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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

SCF invests in Seanic Ocean Systems

SCF plans to invest in Seanic Ocean Systems, a subsea services company based in Houston.

Cameron awarded order for blowout preventer

Cameron has received an order from Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas to supply a 25,000-psi blowout preventer stack and 25,000-psi manifold.

Oxane Materials offers OxThor proppant for deepwater applications

Oxane Materials is now offering OxThor, a conductive, stronger, lighter proppant focused on high-value, technologically demanding deepwater applications.

Drilling & Completion

Cameron awarded order for blowout preventer

Cameron has received an order from Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas to supply a 25,000-psi blowout preventer stack and 25,000-psi manifold.

Oxane Materials offers OxThor proppant for deepwater applications

Oxane Materials is now offering OxThor, a conductive, stronger, lighter proppant focused on high-value, technologically demanding deepwater applications.

Field Development

Noble Energy contracts subsea installation work for Gunflint

Noble Energy has signed a letter of agreement with EMAS AMC for offshore installation of pipelines, umbilicals, and ancillary equipment for the Gunflint development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Williams Partners reports progress on Gulfstar One FPS in deepwater GoM

Williams Partners LP has reported key construction milestones and progress on a tieback expansion as its proprietary Gulfstar floating production system nears completion in the eastern deepwater Gu...

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.

Subsea

SCF invests in Seanic Ocean Systems

SCF plans to invest in Seanic Ocean Systems, a subsea services company based in Houston.

Technip, Heerema land giant Kaombo SURF contract

Total E&P Angola has awarded the Technip/Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) consortium a $3.5-billion contract for the deepwater Kaombo project in block 32 offshore Angola.

FMC wins BP contract for subsea systems

FMC Technologies Inc. has received an order from BP to supply subsea systems for BP’s Shah Deniz Stage 2 project in the Caspian Sea. The order has an estimated value of $322 million.

Geology & Geophysics

Production stimulation measures under review for North Sea Breagh gas field

Production has been shut down at the Breagh facilities in the UK southern North Sea to remove fouling within the slug catchers and to replace level control instrumentation.

Providence to step up exploration of deepwater offshore southwest Ireland

Providence Resources has updated its licensing option 11/11 (Newgrange), which it operates in partnership with Sosina Exploration.

Exploration programs begin in northwest Indian Ocean

The arrival of Russian seismic survey vessel Akademik Fersman in Port Victoria, Seychelles, over the weekend is further evidence of petrochemical companies' interest in the northwest Indian Ocean.

Pipeline & Transportation

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.

Tracerco expanding Discovery application for deepwater pipeline inspections

Tracerco, part of the FTSE100, Johnson Matthey Plc, has begun development on a new deepwater application for its pipeline inspection tool, Discovery, allowing it to reach depths of more than10,000 ...

Deepwater Operations 2013: NALCO Champion presents hydrate inhibitor case study

NALCO Champion is highlighting the capabilities of its fourth-generation anti-agglomerate, low-dose hydrate inhibitor on the exhibition floor at the Deepwater Operations conference in Galveston Tex...

Production

Crowley delivers decks to Tubular Bells in deepwater GoM

Crowley tugboats have delivered the production deck and the construction deck to the Tubular Bells installation in the Gulf of Mexico for Saipem.

Inaugural Mexican oil and gas bid round expected in June 2015

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission intends to grant seismic permits this June in preparation for the state’s inaugural oil and gas bid round in June 2015.

DNV GL forms JIP to enhance offshore leak-detection approach

DNG GL has formed a joint industry project to develop a best practice for designing and implementing offshore leak-detection systems.

Rigs/Vessels

USCG responds to GoM rig taking on water

The US Coast Guard is monitoring conditions on the ENSCO 8506 semisubmersible drilling rig which began taking on water into a ballast tank after being hit by heavy seas.

Noble Energy contracts subsea installation work for Gunflint

Noble Energy has signed a letter of agreement with EMAS AMC for offshore installation of pipelines, umbilicals, and ancillary equipment for the Gunflint development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Harkand expands fleet with offshore construction vessel dedicated to Gulf of Mexico

Harkand has entered a charter agreement with Hornbeck Offshore for the offshore construction vessel HOS Mystique for a firm period of two years plus options.