www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Statoil in Gudrun 'restart' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395735/statoil-in-gudrun-restart Statoil is reported to have carried out a partial restart of its Gudrun platform off Norway after a prolonged shutdown due to a gas and condensate leak. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395735/statoil-in-gudrun-restart Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:01:05 +0000 live Parkmead eyes new UK field hub http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395706/parkmead-eyes-new-uk-field-hub Parkmead is eyeing a potential new UK North Sea oilfield hub through the joint development of the Perth, Dolphin and Lowlander (PDL) fields after studies revealed it could trigger “significant” value creation, despite low oil prices that have hit the region. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395706/parkmead-eyes-new-uk-field-hub Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:15:07 +0000 live Solitaire lays Polarled pipeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395700/solitaire-lays-polarled-pipeline Statoil has begun laying a pipeline that will eventually take gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to shore. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395700/solitaire-lays-polarled-pipeline Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:15:29 +0000 live Aptomar to keep eye on Goliat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395222/aptomar-to-keep-eye-on-goliat Field monitoring player Aptomar has forged a local alliance in northern Norway to provide oil spill detection and response services for Eni’s under-development Goliat oilfield in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395222/aptomar-to-keep-eye-on-goliat Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:54:54 +0000 live FPSO fire halts Knarr http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395187/fpso-fire-halts-knarr Production has been halted on BG Group’s Knarr field off Norway after a small fire broke out onboard its floating production, storage and offloading vessel less than a week after start-up. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395187/fpso-fire-halts-knarr Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:10:20 +0000 live Technip, FMC see 30% lower costs with JV http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395146/technip-fmc-see-30-percent-lower-costs-with-jv French engineering outfit Technip and subsea specialist FMC Technologies reckon that a new collaborative joint venture could bring cost savings of up to 30% for their combined services at deep-water field developments. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395146/technip-fmc-see-30-percent-lower-costs-with-jv Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:51:18 +0000 live Det Norske: 'No, minister' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395143/det-norske-no-minister The chairman of Det Norske Oljeselskap has called into question an explanation by Norway’s oil minister on the process leading up to a proposed unitisation pact on the Johan Sverdrup field. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395143/det-norske-no-minister Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:51:04 +0000 live Martin Linge 'facing delay' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395135/martin-linge-facing-delay Total is reported to be facing a possible delay to start-up of its under-development Martin Linge field off Norway as fabrication work on the topsides at a South Korean yard is taking longer than expected. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395135/martin-linge-facing-delay Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:14:30 +0000 live Reinertsen 'bags Maria award' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395106/reinertsen-bags-maria-award Norwegian engineering consultancy Reinertsen has reportedly secured a Nkr600 million ($75.3 million) contract from Statoil to carry out preparation work on the Kristin platform for tie-in of Wintershall’s Maria field in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395106/reinertsen-bags-maria-award Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:25:09 +0000 live Manora partner in default http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395046/manora-partner-in-default Northern Gulf Petroleum (NGP) is in default under the terms of the joint operating agreement covering the offshore Manora oilfield development in the Gulf of Thailand Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1395046/manora-partner-in-default Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:29:07 +0000 live Statoil ready to ride on Rutil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394970/statoil-ready-to-ride-on-rutil Statoil has been given the green light by the authorities to proceed with development of the Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen fast-track project off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394970/statoil-ready-to-ride-on-rutil Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:49:47 +0000 live 'Goalpost shift' on Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394879/goalpost-shift-on-sverdrup Norway’s oil minister has been accused by a former petroleum agency official of wasting the state’s time and money in handling the dispute over unitisation of the Johan Sverdrup field, claiming dissenter Det Norske Oljeselskap is trying to change the rules of the game. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394879/goalpost-shift-on-sverdrup Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:19:51 +0000 live PTSC scoops Ghana contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394825/ptsc-scoops-ghana-contract Vietnamese contractor PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC) has won a contract to build topsides modules for the floating production, storage and offloading vessel bound for Eni's Offshore Cape Three Points area of Ghana. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394825/ptsc-scoops-ghana-contract Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:13:17 +0000 live Gullfaks South unit in Statoil hands http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394650/gullfaks-south-unit-in-statoil-hands Statoil has taken delivery of the world’s first subsea multiphase wet gas compressor facility to be used on the Gullfaks South field off Norway and believes the ground-breaking technology could be a “game-changer” to boost recovery from existing fields – as well as develop new ones. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394650/gullfaks-south-unit-in-statoil-hands Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:31:00 +0000 live BG starts Knarr output http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394622/bg-starts-knarr-output UK giant BG Group has started producing first oil from its Knarr field in the Norwegian North Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394622/bg-starts-knarr-output Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:51:14 +0000 live Elk-Antelope to make FID in 2017 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394618/elk-antelope-to-make-fid-in-2017 The Total-led owners of the Elk-Antelope liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea have laid out to the PNG government the project's development timeline. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394618/elk-antelope-to-make-fid-in-2017 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:49:52 +0000 live Sunbird sets out Ibhubesi GSA terms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394615/sunbird-sets-out-ibhubesi-gsa-terms Australian junior Sunbird Energy has signed a gas sales agreement term sheet with energy supplier Eskom Holdings as it takes another step towards commercialising the Ibhubesi gas field in South Africa. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394615/sunbird-sets-out-ibhubesi-gsa-terms Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:16:50 +0000 live Aker bags Sverdrup concept study http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394559/aker-bags-sverdrup-concept-study Aker Solutions has secured a further coveted deal to carry out a concept study for future phases of the Johan Sverdrup field development off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394559/aker-bags-sverdrup-concept-study Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:33:17 +0000 live Noble ‘nears Aphrodite commercial call’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394558/noble-nears-aphrodite-commercial-call Noble Energy is closing in on declaring its Aphrodite gas discovery off Cyprus commercially viable, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394558/noble-nears-aphrodite-commercial-call Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:23:24 +0000 live ABB wins $155m Sverdrup power deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394471/abb-wins-usd-155m-sverdrup-power-deal Swiss technology giant ABB has won a $155 million contract from Norway’s Statoil to power the first phase of development of the vast Johan Sverdrup North Sea oilfield development. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394471/abb-wins-usd-155m-sverdrup-power-deal Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:31:08 +0000 live Big Foot finally sets sail http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394466/big-foot-finally-sets-sail Chevron's Big Foot tension-leg platform has finally begun its voyage from Texas to the Walker Ridge area of the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394466/big-foot-finally-sets-sail Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:18:35 +0000 live Origin spuds at Yolla http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394460/origin-spuds-at-yolla Operator Origin Energy has spudded the first of two development wells on the Yolla field at its BassGas project off the coast of south-east Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394460/origin-spuds-at-yolla Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:55:17 +0000 live Statoil halts Veslefrikk drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394295/statoil-halts-veslefrikk-drilling Statoil has called a temporary halt to drilling at its Veslefrikk field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394295/statoil-halts-veslefrikk-drilling Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:33:24 +0000 live Buzios launch for Petrobras http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394275/buzios-launch-for-petrobras Petrobras has launched early production from the giant Buzios pre-salt field in the Santos basin off Brazil. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394275/buzios-launch-for-petrobras Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:48:58 +0000 live Petra wins Gumusut-Kakap work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394253/petra-wins-gumusut-kakap-work Malaysia’s Petra Energy has been awarded the topside maintenance services contract for Shell’s Gumusut-Kakap oilfield off Sabah. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394253/petra-wins-gumusut-kakap-work Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:22:11 +0000 live Timor-Leste 'disappointed' with Sunrise delays http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394247/timor-leste-disappointed-with-sunrise-delays Timor-Leste’s Minister for Natural Resources says he is disappointed with Woodside Petroleum’s decision to effectively shelve plans for the Sunrise liquefied natural gas development in the Timor Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394247/timor-leste-disappointed-with-sunrise-delays Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:44:27 +0000 live Shell progressing on Prelude http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394227/shell-progressing-on-prelude Anglo-Dutch supermajor is making progress with its Prelude floating liquefied natural gas development off Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394227/shell-progressing-on-prelude Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:52:33 +0000 live Mammoet installs platform for Shell http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394062/mammoet-installs-platform-for-shell Mammoet has installed the Malampaya Phase 3 Depletion Compression platform (DCP) off the north-west coast of the Phillippines for Shell Philippines Exploration. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1394062/mammoet-installs-platform-for-shell Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:29:32 +0000 ece_incoming Tommeliten Alpha 'cancelled' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394055/tommeliten-alpha-cancelled ConocoPhillips is reported to have shelved its planned Nkr17 billion ($2.24 billion) Tommeliten Alpha field development off Norway due to low oil prices. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394055/tommeliten-alpha-cancelled Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:16:55 +0000 live PPGC axes Leviathan supply deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394035/ppgc-axes-leviathan-supply-deal The Palestine Power Generation Company has cancelled a 20-year gas supply deal with the Noble Energy-led Leviathan project in the wake of the US independent’s decision to put the giant project on hold after Israel’s anti-monopoly regulator pressed for the breakup of the venture. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394035/ppgc-axes-leviathan-supply-deal Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:00:13 +0000 live Big Foot tow-out delayed again http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394000/big-foot-tow-out-delayed-again Chevron's Big Foot tension-leg platform has been delayed again and remains docked at a yard in Texas, the supermajor said. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1394000/big-foot-tow-out-delayed-again Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:13:20 +0000 live Pelikan on stream for Premier http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393895/pelikan-on-stream-for-premier UK independent Premier Oil has launched gas production from its Pelikan field in the Natuna Sea off Indonesia. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393895/pelikan-on-stream-for-premier Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:27:13 +0000 live Claxton to deliver for Gina Krog http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393845/claxton-to-deliver-for-gina-krog UK offshore engineering company Claxton has been awarded a contract for Statoil's Gina Krog development, off Norway. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1393845/claxton-to-deliver-for-gina-krog Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:34:21 +0000 ece_incoming CNOOC Ltd starts up Bohai upgrade http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393824/cnooc-ltd-starts-up-bohai-upgrade CNOOC Ltd and US supermajor Chevron have commenced production at their Qinhuangdao 32-6 comprehensive adjustment project in Bohai Bay off China. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393824/cnooc-ltd-starts-up-bohai-upgrade Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:50:40 +0000 live Sentinel vessel on Mariner guard duty http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393801/sentinel-vessel-on-mariner-guard-duty Sentinel Marine has secured a contract from Statoil to provide a newbuild emergency response and rescue vessel for the under-development Mariner heavy oil field off the UK. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393801/sentinel-vessel-on-mariner-guard-duty Mon, 09 Mar 2015 09:14:27 +0000 live 'Lean times' for floater players http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393710/lean-times-for-floater-players Floating production players offering leased units are likely to have the edge as oil companies exercise tighter capital discipline on new projects amid low oil prices that are also putting pressure on contractors to cut costs, a conference was told. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393710/lean-times-for-floater-players Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:40:53 +0000 live BP to develop West Nile Delta gas fields http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393689/bp-to-develop-west-nile-delta-gas-fields British supermajor BP has signed the final agreements to develop Egypt’s West Nile Delta gas fields. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393689/bp-to-develop-west-nile-delta-gas-fields Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:05:30 +0000 live Statoil hits brakes on project pair http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393686/statoil-hits-brakes-on-project-pair Statoil is postponing key decisions on development of its Johan Castberg and Snorre 2040 field projects off Norway as extra time is required to find more cost-effective solutions for the two schemes. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393686/statoil-hits-brakes-on-project-pair Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:01:44 +0000 live Work starts on Pateke tie-back http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393661/work-starts-on-pateke-tie-back The subsea tie-back of the Pateke-4H well has begun at the Tui area fields in New Zealand's offshore Taranaki basin. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393661/work-starts-on-pateke-tie-back Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:11:52 +0000 live Big Foot set to sail Friday night http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393653/big-foot-set-to-sail-friday-night Hopes are high that the waylaid Big Foot tension-leg platform built by a group led by Chevron will finally sail from a yard in Texas to its new home in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico as soon as Friday night. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393653/big-foot-set-to-sail-friday-night Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:53:00 +0000 live Statoil targets FPSO for Castberg http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393630/statoil-targets-fpso-for-castberg Norway’s Statoil has revealed that a ship-shaped floating production, storage and offloading vessel is now the base-case for its stalled Johan Castberg field development project in the Barents Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393630/statoil-targets-fpso-for-castberg Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:02:45 +0000 live Honeywell gains Te Giac Trang work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393620/honeywell-gains-te-giac-trang-work Honeywell Process Solutions has been hired by Hoang Long Joint Operating Co to provide project management and engineering for the third platform at the Te Giac Trang ('White Rhino') field off southern Vietnam. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393620/honeywell-gains-te-giac-trang-work Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:36:10 +0000 live Kvaerner shares work on Sverdrup jacket http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393417/kvaerner-shares-work-on-sverdrup-jacket Norwegian fabricator Kvaerner has handed a subcontract to Drydocks World in Dubai for the prefabrication of steel nodes to be used on a steel jacket for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup field off Norway. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393417/kvaerner-shares-work-on-sverdrup-jacket Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:07:34 +0000 live Missing three found on FPSO http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393341/missing-three-found-on-fpso The three remaining missing crew members have now been recovered from the Cidade de Sao Mateus floating production, storage and offloading vessel off Brazil after an explosion onboard the unit last month, according to vessel owner BW Offshore. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393341/missing-three-found-on-fpso Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:00:29 +0000 live Johan Sverdrup lift for Allseas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393222/johan-sverdrup-lift-for-allseas Statoil has confirmed it has awarded Allseas a contract for transport and installation of topsides on three platforms at the Johan Sverdrup field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393222/johan-sverdrup-lift-for-allseas Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:33:07 +0000 live Petoro in Sverdrup 'stake switch' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393219/petoro-in-sverdrup-stake-switch Norway’s state oil holding company Petoro reportedly backpedalled on its demand for a higher stake in the Johan Sverdrup project in an apparent compromise to prevent last month’s submission of the field development plan being delayed  – resulting in a significant loss in value for state coffers. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393219/petoro-in-sverdrup-stake-switch Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:52:25 +0000 live Total takes on Elk-Antelope http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393191/total-takes-on-elk-antelope French energy giant Total has been chosen to take over as the operator of the Elk-Antelope gas resource in Papua New Guinea, replacing joint venture partner InterOil. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393191/total-takes-on-elk-antelope Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:35:33 +0000 live Allseas wins Sverdrup platform job http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393099/allseas-wins-sverdrup-platform-job Allseas president Edward Heerema revealed on Friday that he signed a deal with Statoil this week for the installation of three platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393099/allseas-wins-sverdrup-platform-job Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:26:50 +0000 live BP 'faces legal action' over In Amenas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393049/bp-faces-legal-action-over-in-amenas The family of two Britons killed in a terrorist attack on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria reportedly intend to sue UK supermajor BP over an alleged lack of adequate security measures at the facility. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393049/bp-faces-legal-action-over-in-amenas Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:07:33 +0000 live Peregrino 2 out of blocks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393039/peregrino-2-out-of-blocks Statoil has submitted the development plan to the authorities for the second phase of its Peregrino field development off Brazil after formally sanctioning investments in the $3.5 billion project. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1393039/peregrino-2-out-of-blocks Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:21:13 +0000 live Statfjord C in 'shutdown' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392995/statfjord-c-in-shutdown Statoil is set to shut down production from its veteran Statfjord C platform off Norway next month after discovering cracks in the facility’s flare tower, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392995/statfjord-c-in-shutdown Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:47:38 +0000 live Asco nets Mariner supply base work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392972/asco-nets-mariner-supply-base-work UK oilfield services player Asco Group has won a pair of long-term contracts from Statoil for supply base and warehousing services at the Norwegian player’s $7 billion Mariner heavy-oilfield development in the UK North Sea. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392972/asco-nets-mariner-supply-base-work Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:12:11 +0000 live Fluor JV wins Brazil work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392745/fluor-jv-wins-brazil-work A joint venture between engineering firm Fluor and Brazilian counterpart Construcap Engenharia has won an engineering and design contract for an onshore field development in Brazil operated by independent Parnaíba Gas Natural (PGN). Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392745/fluor-jv-wins-brazil-work Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:15:18 +0000 live Further delay on Greater Stella http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392679/further-delay-on-greater-stella Ithaca Energy is facing a further delay of almost a year to start-up of its Greater Stella Area (GSA) development hub project off the UK due to stalled modification work by Petrofac on the field’s floating production unit. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392679/further-delay-on-greater-stella Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:46:22 +0000 live Aibel snatches Sverdrup topsides win http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392583/aibel-snatches-sverdrup-topsides-win Statoil has confirmed it has awarded local contractor Aibel the coveted Nkr8 billion ($1 billion) fabrication contract for the topsides of the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field project off Norway. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis), Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392583/aibel-snatches-sverdrup-topsides-win Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:51:46 +0000 live Technip lands Glenlivet gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392582/technip-lands-glenlivet-gig French engineering company Technip has landed a subsea contract on Total's Glenlivet gas condensate project on the UK Atlantic Margin, West of Shetlands. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392582/technip-lands-glenlivet-gig Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:10:11 +0000 live Oseberg Delta 2 launch for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392469/oseberg-delta-2-launch-for-statoil Statoil has started production from the Oseberg Delta 2 field to mark the launch of its tenth fast-track project off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392469/oseberg-delta-2-launch-for-statoil Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:51:54 +0000 live Cheniere eyes Sabine Pass trains FID http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392219/cheniere-eyes-sabine-pass-trains-fid US player Cheniere Energy says it will “contemplate” a final investment decision (FID) on the fifth and sixth trains of its Sabine Pass liquefaction facility in Louisiana. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392219/cheniere-eyes-sabine-pass-trains-fid Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:04:20 +0000 live Man overboard at Goliat http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392214/man-overboard-at-goliat A worker on the semi-submersible rig Scarabeo 8 fell overboard into the sea on Friday while the unit was carrying out development drilling work at Eni’s Goliat field in the Barents Sea off Norway, according to the country’s safety agency. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392214/man-overboard-at-goliat Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:36:05 +0000 live Statoil backs locals on Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392182/statoil-backs-locals-on-sverdrup Local contractors appear well positioned for further awards on the Johan Sverdrup project off Norway as cost-cutting efforts have put them back in favour with Statoil – but they are under pressure to further reduce their bids in a weak contracting market. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1392182/statoil-backs-locals-on-sverdrup Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:52:49 +0000 live Norway field plans 'a moving target' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391939/norway-field-plans-a-moving-target The head of Norway’s petroleum agency is declining to give a firm estimate on the number of new field development plans likely to be filed with the authorities this year, saying it will be largely dependent on the uncertain oil price. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391939/norway-field-plans-a-moving-target Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:38:21 +0000 live Premier 'to pitch changes' on Catcher http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391866/premier-to-pitch-changes-on-catcher Premier Oil is seeking to renegotiate respective contracts with Ensco and BW Offshore for drilling and supply of a floating production unit on its Catcher field off the UK, according to an analyst. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391866/premier-to-pitch-changes-on-catcher Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:03:31 +0000 live Gas leak on Gudrun http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391824/gas-leak-on-gudrun Statoil has shut down production at its Gudrun platform in the North Sea after a gas and condensate leak early on Wednesday. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391824/gas-leak-on-gudrun Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:37:50 +0000 live Woodside casts doubt on Sunrise http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391810/woodside-casts-doubt-on-sunrise Australia's Woodside Petroleum has appeared to have shelved its stalled Sunrise liquefied natural gas development in the Timor Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391810/woodside-casts-doubt-on-sunrise Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:00:17 +0000 live ConocoPhillips given nod for Mooses Tooth http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391803/conocophillips-given-nod-for-mooses-tooth ConocoPhillips Alaska's proposed exploration plan for the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit 1 project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) was given the green light to proceed by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). (Tonya Zelinsky) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391803/conocophillips-given-nod-for-mooses-tooth Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:21:02 +0000 live Crane standards 'drop' on Jotun http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391771/crane-standards-drop-on-jotun US supermajor ExxonMobil has been pulled up by Norway’s safety agency for regulatory shortcomings in crane and lifting operations management on its Jotun A floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391771/crane-standards-drop-on-jotun Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:39:33 +0000 live Reinertsen wins Njord study work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391765/reinertsen-wins-njord-study-work Reinertsen has secured work from Statoil to study a possible subsea tieback of the Pil & Bue and Snilehorn discoveries to the state-owned operator’s Njord A platform in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391765/reinertsen-wins-njord-study-work Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:01:19 +0000 live Sverdrup semisub up for grabs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391716/sverdrup-semisub-up-for-grabs Bids have landed for a coveted production drilling contract on the giant Johan Sverdrup field development off Norway, with local midwater players likely to be well-positioned to snare the award for an existing semi-submersible rig, according to an analyst. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391716/sverdrup-semisub-up-for-grabs Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:08:01 +0000 live Aibel 'eyes topsides win' on Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391701/aibel-eyes-topsides-win-on-sverdrup Norwegian fabrication contractor Aibel is poised to win the first major platform topsides construction contract on Statoil’s giant Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391701/aibel-eyes-topsides-win-on-sverdrup Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:18:29 +0000 live BW mulls Opal options as Leviathan on hold http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391696/bw-mulls-opal-options-as-leviathan-on-hold BW Offshore expects to complete before April demobilisation of its would-be gas floater that had been in the running for work for Noble Energy at the Leviathan field after the Israel gas project was suspended. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391696/bw-mulls-opal-options-as-leviathan-on-hold Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:13:35 +0000 live Goliat FPSO heads to Norway http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391673/goliat-fpso-heads-to-norway Eni's Goliat floating production, storage and offloading production vessel has begun its journey from Hyundai Heavy Industries yard in South Korea to the Barents Sea in Norway. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391673/goliat-fpso-heads-to-norway Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:52:33 +0000 live Lukoil hires Hyundai for Kandym gas project http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391602/lukoil-hires-hyundai-for-kandym-gas-project Russia’s Lukoil has hired a consortium headed by South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering to build a gas processing plant to serve its Kandym gas project in Uzbekistan. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391602/lukoil-hires-hyundai-for-kandym-gas-project Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:40:59 +0000 live 'Sverdrup worth $11.2bn' - WoodMac http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391595/sverdrup-worth-usd-112bn-woodmac The huge Johan Sverdrup field off Norway is worth $11.2 billion and has "proven immune" to capital expenditure cuts seen in other oil industry developments, according to Wood Mackenzie. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391595/sverdrup-worth-usd-112bn-woodmac Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:55:26 +0000 live Det Norske 'faces ministry snub' on Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391585/det-norske-faces-ministry-snub-on-sverdrup The surprising move by Det Norske Oljeselskap not to sign the unitisation deal for the Johan Sverdrup field development off Norway will most likely not affect the distribution of ownership. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391585/det-norske-faces-ministry-snub-on-sverdrup Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:22:06 +0000 live Subsea 7 lands Persephone contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391553/subsea-7-lands-persephone-contract Offshore engineering player Subsea 7 has landed a contract on Woodside Petroleum's Persephone development off the coast of Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391553/subsea-7-lands-persephone-contract Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:47:00 +0000 live Statoil submits Sverdrup plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391551/statoil-submits-sverdrup-plan The Oslo government is stepping in to resolve an impasse over unitisation of the Johan Sverdrup field after Statoil and its partners finally submitted the development plan for the giant Norwegian project on Friday. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391551/statoil-submits-sverdrup-plan Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:00:05 +0000 live 'Critical juncture' on Sverdrup unitisation http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391511/critical-juncture-on-sverdrup-unitisation A partner in the Johan Sverdrup field off Norway has warned unitisation talks among licensees to determine their relative stakes are in “a critical phase” just a day before the deadline to submit a development plan to the authorities. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391511/critical-juncture-on-sverdrup-unitisation Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:56:14 +0000 live North Klalin nod for Petrogas http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391490/north-klalin-nod-for-petrogas Petrogas has secured approval from the authorities to develop its North Klalin gas and condensate field onshore West Papua, Indonesia. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391490/north-klalin-nod-for-petrogas Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:05:28 +0000 live ANP: 5 dead, 25 injured in Brazil blast http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391483/anp-5-dead-25-injured-in-brazil-blast The death toll has risen to five following an explosion onboard the Cidade de Sao Mateus floating production, storage and offloading vessel off Brazil, vessel owner BW Offshore has confirmed. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391483/anp-5-dead-25-injured-in-brazil-blast Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:47:55 +0000 live Three dead in Petrobras FPSO blast http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391332/three-dead-in-petrobras-fpso-blast Three workers were killed when an explosion ripped through a floating production unit working for Petrobras in the Espirito Santo basin off Brazil on Wednesday, with 10 more injured and six missing, the state oil company has confirmed. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391332/three-dead-in-petrobras-fpso-blast Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:01:44 +0000 live Adnoc, Oxy in $500m development deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391188/adnoc-oxy-in-usd-500m-development-deal Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) have inked a deal worth up to $500 million that enivsages the development of two oilfields. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391188/adnoc-oxy-in-usd-500m-development-deal Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:54:44 +0000 live Sverdrup 'in-fighting' over ownership http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391123/sverdrup-in-fighting-over-ownership Partners in the giant Johan Sverdrup field off Norway are reported to be still wrangling over how to divide up ownership of the multi-billion dollar project just days before a development plan is due to be submitted to the authorities. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391123/sverdrup-in-fighting-over-ownership Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:06:43 +0000 live Statoil stick up on Oseberg Future http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391101/statoil-stick-up-on-oseberg-future Statoil has confirmed that it has opted to use an unmanned wellhead platform – or so-called ‘subsea on a stick’ – for phase one of its Oseberg Future development scheme in the North Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391101/statoil-stick-up-on-oseberg-future Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:53:59 +0000 live Dyna-Mac wins $44m East Hub job http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391087/dyna-mac-wins-usd-44m-east-hub-job Singapore’s Dyna-Mac has gained a S$60 million ($44.33 million) contract to provide topside module fabrication work on a floating production, storage and offloading vessel bound for Eni’s East Hub deep-water oil project off Angola. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391087/dyna-mac-wins-usd-44m-east-hub-job Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:08:02 +0000 live Saipem resumes Ichthys pipelay http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391051/saipem-resumes-ichthys-pipelay Work has resumed on the laying of an 889-kilometre pipeline which will ship gas from Inpex's Ichthys field off Western Australian to an onshore liquefied natural gas processing plant in the Northern Territory. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1391051/saipem-resumes-ichthys-pipelay Mon, 09 Feb 2015 02:47:08 +0000 live Saipem lands $1.8bn Kashagan pipe deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390940/saipem-lands-usd-18bn-kashagan-pipe-deal Saipem has finally secured the $1.8 billion contract to construct a pair of pipelines at the giant Kashagan project in Kazakhstan's Caspian Sea region. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390940/saipem-lands-usd-18bn-kashagan-pipe-deal Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:18:03 +0000 live Tommeliten Alpha on radar screen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390889/tommeliten-alpha-on-radar-screen ConocoPhillips intends to invest Nkr17 billion ($2.24 billion) to develop its Tommeliten Alpha gas and condensate discovery off Norway by modifying the topsides of Statoil’s disused Huldra platform. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390889/tommeliten-alpha-on-radar-screen Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:28:44 +0000 live Oil flows at Abu Dhabi's Nasr http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390842/oil-flows-at-abu-dhabis-nasr Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) has begun first phase oil production at the Nasr field off Abu Dhabi, partner Inpex of Japan has announced. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390842/oil-flows-at-abu-dhabis-nasr Thu, 05 Feb 2015 09:20:16 +0000 live Repsol starts Reggane Nord drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390840/repsol-starts-reggane-nord-drilling Repsol and its consortium partners have spun the bit on the first of dozens of developments wells at an Algerian onshore gas project. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390840/repsol-starts-reggane-nord-drilling Thu, 05 Feb 2015 08:54:52 +0000 live Cape-Socar JV wins Shah Deniz work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390829/cape-socar-jv-wins-shah-deniz-work A joint venture between London-listed Cape and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (Socar) has been awarded multiple contracts worth a combined $65 million. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390829/cape-socar-jv-wins-shah-deniz-work Thu, 05 Feb 2015 07:51:06 +0000 live BP puts off Mad Dog II decision http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390813/bp-puts-off-mad-dog-ii-decision BP is once again pushing back work on its oft-delayed Mad Dog II development in the US Gulf of Mexico, this time seeking to lower the project’s overall price tag by taking advantage of declining service costs. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390813/bp-puts-off-mad-dog-ii-decision Wed, 04 Feb 2015 23:55:03 +0000 live Goliat loaded for long voyage http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390617/goliat-loaded-for-long-voyage The giant Goliat floating production unit has been loaded  aboard transport vessel Dockwise Vanguard at  a South Korean yard ready for sailaway to the Eni-operated field in the Barents Sea off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390617/goliat-loaded-for-long-voyage Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:59:10 +0000 live Wood Group Kenny lands GWF2 FEED http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390584/wood-group-kenny-lands-gwf2-feed The Woodside-led North West Shelf venture in Australia has hired Wood Group Kenny to provide front-end engineering and design on the flowline system for its Greater Western Flank phase 2 gas project off western Australia. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390584/wood-group-kenny-lands-gwf2-feed Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:13:32 +0000 live Inpex kicks off Ichthys drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390571/inpex-kicks-off-ichthys-drilling Japanese giant Inpex has kicked off a development drilling campaign at its Ichthys gas and condensate field off the West Australian coast. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390571/inpex-kicks-off-ichthys-drilling Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:04:08 +0000 live Israel pair face 'acreage sale' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390508/israel-pair-face-acreage-sale Israel's energy minister said on Tuesday that US operator Noble Energy and local partner Delek Group would be required to sell off acreage to avoid being deemed a monopoly, potentially derailing their planned Leviathan gas field project off the country, according to a report. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390508/israel-pair-face-acreage-sale Tue, 03 Feb 2015 13:14:30 +0000 live Johan Castberg 'decision delayed' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390486/johan-castberg-decision-delayed Statoil is reported to be pushing for a further one-year postponement on its stalled Johan Castberg field project in the Barents Sea off Norway as low oil prices further undermine the economic viability of the scheme. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390486/johan-castberg-decision-delayed Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:25:20 +0000 live Brent Delta plan under spotlight http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390465/brent-delta-plan-under-spotlight Shell's ambitious plans to use the world's largest heavy-lift vessel to remove part of its Brent Delta platform in the UK North Sea will go under the spotlight as it asks the public for its views. (Rob Watts) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390465/brent-delta-plan-under-spotlight Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:34:51 +0000 live ‘Better project planning cuts costs’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390435/better-project-planning-cuts-costs The oil industry can cope with the current oil price slump by paying more attention to the pre-engineering phase in project developments, according to a senior ExxonMobil executive. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390435/better-project-planning-cuts-costs Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:50:21 +0000 live Seaway finishes Pemex jobs http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390195/seaway-finishes-pemex-jobs Seaway Heavy Lifting has completed a project off Mexico that has seen it install numerous topsides and a jacket ultimately for state player Pemex. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390195/seaway-finishes-pemex-jobs Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:46:13 +0000 live Premier postpones Vette plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390164/premier-postpones-vette-plan Premier Oil has decided to postpone submission of a development plan for its Vette (ex-Bream) field off Norway as it seeks to capture the benefit of lower contracting costs amid a market slump. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1390164/premier-postpones-vette-plan Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:49:54 +0000 live