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USA: Expro Wins TCP Contracts in Gulf of Mexico

Leading international oilfield services company Expro is celebrating two significant contract wins with Murphy Exploration and Production and BP Americas Inc in the US offshore region.

The Murphy award is for a three-year campaign offshore Gulf of Mexico, while the BP win will see Expro working on a significant campaign in the same region.

Expro will provide tubing conveyed perforating (TCP) services and its drill stem testing (DST) packages for both projects.

Expro is one of the largest global providers of perforating services, providing slickline, e-line and tubing conveyed explosives services. It employs an operational workforce of highly trained and qualified DST and TCP personnel across the global bases. Expro personnel is backed up by perforation experts onshore. DST offers the fastest and safest method of evaluating the potential of a newly-discovered hydrocarbon-bearing formation.

Expro has been offering both services globally for more than 25 years.

Expro’s North America offshore vice president Geoff Magie, said: “These are significant wins for Expro as Murphy is a new customer for us and BP has never used our TCP services before. Murphy is pressing ahead with major development plans in the Gulf of Mexico and this award provides a platform for us to showcase our products and services and provide a quality service.

USA: Expro Wins TCP Contracts in Gulf of Mexico | Offshore Energy Today.

Golden Pass Products Wins Approval from U.S. DOE to Export LNG

Golden Pass Products said it has received authorization from the United States Department of Energy to export domestically produced natural gas as liquefied natural gas from the Golden Pass LNG terminal in Sabine Pass, Texas, to nations that have existing Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the U.S.

The proposed project involves construction of natural gas liquefaction and export capabilities at the existing Golden Pass LNG facility. If developed, the project would represent approximately $10 billion of investment on the U.S. Gulf Coast, generating billions of dollars of economic growth at local, state and national levels and millions of dollars in taxes to local, state and federal governments. The project would generate approximately 9,000 construction jobs over five years with peak construction employment reaching about 3,000 jobs.

The proposed project would have the capacity to send out approximately 15.6 million tons of LNG per year. New infrastructure required to export will be located on the existing property, which contains two berths for LNG tankers, five storage tanks and access to the Golden Pass pipeline. The expanded facility would then have the capability and flexibility to both import and export natural gas.

As noted in the FTA application, Golden Pass also plans to submit an application to export LNG to non-FTA nations. A final investment decision will be made following government and regulatory approvals and will be based on a range of factors.

Golden Pass Products Wins Approval from U.S. DOE to Export LNG LNG World News.

KBR Wins Tanzania LNG Contract

KBR announced that it was awarded a contract by Statoil Tanzania AS to perform pre-front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) studies for a prospective liquefied natural gas facility in Tanzania, East Africa.

The pre-FEED study is designed to help Statoil further assess the viability of developing an LNG facility to export natural gas from this East African region. The project is expected to be completed during 2013.

“We are excited to be selected by Statoil for this important project,” said Mitch Dauzat, president, Gas Monetization. “KBR looks forward to working together with Statoil to define their LNG concept for Tanzania.”

KBR has been working with Statoil for more than 30 years and has an outstanding record for successful project execution, predominantly for Statoil’s Gas Processing plants.

KBR Wins Tanzania LNG Contract LNG World News.

Port Lavaca, TX: Excelerate Wins US Approval to Export LNG

The United States Department of Energy has granted Excelerate Energy a long-term, multi-contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to free trade agreement (FTA) nations from its Lavaca Bay LNG project, currently under development.

The company will be authorized to export up to 10 million metric tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG produced from domestic resources for a 20-year term commencing on the date of its first export.

Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, Lavaca Bay LNG will be the first floating liquefaction export facility in the United States and will utilize Excelerate’s Floating Liquefaction Storage Offloading vessel (FLSO™) technology.

The facility will require authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Excelerate will begin the FERC pre-filing process fourth quarter 2012 and expects the facility to be in-service in 2017.

Excelerate Wins US Approval to Export LNG LNG World News.

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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Australia: Technip Wins Wheatstone Platform Design Contract from DSME

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Technip Oceania (TPO), a Technip Group ) operating centre in Perth, Australia, has been awarded a contract, worth approximately AUD110 million (€90 million), by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the detailed design of Chevron’s Wheatstone offshore gas processing platform, located 200 kilometers off Western Australia’s coast.

The upstream (offshore) part of the project is comprised of the development of gas fields in the WA-17-R and WA-253-P petroleum titles located on the Northwest Shelf offshore Western Australia at water depths of 70 to 200 meters. Subsea gas-gathering systems will transport production to the processing platform where the gas and condensate will be treated. It will then be exported to the onshore gas plant located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometers west of Onslow, on the Pilbara coast of mainland Western Australia.

This award follows on from TPO’s successful completion of the front-end engineering design of the project, a contract awarded by Chevron in 2009. The contract represents a breakthrough for TPO, who are leading the work and performing over 40% locally in Australia. Frans Roozendaal, TPO’s Managing Director, says “the Wheatstone Platform is one of the largest offshore platforms ever built, and I am proud that we have been able to deliver the design for DSME from our Australian operation. We have had to expand locally to perform the work, with over 200 people in Perth working on the project.”

DSME’s Project Manager, KH Lee says “it has been good to be able to use Technip’s Australian office to lead this work. The continuation from FEED, the knowledge of Australian requirements, and the proximity to Chevron gives us a great advantage.”

Technip’s operating centers in Perth, Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will execute the contract, which is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2012.

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USA: Sempra Wins DOE Approval for Cameron LNG Export

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The U.S. Department of Energy granted Sempra a long‐term authorization to export up to the equivalent of 1.7 Bcf/d of natural gas as LNG to FTA countries for 20 years from the proposed Cameron, Louisiana, LNG liquefaction plant.

The ruling paves the way for a second approval allowing Sempra to export LNG to all LNG import nations, with or without U.S. free trade agreements.

Cameron LNG is situated on a 260-acre industrial-zoned site along the Calcasieu Channel in Hackberry, Louisiana. It is located 18 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and within 35 miles of five major interstate pipelines that serve nearly two-thirds of all U.S. natural gas markets.

The $900 million LNG terminal is currently capable of processing up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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UAE: Drydocks World Wins Tanker-to-MVC Conversion Deal from AET

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Drydocks World has signed a contract with Singapore based AET, for two Tanker-to-Modular Capture Vessel (MCV) conversion projects. AET is converting these vessels as part of the Marine Well Containment Company’s (MWCC) well containment system.

MWCC is a not-for-profit, stand-alone organization with 10 member companies ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, BP, Apache Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Statoil and Hess. The conversion will be implemented at the Drydocks World – Dubai facility.

The conversion shall allow the tankers to continue to operate normally as tanker in the US Gulf of Mexico, with capability to be deployed as MCV within shortest possible time. The first vessel is expected to arrive at the yard in December 2011 and the second vessel in February 2012. Each project will be completed within a period of nine months. Each vessel will handle about 100,000 barrels of liquid and about 200 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. The MCVs are capable of operating at depths of 10,000 feet.

The vessels will be equipped with new state-of-the-art containment system provided by Marine Well Containment Company. Conversion scope includes installation of 4 off power generators, 4 off retractable type azimuth thrusters one tunnel thruster, Dynamic Positioning, Pipe racks on deck and supports for Process Module, Flare tower, turret etc..

“We are extremely happy to sign this prestigious Contract with AET, a well-known global service provider, as part of our well-articulated strategy of building our presence in the oil, gas and energy industries. We already have an established reputation and strong expertise in carrying out sophisticated vessel conversion projects for world-leading companies. Our thrust on expanding our knowledge base and creating a technology-driven state-of-the-art facility has borne fruit and we are able to effectively serve the industry,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World.

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