Wood Group Signs Global Master Services Agreement with Chevron and is Awarded Conceptual Engineering Contracts for Tigris and Anchor

9Wood Group logoWood Group has signed a 10-year master services agreement (MSA) with Chevron that allows them to deliver conceptual engineering, pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED), FEED, detailed design and procurement services in multiple locations across Chevron’s global onshore and offshore asset portfolio.

Contracts to provide topsides conceptual and pre-FEED for two semisubmersible platforms on the Tigris and Anchor developments in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) have been awarded as the first work orders under this new agreement.

The Tigris and Anchor platforms will operate in 4,000 to 5,000 feet of water, approximately 140 miles offshore Louisiana in the GoM.

Chevron and Wood Group share a long-standing relationship, with several projects in the GoM, including Jack and St. Malo and Blind Faith, plus the Gorgon project in Australia.

Robin Watson, chief executive of Wood Group, said, “The MSA and Gulf of Mexico contracts continue our strong relationship with Chevron and demonstrate the quality of our people, our capability and our long track record of successful delivery to this key client.

“We have in excess of 30 years of experience in deepwater developments for a broad range of customers, from concept to closure. The amalgamation of this knowledge and experience will be brought to bear for Chevron for an optimal solution.”

Wild Well Purchases Equipment and Expands Subsea Capping Stack Presence

Wild Well Control, Inc., a Superior Energy Services company and a global leader in well control and engineering services, has purchased subsea capping equipment from Shell EP Wells Equipment Services B.V.

The addition of this inventory enhances Wild Well’s current global equipment and response capabilities for the WellCONTAINED™ subsea containment systems and provides added capabilities for its 7Series Subsea Well Intervention group. The newly purchased equipment will be staged strategically in Houston, Aberdeen, Singapore and elsewhere, as needed, for global deployment.

10Wild Wells pioneering WellCONTAINED capping stack located in SingaporeWild Well’s pioneering WellCONTAINED™ capping stack located in Singapore.

Wild Well and its WellCONTAINED™ program provide the most comprehensive package of subsea emergency response services in the industry. Wild Well leads with more than 40 years of experience in conventional and subsea well control, pre-event planning, engineering work and emergency response training and drills.

Along with dedicated subsea containment equipment, capping stacks and other support equipment, such as specialized debris clearing equipment and critical dispersant injection equipment, Wild Well's highly qualified emergency response well control personnel and well control/subsea engineering personnel deliver innovative solutions in a timely manner.

Wild Well's current WellCONTAINED™ inventory is staged in a ready-to-deploy state in both Aberdeen and Singapore. The equipment at each location includes full subsea well intervention systems, including a subsea capping stack, debris removal shears, hardware kits for the subsea application of dispersant and inhibition fluids and other ancillary equipment.

Wild Well is the global leader in the provision of specialized well control services – providing emergency response services, special services, engineering services and training – onshore, offshore and in deep water.

Speedcast Secures Multiple Professional Services Contracts with Oil and Gas Operators

11LOGO SPEEDCASTSpeedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, announced it has secured four new contracts for professional services with oil and gas operators in the North Sea and Asia-Pacific region.

“Our ability to match the correct personnel to the job, as well as the depth of expertise and flexibility we provide our customers, is key to our professional services model,” said Keith Johnson, EVP Energy, Speedcast. “Embedding a Speedcast employee on-site at a customer location further strengthens our relationship and enables our clients to focus on their core business rather than their telecommunications networks. Professional services is an area where we are adding resources because of the increasing interest from our customers for a partner that can provide a full range of products and services, not just connectivity.”

In the North Sea, Speedcast will provide engineering and systems integration support through the testing and commissioning of various equipment including public address and general alarm (PA/GA) systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV), ultra high frequency (UHF) and very high frequency(VHF) radios, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), and radar and aeronautical navigation beacons during the final part of a shipyard fit-out phase before providing ongoing support during the critical period from sail-away to first oil. The team will then execute a full handover to the operator to complete the contract.

Additionally, Speedcast has expanded its professional services role with two major operators in the North Sea to complement and provide network support to the specialist teams who it already supports through radio operator, telecom technician and project/service delivery positions.

Finally, Speedcast will provide engineering resources to another large oil and gas operator to help commission the telecommunication services on a new platform in Malaysia.

Speedcast’s professional services group provides short- or long-term technical manpower and expertise on a dedicated, project- or part-time basis at customer sites or at one of Speedcast’s global points of presence. Past professional services projects include end-to-end management of client networks, license facilitation and operation and maintenance of existing, client-owned IT systems and telecom equipment.

About Speedcast International Limited

Speedcast International Ltd (ASX: SDA) is the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, end-to-end remote communication and IT solutions. The company utilizes an extensive worldwide footprint of local support, infrastructure and coverage to design, integrate, secure and optimize networks tailored to customer needs. With differentiated technology, an intense customer focus and a strong safety culture, Speedcast serves more than 2,000 customers in over 140 countries via 39 teleports, including offshore rigs and cruise ships, 10,000+ maritime vessels and 4,500+ terrestrial sites. Speedcast supports mission-critical applications in industries such as maritime, oil and gas, enterprise, media, cruise and government.

Bosch Rexroth Launches Split Hoist Heave Compensation System

Bosch Rexroth, a leading company in drive and control solutions, has developed a new ‘split hoist‘ heave compensation system. It combines active heave compensation (AHC) and passive heave compensation (PHC) elements with a sophisticated control system enabling AHC functionality to be added to new and existing hoisting installations. Using a modular and mobile design, the new split hoist system is especially interesting for use with existing multi-part reeved hoisting equipment.

12 1SplitHoistThe Split hoist system ready to be installed on the Oleg Strashnov

The new split hoist heave compensation system supports a much higher working load, while also improving system efficiency by as much as 80%. A passive in-line heave compensator, supports the load and passively compensates for some of the ship’s movement. The passive in-line system is hoisted and held by an existing winch or crane.

An actively controlled winch, typically mounted on the ship’s deck, then compensates for the remaining movement of the load. A motion reference unit measures movement of the vessel, and the system reacts to control the load’s position relative to the seabed. In this way, the system requires only 20% of power compared to conventional AHC systems.

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The new system was developed and designed fully in-house by Bosch Rexroth, and a first prototype has been built. With the help of Seaway Heavy Lifting, who also showed interest in the concept, the protoype was tested in real life conditions.

“We had to overcome a number of technical and operational challenges for the split hoist system in the two and a half years from concept to construction,“ said Patrick Verbakel, Technical Sales Manager Offshore. “Numerous simulations and tests were carried out to confirm the prototype could achieve the expected performance, and to ensure it would comply with the required safety standards.“

In June 2017, further testing will be carried out, again with help of Seaway Heavy Lifting, for offshore deep water operation. While these operations have been simulated and thoroughly analyzed, real-life testing will provide proof of concept.

The crane vessel Oleg Strashnov will be fitted with the split hoist heave compensation system to test performance and collect data. The control system is designed to control load position down to 2000 m below sea level, based on vessel position and forces on the cables.

“It has been a very interesting and successful project,“ said Patrick Verbakel. “In addition to bringing a new solution to the market, we have also increased our know-how and experience in several areas, including passive compensation systems. We are certain that the clear benefits of the Bosch Rexroth split hoist system will appeal to customers with demands for lifting a wide range of applications, possibly even exceeding 1,000 metric tonnes.“

Bureau Veritas forms Collaboration Agreement with ERM

13BureauVeritas Paul ShrieveBureau Veritas is pleased to announce a new collaboration agreement with leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services, Environmental Resources Management (ERM).

Initially focussed on the North Sea Region, but applicable globally, this relationship will bolster business development for both companies, allowing them to pull on each other’s strengths and capabilities to offer their combined services within the oil and gas industry.

Commenting on the partnership, Paul Shrieve, Bureau Veritas Regional CEO North Sea Offshore Operations, said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with ERM who, like Bureau Veritas, offer strategic and innovative solutions to operational challenges across the North Sea and beyond.

"ERM is a leading sustainability consultancy that works across a diverse range of industries to help clients manage their environmental, health, safety, risk and social impacts. We believe that our combined experience and expertise will offer further solutions for the oil and gas market during this challenging time in the market place.”

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. The company employs around 69,000 people globally and over 100 in North Sea Offshore Operations, which are based in the UK and Norway.

ERM’s key clients include many of the world’s leading organisations. They operate from more than 160 offices in over 40 countries and territories, with offices in Scotland and Norway, which serve clients who operate in the North Sea. ERM holds a breadth of more than 40 years’ experience with a strong track record in delivering successful outcomes for their clients on complex and challenging projects.

Steve Matthews, ERM Managing Partner of Northern Europe, added: ‘‘We are delighted to have entered into this collaboration with Bureau Veritas. As global leaders in sustainability, we are pleased to be working with a business that maintains the same high standards as ERM and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship working within the Oil & Gas client base.’’

New ASTM International Standard Supports Safety of Offshore Crews

14 2017bos 216ASTM International’s committee on ships and marine technology (F25) has approved the first standard for vessels designed to accommodate construction crews working on offshore projects. The new standard aims to address the wide range of quality and safety of such vessels.

“Developing offshore energy and putting new assets into service requires accommodating many construction workers in the hostile and remote ocean environment,” says ASTM International member Charles Rawson, a naval architect with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards. “We want to make sure that workers receive reasonable protection from the hazard-filled environment in which they labor.”

The standard will soon be published as: Guide for Design, Construction and Operation of Vessels Providing Accommodation Service to Offshore Installations (F3257).

The guide will help those who build and operate ships to communicate features about crew safety and environmental protection, according to Rawson. At the same time, regulatory bodies could use demonstrations of compliance to the standard as evidence that a vessel is appropriate for its intended use and fit for service.

Rawson invites ship designers, builders, and operators who use the new standard to contact the committee with suggestions for future revisions.

To purchase standards, ASTM and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member.

Seadrill Appoints Anton Dibowitz to CEO

15Seadrill anton dibowitzThe Board of Seadrill Limited ("Seadrill") is pleased to announce the appointment of Anton Dibowitz as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1st July 2017. Anton Dibowitz will succeed Per Wullf who will remain a Director of the company

Anton Dibowitz, currently Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President, will be appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st July 2017 following a succession planning process that was implemented during 2016.

Per Wullf will continue as CEO until the end of June. Mr. Wullf will continue as a Director of the company.

John Fredriksen, Chairman of the Board, said: "Anton has a strong industry track record and has taken roles of increasing responsibility during his 10 years at Seadrill, including the day to day business administration at Seadrill since 2016. We are confident that this succession plan provides Seadrill with the right combination of continuity and stability as the company works to complete its financial restructuring aimed at building a bridge to a recovery and achieving a sustainable capital structure.

With Per remaining as a Director, Seadrill will continue to benefit from his in-depth industry experience, fleet knowledge and strong relationships. I would personally like to thank Per for his outstanding contribution as CEO of Seadrill and look forward to continuing to work with him for the years to come."

Anton Dibowitz, CEO designate, said: "I am deeply honored that the Board has appointed me to succeed Per as Chief Executive Officer of Seadrill. We have a world class business with high quality people, a young and modern fleet and strong client relationships. There are short term challenges to overcome in Seadrill and the industry but I look forward to playing my part in returning Seadrill to growth, together with the great team we have working here."

Per Wullf, CEO and President of Seadrill said: "I am immensely proud of my time at Seadrill, first as Chief Operating Officer and for the past four years as Chief Executive Officer. After 37 years in this fascinating industry, I want to reduce my day to day work commitments and spend more time at home in Denmark. As Seadrill is approaching key milestones for the company's restructuring, the time is right to inform all stakeholders that I will not lead Seadrill in the company's next era and hand over to Anton, who will make an excellent CEO. I would like to thank everyone at Seadrill for their support, passion and tenacity over the years and I look forward to our continued journey together."

PIRA Energy Market Recap for the Week Ending May 22, 2017

16PIRALogoRising Prominence of the Asia-Pacific Region as a Global Refining Center

Oil markets are rebalancing. PIRA expects that with the ongoing OPEC output cuts likely to be extended and strong demand growth, it is just a matter of time before it shows up in reported onshore stock declines. Asian refiners are likely to keep buying more barrels from the Atlantic Basin as the Brent-Dubai price spread will stay narrow. Asia’s oil demand growth will outpace incremental refinery runs, and net exports of key products are expected to stabilize over 2017-18. Asian refineries are getting larger and more sophisticated, helping them to be more competitive in a volatile and challenging refining environment.

Byproduct Gas Picks Up Steam, But Obstacles Persists

The market has given back some of last week’s gains as uncertainty over relative supply/demand tightness resurfaces with the foreseeable pick-up in inventory restocking. Among other factors, the seemingly inevitable shale oil renaissance in Texas and Oklahoma — and its subsequent impact on byproduct gas volumes — weighs heavily on market sentiment. Yet, some recent producer earnings calls may help ease concerns about a fast-approaching deluge of associated dry gas production growth in the region, at least in the immediate term. Producers in the region have been guiding towards relatively muted Y/Y gas growth in comparison to their oil targets, citing ongoing price, pipe, and processing issues — the resulting risk to byproduct gas production during the injection season may help alleviate fears of oversupply.

Egypt LNG Cargo Deferments Suggest Diminishing Role in Balancing the Global LNG Market

As quickly as it swept into the LNG market in mid-2015, Egypt appears to be preparing for an almost equally sudden exit by end-2018. Moreover, the sudden loss of Egypt as a key demand center will be amplified by how quickly it will build on the resumption of its LNG exports since mid-2016.

Appointment of Energy Minister Moves the Back of the French Curve

The recently elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, appears to confirm his commitment to the French energy transition. On May 17, Nicolas Hulot was appointed as the minister responsible for energy in the new government. Considered an environmentalist in favor of renewable energy, Hulot had been arguing earlier during the electoral campaign that EDF needs to re-align its strategy to the French energy transition, supporting the idea that nuclear’s share within the mix must be reduced. The markets have been quick to react to the news, with the back of the French curve moving up substantially.

Prices Slip in Shoulder, But Upside Factors Mount

Coal-fired generation fell seasonally in April, but with natural gas prices ~60% higher Y/Y, coal burn was up 14% Y/Y. Though U.S. coal prices have slipped over the last month on shoulder season demand, an upward revision to PIRA’s injection season natural gas price forecast and other factors point to higher PRB and ILB coal prices this summer.

U.S. Internals of Data Constructive

Overall commercial stocks built 4.3 million barrels this past week as crude oil stocks fell 1.8 million barrels, the four major product inventories drew 2.2 million barrels and all other products built by 8.2 million barrels, the majority of which was NGLs. Adjusted product demand was up 3.3%, 630 MB/D, over last year in the latest four weeks. Crude runs surged 360 MB/D this past week to 17.12 MMB/D, supported by strong refining margins.

Broad-Based World Industrial Turnaround Becoming More Evident

Global industrial production and trade activity slowed throughout 2015, but it began to stage a comeback last year. Recent country-level manufacturing data were mixed. But in PIRA’s judgment, positive readings far outweighed disappointing ones – the current global manufacturing turnaround, therefore, is expected to gather further strength and become more broad-based. A sharp strengthening in U.S. manufacturing output during April was particularly encouraging.

Propane Stocks Just Above Five-Year Lows for This Time of Year

Propane inventories increased last week by 580 MB, but the total propane inventory of 42.2 MMB is close to the five-year average low for this time of the year. The EIA reported that propane exports soared last week to 1.25 million barrels per day. This is contrary to the number of propane cargo cancellations reported. A source states that the cancelled cargoes were picked up at a discount and routed to build Asian inventories. PADD II inventories grew, PADD III inventories were unchanged, and PADD I inventories declined.

U.S. Ethanol Prices Rally

Ethanol reached an eight-month low Wednesday May 10, but rebounded later in the week. Manufacturing margins were sharply lower. The EPA sent the proposed biofuel requirements for 2018 and biomass-based diesel to the OMB for approval. D6 RIN prices rebounded. Kinder-Morgan redirected ethanol from its Argo, Illinois terminal. The harvest in to the South-Central region of Brazil got off to a slow start to the 2017/2018 season.

Opening Print

47 degrees Fahrenheit with a cold and steady rain greeted us Saturday at our first stop in northern Illinois, about an hour west of Chicago’s city limits. Our producer-friend, who farms on the border of DeKalb and Kane counties, said “not much to see around here” as we climbed into his pickup truck. No, there was not much to see, but there was plenty to talk about.

A Weaker U.S. Dollar Propels the Coal Market to a Considerable Rebound

Coal pricing rebounded notably last week, with front end CIF ARA forward prices in particular rebounding to levels not seen since the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie on an over $4.00/mt W/W increase. A weaker USD, largely in response to political turmoil in the U.S. was a driving force behind the strength in pricing this week. The release of Chinese energy data was a confirmation of PIRA’s reference case; strength on the demand side will continue for the time being, although a continuation in the recovery in domestic coal production will be a harbinger of weaker balances and prices for 2H17.

Stresses Low, Commodities Rebound

In general, financial stresses remain extremely low, though there was increased drama this past week. The S&P 500 managed to climb above and hold the 2,400 level, but then hit an air pocket, from which it tried to climb back. With that air pocket, the noted divergence between bank equity performance (higher) and a flatter yield curve, began to come back into better alignment, though the divergence remains. Commodities had a positive week, and energy outperformed. The dollar was particularly weak, down 2% on the week.

Japan Returning to Norms, Post-Holiday

Following the Golden Week holidays most of the S/D data reflected a return to more normal patterns. That means gasoline demand ebbed from holiday hyped levels and gasoil demand began to rebound. Runs continued to reflect increased maintenance. Crude oil stocks posted a 5.4 million barrels draw, while finished products built 1.6 million barrels. The weekly stock build rate remained about 32 MB/D, like the previous week.

U.S. Ethanol Inventories Build for the First Time in Three Weeks

Ethanol-blended gasoline manufacture soared last week, rising to a 40-week high 9,408 MB/D from 9,161 MB/D in the preceding week. Domestic ethanol production rose 21 MB/D to 1,027 MB/D as more plants came back on line following seasonal maintenance. Inventories built by 359 thousand barrels to 23.4 million barrels, up 2.3 million barrels (11.0%) from this time last year.

Storage Spreads are Not Building in Inherent Risks

Given low stocks across Europe, the biggest seasonal storage facility in the U.K. out of commission, and the biggest seasonal storage facility in Benelux experiencing operating issues, you’d expect some interesting storage spreads to start developing – particularly for Germany. These opportunities are not leaping out just yet despite the country’s key position. Looking at historical costs of capacity from the capacity trading platform PRISMA, in combination with forward gas pricing in Germany vs. Britain, an overwhelming reason to max out injections at the moment for peak winter withdrawals does not yet seem to exist as of yet. However, TTF is already being priced to be an important supply source for NBP in the peak cold months of December ’17 to February ’18 at 1Q’18 TTF-NBP spread of -€1.63/MWh.

U.S. Refiners’ RIN Costs down Year-on-Year; April RIN Generation Little Changed

Approximately 5.93 billion RINs were generated in the first four months of 2017, up from 5.89 billion over the comparable period in 2016. D6 RIN generation was up only 0.2% over that period, while D4 and D5 RINs were up 2.4% and 30.6%, respectively. Several public companies with large RIN expenditures over the past few years had a lighter burden in the first quarter of 2017 due to lower RIN prices, profitable trading, and/or the granting of a small refinery exemption for one or more of their facilities. In some cases, companies that have historically suffered large costs due to hefty RIN requirements experienced a net gain last quarter.

Global Equities Still Setting Record Highs

Many of the benchmark equity indices continue to set record highs. After doing so, the U.S. market hit a bit of a downdraft, but then began to recover. Consumer staples, utilities, and energy performed the best on the week, while retail was the clear laggard. International indices outperformed the U.S, with Europe, emerging Asia, China, and Japan doing the best. A significant retrenchment in Brazil’s equity market led to a drop in Latin American performance.

Asian Oil Demand: Temporary Fallback in Demand Growth

Our snapshot of Asian oil demand growth shows a slowdown, which is viewed as temporary and driven by a drop in growth of Chinese apparent demand. PIRA's update of major country Asian product demand indicates that year-on-year growth slowed to 210 MB/D, vs. 740 MB/D in our April snapshot. Reacceleration is expected May-July, with demand growth currently forecast to push 1 MMB/D by mid-summer.

The information above is part of PIRA Energy Group's weekly Energy Market Recap - which alerts readers to PIRA’s current analysis of energy markets around the world as well as the key economic and political factors driving those markets.

BP & Kosmos Energy Announces Major Gas Find Offshore Senegal

1bp logo copy 2 1KosmosEnergyBP along with joint venture partner Kosmos Energy announces a major gas discovery offshore Senegal.

The Yakaar-1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 4,700 meters in nearly 2,550 meters of water in the Cayar Offshore Profond block by the Atwood Achiever drillship.

Bernard Looney, BP Upsteam chief executive officer, commented “Yakaar-1 follows the earlier exploration success that led to the Tortue discovery and further confirms our belief that offshore Senegal and Mauritania is a world-class hydrocarbon basin. This discovery marks an important further step in building BP’s new business in Mauritania and Senegal. We look forward to results from the additional exploration wells planned for 2017.”

The Yakaar discovery, coupled with the Teranga discovery, creates the foundation for a further LNG hub in the basin.

BP and Kosmos will be drill stem testing the Tortue discovery in mid-2017 and will now drill 3 additional exploration wells over the next 12 months offshore of Senegal and Mauritania.

  • BP in April agreed to deepen its investment in Senegal by acquiring the full 30% minority participating interests that Timis Corporation held in the Saint-Louis Profond and Cayar Profond blocks offshore Senegal. This is subject to government approval and follows BP’s entry into Mauritania and Senegal through an agreement with Kosmos Energy, announced in December 2016.
  • The Saint-Louis Offshore Profond block includes the Senegalese sector of the cross border Tortue (Ahmeyim-Guembuel) field and significant future prospectivity. Tortue is estimated to contain more than 15 trillion cubic feet of discovered gas resources.
  • On completion of the agreements, participating interests in the Senegal blocks will be similar to the aligned partnership in Mauritania, with BP holding participating and effective working interests of close to 60%, Kosmos close to 30% and Société des Pétroles du Sénégal (Petrosen) 10%.
  • Formerly known as Teranga West, Yakaar-1 is in the Cayar Offshore Profond block roughly 95 kilometres northwest of Dakar. In May of 2016, Kosmos announced another significant gas discovery approximately 40 kilometers to the east at the Teranga-1 exploration well.
  • Kosmos will provide additional information about the Yakaar-1 discovery during its first quarter 2017 conference call on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The call will be available via telephone and webcast.

Oceaneering Awarded Contract for the Appomattox Development

Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) (NYSE:OII) announces that it has been awarded a contract to provide services and products to support the design, fabrication and installation of ancillary flowline hardware for the Appomattox development in the Mississippi Canyon Area of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico for Shell Offshore Inc. (“Shell”).

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The scope of work for ancillary flowline hardware will include the procurement and installation of pre-lay and post-lay crossing mattresses, flowline jumper fabrication and installation, manifold installation, as well as the design, procurement, fabrication and installation of subsea buoyancy for flowline thermal expansion.

Oceaneering’s state-of-the-art, U.S. flagged vessel, the Ocean Evolution, scheduled for delivery in the latter part of 2017, is expected to be used to perform the offshore installation services in various phases commencing late 2017 and ending sometime in 2019. Oceaneering is also expected to provide project management, engineering, remotely operated vehicle services, survey services, subsea tooling and global data solution services to Shell as needed for this work.

Roderick A. Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering, said, “We are extremely pleased to expand our scope of supply, in addition to previously securing the control umbilicals contract, on this Shell deepwater Gulf of Mexico development. This project demonstrates Oceaneering’s capabilities to leverage our comprehensive portfolio of offshore services and products to produce safe, reliable and cost effective solutions that meet all of a customer’s requirements.”

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment and aerospace industries.

Bollinger Announces Arrival Of 4,000 Ton Drydock at the Bollinger Algiers Facility

Bollinger Shipyards has announced the arrival of the drydock “Mrs. Jody” with a total lifting capacity of 4,000 tons at Bollinger Algiers.

3Bollinger MrsJodyDrydock “Mrs. Jody” arrives at Bollinger Algiers.

The announcement was made by Bollinger C.E.O. & President Ben Bordelon, “We are very pleased to announce the arrival of the “Mrs. Jody” at Bollinger Algiers. This drydock will position us well in the diverse customer markets that we serve, and will further enhance our position in the market with lifting capacity needed by our customers.”

The “Mrs. Jody” drydock measures 198-ft. x 76-ft. between the wing walls and has lifting capacity of 4,000 tons. Bollinger has two (2) commercial dry-docks located in Algiers with a combined lifting capacity of 5,800 tons.

Bollinger Algiers, a full service shipyard with an on-site machine shop, is located on the Mississippi River across from downtown New Orleans and provides service to both the inland and offshore marine transportation sectors.

Saipem Awarded New EPCI Contract by ExxonMobil for Development of the Offshore Field “Liza” in Guyana

4SaipemSaipem has been awarded a new EPCI contract for the SURF package of the proposed Liza project operated by Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil. Located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana at a water depth of 1,800 meters, the Liza field is a subsea development with a recoverable resource estimate of over 1 billion oil-equivalent barrels.

Saipem will perform engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the risers, flow lines, and associated structures and jumpers. The award also includes transportation and installation of umbilicals, manifolds, and associated foundations for the production, and water and gas injection systems. Saipem will deploy its flagship vessels FDS2 and the Normand Maximus to execute the works which will commence in 2019.

Commenting on the award, Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, said:

“We are delighted to have secured this award from an important client such as ExxonMobil. A further reason for our satisfaction is the opportunity to be among the first operators in the oil & gas industry to work in an emerging country like Guyana. This is an important milestone for Saipem and an exciting challenge in a frontier area”.

Saipem has also acquired new contracts and change orders of contracts currently underway in the North Sea and West Africa.

The new acquisitions worth a total of 500 million USD.

Eni Starts Production from Jangkrik Project, Deep Offshore Indonesia

Eni has started gas production from the Jangkrik Development Project, in deep water offshore Indonesia, ahead of schedule. The Project comprises the gas fields Jangkrik and Jangkrik North East, located in the Muara Bakau block, Kutei basin, in the deep water of Makassar Strait.

Production from ten deep-water subsea wells, connected to the newly built Floating Production Unit (FPU) “Jangkrik”, will gradually reach 450 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d), equivalent to 83,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed). The gas, once processed onboard the FPU, will flow via a dedicated 79km pipeline to the Onshore Receiving Facility, both built by Eni, and then through the East Kalimantan Transportation System, finally reaching the Bontang gas liquefaction plant.

5ENI visore jangkrik 480Gas volumes from Jangkrik will supply the local domestic market as well as the LNG export market, providing a significant contribution to Indonesia’s current energy requirements and future economic development.

Production start-up within three and a half years from the sanctioning of the project is further confirming Eni's capabilities in fast-track developments. It is a benchmarking record in the industry and a major step forward for Eni's activities in Indonesia.

«We are very proud of what we have achieved with the Jangkrik Development Project», said Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi. «The completion of the project and the start-up of production ahead of schedule further confirm Eni’s strategy and global capabilities. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity for the Jangkrik Floating Production Unit to become a hub for the development of our nearby gas discovery Merakes (Eni 85%, Pertamina 15%), which could start production within the next two years. We will consolidate our near field exploration strategy and operating model and maximize the integrated development of our projects also in Indonesia».

Eni is the operator with a 55% stake of the Muara Bakau PSC through its subsidiary Eni Muara Bakau B.V. The other partners are ENGIE E&P (through its subsidiary GDF SUEZ Exploration Indonesia BV) with 33.334% and PT. Saka Energi Muara Bakau with 11.666%. All the activities are carried out in coordination with SKKMigas, the entity representing the Government of Indonesia.

Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development. Production activities are located in the Mahakam River delta, East Kalimantan, through the participated Company VICO Ltd (Eni 50%, Saka Energi 50%) operator of the Sanga Sanga PSC that provides an average equity production of 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Semco Maritime Wins Order for Culzean Hook-Up

Semco Maritime to participate in the preparation (hook-up) of Maersk Oil UK’s new gas field in the UK sector of the North Sea when the production units arrive from Singapore in the summer of 2018. The largest order ever for Semco Maritime’s Aberdeen office. Maersk Oil UK has selected Semco Maritime to participate in the installation and preparation (hook-up) of the new gas production field Culzean, which is located 240 kilometres east of the coast of Aberdeen in the UK sector of the North Sea. The contract is the largest ever for Semco Maritime’s Aberdeen office. Semco Maritime will be responsible for carrying out the electrical work, while the piping and painting work will be carried out by two other companies.

6Semco FSO platform2Preparation in Singapore

The Culzean complex consists of a central processing platform, a wellhead platform, a living quarter platform, which are currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine yard in Singapore. Production from the natural gas field is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, says Vice President Carsten Nielsen, Semco Maritime Ltd. “We are very pleased that Maersk Oil UK has chosen us for this project, which marks a breakthrough for us in the UK. The order also confirms Semco Maritime’s strategy of including our competences and offshore experience in a close cooperation with customers in the North Sea, who seek highly specialized assistance within maintenance projects or hook up of new installations”, says Carsten Nielsen. The Culzean order is a very interesting and challenging project that sets the highest expectations and demands for safety and quality on time, and we will do everything we can to live up to this”.

75-150 jobs in Aberdeen

The offshore work will be carried out from the base in Aberdeen, where Semco Maritime expects to employ 75-150 people for the approx. 8-9 months it will take to prepare Culzean.

The order is a continuation of the positive development in the activities, which Semco Maritime has experienced in the UK during the past six months, says Director James Cooper, Semco Maritime Ltd., Aberdeen, who is looking forward to a good and even closer co-operation with Maersk Oil and the others involved. “The order shows the advantages of being represented with locations and experts in the same geographic areas as our customers. From our Singapore office, we can plan the work optimally, and thereby increase efficiency and minimize costs, when work is to be completed in the North Sea”. During the period the order will create jobs for approx. 20 people in Esbjerg, both internally in Semco Maritime and at Fanø Fran Service and Ocean Team Scandinavia, who have been selected as sub-suppliers for parts of the work.

Semco Maritime’s total contract is expected to exceed 100,000 working hours offshore. The Culzean field will cover 5 per cent of the gas demand in the UK in 2020/21.

Proserv Norway Secures Significant Decommissioning Project Awards

Energy services company Proserv has recently been awarded three contracts worth a combined value of more than $2.5million (approx. 21.5m Norwegian Krone) for decommissioning work in the Norwegian North Sea.

The firm’s Stavanger facility will provide cutting services as part of a full severance package covering subsea and topside work. Compared to more traditional approaches, the cutting technology solutions deployed by Proserv can save hours in well severance and plugging, which can lead to significant savings in day rates over a campaign.

7Proserv Decom ServicesA Proserv technician working on the firm’s suite of decommissioning tooling.

These awards build upon decommissioning successes for the company globally in recent months with around $8million worth of work secured in Asia Pacific, the UK and Gulf of Mexico.

As part of the decommissioning workscopes, Proserv will provide abrasive cutting, diamond wire cutting, grout removal and dredging services.

Henrik Johnson, region president for Norway, said: “To date, we have cut over 300 wells globally in a variety of challenging conditions and environments, so our track record and the reliability of our equipment was a key factor in securing these awards. Another major attraction is the fact we can offer a wide range of integrated services all under one roof helping to cut costs, reduce complex supply chains and better manage risk through using a single source provider.

“One of the contracts requires specialist engineered solutions to deal with non-standard sizes used in the structure. The complex installation requires a custom technology solution rather than an ‘off-the-shelf’ package and this is at the core of Proserv’s expertise.”

The contracts come at a time of strong investment and development with the company currently investing more than $2million to develop two new Multi String Cutting (MSC) systems for well severance campaigns, to meet market demand.

STATS Group Weighs In on Second Anchor Damaged Pipeline Repair Complex Gulf of Thailand Project on 8” Gas Export Line

STATS Group has completed its second subsea pipeline repair and isolation project which was the result of vessel anchor damage.

The pipeline technology specialist was commissioned by CUEL Ltd to repair an 8” gas condensate export pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand which had been dragged eight meters out of position by a vessel anchor and required a permanent repair.

8 1STATS GROUP HTM Hot Tapping Machine and Clamp Deployment OverboardSTATS GROUP HTM (Hot Tapping Machine) and Clamp Deployment Overboard

STATS utilized its range of subsea products to facilitate the repair, which included BISEP’s, slab valves, hot tap fittings, completion plugs, end connectors and abandonment plugs – all engineered, manufactured, tested and deployed in-field - allowing a pipeline repair with no impact to production, the environment or risk to diver safety.

Working with CUEL and the pipeline owner, a repair methodology and solution was developed, whereby an 8” bypass was installed on the seabed as a permanent repair to re-route the pipeline medium away from the damaged pipeline section, which was situated at a water depth of approximately 60 meters and had an operating pressure ranging from between 7 and 21 bar.

8 2STATS Group 8in Hot Tap Fitting and Slab ValveSTATS Group 8in Hot Tap Fitting and Slab Valve

Mark Gault, Subsea and EPRS Product Line Manager for STATS Group, said: “This subsea pipeline repair project presented many operational and technical challenges. The successful completion demonstrates STATS ability to accommodate complex operations while maintaining high levels of safety at all times.

“STATS range of subsea isolation and intervention equipment provides operators a turnkey service for pipeline repair scenarios and establishes STATS’ capabilities within the subsea market. We will use the experience and our proven track record of first class delivery of these major projects to seek out other global opportunities for similar subsea contracts.”

STATS’ patented BISEP was selected to provide leak-tight isolation of the pressurized pipeline and was deployed through a full bore hot tap penetration at the isolation location through a mechanical hot tap fitting.

Mr. Gault added: “The DNV GL type approved BISEP provides a fully proved, fail-safe, double block and bleed (DBB) isolation barrier from the pressurized pipeline. This level of isolation complies with industry guidance on isolation and intervention for diver access to subsea systems, ensuring diver and worksite safety.

“The pipeline repair solution incorporated installing a permanent bypass pipeline, which allowed the operations to be completed without the need for shutting-in pipeline production or depressurizing, thus, ensuring production was maintained uninterrupted.”

STATS have previously completed a subsea isolation on behalf of COOEC Subsea Technology when the Yacheng pipeline in the South China Sea – an important asset for suppling gas to Hong Kong – was severely damaged by a ship’s anchor. The pipeline was repaired at an unpiggable location 280 km from shore and in water depths of 60 meters without depressurizing and flooding the entire pipeline.

UK-headquartered STATS Group is supported on Asian projects from its base in Kuala Lumpur and has engineering, design and storage facilities in Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

Delmar Unveils the new RAR Plus™ and the MOOR‐Max™ Releasable Mooring System

Continuing with its strong tradition of developing innovative mooring solutions, Delmar Systems unveiled the new RAR Plus™ and the MOOR‐Max™ Releasable Mooring System at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference.

The RAR Plus is the next generation of Rig Anchor Release (RAR), building on a 35‐year history of proven acoustic release technology by adding key features such as a manual backup release method and increasing the ultimate and release load ratings. In addition, the RAR Plus transmits both direct and indirect line tension measurements from internal sensors for real‐time display onboard the rig in a user‐friendly graphical user interface.

9Delmar RAR PlusThe RAR Plus is a key component in the new Delmar MOOR‐Max Releasable Mooring System. The MOOR‐Max system provides a revolutionary mooring system for MODUs to avoid storms or improve rig move efficiency. It is the only mooring system that combines proven acoustic mooring release technology with efficient proprietary methods that come from over 40 years of rig move experience.

“The MOOR‐Max Releasable Mooring System and RAR Plus expand the capability of moored and DP/moored rigs to operate in mixed shallow and deepwater programs in areas with extreme environmental considerations,” explained Delmar Systems Vice President of Engineering, John Shelton. “Not only does the MOOR‐Max system allow rigs to significantly mitigate risk by evading cyclonic storms or ice floes, it also reduces critical path time when disconnecting rigs for transit to the next location.”

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Vestdavit PAP-16000 Brings New Davit Lifting Force to Market

Vestdavit has completed its largest ever single-point A-frame davit for over the side boat handling, rising to the continuing challenge set by customers to be able to launch and retrieve ever larger workboats from their ships.

The first PAP-16000 davit, which features a safe working load of 16t, will be installed on board a service operation vessel destined for a specialized segment in the offshore industry for an unspecified owner. The 58.5 m length vessel, due delivery by the end of 2017, will operate off north continental Europe.

10VestdavitThe new PAP-16000 single point davit from Vestdavit

The Norwegian boat-handling specialist said it had received approval from DNV-GL for the new PAP-16000, which can handle workboats in conditions of up to sea state 5. It features an anti-pendulation docking head and guiding arms to limit load sway in adverse weather.

“Vestdavit has supplied bigger davits, but the PAP-16000 is our largest single point davit with docking system for lifting over the side of a ship to date,” said Atle Kalve, Vestdavit Development Director. “We have delivered dual-point/winch davits of up to 36t SWL and a 30t single point davit for stern operations, making us the market leader in handling very large workboats. However, single point handling of larger and larger workboats over the side without compromising stability presents particular challenges.”

The first installation will be onboard a vessel designed for flexibility, needing to lift one crew boat able to carry up to five personnel, but another able to carry a complement of up to 10 persons plus one ton of cargo, Mr. Kalve added.

In its first delivery, the new davit will also be distinguished by its high operating speeds, with the customer requesting lifting speeds of 45 m/min, which Mr. Kalve said demanded a comparatively high oil flow to achieve max hoisting speed at SWL.

In addition to service operation vessels, the PAP-16000 offers a new and innovative option for owners of emergency response and rescue vessels, pilot ships, standby vessels, multi-purpose offshore vessels and other types of construction vessel.

ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivers Control Room for Thialf

ELA Container Offshore GmbH delivered an Offshore Office Container to Heerema Marine Contractors. The container was placed on board their Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) Thialf and was used as a control room to operate their anchor winches.

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) is a world leading marine contractor in the international offshore oil and gas industry and excels at transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities. These include fixed and floating structures, subsea pipelines and infrastructures in shallow waters, deep and ultra-deep waters.

11ELA Offshore OfficeOnThialf webThe Thialf is their largest SSCV and capable of a tandem lift of 14,200 t (15,600 short tons). Its two cranes provide for a depth reach lowering capability as well as a heavy lift capacity to install topsides. This multi-functional dynamic positioned SSCV is customized for the installation of foundations, moorings, SPARs, TLPs, and integrated topsides, as well as pipelines and flowlines.

"Originally HMC was looking for a 10ft office container to monitor the work. However, we managed to convince them in using our standard 20ft offshore office container to serve as a control room. The container was needed on short notice and we managed to adjust the interior for installing their monitors and further inventory", explains Frank ter Haak, Business Development Manager Netherlands at ELA Container Offshore GmbH. “The container was placed on top of our winch container and a stairway and platform was built from scaffolding, providing us a perfect view on the hoses over the stern of the Thialf. We were very pleased with the way things were handled by ELA Container Offshore”, says Water de Winter, Equipment Management NFE at HMC.

“During past offshore projects, we recognized the need to deliver containers immediately or just within a few days. To be able to promise and realize an on-time delivery to our clients, we start producing new containers for our fleet as soon as stock is low. Again, this was a perfect example of how quick we can provide a solution to our clients. We are of course delighted and proud to have served Heerema Marine Contractors this way and we hope to have demonstrated our quality product and excellent service”, says Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH, Hans Gatzemeier.

ELA Container 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 Cargo 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 high quality Containers are “Made in Germany” according to German quality standards and possess all necessary certifications such as DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079-1, DNV 2.7-2, based on SOLAS, IMO FSS Code and MLC as well as CSC and are approved from several IACS-companies. In terms of fire resistance, an A60 insulation provides high safety standards. Every container will be checked before delivery. Depending on customer requirements, ELA Offshore Containers are individually customized, immediately operational and are available at short notice.

The main features of ELA offshore accommodations include:

  • Flexibility on demand
  • One base type with various accommodation solutions
  • Easy handling thanks to standard 20 ft High-Cube ISO standard dimensions
  • Highest quality standards

ACE Winches Provides Mooring System on the Iron Lady Barge

12AcewinchesLeading global deck machinery specialist, ACE Winches has successfully mobilized a 6 point mooring system to anchor the Iron Lady Barge being used on the Brent decommissioning project. The equipment, designed and manufactured by ACE Winches at their global headquarters, Turriff, Aberdeenshire is now in situ and being supported by a team of ACE Winches offshore personnel.

ACE Winches manufacture a range of standard and bespoke drum winches, available in single or double drum configurations. Drum winches are designed to be utilized for hoisting, deployment, mooring and general pulling applications and, depending on the size and power requirement, can be hydraulically, electrically or pneumatically driven.

As part of the Brent Delta decommissioning project the 24,000te platform topside is to be transferred to a 200-metre long barge, the Iron Lady, being moored at the client’s specialist facilities in the North East of England. An ACE 6-Point Mooring system is in place to assist and maintain the positioning of the barge during operations to transfer the platform to the shore side.

The ACE 6 point mooring system incorporates ACE hydraulic drum winches ranging from 75te WLL to 25te WLL, powered by 6 closed loop diesel hydraulic power units.

The Shell-operated Brent field, located 115 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands, has produced around three billion barrels of oil equivalent since production started in 1976, which is almost 10% of UK production. The Brent Delta topsides, located some 186 km off the north-east coast of Shetland, sat on a three-legged gravity-based structure which stands in 140 m of water.

Richard Wilson, Chief Operational Officer at ACE Winches said: “ACE Winches has proven experience along with a wealth of knowledge and engineering expertise in designing and supplying complex mooring systems that can be used to support heavy lift operations such as this one. During the past 6 months the team at our global headquarters has been working in close partnership with our client to ensure that the mooring solution met their precise specifications.”