US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Regional Report

Topsides Event 2015 Highlights

US & Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil & Gas News

TGS, Fugro to conduct year-long deepwater exploration study offshore Mexico

TGS has authorization from Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos to acquire multibeam, coring, and geochemical analysis data over a 600,000-sq km (231,661-sq mi) area offshore Mexico.

Premier details program for offshore Mexico blocks

Premier Oil and partners Talos Energy and Sierra Oil & Gas were awarded two blocks last month under Mexico’s Round 1.

Western Gulf of Mexico lease sale yields $22.7 million in high bids

The Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 246 drew $22,675,212 in high bids for tracts on the US outer continental shelf offshore Texas, according to the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean En...

Drilling & Completion

More good news, bad news for Gulf E&P

Exploration activity in the Gulf of Mexico continues to see new positive milestones, driven by past discoveries and recent field development; and more discouraging ones, owing to the continued stat...

GLOBAL E&P

Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

Shell gets approval to drill deeper offshore Alaska

Shell has received approval from the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to extend the depth of the exploration well offshore Alaska at Burger J. 

Field Development

Shell taps OneSubsea for Stones 15,000-psi subsea processing systems

Shell Offshore Inc. has awarded OneSubsea a contract to supply subsea processing systems for the Stones project in the Gulf of Mexico.

More good news, bad news for Gulf E&P

Exploration activity in the Gulf of Mexico continues to see new positive milestones, driven by past discoveries and recent field development; and more discouraging ones, owing to the continued stat...

GLOBAL E&P

Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

Subsea

Ezra, Chiyoba ink subsea MOU

Under a binding memorandum of understanding with Ezra Holdings Ltd., Chiyoda Corp. will invest in Ezra’s subsea services business, EMAS AMC, to form EMAS CHIYODA Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture.

Iona negotiating farm-out of Orlando in North Sea

Iona Energy expects cost for the Orlando tieback to the Ninian Central platform in the UK northern North Sea during 2015-2016 to be reduced from $215 million to $192 million. 

NPD authorizes start-up of subsea compression at Gullfaks offshore Norway

Statoil and its partners have secured the consent of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to operate a new subsea wet gas compressor and umbilical on the Gullfaks field in the North Sea.

Geology & Geophysics

Ikon Science, PetroTrace Global extend JV scope

Building on its joint venture with PetroTrace Global, Ikon Science now has the availability to process seismic data workflows using a new high performance computing cluster in its UK office.

Undeveloped UK fields deserve attention, report claims

Consultants Hannon Westwood (HW) have issued a new report on near-term developments affecting the UK continental shelf (UKCS).

Aminex receives more time to assess deepwater leads offshore Tanzania

Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has agreed to defer Aminex’s obligation to drill two exploration wells in the offshore Nyuni Area.

Pipeline & Transportation

Harkand claims two survey firsts offshore Mexico

Harkand has completed what it says is the first free inertial metrology in Mexican waters and at a new depth for this approach in the region.

Enterprise completes sale to Genesis

Enterprise Products Partners LP has closed on the sale of its offshore Gulf of Mexico pipelines and services business. 

Genesis acquires Enterprise’s GoM assets

Enterprise Products Partners has agreed to sell its offshore Gulf of Mexico pipelines and services business to Genesis Energy for approximately $1.5 billion in cash. 

Production

Shell taps OneSubsea for Stones 15,000-psi subsea processing systems

Shell Offshore Inc. has awarded OneSubsea a contract to supply subsea processing systems for the Stones project in the Gulf of Mexico.

GLOBAL E&P

Shell aimed to re-start exploration drilling offshore Alaska last month, assuming sea ice had cleared.

SBM Offshore divests stake in Turritella project

 SBM Offshore has entered into an agreement with Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) for the acquisition of a stake in the joint venture companies...

Rigs/Vessels

Offshore rig count down by three

While the total US drilling rig count remained steady, the offshore rig count dropped three rigs to 35.

InterMoor completes mooring support project for Heidelberg spar in GoM

InterMoor Inc. has provided Anadarko Petroleum Corp. with rapid hook-up services for its Heidelberg truss spar in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico after stepping in at short notice for another contract...

Harkand completes upgrade of DSV Swordfish

Harkand has completed a $10.5-million upgrade of its Gulf of Mexico-based dive support vessel Swordfish.

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