Offshore Oil & Gas Pipeline & Transportation News

North Sea Huntington back online

Noreco says the partner in the Huntington field in the UK central North Sea has been granted temporary approval to resume production at a restricted rate and the field is back onstream.

Nexans dispatches first Shah Deniz Stage 2 DEH cables

Nexans has delivered its first subsea direct electrical heating (DEH) system consignment to BP for use in the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.

PSA approves Oseberg life extension offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has sanctioned continued operations at the Oseberg Vestflanke in the North Sea.

In-line inspections guide offshore field management decisions

Assessing the working condition of aging offshore pipelines is a challenging process made more complicated by their location on the seafloor and limited access points. An operator off the coast of West Africa faced such challenges in its plans to inspect 160 shallow-water offshore pipelines that had been in service for decades.

Bowtech supplies Isotek with miniature cameras for subsea use

Bowtech Products Ltd. is supplying miniature underwater cameras with integral LEDs to Isotek Oil and Gas Ltd. for use on a diverless subsea pipeline repair system.

PRCI develops comprehensive approach to subsea pipeline integrity management

Pipeline integrity has always been a critical issue.

Saipem continues construction on South Stream pipeline

Commenting on statements made by Russian authorities and Gazprom’s chairman in the media with regard to a contract for the construction of the South Stream pipeline, Saipem states that it has not received any formal notice of termination of the contract from its client, South Stream Transport BV. Therefore, operational activities continue to progress.

Russia, Turkey agree on Black Sea gas pipeline

Officials from Gazprom and Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding to construct an offshore gas pipeline across the Black Sea toward Turkey.

PSA authorizes North Sea Knarr gas pipeline operations

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has cleared Norwegian trunklines operator Gassco to use a new pipeline for exporting gas from the Knarr field.

Technip to supply flexible pipe for Iracema North offshore Brazil

The Tupi BV consortium of Petrobras Netherland, BG, and Galphabe has contracted Technip to supply flexible pipe for the presalt Iracema North field in the Santos basin offshore Brazil.

FEED completed for South Stream pipeline offshore construction

All preparations have been completed for the construction of the first two strings of the South Stream gas pipeline in the Black Sea, according to Gazprom.

Technip modernizes its flexible pipe plant

Technip has invested €68 million ($84.4 million) over four years to modernize its flexible pipe manufacturing plant, Flexi France, in Le Trait, France.

Simulation helps assess fatigue life of subsea jumpers

Flow-induced vibration and its effect on the fatigue life of a generic jumper was assessed using a two-way coupled FSI simulation with STAR-CCM+ and Abaqus FEA. Simulations with the multi-phase VOF model in STAR-CCM+ were robust with minimal numerical problems. The dominant frequencies from the slug formation for the jumper geometry used were lower than the natural frequencies of the structure.

Shell commissions replacement oil pipeline offshore Gabon

Shell Gabon has awarded Van Oord an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to replace a dual 10-km (6.2-mi) long oil export pipeline. 

ABS to develop design criteria for subsea pipelines

Hyundai Heavy Industries has awarded ABS a contract to develop subsea pipeline design and training guidelines for front-end engineering and design (FEED).

Pipeline issues stall production from Huntington in North Sea

Production from the Huntington field in the UK central North Sea has had to be shut in temporarily, according to partner Noreco.

North Sea Alvheim partners set to sanction more tiebacks

Lundin Petroleum has issued a progress report on its various development projects in the Norwegian North Sea.

UAE/India group to revamp Mumbai High North

ONGC has awarded a consortium of Valentine Maritime and Indian contractor Supreme Offshore Construction & Technical Services a $215-million contract for the MHNRD Phase III pipeline project for the Mumbai High North field in the Arabian Sea. 

Forties oil pipeline secured ahead of subsea engineering work

STATS Group has completed an isolation program for Apache on the Forties pipeline system (FPS) in the UK central North Sea.

Unique Wellube to supply ADMA-OPCO with seal plugs

Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co. (ADMA-OPCO) has contracted Unique Wellube, a division of Unique Maritime Group, for the supply and engineering of mechanical seal plugs for a significant pipeline isolation project.

OFG completes CSEM hydrate survey offshore Japan

Ocean Floor Geophysics Ltd., in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd., has completed a high-resolution CSEM survey of near-surface gas hydrates in Japanese waters using the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Vulcan system for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

Gassco takes over Valemon gas pipeline operations

Norwegian offshore gas trunklines operator Gassco has assumed operatorship of the 177-km (110-mi) long, 22-in. Valemon rich gas pipeline.

FEED under way for UK offshore CO2 pipeline

Wood Group Kenny has received a six-month front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the subsea/pipeline element of the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire, eastern Scotland.

Reservoir conditions, flow regimes challenge measurement accuracy-full

Multi-phase meters play an increasingly important role -- from royalty and fiscal allocation to production control, prevention of water encroachment, and the generation of real-time well data to help diagnose and optimize well performance. Yet, as multi-phase meters continue to increase their market penetration, more challenges arise.

Australian research aims to reduce pipeline, drilling costs

Australia has invested heavily in the oil and gas industry but with increasing capex and ever-increasing demand, the country is focusing heavily on R&D to help mitigate costs while continuing to attract foreign investment to exploit its oil and gas reserves. Australian researchers have pinpointed three areas in which costs can be decreased through innovation and new technology.

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