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Topsides Event 2013 Highlights

Top Topsides 2013 conference moments

Checkout a slideshow covering the highlights of last year's 2013 Topsides Conference.

US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil & Gas News

Shell strengthens Western Gulf of Mexico position through Lease Sale 238 win

Shell says it continues to build on its position in the Perdido fold belt by adding a block in the Western Gulf of Mexico region through the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Lease Sale 238.&n...

Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale high bids total more than $109 million

Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 238 attracted $109,951,644 million in high bids for 81 tracts covering 433,823 acres on the US outer continental shelf. A total of 14 offshore oil and gas companie...

BOEM to modernize financial assurance and risk management

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers moderniz...

Drilling & Completion

Deepwater GoM exploration well comes up dry

The Noble Energy and BP Exploration & Production Bright exploration well in deepwater Gulf of Mexico found no hydrocarbons.

GSP takes delivery of Magellan jackup

GSP has expanded its drilling fleet to eight rigs by acquiring the jackup GSP Magellan (ex-GSF Magellan).

Blue Ocean sets subsea well intervention records

Blue Ocean Technologies LLC, a riserless subsea well intervention company, has set industry records in subsea well intervention by intervening in, and subsequently conducting P&A on, a producti...

Field Development

BOEM to modernize financial assurance and risk management

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers moderniz...

Gulf brownfield project addresses safety challenges and solutions

The Auger/Cardamom tie-in project presented numerous safety challenges, including weight and stability issues, tight tolerances, and large structural and equipment additions. Solutions to these cha...

ASRC, North Slope Village, Shell announce offshore Alaska venture

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and six North Slope village corporations have joined to create a company known as the Arctic Inupiat Offshore LLC.

Subsea

North Sea Bream FPSO, subsea studies under way

Premier Oil aims to recover 40 MMbbl from its Bream oil field development in the Norwegian North Sea via four production and two water injection wells tied back to an FPSO.

Petrobras orders more manifolds from FMC

Petrobras has contracted FMC Technologies to supply five subsea manifolds for presalt fields offshore Brazil.

Cleaning program solves North Sea riser tie-in hitch

Petrex has provided technical assistance for the Causeway and Fionn field subsea installations in the UK northern North Sea.

Geology & Geophysics

NPD completes latest Barents Sea 2D seismic survey

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has completed its frontier seismic acquisition season. 

AziLat to join Chariot in exploration offshore Brazil

AziLat has signed a farm-in agreement with Chariot Oil & Gas for 25% of four blocks in the Barreirinhas basin offshore northeast Brazil.

Partners agree on North Sea Kraken drilling locations

Operator EnQuest expects first oil from the Kraken development in the UK northern North Sea in 2016/2017, according to partner Cairn Energy.

Pipeline & Transportation

TDW subsea pipeline pressure isolation technology protects divers

T.D. Williamson was recently retained to isolate pressure in a Gulf of Mexico riser so that a wye could be safely installed and so that divers, who would be working 228 m (748 ft) subsea near the o...

Enterprise, Genesis complete oil pipeline in deepwater GoM

Enterprise Products Partners LP and Genesis Energy LP report that their jointly owned crude oil gathering pipeline serving the Lucius production area in southern Keathley Canyon of the Gulf of Mexi...

New Industries completes 173-ton manifold for offshore facility

New Industries Inc. has completed the fabrication, inspection, coating, testing, delivery, and installation of the 173-ton Big Foot Intermediate Manifold.

Production

Enterprise, Genesis complete oil pipeline in deepwater GoM

Enterprise Products Partners LP and Genesis Energy LP report that their jointly owned crude oil gathering pipeline serving the Lucius production area in southern Keathley Canyon of the Gulf of Mexi...

Hess updates offshore operations

Hess Corp. recently reported operational highlights for 2Q 2014.

Offline wells reduce value in US deepwater Gulf

Wood Mackenzie recently studied the number of days of production per month for more than 1,200 wells in deepwater Gulf of Mexico between 2007 and 2013. Production wells are thought of as flowing mo...

Rigs/Vessels

GSP takes delivery of Magellan jackup

GSP has expanded its drilling fleet to eight rigs by acquiring the jackup GSP Magellan (ex-GSF Magellan).

NCS Survey wins five-year subsea contract with Ceona

NCS Survey Ltd, an Acteon company, has won a five-year contract for positioning services with Ceona. Mobilization and has been completed installation on the first vessel, Ceona’s DP3 multi-purpose ...

SINOPACIFIC secures first vessel order from Mexico

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (SINOPACIFIC), has signed a contract with a Mexican shipping company Naviera Petrolera Integral SA de CV for the construction of three SPP17A vessels.