TOPICS OF INTEREST
Phillips 66 Forms JVs To Boost Takeaway Capacity from Bakken and Permian
Phillips 66 and partners in two separate joint ventures are building the Red Oak and the Liberty pipeline systems to deliver a total of approximately 750,000 BOPD to the US Gulf Coast with startup of service in early 2021.
BHGE Launches Multimodal Facility Expansion in Angola
The facility will serve as a hub to support customers and projects in the Angola and Southern Africa region.
Cactus II Pipeline To Start Partial Service in the Permian by Year End
Approximately 90% of construction work has been completed on the pipeline, which is expected to transport up to 670,000 BOPD from the Permian Basin to the US Gulf Coast. Cactus II is one of several pipelines aimed at alleviating takeaway concerns in the Permian.
Shell Ships First LNG Cargo From Prelude
First cargo from the world’s largest floating LNG project comes in the midst of low LNG prices sparked by a global supply boost. Prelude is expected to produce 3.6 mtpa for Shell.
Tank-Capacity Growth Suggests LNG Boom in Ship Fuel
Exponential growth in LNG tank capacity, fueled by the introduction of LNG fuel in shipping sectors, indicates a possible shift in the fuel mix.
Supply Vessel Collides With Equinor North Sea Platform
The company evacuated 276 people on board Statfjord A after the collision, which happened in connection with loading operations. No injuries were reported, and the total extent of the damage on the platform is being investigated.
Hurricane Energy Produces First Oil From Lancaster Field
The field startup is Hurricane’s first step to actualizing its potentially considerable resources in the UK North Sea. Lancaster is expected to produce an average of 17,000 BOPD by the end of the year.
Equinor Targets 2022 FID on Rosebank Project
One of the largest pre-sanction fields on the UK Continental Shelf, Rosebank, could significantly bolster the company’s UK portfolio. However, the field’s water depth and harsh environment may run development costs into the multibillion-dollar range.
Joint-Venture Partners Contract With Anadarko for Mozambique Area 1
Anadarko Petroleum selects JV companies to provide EPC for the onshore LNG development. Saipem scores the biggest contract in its history. Work will begin upon FID, expected this month.
Can Robots Improve Above-Water Riser Inspections?
The criticality of above-water riser hull piping requires frequent inspections. Traditional manual inspection methods present safety and efficiency concerns, but work is being done to see if robotic technologies—such as drones and crawlers—can do the job as good as, or even better, than humans.
API Releases Guide for Drones in Oil and Gas
As drones become a more significant part of energy projects, the guide outlines the steps operators should take in assessing their capabilities to run a drone program and the elements such programs should consider, including safety and regulatory concerns.
Cheniere Makes FID on Sabine Pass Train 6, Signs Gas Deal With Apache for Corpus Christi Facility
Sabine Pass Train 6 gets the nod, Bechtel gets the go-ahead for construction. Apache Corp. signed a deal with Cheniere to supply natural gas produced from its Permian Basin Alpine High area to the Corpus Christi LNG facility
Weld Overlay Joins the Party as Corrosion-Resistant Pipe Undercapacity Threatens Project Scheduling
It is rare that businesses selling equipment to the oil and gas sector can benefit from lower oil prices. But that is the case for CRA pipe manufacturers, which are comfortably outperforming 2014 levels.
Addressing the Gaps in Subsea Produced Water Treatment
Operators are looking for ways to better handle water coming from subsea wells, which is typically treated at topside facilities. Subsea separation systems are not equipped to discharge water back into the reservoir, so how do companies close the gaps?
Freeport LNG Authorized for Additional Exports
The US Department of Energy authorized the export from the terminal’s fourth liquefaction train to countries that have no free trade agreement with the US.
BP Approves Thunder Horse South Expansion Phase 2
The deepwater Gulf of Mexico project is expected to add 50,000 B/D of oil production through the construction of two new subsea production units and production wells.
Tariffs Pack a Bigger Punch Than Tax Incentives
Louisiana state granted a tax incentive to LNG Ltd. for its Magnolia project in Lake Charles. Although a beneficial development, it’s a drop in the bucket in the company’s progress toward FID.
US Lifts Metal Tariffs on Canada, Mexico
The decision may alleviate some of the pressures oil and gas producers faced in the wake of their imposition last year. Canada and Mexico made up a combined 20% of US imports of oil country tubular goods in 2017.
Lessons Learned From the Big Foot Mooring Incident
After suffering major setbacks, Chevron’s massive Big Foot project finally achieved first oil last November in the US Gulf of Mexico. With the setbacks in the rear-view mirror, project personnel spoke about the challenges.
Saudi Aramco Buys Into Port Arthur LNG
The deal with project developer Sempra includes Saudi Aramco netting 5 mtpa of LNG offtake and a 25% equity stake in Phase 1 of the export terminal, which may reach FID later this year.
How To Design an Unmanned Minimal Floating Platform
Unmanned minimum facility platforms are a reliable alternative to traditional wellhead platforms or subsea installations, and the technologies enabling simpler designs have evolved.
Santos P'nyang Farm-In Advances PNG LNG Expansion
Santos signed a binding letter of intent to acquire a 14.3% interest in Petroleum Retention License 3, which contains the P’nyang natural gas field in Papua New Guinea.
Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 Plan Approved
Construction for the field’s second processing platform begins on the same day the Norwegian authorities approved the plan for development and operation for the biggest field development on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Mozambique Approves Rovuma LNG Development Plan
A final investment decision is expected later this year on the project, which will involve the construction of two trains with a combined annual capacity of more than 15 mtpa of LNG.
Trade War Leaves LNG Projects Vulnerable
The escalation of the trade war between the US and China could jeopardize several LNG megaprojects that are awaiting final approval.
Equinor Awards Billions in Service Contracts
The new deals, valued at approximately $2.9 billion over 3 years, cover services for liner hangers, downhole monitoring, and additional completions on the NCS.
Novatek Moves Closer Toward FID on Arctic LNG 2
The Russian independent will likely sell an ownership stake to an additional partner in the coming weeks, joining Total, CNOOC, and CNPC. FID is expected to take place later this year.
Venture Capital Fuels the Digital Deepwater Oil Field
The technologies born out of innovative ideas have been critical for advancing deepwater assets in the past, and venture-capital investment helps incubate risk-taking companies developing those technologies. With digitization becoming a greater focus in industry, what role will venture capital play?
Statfjord A Platform To Be Decommissioned in 2022
After producing for 43 years, the Statfjord A platform will cease production in 2022.
Feds Green-Light Driftwood and Port Arthur LNG Exports
Driftwood is authorized to export up to 3.88 Bcf/D, and Port Arthur gets go-ahead for 1.91 Bcf/D of natural gas as LNG.
Production Monitoring Gets Smarter With Virtual Meters
Virtual metering technology has been in use for years as a cost-effective means of monitoring production, but what else can it do? How reliable is it as a backup to physical multiphase meters?
Transactions Solidify Shifting Jacobs Position
A merger with KeyW and the completion of the sale of its energy and chemical segment to WorleyParsons align with the service company’s decision to focus on its higher-growth, higher-margin lines of business.
US Exceeds One-Year Mark as Natural Gas Exporter
An EIA report shows natural gas exports reaching 4.6 Bcf/D in February, the 13th consecutive month in which the country's natural gas exports exceeded its imports. Exports are projected to reach 7.5 Bcf/D by 2020.
Weatherford Completes Sales of Laboratory Services and Surface Logging Businesses
These most recent deals bring the services company's divestiture total to $1 billion over the past 1 1/2 years.
Equinor, Faroe Complete Norwegian Offshore Asset Deal
Equinor increases its stake in the Njord redevelopment project as part of the agreement, while Faroe gains Equinor's stakes in four Norwegian Sea and North Sea fields.
Ashtead Technology Acquires Aqua-Tech Solutions
Ashtead Technology has acquired Louisiana-based subsea equipment rental and cutting services specialist, Aqua-Tech Solutions, as part of the company’s international growth plans in the US.
Neural Networks Plus CFD Speed Up Simulation of Fluid Flow
High-fidelity 3D engineering simulations are valuable in making decisions, but they can be cost-prohibitive and require significant amounts of time to execute. The integration of deep-learning neural networks with computational fluid dynamics may help accelerate the simulation process.
ExxonMobil Signs 20-Year LNG Agreement With Zhejiang Energy
ExxonMobil signed a sales and purchase agreement with Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group for LNG supply. Zhejiang Energy is expected to receive 1 mtpa over 20 years.
Integrating Human Factor Engineering in Construction and Fabrication
This paper describes an operator’s experience with HFE during the construction and fabrication/installation phase of projects, including welding during the fabrication of buoyancy tanks, emergency preparedness, and the use of 3D model walk-throughs.
Managing Fatigue To Reduce Risk and Improve Work Culture
Companies in the petroleum industry, from exploration and production, to transportation, refining, and distribution, operate around the clock. This paper intends to raise awareness on the impact of fatigue in the petroleum industry and recommend a framework for fatigue risk management.
My Picks for Read and Learn: The Role of Culture, Choices, Human Factors, and Fatigue in Safety
Safety depends on developing a dedicated culture mind-set and mitigation of risks, from the planning and engineering phases to the work site. These papers selected by OGF technical paper editor Gerald Verbeek present various practices for reducing and eliminating the number of incidents.
Safety Campaign Reduces Dropped-Object Incidents
The emotional involvement of participants during the initial phase of a safety campaign increases implementation effectiveness significantly. In this case, a film guides the audience to make positive, personal choices whenever planning and operating a work at height.
Stopping the Blame Game in Safety Incidents
For employees to report on safety incidents, there must be a ‘just culture,’ where issues can be discussed freely and underlying causes investigated and corrected without fear of punitive actions.
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.
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