TOPICS OF INTEREST
PROJECTS, FACILITIES & CONSTRUCTION
ExxonMobil Delays FID on Rovuma LNG, Moves Forward With Coral FLNG in Mozambique
The Rovuma LNG project was expected to reach FID later this year, with startup in 2025.
Norway Gives the Go Ahead for Equinor’s Hywind Tampen Wind Farm
The Norwegian wind farm is expected to start up in 2022. The wind farm is also expected to create spinoff effects during the project’s life.
Successful String Test of Calcasieu Pass System Moves Project Forward
The successful string test comes 7 months after the company's FID on the Calcasieu Pass LNG project.
UPDATE: Schlumberger Cuts Executive Salaries, Workforce
The company's North American business will accelerate a restructuring that includes job cuts and furloughs over the next couple of months.
After a Decade of Waiting, the Keystone XL Will Be Built
The $8-billion pipeline project has been held up for years, but amid a historic price crash, the Canadian government is stepping in with funding to support exports.
Aker Solutions Joins Ranks of Service Companies To Reduce Capex and Workforce
Sandvik and SNC-Lavalin made similar announcements in late March and would take further action if necessary.
McDermott Wins Pre-FEED Contract for Trion Project
McDermott was selected previously for a study of the FPU. Completion of the Trion project is expected in Q3.
PTAS Aker Solutions Secures Brownfield Services Contract Offshore China
The five-year contract is worth an estimated $400 and covers more than 200 offshore assets.
Market Conditions Take Shell out of Lake Charles LNG Project
Energy Transfer will look at taking on new partners and possibly reducing the size of the Lake Charles LNG project.
How Will Asia Pacific's Upstream Sector Respond to the Oil Price Crash?
Unprecedented, perfect storm, a black swan event—all ways of describing the situation the oil and gas sector finds itself in right now. Here’s an analysis on the near-term outlook for projects in Asia Pacific.
New Methodology and Technology Aims To Manage Corrosion Under Insulation
The methodology is the industry’s first to address CUI. Along with DNV GL’s new technology, maintenance costs may be reduced by up to 50%.
Aker Solutions To Provide Umbilicals for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Project
The umbilicals will be designed and manufactured at Aker Solutions’ facility in Alabama.
Status Updates of North American LNG Projects Offer a Mixed Bag
Several companies have provided updates on their North American LNG projects, including Pembina, LNG Canada, and Sempra. The outlooks vary from plans to move ahead to others seeking money to stay afloat.
Extended-Reality Initiative Optimizes Wellsite Planning
Immersive technology on projects such as wellsite planning incorporates XR, drones, and collaboration.
JIPs Develop Guidelines for Additive Manufactured Parts
The JIPs managed by DNV GL and Berenschot focused on 3D-printed-component certification and supply chain set-up.
Mexico LNG Project Awards Technip USA a FEED Contract Award
LNG project in Mexico moves closer to FID in 2021.
Leviathan Offshore Platform To Empty Natural Gas
A fault was identified at the Leviathan platform’s production system. This comes a month after a malfunction was discovered at the project’s subsea pipeline.
TechnipFMC Wins Integrated EPCI Contract for BP Platina Field in Angola
TechnipFMC will utilize its service base and umbilical factory in Angola for the EPCI contract.
Europe's Oilfield Service Companies at Risk of Bankruptcy Amid $5 Billion in Cuts
More than 200 companies could become insolvent in the UK and Norway. This number may be larger when including the rest of Europe.
Offshore Industry More Resilient Than Shale Amid COVID-19 Impact
Because offshore project lead times are longer than in shale, production is likely to come on line in 2–5 years when oil prices may be higher. But the number of FPSOs to be sanctioned this year may be cut by half.
Freeport LNG Project Introduces Feed Gas to Train 3
Initial production at Freeport LNG Train 3 is expected in the first quarter. The project’s final commissioning stage included feed gas.
Case Study Highlights Getting Project to Sanction in 3 Months
A small core team with the ability to make decisions was responsible for getting a subsea tie-back project up to sanction within a short-time frame.
Alaska LNG Project Receives Environmental Impact Statement
The Alaska LNG project moves another step closer to a final order, expected in June.
Sandvik To Provide Steel Tube Umbilicals for Mero Oil Field Offshore Brazil
Sandvik said it received the first large-scale stainless steel umbilical tube order for Mero. The tubes will be encapsulated by Prysmian Group.
Sempra Energy and Bechtel Units Sign EPC Agreement for Port Arthur LNG
This is the second EPC contract Bechtel signed for Port Arthur LNG. Final investment decision is expected this year.
Subsea 7 Awarded Offshore Contracts in Australia and US Gulf of Mexico
The company announced both contract awards simultaneously. The new contract awards could be worth up to $800 million.
Cameron LNG Train 2 Starts Commercial Operations 7 Months After Train 1
Train 2 has a projected export capacity of 4 mtpa. Train 3 is expected to reach production in Q2 2020.
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OGCI Unveils Consortium and MOUs To Support Development of Net Zero Teesside Project
BP, ENI, Equinor, Shell and Total to develop Net Zero Teesside Project. The project aims to capture 6 mtpa of CO2 emissions.
Eni Resolves Dispute With Partners To Restart Damietta LNG Plant in Egypt
The Damietta LNG plant is expected online by June 2020. The plant will be owned by ENI, EGAS and EGPC.
Phillips 66 and Trafigura Form JV To Build US Gulf Crude Terminal
Phillips and Trafigura JV expected to load VLCCs. The project is in the permitting stage with an FID expected this year.
Coronavirus Forecast To Affect Energy Prices More Than Projects
In a scenario of accelerated international infection rates, the supply impact would quickly become more severe. If ongoing virus containment efforts prove unsuccessful, production operations at more producing assets in Southeast Asia and beyond could be directly affected.
Chevron Signs Wood To Deliver Engineering Design for Anchor Deepwater Project
Wood will provide the FEED and design for the offshore project. First oil is anticipated in 2024.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Highview Power Partner for Global Cryogenic Energy Storage
Sumitomo Heavy Industries invested $46 million in Highview Power. SHI's subsidiary will also become the technology center and hub for Highview Power's CRYObattery business.
Ronald Yeung, Petrobras, and Total’s Nigeria Unit Awarded for Distinguished Achievement by OTC
OTC announces Distinguished Achievement Awards for 2020.
Phillips 66 Partners Takes 50% Interest in $1.6-Billion Liberty Pipeline Project
The transaction is expected to close in March. The Liberty Pipeline runs 700 miles between Cushing, Oklahoma and Guernsey, Wyoming.
Suncor Receives Approval To Build 40,000 B/D Facility in Alberta
Suncor gets Canadian approval for Meadow Creek West.
AG&P Breaks Ground on Karaikal Port LNG Facility in South India
AG&P breaks ground on Karaikal LNG.
Fugro Wins Contest With Machine-Learning Model for Pile-Driving Prediction
Using the supplied data set of cone penetration test results, competing teams had to predict the number of hammer blows required to drive the pile a given unit of depth in the North Sea.
TC Energy Plans To Move Equipment for Keystone XL Preconstruction Work
TC Energy is planning to start mobilizing heavy construction equipment to worker campsites and pipeline storage sites in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska in February to start preconstruction work on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Gazprom Neft Takes Home IPTC’s Top Award For Arctic Megaproject
The Novoportovskoye oil and gas condensate field was discovered in 1964 but left undeveloped for decades due to its remote location on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia.
Wood To Modify Platforms for Equinor's Floating Wind Project
As part of the contract, Wood will provide the topside modifications needed for the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms to integrate the Hywind floating wind park with existing systems powering the facilities. The platforms will be the first to receive electric power from floating wind turbines.
Construction Begins at Cambodia’s First Offshore Platform
First steel has been cut for the minimum facilities wellhead platform for the Apsara field offshore Cambodia, the country’s maiden oil development. Operator KrisEnergy said production is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2020.
First Deck Stacking Operation Completed for Coral FLNG Topsides Modules
The Eni-operated project will be the first FLNG vessel deployed in a deepwater field offshore the African continent upon its projected 2022 startup. Samsung Heavy Industries completed the operation at its shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
Woodside Submits Proposal for Senegal Offshore Field
One of the biggest discoveries in the past decade, Sangomar, moves closer to sanction as operator Woodside and its joint venture partners submit the plan for the field's development. First oil from Senegal's first offshore development is scheduled for 2023.
Santos Plans FPSO, Wellhead Platform for Dorado
The Australian company upped its forecast of initial oil production out of the field from 50,000 B/D to somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 B/D. It expects to spend between $1.9 billion and $2.2 billion on the field's development.
ALE Crane Expedites P-74 FPSO Lifts in Brazil
The company performed the heavy lifting and installation of 40 modules, including a 3,000-t module that it said was the largest commercial lift by a land-based crane.
Offshore Wind: The New Frontier in Powering Platforms?
Offshore wind makes up less than 1% of the current energy mix, but analysts have it pegged as a potential trillion-dollar business in the near future. That growth presents an opportunity for operators to reduce costs and their carbon footprint through the electrification of their offshore platforms.
ADNOC, Honeywell Team on Large-Scale Predictive Maintenance Project
ADNOC will utilize Honeywell’s asset monitoring and predictive analytics platform to improve asset efficiency and integrity across the operator’s upstream and downstream businesses.
Offshore OFS Market Poised for Massive Boost in Southeast Asia
A fresh wave of offshore project sanctions across Southeast Asia could boost greenfield investments in the oilfield service space by almost 70% in 2020. The growth will be driven by a handful of new megaprojects across Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, according to recent project commitments.
Slings Manufactured for Shell’s Dolphin Platform Module Lift
Lankhorst Ropes provided slings to Seaway 7 for a heavy-lift project on Shell’s Dolphin platform offshore Trinidad and Tobago. Shell contracted the installation of a permanent living quarter module on the facility, which it acquired from Chevron in 2017.
Equinor Makes FID for Offshore Wind Farm To Power Snorre and Gullfaks
Equinor and the Snorre and Gullfaks partners have made a final investment decision for the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm development. By reducing the use of gas turbines, the project helps cut CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes/year.
Pemex Nears Startup on Abkatun-A2 Platform
With McDermott announcing “substantial completion” of the production platform, operator Pemex is expected to begin commercial operations soon. Abkatun-A2 will produce up to 220,000 BOPD from shallow-water fields in the Gulf of Mexico.
People and Processes Define the Facility of the Future
Developing the facility of the future is a technological and infrastructural challenge, but the people behind the technology play just as critical of a role in actualizing complex, innovative asset designs. How will future facilities affect the way companies operate?
Drones Take Off in the Oil Field, but How High Will They Fly?
Unmanned aerial vehicles are creeping up on ubiquity in the oil and gas industry, but their potential still firmly outweighs the actuality. A panel at the 2019 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition took a close look at the benefits of drones and at the tethers still holding back their use.
Work Continues on Liza Unity FPSO
SBM Offshore began construction on the vessel following ExxonMobil’s sanction of the Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana in May. It is designed to produce 220,000 BOPD after it starts up in 2022.
TechnipFMC, DNV GL Partner on Digital Twin Integrity Benchmark
The service company and independent verifier are aiming to develop a methodology for qualifying the integrity of digital twins, which they say will help level the industry’s varying technical definitions of, and expectations towards, the technology.
Main Topsides Lifted Onto Leviathan Platform
One of the largest deepwater gas discoveries of the past decade moves closer to its expected startup at the end of the year, as 24,500 tonnes of topside units have been installed on the Leviathan platform offshore Israel. Operator Noble Energy expects to produce up to 1.2 Bcf/D from 4 subsea wells.
Equinor Installs Templates for Troll, Other North Sea Fields
After seeing a significant increase in the price level for subsea equipment, Equinor says it is realizing the ways in which standardized subsea templates help build financial competitiveness. The new standard allowed for the installation of 14 templates in one month.
Building the Energean Power FPSO
Upon completion, the FPSO will be the first permanently fiber rope-moored offshore facility in the Mediterranean, processing the reservoir fluids and export sales gas from the Karish and Tanin gas fields offshore Israel.
ALE Completes Record Lift for Total’s Egina FPSO
At nearly 3,000 tonnes, the company said its lift of an FPSO module was one of the heaviest land-based crane lifts ever performed. ALE was contracted to lift six modules for Total’s FPSO module integration project in Nigeria.
Neptune Begins Subsea Installation Work on Duva Field
The Neptune-operated project is on track to start drilling later this year, with first oil scheduled for the end of 2020. The Norwegian North Sea field is expected to produce 30,000 BOE/D at its peak.
Xodus Group To Acquire Green Light Environmental
The acquisition will add to the group’s offerings aimed at environmental impact assessments and project approvals.
McDermott Completes First Installation Campaign for R-Cluster Project Offshore India
Completion comes despite two cyclones disrupting the project area during installation, McDermott said.
Seawater Cooling System To Be Integrated on Newbuild Cable-Layer
Hydroniq will deliver a hull-integrated seawater cooling system for a cable-laying vessel the Norwegian shipbuilder Vard is designing and building for Prysmian Group.
Supply Vessel Collides With Equinor North Sea Platform
The company evacuated 276 people on board Statfjord A after the collision, which happened in connection with loading operations. No injuries were reported, and the total extent of the damage on the platform is being investigated.
Cheniere Makes FID on Sabine Pass Train 6, Signs Gas Deal With Apache for Corpus Christi Facility
Sabine Pass Train 6 gets the nod, Bechtel gets the go-ahead for construction. Apache Corp. signed a deal with Cheniere to supply natural gas produced from its Permian Basin Alpine High area to the Corpus Christi LNG facility
US Lifts Metal Tariffs on Canada, Mexico
The decision may alleviate some of the pressures oil and gas producers faced in the wake of their imposition last year. Canada and Mexico made up a combined 20% of US imports of oil country tubular goods in 2017.
Santos P'nyang Farm-In Advances PNG LNG Expansion
Santos signed a binding letter of intent to acquire a 14.3% interest in Petroleum Retention License 3, which contains the P’nyang natural gas field in Papua New Guinea.
BP and Partners Sanction $6-Billion Platform for Giant Deepwater ACG Field in Caspian
BP and partners have sanctioned the Azeri Central East project, the next stage of development of the giant Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli oilfield complex in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.
IPTC Awards Saudi Aramco’s Manifa Offshore Project
Megaprojects have come to define many of the world’s new resource projects but they are also a testament to the awesome engineering capabilities of the oil and gas industry. Find out who took home this year’s honors.
Johan Sverdrup Living-Quarters Topside Sails Away
Phase 1 of the development today marked the sail-away from Kværner’s yard of the 560-bed living-quarters topside, the largest of its kind in Norway.
Williams, CPPIB To Form $3.8-Billion Appalachia Midstream JV
The combination will operate and share ownership of midstream gas assets in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays. CPPIB financially backs operator Encino Energy, which last year acquired Chesapeake Energy’s Utica assets.
US on Pace To Top Saudi’s Liquid Exports This Year
The shale revolution is leading the US into a unique position: a bigger exporter of crude and petroleum liquids than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
BP Begins Gas Production From Phase 2 of West Nile Delta Project
Current production from the phase is 400 MMcf/D and expected to peak at 700 MMcf/D. A third phase also is slated to come on stream this year.
Facilities Piping Inspection: Is Direct Assessment Enough?
Tons of resources are devoted to assure the integrity of facility piping systems, but are the generally accepted methods of inspecting these systems the best way? Complex systems with above- and underground piping sections may require a combination of direct assessment and elements of an API code.
As Midstream Becomes Mainstream, Pipeline Integrity Grows in Importance
Pipeline approvals can be a polarizing topic and advocacy for their viability is crucial for companies. What technologies are being developed to help bolster pipeline integrity, and how is the industry working to assure the general public of their safety and reliability?
BHGE Releases Drone Service To Fight Methane Leaks
Drones will be just one of the tools that the service company uses in its drive toward net-zero carbon emissions.
Natural Gas Fuels Challenges
Engineering ways to deliver more gas to consumers presents both huge opportunities and lots of challenges. Hisham Saadawi, SPE technical director of production and facilities, offers some examples as part of JPT’s tech director report.
Kreuz, Seamec Mobilize Vessel for ONGC Offshore Project
As part of a 2-year deal, the Kreuz Glorious will help with the inspection of offshore jackets in the Arabian Sea. Kreuz will also provide personnel for project management and offshore construction.
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