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Norway: Ulstein Launches Blue Prosper PSV

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Norway’s Ulstein Verft yesterday succesfully launched a new PSV, Blue Prosper (Yard no. 294), the second of two medium-sized platform supply vessels (PSV) of the new PX121 design from ULSTEIN® for Blue Ship Invest.

The platform supply vessel was launched from the dock after the final paintwork had been carried out inside the dockhall. The vessel is due for delivery in August this year.

Ulstein Verft was contracted to build the two vessels for Blue Ship Invest, a shipping company in ULSTEIN, at the end of 2010, and the first vessel, M/V Blue Fighter was delivered in January 2011

The vessel is built with the X-BOW® hull line design, which is particularly well-suited for this type of vessel. The X-BOW offers efficiency over a wide draught range, which is important for PSVs as they frequently operate with varying loads. Moreover, the X-BOW has unique, advantageous qualities in terms of motion and propulsion efficiency in heavy seas. Both the hull and choice of propulsion system make the vessel particularly suited for North Sea and North Atlantic conditions. The vessel is equipped with a dynamic positioning system IMO Class II.

The ship has a length of 83.4 metres and a beam of 18 metres. It has a cargo deck of 875 square metres and a load capacity of 4200 tonnes (dwt). The ship meets the requirements of DNV’s Clean Design notation and is prepared for fire-fighting class Fi-Fi II. It has a maximum speed of circa 15 knots and modern accommodation for 24 persons.

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USA: Successfull Heidelberg Appraisal for Anadarko

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation yesterday reported the successful results of the Heidelberg-2 appraisal well, situated in Green Canyon block 903 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, which encountered approximately 250 net feet of oil pay in high-quality Miocene sands.

The appraisal well was drilled to a total depth of 31,030 feet in approximately 5,000 feet of water, about 1.5 miles south and 550 feet structurally updip from the Heidelberg discovery well. Log and pressure data from the appraisal and discovery wells indicate excellent quality, continuous and pressure-connected reservoirs with the same high-quality oil. The initial Heidelberg discovery well was drilled in 2009 and encountered more than 200 net feet of oil pay.

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“We’ve been looking forward to drilling an appraisal to our Heidelberg discovery for some time, and we could not be more pleased with the results,” said Bob Daniels, Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration. “The successful penetration of high-quality, oil-bearing sands confirmed the continuity of the reservoir, and validated our geologic model, and initial resource estimate of more than 200 million barrels of oil. We plan to immediately sidetrack the well to evaluate the down-dip extent of the field, and plan to initiate pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) activities to prepare for sanctioning a development project.”

Anadarko operates the block with a 44.25-percent working interest. Co-owners in the block include Apache Deepwater LLC, a subsidiary of Apache Corporation (12.5-percent working interest), Eni (12.5-percent working interest), Statoil (12-percent working interest), ExxonMobil (9.375-percent working interest) and Cobalt International Energy, L.P. (9.375-percent working interest).

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The Netherlands: SBM Offshore Wins Contract for FPSO Oil Offloading System Supply

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SBM Offshore announces that the company has signed a contract relating to the Deep Water Oil Loading System required as part of an oil field development offshore West Africa.

The scope of work for SBM Offshore consists of:

  • *the engineering, procurement and supply of Oil Offloading Lines (OOL) and Fiber Optic Cables to be suspended between a FPSO and its Deep Water Export Buoy; the OOL will be based on the TrellineTM, a large diameter reinforced bonded rubber hose concept jointly developed between SBM Offshore and Trelleborg and previously supplied as part of various existing offshore developments;
  • *the offshore installation of the complete Oil Loading System (including the Deep Water Buoy) in the second half of 2013, using the Company’s installation vessel ‘Normand Installer’.

SBM Offshore N.V. is a pioneer in the offshore oil and gas industry. Worldwide, SBM Offshore has over 5,000 employees representing 47 nationalities, and ix present in 15 countries. SBM’s activities include the engineering, supply, and offshore installation of most types of offshore terminals or related equipment. In addition, SBM Offshore owns and operates its own fleet of Floating (Production) Storage and Offloading units. SBM Offshore has a track record of developing innovative, cost-effective solutions for the ever-changing needs of its Clients.

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