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Petrobras offshore presalt production breaks new record

Petrobras reports that, on April 15, the company’s oil production in the area known as the Presalt Province, in the Santos and Campos basins, reached the mark of 428,000 b/d, which represents a new...

Reflex Marine becomes first EU firm to gain Brazilian accreditation

Reflex Marine has become the first European Union company to have its technology certified by the Brazilian Navy, the accredited body for offshore safety in the region.

Tenaris establishes company’s fifth R&D center in Rio de Janeiro

Tenaris has invested $39 million in the construction of its research and development (R&D) center in Brazil’s UFRJ Technological Park in Rio de Janeiro.

Drilling & Completion

Petrobras confirms deepwater oil find in Potiguar basin

Petrobras has confirmed an oil discovery in the Piti structure in the deepwater Potiguar basin offshore Brazil.

Noble updates Brazil rig status following incident

Noble Corp. has confirmed that the Noble Paul Wolff, a dynamically positioned semisubmersible rig operating off the coast of Brazil, experienced a ballast control incident on Feb. 28.

Vallourec strengthens collaboration with Petrobras

Vallourec, a global provider of tubular solutions, has signed two new service contracts with Petrobras.

Field Development

Papa Terra TLWP installed offshore Brazil

McDermott International has completed installation of the P-61 tension leg wellhead platform (TLWP) at the Papa Terra heavy oil development in Brazil’s Campos basin block BC-20.

Aker Solutions to supply subsea injection manifolds offshore Brazil

Petrobras has ordered eight subsea manifolds from Aker Solutions under a contract valued at more than $300 million.

Papa Terra TLP in place offshore Brazil

McDermott has completed installation of the extended TLP on the Papa Terra field for Petrobras.

Subsea

Aker Solutions to supply subsea injection manifolds offshore Brazil

Petrobras has ordered eight subsea manifolds from Aker Solutions under a contract valued at more than $300 million.

Cortez Subsea nets Caribbean inspection contract

Cortez Subsea has secured a six-figure contract with BHP Billiton Trinidad for inspection services offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

Papa Terra TLP in place offshore Brazil

McDermott has completed installation of the extended TLP on the Papa Terra field for Petrobras.

Geology & Geophysics

BG orders gravity gradiometry survey offshore Honduras

BG Group has awarded ARKeX a contract for a full tensor gravity gradiometry survey offshore Honduras.

PTTEP teams up with BG offshore Brazil

PTTEP has agreed on a farm-in to four deepwater exploration blocks in a frontier basin offshore Brazil.

ION to perform multi-client seismic surveys offshore Ireland, Peru

ION Geophysical Corporation is collaborating with Polarcus to acquire a new 4,000-sq km (1,544-sq mi) 3D multi-client seismic survey in the deepwater Southern Porcupine basin offshore southwest Ire...

Pipeline & Transportation

ISS receives Brazil nomination for offshore project

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has received another nomination to provide support services to an offshore pipelaying project at Rota Cabiunas in the Santos basin presalt region in Brazil.

Kongsberg Maritime technology chosen for 10 Petrobras pipelay newbuilds

Petrobras has contracted Kongsberg Maritime to deliver technology packages for 10 new pipelaying vessels.

Ceona, Odebrecht team for offshore Brazil deepwater pipelay campaign

Ceona Chartering (UK) and Odebrecht Oil & Gas (OOG) will provide subsea services to Petrobras offshore Brazil.

Production

Petrobras offshore presalt production breaks new record

Petrobras reports that, on April 15, the company’s oil production in the area known as the Presalt Province, in the Santos and Campos basins, reached the mark of 428,000 b/d, which represents a new...

Marlim field platform back in service offshore Brazil

Petrobras has re-started operations at the P-20 platform on the Marlim field in the Campos basin offshore Brazil.

Petrobras brings third well online at Sapinhoá offshore Brazil

Petrobras has started up 7-SPH-04-SPS, the third production well of the Sapinhoá Pilot Project in the Santos basin presalt region.

Rigs/Vessels

Three EDC jackups at work in Caspian Sea

Eurasia Drilling Co. (EDC) has issued an update on its offshore drilling programs in the Caspian Sea.

Dragon Oil expands offshore Turkmenistan drilling fleet

Dragon Oil has three drilling rigs operating in the Cheleken Contract Area of the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, with Land Rig 2 expected to start drilling before mid-year.

Fred. Olsen to overhaul two drilling semis

Fred. Olsen Energy has identified a need for structural upgrades of its semisubmersible Blackford Dolphin during a class renewal survey.