure we partnered with a well-respected firm that has an extensive knowledge in the offshore crane and lifting sector.

“As one of the most important safety-critical assets on a platform, it is hugely important that the cranes are fully serviced to the correct procedures with the right parts. Our team in Houston will be working with colleagues at Ginemex to ensure all the cranes are maintained to OEM standards.”

Ginemex is a well-established Mexican crane servicing and maintenance provider. The firm has more than 25 years’ experience in mechanical repairs for offshore equipment, including cranes, winches and pumps.

Roberto Santillana, owner of Ginemex, said: “We look forward to developing a strong partnership with Sparrows founded on safety and engineering excellence. Our experienced team have a long history in working on cranes and we look forward to developing this reputation further.

“Our local presence and knowledge of the crane market in Mexico allows us to deliver confidence to Pemex and other clients regarding the safety and reliability of their Sparrows OEM equipment.”

Ocean Yield Announces Investment in 2 Vessels with Long Term Charters to Aker BP ASA

14OceanYield NS OrlaOcean Yield ASA ("Ocean Yield") has agreed to acquire two Platform Supply Vessels ("PSVs") from BP Shipping for a total consideration of USD 105.4 million. Both vessels are on long term charters to Aker BP ASA ("Aker BP"). The two vessels, "NS Orla" and "NS Frayja", were delivered in September and December 2014, respectively, and entered into 15 years bareboat charters starting as from delivery of the vessels. The bareboat charter rates are USD 17,253 per day per vessel, which gives a contribution to annual EBITDA of USD 12.6 million.

NS Orla

The vessels are expected to be delivered to a fully owned subsidiary of Ocean Yield in June 2017. The acquisition will be financed by a combination of debt and equity and Ocean Yield has received an offer for a senior secured loan facility of up to USD 65 million with semi-annual instalments based on an annuity profile and a tenor of 7 years.

Aker BP is a publicly listed E&P company with exploration, development and production activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Measured in production, Aker BP is one of the largest independent oil companies in Europe.

Ocean Yield ASA's Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken said in a comment: "We are pleased to announce the investment in two additional vessels on long term charter, as it allows us to continue to grow and further diversify our portfolio, adding a strong counterparty with a market capitalization of approximately USD 5.4 billion."

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Offshore Wind Update: Total Capex Forecast at €402bn over 2017-2026

16 1DouglasWestwood WestwoodInsightlogoWestwood’s most recent edition of the Word Offshore Wind Market Forecast is now available. The report features a restructured market forecast, splitting global Capex into planning and development, hardware and installation expenditure, together totalling €402bn over the 2017-2026 period.

Key Conclusions:

  • Total Capex is projected at €402bn over 2017-2026.
  • Global cumulative capacity is forecast to grow from 16.4 GW in 2017 to 94.0 GW by 2026*.
  • The UK, China and Germany are the three largest contributors to total capacity additions.
  • Capex across the UK, China and Germany is forecast at €217bn, accounting for approximately 54% of total global expenditure*.
  • Opex is expected to amount to €68bn, with nearly 70% of this expected to be spent across the UK, Germany and China*.
  • Global hardware Capex is expected to total €288.0bn versus installation Capex at €88.6bn and planning & development at €25.6 over the 2017-2026 period*.

*All figures are inclusive of projects yet to develop past conceptual phases.

16 2DW OffshoreWind Capital Expenditure by Country 2016 2026

Since the 2016 edition of this report, the offshore wind industry has experienced a number of changes, which include the evolution in turbine size, growth in project scale, supply chain consolidation and cost efficiencies. In 2016 the industry saw the installation of the very first US offshore wind farm, whilst in 2017 the UK announced the achievement of its 2020 levelised cost of electricity (LCoE) target 4 years ahead of schedule. As the market is becoming less reliant on government subsidies, DONG Energy and EnBW have won the first zero-subsidy bids in German auctions.

Westwood’s new report now features global project listings and a more in-depth Capex analysis – including component breakdown – and country-specific commentary, reflecting on announced renewables obligations. Tracking the industry on a project by project basis, Westwood offers a comprehensive view on the significant opportunities for the wind supply chain over the next decade. Given the increased focus on renewables, the industry will continue to attract investment from utilities, large engineering and service contractors, as well as upstream oil and gas companies.

This report is therefore a must have for vessel contractors, OEMs, design companies and private sector investors.

Report Contents:

  • Key Drivers and Indicators
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BP Trinidad & Tobago Discovers Gas Offshore Trinidad

1BPTrinidadTobagoBP Trinidad & Tobago (bpTT) announces that it has made two significant gas discoveries with the Savannah and Macadamia exploration wells, offshore Trinidad. The results of these wells have unlocked approximately 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in place to underpin new developments in these areas.

The Savannah exploration well was drilled into an untested fault block east of the Juniper field in water depths of over 500 feet, approximately 80 kilometers off the south-east coast of Trinidad. The well was drilled using a semi-submersible rig and penetrated hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in two main intervals with approximately 650 feet net pay. Based on the success of the Savannah well, bpTT expects to develop these reservoirs via future tieback to the Juniper platform that is due to come online mid-2017.

The Macadamia well was drilled to test exploration and appraisal segments below the existing SEQB discovery which sits 10 kilometers south of the producing Cashima field. The well penetrated hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in seven intervals with approximately 600 feet net pay. Combined with the shallow SEQB gas reservoirs, the Macadamia discovery is expected to support a new platform within the post-2020 timeframe.

“This is exciting news for both bpTT and the industry, as these discoveries are the start of a rejuvenated exploration program on the Trinidad shelf,” said Norman Christie, Regional President for bpTT. “We are starting to see the benefits of the significant investment we have made in seismic processing and Ocean Bottom Seismic acquisition. Savannah and Macadamia demonstrate that with the right technology we can continue to uncover the full potential of the Columbus Basin. This is a testament to bpTT’s ongoing commitment to the development of our Trinidad and Tobago operations and the wider industry, and we look forward to the future portfolio drill-out.”

BP Trinidad and Tobago has a 100 percent working interest in Savannah and Macadamia.

Saipem and Eni Signs Offshore Drilling Contracts Worth $230 Million

2Saipem12000 2Saipem and Eni have signed a contract for offshore drilling activity in Mozambique, utilizing the drillship Saipem 12000. The contract is of 15 months’ duration commencing mid-2019. It includes options up to a maximum of 45 months, not comprised in the contract value.

Drillship Saipem 12000. Photo credit: Saipem

In addition to this contract, which will allow the Company to participate in the development of the Coral field, Saipem has been awarded other offshore drilling contracts. The activities related to the other acquisitions will be executed in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and will utilize cutting-edge vessels from the Company’s fleet.

The total value of these new contracts is $230 million.

Significantly, Eni has awarded Saipem a contract for the drilling of two wells offshore Cyprus. Work will once again be carried out by the Saipem 12000 and commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. The vessel will be subsequently deployed in Portugal for operations previously announced in 2016 and postponed at the request of the client. These awards attest to Saipem’s consolidation in the area of the Mediterranean where the drillship Saipem 10000 is already active. They also reinforce the Company’s presence in a market of particular interest where important discoveries have recently been made.

Finally, the semi-submersible rig Scarabeo 9 will be utilized for the drilling of one well, plus an optional one, in the Black Sea. In service since 2011, the Scarabeo 9 is undergoing innovative upgrades, whose expenses are included in the contract. These upgrades will enable it to pass through the Bosphorus. This is a particularly important development in view of the interesting opportunities for offshore drilling in ultra-deep water in the Black Sea area.