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Consent for use of West Elara at Eldfisk

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway have given ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS consent to use the West Elara mobile drilling facility for production drilling on the Eldfisk field.The consent comprises the drilling of production and injection wells for the Eldfisk 2/7 S facility.The drilling activities are scheduled to begin in Q1 2019.West Elara…


Wellesley Receives Consent for Exploration Drilling in the North Sea

Wellesley is the operator for production licence 871 in the North Sea. Petroleum Safety Authority Norway have now given the company consent to drill exploration well 25/1-13.The area where the well is to be drilled is in the central North Sea, 42 kilometres north of the facilities on the Jotun…


New name for Østensjø Rederi's “Sun Enabler”

Østensjø Rederi has decided to rename Sun Enabler before the commencement of the new Fugro-contract in March. Her new name will be “Edda Sun”, in line with the rest of the Edda-fleet and Østensjø Rederi’s proud tradition.The first “Edda Sun” was an anchor handler delivered in 1975, owned by Helmer…


Sentinel Marine Creates 80 New Jobs with Order for Three New Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels

Offshore support vessel specialist Sentinel Marine will create 80 new jobs by adding three multi-role ships to its fast-growing fleet. The Aberdeen-based firm is investing in the region of £36 million in the trio of new builds, which will come into service by the end of 2020.The ships - Cromarty…


Odfjell Drilling takes Delivery of Deepsea Nordkapp from Shipyard

Odfjell Drilling has taken delivery of Deepsea Nordkapp from Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea.Deepsea Nordkapp is the latest addition to Odfjell Drilling’s fleet of harsh environment drilling units. The semi-submersible is an enhanced Moss Maritime CS-60 design, winterized and purposely built for harsh environment areas. The unit will meet Odfjell…


TechnipFMC and MMHE Sign a Long-Term Offshore Agreement with Saudi Aramco

TechnipFMC, in consortium with MMHE (Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd), has signed a Long-Term Offshore Agreement with Saudi Aramco.This agreement, valid for 6 years, covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities for the development of Saudi Aramco’s offshore projects.This agreement builds on the long-term relationship…


Independent Oil and Gas plc: SNS Core Project Upgrade

Independent Oil and Gas plc, a development and production company focused on becoming a substantial UK gas producer, provided an upgrade on its core development project in the UK Southern North Sea (“SNS”).Highlights - The Company’s two-phase Core Project has been expanded to include the 108 BCF of 2C Contingent…


ExxonMobil Begins Drilling Haimara-1 Exploration Well Offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil said that it has begun drilling the Haimara-1 exploration well offshore Guyana, the first of two planned wells in January. The Stena Carron drillship is drilling the well, which is located 19 miles (31 kilometers) east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeast Stabroek Block.The Noble Tom Madden drillship…


BW Offshore: Contract Extension for FPSO Polvo

BW Offshore has signed an agreement with PetroRio for a one-year extension for the lease and operation of FPSO Polvo. The firm period has been extended to Q3 2020 (from Q3 2019), with options until Q3 2022.


Ready for Oda Start-up

The authorities have approved the application for start-up of the Oda field in the North Sea. Operator Spirit Energy expects start-up in February/March. Total investments for the development are estimated at NOK 5.5 billion.Estimated reserves in the Oda field are 5.2 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (32.7 million…


Ophir Energy plc: Block R Licence, Equatorial Guinea

Ophir announced that it has received notification from the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons that the Block R Licence, which contains the Fortuna gas discovery, will not be extended following expiry of the licence on 31 December 2018.As a consequence, there will be an additional non-cash impairment of…


Nigeria: Total Starts Up Production of the Giant Egina Field

Total has started up production on December 29, 2018 from the Egina field, located in around 1,600 meters of water depths, 150 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria. At plateau, the Egina field will produce 200,000 barrels of oil per day, which represents about 10% of Nigeria’s production. The Floating…


Successful Appraisal Well in the Goliat Licence in the Barents Sea

The resource estimates on Goliat continues to increase. Vår Energi AS has together with license partner Equinor completed an appraisal in PL 229 in the Barents Sea through the successful drilling of the 7122/7-7 S Goliat West appraisal well.The appraisal well 7122/7-7 S is located about 2 km south of…


Aibel Secures Johan Sverdrup Bridge Option

Equinor has awarded Aibel the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract for the final bridge on the Johan Sverdrup field.The 100-meter bridge (YB005) will connect the P2 Process Platform with the Riser Platform (RP) at the field and weighs around 1,350 metric tons. The contract was included as an option…


Hess Provides Update on Drilling and Development Activities Offshore Guyana

Hess Corporation said that drilling has begun on the Haimara-1 exploration well offshore Guyana, the first of two planned exploration wells in January. The Stena Carron drillship is drilling the Haimara-1 well, located 19 miles (31 kilometers) east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeastern part of the Stabroek Block.The…


Lamprell plc: New Contract Award

Lamprell announced that it has been selected by GeoSea Procurement & Shipping Luxembourg SA, a wholly owned subsidiairy of GeoSea NV ("GeoSea"), the lead engineering, procurement, construction and installation contractor on the Moray East offshore wind farm, to fabricate jacket foundations for the project. Lamprell will fabricate 45 out of…


Letter of Intent for the Award of New E&C Offshore Work Order for the Ramp Up to Plateau Phase of the Zohr Field Development Project, Worth More than 1.2 billion USD

Saipem and Petrobel have negotiated an offshore contract addendum worth more than 1.2 billion USD for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) activities in relation to the “Ramp Up to Plateau” phase of the “supergiant” Zohr Field Development Project situated in the Mediterranean Sea off the Egyptian coast.Petrobel is a…


Saipem: New Onshore and Offshore Drilling Contracts Worth Approximately 255 million USD in Total

Saipem has been awarded new onshore and offshore drilling contracts worth approximately 255 million USD in total.In onshore drilling the new contracts have been obtained in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru.In offshore drilling, a contract has been signed with Eni Messico for the drilling, offshore Mexico, of 15 wells, plus 13…


Seismic Vessels 'Oceanic Sirius' and 'Oceanic Vega' Complete Tandem Drydocking at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam

Sister-ships Oceanic Sirius and Oceanic Vega have completed a round-the-clock, 10-day maintenance programme at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm). For eight of those days the two 106-metre vessels were in the yard’s 250-metre drydock no.4 in a tandem arrangement, to maximise the efficient use of resources. The twin SX120 type seismic…


Project Update: Final Environmental Impact Report Submitted to MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Vineyard Wind announced that it has submitted a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), taking a final step in the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review process for the proposed 800 megawatt (MW) offshore wind generation and transmission project.Vineyard Wind’s…