TOPICS OF INTEREST
Revisiting Oilfield Electrification With Ideas Picked Up at 2020 ATCE
An ATCE session focused on subsea and offshore subsurface applications with much wider implications. The discussion included the electrification of both facilities and subsurface systems, as well as more-extensive deployment of sensing and flow control from the surface to the reservoir.
Tie-In Manifold Installation Completed at Karish Field Offshore Israel
Jumbo Maritime's heavy-lift crane vessel Fairplayer completed the work.
Equinor Awards Contracts for Breidablikk Development
Equinor awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to Aker Solutions and Wood for work on the oil field in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. It said about 70% of the contracts for the development phase is expected to go to Norwegian companies.
US Agencies Advance Research To Increase Gulf of Mexico Production
The research will focus on potential policy changes that could help increase oil and gas production from deepwater infrastructure already in place in the Gulf of Mexico to reduce stranded assets.
Engineering Construction Firm to Provide FEED for Vietnam LNG Power Project
The FEED contract is expected to be converted into an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract in Q1 2021.
Petrobras Awards Contracts for ROV Services and Supply Vessels
The 3-year contracts were awarded to Solstad, OceanPact, and Fugro.
BSEE Policy Change Would Allow Longer Tieback Extensions
BSEE said details of the policy change will come later this year.
JIP33 Unveils Subsea Pipeline Valve Specs
The specification defines a minimum common set of requirements for the procurement of subsea pipeline valves.
Saipem To Install Subsea System for Búzios Pre-Salt Project
The Búzios-5 production system is planned to include the interconnection of 15 wells to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel in two phases.
Kongsberg Maritime, Ocean Infinity Sign Deal To Equip Unmanned Surface Vehicles
Armada to install ROV launch and recovery system on its fleet of robotic ships.
Aker Wins Umbilicals Contract for King’s Quay Development in GOM
Delivery of the umbilicals is expected in Q4 2021. The King’s Quay FPS achieved FID in Q2 2019, and is expected to process up to 80,000 B/D of crude oil with first production in 2022.
WFS Technologies and Subsea Energy Solutions Form Cable Production System Collaboration
WFS Technologies’ collaboration is its second in as many months supporting its Seatooth technologies.
Petrofac Secures Well Management Contract for IOG Core Project Phase 1
Petrofac’s well management contract comes nearly a month after IOG received approval for phase 1. The contract also follows an EPC contract awarded to Subsea 7 in May.
As Major Offshore Projects Are Pushed Out, Gloomy Year Ahead for the Subsea Market
While a year with less than 200 subsea tree awards seems uncommon, a year with less than 100 awards is an even rarer sight. It has only happened once before since the turn of the century, in 2016 following the oil price crash of 2014–2016.
Wood, NERA Partner on Subsea Inspection Solutions
The AI-driven tool will detect anomalies in subsea oil and gas infrastructure.
W-Industries Awarded Contract for Mozambique LNG Project
The W-Industries contract comes 2 months after Worley was awarded a master service agreement for services on the Mozambique LNG project.
Joint Tender Issued for Subsea Power Transmission Network in MENA Region
Proposal requests were sent to companies to solicit partnerships for the project with ADNOC and ADPower.
Logan Delivers Custom A-frame for TechnipFMC’s ROV
The A-frame is DNV certified. TechnipFMC’s ROVs will deploy in GoM later this year.
Greenfield E&P Tenders Are Set To Shrink to $60 Billion in 2020, a 2-Decade Low
Rystad Energy's analysis shows the decline is in contrast to $170 billion worth of tenders awarded in 2019. Tender activity is expected to show marginal recovery in 2021, reaching about $74 billion.
Shell Postpones FIDs on GoM and North Sea Projects
The deferments are the latest actions Shell has taken in response to record low crude prices.
How To Optimize Tubing Material Selections Using the PREN Value
Material selection is a first line of defense against corrosion. This article reviews how to recognize pitting and crevice corrosion, as well as how to optimize tubing material selections for marine oil and gas applications based on the material’s PREN value.
Fugro Awarded Remote Operations Contract
After being acquired in 2019, the Well-Safe Guardian semisubmersible was extensively overhauled and upgraded. Fugro is the second company to be awarded work this year on the asset.
Woodside Energy Awards TechnipFMC Second EPCI Contract Offshore Australia
This contract is for the development of the Lambert Deep and Phase 3 offshore Northwest Australia.
Subsea UK Upgrades Market Intelligence Tool
SubseaIntel will provide an overview of its upgrades over the next 3 months.
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.
Two Strategic Partnerships Emerge for Offshore Unmanned Systems
Fugro and SEA-KIT’s partnership will develop unmanned vessels, while HII and Kongsberg will market naval and maritime products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pseudo Dry-Gas Technology Proves Feasible and Valuable for Ultralong Subsea Gas Condensate Tiebacks
This case study describes how gas condensates within a subsea tieback system behave very differently to condensed water from a wet-gas system and therefore a pseudo dry-gas system needs to be configured differently for gas-condensate developments.
Extra-Long Tiebacks for Deepwater Development: A Review of Enabling Technologies
Eni conducted a research project to explore the maturity of new technologies to enable economical development of deepwater prospects with tieback distances longer than 50 km and 150 km, respectively, for oil and gas fields.
Deeper, Longer: The Olympics of Offshore Tiebacks
The motto of the Olympic Games is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” Latin for “faster, higher, stronger,” which emphasizes the concept of pushing the limits. As an engineer, that approach really speaks to me—and offshore installations, and especially offshore tiebacks, illustrate that concept very well.
Boosting Uncovers True Value of Subsea Assets
This paper identifies potentially significant hidden value of subsea multiphase boosting technology, or aspects of it that have not received adequate attention during the field-development decision-making process.
Equinor Awards Contracts for Bacalhau Project Offshore Brazil
Described as Brazil’s first-ever integrated SPS and SURF project, the development will include 19 wells, approximately 130 km of rigid risers and flowlines, and 35 km of umbilicals.
New Innovations Enable Autonomous Pipeline Inspections
As companies look to reduce the time it takes to inspect a subsea pipeline, as well as the costs involved in the operation, autonomous systems have become a more desirable option. How close are they to becoming the norm?
DNV GL Issues New Recommended Practice for Subsea Welding
Aimed at streamlining manufacturing processes and significantly reducing costs, the practice provides standardized operator requirements that DNV GL says will ensure consistency in the fabrication of subsea pressure retaining equipment such as wellheads, manifolds, and jumpers.
Saipem Considering Merger With Subsea 7
Bloomberg reports that Saipem is seeking to bulk up and weather an industry downturn. A potential deal could create an oilfield service giant with more than $12.4 billion in revenue.
Will Faster Robots Improve Subsea Pipeline Inspections?
Sensors, robots, and artificial intelligence have made their way into a number of areas within the industry, including pipeline inspections. Shell has begun to examine the innovative technologies that could shift the inspection paradigm.
TechnipFMC’s Newly Named E&C Player To Focus on LNG
Technip Energies will work on a backlog comprising more than 50% in LNG-related business. Retaining the TechnipFMC name, RemainCo will generate nearly 90% of its revenue outside the US and Canada.
Equinor Awards Milestone Wireless Subsea Drone Contract
The $43-million deal with Saipem will utilize a wireless underwater intervention drone and an ROV for intervention work on the Njord field in the Norwegian North Sea. Equinor said the contract is the first ever from an operator for advanced wireless drone services.
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.
Subsea Pipelines, Umbilicals Installed for Nova Field
The completion of the subsea installation marks another major step for one of several projects scheduled to tie back to the Gjøa platform in the Norwegian North Sea. Production for the Wintershall Dea-operated project is expected to start up in 2021.
Subsea Markets Face High Stakes if Oil Prices Slide
In a $60 to $70 oil environment, the subsea market is poised to grow around 7% annually up to 2025. But a significant portion of this activity is at risk if the price of Brent crude falls to $50 per barrel.
Swire Seabed Completes Autonomous Pipeline Inspection for Equinor
The subsea operations company said its most recent campaign is the first fully unmanned offshore pipeline inspection completed “over the horizon,” surveying up to 100 km from the shore.
Shell Sanctions Deepwater PowerNap Project
The subsea tieback is expected to start up in 2021. This is Shell’s second major development on a tieback in the US Gulf of Mexico, following Kaikias’ startup in May.
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.
McDermott Completes First Installation Campaign for R-Cluster Project Offshore India
Completion comes despite two cyclones disrupting the project area during installation, McDermott said.
BHGE Launches Multimodal Facility Expansion in Angola
The facility will serve as a hub to support customers and projects in the Angola and Southern Africa region.
Addressing the Gaps in Subsea Produced Water Treatment
Operators are looking for ways to better handle water coming from subsea wells, which is typically treated at topside facilities. Subsea separation systems are not equipped to discharge water back into the reservoir, so how do companies close the gaps?
Ashtead Technology Acquires Aqua-Tech Solutions
Ashtead Technology has acquired Louisiana-based subsea equipment rental and cutting services specialist, Aqua-Tech Solutions, as part of the company’s international growth plans in the US.
Aker Solutions and FSubsea Aim for Increased Oil Recovery With FASTSubsea
Aker Solutions and FSubsea have agreed to a joint venture, named FASTSubsea, to help operators increase oil recovery.
Equinor To Install Underwater Drone at Asgard Field
Called Eelume, the underwater drone will perform subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair work.
Subsea is Back in Black
From its record high in 2014, purchases of subsea equipment and SURF fell around 50% until reaching a low in 2018. New data suggest that the subsea market will be a top-performing oilfield service segment.
Subsea Production Systems—Will 2019 Be a Tipping Point?
The past year ended with a surge of subsea tree awards as E&P operators locked in lower supply-chain cost. Will demand continue to grow in 2019 and allow subsea OEMs to build backlogs and take back pricing power?
Trendsetter Completes Delivery of Production Equipment for Leviathan Project
Trendsetter Engineering completed its 2-year design and build work for Noble Energy’s Leviathan project.
LLOG Awards McDermott Subsea Tiebacks Contract for Stonefly in Gulf of Mexico
LLOG’s subsea pipeline tiebacks and structures connecting the Stonefly development to the Ram Powell platform are scheduled to be installed in Q3 2019.
Saudi Aramco Awards EPCI Contracts for Pair of Major Projects
The new deal covers production deck manifolds and subsea pipelines for Zuluf and Berri, two large fields undergoing expansion projects.
DNV To Oversee Bolt Fatigue Testing Program Focused on Subsea Systems
Testing will be performed at DNV’s labs in Columbus, Ohio, and Norway and overseen by experts in fatigue of subsea equipment, bolting connections, cathodic protection, and instrumented tests.
Dawn of the Drone: A New Method for Delivering IRM Services Subsea
Subsea inspection/repair/maintenance services have traditionally relied on vessel-based, ROV, or diver operations. In the longer term, identifying significant incremental savings in these operations is not sustainable and an innovative approach deploying digital technologies is being investigated.
Equinor Starts Production From Aasta Hansteen Gas Field
A project of “firsts,” Equinor’s Aasta Hansteen spar platform began producing gas on 16 December, opening a new region for gas export to Europe and the UK.
Sustained Subsea Hardware Investment Projected for Near Term
Westwood forecasts a recovery in the subsea market backed by a new wave of offshore investment. Subsea vessel operations and hardware expenditure are expected to total $152 billion from 2019 to 2023.
Supervised Autonomy Bridges the Gap in ROV Inspections
ROVs dominate the world of subsea inspections, maintenance, and repair, but as operators work in a post-downturn economy, autonomous systems have become more in demand. Autonomous inspections are possible today, but how can they help with light and heavy intervention?
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.
C-Innovation Opens New Dock Facility for Subsea Work
The Port Fourchon, Louisiana, facility will serve as the base for the company’s operations in the area. Its subsea services group has performed multiple hydrate remediation projects in the US Gulf of Mexico since its formation.
Development of Barrier-Fluid-Less Subsea Pumps Gains Momentum
The latest entrants to tackle the development of barrier-fluid-less subsea pumps are Saipem and Curtiss-Wright Corp., who agreed to collaborate in designing and building pumps for water treatment and injection.
AUVs Surface as Next-Gen Data Gathering Platforms
As operators look for cost-efficient ways to address the challenges in facility maintenance and deepwater exploration, autonomous underwater vehicles are being developed for complex data gathering and advanced tasks.
Subsea 7 Completes Acquisition of Siem Offshore Contractors
Subsea 7 completed the acquisition of Siem Offshore Contractors along with a cable-lay vessel and a support vessel.
Moving Away From Our “Eiffel Tower” Approach to Offshore Processing Equipment
We don’t include a structure like the Eiffel Tower with separators, pumps, and compressors on the top observation platform in an onshore development plan. And yet, how many jacket platforms are there around the world?
Swarming, Swimming Robots Make Their Debut
Aquabotix’s SwarmDiver technology marks a major milestone in the growing trend toward swarm-deployed underwater vehicles.
High-Voltage Subsea Pump Enables Low-Cost Boosting
Subsea pumps are used for gas/liquid separation, subsea compression, and subsea boosting. Solutions aiming at cost reductions are crucial to make subsea processing projects feasible. A cost- and complexity-reduction solution for the subsea electrical power supply is a critical consideration.
Selecting the Right Subsea Pump for Your Application
Operator or manufacturer’s reports and published papers are reviewed and a criterion is developed for subsea pump selection.
Subsea High-Boosting Multiphase Pumps Increase Oil Recovery in Aging Field (Includes presentation slides)
Production from an offshore Angola field has been decreasing because of subsea pressure declines amid water-cut increases and limited gas compressor capacity. The development process leading to the selection of high-boosting multiphase pumps is described.
Corinth Secures Subsea 7 Contracts for Aker BP Subsea Tiebacks
The steel pipe manufacturer agrees to deliver outer pipes for pipe-in-pipe flowlines for a pair of recently-announced Aker BP projects in the Norwegian Sea.
TechnipFMC Completes Kaombo Umbilicals Project
Completion of the umbilicals system marks another step toward startup for the Total-operated ultradeepwater development offshore Angola.
Executing Offshore Projects More Efficiently
Offshore project execution enhancement ideas are highlighted for debottlenecking, gas-hydrate-induced pipeline vibration, and the design of subsea systems for efficient startup.
Designing Subsea Systems for Efficient Startup To Mitigate Topside Downtime
The workflow aims to reduce the startup time of a subsea production system (SPS). A dynamic integrated model is used to adjust the scheduled SPS startup time. The model evaluates the dynamic simulation response of a large field startup by integrating a reservoir- and gathering-network model.
Regulatory Push Grows for Decommissioning of Subsea Equipment
The shutting in of unprofitable offshore wells and the requirements for their plugging and abandonment is attracting more attention to what is being done with the associated subsea equipment. The benefits of leaving subsea systems in place vs. recovering them are being considered.
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