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    Expro Scoops Well Testing Work from India’s ONGC (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 11:00 pm

    International oilfield services company, Expro, has been awarded new contracts from India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC).

    Worth in excess of $17 million over three years, the contracts will see Expro work on ONGC’s assets throughout western and eastern areas of India, including offshore Mumbai, onshore Rajamundry and the Krishna Godavari basin, the company said on Monday.

    The contracts comprise of Expro’s 15K and 10K surface well testing packages for high pressure high temperature (HPHT) and conventional wells, and will be fully supported from Expro’s facilities in-country.

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    Two sets of 15K surface well test packages will be delivered for 10 offshore and 22 onshore wells in eastern India. Four sets of 10K packages will be delivered offshore Mumbai and includes the provision of a Well Test Supervisor and Operator on a call-out basis.

    The 10K packages will be used for production testing of exploratory wells, and testing, flow back and measurement of worked-over and platform wells. The onshore package will be deployed for the testing of exploratory and completed wells onshore at Rajahmundry.

    Keith Palmer, President– Asia, commented: “We are delighted to have been selected by ONGC as the number one provider of surface well testing services for HPHT wells across its Indian assets.

    “This is a significant award for Expro as we reinforce our commitment to the region with our Mumbai and Kakinada facilities geared up and ready to support this contract.”

    Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.com

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    Keppel Refutes Latest Bribery Allegations in Brazil (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 10:00 pm

    Singapore’s offshore rig builder Keppel has refuted bribery allegations in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation against oil company Petrobras in Brazil.

    In a filing to Singapore exchange (SGX) on Sunday, Keppel denied the company’s involvement in a massive corruption scandal involving the Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras that is part of an ongoing investigation named Lava Jato, which is Portuguese for “Car Wash”.

    These allegations were given in a testimony by Zwi Skornicki, an employee of Eagle do Brasil which was the agent of Keppel FELS in Brazil, on July 21, 2016.

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    According to Agência Brasil, the national public news agency, Skornicki testified before the Federal Judge Sérgio Moro that Keppel FELS and Technip made political donations for the 2010 electoral campaign of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party (PT).

    Referring to Skornicki’s testimony in connection with the ongoing Lava Jato investigations, Keppel said: “We refute the allegations made by Mr Skornicki regarding Keppel’s involvement in the illegal payments made by Mr Skornicki.”

    In the filing, Keppel reiterated its zero-tolerance stance against any form of illegal activity, including bribery and corruption, involving its employees or associates, and said it will take all necessary steps to eradicate such conduct if discovered.

    “We are unable to comment further in view of the ongoing investigations,” Keppel added.

    Earlier in 2016, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that Keppel and Jurong (a subsidiary of Sembcorp) had bribed Petrobras and Sete Brasil officials in order to obtain drilling rig construction contracts. The allegations had been made by Petrobras’ former engineering manager Pedro Jose Barusco who, according to O Globo, singled out Zwi Skornicki as a person responsible for paying the bribes on behalf of Keppel.

    Keppel refuted the allegations and denied its involvement in the scandal surrounding Petrobras noting that the company “has a Code of Conduct which prohibits, among others, bribery and corruption”.

    Keppel had since put the agency relationship with Skornicki on hold pending determination by the relevant authorities into the allegations made on the matter.

    Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.com

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    SapuraKencana Wins $113M Worth Pemex Deal (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 8:00 pm

    Malaysian oilfield services company SapuraKencana has been awarded a contract in the Gulf of Mexico’s Bay of Campeche by Mexican oil company Pemex.

    The contract, worth approximately $113 million, was awarded to SapuraKencana’s wholly-owned subsidiary company, SapuraKencana Mexicana S.A.P.I. de C.V.,

    It is for the procurement and construction of a 36” X 18 KM sour gas pipeline (KMZ – 76) from Platform E – KU – A2 to Platform CA – AJ – 1(J4) in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche.

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    According to SapuraKencana, the contract scope of work comprises of transportation and installation of pipelines, crossings, top side modifications and subsea works, including procurement and project management.

    The oilfield services company also said that works are scheduled to start in July 2016 and last until March 2017.

    Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.com

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    Husky Shuts Pipeline after Incident (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 7:00 pm

    The oil reached Prince Albert, population 35,000, hours earlier than expected on Monday, widening the impact and cost of the spill. Workers there raced to stretch a 30-kilometre (19-mile) hose to draw drinking water from another source.

    A sheen was visible on the river in the morning, spurring the city to shut its water treatment plant intake, said city manager Jim Toye. It has two days worth of stored water before it must find another source.

    "We thought we had more time," Toye said in an interview. "We (will) really hit the wall after two days."

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    Less than half of the 1,572 leaked barrels of oil had been recovered as of Monday, Saskatchewan environment official Wes Kotyk said.

    Upstream of Prince Albert, the city of North Battleford stopped drawing drinking water from the river last week.

    Once Prince Albert's stored water is exhausted, it hopes to use rainfall collected in a retention pond, buying itself four more days, Toye said. After that it would rely on water from a 12-inch (30 centimeter) diameter hose to the South Saskatchewan River, running along a highway.

    Farms outside of Prince Albert that rely on city water have had supplies cut off.

    "It's a real nuisance. And for some it could become a real health issue," said farmer Larry Fladager. "Can't drink, can't shower, can't wash your clothes."

    Prince Albert's water plan covers two months, but Toye said its supply may be strained longer.

    The cost will run into millions of dollars and the city is "very disappointed" by limited communication and assistance from Husky, Toye said.

    Pate said Husky is in daily contact with communities and would cover unspecified costs. 

    Source: Reuters

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    Husky Shuts Pipeline after Incident (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 7:00 pm

    The oil reached Prince Albert, population 35,000, hours earlier than expected on Monday, widening the impact and cost of the spill. Workers there raced to stretch a 30-kilometre (19-mile) hose to draw drinking water from another source.

    A sheen was visible on the river in the morning, spurring the city to shut its water treatment plant intake, said city manager Jim Toye. It has two days worth of stored water before it must find another source.

    "We thought we had more time," Toye said in an interview. "We (will) really hit the wall after two days."

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    Less than half of the 1,572 leaked barrels of oil had been recovered as of Monday, Saskatchewan environment official Wes Kotyk said.

    Upstream of Prince Albert, the city of North Battleford stopped drawing drinking water from the river last week.

    Once Prince Albert's stored water is exhausted, it hopes to use rainfall collected in a retention pond, buying itself four more days, Toye said. After that it would rely on water from a 12-inch (30 centimeter) diameter hose to the South Saskatchewan River, running along a highway.

    Farms outside of Prince Albert that rely on city water have had supplies cut off.

    "It's a real nuisance. And for some it could become a real health issue," said farmer Larry Fladager. "Can't drink, can't shower, can't wash your clothes."

    Prince Albert's water plan covers two months, but Toye said its supply may be strained longer.

    The cost will run into millions of dollars and the city is "very disappointed" by limited communication and assistance from Husky, Toye said.

    Pate said Husky is in daily contact with communities and would cover unspecified costs. 

    Source: Reuters

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    Russia Sets Drilling Rigs in Ukranian Waters (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 6:00 pm

    Ukrainian border guards spotted Russia's gas drilling rigs in Ukraine's marine economic zone in the Black Sea.

    This was reported by the State Border Service on July 25.

    "While air-monitoring the water surface, Ukrainian border guard officers spotted jack-up rigs, stationary platforms and support vessels under Russia's national flag in the Odesa and Holitsyno gas fields (located in Ukraine's exclusive maritime economic zone)", border guards stated.

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    "The presence of support ships under Russia's flag within oil or gas fields may prove that Russia continues to illegally explore natural resources as well as operate facilities and buildings for commercial purposes without the permission of Ukraine's competent authorities", the State Border Guard officers added.

    This is not the first time the State Border Service reports on Russia violating international maritime laws and sovereign rights of Ukraine as that of a coastal state for exploring and developing natural resources in its territorial sea and continental shelf.

    On July 16-17, the jack-up-rig 'Sivash' was towed off the port Chornomorske (the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea) to the Holitsyno gas field, which is located in Ukraine's exclusive (maritime) economic zone.

    Ukraine's State Border Service reported, it is the jack-up-rig (belonging to Ukraine's company Chornomornaftogaz) that was illegally seized by Russia during its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

    While observing the gas field, Ukrainian border guards spotted armed people near the drilling rigs and platforms. The State Border Service informed Ukrainian relative ministries and agencies on the incident.

    Chornomornaftogaz is part of Naftogaz Ukraine and specializes in exploring and producing oil and gas in the Black and Azov Seas. In 2014, drilling rigs and other property of Chornomornaftogaz were seized during the Russian annexation of the Crimea. As a result, Naftogaz Ukraine has lost control of its Crimean enterprises.

    Source: Ukraine Today

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    Lundin Gains Nod to Re-enter Suspended Neiden Well (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 5:00 pm

    Lundin recently started the 2016 exploration and appraisal campaign in the Barents Sea which consists of three wells, starting with the re-entry of the Alta-3 appraisal well in PL609 which was drilled last year on the eastern flank of the Alta discovery.

    The well 7220/6-2 will be drilled on the Neiden prospect from Ocean Rig’s Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig has been contracted for three firm well slots with an additional six optional well slots.

    The drilling program for well 7220/6-2 R relates to an extension of previous wildcat well 7220/6-2, drilled in 2015 in production license 609 where Lundin Norway is the operator with a 40% ownership interest, and the licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum Norge, with 30%, and DEA Norge with 30%.

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    To remind, Lundin suspended drilling of the exploration well 7220/6-2 on the Neiden prospect in November last year due to winter restrictions on the use of the Island Innovator rig in the Barents Sea South.

    The Neiden prospect is estimated to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 204 MMboe.

    The production license consists of blocks/parts of blocks 7220/6, 7220/9, 7220/11, 7220/12 and 7221/4. The production license was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011.

    Wildcat well 7220/6-2 R will be an extension of the sixth exploration well in production license 609.

    Source: Offshore Energy Today

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    India and U.S. Find ‘Large’ Natural Gas Reserve in Indian Ocean (Tuesday, 26 July 2016)

    26 Jul 2016, 3:00 pm

    The international team of scientists was led by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) of India on behalf of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas India, in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Japanese Drilling Company, and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).

    The USGS said on Monday it has assisted the Government of India in the discovery of large, highly enriched accumulations of natural gas hydrate in the Bay of Bengal, the first discovery of its kind in the Indian Ocean that has the potential to be producible.

    The agency explained that natural gas hydrates are a naturally occurring, ice-like combination of natural gas and water found in the world’s oceans and polar regions. The amount of gas within the world’s gas hydrate accumulations is estimated to greatly exceed the volume of all known conventional gas resources, the agency said.

    “Advances like the Bay of Bengal discovery will help unlock the global energy resource potential of gas hydrates as well help define the technology needed to safely produce them,” said Walter Guidroz, USGS Energy Resources Program coordinator.

    The scientists from India, Japan, and the United States conducted ocean drilling, conventional sediment coring, pressure coring, downhole logging and analytical activities to assess the geologic occurrence, regional context and characteristics of gas hydrate deposits in the offshore of India.

    “The results from this expedition mark a critical step forward to understanding the energy resource potential of gas hydrates,” Tim Collet said.

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    This research expedition, called the Indian National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 02, is the second joint exploration for gas hydrate potential in the Indian Ocean. The first expedition, also a partnership between scientists from India and the United States, discovered gas hydrate accumulations, but in formations that are currently unlikely to be producible.

    The agency noted that, although it is possible to produce natural gas from gas hydrates, there are significant technical challenges, depending on the location and type of formation. Previous studies have shown that gas hydrate at high concentrations in sand reservoirs is the type of occurrence that can be most easily produced with existing technologies.

    As such, the second expedition focused the exploration and discovery of highly concentrated gas hydrate occurrences in sand reservoirs. The gas hydrate discovered during the second expedition are located in coarse-grained sand-rich depositional systems in the Krishna-Godavari Basin and is made up of a sand-rich, gas-hydrate-bearing fan and channel-levee gas hydrate prospects. USGS said the next steps for research will involve production testing in these sand reservoirs to determine if natural gas production is practical and economic.

    “The results from this expedition mark a critical step forward to understanding the energy resource potential of gas hydrates,” said USGS Senior Scientist Tim Collett, who participated in the expedition.

    “The discovery of what we believe to be several of the largest and most concentrated gas hydrate accumulations yet found in the world will yield the geologic and engineering data needed to better understand the geologic controls on the occurrence of gas hydrate in nature and to assess the technologies needed to safely produce gas hydrates.”

    USGS added it is working closely with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Japan on the analysis of pressure core samples collected from sand reservoirs with high gas hydrate concentrations.

    Source: Offshore Energy Today

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