January 2018
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TAM International has opened a new manufacturing facility in Obninsk, Russia—approximately 70 mi southwest of Moscow.
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TAM International has opened a new manufacturing facility in Obninsk, Russia—approximately 70 mi southwest of Moscow. Situated on two acres of land, the plant has more than 11,000 ft2 of manufacturing space and more than 4,000 ft2 of office space. According to the company, the new facility can manufacture up to 200 swellable packers every month. Additionally, it can manage redressing operations on service tools, as well as on-site torque machining. Photo: TAM International.

BP has awarded a contract to Petrofac for the Phase 2 central processing facility at the Khazzan Phase 2 gas development in Oman. The $800-million contract follows the $1.4-billion Phase 1 contract awarded to Petrofac in February 2014, which achieved first gas in late September. Phase 2 will include the addition of a third gas train, with a capacity of 500 MMscfd. This is expected to boost total production capacity to 1,500 MMscfd. It also will include liquid and compression trains, as well as associated infrastructure. Brownfield work associated with connecting the Phase 1 and 2 facilities will be undertaken, as well.

Aker Solutions has secured a modifications contract from Maersk Drilling. Under terms of the contract, Aker Solutions will modify the production module on the Maersk Inspirer jackup, which is operating at Yme oil field, offshore Norway. The NOK 1-billion ($120.5-million) order covers engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning services at the Repsol-operated field, which is being re-developed after it was closed in 2001. The company reported that work is beginning immediately and is expected to conclude by year-end 2019. Following the modifications work on the module, the jackup is anticipated to operate at Yme field for five to 10 years.

DNO ASA reported that production has tripled from Pashkabir field. The field, which is in the Tawke license in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, is now producing 15,000 bopd. According to the company, the boost in output follows the completion of the Pashkabir-3 well testing, stimulation and clean-up program. In a 1.2-km horizontal section of the Cretaceous and Jurassic reservoir, 11 zones were tested and flowed successfully. Of those zones, 10 were reported as oil zones, while the eleventh was reportedly a gas zone. The tests showed an average flow of 5,340 bopd per zone. DNO says that it is now preparing to drill the Peshkabir-4 well.

Expro has won a $5-million well testing services contract for several assets in the UK North Sea. The agreement, which is a five-year extension contract, will see the clean-up of existing wells and the testing of multiple, newly drilled wells. Work reportedly was anticipated to begin at the end of 2017.

A subsidiary of ADES International Holding has entered into a long-term JV with a subsidiary of Vantage Drilling International to provide deepwater drilling services in Egypt’s Mediterranean basin. The JV will operate Vantage’s deepwater drilling units in Egyptian waters on a bareboat charter agreement basis. It will give the company access to the basin, while reportedly expanding its ultra-deepwater fleet’s marketability. According to the companies, discussions are ongoing with regional operators, in an effort to seize new opportunities in
the region.

RiskPoynt’s Barrier Model has been selected as the operational risk management solution for the UK North Sea assets of Chrysaor—one of the region’s largest producers. According to the company, the software solution will manage operational risk, as well the mitigation of those risks; visualize the operational health of assets; identify and analyze the initial and residual operational risks; support swifter and smarter decision-making; display interdependencies on safety criticial elements; and allow prioritization of the most cost-effective risk reduction.

Trelleborg has successfully carried out testing of its Universal Transfer System (UTS), showcasing the company’s capabilities for jettyless LNG transfer. During the test, the UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian Port of Herøya. After the first LNG transfer of 400 m3, it is now in full commercial production. According to Trelleborg, the system consists of its Cryoline LNG hoses, which are attached to a floating platform that incorporates the company’s ship-to-shore link technology, as well as a selection of its marine fender systems. 

CGG Multi-Physics has completed the acquisition, processing and interpretation of a multi-client airborne gravity and magnetic survey in the Gulf of Mexico. The company reportedly surveyed more than 23,612 mi in Mexico’s Perdido Fold Belt. It was the first of six areas to be acquired in a nearly 124,275-mi Gulf of Mexico program. The newest survey data are said to show a noteworthy correlation of significant discoveries along the flanks of basement topography. CGG says the data will be used to construct an improved Earth model, which will help provide vital insight into exploration activities in the region.

Umbilicals International has announced that it will open a new quayside manufacturing site in Channelview, Texas—just 20 mi east of Houston. The site, positioned next to the Houston Ship Channel, will employ the company’s horizontal helix machine, extrusion line and supporting equipment. The new facility will add to the capabilities already offered at its 100,000-ft2 facility in Stafford, Texas. It will expand the company’s offerings, allowing it to provide longer cables and umbilicals required for SURF packages. The grand opening came just three months after the company opened a UK facility in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2018, the company reportedly will add additional lines and handling equipment from Seanamic Group company Caley Ocean Systems, as well. Image: Umbilicals International.

Danos has reported the completion of its water injection piping work for an offshore platform in Equatorial Guinea. The fabrication project, which reportedly was finished on time, took less than six months to complete. The company posted a weld-repair rate of 0.0007% for the inspection of 26,578 in., overall. The work was carried out at Danos’ Amelia Integrated Services Complex.

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