US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Regional Report

Topsides Event 2015 Highlights

US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil & Gas News

US offshore rig count up by three

Baker Hughes Inc.’s weekly US rig count finds an increase of three offshore rigs, raising the total to 34. 

Jascon 31 to support GoM work for PEMEX

Sea Trucks has won a charter for the Jascon 31 in the Gulf of Mexico.

MultiClient Geophysical starts 2D seismic survey offshore Mexico

MultiClient Geophysical ASA has started the Maximus 2D seismic survey off Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling & Completion

US offshore rig count up by three

Baker Hughes Inc.’s weekly US rig count finds an increase of three offshore rigs, raising the total to 34. 

Offshore US rig count holds steady

While the total US rig count is up 19 from 876, Baker Hughes Inc. says the offshore rig count remains unchanged at 31.

BPC scales back Bahamas well costs

 Bahamas Petroleum Co. (BPC) says it has completed re-engineering of its first planned exploration well offshore the Bahamas.

Field Development

Stone to proceed with two Pompano tiebacks

Stone Energy Corp. has provided a drilling and production update on its deepwater Gulf of Mexico operations.  

2H Offshore receives multiple contracts for Hess’ Stampede development

2H Offshore has won two separate contracts to verify the design, fabrication, and installation phases of the steel catenary risers (SCR) for the Stampede field development in the central ...

Shell to fund Appomattox GoM deepwater development

Royal Dutch Shell plc has made the final investment decision to proceed with the Appomattox deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Subsea

Swiber to install subsea pipeline in Latin America

Swiber Holdings Ltd. has received an $80-million letter of intent to install pipelines and supporting structures offshore Latin America for an unnamed company.

World Bank provides finance to propel Ghana’s deepwater Sankofa gas scheme

The World Bank has approved $700 million in guarantees for Ghana’s Sankofa gas project, which is designed to alleviate the country’s serious energy shortages by developing new sources of natural ga...

Cooper signs HoA for Sole gas offshore Australia

Cooper Energy (ASX:COE) has signed a heads of agreement with glass container manufacturer O-I Australia for the sale of gas from the Sole field development in the Gippsland basin offshore Victoria.

Geology & Geophysics

Tap Oil awaits confirmation of offshore Myanmar block

Tap Oil expects to sign a production-sharing contract soon for the shallow-water block M-7 in the Moattama basin offshore Myanmar. 

Octanex seeks to retain Ascalon gas discovery off Western Australia

Octanex has declared the location over the Ascalon gas discovery offshore Western Australia in the Bonaparte basin. 

Fugro starts offshore Honduras geochemical study for BG

BG has contracted Fugro for a multi-beam echosounder survey and seabed coring campaign over its offshore block in the Honduran sector of the Caribbean.

Pipeline & Transportation

Harkand claims two survey firsts offshore Mexico

Harkand has completed what it says is the first free inertial metrology in Mexican waters and at a new depth for this approach in the region.

Enterprise completes sale to Genesis

Enterprise Products Partners LP has closed on the sale of its offshore Gulf of Mexico pipelines and services business. 

Genesis acquires Enterprise’s GoM assets

Enterprise Products Partners has agreed to sell its offshore Gulf of Mexico pipelines and services business to Genesis Energy for approximately $1.5 billion in cash. 

Production

SBM Offshore divests stake in Turritella project

 SBM Offshore has entered into an agreement with Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) for the acquisition of a stake in the joint venture companies...

Integrated Operations Center keeps Shell in sync with deepwater GoM assets

Some years after the devastating 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Shell began developing an idea to bring some aspects of offshore platform work to a more controllable environment.

PEMEX orders ProSep mixer for GoM platform

PEMEX has awarded ProSep a contract to provide ProBlend mixers to blend two crude oil process streams on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rigs/Vessels

US offshore rig count up by three

Baker Hughes Inc.’s weekly US rig count finds an increase of three offshore rigs, raising the total to 34. 

Jascon 31 to support GoM work for PEMEX

Sea Trucks has won a charter for the Jascon 31 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore US rig count holds steady

While the total US rig count is up 19 from 876, Baker Hughes Inc. says the offshore rig count remains unchanged at 31.

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