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Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico: Expediting an offshore platform’s decommissioning

Vivek K. Prajapati, Petroleum Engineer

With the backlog of idle offshore platforms steadily increasing, the industry needs to optimize procedures and operational strategies to reduce costs while improving overall HSE during and after decommissioning.

Neptune Energy extends drilling contract with Odfjell Drilling

Neptune Energy has extended a contract for Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Yantai drilling rig, to include three additional wells in the Norwegian North Sea next year.

Biden’s Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale draws high-dollar bids

Oil companies spent $191.7 million buying drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, during a robust government auction that underscored the industry’s appetite for new crude as the White House seeks to shift the U.S. away from fossil fuels.

Embracing an Alliance mindset to sustainably unlock offshore production potential

Stian Ø. Jørgensen, Aker BP; Rob Stolpman, StimWell Services; Richard Lochee-Bayne, Schlumberger

Industry indicators point toward increasing demand for oil and gas, with the offshore market playing an integral role in the short- and long-term energy mix. However, as the offshore industry looks toward an upcycle, the landscape looks different from those of the past.

Biden’s offshore oil lease auction will test drillers’ appetite for risk

The Biden administration is selling drilling rights across the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday in an auction that will test the oil industry’s appetite amid White House efforts to shift away from fossil fuels.

Maersk Drilling, Noble to merge operations as Noble Corporation

Noble and Maersk Drilling share a strong conviction about the compelling industrial logic for taking this step to create a differentiated offshore drilling company with the scale, capabilities, and resources to successfully serve a broad range of customers.

Helix Energy Solutions partners with Trendsetter Engineering for global integrated hydraulic intervention services agreement

The new partnership will integrate Trendsetter’s 15,0000psi Subsea Tree Injection Manifold and experienced personnel into Helix’s state-of-the-art fleet of well intervention vessels and equipment used to perform well services globally.

Shell resumes oil exports at Mars and Ursa in the Gulf of Mexico

Shell Offshore Inc. has safely and successfully re-started production at its Mars and Ursa platforms in the US Gulf of Mexico and began exporting oil and gas through the West Delta-143 (WD-143) “A” facility.

Floating ideas on safety and risk management

Matt Tremblay, ABS

Fifty-five FPSO units in the global fleet are reaching the end of their design life in the next five years, and a further five have life extension in place. With 19 more FPSOs currently being evaluated for life extension, what are the possible safety issues from corrosion and other structural integrity concerns?

Shell may restart hurricane-hit Gulf platforms ahead of schedule

Royal Dutch Shell is hoping to restart its Ursa oil and gas platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as early as the first half of November, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Guyana seeks a 135-mile subsea gas pipeline to extend its energy win streak

Guyana will likely become one of South America’s top oil producers over the next four years, but the world’s newest petrostate increasingly sees gas as the bedrock for growing its domestic economy.

Occidental sells $750MM Ghana stakes as part of debt-reduction focus

Occidental Petroleum Corp. agreed to sell its stakes in two Ghanaian oil fields for $750 million, ending a two-year divestment effort aimed at cutting debt.

Turkish Petroleum awards Schlumberger contract to tap its largest gas reserve

Turkish Petroleum has awarded Schlumberger a significant contract for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of end-to-end production solutions for the Sakarya gas field, Turkey’s largest gas reserve.

Democrats seek stricter regulation of offshore oil and gas infrastructure

House Democrats are making the case for stricter regulation of thousands of abandoned wells, platforms and pipelines off the U.S. coasts following the biggest off-shore spill in California in nearly 30 years.

DOF Subsea and Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. form strategic alliance for global AUV services

The partnership leverages the two businesses’ recent collaboration in the development of the OFG AUV non-contact integrated Cathodic Protection (iCP) inspection system, and enable the sharing of resources on several pipeline inspection and geohazard surveys.

SPIE awarded multi-year engineering services contract for Jansz-Io Compression project

As the reservoir pressure of the Jansz-Io field declines after years of production, compression infrastructure is required to enhance the recoverability of the field.

Tracerco secures subsea inspection for life extension project of over 18 risers in the Gulf of Mexico

Tracerco has been commissioned to provide asset integrity data for an operator in the Gulf of Mexico seeking to extend the life of over 18 of their risers.

Who pays: Allocating liability for plugging and abandonment costs in the GOM’s OCS

Kaylan Dunn, Michael Morfey, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Lessees and interest-holders in the Gulf of Mexico should carefully evaluate the existing contractual language governing their investments in light of case law and consider adding bond requirements or additional consideration in exchange for a specific, express release of costs associated with decommissioning obligations.

VIKING boat and davit solutions meet BW Offshore requirements for large FPSO bound for Australia

FPSO owner and operator BW Offshore has selected VIKING Norsafe Free-fall Lifeboats, Daughter Craft and Davits for a large FPSO project which will operate off northern Australia.

Thirty million barrels of Gulf oil lost to Ida, and counting

Almost four weeks after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico oil producers are far from calling it over.