www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com 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 Noble in 'Aphrodite talks' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389923/noble-in-aphrodite-talks US independent Noble Energy is reported to have started talks with the Cyprus government on a possible development of its Aphrodite gas discovery off the Mediterranean island state. (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389923/noble-in-aphrodite-talks Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:40:22 +0000 live Shell inks $11bn Iraq petrochems deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389874/shell-inks-usd-11bn-iraq-petrochems-deal Shell has signed a deal with Iraq’s government that paves the way for development of an $11-billion petrochemicals plant in the major Middle East producer. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389874/shell-inks-usd-11bn-iraq-petrochems-deal Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:02:51 +0000 live Medco signs Aceh gas deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389865/medco-signs-aceh-gas-deal Indonesian independent Medco Energi has signed a gas sales agreement with a value of $2 billion to underpin the development of its fields in the onshore Block A in the region of Aceh in Sumatra. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389865/medco-signs-aceh-gas-deal Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:35:30 +0000 live Yinson to supply Eni FPSO off Ghana http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389866/yinson-to-supply-eni-fpso-off-ghana Malaysia's Yinson Holdings has landed a contract from Eni to supply the Italian giant with a floating production, storage and offloading vessel for its Offshore Cape Three Points deep-water project, off Ghana. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389866/yinson-to-supply-eni-fpso-off-ghana Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:34:45 +0000 live Aramco reviewing development projects http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389784/aramco-reviewing-development-projects Saudi Arabian state company Saudi Aramco plans to review its oil and gas development projects, slowing down some and renegotiating some contracts in response to falling oil prices. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389784/aramco-reviewing-development-projects Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:04:05 +0000 live Eni sanctions Offshore Cape Three Points http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389804/eni-sanctions-offshore-cape-three-points Italy’s Eni has sanctioned the Offshore Cape Three Points oil and gas deep-water project off Ghana to develop the Sankofa and Nye Gyame discoveries. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389804/eni-sanctions-offshore-cape-three-points Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:11:26 +0000 live Technip wins Gulf of Mexico contracts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389754/technip-wins-gulf-of-mexico-contracts French engineering company Technip has landed two subsea contracts in the Gulf of Mexico from US independent Stone Energy. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389754/technip-wins-gulf-of-mexico-contracts Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:54:48 +0000 live Premier in Vette costs rethink http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389450/premier-in-vette-costs-rethink Premier Oil has decided to delay a final investment decision on its $1.5 billion Vette (formerly Bream) field off Norway to the third quarter as the oil price plunge has forced it to reconsider the budget and operational costs for the project. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389450/premier-in-vette-costs-rethink Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:12:31 +0000 live Afcons completes HRD process platform http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389252/afcons-completes-hrd-process-platform India’s Afcons Infrastructure has executed the float-over installation of the Heera redevelopment (HRD) process platform for state player Oil and Natural Gas Corporation off the country’s west coast. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389252/afcons-completes-hrd-process-platform Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:59:52 +0000 live Kick-off for Ivar Aasen drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389240/kick-off-for-ivar-aasen-drilling Det Norske Oljeselskap has launched development drilling work at its Ivar Aasen field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389240/kick-off-for-ivar-aasen-drilling Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:19:26 +0000 live Goliat floater 'nears sailaway' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389172/goliat-floater-nears-sailaway Eni’s floater for the Goliat oilfield off Norway is reportedly set for delayed sailaway next month from South Korean yard Hyundai Heavy Industries. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389172/goliat-floater-nears-sailaway Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:38:25 +0000 live Aker bags Sverdrup prize http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389155/aker-bags-sverdrup-prize Aker Solutions has been awarded a Nkr4.5 billion ($587 million) contract by Statoil to provide detail engineering on the giant Johan Sverdrup field development off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389155/aker-bags-sverdrup-prize Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:08:48 +0000 live Oceaneering wins Stampede gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389142/oceaneering-wins-stampede-gig Marine specialist Oceaneering International said it has won a contract from New York-based Hess to supply umbilicals and associated distribution hardware for the Stampede project in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389142/oceaneering-wins-stampede-gig Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:23:54 +0000 live Petrofac wins $4bn Kuwait EPC deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389063/petrofac-wins-usd-4bn-kuwait-epc-deal Petrofac and its Greek consortium partner have won a $4 billion heavy oil field development deal from Kuwait Oil Company. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389063/petrofac-wins-usd-4bn-kuwait-epc-deal Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:36:23 +0000 live ExxonMobil starts up Arkutun Dagi http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389023/exxonmobil-starts-up-arkutun-dagi US supermajor ExxonMobil has begun production at Arkutun-Dagi, the last of three fields it has developed at Sakhalin 1 in Russia’s Far East. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1389023/exxonmobil-starts-up-arkutun-dagi Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:22:13 +0000 live Boyla cooking for Det Norske http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388998/boyla-cooking-for-det-norske Det Norske has launched production from a first well at its Boyla field off Norway to make it the fourth producing field in the operator’s Alvheim area in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388998/boyla-cooking-for-det-norske Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:54:38 +0000 live First oil at Anadarko's Lucius field http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388997/first-oil-at-anadarkos-lucius-field Texas-based independent Anadarko Petroleum has produced its first oil at the Lucius development in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388997/first-oil-at-anadarkos-lucius-field Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:44:20 +0000 live Barents fields spell 'financial disaster' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388995/barents-fields-spell-financial-disaster A high-profile Norwegian investor has reportedly dubbed possible future field investments in the Barents Sea a “financial disaster” ahead of the delayed launch of a planned licensing round to offer exploration acreage in the Arctic region. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388995/barents-fields-spell-financial-disaster Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:09:51 +0000 live PNG LNG partners eyeing expansion http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388973/png-lng-partners-eyeing-expansion A memorandum of understanding signed between ExxonMobil with the government of Papua New Guinea also includes provisions to build a third train at the PNG liquefied natural gas project. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388973/png-lng-partners-eyeing-expansion Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:50:52 +0000 live Det Norske to tap Alvheim pair http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388904/det-norske-to-tap-alvheim-pair Det Norske has decided to move forward with the Nkr1.8 billion ($236.4 million) development of minor satellite discoveries Viper and Kobra as a subsea tieback to its Alvheim field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388904/det-norske-to-tap-alvheim-pair Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:53:23 +0000 live Lifeboat 'adrift' in rig incident http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388814/lifeboat-adrift-in-rig-incident Norway’s safety agency has launched an investigation into an incident on drilling rig Maersk Giant in which a lifeboat started drifting out to sea after being unintentionally lowered during testing off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388814/lifeboat-adrift-in-rig-incident Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:55:33 +0000 live GE, McDermott in consultancy JV http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388658/ge-mcdermott-in-consultancy-jv Contractor McDermott International and engineering giant GE Oil & Gas have set up a joint-venture consultancy aimed at transforming the planning of offshore field developments. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388658/ge-mcdermott-in-consultancy-jv Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:03:02 +0000 live Total fires up West Franklin 2 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388783/total-fires-up-west-franklin-2 French oil major Total has begun gas and condensate production at its West Franklin phase two development in the UK North Sea’s Central Graben area. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388783/total-fires-up-west-franklin-2 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:58:28 +0000 live Enbridge bags Stampede gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388639/enbridge-bags-stampede-gig Canada's Enbridge has been contracted to build an 18-inch-diameter crude pipeline connecting the Hess-operated Stampede development in the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico to an existing third-party system. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388639/enbridge-bags-stampede-gig Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:19:49 +0000 live Shell, Qatar axe Al Karaana project http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388616/shell-qatar-axe-al-karaana-project Shell and Qatar Petroleum have quashed a proposed petrochemicals project in the Middle East after it was deemed too costly to pursue. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388616/shell-qatar-axe-al-karaana-project Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:16:37 +0000 live Lundin 'pulls out' of Castberg pipe talks http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388615/lundin-pulls-out-of-castberg-pipe-talks Lundin Petroleum is reported to have pulled out of talks with Statoil on possible joint utilisation of a proposed pipeline and oil terminal for the Johan Castberg field, hitting prospects of realising the stalled Barents Sea project. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388615/lundin-pulls-out-of-castberg-pipe-talks Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:46:54 +0000 live OSM to operate Mariner FSU http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388614/osm-to-operate-mariner-fsu Norway’s Statoil has hired compatriot OSM Offshore to operate its Mariner floating storage unit in the UK North Sea under a five-year deal. Bill.Lehane@upstreamonline.com (Bill Lehane) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388614/osm-to-operate-mariner-fsu Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:41:09 +0000 live Costs balloon for Maria http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388588/costs-balloon-for-maria The cost of developing Wintershall’s Maria field in the Norwegian Sea has ballooned by nearly 50% compared with an original estimate, but the German operator is still intent on filing a development plan later this year despite falling oil prices. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388588/costs-balloon-for-maria Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:30:06 +0000 live Gas2Grid looks to firm up Malolos plans http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388577/gas2grid-looks-to-firm-up-malolos-plans Australia's Gas2Grid has started a technical programme at the Malolos oilfield on service contract 44, onshore Cebu in the Philippines. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388577/gas2grid-looks-to-firm-up-malolos-plans Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:28:08 +0000 live Huldra finds new home http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388534/huldra-finds-new-home Statoil has apparently found a buyer for its disused Huldra platform off Norway that was earlier advertised for sale. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388534/huldra-finds-new-home Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:24:31 +0000 live Norway 'to hit brakes' in 2015 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388525/norway-to-hit-brakes-in-2015 Norway is set for an exploration slowdown this year after a lacklustre find rate in 2014, while field development spending is also set for a significant drop due to low oil prices that have hit prospective investment returns, according to Wood Mackenzie. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388525/norway-to-hit-brakes-in-2015 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:34:23 +0000 live Field projects 'in the balance' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388484/field-projects-in-the-balance New field development projects worth as much as $150 billion are at risk of sanction delay this year due to falling oil prices, according to research firm Rystad Energy Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388484/field-projects-in-the-balance Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:34:53 +0000 live Aramco pre-qualifies Fadhili plant players http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388473.ece Saudi Aramco has pre-qualified nine European and Far Eastern contractors to compete for construction of a gas plant at Fadhili. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388473.ece Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:48:05 +0000 live 'Talks resume' for Maria solution http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388474.ece Wintershall is reported to be back at the negotiating table with Statoil and other licensees to find a development solution for its Maria field in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1388474.ece Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:47:57 +0000 live Ezra lands Libra turret work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388402/Ezra-lands-Libra-turret-work Singapore's Ezra Holdings has won an engineering and fabrication contract from compatriot Semcorp Marine's Jurong Shipyard to supply an external turret mooring system for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel destined for Petrobras' Libra field off Brazil. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388402/Ezra-lands-Libra-turret-work Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:18:51 +0000 live New lease on life for Norne http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388306/New-lease-on-life-for-Norne Statoil is looking to boost recovery and extend the lifetime of its Norne field off Norway by carrying out in-situ modifications to the field’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388306/New-lease-on-life-for-Norne Fri, 09 Jan 2015 09:00:45 +0000 live Ezra lands Julimar gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388292/Ezra-lands-Julimar-gig US independent Apache Energy has signed on Singapore's Ezra Holdings to carry out a subsea contract at its Julimar development project off the coast of Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388292/Ezra-lands-Julimar-gig Fri, 09 Jan 2015 03:21:16 +0000 live Valhall nod for BP http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388096/Valhall-nod-for-BP BP has been granted a lifetime extension by Norway’s safety agency for a pair of facilities at its veteran Valhall field in the southern North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1388096/Valhall-nod-for-BP Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:13:46 +0000 live Total in flare-out at Ofon http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1387975/Total-in-flare-out-at-Ofon French giant Total has stopped flaring gas at its Ofon field, off Nigeria, and will instead monetise the resource through the liquefied natural gas market. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1387975/Total-in-flare-out-at-Ofon Wed, 07 Jan 2015 08:22:02 +0000 live Lundin to cut 2015 spending http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1387973/Lundin-to-cut-2015-spending Sweden's Lundin Petroleum is slashing its capital expenditure this year by 31%, with the majority of spending to be focused on development projects. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1387973/Lundin-to-cut-2015-spending Wed, 07 Jan 2015 07:57:45 +0000 live