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Membrane system to cleanse gas streams at Catcher FPSO in North Sea

BW Offshore has contracted Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC to supply equipment to remove contaminants from natural gas aboard the FPSO that will serve the Catcher project in the UK central North Sea.

BOEM to modernize financial assurance and risk management

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers modernizing its risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and gas operations on the outer continental shelf.

WorleyParsons to manage North West Shelf brownfield needs

Woodside Petroleum has awarded WorleyParsons an engineering, procurement, and construction management services (EPCM) contract for the North West Shelf project offshore Western Australia.

Gulf brownfield project addresses safety challenges and solutions

The Auger/Cardamom tie-in project presented numerous safety challenges, including weight and stability issues, tight tolerances, and large structural and equipment additions. Solutions to these challenges included use of laser scanning technology, pre-planning with hazard assessments and constructability reviews, weight mitigation efforts, and continual interface on safety issues with all project phase participants. Video conferencing tools were frequently used to link design with operations and construction. Project operator Shell worked with Jacobs Engineering to incorporate safety values and processes into every phase to produce solid project results.

Shell takes charge of oil-prospective UK blocks

Sterling Resources has transferred operatorship of two UK central North Sea licenses to Shell UK following a farm-in deal.

More South Pars phases near start-up in Persian Gulf

Phase 16 of the South Pars gas field development is undergoing a start-up safety review, according to Iranian news service Shana.

North Sea Valemon project extends Statoil's HP/HT portfolio

Statoil is on track to bring Valemon onstream later this year in the North Sea, the latest in a series of high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) gas field developments in the Norwegian sector. The project draws on the company's growing experience of HP/HT fields and makes good use of existing infrastructure.

Collaborative research assesses future needs of UK decommissioning sector

In UK waters alone, the projected spend on decommissioning over the next 25 years is $69.6 billion. Decom North Sea, Scottish Enterprise, and Accenture collaborated to produce what is the most detailed assessment of the current state of the sector. The research examines key aspects of decommissioning activity in the coming years and makes what is believed to be the first independent assessment of current industry capability.

Operators warm to uHP/HT clusters as way forward for UK central North Sea

UK offshore production is in decline and the government has introduced a series of tax allowances to encourage development of problematic or marginal fields. In March's annual Budget speech, Chancellor George Osborne announced proposals for a new allowance for ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature (uHP/HT) field clusters. Osborne's announcement followed one of the recommendations in Sir Ian Wood's review published earlier this year of the UK's long-term needs as a hydrocarbons-producing province.

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.

Offshore Oil Field Development: Canada

North Sea Golden Eagle project on schedule

Suncor Energy says the Nexen-operated Golden Eagle project in the UK central North Sea remains on track to achieve first oil in late 2014 or early 2015.

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. 

Apply wins North Sea, offshore Canada quarters work

Apply has won living quarters contracts for two offshore projects. 

Hebron preparations make progress

Kvaerner says work is progressing on the gravity-based structure (GBS) for ExxonMobil’s Hebron project offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fixed platforms face development challenges in ice-infested waters

The Arctic is increasingly important in securing energy supplies for the future, notwithstanding the economic, environmental, and social challenge. Finding and extracting oil and gas in the Arctic and Subarctic regions is itself challenging due to extreme temperatures, ice conditions, remoteness and a sensitive natural environment.

Arctic E&P operations continue to advance

Despite the technological and environmental challenges, operators continue to propel exploration, development, and production operations across this frontier region.

KCA wins first contract for offshore Hebron project

The Platform Services division of KCA Deutag has entered the offshore Canada drilling sector following the award of a multi-million-dollar contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties.

Subsea 7 awarded ExxonMobil subsea contract offshore Canada

ExxonMobil Canada Properties has awarded Subsea 7 SA a $75 million three-year subsea construction services contract supporting the Hebron heavy oil field development in the Jeanne d'Arc basin, located 350 km (218 mi) southeast of St. John's, Canada.

Liwan nears start-up offshore China

Husky Energy says the CNOOC-operated Liwan gas project in the South China Sea is nearing production, with commissioning of the shallow water platform and gas plant under way.

Next-phase Hibernia subsea facilities in place

Detailed engineering and construction continues on the gravity-based structure and topsides for the Hebron platform offshore Newfoundland & Labrador, according to partner Suncor Energy.

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