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South Pars Phase 1 platform capacity upgrade completed

Production capacity of Platform SPD1 serving Phase 1 of the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf has reached 1 bcm/d (35 bcf/d).

Middle East NOCs identify technology challenges

The Industry Technology Facilitator’s Gulf Cooperation Council members have agreed to take on three technology challenges.

Restraining frame assists Shah Deniz jacket placements

Houlder’s Marine Equipment division has delivered a pin pile installation and restraining frame to Saipem for the Shah Deniz gas field development, 100 km (62 mi) offshore Baku in the Caspian Sea.

Drilling & Completion

Development drilling to accelerate at South Pars Phase 13

Drilling is expected to speed up at Phase 13 of the South Pars gas field development in the Persian Gulf following delivery of three new drilling rigs.

Rowan adds work for five rigs

The Rowan rig status report has noted five term extensions.

Butinah jackup sails to Zakum field offshore Abu Dhabi

Lamprell (ticker: LAM) has delivered the newbuild jackup drilling rig Butinah to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Co. 

Field Development

Restraining frame assists Shah Deniz jacket placements

Houlder’s Marine Equipment division has delivered a pin pile installation and restraining frame to Saipem for the Shah Deniz gas field development, 100 km (62 mi) offshore Baku in the Caspian Sea.

Development drilling to accelerate at South Pars Phase 13

Drilling is expected to speed up at Phase 13 of the South Pars gas field development in the Persian Gulf following delivery of three new drilling rigs.

Subsea cables deliver power to offshore Safaniya upgrade project

Saudi Aramco has connected a 230-kV, 46-km (28.6-mi) submarine composite cable to the TP-20 tie-in platform offshore Saudi Arabia.

Subsea

Subsea cables deliver power to offshore Safaniya upgrade project

Saudi Aramco has connected a 230-kV, 46-km (28.6-mi) submarine composite cable to the TP-20 tie-in platform offshore Saudi Arabia.

Partners complete Zarat development studies

PA Resources and ETAP have completed work on a full-field life development plan for the Zarat southern tract offshore Tunisia.

OneSubsea to supply subsea trees for Shah Deniz 2

OneSubsea, a Cameron (NYSE: CAM) and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) company, has won a contract totaling more than $60 million for the BP-operated Shah Deniz 2 development the Azeri sector of the Caspian ...

Geology & Geophysics

New Mediterranean seismic set; offshore Egypt blocks bids due

The bid deadline for blocks offshore Egypt in the Mediterranean is next week. 

UTEC Geomarine completes first phase of Caspian Sea geotechnical survey

UTEC Geomarine has completed the first phase of a geotechnical site investigation in the Caspian Sea for a major oil and gas operator. 

Aramco investigates AUVs for seismic acquisition

Saudi Aramco has outlined highlights of its offshore exploration and development activities during 2014.

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Pipeline & Transportation

Iran progresses Oman subsea gas pipeline studies

National Iranian Gas Exports Co. has selected a consultant to conduct feasibility studies for a pipeline to export gas from Iran west to Oman. 

South Pars 20, 21 pipelay in shore pull phase

Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co. says laying pipelines for phases 20 and 21 of the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf is close to completing the shore pull phase. 

Offshore UAE jacket, pipeline in place

Dana Gas says the platform jacket has been installed on the Zora gas field offshore the UAE, and laying has been completed of the associated offshore pipeline.

Production

South Pars Phase 1 platform capacity upgrade completed

Production capacity of Platform SPD1 serving Phase 1 of the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf has reached 1 bcm/d (35 bcf/d).

Middle East NOCs identify technology challenges

The Industry Technology Facilitator’s Gulf Cooperation Council members have agreed to take on three technology challenges.

FMC Technologies receives second Shah Deniz subsea order

BP has contracted FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI) to supply subsea production systems for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project, 100 km (62 mi) south of Baku in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea.

Rigs/Vessels

Hamriyah complex working on seven jackups

Lamprell has issued an update on its offshore rig building program.

Ultra-deepwater production set for steady growth, report claims

Analyst Douglas Westwood predicts oil and gas production from ultra-deepwater fields (>1,000m/3,281 ft) will grow 7.7% during 2015-2021.

Topaz swells offshore support vessel fleet

Topaz Energy and Marine has taken delivery of Topaz Responder, a new emergency response and recovery vessel.

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