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Rigs/Vessels: Australia & New Zealand

Prelude turret sets new standards for size, capability

Shell's Prelude FLNG project offshore northwestern Australia continues to push the technology boundaries with a number of "firsts." The mooring turret system for the vessel is no exception. At almost 100 m (328 ft) in height, it is the largest in the world. This part of the system weighs 4,300 metric tons (4,740 tons) alone. The turret construction contract is held by Drydocks World and consists of five parts, all to ship from Dubai to Geoje, South Korea.

Keppel wins block 15/06 East Hub floater conversion

Keppel Offshore & Marine has won two offshore vessel construction contracts with a combined value of $153 million.

Whio-1 to be P&A’d offshore New Zealand

Cue Energy Resources Ltd. reports the Whio-1 well has reached TD of 9,265 ft (2,824 m) in the Paleocene Farewell formation in the Taranaki basin offshore New Zealand.

Large Shell Prelude turret piece sets sail for Samsung

The largest single piece of the mooring turret for Shell’s Prelude FLNG project offshore Australia is on its way from Dubai to the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.

AWE updates global offshore projects

AWE Ltd provided its 2Q 2014 production and development update.

Apache hits gas at Phoenix South-1

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd. reports that gas and indications of associated liquid hydrocarbons were observed in the Phoenix South-1 well, offshore Western Australia.

ConocoPhillips, Karoon Gas make gas discovery at Pharos-1 in the Browse basin

Karoon Gas Australia Ltd, a partner in the WA-398-P block, has stated that movable hydrocarbons were detected in the Pharos-1 well in the Browse basin offshore Western Australia.

INPEX launches Ichthys LNG FPSO hull

The hull of the FPSO for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project has launched from the dry dock at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.

Apache extends FSO contract offshore Australia

Teekay Offshore has signed a 10-year contract extension  with Apache Energy for the 1987-built Dampier Spirit FSO, which operates on the Stag oil field offshore Western Australia.

SeaBird Exploration vessels receive exploration survey contracts

SeaBird Exploration Plc says that the Harrier Explorer has been awarded a two-month extension to its current contract in the North Sea. The Aquila Explorer has been awarded a survey off the North West shelf of Australia, and two surveys in New Zealand.

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