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Domestic issues delay closure of offshore Tunisia farm-out

PA Resources (PAR) says it remains in discussions with the Tunisian government about a proposed offshore farm-out to EnQuest.

More South Pars platforms near start-up offshore Iran

Gas injected into Iran’s national grid is set to increase as two new platforms come onstream this winter at the South Pars Phase 12 development in the Persian Gulf.

Noble Energy sets early 2018 target for Leviathan start-up

Noble Energy says reservoir and facility performance has been strong at its Tamar development offshore Israel, with only two hours of downtime reported during 3Q 2014. 

Drilling & Completion

Drydocks World to repair High Island IV rig for Shelf Drilling

Drydocks World has been chosen to carry out the drydocking and repairs of the jackup rig High Island IV for Shelf Drilling.  

Analysts forecast steady deepwater growth

Brazil will account for 32% of deep and ultra-deepwater capex worldwide between now and 2018, according to a report from Infield Systems.

DPE finds gas in deepest-ever offshore Dubai well

Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE), owned 100% by the government of Dubai and responsible for Dubai's offshore oil and gas development and production, has identified what it calls significant volu...

Field Development

More South Pars platforms near start-up offshore Iran

Gas injected into Iran’s national grid is set to increase as two new platforms come onstream this winter at the South Pars Phase 12 development in the Persian Gulf.

Noble Energy sets early 2018 target for Leviathan start-up

Noble Energy says reservoir and facility performance has been strong at its Tamar development offshore Israel, with only two hours of downtime reported during 3Q 2014. 

Atkins wins contracts to support ADMA-OPCO

Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co. (ADMA-OPCO) has awarded Atkins two contracts worth more than $3 million for offshore structural analysis services that will support the safe life extension of existin...

Subsea

Mermaid integrates Saudi subsidiary into subsea group

Mermaid Subsea Services (International) has increased its interest in Subtech Saudi Arabia from 70% to 95%.

Mermaid wins diving work offshore Middle East

Mermaid Maritime’s subsidiary in the Middle East has been awarded two saturation diving services contracts for offshore projects, both of six to eight months duration. 

Phase 22 pipeline in place at South Pars field offshore Iran

Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co. (IOEC) has completed 110 km (68 mi) of subsea pipelay operations at the South Pars gas field Phase 22 development in the Persian Gulf.

Geology & Geophysics

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.

Circle seeks partner for drilling offshore Oman

Circle Oil says an infill 2D seismic survey of 850 line km (528 mi) has been completed over block 52 offshore Oman.

GLOBAL DATA

This month, Infield Systems examines offshore capex in the Mediterranean Sea area.

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Pipeline & Transportation

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 iso...

Phase 22 pipeline in place at South Pars field offshore Iran

Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co. (IOEC) has completed 110 km (68 mi) of subsea pipelay operations at the South Pars gas field Phase 22 development in the Persian Gulf.

BP assigns Shah Deniz maintenance management to Petrofac

BP has contracted Petrofac for maintenance work for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.

Production

BG to rethink options for Jackdaw in North Sea

BG Group and its partners are delaying a sanction decision on the ultra-high-pressure/high-temperature Jackdaw project in the UK central North Sea.

 

Manifa tops global offshore reserves, says report

Saudi Arabia’s Khurais and Manifa projects hold the most recoverable reserves among the world’s top 100 upstream developments, according to analysts GlobalData.

Tamar group negotiates gas deal with Egypt

Delek Group says the offshore Tamar gas field partners have signed a non-binding letter of intent with Dolphinus Holdings.

Rigs/Vessels

Drydocks World to repair High Island IV rig for Shelf Drilling

Drydocks World has been chosen to carry out the drydocking and repairs of the jackup rig High Island IV for Shelf Drilling.  

Latest GMS vessel receives Middle East charter

Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has won its first contract for Pepper, the company’s new enhanced small class self-elevating construction support vessel.

GMS jackup barge starts first charter in the Middle East

Gulf Marine Services says its new self-propelled self-elevating support vessel (SESV) GMS Enterprise has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.