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Semco Maritime to Upgrade Odfjell Rig

Image: Semco Maritime A/S

Odfjell Drilling and Semco Maritime signed a contract for preparation and modification of Deepsea Stavanger rig prior to its start of a nine-month drilling campaign for Total in the harsh waters outside South Africa.The semi-submersible rig will complete a high docking (with thrusters on) in Semco Maritime’s rig yard at Hanøytangen,

U.S. Needs to Revive Shallow-Water GoM E&P

Image: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

The US should define the Gulf of Mexico Shallow Water Province as a distinct entity to avoid stranding more than $20 billion of its oil and gas resource, said a new research.According to a research from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) the GOM Shallow Water Province,

GoM Oil Output Set for Record Year

Graph: Rystad Energy

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico is positioned for another year of record oil production in 2020, despite massive cuts in investment.According to Rystad Energy, most of this growth coming from deep water projects.“2020 is expected to be another record year with average production above 1.9 million barrels per day,

Bourbon to Support Total in Namibia

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Bourbon Marine & Logistics announced on Monday that it has been awarded an integrated logistics contract from Total to support the supermajor's deep offshore exploration campaign in South Namibia in 2020. The project scope covers provision of logistics base, freight forwarding, custom clearance, material storage & warehousing,

Japanese Firms in Brazilian FPSO Gig

Image: MODEC

Japanese companies have decided to proceed with the deepwater floating production, storage, and offloading system (FPSO) charter project for the Petrobras-operated Búzios pre-salt oil field located offshore Brazil.MODEC, Mitsui & Co., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Marubeni Corporation have agreed that Mitsui,

Sembcorp to Build Whale FPU

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Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte. Ltd. has won a contract from Shell Offshore Inc. to build and integrate the topside and hull of a Floating Production Unit (FPU) for the Whale field in the Gulf of Mexico.The agreement precedes a final investment decision (FID) for the full Whale project, expected to be made next year by Shell.

China, ISA to Establish Deep Ocean Center

Photo: International Seabed Authority

The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Mr. Michael W. Lodge signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the first ever joint training and research center with Mr. Wang Hong, Administrator of State Oceanic Administration of China.Under the MoU, ISA and China will

China Hosts Deep-Sea Exploration Contractors Meet

Photo: International Seabed Authority

The third annual meeting between the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Secretariat and the contractors with deep-sea exploration contracts in the international deep-seabed (the Area) concluded in Changsa, China on Sunday.Delegates gathered at the three-day meeting hosted by China Minmetals from October 11-13 to discuss areas of common interest,

BP Awards Caspian ACG Contracts

Image: Energetika Nazirliyi

The upstream consortium, led by UK enerrgy giant major BP, announced that the Azeri-Central-East (ACE) project is moving forward at pace with the awards of key contracts.BP as operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field development, revealed that the contracts, covering engineering, fabrication and construction,

Weatherford Signs Liner-Hanger Frame Deal with Equinor

Image: Weatherford International

The multinational oil and natural gas service company Weatherford International announced it has signed an $80 million liner-hanger frame agreement with Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor.The four-year deal represents the largest liner-hanger frame agreement ever signed by Weatherford, said the Irish-domiciled company.

Boskalis Wins Woodside Scarborough Contract

Photo courtesy: Woodside

Dutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. has been awarded the contract for the seabed intervention and shore crossing activities for Woodside’s proposed Scarborough export gas pipeline in northwest Australia.The contract awarded by Woodside Energy Ltd. (Woodside), in its capacity as operator of the Scarborough Joint Venture,

US Gulf Production Restarting After Barry

(Photo: BP)

U.S. oil companies on Monday began restoring some of the more than nearly 74% production shut at U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead of Hurricane Barry, the U.S. offshore drilling regulator said.There was 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil production off line in the U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday,

Chinese J-Lay Design Gets LR AiP

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Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute has been granted approval in principle (AiP) by Lloyd’s Register (LR) for a J-lay heavy lift vessel concept design.The vessel’s primary function will be deep-water pipe-laying, subsea installation and heavy lifting in deep sea, said a

Aegir Installs Cutterladder in Spartacus

Image: Heerema

Aegir, a deep water construction vessel owned by Heerema Marine Contractors, has successfully installed the 2,500-tonne cutterladder into the world’s most powerful Cutter Suction Dredger ‘Spartacus’.The 164-meter long Spartacus will be the world’s first LNG-powered Cutter Suction Dredger built by Royal IHC for DEME,

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