Offshore Industry Briefs

Bristow Norway Secures Multi-Year Contract with Eni and Statoil

Bristow Norway has announced that it has secured a multi-year contract to provide helicopter offshore crew change and search and rescue (SAR) services to support Eni Norge and Statoil in the Barents Sea. The five-year deal, which is a renewal of an existing contract, includes options to extend by three years, and will commence September 1, 2018.

6BristowPhoto credit: Bristow Group

“We are honored to earn the trust of both Eni and Statoil in the safety and quality of our operation,” said Bristow Norway Area Manager Heidi Wulff Heimark. “This contract is a result of our team’s tremendous focus to continuously improve our service delivery, and strengthens our position as the leading operator of offshore helicopter transport in the global market.”

The contract will mean continued high activity at Bristow Norway’s helicopter base at Hammerfest, where the company currently provides helicopter services for Eni´s and Statoil´s exploration and production operations in the Barents Sea. Hammerfest, with its proximity to the Barents Sea, is a well-established helicopter base for Bristow Norway, with the necessary infrastructure and experienced workforce in place.

Bristow will utilize a Sikorsky S-92 in oil and gas configuration to provide crew change services for offshore platforms, and a Sikorsky all-weather (AWSAR) SAR S-92 for the search and rescue work to significantly improve offshore safety and rescue capability. Both helicopters will be equipped to the latest Norwegian oil and gas standards, with integrated traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS II), tail mounted cameras and Performance-Based Navigation (PBN). The AWSAR S-92 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and fully certified for night vision goggles (NVG) operations, with forward looking infrared (FLIR), auto hover, twin-hoist, mission management with moving map and increased on-board medical capabilities. On short notice, the crew change helicopter can be reconfigured as a backup for the SAR helicopter with full AWSAR capability.

“The Barents Sea is a strategically important region for Bristow, and we foresee continued growth of exploration and production activities in the coming years,” said Heimark. “With this contract and our Arctic experience, Bristow is well-positioned for coming exploration campaigns in the high North.”

Xodus Wins Two ESIA Contracts in Senegal

8Xodus Wim van der ZandeXodus Group has been awarded two Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) contracts for projects in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD) blocks in Senegal, West Africa.

Xodus’ environmental team will draw on its extensive deep water and drilling ESIA experience to undertake the study for drilling activities in the Sangomar and Rufisque blocks for Capricorn Senegal Limited (“Capricorn”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn Energy PLC (“Cairn”), Operator of the RSSD blocks. Xodus will also perform an ESIA for the Phase 1 Development, comprising a FPSO, over the SNE deepwater oil field located in the Sangomar Deep Offshore block for Woodside Energy (Senegal) B.V. (“Woodside”), as Development Lead for the SNE Phase 1 development.

As well as the ESIAs, the scope also includes safety studies that Xodus’ Technical Safety and Risk (TSR) division will work with the environmental team to deliver. Xodus will work with its in-country partner, Earth Systems, to assist Capricorn and Woodside to ensure compliance with Senegalese Environmental Law.

Capricorn has a 40% working interest in the joint venture, alongside partners Woodside (35%), FAR Ltd. (15%), and Petrosen (Senegalese National Oil Company) (10%). The SNE well was one of the world’s largest oilfield discoveries in 2014.

The transfer of operatorship to Woodside for the development phase is planned to take place next year with Cairn continuing exploration activities on the acreage. The joint venture plan to submit an evaluation report and exploitation plan to the Government of Senegal in 2018. The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) is also planned to commence next year with a FID targeted before the end of 2018.

Wim van der Zande, CEO of Xodus Group, said: “These awards build on our experience and strong working relationship with Cairn Energy, on several phases of field architecture development planning. This is a major project for the country and we are proud to be part of this as it moves towards a new stage of development.”

CGG Signs Agreement with Mozambique Ministry for Vast Offshore Multi-Client Program

3 1Mozambique 3D3 2CGGlogoCGG announces that it has signed a multi-client data agreement with Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP) following a competitive tender process held by INP in 2016. As a result of this agreement, CGG will shortly commence acquisition of a new multi-client survey of up to 40,000 km2 of 3D data over the Beira High in the Zambezi Delta, covering blocks Z5-C and Z5-D and surrounding open acreage.

Deliverables will include fast-track PreSTM, Final PreSTM and PreSDM. The seismic data will be imaged with the latest 3D broadband deghosting and advanced demultiple, velocity modeling and imaging techniques, including Full-Waveform Inversion.

This survey will form part of a comprehensive, fully integrated JumpStart™ geoscience program that will deliver a better overall understanding of the prospectivity of the region. Marine gravity and magnetic data will be acquired simultaneously with the seismic to accelerate regional interpretation.

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “This agreement marks the beginning of a fruitful partnership with the INP to promote the potential of the Zambezi basin and other regions of Mozambique. Our advanced 3D seismic and integrated geoscience program will enable oil companies to confidently de-risk this exciting new exploration area and accelerate development of the country’s resources.”

Bibby Offshore Bolsters North Sea Presence with Multiple Contract Wins

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, continues to strengthen its North Sea presence through successful completion of two further contracts with oil and gas majors, Perenco and Endeavour Energy UK.

7BibbyOffshoreBarry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore

Perenco appointed Bibby Offshore to perform subsea integrity inspections and maintenance works on the Inde Joint pipeline, which runs to the Bacton Gas Terminal in the Southern North Sea. Completed in early July, the 15-day workscope saw Bibby Offshore install a total of 94 concrete mattresses over the pipeline to assist in preserving the remaining rock dump mounds.

The second workscope, completed in late July, saw Endeavour Energy UK contract Bibby Offshore to carry out subsea tree inspections in the Renee and Rubie fields located in blocks 15/27 and 15/28 of the Central North Sea.

Both contracts utilized the company’s inspection, repair and maintenance vessel Olympic Bibby and were the latest in a series awarded by these clients.

Commenting on the contract awards, Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore, said: “The successful completion of both workscopes further consolidates our exceptional ability to deliver projects in a short period of time and with a quick, successful turnaround.

“We place a huge emphasis upon client satisfaction and confidence, and once again, Bibby Offshore has demonstrated our clients’ continued belief in our ability to efficiently deliver a wide range of consecutive projects. We look forward to the continuation of both excellent working relationships.”

N-Sea Announces Inaugural Cameroonian Contract

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has begun work in the Cameroonian offshore market, via a contract win with Dutch offshore lifting and transportation company, Jumbo Offshore.

With phase one completed in mid-July, the project takes place off the shores of Cameroon’s South Province, as a part of the Hilli Episeyo Subsea Soft Yoke Installation. N-Sea’s workscope comprises diving and ROV support, performing all subsea installation of the soft yoke system.

The activity N-Sea will perform on the floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) mooring and loading facility includes seabed measuring, mattress placement, anchor base and pile positioning support and pile sleeve sediment removal. Final connection between the yoke and FLNG will be undertaken by N-Sea later in 2017.

6N Sea team working on Jumbo FairplayerN-Sea team on Jumbo Fairplayer

Commenting on the contract win, N-Sea Group Commercial Director, Gary Thirkettle said: “We are delighted to be supporting Jumbo Offshore with the expertise of N-Sea’s dive team, who will be utilising our ROVs on this FLNG project.

“Whilst N-Sea has been active in Nigeria since early 2016, this contract award represents not only our first partnership with Jumbo, but also our first project offshore in Cameroon. As such, the contract reflects our continued strategy to actively target potential clients throughout West Africa.”

Hilli Project Manager for Jumbo Offshore, Tim Klieverik says: “Good cooperation with the Jumbo Offshore and N-Sea teams helped to bring the first phase of this significant project to a successful completion. The skilled N-Sea team will again assist us in bringing phase two of this project together at the end of the year and we look forward to working with them again.”

N-Sea is known for its innovative work as an independent offshore subsea contractor, specialising in IMR services for the oil and gas, renewable and telecom/utility industries, as well as for civil contracting communities. N-Sea provides near shore, offshore and survey services to major operators and service companies alike.

Jumbo Offshore is a leading and reputable heavy lift, transport and installation contractor for the offshore industry. Jumbo’s offshore scope includes the installation of subsea structures and moorings, jackets, topsides and wind turbine foundations.

OSM Officially On Board Statoil’s Peregrino

Efforts in Brazil are reinforced for OSM with more than 90 specialized offshore positions officially on board the Peregrino.

“OSM Brazil have successfully mobilized our crew on board the FPSO Peregrino,” says Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management.

OSM Maritime Group (OSM) began its journey with Statoil’s Floating Production Storage Unit (FPSO) Peregrino back in early 2016. However, increased efforts and investments in Brazil have been ongoing since 2013 – with multiple office locations, and an EBN Certification that marks the company as a registered Brazilian Shipping Company, OSM have positioned themselves strategically for growth and support within the area.

7OSM bluec 44021808551From right to left – OSM crew members Giliard Damasceno Miranda (Deck Operator), Wilton Pereira Gomes (Deck Operator) and Alex Fabiano de Figueiredo Oliveira paying attention to the instructions that Bruno Araujo (back) is going through

“Creating new opportunities for professionals in the area has been a natural result of this project – we have secured more than 90 specialized offshore positions on board the Peregrino” says Walker Lima, OSM Brazil General Manager.

With all hands on deck, Olofsen stresses the importance of communication between teams to ensure a favorable result:

“Key to the success of this project is our commitment to continuous improvement. We will maintain close communication between both our on- and offshore teams in the hopes of predicting change and creating solutions to challenges before they arise.”

About OSM:

OSM is a leading third party management provider in the maritime industry with 11,000 employees delivering services to more than 500 vessels. The company has offices in 30 countries and is the largest provider of third party management services to the offshore supply industry.

CGG Starts Espirito Santo IV Survey Offshore Brazil

CGG announces the start of work on Espirito Santo IV, a large BroadSeis™ 3D multi-client survey in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil.

12CGG EspiritoSanto IV BroadSeis mapMap showing location of CGG’s Espirito Santo IV multi-client survey offshore Brazil.

The Oceanic Champion is acquiring the survey which is expected to take seven months. This industry-supported survey will cover 10,300 sq km and be processed at CGG’s Rio de Janeiro Subsurface Imaging center. The high-end broadband sequence will include the latest 3D deghosting, Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI) velocity modeling and Tilted Transverse Isotropy (TTI) imaging. Fast-Track PSDM products will be delivered six months after completion of the acquisition.

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “This new survey will expand our high-quality coverage across the Espirito Santo Basin, enhancing industry understanding of exploration potential in this promising region with an upcoming lease round. It reflects CGG’s commitment to invest in the innovative products required to support the successful development of Brazil’s oil and gas resources.”

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) Regional Forum: Preparedness for a Major Subsea Incident in Brazil

On Wednesday, August 16, OSRL's CEO Robert Limb lead a multifaceted OSRL team to Brazil to present a forum on Preparedness for a Major Subsea Incident. The forum was held at the Brazilian Petroleum & Gas Institute (IBP) in Rio de Janeiro, with a follow-on visit on Thursday, August 17, to the SWIS base at Angra dos Reis.

The forum brought together approximately 70 operators, government regulators, and stakeholders and almost 30 visitors to the SWIS base. Three constant themes, introduced by OSRL's Americas Regional Director, Kurt Kriter, provided the context for the entire forum:

  • Tiered Preparedness & Response
  • Planning & Logistics
  • Working Together

Matt Clements, Chris Moore, and Matt Simmons, provided information on OSRL’s global capping, containment and subsea injection (SSDI) capabilities, B727 Tersus aerial dispersant spray systems, and surface response capabilities. Brazil Country Manager, Aldo Pace, examined OSRL capabilities in Brazil and the Brazilian response environment, and logistics and regulatory coordination issues, including information about the new Water Column Monitoring Package soon to enter the OSRL inventory.

The forum also included a presentation on Petrobras’s Centers for Defense Environmental (CDA), and closed with a panel discussion with BP, the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), National Environmental Agency (IBAMA), and OSRL. Paul Schuler, OSRL's Director of Regional External Affairs moderated the forum and Mitch Quinn, OSRL's Senior Response Specialist, provided subsea engineering expertise.

13OSRL base visit pictureSRL's Angra base was opened to a small entourage of OSRL Members, potential members and representatives of ANP and IBAMA. Photo credit: OSRL

On Thursday, August 17, OSRL's Angra base was opened to a small entourage of OSRL Members, potential members and representatives of ANP and IBAMA, for a guided tour of the Capping and Containment equipment. Brazil is one of the most active offshore (and deep water) plays in the world.

The forum provided a good opportunity to build relationships with Members, exchange information vital to effective preparedness and response, and facilitated exchanges with regulatory authorities on key topical issues.

SPE Offshore Europe Set to Welcome UK Government Minister and New Technology Pioneers

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 has secured Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Jones MP as a speaker at the opening plenary and has also confirmed a strong line up for its all new Tech Trek.

15OE17 Andrew JonesExchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Jones, MP.

As Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Mr. Jones oversees UK growth and productivity, with interests in industrial strategy and North Sea oil and gas.

He will attend the conference and exhibition’s gala dinner and deliver a 10 minute address during the plenary, which also features industry heavyweights BP CEO Bob Dudley, Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden, Wood Group’s CEO Robin Watson and Petrobras’ chief E&P officer Solange Guedes.

Also featuring at OE17 is Tech Trek, where more than 30 pioneering new technologies will form part of an innovation trail. The idea is to highlight new technologies and make them easily identifiable to visitors via the OE app and website, the show catalogue and onsite through floor stickers.

All exhibitors were invited to be part of Tech Trek through a free submission process. The line-up includes a deep-water survey camera system by 2G Robotics, a warehouse logistics module developed by Kardex Systems, an ROV lifting device to reduce shedding and snagging by Ralston Instruments and a cable retrieval tool by Allspeeds, developed in consultation with international certification body DNV GL.

Gareth Rapley, SPE Offshore Europe exhibition director, said: “We welcome Andrew Jones MP and anticipate that he’ll benefit from meeting key industry players and hearing first-hand about the opportunities and challenges being experienced at this pivotal time.

“New technologies are a big part of our central theme Embracing New Realities: Reinventing our Industry and we’re excited by the products we’ve gained a sneak preview of during the Tech Trek selection process.

“Feedback from previous shows found visitors wanted an easier way to find new technologies and we see Tech Trek as the answer. With detailed information, maps and an app we have a ready-to-go route amongst our expected 1,000 exhibitors.”

The wider Technology Zone at OE17 by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) will present a series of technologies used in alternative sectors to encourage the oil and gas industry to think differently about the adoption of new products.

The OGTC believes technologies such as robots, composite materials, additive manufacturing and augmented reality are all currently underutilized in offshore oil and gas, despite being part of a general industrial transformation in other industries.

SPE Offshore Europe 2017 which will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland from 5-8 September 2017.

It will offer more than 65 technical papers and 11 keynote panel sessions combined with business breakfasts and topical lunches. Also new in 2017, a Decommissioning Zone will feature a themed exhibition and conference space. Free-to-attend, the zone will include decommissioning technology and service providers in the exhibition as well as a conference program organized in association with key industry associations including Decom North Sea, ITF, SUT and IMechE.

Visit Offshore Europe for further information.

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam Successfully Completed the Refit of Petrojarl 1

On the 18th of August 2017, Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) has delivered the FPSO Petrojarl 1 to Teekay Offshore following a complete redeployment project taking place over the past 2 ½ years.

The Petrojarl 1 has been operated by Teekay for 28 years in the North Sea and is now destined for the Atlanta Field in Brazil. After extensive engineering (over 450,000 engineering hours), more than 50% of the process equipment was removed and replaced by new and additional equipment, required to treat heavy oil at the new location in accordance with the most stringent specifications and Brazilian compliance requirements. The available deck space presented major challenges during engineering and execution of the work on board, which was done by Damen and its subcontractors. All workers returned home safely every day.

5FPSO Petrojarl 1 after refit ready for deliveryFPSO Petrojarl 1 after refit ready for delivery. Photo credit: DAMEN

“The Petrojarl 1 project fits within the strategy of Damen to expand further into the repair and conversion of complex offshore vessels and operating units. The recent acquisition of the Damen Verolme Rotterdam yard (DVR), located in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam and holding an extensive track record of successfully refurbished offshore vessels, further complements us in this ambition.” says Mark Witjens, Director with Damen Shiprepair & Conversion responsible for the project.

Damen believes that, with DSR and DVR, it offers clients two yards in the Rotterdam area with excellent facilities and management capabilities to perform any conversion or refit, however complicated, at the highest standards of safety and quality.

Scope of work

The self-propelled FPSO spent 14 months in Dock no. 8 (300x50m) undergoing refurbishment of its marine systems, underwater hull, seawater system, crane booms, heating coils in the cargo tanks and specialised steelworks in the upper and lower turret areas, which needed to be completely revised and adapted to suit the 1500 metre deep mooring location. Simultaneously, new designed high quality, prefabricated equipment skids containing heating, cooling, separation, compression, boilers, centrifuges as well as a new E-house with electrical equipment were placed on board. Interconnecting piping and cabling was subsequently installed to complete the topsides and connect it to the remaining facilities.

The successful completion of the Petrojarl 1 project confirms Damen’s capability to perform the most complicated refurbishments of offshore production units, involving design, procurement and installation of all systems and equipment required for safe and reliable operations at sea.