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

ExxonMobil turns on Hadrian South taps in the deepwater GoM

ExxonMobil Corp. has commenced production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico at Hadrian South with facilities tied-back to the nearby Lucius project.

NPC tells US Energy Department to develop offshore Arctic potential

The United States should develop its oil and gas potential in Alaska’s Arctic waters says an Energy Department advisory council. 

Shell extends contract for Q4000

Shell has signed a multi-year contract with Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. to continue to use the Q4000 for well intervention in the Gulf of Mexico.

Drilling & Completion

Shell extends contract for Q4000

Shell has signed a multi-year contract with Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. to continue to use the Q4000 for well intervention in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore US rig count continues slide

The Baker Hughes Weekly Rig Count has the offshore total at 34, three fewer than last week and 16 fewer year over year.

1Q drilling campaigns prove unsuccessful for Murphy Oil

Murphy Oil Corp. has announced the results from its recent exploration drilling program.

Field Development

Big Foot on way to Walker Ridge in GoM

Chevron’s Big Foot semisubmersible production platform is on its way to installation in the Walker Ridge area of the US Gulf of Mexico. 

North Sea Huntington partners look to improve recovery

Iona Energy says the E.ON-led joint venture continues progressing solutions for the Huntington oil field development in the UK central North Sea.

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...

Subsea

2H Offshore to provide engineering analysis for Johan Sverdrup offshore Norway

Statoil has contracted 2H Offshore to provide tieback conductor, platform conductor, and surface riser engineering analysis on the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. 

ExxonMobil turns on Hadrian South taps in the deepwater GoM

ExxonMobil Corp. has commenced production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico at Hadrian South with facilities tied-back to the nearby Lucius project.

Solitaire starts work on Polarled pipelay in Norwegian Sea

Allseas’ Solitaire has started laying Polarled, the first pipeline to extend Norway’s gas infrastructure into the Arctic Circle.

Geology & Geophysics

Chevron contracts Schlumberger for Petrel access

Chevron Energy Technology Co. has contracted Schlumberger for universal access to the Petrel exploration and production software.

BOEM to hold public meetings on Atlantic Coast exploration permitting

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has scheduled a series of open houses to share information on the geological and geophysical permitting process on the Atlantic Coast. 

EMGS signs two more Barents Sea data licenses

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has entered into two new data licensing agreements with two oil companies for the provision of 3D EM data from EMGS’ multi-client data library in the Barents ...

Pipeline & Transportation

ExxonMobil turns on Hadrian South taps in the deepwater GoM

ExxonMobil Corp. has commenced production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico at Hadrian South with facilities tied-back to the nearby Lucius project.

Ceona Amazon to install Walter GoM pipelines

Ceona has secured a letter of intent from Walter Oil & Gas Corp. to use the Ceona Amazon on what will be Ceona’s first rigid pipelay project in the Gulf of Mexico.

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. 

Production

ExxonMobil turns on Hadrian South taps in the deepwater GoM

ExxonMobil Corp. has commenced production in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico at Hadrian South with facilities tied-back to the nearby Lucius project.

EIA predicts continued growth in GoM oil production

The US Energy Information Administration expects oil production in the Gulf of Mexico to continue increasing through 2016.  

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. 

Rigs/Vessels

Shell extends contract for Q4000

Shell has signed a multi-year contract with Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. to continue to use the Q4000 for well intervention in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore US rig count continues slide

The Baker Hughes Weekly Rig Count has the offshore total at 34, three fewer than last week and 16 fewer year over year.

Fugro takes delivery of Fugro Americas

Fugro has taken delivery of the newbuild shallow-draft survey vessel, Fugro Americas.