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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

Freeport-McMoRan orders high-pressure BOP from Cameron

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has ordered a 20,000 psi BOP stack from Camero.

Crowley Maritime christens third ocean class tugboat

As part of its new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. has christened the third of four new tugboats in the ocean class series – Ocean Sky – in Houston.

Element opens O&G Materials Technology Center

Element Materials Technology has opened a flagship Oil and Gas Materials Technology Center in Houston. The laboratory, known as Element Houston, represents a total investment in excess of $5 million.

Drilling & Completion

Freeport-McMoRan orders high-pressure BOP from Cameron

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has ordered a 20,000 psi BOP stack from Camero.

WJM introduces modular offshore drilling rig design

William Jacob Management Inc. has introduced a new modular offshore drilling rig design that it says reduces deployment costs and improves speed-to-market for upstream operations.

Shell further defines Norphlet’s pay in the GoM

Shell has made a third major discovery through the Rydberg discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico.

Field Development

McDermott awarded offshore Megalodon platform installation in Gulf of Mexico

A McDermott International Inc. subsidiary will provide transportation and installation services to Walter Oil & Gas Corp. for the Megalodon platform destined for South Timbalier block 311 in th...

Black Elk Energy enters into PSA with Renaissance Offshore

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Renaissance Offshore LLC. Under the agreement, Renaissance will acquire interests in nine fields in the ...

PEMEX awards multi-year seismic data processing contract to ION

ION Geophysical Corp. reports that its GX Technology (GXT) group has won a multi-year contract with PEMEX. GXT is providing a range of seismic data processing for multiple offshore and onshore surv...

Subsea

JDR to open Cambridge Technology Centre

JDR, a provider of technology connecting the global offshore energy industry, is opening a new offshore engineering technology center in Cambridge. The new center opens July 28.

TGS announces multi-client seafloor sampling and seep studies

TGS reports two multi-client geochemical seafloor sampling and seep studies, one offshore Canada and the other in the Barents Sea. Sampling locations for both programs were identified, using recent...

FMC, operators to develop next-gen subsea equipment

FMC Technologies Inc. (NYSE: FTI) has signed an agreement that establishes a joint industry program (JIP) with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., BP, ConocoPhillips, and Shell to develop a new generation of...

Geology & Geophysics

TGS announces multi-client seafloor sampling and seep studies

TGS reports two multi-client geochemical seafloor sampling and seep studies, one offshore Canada and the other in the Barents Sea. Sampling locations for both programs were identified, using recent...

Second deepwater Liwan pipelay under way offshore China

Construction vessels have started work offshore China installing a second deepwater production pipeline from the main Liwan 3-1 field to the Liwan shallow-water central platform. 

Albatross top prospect in license offshore Namibia

Seismic surveys earlier this year in the EL 0037 permit offshore Namibia have identified at least four prospects, according to partner Pancontinental Oil and Gas NL.

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

Offline wells reduce value in US deepwater Gulf

Wood Mackenzie recently studied the number of days of production per month for more than 1,200 wells in deepwater Gulf of Mexico between 2007 and 2013. Production wells are thought of as flowing mo...

Technology delivers unconventional results

The buzz in the US continues to be centered on tight oil and shale formations onshore…and for good reason.

EIA: Energy supplies less vulnerable to hurricane disruption

The US Energy Information Administration says that the surge in the country's crude oil and natural gas production in recent years means that there should be less interruptions to supply if hurrica...

Rigs/Vessels

Crowley Maritime christens third ocean class tugboat

As part of its new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. has christened the third of four new tugboats in the ocean class series – Ocean Sky – in Houston.

Shell further defines Norphlet’s pay in the GoM

Shell has made a third major discovery through the Rydberg discovery in the Norphlet play in deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ultstein Verft delivers new vessel to Island Offshore

The Ulstein Verft newbuild Island Performer has been delivered to ship owner Island Offshore. The riserless light well intervention (RLWI/IMR) vessel will serve her first five years for FTO (a join...