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USA: Hornbeck Orders Additional Two OSVs from Eastern Shipbuilding

Two Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs) of 310 Class, have been ordered by Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) from Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. seated in Panama City, FL, Marinelog writes.

The vessels will be DP-2 classed and incorporate the STX Marine SV 310 design.

With this order Eastern Shipbuilding Group now has 10 vessels under contract with HOS.

Hornbeck Offshore Services, one of the leading providers of Support Vessels for offshore oil and gas industry, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, recently signed as shipbuilding contract ordering six OSVs from Bollinger Shipyard.

HOS announced construction of two additional OSVs from 320 Class, thus exercising an option for extended order from a previously signed contract, assigned to VT Halter Marine Inc.

World Maritime News – USA: Hornbeck Orders Additional Two OSVs from Eastern Shipbuilding.

 

USA: Nautronix Supplies NASeBOP for Rowan’s Two Ultra-Deepwater Drillships

Nautronix have secured an order from a major BOP supplier to supply their NASeBOP (Emergency BOP Acoustic Control System) to be installed on Rowan’s two new ultra-deepwater drillships.

Nautronix’ NASeBOP Control System provides a method of backup control of critical BOP functions in the event of failure of primary communication and control. At the heart of the system is Nautronix’ ADS² (Acoustic Digital Spread Spectrum) signalling technology. The system achieves a highly reliable communications link from a surface vessel to a subsea isolation device, such as a full BOP, or a simple isolation device such as which would be used during surface BOP drilling.

The NASeBOP subsea system consists of two Subsea Control Units (SCU) connected to remote transducers. Each SCU is capable of controlling and monitoring up to eight functions. This includes control of an Emergency Disconnect Sequence (EDS). A 10 meter cable allows remote transducers to be positioned away from the SCUs, thus reducing the risk of shading or multi path effects caused by adjacent structures or subsea objects. Two SCUs provide system redundancy as each can be used independently for control and monitoring.

Mark Patterson, CEO of Nautronix comments: “We have invested more than £1M in Research and Development over the past year with a significant amount in the area of our NASCOM product family supporting acoustic switches for BOPs. We are very pleased to have been awarded these contracts only a few weeks after the NASDrill RS925 orders for these drillships. It is a great testament to the technology, products and the investment Nautronix has made and I am delighted that such a well known and respected company such as Rowan Companies, Inc. have chosen Nautronix ADS² acoustics for their new deepwater drilling rigs. Nautronix continues to build upon our strong track record in the Acoustic BOP control system market.”

The Nautronix system offered is the only system in the world that is fully compliant with API 16D and 17E standards and all test ports are testable to full operating depth (4000msw/5800psi)

The two NASeBOP systems will be delivered in 2013.

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USA: AGR Signs Two Agreements with Chevron

OIL AND GAS industry solutions provider AGR has signed a Master Well Services Contract and a Service Order with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron).

Under these agreements, AGR will provide Dual Gradient Drilling (DGD) offshore operational services for Chevron’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico program for up to five years, starting this year.

The announcement comes as AGR’s existing four year contract for DGD Project Management and Engineering Services moves towards a close later this year, with the testing and load-out of the world’s first Dual Gradient Drilling system for use on a deepwater drillship.

The Pacific Santa Ana drillship – owned by Pacific Drilling – will be operational for Chevron in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico this year, following the successful installation of the custom-built DGD system on the rig.

Houston-based Terry Scanlon, AGR’s Senior Vice President of the Enhanced Drilling Solutions (EDS) division (Americas), said: “Working on the deepwater DGD system’s design and manufacturing phases has been a challenging and rewarding experience alongside Chevron and the other key members of the program.

“We very much appreciate Chevron’s signing of this five year services contract that now allows us to move to offshore operational status in 2012, on this industry leading project. We are now preparing our offshore technical services team and offshore operational procedures, ready for the transition to well operations later this year.”

Under the agreement, Chevron will use AGR’s specialized technical services and the Chevron-owned DGD system as an enabling technology on complex deep-zone wells in its large deepwater Gulf of Mexico portfolio.

AGR’s Executive Vice President of the Enhanced Drilling Solutions division, David Hine, said: “The Chevron DGD development is a world’s first. We are proud to have led the engineering management phase together with Chevron and to have now secured the opportunity to deliver the Offshore Operations and Maintenance phase over the next few years.

“On the premise of improved efficiency, it is becoming increasingly apparent that DGD related services will have an important place in the future of offshore drilling for difficult deepwater and deep zone wells.”

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McDermott Bags Two Offshore Contracts in USA and Gabon

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McDermott International, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a fabrication contract for components of a deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico, by Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland BV.

McDermott will construct 16 tendon buoyancy modules (“TBMs”) for the deepwater project, which will be used during offshore installation of the platform, approximately 225 miles south of New Orleans in waters up to 5,185 feet deep.

“McDermott’s high quality fabrication procedures for deepwater projects meet the demanding customer specifications for delivery of structures,” said Stephen M. Johnson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “Additionally, our HSES practices are closely aligned with the stakeholders on the project team,” said Johnson.

McDermott will carry out procurement, fabrication and loadout of the TBM structures from its Morgan City facility in Louisiana. Consisting of an upper and lower module, each TBM is designed to be interchangeable as either an upper or a lower module. Fabrication work is expected to commence during the second quarter of 2012.

A McDermott subsidiary has also been awarded a design engineering and procurement management contract, by VAALCO Gabon Inc., for the Etame platform and a design engineering contract for a potential Southeast Etame / North Tchibala (SEENT) platform, both located offshore Gabon, West Africa.

McDermott’s Houston-based engineering teams have a track record of designing structures for the West Africa market,” said Johnson. “Our early planning activities and knowledge of the technical issues that may arise during the design scope, coupled with our unique understanding of fabrication and installation constructability requirements, allowed us to develop a robust design proposal for VAALCO,” said Johnson.

The new oil and gas wellhead production platform(s) will be located in the Etame Marin block off the coast of Gabon and will be engineered to produce oil and gas.

VAALCO has requested McDermott’s engineering team to design a safe, reliable and predictable production facility that will minimize operational and maintenance issues. It is anticipated that engineering activities will be supported by a combination of technical and commercial personnel focused on identifying and specifying the materials and services necessary to help ensure project execution excellence.

Detailed engineering is already underway at the McDermott Houston engineering office.

The values of both these contract awards will be included in McDermott’s second quarter 2012 backlog.

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USA: FMC Technologies Wins Two Spotlight on New Technology Awards at OTC

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FMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been named the recipient of two Spotlight on New Technology awards by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The awards, which honor innovative technologies that significantly impact offshore exploration and production, recognize FMC’s subsea processing systems designed for Total’s Pazflor field and Petrobras’ Marlim field.

“We are honored to be recognized by OTC for a third consecutive year with these prestigious awards,” said John T. Gremp, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FMC Technologies. “This is a significant accomplishment for our employees and for our industry-leading subsea processing systems.”

The Pazflor field is the world’s first use of subsea separation and boosting in a new subsea field that will produce two grades of oil (light and heavy). This technology enables economic development of the reservoir where the use of a conventional subsea production system was not feasible. Pazflor is located offshore Angola, and began production in August of 2011 at water depths up to approximately 4,000 feet (1,200 meters).

The equipment for the Marlim field is a step-change in the evolution of subsea processing. It is the industry’s first use of oil and water separation technologies in deep water, and it is the first subsea system to separate heavy oil and water. The Marlim equipment is also the first to reinject separated water back into a subsea reservoir to boost production. The Marlim system was installed offshore Brazil in November of 2011 in water depths of approximately 2,950 feet (900 meters). It is designed to extend the life of this mature oil field, which began production over 30 years ago and was once the largest subsea development in the region.

FMC will receive both awards during a ceremony and press conference at 4:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 30, in the Rotunda area of the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.

FMC Technologies, Inc. is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. Named by FORTUNE® Magazine as the World’s Most Admired Oil and Gas Equipment, Service Company in 2010, the Company has approximately 14,200 employees and operates 27 production facilities in 16 countries. FMC Technologies designs, manufactures and services technologically sophisticated systems and products such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry.

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Two Workers Missing, Rig Partially Collapsed in Fire Incident Offshore Nigeria

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Chevron Corporation said that an extensive search and rescue effort continues for two contractors who remain missing after a fire aboard the K.S. Endeavor, a drilling rig offshore Nigeria operated by FODE Drilling Nigeria Limited.

“While Chevron s highest priority remains the rescue of the missing contractors, the company continues to devote the necessary resources to resolve the rig incident in a responsible and timely manner.” said Chevron in a press release.

As previously reported, the K.S. Endeavor was drilling a natural gas exploration well for Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL). The well is located in the Funiwa Field approximately six miles (10 kilometers) offshore and in approximately 40 feet (12 meters) of water.

Chevron reported that 152 workers on the rig and an associated barge were safely evacuated. They are now onshore and have been given medical examinations. Two remain hospitalized due to minor burns, while others are being held for further observation. .

While a full investigation is still underway, Chevron said initial indications point to the possible failure of surface equipment during drilling operations that led to a loss of well control. The well continues to burn and the rig has partially collapsed. At this time, the company cannot estimate how long the fire will continue.

Chevron has contracted with and is mobilizing the Transocean rig Baltic to commence drilling a relief well. Chevron said the time required to complete the relief well is uncertain, but could extend for some period. Chevron is deploying additional drilling experts and well control specialists to Nigeria to assist with well control efforts and the relief drilling process.

A small sheen is visible in close proximity to the well, which the company continues to evaluate. The sheen is estimated at approximately 13 barrels. Production from Chevron s North Apoi platform remains shut in since it is situated in close proximity to the incident. Total production from the platform was approximately 2,000 barrels per day.

CNL owns a 40 percent interest in the well and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has a 60 percent interest.

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Shell Awards Subsea 7 with Two Gulf of Mexico Contracts

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Subsea 7, a major player in seabed-to-surface engineering construction, and services, today announces the award of two engineering and installation contracts from Shell for the Cardamom and West Boreas Projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

Subsea 7’s scope of work on West Boreas is the installation of a 6,096m (20,000ft) long umbilical as well as subsea distribution hardware for the field. Installation will occur in water depths up to 959m (3,146ft) in the Mississippi Canyon block area.

On the Cardamom Project, Subsea 7 will install a 9,266m (30,400ft) long umbilical plus subsea distribution hardware for the field in depths up to 914m (2,999 ft) in the Garden Banks block area.

The project management and engineering for Shell’s projects will take place from Subsea 7’s Houston office. Subsea 7’s construction vessel the Skandi Neptune will be used on both projects.

Ian Cobban, Subsea 7’s Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded these contracts by Shell, which build upon our strong track record in the deepwater subsea construction market in the Gulf of Mexico.”

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Norway: Island Offshore Charters Two Vessels to Schlumberger

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Island Offshore, a provider of high quality solutions for the offshore oil industry based on a fleet of advanced high quality service and subsea service vessels, recently secured a 7 year contract from Schlumberger.

The contract is for two of its recently christened vessels, Island Centurion and Island Captain (UT 776 CD ) that Island Offshore had built at STX OSV Brevik. Schlumberger intends to use the vessels for well stimulation and also has the option to extend the current contract for 4 more years.

“We are extremely happy with this award which is a result of our focus towards specialized segments.” says Island Offshore on its website.

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