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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.

UKCS regulatory and fiscal regimes prepare for changes, Scottish referendum

The UK continental shelf (UKCS) is receiving a significant level of focus from a legal standpoint, and the regulatory regime for offshore oil and gas in the UK is expected to change significantly for two main reasons.

Offshore Oil Field Development: US & Gulf of Mexico

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.

ASRC, North Slope Village, Shell announce offshore Alaska venture

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and six North Slope village corporations have joined to create a company known as the Arctic Inupiat Offshore LLC.

Hess updates offshore operations

Hess Corp. recently reported operational highlights for 2Q 2014.

McDermott awarded offshore Megalodon platform installation in Gulf of Mexico

A McDermott International Inc. subsidiary will provide transportation and installation services to Walter Oil & Gas Corp. for the Megalodon platform destined for South Timbalier block 311 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Black Elk Energy enters into PSA with Renaissance Offshore

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Renaissance Offshore LLC. Under the agreement, Renaissance will acquire interests in nine fields in the Gulf of Mexico.

PEMEX awards multi-year seismic data processing contract to ION

ION Geophysical Corp. reports that its GX Technology (GXT) group has won a multi-year contract with PEMEX. GXT is providing a range of seismic data processing for multiple offshore and onshore surveys over the next three years.

Field development projects driving Gulf activity

The Gulf of Mexico remains one of the leading offshore oil and gas provinces, and upstream activity is being driven this year by a number of new discoveries, several feld development projects, and enhanced production from new and existing felds.

Bardex supplies chain jacks for Jack St. Malo FPU in deepwater GoM

Bardex has been working on the Chevron USA Inc.-operated Jack St. Malo semisubmersible floating production unit (FPU), now moored on location in the deepwater Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Noble Energy contracts subsea installation work for Gunflint

Noble Energy has signed a letter of agreement with EMAS AMC for offshore installation of pipelines, umbilicals, and ancillary equipment for the Gunflint development in the Gulf of Mexico.

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