www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com Shell dishes out Appomattox deals http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405152/shell-dishes-out-appomattox-deals Shell is awarding contracts to US and South Korean players to provide a large semi-submersible production platorm for the Appomattox field development in the Gulf of Mexico it sanctioned this week. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405152/shell-dishes-out-appomattox-deals Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:04:06 +0000 live QGI 'rescues Petrobras topsides deal' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405132/qgi-rescues-petrobras-topsides-deal Brazilian yard QGI has salvaged a previously-awarded deal for the supply and integration of topsides modules for a pair of floating production storage and offloading units for state giant Petrobras, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405132/qgi-rescues-petrobras-topsides-deal Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:32:11 +0000 live Sasol drives on in Mozambique http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405106/sasol-drives-on-in-mozambique South Africa’s Sasol Petroleum has launched the tender process for an engineering, procurement and construction management contract related to its PSA Expansion project onshore Mozambique. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405106/sasol-drives-on-in-mozambique Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:34:48 +0000 live Technip, Samsung confirm Browse award http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405104/technip-samsung-confirm-browse-award Technip and Samsung have been confirmed as the winners of the front-end engineering and design contract for Woodside's Browse floating liquefied natural gas project off Western Australia, and will also build the FLNG vessels if the project goes ahead. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405104/technip-samsung-confirm-browse-award Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:19:17 +0000 live Origin hits TD in Yolla well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405101/origin-hits-td-in-yolla-well Australian operator Origin Energy has reached total depth in the second development well at its BassGas project off the sout-east coast of Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405101/origin-hits-td-in-yolla-well Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:07:26 +0000 live Gulf Island wins Trinidad jacket prize http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405057/gulf-island-wins-trinidad-jacket-prize US contractor Gulf Island Fabrication has clinched a contract to provide key equipment for a project off Trinidad & Tobago but has remained mum on details of the deal. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405057/gulf-island-wins-trinidad-jacket-prize Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:58:59 +0000 live Total's Elk-Antelope plan confirmed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405032/totals-elk-antelope-plan-confirmed InterOil and its partners are behind Total's selected development concept for the French operator's Elk-Antelope liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405032/totals-elk-antelope-plan-confirmed Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:28:16 +0000 live Johan Sverdrup spoils divvied up http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405002/johan-sverdrup-spoils-divvied-up Two partners in the Johan Sverdrup field development have seen their ownership stakes reduced while another two have increased their share as authorities decided on the apportioning of interests in the giant field off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405002/johan-sverdrup-spoils-divvied-up Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:38:25 +0000 live Wood Group wins Origin contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404993/wood-group-wins-origin-contract Wood Group Kenny has won a detailed design contract linked to the onshore pipelines for Origin Energy's Halladale, Black Watch and Speculant (HBWS) gas project in south-east Australia. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404993/wood-group-wins-origin-contract Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:27:48 +0000 live OMV completes Maari redevelopment http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404992/omv-completes-maari-redevelopment Austria’s OMV has completed its redevelopment project at the Maari oilfield, off the coast of New Zealand, which is expected to nearly double production. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404992/omv-completes-maari-redevelopment Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:24:18 +0000 live KMG ‘to sell half of Kashagan stake’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404843/kmg-to-sell-half-of-kashagan-stake Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGas (KMG) is selling one half of its stake in the giant Kashagan project in the Caspian Sea to the state sovereign wealth fund as it looks to pay down debt, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404843/kmg-to-sell-half-of-kashagan-stake Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:20:42 +0000 live Shell pulls Appomattox trigger http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404827/shell-pulls-appomattox-trigger Shell has pushed the button on the Appomattox development in the US Gulf of Mexico after taking a final investment decision (FID). Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404827/shell-pulls-appomattox-trigger Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:12:49 +0000 live ExxonMobil moves on Ca Voi Xanh plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404806/exxonmobil-moves-on-ca-voi-xanh-plan ExxonMobil is busy with early design work in its efforts to solidify a development plan for the Ca Voi Xanh deep-water gas resource off Vietnam’s central coast. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404806/exxonmobil-moves-on-ca-voi-xanh-plan Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:37:57 +0000 live Golar, Perenco agree commercial terms http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404795/golar-perenco-agree-commercial-terms London-based Golar LNG has agreed material commercial terms with Anglo-French company Perenco for a floating liquefied natural gas export project in Cameroon. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404795/golar-perenco-agree-commercial-terms Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:50:44 +0000 live Browse FLNG enters FEED phase http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404790/browse-flng-enters-feed-phase Operator Woodside Petroleum has entered the front-end engineering and design phase for its Browse floating liquefied natural gas project off Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404790/browse-flng-enters-feed-phase Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:30:47 +0000 live Maersk Oil awaits approval for Culzean http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404745/maersk-oil-awaits-approval-for-culzean Denmark’s Maersk Oil has approved internally its $5 billion ultra-high-pressure high-temperature Culzean project off the UK, taking the technically challenging scheme a step closer to formal sanction. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404745/maersk-oil-awaits-approval-for-culzean Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:34 +0000 live Israel airs Leviathan outline deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404731/israel-airs-leviathan-outline-deal Noble Energy and Delek Group will now await the outcome of a public consultation after Israel’s government submitted an outline gas agreement that, as expected, will let the pair retain control of the Leviathan gas field. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404731/israel-airs-leviathan-outline-deal Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:47:13 +0000 live Statoil submits new Gullfaks area plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404730/statoil-submits-new-gullfaks-area-plan Statoil on Tuesday submitted, as expected, an amended development plan for the Gullfaks area off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404730/statoil-submits-new-gullfaks-area-plan Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:17:35 +0000 live Samsung lands $888m Sverdrup deals http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404692/samsung-lands-usd-888m-sverdrup-deals Samsung Heavy Industries has been confirmed as winner of a contract to build topsides for two platforms for Statoil's Johan Sverdrup field development off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404692/samsung-lands-usd-888m-sverdrup-deals Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:32:48 +0000 live Technip wins Libra topside gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404661/technip-wins-libra-topside-gig French engineering company Technip has been awarded a contract by Singapore's Jurong Shipyard related to the floating production, storage and offloading vessel which will be stationed at Petrobras' Libra field off Brazil. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404661/technip-wins-libra-topside-gig Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:52:53 +0000 live Total selects Elk-Antelope plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404658/total-selects-elk-antelope-plan Total has selected its preferred development concept for the Elk-Antelope liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea including the crucial issue of where to locate the LNG plant. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404658/total-selects-elk-antelope-plan Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:23:00 +0000 live Statoil to tap Gullfaks finds http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404582/statoil-to-tap-gullfaks-finds Statoil is moving ahead with exploitation of the Shetland and Lista discoveries near its Gullfaks field off Norway, with a development plan to be submitted to the authorities on Tuesday. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404582/statoil-to-tap-gullfaks-finds Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:35:33 +0000 live Build-up on Johan Sverdrup http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404570/build-up-on-johan-sverdrup The starting gun has been fired on platform construction work for the giant Johan Sverdrup field development off Norway after first steel was cut for the jacket of the riser facility on Monday. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404570/build-up-on-johan-sverdrup Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:26:05 +0000 live Final sprint for Sverdrup topsides contracts http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404384/final-sprint-for-sverdrup-topsides-contracts Three South Korean yard giants have been locked in battle over contracts to build two giant platform topsides for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup development off Norway — and one of them has gained the upper hand on the eve of awards being made. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404384/final-sprint-for-sverdrup-topsides-contracts Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:46:37 +0000 live Noble, Delek to keep control of Leviathan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404451/noble-delek-to-keep-control-of-leviathan Israel's security cabinet has voted in favour of a plan to let a US-Israeli energy group keep control of most of the country's natural gas deposits, but also put some others up for sale. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404451/noble-delek-to-keep-control-of-leviathan Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:48:48 +0000 live Israel gas ruling 'imminent' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404381/israel-gas-ruling-imminent Israel’s Security Cabinet is expected to issue a ruling on Thursday that will allow US-Israeli partners Noble Energy and Delek Group to retain most of their natural gas assets off the country, while putting some up for sale, to resolve a problematic anti-trust issue. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404381/israel-gas-ruling-imminent Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:04:57 +0000 live Korean tipped for Sverdrup topsides duo http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404328/korean-tipped-for-sverdrup-topsides-duo Three South Korean yard giants have been locked in battle over contracts to build two giant platform topsides for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup development off Norway - and one of them has gained the upper hand on the eve of awards being made. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404328/korean-tipped-for-sverdrup-topsides-duo Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:28:40 +0000 live Minister faces Aasta Hansteen questions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404321/minister-faces-aasta-hansteen-questions An update on the status of Statoil’s troubled Aasta Hansteen field project has been demanded from Norway’s Petroleum & Energy Ministry amid mounting concerns over its marginal economics and reported platform fabrication issues. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404321/minister-faces-aasta-hansteen-questions Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:41:28 +0000 live Heidelberg spar hull sets sail http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404152/heidelberg-spar-hull-sets-sail Anadarko's Heidelberg truss spar hull has set sail from Ingleside, Texas, ahead of installation in the Gulf of Mexico. Kathrine.Schmidt@upstreamonline.com (Kathrine Schmidt) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404152/heidelberg-spar-hull-sets-sail Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:51:26 +0000 live L&T nets ONGC field deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404058/landt-nets-ongc-field-deal Indian engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded a contract by Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for one of the state-owned player's projects off India's west coast. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404058/landt-nets-ongc-field-deal Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:18:16 +0000 live Alfa Laval in $24m Sverdrup deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404051/alfa-laval-in-usd-24m-sverdrup-deal Swedish equipment player Alfa Laval has picked up a contract worth almost $25 million to supply fire-water pumping systems to platforms at Statoil’s giant Johan Sverdrup field off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404051/alfa-laval-in-usd-24m-sverdrup-deal Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:29:34 +0000 live Browse retention lease renewals offered http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404045/browse-retention-lease-renewals-offered Australia's Woodside Petroleum has been offered renewals on the retention leases covering its planned Browse liquefied natural gas development in Western Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1404045/browse-retention-lease-renewals-offered Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:37:15 +0000 live Nyhamna plant 'risks power drain' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403969/nyhamna-plant-risks-power-drain The expansion of the Nyhamna gas processing plant on Norway’s west coast to handle fresh output from the Aasta Hansteen field threatens to create a regional power shortage due to higher electricity consumption, according to an official document obtained by Upstream. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403969/nyhamna-plant-risks-power-drain Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:22:11 +0000 live Petrofac in further Laggan-Tormore loss http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403915/petrofac-in-further-laggan-tormore-loss Petrofac is booking a further loss on the Total-operated Laggan-Tormore gas field development contract off the UK as costs stack up. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403915/petrofac-in-further-laggan-tormore-loss Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:29:19 +0000 live Browse agreements signed http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403913/browse-agreements-signed Woodside Petroleum has signed agreements with the West Australian state government related to its planned Browse floating liquefied natural gas development, clearing the way for the extension of retention leases covering the project. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403913/browse-agreements-signed Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:19:41 +0000 live Shah Deniz 2 subsea deals 'awarded' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403809/shah-deniz-2-subsea-deals-awarded OneSubsea and FMC Kongsberg Subsea have won deals totalling $363 million to work on the Shah Deniz 2 gas field development in Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea, according to a report. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403809/shah-deniz-2-subsea-deals-awarded Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:14:22 +0000 live Westcon in Martin Linge subsea gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403790/westcon-in-martin-linge-subsea-gig Westcon has secured a contract with Subsea 7 to deliver subsea equipment for Total’s under-development Martin Linge field off Norway as the local rig modification yard diversifies into a new business area. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403790/westcon-in-martin-linge-subsea-gig Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:56:35 +0000 live Heerema delivers Gina Krog jacket http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403779/heerema-delivers-gina-krog-jacket The steel jacket for Statoil’s Gina Krog platform to be installed off Norway has now departed Heerema Fabrication Group’s yard in the Netherlands. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403779/heerema-delivers-gina-krog-jacket Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:02:30 +0000 live Gazprom: 'Total has first dibs on Shtokman' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403736/gazprom-total-has-first-dibs-on-shtokman Gazprom would welcome French supermajor Total back into its costly Shtokman gas development in the Barents Sea, which the Russian gas monopoly has shelved. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403736/gazprom-total-has-first-dibs-on-shtokman Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:27:39 +0000 live Oseberg C extension for Statoil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403724/oseberg-c-extension-for-statoil Statoil has secured consent from Norway’s safety agency to extend the producing lifetime of its Oseberg C platform in the North Sea by another 16 years to 2031. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403724/oseberg-c-extension-for-statoil Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:31:13 +0000 live Johan Sverdrup plan approved http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403683/johan-sverdrup-plan-approved Norway’s parliament has formally approved the development plan for the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup field – but the jury is still out on a disputed ownership pact for the giant project. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403683/johan-sverdrup-plan-approved Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:27:09 +0000 live Clear leader in Bonga South-West race http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403678/clear-leader-in-bonga-south-west-race An Asian shipyard has moved into a clear lead in the race to supply Shell with a major floating production, storage and offloading vessel for its huge Bonga South-West project off Nigeria. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403678/clear-leader-in-bonga-south-west-race Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:21:13 +0000 live PetroVietnam takes Chevron's Block B stake http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403568/petrovietnam-takes-chevrons-block-b-stake State-run PetroVietnam has taken over Chevron's stake in the Block B - O Mon project and a pipeline in Vietnam. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403568/petrovietnam-takes-chevrons-block-b-stake Thu, 18 Jun 2015 03:54:50 +0000 live Mnazi Bay well 'a gas booster' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403333/mnazi-bay-well-a-gas-booster Strong results from the latest development well drilled at the Mnazi Bay concession onshore Tanzania have boosted the production potential of the gas field that is due online later this year, according to partner Wentworth Resources. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403333/mnazi-bay-well-a-gas-booster Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:23:33 +0000 live Wintershall in L6-B launch http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403252/wintershall-in-l6-b-launch Wintershall has launched gas production from a low-cost unmanned facility off the Netherlands that is the first of its kind for the German operator. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403252/wintershall-in-l6-b-launch Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:25:20 +0000 live First steel cut on PFLNG2 http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403227/first-steel-cut-on-pflng2 First steel has been cut on Petronas' second floating liquefied natural gas vessel which is destined for the Rotan field off the coast Sabah, Malaysia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403227/first-steel-cut-on-pflng2 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 05:42:52 +0000 live Jotun extension for ExxonMobil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403163/jotun-extension-for-exxonmobil ExxonMobil has gained a new lease on life for a pair of facilities on the Jotun field off Norway that was due to halt production this year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403163/jotun-extension-for-exxonmobil Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:36:40 +0000 live Statoil in BOP safety order http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403158/statoil-in-bop-safety-order Statoil has been formally slapped with an order by Norway’s safety agency for failings in monitoring the condition of blowout preventer equipment on a pair of North Sea platforms. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403158/statoil-in-bop-safety-order Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:16:01 +0000 live Odjfell awarded Sverdrup rig gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403114/odjfell-awarded-sverdrup-rig-gig Norway's Odfjell Drilling has been awarded two drilling services contracts by compatriot Statoil on the Johan Sverdrup field development, including the coveted production drilling job. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403114/odjfell-awarded-sverdrup-rig-gig Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:03:30 +0000 live PDVSA lines up JV with Rosneft http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403047/pdvsa-lines-up-jv-with-rosneft Venezuela's PDVSA is set to sign a joint venture agreement with Russia’s Rosneft, geared towards the full-scale development of the Mariscal Sucre offshore gas projects, the state-owned oil company's president said on Friday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403047/pdvsa-lines-up-jv-with-rosneft Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:43:46 +0000 live 'Two-horse race' for Sverdrup rig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403025/two-horse-race-for-sverdrup-rig An award is expected imminently in the contest for a coveted production drilling contract for the Johan Sverdrup field project off Norway that is now understood to be a two-horse race between a pair of European rig contractors. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403025/two-horse-race-for-sverdrup-rig Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:10:09 +0000 live Norway spending drop 'to flatten out' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403017/norway-spending-drop-to-flatten-out Investments in Norway’s key oil and gas sector are expected to drop further to Nkr184.9 billion ($23.7 billion) next year, mainly due to lower spending on new and existing field developments, but will then flatten out, according to the country’s statistics agency. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403017/norway-spending-drop-to-flatten-out Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:27:46 +0000 live Hoang Long wraps up Vietnam drilling http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402978/hoang-long-wraps-up-vietnam-drilling Vietnam's Hoang Long joint operating company has completed its 2015 appraisal and development drilling campaign at the Te Giac Trang oilfield in the Cuu Long basin. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402978/hoang-long-wraps-up-vietnam-drilling Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:10:07 +0000 live Sverdrup topsides awards due imminently http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402950/sverdrup-topsides-awards-due-imminently Statoil is closing in on the expected award to Asian yards of two massive topsides fabrication contracts for its Johan Sverdrup development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, with suggestions that contracts could be placed as soon as next week. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402950/sverdrup-topsides-awards-due-imminently Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:38:53 +0000 live Maersk XLE cleared for Gina Krogh http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402903/maersk-xle-cleared-for-gina-krogh Maersk Drilling’s third newbuild XL Enhanced jack-up has been cleared for development drilling work on Statoil’s Gina Krog field off Norway by the country’s safety agency. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402903/maersk-xle-cleared-for-gina-krogh Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:41:03 +0000 live CNOOC Ltd starts Dongfang 1-1 flows http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402888/cnooc-ltd-starts-dongfang-1-1-flows CNOOC Limited has started production from an adjustment project at a gas field in the South China Sea. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402888/cnooc-ltd-starts-dongfang-1-1-flows Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:16:53 +0000 live Petrofac lands $900m Oman contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402880/petrofac-lands-usd-900m-oman-contract London-listed service provider Petrofac has been awarded an engineering and procurement contract on the Yibal Khuff project in Oman. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402880/petrofac-lands-usd-900m-oman-contract Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:14:47 +0000 live Big Foot trouble to hit output targets http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402873/big-foot-trouble-to-hit-output-targets A problem with the tension leg platform at Chevron’s Big Foot field in the Gulf of Mexico could hurt the operator's plans of hitting 3.1 million bpd of production by 2017. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402873/big-foot-trouble-to-hit-output-targets Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:37:59 +0000 live Sakhalin 1 audit 'no threat' to ExxonMobil http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402737/sakhalin-1-audit-no-threat-to-exxonmobil Russian energy minister Aleksandr Novak and president of state-controlled giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, this week offered assurances that a recent audit of the Sakhalin 1 oil and gas development poses no threat to ExxonMobil’s operatorship of the project. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402737/sakhalin-1-audit-no-threat-to-exxonmobil Wed, 10 Jun 2015 16:06:51 +0000 live Emas nets $30m West Africa deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402728/emas-nets-usd-30m-west-africa-deal Singapore’s Emas Offshore has bagged a contract worth up to $30 million to provide vessels for a project off West Africa. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402728/emas-nets-usd-30m-west-africa-deal Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:18:04 +0000 live Ivar Aasen jacket in place http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402673/ivar-aasen-jacket-in-place Det Norske has successfully installed the Italian-built steel jacket for its Ivar Aasen platform on schedule at the under-development field off Norway. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402673/ivar-aasen-jacket-in-place Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:41:34 +0000 live More join marginal field pact http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402647/more-join-marginal-field-pact A consortium looking to push a cost-cutting marginal field development concept has identified a number of possible target projects as it also took two more members on board. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402647/more-join-marginal-field-pact Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:04:38 +0000 live Elk-Antelope concept selection nears http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402636/elk-antelope-concept-selection-nears Total and its joint venture partners are set to kick off front-end engineering and design work on the Elk-Antelope liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea this year. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402636/elk-antelope-concept-selection-nears Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:20:17 +0000 live Antonoil in China tight oil win http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402593/antonoil-in-china-tight-oil-win China’s Anton Oilfield Services (Antonoil) has followed up a recent contract win in Ethiopia with a tight oil development contract in the domestic market. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402593/antonoil-in-china-tight-oil-win Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:36:47 +0000 live Installation starts at Aasgard http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402545/installation-starts-at-aasgard Statoil has started installation of modules at its ground-breaking Aasgard subsea gas compression project in the Norwegian Sea ahead of delayed start-up later this year. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402545/installation-starts-at-aasgard Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:05:21 +0000 live Arrow hands out more Daandine work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402506/arrow-hands-out-more-daandine-work Australia-listed WDS and joint venture partner China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation have been awarded a balance of works contract on Arrow Energy’s Daandine expansion project in Queensland. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402506/arrow-hands-out-more-daandine-work Tue, 09 Jun 2015 01:41:13 +0000 live Aphrodite declared commercial http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402498/aphrodite-declared-commercial Noble Energy and its partners in the large Aphrodite discovery has officially declared the gas field off Cyprus commercial. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402498/aphrodite-declared-commercial Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:30:31 +0000 live Saipem scoops Aje semisub contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402416/saipem-scoops-aje-semisub-contract Saipem has won a contract for one of its semi-submersible rigs to work on the first phase of Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum’s Aje shallow-water oilfield development off Nigeria. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402416/saipem-scoops-aje-semisub-contract Mon, 08 Jun 2015 08:18:04 +0000 live Prosafe gets Malampaya extension http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402413/prosafe-gets-malampaya-extension Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has extended its charter of the Prosafe-owned Safe Astoria accommodation support vessel at its Malampaya gas field off the Philippines. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402413/prosafe-gets-malampaya-extension Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:06:47 +0000 live Kvaerner, KBR in Sverdrup win http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402410/kvaerner-kbr-in-sverdrup-win A joint venture between Norway's Kvaerner and US company KBR has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract on Statoil's Johan Sverdrup project off Norway. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402410/kvaerner-kbr-in-sverdrup-win Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:11:25 +0000 live ONGC in Mumbai High South award http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402287/ongc-in-mumbai-high-south-award An Asian contractor has been awarded a major offshore contract by India's state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) for its Mumbai High South (MHS) phase three redevelopment project off India's west coast. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402287/ongc-in-mumbai-high-south-award Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:01:45 +0000 live Santos inching closer to GLNG start up http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402250/santos-inching-closer-to-glng-start-up All three of the major natural gas compression hubs for the Santos-operated Gladstone liquefied natural gas (GLNG) development are now operational as the Queensland project moves closer towards first gas. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402250/santos-inching-closer-to-glng-start-up Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:56:19 +0000 live South Tambey development 'on track' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402145/south-tambey-development-on-track The first phase of development at the South Tambey gas field on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia’s West Siberia is firmly on track, an executive of Yamal LNG said. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402145/south-tambey-development-on-track Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:15:24 +0000 live Aker wins Lakach contract http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401867/aker-wins-lakach-contract Norway’s Aker Solutions has landed its first order for a project off the coast of Mexico which will see it supply umbilicals for the Pemex-operated Lakach deep-water gas field. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401867/aker-wins-lakach-contract Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:51:25 +0000 live Statoil’s Sverdrup award ‘due in days’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401726/statoils-sverdrup-award-due-in-days Norwegian contractors are anxiously anticipating the award of a key design-and-build platform topsides contract for Statoil's giant Johan Sverdrup project off Norway. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401726/statoils-sverdrup-award-due-in-days Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:21:19 +0000 live Lloyd's in Johan Sverdrup framework deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401709/lloyds-in-johan-sverdrup-framework-deal Lloyd’s Register Consulting has been awarded a framework agreement which will see it provide risk management support to companies involved in developing Statoil's Johan Sverdrup project, off Norway. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401709/lloyds-in-johan-sverdrup-framework-deal Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:21:58 +0000 live Premier in Solan ownership shift http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401712/premier-in-solan-ownership-shift Premier Oil has gained full control of its Solan oilfield development West of Shetland off the UK after taking over sole partner Chyrsaor’s stake as it targets first oil from the stalled project in the fourth quarter. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401712/premier-in-solan-ownership-shift Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:18:21 +0000 live Range halts Trinidad well http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1401560/range-halts-trinidad-well Range Resources has halted operations on a development well being drilled at the Morne Diablo field in Trinidad & Tobago due to a rig incident, the London-listed player said on Monday. (Anamaria Deduleasa) http://www.upstreamonline.com/incoming/1401560/range-halts-trinidad-well Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:15:27 +0000 ece_incoming Afren revising Okoro development plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401437/afren-revising-okoro-development-plan Afren is revising its further field development plan (FFDP) for the Okoro field off Nigeria as it looks to save on costs amid the oil price slump. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401437/afren-revising-okoro-development-plan Fri, 29 May 2015 08:15:20 +0000 live OneSubsea wins $330m North Africa deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401392/onesubsea-wins-usd-330m-north-africa-deal OneSubsea has scooped a $330 million contract to work on a gas project off North Africa, with an Eni-project off Libya seen as the likely destination. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401392/onesubsea-wins-usd-330m-north-africa-deal Thu, 28 May 2015 14:00:29 +0000 live Amec Foster Wheeler wins East Timor LNG gig http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401373/amec-foster-wheeler-wins-east-timor-lng-gig Contractor beats off competition from WorleyParsons for pre-FEED job Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401373/amec-foster-wheeler-wins-east-timor-lng-gig Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:40 +0000 live 'Talks leverage' on Leviathan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401103/talks-leverage-on-leviathan Israel’s Delek Group has confirmed that talks with the authorities over proposed investments in the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields off the country are “moving in a promising direction” after plans have been derailed by anti-trust concerns. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401103/talks-leverage-on-leviathan Wed, 27 May 2015 14:22:51 +0000 live North Sea costs 'set for 20% fall' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401053/north-sea-costs-set-for-20-percent-fall North Sea capital and operating costs could drop by as much as 20% within the next two years, with drilling expenses expected to be cut by a third amid a market slump driven by low oil prices, according to UK research consultancy Wood Mackenzie. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401053/north-sea-costs-set-for-20-percent-fall Wed, 27 May 2015 10:54:22 +0000 live Aibel wins Oseberg Future FEED http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401017/aibel-wins-oseberg-future-feed Norwegian contractor Aibel has been handed a front-end engineering and design contract in connection with Statoil's Oseberg Future project in the North Sea. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1401017/aibel-wins-oseberg-future-feed Wed, 27 May 2015 07:06:28 +0000 live McDermott lands Aramco jacket work http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400896/mcdermott-lands-aramco-jacket-work McDermott International has won a contract to build and install a plethora of jackets for offshore projects from Saudi Aramco. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400896/mcdermott-lands-aramco-jacket-work Tue, 26 May 2015 11:14:50 +0000 live Pacific gets nod for Kisaran development http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400848/pacific-gets-nod-for-kisaran-development Privately-owned Pacific Oil & Gas has received approval for its plan of development of the Kisaran production sharing contract in Sumatra, Indonesia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400848/pacific-gets-nod-for-kisaran-development Tue, 26 May 2015 01:53:26 +0000 live Israeli regulator 'heads for exit' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400841/israeli-regulator-heads-for-exit Israel’s anti-monopoly regulator said on Monday he would step down in August in a move that could unblock progress on Noble Energy’s stalled Leviathan gas field project off the country, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall), (News Wires) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400841/israeli-regulator-heads-for-exit Mon, 25 May 2015 13:04:23 +0000 live FEED work starts at Sole http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400820/feed-work-starts-at-sole Australian duo Santos and Cooper Energy have entered the front-end engineering and design phase on the Sole gas field, off the coast of south-east Australia. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400820/feed-work-starts-at-sole Mon, 25 May 2015 01:50:44 +0000 live Talisman 'seeks stay' on Yme plan http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400748/talisman-seeks-stay-on-yme-plan Talisman Energy could be about to give up the ghost on its ill-fated Yme field project off Norway after reportedly filing an application to the authorities seeking exemption from submission of a revised development plan. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400748/talisman-seeks-stay-on-yme-plan Fri, 22 May 2015 13:34:14 +0000 live Statoil readies Sverdrup EPC award http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400745/statoil-readies-sverdrup-epc-award A hotly-contested race to win the second of four design-and-build platform topsides contracts on Statoil's giant Johan Sverdrup project off Norway is about to be decided. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400745/statoil-readies-sverdrup-epc-award Fri, 22 May 2015 12:48:46 +0000 live Woodside firming up Browse timeline http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400720/woodside-firming-up-browse-timeline Australian operator Woodside Petroleum is currently looking to start-up its planned Browse floating liquefied natural gas project by the end of 2021. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400720/woodside-firming-up-browse-timeline Fri, 22 May 2015 08:42:32 +0000 live Woodside picks Greater Enfield floater http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400590/woodside-picks-greater-enfield-floater Woodside Petroleum has chosen the floating production, storage and offloading vessel at its Vincent oilfield as the tie-in destination for the Greater Enfield oil accumulation off Western Australia. (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400590/woodside-picks-greater-enfield-floater Fri, 22 May 2015 03:30:02 +0000 live Gudrun leak 'fatality risk' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400454/gudrun-leak-fatality-risk A serious condensate leak on the Gudrun platform off Norway earlier this year posed a major risk of a gas explosion and could have led to fatalities, according to an internal probe by operator Statoil. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400454/gudrun-leak-fatality-risk Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57:28 +0000 live Life extension for Draugen http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400451/life-extension-for-draugen Shell has gained approval from Norway’s safety agency for an extension of the lifetime of facilities at the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400451/life-extension-for-draugen Wed, 20 May 2015 12:16:27 +0000 live Total, Novatek in Russian gas field start http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400422/total-novatek-in-russian-gas-field-start Total and Novatek have begun production from the Termokarstovoye gas and condensate field in Russia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400422/total-novatek-in-russian-gas-field-start Wed, 20 May 2015 07:11:45 +0000 live Statoil in 'leak fine' on Statfjord http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400372/statoil-in-leak-fine-on-statfjord Norway’s Statoil is reported to have accepted a Nkr7 million ($930,000) fine from the authorities over a leak of chemical waste onto the seafloor at its Statfjord B platform in the North Sea. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400372/statoil-in-leak-fine-on-statfjord Tue, 19 May 2015 14:02:25 +0000 live Huldra set for scrapping http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400347/huldra-set-for-scrapping Statoil is set to scrap its disused Huldra platform after ConocoPhillips ditched plans to reuse the facility for its Tommeliten Alpha field development off Norway that has been shelved. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400347/huldra-set-for-scrapping Tue, 19 May 2015 09:23:04 +0000 live Rawicz on fast track http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400335/rawicz-on-fast-track Recoverable reserves for the Rawicz gas discovery in western Poland have been pegged at more than 50 billion cubic feet, making it the country’s biggest gas development in 20 years with plans on a fast track to bring it online in early 2016. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400335/rawicz-on-fast-track Tue, 19 May 2015 07:45:17 +0000 live AGL cleared in BTEX scare http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400326/agl-cleared-in-btex-scare An investigation has found no harm to the environment occurred as a result of the discovery of banned chemicals at Australia-listed AGL’s Waukivory pilot coalbed methane project in New South Wales. Josh.Lewis@upstreamonline.com (Josh Lewis) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400326/agl-cleared-in-btex-scare Tue, 19 May 2015 06:12:02 +0000 live Statoil 'slated' over death plunge http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400281/statoil-slated-over-death-plunge Statoil has been criticised by medical authorities for alleged failures in its routines after a sick offshore worker plunged to his death in the North Sea while being airlifted to land by helicopter last year, according to a report. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400281/statoil-slated-over-death-plunge Mon, 18 May 2015 13:58:12 +0000 live