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Norway: FMC to Provide LWI Services to Statoil

FMC Technologies, Inc., a global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry, has signed two five-year contracts with Island Offshore Management AS to supply Light Well Intervention (LWI) services for use by Statoil in the North Sea, contingent on approval from Statoil’s partners. Each contract contains options for two, two-year extensions.

FMC’s LWI services enable cost effective intervention and maintenance operations to be performed on existing subsea wells, resulting in higher recovery rates and accelerated production volumes in mature subsea oil fields. The contracts will commence when the existing LWI contracts between the companies expire in 2015. The well intervention activities will be conducted from two Island Offshore vessels, the Island Frontier and the Island Wellserver.

“Reducing the cost of operations and increasing oil recovery are two key benefits of the LWI system,” said Tore Halvorsen, FMC’s Senior Vice President of Subsea Technologies. “Demand for these services will continue to grow as the number of subsea wells increase, and we are pleased to continue to support Statoil with our LWI services.”

Norrway’s oil giant Statoil yesterday awarded contracts for new light well intervention (LWI) vessels. These “category A” units will contribute to increased recovery from Statoil’s approximately 500 operated subsea wells on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Statoil has awarded contracts to Island Offshore Management and Eide Marine Services for the charter of a total of three LWI vessels.

“These contracts prove that Light Well Intervention will also in the future be a common part of oil and gas recovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Island Offshore is proud to announce another milestone as a validation of our efforts and investments in this market segment,” commented Robert Friedberg of Island Offshore.

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Ezion to Provide Service Rig for Operations Offshore Myanmar

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Singapore’s Ezion Holdings Limited  has sealed a charter contract with a value of up to USD 118 million over a 3 year period to provide a service rig to be used by a European based multinational oil company to support its oil and gas activities in offshore Myanmar.

The Service Rig is expected to be deployed and working in the field of Yadana before the end of 2012 after its refurbishment and upgrading. Ezion said that the project would be funded through internal resources as well as bank borrowings.  The charter will not have a material impact on the Group’s earnings per share or net tangible assets per share for the financial year ending 31 st December 2012.

Ezion owns one of the largest and most sophisticated class of Multi Purpose Self Propelled Jack up Rigs (“Liftboats”) in the world and one of the first to promote the usage of Liftboats in Asia & Middle East. Ezion’s Liftboats are used mainly for well servicing, commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore platforms.

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Finland: Wartsila to Provide Propulsion for Harvey’s New LNG OSVs

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Finland-based Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading gas solutions provider, has been awarded a contract to deliver an integrated propulsion system for two additional LNG offshore support vessels (OSV) to Harvey Gulf International Marine.

The order, placed last week,  takes Harvey Gulf to a fleet of four LNG OSVs on order, establishing the company as the world’s second largest operator of LNG powered OSVs. Wärtsilä will deliver an integrated system that includes the dual-fuel machinery, electrical and automation package, complete propulsion, and also the LNG fuel storage and gas conditioning system. The LNG storage capacity provides for more than a week of vessel operational time.

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane J. Guidry, says, “Harvey Gulf’s decision to become the leader in Clean Gulf of Mexico operations has been enthusiastically accepted by oil company executives, and was the impetus for adding two additional LNG dual-fuel vessels to the fleet. These vessels, like their two sisterships, will meet the highest emission standards that exist today – and even higher standards that haven’t been created yet. We recognize the strong stance on environmental protection by the administration in the wake of the oil spill, and are doing our part to respond to it and provide our customers support for their environmental commitments.”

“Harvey Gulf’s original order of complete integrated solutions from Wärtsilä has facilitated the development of an excellent working relationship between Harvey Gulf, STX USA Marine, Trinity Offshore and Wärtsilä. The challenges of bringing a new technology to the US market are being met effectively, and this strong teamwork between suppliers will ensure that Harvey Gulf is delivered state-of-the-art vessels that provide clean, safe, efficient, reliable and competitive operations. This order for two additional LNG powered vessels further demonstrates that Harvey Gulf is an industry leader and that the move to LNG as a marine fuel in the US has begun,” states Pete Jacobs, Business Development Manager, Offshore at Wärtsilä North America.

“We are witnessing a true paradigm change, and it’s a very exciting time for LNG fuelled vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Millennia ago the shift was oar to sail, two centuries ago it was sail to steam, a century ago steam to diesel, and now it’s a new era for gas. We are pleased to continue as a partner with Harvey Gulf as they reaffirm their commitment by adding more safe and clean LNG fuelled vessels to their modern fleet,” adds John Hatley, Vice President Ship Power, Wärtsilä North America.

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USA: Aker Solutions to Provide Umbilicals for Anadarko’s Lucius Development

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Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract for eight steel tube umbilicals by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the development of Lucius offshore field in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company did not disclose the contract value.

The scope of work includes the project management, design, engineering, and manufacturing of two electro/hydraulic dynamic production umbilicals, two gas lift dynamic umbilicals, three electro/hydraulic infield umbilicals and one gas lift infield umbilical, including all associated ancillary equipment required for installation and interface with the existing development. These umbilicals will utilise the patented Aker Solutions PVC profile matrix, which provides both predictable estimates of fatigue and friction, and improved crush and impact resistance.

“This contract award is an excellent step towards our goal of supplying equipment for Anadarko across many product lines, including umbilicals,” says Tove Røskaft, executive vice president of Aker Solutions’ umbilicals business area.

Management, engineering and manufacturing of the umbilicals will be performed at Aker Solutions’ facility in Mobile, Alabama.

Final deliveries will be made in Q3 2013.

The Lucius field is located in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 275 miles (442 kilometres) southwest of Fourchon, Louisiana in Keathley Canyon (KC) Block 874, 875 and 919, in a water depth of approximately 7 000ft (2 100 metres).

Truss spar

Lucius will be developed with a truss spar floating production facility with the capacity to produce in excess of 80,000 barrels of oil per day and 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The spar is currently under construction at Technip’s facility in Pori, Finland and will be the largest of Anadarko’s operated spars — a deepwater production solution pioneered by the company in 1997.

The Lucius unit includes portions of Keathley Canyon blocks 874, 875, 918 and 919. Anadarko operates the unit with a 35-percent working interest.

Co-venturers in the Lucius unit include Plains Exploration & Production Company with a 23.3-percent working interest; Exxon Mobil Corporation​​ ​ with a 15-percent working interest; Apache Deepwater LLC, a subsidiary of Apache Corporation with an 11.7-percent working interest; Petrobras with a 9.6-percent working interest; and Eni with a 5.4-percent working interest.

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Norway: DOF Subsea to Provide Offshore Survey & Construction Services to Statoil

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DOF Subsea Norway AS has been awarded a Frame Agreement for Offshore Survey Services by Statoil.

The 4-year frame agreement with 2 x 1 year options includes services for light construction, ROV survey with MultiBeam Echosounder (MBE), ROV survey w/o MBE, acoustic survey, acoustic survey with ROTV, acoustic survey with AUV and acoustic survey with TowFish.

Statoil has also awarded DOF Subsea Norway the first Call-Off for light construction work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The minimum 6 month + 6 x 1 month option project will commence 1st March 2012 and will be executed from the survey/IMR vessel Geosund with onshore project support from our office in Bergen.

Modern Vessel

The Geosund is a modern high specification, multipurpose support vessel, capable of undertaking operations worldwide. Ideally suited to  deepwater ROV, construction support, IRM and survey operations, the vessel has 720 m² of free deck and a large 7.1 m x 6 m moonpool. Operating capabilities include a 90 t AHC offshore crane and two in built 4,000 msw depth rated Schilling UHD work class ROVs. Optional equipment includes air and saturation diving systems, as well as additional ROVs, AUV and remote system tooling.

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Dolphin Drilling to Provide Two Drillships for Anadarko’s Mozambique Operations

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Dolphin Drilling Ltd., said on Friday it has entered into contracts with Anadarko Petroleum for the provision of the drillship Belford Dolphin and its newbuild drillship under construction by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The contracts are each for four years and are expected to be in support of Anadarko’s future long term drilling programmes offshore Mozambique.

The Belford Dolphin contract will commence January 1st 2012 in direct continuation of its existing contract with Anadarko which had previously been scheduled to continue to April 2013. The value for the Belford Dolphin contract is approximately $701 million.

The four year term of the newbuild drillship contact cewill begin on commencement of operations offshore Mozambique expected in the fourth quarter 2013 following delivery by HHI and mobilization to Mozambique. The newbuild drillship contract value is approximately $727 million including a mobilization fee of $15 million. In connection with the newbuild contract it will be invested in a second BOP, estimated to USD 35 million.

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Singapore: Sembcorp Signs MOA with Ecospec to Provide Green Solutions to Offshore Industry

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Sembawang Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ecospec Global Technology to provide customized and greener environmental solutions to the marine and offshore industry.

In anticipation of the huge demand for green environmental solutions to meet international and local regulations, this MOA will provide both companies with the capability to serve this demand and at the same time play a role in enhancing environmental protection. The objective of this partnership is to tap on the forte of both parties: Sembawang Shipyard’s design and engineering expertise and Ecospec’s technological developing capabilities to provide ship-owners with innovative and effective green solutions for complying with stringent international and local regulations. Ecospec which is an enterprising Singapore-based research and development technological company is a market leader in advance emission reduction and environmental technologies with an international presence and numerous technology patents to its name. Ecospec has developed the world’s first emission abatement technology, CSNOx capable of removing SOx, CO2 and NOx in one system and yet the quality of wash water surpasses all IMO criteria, thus not resulting in secondary pollution. To cater to shipowners’ emission reduction goals, different versions of CSNOx have been developed: cSOx, a system primarily to address the SOx issue but achieve at a carbon neutral position and CNOx, a system to take care of NOx emission and again at a carbon neutral position.

Apart from different versions of CSNOx, Ecospec has also developed other systems to provide green, non-chemical solutions for bio-fouling control with its BioMag system; corrosion control, ElMag system; boiler water treatment, ScaMag.

To showcase the variety of these revolutionary systems already developed or to be developed, a new state-of-the-art demonstration site will be erected in Sembawang Shipyard, in a simulated operating condition.

Both companies are confident that the strong co-operation will lead to their increased competitiveness in the marine and offshore industry.

Signing ceremony: (from left) Sembawang Shipyard’s Executive Director Ms Wong Lee Lin and Managing Director Mr P.K. Ong,

with Ecospec Global Technology’s Managing Director Mr Chew Hwee Hong, and General Manager Ms Tany Tay.

About Sembawang Shipyard

Sembawang Shipyard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, has one of the largest integrated ship repair facilities in Southeast Asia. The shipyard’s world-class reputation is based on the company’s commitment to high quality standards, Health, Safety and Environment standards, timely delivery, superior customer service and innovative solutions.

Besides its proven expertise in the sectors of tankers, bulk carriers and container / cargo vessels, the shipyard is also recognised as a specialist in the niche markets such as passenger ship conversion / upgrading/ repairs, LNG carrier repairs, FPSO conversion, offshore conversion and new building, damage repairs and repair of chemical tankers, liquefied gas carriers and navy ships.

In July 2002, Sembawang Shipyard became the first shipyard in South East Asia to achieve ISO14001 Environmental System Certification by Det Norske Veritas Ltd. The certification is a firm endorsement of the shipyard’s commitment and efforts towards environmental preservation and protection.

About Ecospec Global Technology

Ecospec is a Singapore technological company that researches and develops cost-effective solutions to environmental issues in the marine and onshore industries. Founded in 2001, Ecospec has since established itself as a pioneer and global market leader in advanced emissions abatement and environmental technologies with a worldwide presence and numerous technology patents.

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