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Nine Oil Firms Table Bids for Ronda Uruguay II

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Uruguay’s state-owned petroleum company, ANCAP, has announced that nine oil companies have placed nineteen bids for exploration and production offshore Uruguay.

Bids come from oil majors for the 15 blocks offered by the Uruguayan government for the oil exploration and production in the Oriental del Plata, Pelotas and Punta del Este offshore basins.

Uruguay’s second offshore licensing round (Ronda Uruguay II) attracted interest of eleven oil companies but nine of them qualified for the bidding process.

UK’s BP and the BG Group, France-based Total, Dutch Shell, Tullow Oil Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. all filed the bids. Furthermore Spain’s Cepsa, Murphy Oil and Argentina’s YPF were among the bidders.

The marine platform is already explored by a consortium of Petrobras, YPF and Galp, that were the bidding winners in the first Uruguay Round in 2009. According to ANCAP authorities there is a big increase in the oil sector interest on the Uruguayan offshore, when compared with the first bid where only six oil companies asked for qualification.

ANCAP is expected to come up with the results of the bidding later during the day.

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Germany: SAL’s MV Lone Becomes DP Class II Vessel

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The MV “Lone” has completed her upgrade from DP class I to DP Class II. The Heavy Lift vessel, which is part of the SAL fleet, was upgraded during the month of December in the dry-dock of the German shipyard Norderwerft (Sietas Group) in Hamburg.

With this configuration, her unrivalled service speed of 20 knots and her service capability the MV “Lone” is equipped to undertake ambitious projects within the oil and gas industry as well as offshore wind farms.

SAL, which belongs to the Japanese “K”-Line Group and is one of the leading international carriers specialising in the transportation of heavy lift cargos, owns the MV “Lone” and her twin MV “Svenja” which has a DP class I capability. These two vessels, each with a combined crane capacity of 2000 MT, can claim to possess the largest lifting capability for this type of vessel in the world and both feature a high transit speed of up 20 knots.

Dynamic Positioning (DP) is the automatic control of the vessel in its three axes of freedom (surge, sway and yaw). A DP class II certification, which the MV lone now holds, means that as a result of the equipment specification of the vessel a loss of position will not occur in the event of a failure of any single piece of critical equipment. During offshore installations where workers on platforms and other ships are involved this fact, guaranteed under all but exceptional circumstances, ensures maximum safety for personnel and equipment.

“The MV ‘Lone’ stands for SAL’s future strategy: the specialization on ships with high crane capacity and state-of-the-art technology ,” says Lars Rolner, CEO of SAL. “The installation of the DP2 system ensures an optimal capability within the highly complex area of oil, gas and wind offshore projects.”

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South Korean Hyundai Heavy Delivers Deepsea Metro II Drillship

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Deep Sea Metro Ltd. has today taken delivery of the drillship Deepsea Metro II from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The naming ceremony for the vessel was held on November 10 in Hyundai Heavy’s shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

President & CEO of Odfjell Drilling, Simen Lieungh states:

“This is the second project for Deep Sea Metro this year and fourth overall that Odfjell Drilling has successfully delivered since the Deepsea Atlantic in 2009. We are pleased to see that our site team and the yard have succeeded in every way, with regards to safety and schedule. The safety results in all our projects are very satisfactory, which is an important indicator of professionalism and accountability in all aspects. With the delivery of this state of the art vessel, we are now looking forward to the operations ahead.”

Deepsea Metro II will start its first drilling campaign for Petrobras , offshore Brazil.

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