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Scientific approach to be found for Arctic

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by Vesnovskaya Maria

The Arctic Scientific Center planned to be set up by the Russian Rosneft oil giant jointly with the US ExxonMobil Corporation will become sort of a technological core for developing the region’s ice shelf. Pursuant to the strategic partnership agreement signed earlier, the Russian and American companies will have 66.7 and 33.3 percent interests respectively in the future joint venture.

The new scientific center is meant to study the climate and geology of the Arctic, engineer icebreakers and drilling platforms, as well as engage in all shelf cooperation-related projects.

The region faces serious yearlong development, given an estimated one third of the world’s natural resources originating from the Arctic Ocean floor. The shelf is especially rich in coal, gold, copper, nickel, tin, platinum and manganese, with the region’s hydrocarbon fields holding up to 30 and 13 percent of global gas and oil reserves.

It is clear that one company cannot cover the development of all these deposits single-handedly, which requires cooperation with foreign specialists. According to partner of the RusEnergy consulting company Mikhail Krutikhin, the project has an essential economic aspect:

“ExxonMobil possesses enough shelf exploration technology and experience; it cooperated with Russia on the Sakhalin-1 project. Any opportunity to get access to new deposits and develop them appears more than attractive for any international company of this class,” says Mikhail Krutikhin.

One should realize, however, that exploration efforts on the Russian shelf will also require a specific approach, stresses oil investment expert Dmitry Alexandrov:

“In general, no one can be deemed highly experienced in carrying out geologic exploration under such conditions, given that the Russian Arctic differs much from what we observe in Alaska. Russia finds it particularly important to cooperate with a large foreign company in order to adopt its knowledge of shelf activities. We are dealing with the shared financial risks on the one hand and high-level technological solutions on the other,” Dmitry Alexandrov points out.

One should also bear in mind that the Arctic is a region attractive for all oil giants, the expert adds:

“The shelf’s resource base arouses interest of many foreign companies. Giants like ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips and Statoil have insufficient resource bases and always seek to engage in high-potential projects,” Dmitry Alexandrov says in conclusion.

The Arctic center is expected to absorb some $500 or 600 million, with overall Rosneft and ExxonMobil investment estimated at $200-300 billion. The total economic impact may reach half a billion dollars.

Partnership between the Russian and American giants is not only limited to Arctic projects. ExxonMobil may take part in exploring an area of the so-called Tuapse Trough in the Black Sea, while Rosneft is likely to get access to oil deposits in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas and Canada.

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UK: SeaEnergy Publishes ‘Past Laurels, Emerging Offshore Wind Energy Service Sector Bode Well’

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The management has an excellent track record of establishing businesses from the concept stage and adding value for shareholders

SeaEnergy PLCs (earlier Ramco Energy PLC) strategic approach to growth entails entering new businesses at an early stage when the need for capital is low and exiting these ventures when the right value is attained. The company, which was incorporated with focus on oil services, evolved into| an energy investment company with interest in oil and gas assets. SeaEnergy is currently also focusing on the development of its offshore wind service business, SeaEnergy Marine. In line with its strategy, the company has successfully monetized its business interests in the past. It liquidated its 2.0825% interest in the Azeri Chirag Guneshli (ACG) field in Azerbaijan for USD150 million during 2000 and divested its 80.13% stake in SeaEnergy Renewables Limited (SERL) for a cash consideration of £38.6 million in 2011.

SeaEnergy Marine – Banking on the promising offshore wind energy services sector

SeaEnergy is venturing into services related to the installation, operation and maintenance (O&M), and support of wind turbines through SeaEnergy Marine. It will stand out in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Offshore wind capacity in Europe is estimated to rise from 2.6GW at the end of 2010 to 43.3GW by 2020. This is likely to create massive demand for vessels that can facilitate the installation and O&M of wind turbines. The industry is currently facing a dearth of right-fit vessels that can execute these activities efficiently. For instance, wind farm owners in UK currently depend on workboats that operate at a maximum wave height of 1.5 meters and at a distance of 60 miles from shore, severely limiting their usefulness for wind farms now in development. The huge gap between demand and supply reflects the opportunities for growth in the offshore wind energy sector.

SeaEnergy Marine – A one-stop-shop for offshore energy sector

SeaEnergy Marine plans to integrate all services that offshore wind farm owners/developers may require. The company’s state-of-the-art vessels will shorten the installation cycle and increase accessibility for O&M. In addition, SeaEnergy Marine’s vessels will offer these services at very competitive rates, making the economics of operation quite favourable for its customers.

Past experience, established business model increase probability of success

SeaEnergy Marine benefits from the management’s experience in the offshore wind energy sector, especially the exposure gained while working with SERL. Moreover, the business model is well established. SeaEnergy Marine is also actively submitting tenders for contracts with major offshore wind companies.

The Discounted Cash Flow approach yielded a fair value of GBp50.5 per share, based on a cost of equity at 14.48%, inclusive of an additional risk premium of 8% as the company is still in the inception phase. As the marine business will gradually materialise, the additional premium will be faded out over time , providing further upside. In addition, our fair value excludes current (and further) upside from the O&G assets.

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Norway: Det Norske Pens Important Jette Field Deals

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Det norske has signed three important contracts in preparing for the Jette development. The contractors are Cameron, Subsea7 and Aker Solutions​.

September 5th, 2011, Det norske oljeselskap ASA presented a plan for development and operation (PDO) of Jette to the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe. The PDO was submitted on behalf of the partners in the Jette Group, which in addition to Det norske as operator, includes Petoro, Dana Petroleum and Bridge Energy.

Aldous Senior Vice President Projects, Bård Atle Hovd, says this is an important step towards developing Jette.

- We have now signed the third and final contract for the development phase. As soon as we receive the Ministry´s approval, we will embark on our first field development. We wish for a fast track development, enabling us to produce oil from Q1 2013

Jette is located in blocks 25/7 and 25/8, in the mid part of the North Sea. The field, which lies at a depth of 127 meters, will be produced with two horizontal wells, tied back to the Jotun floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).

Three suppliers

Det norske has signed supplier agreements with three contractors. Cameron has been selected to supply the subsea production system. They will, amongst other, fabricate the X-mas trees and protective structures.

Subsea 7​ will be responsible for engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a 6 kilometer flexible flowline and jumpers, installation of a 6 kilometer integrated services umbilical, X-mas trees and protective structures. They will also supply diver assisted tie-ins.

Aker Solutions is given the assignment to fabricate the 6 kilometer integrated services umbilical.

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Inauguration of Noble Globetrotter I at Schiendam, the Netherlands

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Noble Corp inaugurated the Noble Globetrotter I ultra-deepwater drillship at Huisman’s new production hall in Schiedam, the Netherlands, on 1 October. The drillship, which was designed around Huisman’s multipurpose tower (MPT), is on schedule to be delivered later this year. It will then mobilize to the US Gulf of Mexico under a 10-year contract with Shell.

The MPT, which is also featured on Noble’s Bully rigs, is a compact box-type drilling tower replacing the conventional derrick. It uses two revolving carousels, each with two pipe rackers, to allow the racking of 35,000 ft of tubulars to support both a drilling side and a construction side, where tubulars can be prepared. This system of hoisting/handling leaves the drill floor open, providing better visibility for the driller and better movement for the crews, according to Noble and Huisman.

Further, the engine room is placed forward, underneath the accommodations, freeing up space in the aft. Riser is stored below deck, and it’s a flat deck essentially from the accommodations to the stern of the ship.

“It’s a much cleaner layout. Walking across the drill floor, there’s nothing overhead. You can reach straight into the center of the rotary with a crane, which is spectacular from a drilling operational perspective,” said David Williams, Noble chairman, president and CEO. “We think it provides a lot of features that will improve safety and operational efficiency.”

The MPT also allows the Globetrotter I to be a smaller-sized vessel (620-ft length) than many other ultra-deepwater drillships, although it can still drill in up to 10,000 ft of water and wells up to 40,000 ft deep. “We’re not giving up any operational capability over much larger vessels,” Mr Williams said, adding that the installation of a heave-compensated crane means there’s a third load path – besides the construction and drilling sides of the MPT – for handling trees or umbilicals.

The Globetrotter I had its hull built by Korea-based STX Offshore & Shipbuilding at its new yard in Dalian, China, then sailed under its own power to Huisman’s quay in the Netherlands, arriving on 19 July this year. Huisman, which was responsible for the design and construction of the drilling equipment as well as the vessel concept design, installed the MPT on the rig on 6 August.

The multipurpose tower on the Noble Globetrotter I uses two revolving carousels to allow 35,000 ft of tubulars to be racked. There is a construction side and a separate drilling side for improved efficiency.

“For us this is a new market. It took us 10 years to find the right combination of people who were willing to take a step-change in technology,” said Joop Roodenburg, Huisman CEO. “We know it’s very difficult to do new things. That’s why it took a long time to get everybody aligned.”

The top section of the MPT can be lifted off with a crane so the vessel can sail through the Panama Canal, Suez Canal and the Bosphorus, Mr Roodenburg explained.

Besides the MPT, the drillship features DP3 stationkeeping capabilities, active heave-compensated dual drum drawworks, 2.4 million lbs of hookload and 2 million lbs of variable deck load. A low elevated drill floor – 5 meters above the main deck – draws the centers of gravity down and reduces sideways motions on the drill floor.

The rig will be equipped with a 18 ¾-in. 15,000-psi six-ram Shaffer NXT BOP system, although Mr Williams and Mr Roodenburg emphasize that the rig has enough deck space to accommodate a backup BOP stack. The decision to build in that redundancy would lie with Shell, however.

“We will continue to explore with Shell what their BOP requirements are going forward. The only rig so far that we have agreed to put second BOPs on are the first of the Hyundai ships,” Mr Williams said, referring to the four ultra-deepwater drillships that Noble has ordered with Hyundai Heavy Industries​ this year. The first of these four drillships is expected to be delivered in 2013 and has a Letter of Intent in place with Shell for a five and a half-year drilling contract.

After its hull was built in Dalian, China, the rig sailed to the Netherlands for installation and commissioning of the topside equipment earlier this year.

A second Globetrotter-class rig is also under construction with STX at its Dalian yard. As with Globetrotter I, the Globetrotter II will then be mobilized to Huisman in the Netherlands for installation and commissioning of the topside equipment. Globetrotter II also has a 10-year contract in place with Shell, and delivery is slated for 2013.

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Wind farm support vessel refined

Oil exploration to renewable energy group SeaEnergy is working up plans to build a new wind farm support vessel specially designed for the North Sea market which is being targeted for a tender due out next month.

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SeaEnergy chairman Steve Remp has told shareholders he expects a market opportunity for a specialised wind farm Offshore and Maintenance support vessel to be available by 2014.
“We have engaged with many potential customers and can confirm widespread support for our design and operational concept,” Remp reports.

Although the market opportunities for the vessel could materialise by 2014, Remp says those will be in the more benign conditions of the Baltic Sea: “To date, the only tender for such offshore wind support vessel has been for a project in the Baltic Sea,” Remp has told SeaEnergy shareholders.

“Our vessel design is specified for the more challenging wave, tide and weather conditions encountered in the North Sea, and is therefore over-specified for the more benign conditions in the Baltic. “

Remp goes on to point out that the requirement for the vessel in the North Sea – primarily in the UK or Germany – will be in 2014,   “…And we are actively preparing to participate in the first of such tenders fort the North Sea which are expected to be issued next month.” Remp says.

SeaEnergy is now progressing technical work on the O&M vessel design which includes tank testing and completion  of detailed engineering drawings “..Both of which are required to put us in a position to initiate construction of our first new-build vessel, once an initial charter has been secured,” Remp says.

Meanwhile the company is talking to potential customers about chartering an existing ship in the near-term for use this winter which would be used to demonstrate SeaEnergy’s wind farm O&M concept, and to generate earlier revenue.

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