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Heerema-AF consortium plan to use hybrid removal technique for North Sea Murchison platform

Heerema Marine Contractors has issued more details of its plans to remove CNR International’s Murchison oil field platform in the UK northern North Sea.

Dragon prepares for 3D seismic campaign offshore Egypt

Dragon Oil has invited bids from contractors to acquire 3D seismic over a 100-sq km (38.6-sq mi) area in block 19 East Zeit Bay in the Gulf of Suez offshore Egypt.

Development of a subsea recommended safety practice

API RP 14C has long been the standard for "Analysis, Design, Installation, and Testing of Basic Surface Safety Systems for Offshore Production Platforms."

Subsea power grid accelerating transfer of topsides functions to seafloor

Siemens is close to completing an initial test program on the four main components of a proposed subsea power distribution hub. The Subsea Power Grid will be connected on the seafloor to an array of new equipment emerging for subsea production, processing, and boosting. This should facilitate expansion of field development into deeper water, longer step-outs, and more demanding production environments.

Industry shows renewed interest in float-over installation-full

Float-over installation has become an attractive alternative to heavy-lift crane installation for offshore construction, as increasing size and weight of offshore platform topsides continually exceed the lifting capacity of cranes. Dockwise Ltd. analyzed topsides installation trends from 2005 to 2012, and found that the demand for cost-effective and more flexible alternatives to crane installations has been the driving force behind float-over installation using semisubmersible heavy transport vessels.

From the archives: CDI completing first deepwater decommissioning

Selected from the October 1999 issue of Offshore, this article describes Cal Dive Inc.'s journey to complete the Cooper field, the first deepwater subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ichthys project reaches peak construction activity

Australia's Ichthys project is now officially half way to completion. Three mega-projects in one, the Ichthys project will involve some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, significant onshore infrastructure, and an 889-km (552-mi) pipeline connecting the two. When complete, the pipeline will become the fifth-longest subsea pipeline in the world.

KD consortium wins offshore Mozambique FLNG FEED

Eni East Africa has contracted the KD consortium of KBR and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for front-end engineering and design (FEED) for an FLNG facility.

Heerema to build North Sea Culzean wellhead platform

Maersk Oil North Sea UK has awarded Heerema an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the wellhead platform for the Culzean ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature gas field in the central UK North Sea.

Prelude turret sets new standards for size, capability

Shell's Prelude FLNG project offshore northwestern Australia continues to push the technology boundaries with a number of "firsts." The mooring turret system for the vessel is no exception. At almost 100 m (328 ft) in height, it is the largest in the world. This part of the system weighs 4,300 metric tons (4,740 tons) alone. The turret construction contract is held by Drydocks World and consists of five parts, all to ship from Dubai to Geoje, South Korea.

Offshore Oil Field Development: Asia

Petronas reaches new milestone with PFLNG1 project

Petronas has reached another milestone with its Petronas FLNG-1 (PFLNG1) project after successfully lifting the first topside module onto the hull at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.

DeepOcean MSV Volantis completes projects offshore China

DeepOcean UK, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has completed Liwan 3-1 project work offshore China.

Joint venture spuds Manora oil development well offshore Thailand

A joint venture led by Mubadala Petroleum has spudded the first of 15 planned development wells in the Manora oil development in the northern Gulf of Thailand.

Salamander plans further Bualuang facilities expansion offshore Thailand

Salamander Energy says the converted Suksan Salamander FSO has entered service on the Bualuang field in the B8/38 concession in the Gulf of Thailand.

TGT satellite platform in place offshore Vietnam

SOCO International and its partners in the TGT field offshore southern Vietnam are targeting first oil in September or October 2015 for the nearby H5 accumulation. 

Shell selects riserless mud recovery for Malikai wells

Shell has contracted IKM Energy Services to provide a riserless top-hole mud circulation system for the Malikai project offshore Sabah.

Kongsberg to supply systems for BW Offshore FPSO

Kongsberg Maritime Engineering will deliver an integrated control and safety system for the new BW Offshore Catcher FPSO.

CNOOC begins Wenchang 13-6 oil production

CNOOC Ltd. reports that its Wenchang 13-6 oil field has begun production. CNOOC holds 100% of the field and acts as operator.

Bumi Armada to supply Madura BD floater

Husky-CNOOC Madura has issued a letter of intent to Bumi Armada Offshore Holdings Ltd. for a leased FPSO.

Large Shell Prelude turret piece sets sail for Samsung

The largest single piece of the mooring turret for Shell’s Prelude FLNG project offshore Australia is on its way from Dubai to the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.

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