Deepwater ///

BSEE works to ensure safety for deepwater GOM production start-up

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently conducted its final pre-production inspection of Chevron’s Big Foot tension leg platform, moored in the Gulf of Mexico about 225 mi south of New Orleans.

New products and services

Michele Cowart, World Oil

New products and services

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Companies in the news

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

Sleepless in the Gulf

What industry leaders expect for 2019

Kurt Abraham, World Oil

By all measures, most of 2018 has been an improvement on 2017, which was markedly better than 2016.

Siemens supplies first lithium-ion battery solution for offshore drilling rig

The long-term sustainability of the offshore oil and gas sector is predicated on reducing costs and minimizing projects’ environmental impacts.

Equinor has been granted drilling permits from Deepsea Bergen and West Hercules facility

Well 35/11-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility in position 61°5'2.27"N and 3°20'56.92"E after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6407/11-1 for Equinor Energy AS in production license 751.

Rowan Relentless has first two options exercised by ExxonMobil

Rowan Companies plc has announced that ExxonMobil has exercised the first two options for the Rowan Relentless, an R-Class ultra-deepwater drillship.

BHGE launches Subsea Connect and Aptara TOTEX-Lite subsea system

Baker Hughes, a GE company has announced the launch of its new approach to subsea development: Subsea Connect, including its Aptara TOTEX-lite subsea system.

BP names new Gulf of Mexico platform

BP has announced that the new floating production unit for the Mad Dog 2 project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico will be named Argos.

McDermott awarded subsea contract by Shell for Great White Frio development

McDermott International, Inc. has announced a sizeable contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Great White Frio development in Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bolsonaro seeks $30 billion Brazil oil boon where others failed

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro is pursuing the sale of Brazil’s deep-sea treasure-trove of oil, but just weeks after his election he’s facing the same political obstacles as his two predecessors.

Chevron reports first oil at Big Foot, in deepwater GOM

Chevron Corporation has announced that the Chevron-operated Big Foot deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production.

Johan Castberg construction begins at Stord, says Equinor

Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, will start cutting the first sheet for the topside of the Johan Castberg vessel at Kværner's yard at Stord.

Jumbo wins transportation and installation contract for the Leviathan development

Technip is preparing for a project, including a subsea production system connecting high-rate subsea wells to a fixed platform, located approximately 6.21 mi offshore Israel.

Unique Group and Innovo complete decommissioning project in the Middle East

Unique Group, one of the world’s leading integrated subsea and offshore solution providers, together with Innovo, an engineering, construction and equipment rental company, have successfully completed a multi-million dollar decommissioning contract for Italian global marine, oil and gas contractor, Saipem, on a key offshore platform in the Middle East region.

Companies in the news

Michele Cowart, World Oil

Ashtead Technology has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, in Blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.

Drilling advances

Jim Redden, Contributing Editor

“Blood from a stone”

Is this just another cycle or an opportunity to change?

Ron Ledbetter, Endeavor Management

The oil and gas industry, over its history, has become a “boom and bust” sector. Should this be acceptable? Do we accept the current downturn as another cycle, or use it as an opportunity to change?

Innovative installation technology potentially “punches above its weight class”

Art J. Schroeder, Jr., Safe Marine Transfer; Collin Gaskill, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction; Scott Draper, River Lab UWA

The technologies and techniques presented significantly reduce deepwater subsea equipment installation and recovery costs, reduce upfront capital equipment cost and facilitate optimized field development.