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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

Authorities end four-year Deepwater Horizon accident cleanup

The US Coast Guard has ended patrols and operations on the final three shoreline miles in Louisiana, bringing to a close the four-year active cleanup following the Deepwater Horizon accident.

OTC 2014: SBM Offshore increases operating range of high pressure swivels

SBM Offshore has been recognized by the OTC Spotlight Awards committee for the very high pressure fluid swivel.

OTC 2014: GE Oil & Gas provides ground fault immune ESP monitoring system

GE Oil & Gas has won an OTC Spotlight Award for the Zenith GFI ground fault immune ESP monitoring system.

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

Neptune Marine receives contract for work on Ichthys

McDermott has awarded Neptune Marine Services Ltd. a survey and ROV contract on the Ichthys LNG project.

Hydrasun to expand specialist manufacturing capabilities to meet subsea demands

Hydrasun, a provider of integrated fluid transfer, power, and control solutions to the global energy market, is expanding its operations with a £3 million ($5 million) investment in its specialist ...

Ennsub to build two ultra-deepwater ROV deployment systems

ROVOP has awarded Ennsub a multi-million-pound contract for the design and manufacture of two ultra-deepwater work-class ROV launch and recovery systems to be installed into Ceona’s newbuild multip...

Geology & Geophysics

Todd Energy adopts Paradigm software suite

Todd Energy has acquired a comprehensive suite of Paradigm’s seismic interpretation, formation evaluation, and reservoir modeling software.

Côte d’Ivoire amends PSCs to blocks CI-509, CI-513

African Petroleum Côte d’Ivoire Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of African Petroleum Corp. Ltd., and the government of Côte d’Ivoire have agreed on amendments to the production sharing contracts re...

North West Shelf seismic sweep nears completion

Woodside Petroleum says the 4,050-sq km (1,564-sq mi) North West Shelf Fortuna 3D seismic survey is expected to be completed by the end of May.

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.