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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: US & Gulf of Mexico

Noble Energy contracts EMAS AMC for three GoM subsea tiebacks

EMAS AMC, the subsea division of EMAS, has finalized three contracts with Noble Energy worth a combined total of more than $300 million.

Online exclusive: Mexico’s 2015 Round 1 auction bid is approaching

Mexico is slated to host its first public auction bid, Round 1 in 1Q 2015, and expects to see international and private oil firms vie for rights to 109 blocks.

Cook Inlet platform evacuated

The US Coast Guard has safely evacuated all four crew on the Baker platform in Cook Inlet following report of a fire on the gas drilling facility.

Saipem awarded new offshore E&C contracts in GoM

Saipem has won new offshore Gulf of Mexico engineering and construction contracts in the total amount of $750 million.

LLOG begins GoM Delta House hub installation

LLOG Exploration has begun installing its Delta House floating production hub in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, this part of the $2 billion project is expected to start producing oil and gas in early 2015.

MWCC conducts first system integration test on Eagle Texas

As deepwater basin exploration and development activity increases, so does the need for more capable and reliable equipment and innovative technology – two subjects of technical sessions at the recent 2014 SPE Deepwater Drilling and Completions Conference in Galveston, Texas.

SBM Offshore announces Thunder Hawk tiebacks

SBM Offshore has signed a production handling agreement with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the Thunder Hawk DeepDraft semi located in 6,060 ft (1,847 m) of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

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.

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