US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Regional Report

Topsides Event 2013 Highlights

Top Topsides 2013 conference moments

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US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil & Gas News

Helix extends BP contract start on Q5000

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE: HLX) has agreed to amend an existing agreement with BP Exploration & Production regarding use of the Q5000 in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore US rig count declines

The US offshore rig count last week was 51, down three rigs from the previous week, and down four rigs year over year.

Online exclusive: Mexico’s bidding round for shallow water kicks off

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission recently published the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters.

Drilling & Completion

Helix extends BP contract start on Q5000

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE: HLX) has agreed to amend an existing agreement with BP Exploration & Production regarding use of the Q5000 in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore US rig count declines

The US offshore rig count last week was 51, down three rigs from the previous week, and down four rigs year over year.

Baker Hughes offshore rig count up for week

The Baker Hughes US offshore rig count for the week ending Feb. 20 shows an increase of two rigs over the previous week, bringing the total to 54. 

Field Development

Chevron taps INTECSEA for Buckskin-Moccasin tieback in the GoM

Chevron has selected INTECSEA to provide engineering and long-lead procurement services for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase of its Buckskin-Moccasin development in the Gulf of Mex...

New prototype device advances decommissioning technology

As mandated by the federal government, so-called "idle iron" -- wells, platforms, and pipelines that are no longer producing or serving exploration or support functions related to the com...

Topsides 2015: Seaway installs four topsides for PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico

Seaway Heavy Lifting has installed four topsides and one jacket in the Gulf of Mexico for Protexa/PEMEX. 

Subsea

McDermott receives EPCI contracts offshore Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Qatar Petroleum has contracted McDermott International Inc. (NYSE:MDR) to supply a new jacket, temporary deck, and replacement umbilical for the North Field Alpha gas development offshore Qatar.&nb...

SSTB 2015: World’s largest subsea conference opens in New Orleans

PennWell Corp. and Offshore magazine have launched the 2015 Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. 

North Sea Catcher on schedule, weather delays Solan

Premier Oil says its Catcher area project in the UK central North Sea is progressing on budget and on schedule.

Geology & Geophysics

BGP to market Searcher seismic library in China

Searcher has agreed to provide BGP with the exclusive rights to market Searcher’s multi-client 2D and 3D seismic library within China.

Online exclusive: Mexico’s bidding round for shallow water kicks off

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission recently published the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters.

CGG plans further reduction in offshore seismic acquisition fleet

CGG (NYSE:CGG) says it plans to reduce its vessel count from 13 to 11 during 2015.

Pipeline & Transportation

Williams and DCP commence gas flow from ultra-deepwater GoM pipeline

Williams and DCP Midstream Partners, LP announced that the new extended Discovery natural gas gathering pipeline system has come online. 

Technip receives GoM subsea contracts

Stone Energy Corp. has awarded Technip both a flexible pipe supply contract and an installation contract for the Amethyst field in Mississippi Canyon 26 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Lucius enters production in the ultra-deepwater GoM

Petrobras has started production at the Lucius field in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Production

Williams and DCP commence gas flow from ultra-deepwater GoM pipeline

Williams and DCP Midstream Partners, LP announced that the new extended Discovery natural gas gathering pipeline system has come online. 

BSEE, USCG respond to Energy XXI platform fire

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responding to a damaged unmanned platform in South Timbalier block 27 in the Gulf of Mexico.

OneSubsea announces Jack/St. Malo involvement

Chevron Corp. recently achieved first oil from the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico. OneSubsea, a Cameron and Schlumberger company, supplied the subsea production and processing syste...

Rigs/Vessels

Helix extends BP contract start on Q5000

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. (NYSE: HLX) has agreed to amend an existing agreement with BP Exploration & Production regarding use of the Q5000 in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore US rig count declines

The US offshore rig count last week was 51, down three rigs from the previous week, and down four rigs year over year.

BSEE, USCG issue alert after dynamic positioning incident

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the US Coast Guard have issued a Joint Safety Alert addressing a dynamic positioning incident involving an offshore supply vessel (OSV)...