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Second deepwater Liwan pipelay under way offshore China

Construction vessels have started work offshore China installing a second deepwater production pipeline from the main Liwan 3-1 field to the Liwan shallow-water central platform. 

FMC, operators to develop next-gen subsea equipment

FMC Technologies Inc. (NYSE: FTI) has signed an agreement that establishes a joint industry program (JIP) with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., BP, ConocoPhillips, and Shell to develop a new generation of standardized subsea production equipment and system,

Sembawang Shipyard to convert Kaombo deepwater floaters

Saipem France has contracted Sembawang Shipyard to convert two VLCCs to turret-moored FPSOs for the Total-operated Kaombo project, 150 km (93 mi) offshore Angola.

Offshore rig building boom continues

Despite growing concerns about a possible offshore drilling rig oversupply scenario, owners continue to place shipyard orders to build more jackups, semisubmersibles, drillships, and tender-assisted rigs. Since last year's update, 103 additional rigs have been ordered. By far, the most new orders have been for jackups, which accounted for 77 of the total. Drillships were next with 18 new orders, followed by six semis and two tender-assisted rigs.

Deepwater drilling rig fleet faces short-term slowdown, long-term growth

This year's Worldwide Survey of Deepwater Drilling Rigs shows a deepwater rig feet on a continued pace of impressive growth. Since Offshore published the last survey in 2012, the number of deepwater rigs capable of drilling in 4,000 ft of water or more and to reservoir depths of 25,000 ft or greater has grown to 197. This represents a 22% increase from the 161 rigs counted in the 2012 survey. It also represents a 67% jump from four years ago, when the deepwater drilling industry was still in the early days of the US drilling moratorium.

Sandvik and Tenaris sign new five-year alliance

Sandvik and Tenaris have signed a new five-year strategic alliance agreement on the exclusive joint supply of corrosion-resistant alloy OCTG materials and technology – building on an alliance of more than a decade.

Shell outlines Mars B development strategy

Shell recently detailed its deepwater development strategy, with a particular emphasis upon its Mars B project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell further defines Norphlet’s pay in the GoM

Shell has made a third major discovery through the Rydberg discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico.

Report identifies more gas in Leviathan offshore Israel

A report from consultants Netherland, Sewell & Associates has upped estimates of gas in place at the deepwater Leviathan field offshore Israel.


AMEC to work on design for Sea Lion platform offshore the Falklands

Premier Oil has awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to AMEC for the TLP for the Sea Lion oilfield development in the offshore North Falkland basin.

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