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Topsides Event 2013 Highlights

Top Topsides 2013 conference moments

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US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil & Gas News

Noble hits pay in deepwater GOM

Noble Energy Inc. has successfully completed both the Katmai exploration well and the Dantzler appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Reflex Marine to introduce FROG-6 into Mexico

Reflex Marine has won approval from the Mexican Merchant Marines to sell its FROG-6 crane transfer device in Mexico.

 

Crowley’s Ocean Sky completes blackout testing in Gulf of Mexico

Crowley’s Ocean Sky has completed back-up station-keeping and holdback services in the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling & Completion

Noble hits pay in deepwater GOM

Noble Energy Inc. has successfully completed both the Katmai exploration well and the Dantzler appraisal well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Crowley’s Ocean Sky completes blackout testing in Gulf of Mexico

Crowley’s Ocean Sky has completed back-up station-keeping and holdback services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

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

ONS 2014: Wintershall details Maria tieback plans

Wintershall and its partners have selected a development concept for the Maria field in the Norwegian Sea.

ONS 2014: Johan Sverdrup in final planning stages

More platforms could be featured in later phases of the Johan Sverdrup development in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Dong expects production delays in Hejre, Laggan-Tormore

DONG E&P UK Ltd. updates North Sea operations.  

Geology & Geophysics

Whio-1 to be P&A’d offshore New Zealand

Cue Energy Resources Ltd. reports the Whio-1 well has reached TD of 9,265 ft (2,824 m) in the Paleocene Farewell formation in the Taranaki basin offshore New Zealand.

TGS to begin new 3D survey offshore Sierra Leone

TGS is set to begin acquisition of a 3D multi-client survey offshore Sierra Leone, and is chartering the 12-streamer Polarcus Alima for this survey.  

 

ONS 2014: Schlumberger launches photorealistic reservoir geology service

Schlumberger has launched the Quanta Geo photorealistic reservoir geology service at the 2014 Offshore Northern Seas. 

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

Optimism reigns following Mexico’s oil and gas reform

Optimism regarding Mexico’s oil and gas future continues to grow as new rules and operating procedures are rolling out subsequent to last year’s constitutional amendment and the more recent passage...

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.

Rigs/Vessels

Crowley’s Ocean Sky completes blackout testing in Gulf of Mexico

Crowley’s Ocean Sky has completed back-up station-keeping and holdback services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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 ...