Subsea ///

Ashtead boosts rental fleet with £1-million investment

Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has boosted its rental fleet with an investment of £1 million in the latest iXblue technology over the past 12 months.

North Sea tax measure to unlock upstream UKCS investment, says Oil & Gas UK

Chancellor Philip Hammond today announced a tax measure that will unlock further investment in the UK North Sea by enabling more assets to change hands and allow new owners to provide fresh investment in many mature oil and gas fields.

BP to sell Bruce assets to Serica Energy

BP has agreed to sell a package of its interests in the Bruce assets in the North Sea to Serica Energy plc. BP currently operates the assets, which comprise Bruce, Keith and Rhum fields, three bridge-linked platforms and associated subsea infrastructure.

Well-centric awarded North Sea well integrity contract with Chrysaor

Well-Centric, a leading independent specialist operating in the well integrity and production technology sectors of the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract worth up to £300,000 per year with independent exploration and production company, Chrysaor.

Wintershall deploys Emerson's wireless downhole monitoring system

Emerson’s latest Roxar Downhole Sensor System has been deployed on the Maria field offshore Norway, providing the field’s operator Wintershall with improved well integrity monitoring and offshore safety.

Statoil unveils Norway’s first platform to be remote-operated from land

The opening of the Valemon control room was celebrated today at Sandsli in Bergen. Valemon will be the first platform in Statoil’s portfolio to be remote-controlled from land.

TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract offshore Sabah, Malaysia

TechnipFMC has been awarded a subsea contract by Murphy Sabah Oil for the Phase 1A Block H Gas Development Project. The project is located in offshore Sabah, Malaysia at a water depth of approximately 1,300 m.

Engie E&P increases resource estimate on Cara discovery

Engie E&P, the operator of the Cara-license (PL 636) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, is increasing the resource estimate. Engie E&P now estimates that the Cara discovery contains 56 to 94 MMboe.

InterMoor appoints new global CEO

InterMoor, a provider of mooring services, foundation solutions and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, has named Mark Jones as global CEO.

ADIPEC 2017 expected to see increased business for offshore & marine services

The Offshore and Marine industry is expected to see increased business at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), with analysts predicting modest increases in spending for maintenance and production in the oil sector, and significant investment expected for new offshore natural gas projects in the Eastern Mediterranean.

AISUS launches new tool for enhanced offshore inspection

Aberdeen-based AISUS has invested a six-figure sum in upgrading and developing cutting edge inspection technology as it looks to further broaden its range of services and increase its geographical reach to provide its customers with the most efficient, cost-effective technological solutions.

Shell expands pre-salt growth in deepwater Brazil with winning bids

Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) and its partners won today three, 35-year production sharing contracts for pre-salt blocks located in the Santos basin, offshore Brazil.

GE venture partners with Kraken Robotics to advance subsea robotic inspection

Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, announced a strategic partnership with Kraken Robotics to integrate autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), acoustic and laser sensor technology, and artificial intelligence-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection solutions for the oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, and shipping industries.

International oil majors flock to deep waters of Brazil

Leaner and fitter after three years of low prices, oil majors are descending on Rio de Janeiro to join a deep-water bonanza that has already helped state-controlled Petrobras emerge from financial heartache.

Expro announces electromagnetic transmission of reservoir data across open-hole section without casing

International oilfield services company, Expro, has successfully accomplished the world’s first proven wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface, from a recently abandoned subsea appraisal well which incorporated a rock-to-rock cement plug, the company announced during LAGCOE 2017.

Expro reports first-ever wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface

International oilfield services company, Expro, has successfully accomplished the world’s first proven wireless transmission of reservoir pressure data to surface, from a recently abandoned subsea appraisal well, which incorporated a rock-to-rock cement plug.

LAGCOE 2017: Lloyd’s Register addresses Shell’s new requirement for offshore containers

One of the biggest topics at a recent industry event held by Lloyd’s Register was Shell’s new requirement for offshore containers. The audience at the event in Lafayette had plenty of questions regarding Shell’s decision to follow global trends and require independent certification of offshore container units.

Industry-led effort designed to cut costs through digital oilfield innovation

Industries ranging from health care to refining have been radically changed by the digital revolution. A new initiative has been launched to help accelerate the same digital transformation for the upstream industry, which is facing the most dramatic business challenge of the past few decades.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill triggers BSEE panel investigation

BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst initiated a Panel Investigation Monday into an oil release from subsea infrastructure located about 40 mi southeast of Venice, La., in water 4,463 ft deep.

ITF HyJump JIP to study hydrate blockage risk in subsea jumpers

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is leading a joint industry project (JIP), supported by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), to provide industry with a better understanding of the mechanism of hydrate growth and blockages.