The Russian section of Turkstream, a pipeline that will carry Russian gas to Turkey via the Black Sea, has been completed, and the construction in the Turkish waters has begun.According to Gazprom, the first pipeline of the Turkstream project entered the Turkish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Saturday, November 2017.Turkstream will consist of two offshore pipelines, both with a capacity to transport up to 15.75 billion cubic meters (BCM) of natural gas per year (31.5 BCM in total)Allseas-owned Pioneering Spirit, world’s largest pipelay and construction vessel, marked the occasion of entering into Turkish waters by laying down on the seabed the section of the pipeline with Russian and Turkish flags, symbolizing the crossing of the EEZ border between the two countries.“The border crossing also marks the completion of construction of the two offshore lines within the Russian EEZ. In total 448 kilometers of the pipeline were laid down, equally divided over the two lines. Construction of nearly 25% of the offshore pipeline section has been realized in less than 6 months. This is in line with the planned construction schedule,” Gazprom said.Gazprom has also shared that the average speed of pipelaying by Pioneering Spirit is more than of 4 kilometers per day, with a record set by the Allseas crew on November 1, 2017 by constructing 5.15 kilometers of Turkstream pipeline in one day.The offshore section will run approximately 930 kilometers through the Black Sea, from the Russian city of Anapa to the Turkish town of Kiyiköy.Gas transported via the first pipeline is destined for the Turkish market. The other pipeline will be directed towards the Turkish-European border. First gas is expected to flow through Turkstream in December 2019.
Woodside hires Wood for engineering and rig services in Australia
Oilfield services provider Wood has been awarded two new contracts by Woodside to deliver engineering and rig modification services offshore Australia and a concept definition study for the Julimar Phase 2 project.Wood said on Tuesday that the engineering and rig modification services will be executed under a three-year non-exclusive outline agreement, which has two one-year extension options and is effective immediately.The concept definition study is for the subsea flowline and umbilical system for phase two of the Julimar project, comprising the Julimar and Brunello fields in Western Australia, and is also effective immediately.The Woodside-operated Julimar Project is a subsea development that will connect the Julimar and Brunello gas fields to the offshore Chevron-operated Wheatstone platform, supplying 20% of the Wheatstone Project’s foundation capacity of natural gas. The Wheatstone project kicked off production in early October.The contract will be delivered by Wood’s Perth office. Wood previously completed front end engineering design (FEED) and detailed design for the Julimar phase 1 subsea and flowline system.Robin Watson, chief executive of Wood, comments: “We have been leveraging our broad capabilities to support Woodside across their asset portfolio for over three decades. These new contracts strengthen our relationship and reinforce our position as a trusted provider of subsea, pipeline and modification services in the region.”
Maria Creek Dredging About to Begin
Kingston District Council recently received Environment Protection Authority (EPA) approval for Council’s Dredging Management and Monitoring Plan (DMMP) for the Maria Creek.It is anticipated that excavation and dredging works will begin on Wednesday, 27th December 2017, reported the Council.The reason for the commencement date being Wednesday, 27th December 2017, is due to collection of mandatory baseline water testing data which is required to be completed 7 days prior to dredging works as per the DMMP, added the Council.“A road closure will be in place from Friday 22nd December 2017 to exclude vehicles and pedestrians from a portion of Marine Parade and adjacent reserves (being from the northern side of the boat wash down bay to the Maria Creek boat launching facility) whilst excavation and dredging works are taking place,” the Council said.To assist recreational fishers launching from the beach, Council has cleared sand build up at the following access points, Pinks Beach, Wyomi Beach, Johnson Avenue, Sailing Club, Thredgolds, Toops Road and Long Beach.[mappress mapid=”24712″]
ION Expands 3D Seismic Data Offshore Mexico
ION Geophysical has expanded its 3D multi-client reimaging program offshore Mexico. Based on the success of both the Campeche and Mexican Ridges 3D reimaging programs, ION is extending its data in a lesser explored area further to the north, the company informed.The Perdido South 3D reimaging program consists of over 16,000 sq km across six surveys in the southern part of the Perdido area, believed to have prolific hydrocarbon potential.“We are pleased to be collaborating on another large project offshore Mexico, where we anticipate strong client demand in upcoming license rounds,” said Brian Hanson, ION’s president and CEO. “Our approach to reimage the raw data using the most advanced imaging technology into a seamless data set will jump start exploration efforts in this largely untested basin.”The data will be delivered in phases over the next 10 months, with initial deliverables available in May, to accelerate subsurface knowledge and inform upcoming bid round decisions.
Anadarko allocates $200m for Mozambique LNG
US independent Anadarko Petroleum aims to spend about $200 million on its planned Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in 2019 as it is looking to make a final investment decision. Anadarko said on Thursday revealing the company’s 2019 capital investment that the investment will be allocated toward Anadarko’s portion of the costs associated with ongoing site preparation for the shared Mozambique LNG onshore facilities.Anadarko said it remains on track for the project’s FID consideration in the first half of next year, adding that it plans to adjust its capital-investment expectations associated with the Mozambique LNG project at the time of project sanction.Anadarko and its partners have discovered more than 75 Tcf of natural gas resources in the Prosperidade and Golfinho/Atum complexes in Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1, which will be used to feed an onshore LNG terminal on the Afungi peninsula in Cabo Delgado province.The discovered reserves in Mozambique are sufficient to support two initial LNG trains, as well as to accommodate expansions, including additional trains capable of producing about 50 mtpa, according to Anadarko.Besides Anadarko, partners in the Mozambique LNG project are Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1, ONGC Videsh, Bharat PetroResources, PTT Exploration & Production and Oil India.
DSME to Build Submarine Rescue Vessel for ROK Navy
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) said it has secured a contract to design and construct a submarine rescue vessel for the Republic of Korea Navy.The contract is valued at approximately 444 billion Korean won ($395 million).The new submarine rescue vessel will be equipped with the latest diving system capable of diving up to 300 meters and a new deep sea diving rescue (DSRV) capable of rescuing the crew of the distressing submarine up to 500 meters.The remotely operated vehicle to be installed on the vessel will be able to operate at depths of 1,000 meters.DSME said it will complete the vessel by the end of 2022 and deliver it to the ROK Navy.
NREL Launches 2019 Energy Execs Call
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2019 Executive Energy Leadership Program.Otherwise known as Energy Execs, the program provides non-technical business, governmental, and community leaders throughout the country an opportunity to learn about advanced energy, energy-efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related decisions and planning.Leaders in the private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate in the program.Participants are required to travel to NREL’s main campus in Golden, Colorado, for four multi-day sessions from June through September.“NREL’s mix of government, private, academic and nonprofit Energy Execs promotes collaboration to advance renewable energy and meet community sustainability goals with the latest innovative technologies and access to leading global researchers,” said Mandy La Brier, director of Energy Management for the City of Chicago and class of 2018.Energy Execs was founded in 2007, and 20 participants are selected each year from a national pool of candidates.The application deadline is March 1. For more information and how to apply go here.NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy.
OceanTools Expands Its Team
OceanTools has welcomed Brian Hector and Diane Smith, both formerly part of Teledyne Bowtech, to its team. Their roles are to assist in the development and expansion of the OceanTools camera and lighting range.The company is looking to create a range of industry leading cameras (including IP and GigE) and lights, which will include the development of Ethernet controlled LED lights.Brian is the new technical sales manager and will be involved in developing the new product range, along with working with the customers to ensure the continuous development of the current and new products.Brian Hector said, “I am very excited to be part of the OceanTools team and to be part of their very ambitious future plans and, of course, to be working with Diane again. I have known OceanTools for many years and have always been impressed with their world leading underwater technologies. Their strong company focus on technology and very capable engineering team who have many years’ experience designing underwater products were the among the main reasons I’m excited to be part of the team. This coupled to my experience in subsea cameras and lights puts us in an enviable position to be able to deliver leading solutions to our customers. Even after 25 years new technologies in this arena still excite me and working for a small technology company again will ensure we can develop these technologies in a timely manner to add real value to our customers.”In addition, Diane has been appointed to the role of product line manager (Camera Systems) and will be responsible for everything from the sales & marketing through to the production of the new product range.Diane Smith said, “It’s great to be involved right at the beginning of the development of the cameras and lighting range. I’ve gained a wealth of experience in this area over my 22 years with Bowtech and I am really looking forward to putting all that knowledge to use to help develop a very successful and innovative product range.”Kevin Parker, managing director of OceanTools added, “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Brian and Diane onboard. Our plans are very ambitious: our intention is to develop a fabulous range of world-beating cameras, lights and associated products and to become the de-facto global standard for such products.”
New Chief Operating Officer for AGR’s UK and Africa Business
AGR has appointed Andrew Stannard to lead its business unit in the UK and Africa and will become a member of the company’s global management team.Stannard succeeds long term region manager Ian Burdis who will continue as EVP of the UK & Africa region with the main responsibility for the leadership of existing alliance projects and the building of future consortium and integrated assignments.Svein Sollund, CEO at AGR says, “I’m very pleased that Andrew has decided to join our international team, bringing with him his excellent leadership skills and over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. I am confident he and Ian will successfully build our business to meet the growing market demand and at the same time develop new commercial models adding value to our clients’ projects.”Commenting on his appointment, Stannard said, “I look forward to leading AGR’s highly experienced teams and daily business in its next phase of development.”Ian Burdis comments, “It has become clear through our recent strategy development process that contractor collaboration to deliver integrated development and P&A projects is an increasingly important feature in the industry going forward and one which requires a dedicated resource to develop. I am excited by the opportunity to focus on the creation of alliance and consortium business models for AGR.”
Tamarind’s New Zealand subsidiary goes into voluntary administration
The New Zealand subsidiary of Malaysia’s energy company Tamarind Resources has gone into voluntary administration due to an “unsustainable financial position.”Illustration; Image: TamarindTamarind said on Tuesday that Jason Kardachi and Mitchell Mansfield of Borrelli Walsh were appointed as administrators of Tamarind Taranaki on Monday, November 11.“The appointment of the administrators is as a result of a number of commercial factors including a deterioration in oil price amongst others affecting the performance of the company, which has contributed to the company’s current financial position being unsustainable absent a restructuring,” Tamarind stated.According to the company, the administrators will be directly controlling the assets, operations, books, and records of Tamarind Taranaki during the administration period.The purpose of the voluntary administration is to seek to maximize the prospects of the company continuing its business or if this is not possible, to achieve a better return for creditors than would result from an immediate liquidation.The effect of the appointment of administrators is to place a moratorium on the payment of creditors up to the date of appointment.The administrators will propose to creditors a deed of company arrangement (DOCA), which will be voted on by all creditors. The proposed DOCA will set out a detailed plan for the repayment of outstanding creditors to the extent this is supportable by available funding and the continuing business of the company.Tamarind in October terminated a contract for the BW Offshore-owned FPSO Umuroa, operating at its Tui field in New Zealand.The vessel owner said it would seek to recover all outstanding hire from Tamarind Resources and its parent company under the provisions of the existing contracts.Also, it is worth reminding that Tamarind put a stop to its New Zealand offshore drilling plans at the Tui oil field in the Taranaki Basin after being unable to reach an agreement with offshore drilling contractor COSL in mid-September.Offshore Energy Today reached out to the administrators of Tamarind Taranaki to see how the administration would influence the drilling plans on the Tui field. We will edit the article with additional information if and when we receive a response.The Tui Area Oil Project constitutes three fields, Tui, Amokura, and Pateke, which started production on July 30, 2007, and produce from four horizontal wells flowing to the FPSO Umuroa. The oil is processed on the Umuroa before being exported via export tankers destined for refineries on Australia’s eastern seaboard. The FPSO has a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of stabilized crude oil.The Tui area was previously operated by AWE until Tamarind took over operatorship in March 2017.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.