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Technip adapts production process to new-generation umbilicals

As deepwater projects become increasingly larger in scope and with longer-distance step-outs, the onus is on subsea equipment manufacturers to speed up production to deliver their higher-volume orders on schedule. Technip Umbilicals, formerly known as DUCO, Ltd., has responded by upgrading the steel tube manufacturing process at its complex in Newcastle in northeast England. The centerpiece is a new multi-level, 58-m (190-ft) high vertical helix assembly machine housed within a purpose-built building claimed to be one of Europe's tallest.

New casing retrieval tool lowers cost of deepwater P&A operations

During the next eight years, both the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico are expected to see significant numbers of P&A projects. Integrated approaches with contingencies to handle the unknowns associated with these operations will be critical to the safety, efficiency, and economics of these projects. A new casing retrieval technology has been developed to specifically address deepwater P&A needs. The Harpoon cut-and-pull spear is designed to increase the likelihood of retrieving the casing in each run by performing multiple recovery attempts in a single trip.

Frontier seismic survey reaches Newgrange offshore Ireland

Providence Resources says 2D seismic survey operations have started over the Newgrange prospect area, 260 km (161 mi) offshore southwest Ireland.

Closed loop underreaming improves deepwater drilling

Drilling a gauge hole is a basic requirement of wellbore construction, but it is not easy to deliver. To ensure a gauge hole and improve well construction, a novel wellbore diameter and underreaming control system has been developed. The closed loop underreaming system's comparative measurements provide new insight into downhole conditions by measuring wellbore diameter and tracking the downhole status of the underreamer (reamer).

Deepwater GoM exploration well comes up dry

The Noble Energy and BP Exploration & Production Bright exploration well in deepwater Gulf of Mexico found no hydrocarbons.

2H to engineer Kaombo risers

Heerema Marine Contractors has named 2H Offshore to engineering the hybrid risers for Total’s Kaombo block 32 project offshore Angola.

Woodside to explore with Noble offshore Gabon

Woodside has acquired a 40% interest in an exploration, exploitation, and production-sharing contract (EEPSC) for block F15 in the Gabon coastal basin. Noble Energy operates with a 60% interest.

Frontier 2D seismic survey heads to Newgrange area offshore Ireland

Providence Resources has updated its activities in frontier exploration license (FEL) 6/14 in the Goban Spur basin, 260 km (161 mi) offshore southwest Ireland.

Cobalt targets year-end sanction for Cameia offshore Angola

Cobalt International Energy is preparing to relocate the Petroserv SSV Catarina rig to drill the Loengo #1 presalt exploration well on block 9 offshore Angola.

Libra campaign kicks off in presalt offshore Brazil

Petrobras says the NS-36 rig (Schain Cerrado) has spudded the first exploration well in the Libra area in the presalt Santos basin. 

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