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USA: Busy December Ahead of Pacific Drilling’s Drillships

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Pacific Drilling S.A. today provided an update on the status of its ultra-deepwater drillships.  The Pacific Bora commenced its three year contract with a wholly owned Chevron subsidiary on August 26, 2011, and continues to operate in the Agbami Field in Nigeria. The rig has reached performance levels in line with industry expectations.

In addition, following previously announced repairs and upgrades, the Pacific Scirocco is mobilizing from quayside in Port Ngqura, South Africa, to Nigeria, where it is expected to commence a one year contract with Total E&P Nigeria Limited in December 2011.

The Pacific Santa Ana will complete upgrades prior to expected delivery in December 2011, before mobilizing to the US Gulf of Mexico for a five year contract with Chevron as the world’s first dual gradient drilling rig.

The Pacific Mistral arrived in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on November 21, 2011. The rig will now undergo regulatory approvals and acceptance testing with its client, Petrobras, prior to beginning operations, which are expected to start in December 2011.

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New Baker Hughes Research and Technology Center in Brazil Demonstrates Next Phase in Network of Global Technology Solutions

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HOUSTON, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) announced today the opening of a new research and technology center in Rio de Janeiro designed to enable the development of technologies and solutions to unlock the full potential of deep water and pre-salt reservoirs.

“Baker Hughes’ new research facility on the CENPES (Centro de Pesquisas Leopoldo Americo Miguez de Mello) campus will open up a new level of collaboration with our customers and Latin American universities. Together we will build a new generation of highly specialized wellbore construction tools and services to economically produce the pre-salt reservoirs in offshore Brazil,” said Andy O’Donnell, president of the Western Hemisphere for Baker Hughes. “The new Baker Hughes Rio Research and Technology Center in Brazil represents the next phase in the expansion of our global technology network and strengthens our capability to provide local solutions.”

The Brazil center is one of 10 major research and technology facilities globally situated in the U.S., U.K., Russia, Germany and Saudi Arabia. The centers focus on providing solutions to oil and gas challenges specifically related to applications engineering and geosciences. In addition, the facilities enable Baker Hughes to provide support for field testing of new products and regional customization of existing commercial products.

By the end of 2012, the Rio Research and Technology center is expected to create 45 new jobs and the company will continue to add to its workforce by recruiting regional scientists and engineers and other professionals to the center as new projects are initiated.

Baker Hughes is already partnering with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Petrobras to consult on the design, construction and operation of a full-scale laboratory drilling simulator located near the university. Baker Hughes will reproduce field-drilling conditions in a controlled environment so that the drilling process can be monitored, characterized and improved.

Baker Hughes provides reservoir consulting, drilling, formation evaluation, completions, pressure pumping and production products and services to the worldwide oil and gas industry.

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Fairmount Marine Brings Ocean Yorktown Rig in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

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Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Alpine has delivered the semi submergible drilling rig Ocean Yorktown safely in Brownsville, US, after a 5,400 miles tow from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fairmount Marine was contracted in July by Diamond Offshore, a leading deepwater drilling contractor headquartered in Houston, to tow the semi submersible drilling rig Ocean Yorktown to the Mexican Gulf region. At that moment Fairmount Alpine just finished a special survey in Durban, South Africa.

The tug was instructed to mobilize towards Ro de Janeiro. Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro Fairmount Alpine assisted the Ocean Yorktown in the field until the rig was ready in each and every aspect to commence the voyage towards Brownsville. Fairmount Alpine successfully towed the Ocean Yorktown over a distance of 5,400 miles in just 34 days with a general average speed of 6.6 knots, including a two day bunker stop.

The tow of the Ocean Yorktown was the fifth operation for Diamond Offshore Drilling performed by Fairmount Marine. In 2010 Fairmount’s super tugs were involved in four operations for Diamond Offshore.

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Brazil: Ulstein Signs Two Ship Design Contracts Worth USD 28.6 Million

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Ulstein Design & Solutions has signed two ship design contracts with the Brazilian Shipyard Alianca S.A for the building of two ULSTEIN PX105 platform supply vessels with the X-BOW® hull line design for the Brazilian shipowner CBO.

The contracts are worth approximately NOK 150 million. The contracts are for the delivery of design, engineering, main equipment and building follow-up for two large platform supply vessels of the ULSTEIN PX105 design type.

Important contracts

These contracts are of great importance to ULSTEIN. There are major investment activities on the Brazilian continental shelf and there are wide-reaching plans for the area. It is important to position ourselves in this market”, says COO in Design & Solutions, Tore Ulstein, and continues: “We are very happy that a trendsetting company like CBO once again has chosen ULSTEIN and the PX105 design for its fleet development.

CBO is the first to build X-BOW® vessels in Brazil, which proves that we are an innovative company constantly looking for new solutions”, says CBO director Alfredo Naslausky. The company currently has four ULSTEIN-designed PSVs under construction at the Alianca yard in Rio de Janeiro. The contracts for two more PX105 vessels bring this number up to six.

Popular designs

With the current trend of oil and gas production taking place ever further from land, the demand for large platform supply vessels (PSVs) is increasing. The P105 and PX105 designs, both large PSVs with a conventional bow and an X-BOW® respectively, have become leading designs since introduced to the market. “The size and versatility of these vessels make them suitable for many markets and operations. This has given ULSTEIN a leading position in the market for this type of vessel”, concludes Tore Ulstein.

Long-term assignments

The vessels will go into eight-year contracts, with options for extension, for the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras. The vessels will be number five and six built for CBO with the X-BOW® hull line design to be constructed and permanently stationed in Brazil, which is also exciting”, says sales manager for OSV designs at ULSTEIN, Lars Ståle Skoge.

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Iran to open trade center in Brazil on heels of Obama visit

On April 25, 2011 · In Brazil, Iran

Just weeks on he heels of President Obama’s visit to Rio De Janeiro during which he pledged to become Brazil’s best customer for its offshore oil and gas business, Brazil and Iran have taken steps for closer trade ties.

This is not a huge surprise, since the Brazilian oil giant, Petrobas, which counts Obama friend George Soros among its major shareholders, has doggedly refused to close its offices in Tehran, despite Iran’s support for terrorism and its nuclear enrichment program.

This sure makes one wonder why the US would pledge to so obsequiously support a nation with close economic ties to what is clearly an enemy of the United States. After all, Iran trained and armed the insurgents in Iraq and now trains and arms the Taliban in Afghanistan. Iran is the chief sponsor of Hezbollah, and also sponsors HAMAS and Al Qaeda.

More on the Iran-Brazil trade center from the Tehran Times…

The Iran-Brazil Friendship Association has announced that the Islamic Republic plans to open a trade center in the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

Director of the association, Mirqasem Mo’meni, told Fars News Agency on Saturday that the center would further promote trade cooperation between the two countries.

He added that considering the growing level of bilateral trade transactions, setting up the center would facilitate expanded trade between Iranian and Brazilian businessmen.

Mo’meni also stated that the project to set up the trade center will begin in late July.

In February, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota announced that Brazil will maintain its ties with Iran under new President Dilma Rousseff, continuing the cordial relationship expanded under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Iran and Brazil enjoyed close and friendly ties under President Lula, and Patriota noted that the new government would maintain the same level of ties with Iran, saying, “Rousseff will stay on the paths of her predecessor and mentor Lula da Silva.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expanded Tehran’s cooperation with many Latin American states, including Brazil and Venezuela, since he took office in 2005.

The International Monetary Fund announced in a report in December 2009 that Brazil is the largest trade partner of the Islamic Republic in Latin America.

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Petrobras Sells First Cargo of Deepwater Lula Oil to Chile

Apr 19, 2011 10:17 AM CT

By Peter Millard

Santos Basin

Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), Brazil’s state-controlled oil producer, will export its first cargo from the country’s second-largest crude field to Chile in mid-May.

Petrobras agreed to sell 1 million barrels of oil from the offshore Lula field in the so-called pre-salt area to Chile’s Empresa Nacional de Petroleo, or Enap, the Rio de Janeiro-based producer said today in an e-mailed statement.

Petrobras aims to double production by 2020 as it develops Lula and other deepwater oil discoveries lying two miles below the ocean surface and another two to four miles beneath the seabed. The field, with recoverable reserves of 6.5 billion barrels, trails the Brazilian government’s nearby Libra field that may hold as much as 15 billion barrels.

“The company has a lot of potential to become a major world exporter,” said Max Bueno, an analyst at Spinelli in Sao Paulo. Demand growth in Brazil’s domestic market is unlikely to outpace production increases, he said.

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OGX Makes Another Discovery in Campos Basin, Offshore Brazil

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OGX Petróleo e Gás Participações S.A. (“OGX”) , the Brazilian oil and gas company responsible for the largest private sector exploratory campaign in Brazil, announced today that it has identified the presence of hydrocarbons in the Albian section of well 1-OGX-33-RJS, which is located in the BM-C-41 block, in the shallow waters of the Campos Basin. OGX holds a 100% working interest in this block.

An oil column of approximately 95 meters with approximately 42 meters of net pay has been identified in the carbonate reservoirs of the Albian section. The drilling of well OGX-33, also known as the Chimborazo prospect, was concluded at a final depth of 3,755 meters.

The OGX-33 well is situated 84 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro at a water depth of about 127 meters. The rig, Pride Venezuela, left the well on April 9, 2011. Drilling of the third extension well (OGX-42) of the Pipeline accumulation has been initiated.

ABOUT OGX

OGX Petróleo e Gás SA is focused on oil and natural gas exploration and production and is conducting the largest private sector exploratory campaign in Brazil. OGX has a diversified, high-potential portfolio, comprised of 29 exploratory blocks in the Campos, Santos, Espírito Santo, Pará-Maranhão and Parnaíba Basins, in Brazil, and 5 exploratory blocks in Colombia, in Middle Magdalena Valley, in Lower Magdalena Valley and in Cesar-Ranchería basins. The total extension area is of approximately 7,000 km² in sea and approximately 34,000 km² in land, with 21,500 km² in Brazil and 12,500 km² in Colombia. OGX relies on an experienced management team and holds a solid cash position, with approximately US$2.9 billion in cash (as of December, 2010) to fund its E&P investments and new opportunities. In June 2008, the company went public raising R$6.7 billion, the largest amount ever raised in a Brazilian primary IPO at that moment. OGX is a member of the EBX Group, an industrial group founded and under the leadership of Brazilian entrepreneur Eike F. Batista, who has a proven track record in developing new ventures in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

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Cyprus: Prosafe Announces Rig Utilisation of 61 pct for 1Q 2011

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Rig utilisation in the first quarter of 2011 was 61 per cent. Safe Esbjerg, Safe Lancia, Jasminia, Safe Hibernia, Safe Britannia and Safe Regency have been fully utilised in the first quarter.

MSV Regalia(photo) operated for BP at Valhall on the Norwegian Continental Shelf from mid March.

Safe Scandinavia operated for BP at Valhall on the Norwegian Continental Shelf until mid March.

Safe Caledonia commenced operation for BG on the UK Continental Shelf in the beginning of March.

Safe Astoria and Safe Bristolia were idle in the first quarter.

MSV Regalia, Safe Scandinavia and Safe Caledonia have carried out parts of their annual maintenance work in the first quarter. Safe Bristolia has undertaken a five year Special Periodic Survey (SPS) during the first quarter.

In the first quarter, Safe Concordia was mobilizing to Brazil and arrived in Rio de Janeiro on 10 April. The rig will go through the necessary approval process and is expected to commence on contract with Petrobras in the near future.

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