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McDermott Lands Two Rig Repair Contracts (Mexico)

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded contracts to refurbish and undertake rig repair work at the McDermott Altamira fabrication facility in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The two jack-up rigs are the Friede & Goldman L-780 Mod II design and will undergo significant improvement work to re-instate them to ABS classification. This will include steel hull, piping, machinery, and electrical renewal, as well as blasting, painting and commissioning support. Work is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2012.

McDermott’s Altamira fabrication facility offers an ideal location to accommodate rigs and semi-submersible hulls with its expansive 1,640-foot quayside, water depth of 41 feet and less than three nautical miles tow distance to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

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Spain: Metalships & Docks to Build Subsea Construction Vessel for McDermott

McDermott International, Inc. (McDermott) will build another high capacity reeled pipelay vessel with top-tier payload capacity, tentatively named Lay Vessel 108 (LV108). The vessel will be a sister ship to the recently completed subsea construction vessel the Lay Vessel North Ocean 105 (LV105), and is to be built to similar specifications at Metalships and Docks S.A.U. shipyard in Vigo, Spain.

LV108 is another milestone in our vessel renewal program focusing on the subsea construction market for flexible and rigid product installation,” said Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “Market analysis indicates that the subsea and deepwater construction market is expected to continue to grow and there is demand for more tonnage in both the rigid reel lay and flexible lay markets. The LV108 is expected to meet this need.”

LV108 is designed for advanced deepwater operations with a high-capacity tower for rigid and flexible pipelay and state-of-the-art marine construction equipment that will enable installation of a variety of products to a depth of 10,000 feet, including rigid-reeled pipelines, subsea components and hardware, and deepwater moorings for floating facilities as well as flexible products – cables and umbilicals.

The principal characteristics of the vessel, such as payload, tension capacity and product size, will mirror those of the LV105, but McDermott anticipates enhanced functionality of the LV108 equipment design compared to the LV105. Delivery of LV108 is anticipated to be around third quarter 2014 for outfitting of the custom-designed lay system, built by a specialist fabricator in Europe.

The vertical reel will have a nominal payload of 2,500 tons plus, subject to vessel loading conditions, and a lay tower operational between 90 and 40 degrees. The nominal tension capacity is expected to be 400 tons, and the range of pipe the vessel can install is between 4 to 16 inches diameter. This 427-foot, dynamically positioned vessel will be equipped with a 400-ton heave compensated crane, will have a transit speed of 15 knots and will operate across a range of water depths up to more than 10,000 feet.

In May we completed building and outfitting the LV105, a vessel that aims to improve our worldwide capabilities to meet the growing needs and technical challenges of the subsea and deepwater markets. The vessel will perform its first project in Asia in up to 4,430 feet of water. We look forward to LV108 joining the LV105 and other vessels in our fleet in 2014,” said Johnson.

Shipbuilding Tribune – Spain: Metalships & Docks to Build Subsea Construction Vessel for McDermott.

McDermott Bags Offshore Installation Gig in U.S. GOM

McDermott International, Inc. announced today that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a contract by the Discovery system for offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The value of this contract is included in McDermott’s second quarter 2012 backlog.

Williams Partners L.P.owns 60 percent of the Discovery system and operates it. DCP Midstream Partners, LP owns the other 40 percent of the Discovery system.

The project is to deliver new junction facilities for Discovery’s Keathley Canyon Connector™ pipeline system with a 3,300-ton, four-leg platform in 350 feet of water. The unmanned platform will provide pipeline junction facilities for incoming deepwater pipelines from the Hadrian South and Lucius fields and for outgoing shallow-water pipelines to shore.

Fabrication is expected to commence this summer at McDermott’s Morgan City facility in Louisiana. Offshore installation is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2013, and is intended to be ready for operational start-up before the end of the year.

McDermott’s deepwater combination heavy lift and pipelay vessel DB50 is expected to perform the installation. The DB50 has recently undergone extensive enhancement to its power and propulsion systems, and has a new deepwater lowering system.

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McDermott Bags Two Offshore Contracts in USA and Gabon

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McDermott International, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a fabrication contract for components of a deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico, by Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland BV.

McDermott will construct 16 tendon buoyancy modules (“TBMs”) for the deepwater project, which will be used during offshore installation of the platform, approximately 225 miles south of New Orleans in waters up to 5,185 feet deep.

“McDermott’s high quality fabrication procedures for deepwater projects meet the demanding customer specifications for delivery of structures,” said Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “Additionally, our HSES practices are closely aligned with the stakeholders on the project team,” said Johnson.

McDermott will carry out procurement, fabrication and loadout of the TBM structures from its Morgan City facility in Louisiana. Consisting of an upper and lower module, each TBM is designed to be interchangeable as either an upper or a lower module. Fabrication work is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2012.

A McDermott subsidiary has also been awarded a design engineering and procurement management contract, by VAALCO Gabon Inc., for the Etame platform and a design engineering contract for a potential Southeast Etame / North Tchibala (SEENT) platform, both located offshore Gabon, West Africa.

McDermott’s Houston-based engineering teams have a track record of designing structures for the West Africa market,” said Johnson. “Our early planning activities and knowledge of the technical issues that may arise during the design scope, coupled with our unique understanding of fabrication and installation constructability requirements, allowed us to develop a robust design proposal for VAALCO,” said Johnson.

The new oil and gas wellhead production platform(s) will be located in the Etame Marin block off the coast of Gabon and will be engineered to produce oil and gas.

VAALCO has requested McDermott’s engineering team to design a safe, reliable and predictable production facility that will minimize operational and maintenance issues. It is anticipated that engineering activities will be supported by a combination of technical and commercial personnel focused on identifying and specifying the materials and services necessary to help ensure project execution excellence.

Detailed engineering is already underway at the McDermott Houston engineering office.

The values of both these contract awards will be included in McDermott’s second quarter 2012 backlog.

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Recap: Worldwide Field Development News (May 18 – May 24, 2012)

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This week the SubseaIQ team added 5 new projects and updated 33 projects. You can see all the updates made over any time period via the Project Update History search. The latest offshore field develoment news and activities are listed below for your convenience.

N. America – Mexico
McDermott to Build, Install Ayatsil Platform
May 23, 2012 – McDermott International has received a contract for the new Ayatsil-B drilling platform for PEMEX in the Bay of Campeche Ayatsil field. McDermott will undertake the engineering, procurement, fabrication, pre-commissioning, load-out and sea fastening of the Ayatsil-B eight-leg jacket and deck, weighing about 11,650 tonnes for installation in waters 377 feet (115 meters) deep. McDermott will also carry out transportation and installation analysis of the structures, and will conduct training for Pemex personnel for the facility operation and maintenance. At peak, more than 500 personnel will be engaged on the project. Completion is expected during the third quarter of 2013.
Project Details: Ayatsil
Africa – Other
Anadarko Finds Major Gas Accumulation in Rovuma Basin
May 22, 2012 – Anadarko Petroleum has discovered a major natural gas accumulation in the Golfinho exploration well offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin. The Golfinho discovery well encountered more than 193 net feet (59 net meters) of natural gas pay in two high-quality Oligocene fan systems that are age-equivalent to, but geologically distinct from, the previous discoveries in the Prosperidade complex. “The Golfinho discovery, which is entirely contained within the Offshore Area 1 block, adds an estimated 7 to 20-plus Tcf of incremental recoverable resources over a significant areal extent. This new discovery is only 10 miles offshore, providing potential cost advantages for future development options,” stated Anadarko. The Golfinho exploration well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 14,885 feet (4,537 meters), in water depths of approximately 3,370 feet (1,027 meters). Once operations are complete at Golfinho, the partnership plans to mobilize the Belford Dolphin (UDW drillship) to drill the Atum-1 exploration well.
Project Details: Golfinho (Anadarko)
Australia
AWE Identifies Potential Prospects in Tui Area
May 23, 2012 – Pan Pacific Petroleum, a partner on the Tui field, reported that the joint venture has further progressed evaluation of the Tui Area upside and has identified two potential development infill opportunities and two prospects, which are currently being further matured to enable the JV to decide on possible drilling plans. Subject to approval and rig availability, drilling is planned for 4Q 2012 – 1Q 2013.
Project Details: Tui
Oilex Plans to Drill Bazertete, Tutuala Prospects by Year-End
May 23, 2012 – Oilex has finalized evaluation of the Bazartete and Tutuala prospects which have both emerged as attractive drilling candidates, according to the company. The Bazartete prospect has been selected by the Joint Venture participants as the third commitment well based on an assessment of a higher chance of success than Tutuala and proximity to potential oil charge modeled from the southern part of the contract area based on offset well calibration. Oilex estimates mean recoverable resources for Bazartete (within JPDA06-103) of 65 MMbbls with an upside of 164 MMbbls. Subject to rig availability, drilling is targeted for 3Q 2012.
Project Details: Tutuala
Africa – West
Chariot Secures Rig to Drill Nimrod Prospect
May 21, 2012 – Chariot Oil & Gas Limited and partners have reached an agreement with Ocean Rig UDW to use the Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship) to drill the Kabelijou (2714/6-1) well at the Nimrod prospect. The Poseidon, which is currently on a long-term contract with the operator, is anticipated to arrive on location in July 2012. Drilling operations will commence shortly thereafter. The Nimrod prospect is located in the Orange Basin in Southern Block 2714A where Chariot has a 25 percent equity interest. The Kabeljou well is expected to take approximately two months to drill. The drilling location is 48 miles (77 kilometers) offshore Namibia in 1,181 feet (360 meters) of water with an estimated total drilling depth of 10,171 feet (3,100 meters).
Project Details: Nimrod
Asia – SouthEast
AWE Ready to Spin Bit at Atlas Prospect
May 23, 2012 – AWE reported it is ready to start drilling the Atlas-1 well in May 2012. The prospect is targeting a large gas opportunity in East Java Basin, and if successful, will provide ongoing prospects for further exploration.
Project Details: Atlas
Premier Reviewing Commercial Potential of CRD Discovery
May 23, 2012 – Premier has completed an extensive assessment of exploration opportunities remaining in Block 07/03 and of the commercial potential of the CRD oil and gas/condensate discovery, including whether additional appraisal drilling is required. The JV participants are considering future drilling plans based on the results of this work. At least one exploration well is required to be drilled as a commitment well prior to the end of November 2013.
Project Details: Ca Rong Do (CRD)
Premier Oil Moves Forward with Dua Development
May 21, 2012 – Premier Oil announced that the Dua project, a tie-in to the Chim Sao field, was formally sanctioned by Premier and Santos in April. It is expected that the necessary Vietnamese government approvals will be received during the second quarter of 2012. In the meantime, bids for FPSO modifications and the drilling rig have been received and are being evaluated. Premier continues to target 2014 for first oil.
Project Details: Chim Sao
Otto Energy Updates Galoc Oil Reserves
May 21, 2012 – Otto Energy provided an update on remaining oil reserves balances at the Galoc oil field in the Philippines, performed by independent consulting firm RISC. The company confirmed the reported increase in reserves is attributable to better than expected reservoir performance to date and an extension of field life due to higher prevailing oil prices. Galoc is expected to remain in production until 2016 to 2018 on the basis of the existing two wells alone. Otto Energy estimates Contingent Resources of 1.49 MMboe (Otto share) at 2C level attributable to the Galoc Phase II development, currently progressing through Front End Engineering and Design, with a target Final Investment Decision around mid-2012.
Project Details: Galoc
Black Sea
Sterling Resources to Drill in Black Sea
May 24, 2012 – Sterling Resources and partners intend to drill two offshore prospects in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea by year-end. The first of the two wells to be drilled will be the Ioana prospect, located in the gas-prone Midia Block, directly northeast of the Ana and Doina discoveries. Following drilling of the Ioana well, the jackup will be relocated to the Eugenia prospect in the Pelican Block.
Project Details: Ioana
Asia – Far East
CNOOC Finds Oil in Liaodong Bay
May 24, 2012 – CNOOC Limited has made a discovery in the Luda (LD) 21-2 prospect in the Bohai Bay. LD 21-2 is located in the inverted structure belt of LD 22-27 in south Liaodong Bay, with its south part adjacent to the LD 27-2 oilfield. The average water depth is 66 feet (20 meters). The discovery well of LD 21-2-1D was drilled and completed at a depth of 9,288 feet (2,831 meters) and encountered oil pay zones with a total thickness of about 558 feet (170 meters), representing the thickest oil layers found in the exploration of Bohai clastic rocks in recent years. Currently, oil production at the Luda well tested at around 608 barrels per day.
S. America – Other & Carib.
Repsol Drills Duster at Jaguey Prospect
May 21, 2012 – Repsol failed to hit pay at the Jaguey prospect offshore Cuba and will begin operations to plug and abandon the well.
Project Details: Jaguey
S. America – Brazil
Respol Gears Up Appraisal Plans for BM-C-33 Block
May 24, 2012 – Repsol Sinopec Brazil reported that Block BM-C-33, in the deepwater Campos Basin, contains resources of more than 700 million barrels of light oil and 3 trillion cubic feet of gas. The partners are working on an appraisal plan for the area, which contains the recently discovered Seat, Gavea and Pao de Acucar fields. The latter is reportedly one of the world’s top five discoveries in 2012. The latest well, Pao de Acucar, was drilled in approximately 9,186 feet (2,800 meters) of water and 121 miles (195 kilometers) from the coast of Rio de Janeiro, and found a 1,640 foot-thick (500 meter-thick) oil column. The consortium is preparing to submit an appraisal plan for submission to ANP.
Project Details: Pao de Acucar
Wartsila Hamworthy to Deliver Inert Gas Generator Units for Tupi, Guara FPSOs
May 21, 2012 – Wartsila Hamworthy will deliver inert gas generator units to eight FPSOs in the Santos Basin. Six of the units will be deployed for the Tupi fields with the other two being utilized for the Guara field. The first two units will undergo full scale testing at the factory in Moss prior to delivery, starting as soon as the end of December this year and up to the end of January 2015. Each of the units will be installed on the utility module on the FPSO inside a dedicated compartment. The eight FPSOs are currently under construction in Brazil.
Project Details: Lula (Tupi)
Europe – North Sea
Barryroe Proves Production Potential
May 24, 2012 – Providence Resources reported that it is “dealing with a high productivity oil system” at its Barryroe discovery, offshore Ireland in the North Celtic Sea. Providence said that well test analysis at Barryroe indicates a high-permeability basal oil-bearing reservoir interval, while the firm expects horizontal development wells to deliver “significant production rates”. Data acquired by Schlumberger during well-testing operations of the 48/24-10z Barryroe well was analyzed to find an average permeability of around 400 millidarcies, confirming high permeability. The analysis forecasts that a 1000-foot (305-meter) horizontal well could deliver around 12,500 barrels of oil per day and 11 million standard cubic feet of gas per day through a standard 4.5-ince outer diameter production tubing under natural lift.
Project Details: Barryroe
Faroe Spuds Clapton
May 24, 2012 – Faroe Petroleum has commenced drilling at the Clapton prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Clapton is a chalk prospect on the flanks of the salt induced Mode Dome. The well will target the Ekofisk, Tor and Hod formations, which are the main producing reservoirs in the neighboring fields. The well is being drilled using the Maersk Guardian (350′ ILC) jackup.
Project Details: Clapton
Total to Appraise Norvarg in 2013
May 24, 2012 – Total is preparing for an appraisal well on the Norvarg discovery for 2013. Total currently carries a resource estimate in excess of 200 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe). However, the resource range is wide and the need for appraisal apparent, stated the company.
Project Details: Norvarg
MPX Halts Timon Drilling Ops
May 24, 2012 – The WilHunter (UDW semisub), which is drilling the Timon exploration well in the UK sector of the North Sea, has incurred technical downtime due to equipment failure. Therefore, operations at the Timon well have been temporarily suspended and the current estimated length of downtime is roughly 18 days. A further update will be released once the semisub is able to recommence normal operations, which is expected to be in early June 2012.
Project Details: Timon
Wintershall Succesfully Appraises Maria
May 22, 2012 – Wintershall has successfully appraised the Maria well (6407/1-5 S) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The purpose of the appraisal well was to delineate the Maria discovery and prove hydrocarbons in the northern extent of the structure. “Our preliminary calculations do not only confirm our original resource estimates, but support the upper end of our discovery volumes”, said Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge. The original Maria discovery has been estimated to contain between 60 and 120 million barrels of recoverable oil and between 2 and 5 billion standard cubic meters (sm3) of recoverable gas.
Project Details: Maria
Development Progresses at EnQuest’s Alma/Galia Project
May 21, 2012 – EnQuest reported that development of the Alma/Galia project is continuing on schedule for start-up in 4Q 2013. Batch drilling of the first three wells continues; the first of these wells is in the reservoir and on prognosis.
BG Group Updates Ops at Bream
May 21, 2012 – BG Group reported that the conceptual design of the Bream project was formally agreed among the JV partners in March and the operator has signed a FEED agreement. An invitation to tender to drill the development wells has also been issued and the JV partners anticipate achieving formal project sanction in the second half of 2012.
Project Details: Bream
Emerson to Deliver Subsea Instrumentation for Brynhild Development
May 21, 2012 – Emerson will deliver its Roxar subsea instrumentation for the Brynhild field in the North Sea. The contract was awarded by Aker Solutions and covers Roxar subsea multiphase meters, subsea Sencorr pressure and temperature sensors, subsea chemical injection valves, and sand monitors. Aker Solutions will use the instrumentation as part of the rolling out of a complete subsea production system on Brynhild, with Emerson also delivering a number of downhole pressure and temperature gauges directly to Lundin Petroleum. The Brynhild field, which is currently under development, is forecasted to produce first oil in late 2013 at a gross plateau production of 12,000 bopd.
Project Details: Brynhild (Nemo)
Premier Oil Continues with Concept Engineering, Evaluation Design on Catcher
May 21, 2012 – Premier Oil reported that concept engineering and evaluation by the JV partners of the Catcher development continues to progress. It is expected that an agreement on the conceptual design of the development will be reached in the third quarter. The operator continues to target a final investment decision around year-end and first oil in 2015.
Project Details: Catcher
Total Confirms Well Intervention at Elgin Complex
May 21, 2012 – Total has confirmed the success of the G4 well intervention at the Elgin complex. To regain control of the well, heavy mud was pumped into the G4 well from the West Phoenix (UDW semisub). The leak was stopped, stated the company. Following the success of the well intervention, the next phase will be to re-man the Elgin complex and restart the Rowan Viking (430′ ILC) drilling rig in order to set cement plugs in the G4 well. This phase, aiming at completing the plugging and permanent abandonment procedure of the G4 well, will take several weeks. Once the first cement plug is set in the G4 well by the Rowan Viking, the drilling of the ongoing relief well with the Sedco 714 (mid-water semisub) will be stopped. In consultation with the appropriate authorities, it has been decided that drilling a second relief well by the Rowan Gorilla V (400′ ILC) jackup is no longer necessary and has therefore been cancelled.
Project Details: Elgin/Franklin
E.ON to Bring Huntington Online by Year-End
May 21, 2012 – E.ON reported that progress has been made offshore on the Huntington field in the UK sector of the North Sea. The production wells drilled to date have exceeded expectations and development drilling is expected to be completed in July. The infill pipeline is now being laid and a two month installation FPSO window, commencing on September 1, has been secured. Previously announced delays to the upgrade of the FPSO have been addressed by increasing the manpower in the yard. The operator continues to forecast fourth quarter for first oil with an expected plateau production rate of 25,000 bopd.
Project Details: Huntington
N. America – US GOM
Anadarko Fails to Hit Pay in Spartacus
May 24, 2012 – Anadarko has failed to hit commercial pay in the Spartacus oil and gas prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was targeting subsalt layers in the vicinity of Anadarko’s Lucius project, which is currently under development.
Project Details: Spartacus
Shell Begins Development Drilling at Cardamom
May 22, 2012 – Shell has begun development drilling at its Cardamom field in Garden Banks Block 427 using the Noble Jim Thompson (DW semisub). The rig will drill two wells, with each well taking about 90 days. Both wells will be tied-back to the Auger TLP. Shell’s DOCD for Cardamom includes drilling four development wells and permits for all wells have been approved.
Project Details: Auger
Repsol to Drill Leon Prospect in 2012
May 22, 2012 – Repsol reported it has received a drilling permit for its Leon prospect in Keathley Canyon Block 686 in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling is scheduled to take 140 days. It is reported that the Noble Jim Day (UDW semisub) will drill the well. Leon is a subsalt prospect with a proposed total depth of just over 31,500 feet (9,601 meters) and is located in approximately 6,200 feet (1,890 meters) of water.
Project Details: Leon

McDermott Wins Siakap North – Petai Subsea Contract in Malaysia

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McDermott International, Inc. announced that its Malaysian affiliate Berlian McDermott Sdn. Bhd. was recently awarded a significant subsea contract for executing a deepwater engineering, procurement, construction, transportation, installation and commissioning project offshore Malaysia. The value of this contract is included in McDermott’s first quarter 2012 backlog.

The award is for the subsea infrastructure of the Siakap North – Petai (“SNP”) Development Project operated by Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. (“Murphy”), comprising rigid flowlines, flexible risers, an umbilical and subsea hardware and controls. The SNP field is located nearby the existing Kikeh field, northwest of Labuan Island, Malaysia, in waters 3,900 – 4,900 feet deep.

“Our subsea engineering expertise, fabrication track record at our Batam Island facility, state-of-the-art subsea construction vessels and understanding of the Malaysian market, contributed to this successful award,” said Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “We look forward to delivering the facilities for this important field development for Malaysia.”

The SNP field architecture consists of two rigid, insulated, pipe-in-pipe production flowlines, one rigid water injection flowline and one main umbilical system connecting eight new manifolds and subsea distribution units to existing riser slots on the Kikeh FPSO. The development calls for five water injection and eight production wells, drilled from the manifolds at each of the four drill center locations.

Detailed engineering and procurement for the project are underway, and fabrication of PLETs, jumpers and other installation aids is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2012. Following the infrastructure installation, McDermott will undertake a comprehensive System Integration Test of the subsea units and provide commissioning assistance. The project scope is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2013.

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