www.upstreamonline.com http://www.upstreamonline.com/ www.upstreamonline.com SembCorp finalises US$1bn semisub deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405918/sembcorp-finalises-us-usd-1bn-semisub-deal Singapore's Sembcorp Marine has finalised a US$1 billion contract to build a massive semi-submersible crane vessel for Dutch company Heerema Marine Contractors. russell.searancke@upstreamonline.com (Russell Searancke) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405918/sembcorp-finalises-us-usd-1bn-semisub-deal Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:31:57 +0000 live Suncor launches water-free oil-sands pilot http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405912/suncor-launches-water-free-oil-sands-pilot Canada's Suncor Energy is taking the next step in eliminating the need for water in thermal oil sands operations by using radio waves to extract bitumen from deep underground. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405912/suncor-launches-water-free-oil-sands-pilot Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:36:42 +0000 live OneSubsea in Subsea 7 alliance http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405734/onesubsea-in-subsea-7-alliance OneSubsea has formed its second subsea systems strategic alliance in a week, this time entering a pact with Subsea 7. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405734/onesubsea-in-subsea-7-alliance Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:11:39 +0000 live Chevron, OneSubsea in HPHT tie-up http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405615/chevron-onesubsea-in-hpht-tie-up Chevron and OneSubsea are teaming up in a joint venture to develop subsea systems for high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) environments. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405615/chevron-onesubsea-in-hpht-tie-up Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:52:14 +0000 live Drydocks World finishes Prelude Turret http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405256/drydocks-world-finishes-prelude-turret United Arab Emirates yard Drydocks World has completed the massive turret for Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project off Western Australia. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405256/drydocks-world-finishes-prelude-turret Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:00:06 +0000 live Velocys suspends CEO over alleged ‘misconduct’ http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405217/velocys-suspends-ceo-over-alleged-misconduct Gas-to-liquids (GTL) player Velocys has seen its share price plunge after its chief executive was suspended over “allegations of serious misconduct”. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405217/velocys-suspends-ceo-over-alleged-misconduct Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:04:36 +0000 live Plexus inks Yantai Jereh deal http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405047/plexus-inks-yantai-jereh-deal Chinese player Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group is taking a stake in Plexus Holdings as it also signs a licence agreement with the UK-based equipment player. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1405047/plexus-inks-yantai-jereh-deal Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:50:58 +0000 live BSEE tests Arctic containment equipment http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403755/bsee-tests-arctic-containment-equipment A US regulatory agency has tested containment equipment Shell would use in case of a blowout during its Arctic drilling campaign. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403755/bsee-tests-arctic-containment-equipment Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:20:09 +0000 live NASA tests new radar in North Sea clean-up drill http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403739/nasa-tests-new-radar-in-north-sea-clean-up-drill NASA scientists recently tested airborne radar technology to monitor a controlled release of oil during Norway's North Sea oil spill clean-up exercise. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403739/nasa-tests-new-radar-in-north-sea-clean-up-drill Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:18:18 +0000 live Carbo enhances Lower Tertiary well http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403314/carbo-enhances-lower-tertiary-well Proppant manufacturer Carbo Ceramics said it has successfully applied two technologies to enhance production from a drilling operation in the Lower Tertiary play of the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1403314/carbo-enhances-lower-tertiary-well Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:40:04 +0000 live Statoil to bankroll Badger http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402685/statoil-to-bankroll-badger Norwegian technology developer Badger Explorer has secured a development agreement with Statoil to further advance work to commercialise its eponymous subsea drilling tool. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402685/statoil-to-bankroll-badger Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:17:14 +0000 live Rising to the challenge http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402574/rising-to-the-challenge Innovative use of ballast system for riser installation on Delta House improved safety and saved time Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402574/rising-to-the-challenge Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:01:55 +0000 live Bonded pipe looks ahead to riser role http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402417/bonded-pipe-looks-ahead-to-riser-role It is always risky to say that an established technology is reaching its limit. But in the field of ultra-deepwater risers — whether for production or intervention — the traditional approach is undoubtedly feeling the pressure. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402417/bonded-pipe-looks-ahead-to-riser-role Mon, 08 Jun 2015 08:48:01 +0000 live Small-scale GTL 'has big potential' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402265/small-scale-gtl-has-big-potential Small-scale gas-to-liquids projects can open the door to exploiting stranded, flared and unconventional gas reserves. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1402265/small-scale-gtl-has-big-potential Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:31:45 +0000 live Weatherford Labs, FEI in joint agreement http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400300/weatherford-labs-fei-in-joint-agreement US services providers Weatherford Laboratories and FEI have agreed to combine their geological analysis tools, with the aim to improve reservoir characterization and predictability for the oil and gas industry. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1400300/weatherford-labs-fei-in-joint-agreement Mon, 18 May 2015 18:13:16 +0000 live Shell sees offshore CCS application as 'remote' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399311/shell-sees-offshore-ccs-application-as-remote Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell sees great promise for carbon-capture technology at certain offshore gas projects but does not see a widespread application for the technology in areas not rich in gas. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399311/shell-sees-offshore-ccs-application-as-remote Wed, 06 May 2015 20:49:30 +0000 live 'Standardisation needs to happen, fast' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399064/standardisation-needs-to-happen-fast Industry at critical juncture where collaboration needed to cut costs, contractor giants say Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399064/standardisation-needs-to-happen-fast Wed, 06 May 2015 00:38:57 +0000 live PetroVietnam faces challenge of Cuu Long basin http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399057/petrovietnam-faces-challenge-of-cuu-long-basin Vietnam’s state-owned oil and gas company PetroVietnam is looking to further tap the hydrocarbon potential at in the CUU Long basin off the country’s eastern coast despite a number of geological and drilling challenges. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1399057/petrovietnam-faces-challenge-of-cuu-long-basin Tue, 05 May 2015 22:49:08 +0000 live Industry 'needs to seize moment on costs' http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/politics/1399050/industry-needs-to-seize-moment-on-costs Today's sharply lower oil prices allow a unique opportunity to challenge convention and drive down costs in how offshore fields are developed, top executives at Technip and FMC Technologies said at the Offshore Technology conference. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/sectors/politics/1399050/industry-needs-to-seize-moment-on-costs Tue, 05 May 2015 21:48:34 +0000 sectors sectors_politics Lack of standardisation 'destroys money' http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398966/lack-of-standardisation-destroys-money A reluctance to standardise engineering and procurement specifications for major projects is costing operators millions of dollars and compromising not only project schedules but worker safety as well, a BP executive said. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398966/lack-of-standardisation-destroys-money Mon, 04 May 2015 22:02:30 +0000 live Newcomer UIS eyes acquisitions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398963/newcomer-uis-eyes-acquisitions A new private equity-backed subsea services player is hitting the acquisitions trail with a $150 million kitty as it looks to plug what it sees as a gap in the global subsea integrity market. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398963/newcomer-uis-eyes-acquisitions Mon, 04 May 2015 21:45:05 +0000 live GE continues R&D drive http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398959/ge-continues-randd-drive GE Oil & Gas is increasing its capital expenditure on product development despite the recent sharp decline in oil prices. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398959/ge-continues-randd-drive Mon, 04 May 2015 19:56:58 +0000 live Tracerco takes CT pipe scanning subsea http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398958/tracerco-takes-ct-pipe-scanning-subsea The first deepwater commercial application of a new subsea pipeline inspection technology incorporating computerised tomography (CT) has been successfully completed on a Gulf of Mexico oil pipeline. Noah.Brenner@nhst.no (Noah Brenner) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398958/tracerco-takes-ct-pipe-scanning-subsea Mon, 04 May 2015 19:43:03 +0000 live OTC kicks off in Houston http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398924/otc-kicks-off-in-houston The 2015 Offshore Technology Conference kicks off in Houston, Texas with everything veteran attendees have come to expect from the massive event as well as some new wrinkles for the latest edition. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398924/otc-kicks-off-in-houston Mon, 04 May 2015 14:32:53 +0000 live Ferguson nets MacKellar Sub-Sea http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398818/ferguson-nets-mackellar-sub-sea Scotland’s Ferguson Marine Engineering has snapped up two compatriot companies that had gone into administration. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398818/ferguson-nets-mackellar-sub-sea Fri, 01 May 2015 16:29:09 +0000 live Utah oil sands project receives permit http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398339/utah-oil-sands-project-receives-permit American Sands Energy (AMSE) has received ground water discharge and construction permits from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its Sunnyside development in Carbon County. caroline.evans@upstreamonline.com (Caroline Evans) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1398339/utah-oil-sands-project-receives-permit Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:52:10 +0000 live Innovation touted as key to survival http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397557/innovation-touted-as-key-to-survival Oil and gas companies that react too quickly and predictably to industry headwinds will find themselves behind competitors who are willing to innovate even during hard times, a Saudi Aramco official said on Monday. Luke.Johnson@upstreamonline.com (Luke Johnson) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397557/innovation-touted-as-key-to-survival Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:11:16 +0000 live Heavy rotation http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397489/heavy-rotation Other options such as the spar, tension-leg platform or semi-submersible may be more handily symmetrical in the way they face the worst of oncoming weather. But when conditions get beyond the capabilities of a spread-moored “static” monohull production vessel, its weathervaning sister has gone on to vie with the best of the competition. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397489/heavy-rotation Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:37:45 +0000 live Towering ambitions http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397357/towering-ambitions Huisman’s yard in Schiedam, Netherlands, is packed on a late winter day, as it has been for most of the past few years. Pipelay towers stand, sentry-like, on the dock just outside the company’s offices, awaiting installation on subsea construction vessels scheduled to arrive soon. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397357/towering-ambitions Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:30:57 +0000 live GE in $13.6bn loss http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397383/ge-in-usd-136bn-loss GE ran up a loss of $13.61 billion in the first quarter as revenues fell slightly and it took a writedown on financing receivables. Eoin.Ocinneide@upstreamonline.com (Eoin O'Cinneide) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397383/ge-in-usd-136bn-loss Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:13:43 +0000 live Siemens powers up subsea http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396769/siemens-powers-up-subsea Siemens is touting a new subsea hydraulic power unit developed in collaboration with Norway’s Statoil that can be used to provide local energy generation for facilities on the seafloor as an alternative to umbilicals. Steve.Marshall@upstreamonline.com (Steve Marshall) http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1396769/siemens-powers-up-subsea Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:50:45 +0000 live