TOPICS OF INTEREST
BP and Partners Sanction $6-Billion Platform for Giant Deepwater ACG Field in Caspian
BP and partners have sanctioned the Azeri Central East project, the next stage of development of the giant Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli oilfield complex in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.
Successful D&A Means Seeing the Unseen
Decommissioning and abandonment comes with its share of unexpected surprises, but many of those surprises could be avoided merely through better planning and care.
Will LNG Drive Asia’s Sustainable Future?
Coal remains the biggest challenge to LNG in Asia.
Joint Venture To Build Takeaway Capacity in the Permian
The pipeline system will have the initial capacity to deliver 150,000 B/D of crude oil to multiple delivery points, accessing local refineries and connecting to several downstream pipelines.
Shell Departs Gazprom-Led Baltic LNG Project
The move comes weeks after Gazprom announced a final development concept for the project. Other projects Shell is developing with Gazprom, including the Sakhalin 2 export facility, will not be impacted by the decision.
Camber Energy Eyes Acquisition of Pipeline Service and Construction Company
The independent oil and gas company is aiming to build shareholder value through a change in business focus to midstream with this step into pipeline service and construction.
Total, ExxonMobil, Oil Search Sign Papua LNG Agreement
The gas agreement clears the way for the FEED phase; FID expected in 2020.
Aker Solutions and FSubsea Aim for Increased Oil Recovery With FASTSubsea
Aker Solutions and FSubsea have agreed to a joint venture, named FASTSubsea, to help operators increase oil recovery.
AkerBP’s Valhall Flank West Development Progresses
Watch Valhall Flank West topsides move outside at the Kvaerner Verdal yard.
D&A: The Asia-Pacific Offshore Industry’s Next Big Challenge
The next big wave of decommissioning and abandonment projects is set to occur in the Asia-Pacific region, and APAC’s operators are now tasked with finding cost- and time-effective ways of unwinding their huge agglomeration of wells and facilities.
LNG Market Stands at Infrastructure Crossroads
More flexible approaches to financing, production, and trading are crucial to meeting world’s needs, new study finds.
Water Midstream Sector Positioned To Handle Rising Permian Volumes
A growing sector of water midstream companies is in the Permian Basin looking to take advantage of a business opportunity borne out of rising produced water volumes. Billion-dollar valuations for these companies in the near future could become a reality.
Equinor To Install Underwater Drone at Asgard Field
Called Eelume, the underwater drone will perform subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair work.
Shell Deploys AR Headsets To Facilities in 12 Countries
This digital deal is helping to make augmented reality a new reality for oil and gas operations.
GHGSat Readies Launch of Second Emissions-Monitoring Satellite
The new satellite will build on the success of the company's demonstration satellite Claire, which has performed over 2,500 observations of oil and gas facilities as well as other natural and industrial sources of carbon dioxide and methane.
McDermott and Zamil Offshore Sign JV To Serve MMO Market in Saudi Arabia
McDermott will work exclusively with Zamil Offshore to provide Saudi Aramco with maintenance, modifications and operations services.
Novatek, Repsol Sign Supply Deal for Arctic LNG 2
The 15-year deal calls for 1 million tons of LNG to be shipped each year to the Iberian Peninsula. Final investment decision on the project is expected in the second half of 2019, with the first liquefaction train scheduled to start up in 2023.
Total Begins Full-Field Production at Kaombo
The startup of a second FPSO will add 115,000 BOPD to the deepwater project offshore Angola, bringing overall production capacity to 230,000 BOPD.
De Nora Acquires Neptune Enterprises To Form De Nora Neptune
Frac water disinfection experts become De Nora service arm in the unconventional oil and gas market.
Aker Energy Submits Plan To Develop Oilfield Offshore Ghana
If sanctioned and developed, the deepwater Pecan field would be Ghana’s fourth producing offshore field. First oil is expected 35 months after sanction, which could come as early as this year.
Energy Transfer, Shell Agree on Lake Charles Deal
The project framework agreement moves the proposed conversion of Lake Charles LNG’s import and regasification terminal closer to sanction, which is expected sometime this year.
UK Offshore’s Big Challenge: Growing While Plugging More Wells Than They Drill
The outlook in the UK is a case study of the squeeze facing E&P in other basins where operators are trying to pay to sustain production with discoveries, while plugging and abandoning old wells, all paid for by the lean cash flow due to low oil prices.
IPTC Awards Saudi Aramco’s Manifa Offshore Project
Megaprojects have come to define many of the world’s new resource projects but they are also a testament to the awesome engineering capabilities of the oil and gas industry. Find out who took home this year’s honors.
Record-Breaking Lift Completes the Johan Sverdrup Field Center
Equinor marked the installation of the last pieces of the Johan Sverdrup field center with the heaviest lift ever performed offshore. Two final platform topsides, a bridge, and a flare stack were installed last week.
Johan Sverdrup Living-Quarters Topside Sails Away
Phase 1 of the development today marked the sail-away from Kværner’s yard of the 560-bed living-quarters topside, the largest of its kind in Norway.
Southwest Research Institute To Open Corrosion-Testing Facility
The laboratory will be used primarily to test the sulfide stress cracking resistance of carbon steel alloys for oil wells and offshore drilling applications.
Subsea is Back in Black
From its record high in 2014, purchases of subsea equipment and SURF fell around 50% until reaching a low in 2018. New data suggest that the subsea market will be a top-performing oilfield service segment.
Williams, CPPIB To Form $3.8-Billion Appalachia Midstream JV
The combination will operate and share ownership of midstream gas assets in the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays. CPPIB financially backs operator Encino Energy, which last year acquired Chesapeake Energy’s Utica assets.
China Seeks LNG Imports Using Intermodal Containers
China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group is exploring the possibility of importing LNG from the US via ISO containers loaded from the West Coast.
Are Deepwater Projects Due for a Revival?
The oil price downturn spawned a lull in deepwater enthusiasm, but better project execution and reduced project lead times have helped operators achieve lower costs and better returns. What does the landscape for deep water look like in the near term? Will operators get more involved?
Imperial Delays Canadian Oil Sands Project
The decision to ramp down production on the Aspen project comes months after the Alberta provincial government imposed production cuts to handle pipeline bottlenecks. Aspen is projected to produce 75,000 BOPD upon startup.
US on Pace To Top Saudi’s Liquid Exports This Year
The shale revolution is leading the US into a unique position: a bigger exporter of crude and petroleum liquids than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Osprey Informatics and Infrastructure Networks Partner Up on Computer Vision
The two technology startups aim to bring scale to the visual side of oilfield automation with a new deal that will cover 90% of US energy assets.
Calcasieu Pass Gets LNG Export OK From DOE
Latest federal approval authorizes US LNG exports to non-FTA countries.
Bechtel Hands Over Corpus Christi LNG Train 1 to Cheniere
Commissioning is complete and Bechtel has turned over care, custody, and control of Train 1 to Cheniere, It's the first liquefaction train placed into operation in a greenfield facility in the lower 48 states.
Japan’s LNG Imports To Decrease With Post-Fukushima Restart of Nuclear Reactors
Japan is bringing its nuclear reactors back on line following the suspension of operations at all reactors after the 2011 Fukushima accident. As the reactors return to full operation, the increase in nuclear generation is likely to displace generation from fossil sources, in particular natural gas.
First Gas Production From BP's Angelin Development
BP Trinidad and Tobago began first gas production from its Angelin development on 26 February.
Golar Agrees To Build FLNG Unit for BP’s Tortue
The vessel will produce approximately 2.5 mtpa of LNG for the project, which is expected to deliver first gas in 2022.
Subsea Production Systems—Will 2019 Be a Tipping Point?
The past year ended with a surge of subsea tree awards as E&P operators locked in lower supply-chain cost. Will demand continue to grow in 2019 and allow subsea OEMs to build backlogs and take back pricing power?
Permian: Treating Produced Water for Discharge Reduces Injection
Operators in the Permian Basin are looking for new ways to handle the rising volumes of produced water coming out of the region without using saltwater disposal wells. One solution, treatment for discharge, could provide an efficient alternative.
How Many Export Terminals Does the US Need?
The new bottleneck for Texas’ crude production is not onshore—it is offshore. Shallow ports have kept big tankers from taking away the state’s expanding supply which has attracted a slew of proposed export projects.
Halliburton Breaks Ground for Chemical Manufacturing Plant in Saudi Arabia
Halliburton broke ground in Saudi Arabia for the first oilfield chemical manufacturing reaction plant in the Kingdom.
JIP Aims for Life Extension Road Map for Top Tension Risers
A newly launched JIP aims to bridge the BSEE and API frameworks and achieve industry consensus on the analysis and inspection data required to assess the feasibility of an extended service life.
Equinor, Excelerate Perform First Ship-to-Ship LNG Transfer in The Bahamas
The transfer of LNG to Equinor’s Arctic Voyager marks the first ship-to-ship transfer in the island nation.
Case Studies in Produced Water Treatment
Three papers selected from 2018 SPE ATCE look at the challenges and approaches to the treatment of increasing volumes of produced water.
Shell, NNPC Invite Bidders on Bonga South West Deepwater Project
The announcement comes 7 months after the two received permission to begin the tendering process for the project offshore Nigeria, which is expected to carry a peak production of 225,000 BOPD by 2022.
BP Begins Gas Production From Phase 2 of West Nile Delta Project
Current production from the phase is 400 MMcf/D and expected to peak at 700 MMcf/D. A third phase also is slated to come on stream this year.
How To Find the Right Data System for Equipment Inspections
Inspection data management system software can help companies bolster their mechanical integrity programs, but choosing the wrong software can have a lasting impact on a company’s operations. So, what goes into finding the right software for your needs?
Fit-for-Purpose Water Treatment in Permian Shale
Sourcing water for hydraulic fracturing, and disposing of produced water, are constraints and significant cost items in the Permian Basin. Some of the produced water can be treated and reused by using a water life cycle approach..
Smart-Fluid-Processing System Reduces Footprint, Improves Separation Efficiency
Reducing a separation system’s footprint while increasing separation efficiency is demonstrated in an Oklahoma field trial.
Testing of Two-Stage Biofiltration Unit for Mitigation of VOC Emissions
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in crude oil can be released to the atmosphere from storage tanks, waste waters, and equipment leaks. A pilot-scale sequential biotrickling/biofiltration unit was designed and tested for removal of VOCs from a wastewater sump.
Public Tenders Issued for LNG Terminal Expansion in Poland
Poland’s PGNiG is calling for contractors for an LNG terminal expansion and construction of an additional jetty.
Trendsetter Completes Delivery of Production Equipment for Leviathan Project
Trendsetter Engineering completed its 2-year design and build work for Noble Energy’s Leviathan project.
DCN Diving Nets Dana Petroleum Deal
DCN will execute fabrication, installation, and precommissioning of various components for a gas export pipeline from two platforms in the Dutch North Sea.
Permian Operators Squeezed by Growing Water Pressure
Finding water for hydraulic fracturing and then finding a use for it when it flows back are critical engineering problems to solve in the booming Permian Basin.
Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil Make FID on Golden Pass LNG
The Golden Pass LNG export project got the go-ahead for a $1-billion liquefaction development. Baker Hughes will supply turbomachinery equipment for three LNG trains. Startup is expected in 2024.
Facilities Piping Inspection: Is Direct Assessment Enough?
Tons of resources are devoted to assure the integrity of facility piping systems, but are the generally accepted methods of inspecting these systems the best way? Complex systems with above- and underground piping sections may require a combination of direct assessment and elements of an API code.
Anadarko Strikes New Deals on Mozambique LNG
The SPAs signed with Shell and Tokyo Gas take Anadarko’s long-term sales from the project to more than 7.5 mtpa, with additional deals expected in the near future.
Mozambique LNG Signs Supply Deal With CNOOC
The deal calls for CNOOC to get 1.5 mtpa of gas from the Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project over the next 13 years. The project is the first onshore LNG development for the coastal East African nation.
Qatar, Exxon Mobil Agree to Sanction Golden Pass Expansion
The $10-billion deal will add liquefaction and export capabilities to the existing facility in Sabine Pass, Texas, according to a Reuters report. Golden Pass currently handles up to 2 Bcf/D of natural gas imports to North American markets.
Meeting Asian LNG Demand
This paper discusses how demand for LNG has affected shipping routes as well as trade issues between the suppliers and importers of natural gas.
As Midstream Becomes Mainstream, Pipeline Integrity Grows in Importance
Pipeline approvals can be a polarizing topic and advocacy for their viability is crucial for companies. What technologies are being developed to help bolster pipeline integrity, and how is the industry working to assure the general public of their safety and reliability?
Saipem, Shell Work To Advance Subsea Autonomous Vehicle
Saipem is taking the lead in advancing the capabilities of FlatFish, an autonomous underwater vehicle being developed by Shell for commercial application by 2020.
The Trials of an Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier
LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov is capable of sailing in seas with ice up to 2.1 m thick, allowing year-round transport of Yamal’s LNG to worldwide markets.
LLOG Awards McDermott Subsea Tiebacks Contract for Stonefly in Gulf of Mexico
LLOG’s subsea pipeline tiebacks and structures connecting the Stonefly development to the Ram Powell platform are scheduled to be installed in Q3 2019.
BHGE Releases Drone Service To Fight Methane Leaks
Drones will be just one of the tools that the service company uses in its drive toward net-zero carbon emissions.
Saudi Aramco Awards EPCI Contracts for Pair of Major Projects
The new deal covers production deck manifolds and subsea pipelines for Zuluf and Berri, two large fields undergoing expansion projects.
BP Trinidad & Tobago Awards EPC Contract to McDermott for Cassia Compression Project
McDermott will provide EPC, hookup, and commissioning of the Cassia C topsides, a jacket, and a bridge to link Cassia C with the existing Cassia B platform.
Sheffield, Woodside Agree to LNG Supply Deal
The 15-year agreement will send gas from the Pluto LNG facility to a mineral sands project in Western Australia. The joint venture will own and operate a road tanker fleet to transport the LNG.
DNV To Oversee Bolt Fatigue Testing Program Focused on Subsea Systems
Testing will be performed at DNV’s labs in Columbus, Ohio, and Norway and overseen by experts in fatigue of subsea equipment, bolting connections, cathodic protection, and instrumented tests.
To Sanction, or Not To Sanction—That is the Offshore Question
2019’s class of offshore projects show a wide range of potential sanctioning outcomes.
Different Basins, Different Produced Water Strategies
Water management for unconventional projects continues to evolve at a rapid pace. What are some of the universal trends industry is adopting to handle higher produced water volumes and increased demand, and how do local dynamics impact the adoption of these trends?
BP Sanctions Atlantis Phase 3 in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico
The decision comes after the company’s discovery of an additional 400 million bbl of oil in place at Atlantis, one of the largest fields in the gulf.
Natural Gas Fuels Challenges
Engineering ways to deliver more gas to consumers presents both huge opportunities and lots of challenges. Hisham Saadawi, SPE technical director of production and facilities, offers some examples as part of JPT’s tech director report.
The Savvy Separator: Lessons for Installation of Separator Internals
Process design of separation internals is just one step in improving the vessel performance. Just as important are the support design and installation steps. These lessons learned help to guide good off- and on-site planning to minimize separator turnaround.
US DOE Moves To Streamline LNG Exports
Regulations for US LNG exporters have been simplified to allow reporting of the country or countries of LNG deliveries, not country of end-use, to satisfy destination reporting requirement.
Dawn of the Drone: A New Method for Delivering IRM Services Subsea
Subsea inspection/repair/maintenance services have traditionally relied on vessel-based, ROV, or diver operations. In the longer term, identifying significant incremental savings in these operations is not sustainable and an innovative approach deploying digital technologies is being investigated.
Keep Your Eye on the Oil Price Ticker To Gauge 2019 Oilfield Services
The oilfield services sector showed steady revenue growth in 2018 thanks, in part, to increased project sanctioning. With the oil price falling $20 in the past 2 months, however, the future may be murkier than expected.
Static Equipment: A Look Inside the ‘How and Why’ of Specification
The specification and selection of equipment is the responsibility of the static equipment engineer, based on requirements specified by other disciplines, including process, materials, and plant layout. These guidelines contain cost-effective recommendations for design, materials, and fabrication.
BP Sanctions Gas Projects in Trinidad and Tobago
First gas from the Cassia C platform, which will help maintain production rates to the Atlantic LNG terminal, is expected in 2021. The Matapal project, which will tie back to the Juniper platform, will come on stream in 2022.
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