US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Regional Report

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

US Supreme Court rejects appeals from BP, Anadarko on Macondo fines

The US Supreme Court has rejected appeals from BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and let stand the ruling by a US District judge in New Orleans that BP and Anadarko were automatically liable as c...

Offshore US rig count increases

The US offshore rig count by Baker Hughes Inc. shows an increase of one rig over the prior week. 

Fugro, Cross Group receive GoM intervention contract

Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention, and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, will go to work on a multi-well intervention campaign in the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling & Completion

Offshore US rig count increases

The US offshore rig count by Baker Hughes Inc. shows an increase of one rig over the prior week. 

Fugro, Cross Group receive GoM intervention contract

Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention, and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, will go to work on a multi-well intervention campaign in the Gulf of Mexico.

US offshore drilling rig count down by two

The US offshore rig count is 27, down two rigs from last week, and down 32 rigs year over year in Baker Hughes’ weekly report.

Field Development

LLOG calls on McDermott for Otis tieback in deepwater GoM

LLOG Exploration Offshore has awarded McDermott International a lump-sum contract to support the Otis development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Technip receives subsea decommissioning and installation contract in GoM

Technip has received a contract from Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co. for the decommissioning of the brownfield development and installation of new subsea equipment supporting a...

Bright spots remain amidst downturn

While low oil prices are casting a shadow over Gulf of Mexico E&P activity, work is moving ahead on several projects, and recent assessments of operators' safety records have received high marks.

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

Husky Energy begins oil production at South White Rose extension

Husky Energy has commenced production from the South White Rose project in the Jeanne d’Arc basin offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

TGS set to acquire Polarcus 3D, 2D seismic datasets

TGS has a letter of intent to acquire Polarcus’ entire multi-client library, with the exception of Australia, for $27.5 million.

Ikon’s RokDoc adds CoViz Lite 3D visualization system

Ikon Science has released version 6.2.3 of its flagship RokDoc platform. 

Pipeline & Transportation

LLOG calls on McDermott for Otis tieback in deepwater GoM

LLOG Exploration Offshore has awarded McDermott International a lump-sum contract to support the Otis development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Clariant product averts well shut-in

Clariant Oil Services recently worked with an oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico to develop a new anti-agglomerate chemistry to reduce the amount of methanol concentration in the oil phase to preve...

Lewek Constellation sets pipelay record in deepwater GoM

EMAS AMC says the Lewek Constellation has set an industry pipelay record in the US Gulf of Mexico in 7,368 ft (2,246 m) of water during sea trials.

Production

PEMEX records another GoM platform accident

PEMEX has confirmed an explosion on the oil production platform Akal-H in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Global Data

W&T makes deepwater GOM discovery, turns on taps at Medusa

W&T Offshore has made a discovery at Ewing Banks 910, and has brought the Medusa field, located at Mississippi Canyon 538, onstream.

Rigs/Vessels

Offshore US rig count increases

The US offshore rig count by Baker Hughes Inc. shows an increase of one rig over the prior week. 

Fugro, Cross Group receive GoM intervention contract

Fugro’s dynamically positioned multi-purpose drilling, well intervention, and geotechnical vessel, Fugro Synergy, will go to work on a multi-well intervention campaign in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kongsberg Marine gets NI accreditation for DP training center

Kongsberg Maritime’s Houston training center is the first maritime training facility in North America to offer the Nautical Institute accredited Sea Time Reduction Course for Dynamic Positioning Op...
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