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    Three die in Azeri platform incident (Friday, 24 October 2014)

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    Three workers were killed and one is still missing after a fire broke out on a Socar-run platform, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan, according to Reuters.Azerbaijan’s oil company SOCAR has informed that structures collapsed at the offshore platform #441 of the company’s Narimanov oil and gas production department (OGPD) during the repair works. A wagon-house fell into the sea, damaging and causing a fire on a 700 mm pipeline on October 23. The accident happened at about 12:00 (local time) and was extinguished some 45 minutes later.About 41 people were working at the site when the structures collapsed, SOCAR said adding.“As a result of operative measures taken by a rescue team immediately after the accident, 37 people were evacuated from the incident site to the beach on Orion-15 and PSK-52 vessels. The injured workers were treated by doctors,” the company said in a statement on its website.“The dead bodies of three workers, missing after an accident at the faulty platform, have been found,” Reuters has quoted SOCAR as saying. “The search for another missing worker is under way.”Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.comPlease leave comments and feedback below

    Chevron and BP strike oil at 30,000 Feet (Friday, 24 October 2014)

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    Chevron Corporation has announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of MexicoThe Keathley Canyon Block 10 Well No. 1 encountered significant oil pay in the Lower Tertiary Wilcox Sands. The well is located approximately 180 miles off the Louisiana coast in 3,992 feet of water and was drilled to a depth of 30,173 feet."The discovery further demonstrates Chevron's exploration capabilities," said George Kirkland, vice chairman and executive vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation. "Guadalupe builds on our already strong position in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a core focus area where we expect significant production growth over the next two years."“The Guadalupe discovery adds momentum to our growing business in North America,” said Jay Johnson, senior vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation. “Our deepwater exploration and appraisal program continues to unlock important resources in the Gulf of Mexico.”“Chevron subsidiaries are among the top producers and leaseholders in the Gulf of Mexico, averaging net daily production of 143,000 barrels of crude oil, 347 million cubic feet of natural gas, and 15,000 barrels of natural gas liquids during 2013,” said Jeff Shellebarger, president, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company. “The company expects additional Gulf of Mexico production from the Tubular Bells and Jack/St. Malo projects by the end of the year.”Chevron subsidiary Chevron U.S.A., Inc. began drilling the Guadalupe well in June 2014. More tests are being conducted on the discovery well and additional appraisal wells will be needed to determine the extent of the resource.The Guadalupe co-owners are BP Exploration & Production Inc, with a 42.5 per cent working interest; Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (operator), 42.5 per cent; and Venari Resources LLC, 15 per cent.BP has previously made three discoveries in the emerging Paleogene trend in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico: Gila in 2013, Tiber in 2009 and Kaskida in 2006.“BP is pleased to be a part of another discovery in the Paleogene trend, an area of increasing importance to the future of the Gulf of Mexico and to America’s energy security,” said Richard Morrison, regional president of BP’s Gulf of Mexico business. “This again highlights BP’s strength in exploration and our commitment to the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico where we are the leading energy investor and leaseholder, and a top oil and natural gas producer.”Have your say using our new discussion section below. Send your oil and gas news to: news@oilandgaspeople.comSource:

    Cleaning Arctic oil spills in the dark? (Thursday, 23 October 2014)

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    Eni Norge, a Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian oil giant Eni, is working on what they say is the world’s first center providing training for oil spill response in conditions of darkness.To make it work, Eni Norge has entered into an oil spill contingency training agreement with the Nordkapp Maritime Training Centre in Honningsvåg, Norway.“The centre will be the first in the world to employ simulators for oil recovery training in conditions of darkness,” Eni said in a statement.The company has said that the monitoring and recovery of oil in conditions of darkness are issues that Eni Norge has been working to address for many years.“The Nordkapp Maritime Training Centre has state-of-the-art simulators enabling the simulation of both the discharge and recovery of oil under demanding conditions, including in darkness,” Eni added.“This is of special significance in the Arctic where there is very little daylight during the winter.”The company explains that this is of special significance in the Arctic, where Eni is working on its Goliat field development, where there is very little daylight during the winter.The centre will also train both onshore and offshore personnel in how to obtain a joint situational understanding during a potential incident.The contract with the Nordkapp Maritime Training Centre has comprises of:1. Courses and training in oil spill contingency response.2. Courses in towing to the crews of the standby vessel Esvagt Aurora and other vessels used by Eni Norge in connection with the Goliat project. This will involve training the crews in how to remove vessels which may be drifting on a collision course with the Goliat platform.3. Courses in team coordination and training for personnel manning the Goliat platform, standby vessels and shuttle tankers to enable them to carry out loading and offloading operations to and from the platform as safely as possible.The contract extends from 1 November 2014 for a period of three years, and contains a 2 + 2-year extension option.Source: www.offshoreenergytoday.comPlease leave feedback and comments below

    BP/GDF make joint North Sea discovery (Thursday, 23 October 2014)

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    GDF SUEZ E&P and BP have made an oil and gas discovery spanning two blocks in the in the UK Central North Sea.The central North Sea is a mature area, but it has been identified as an area with potential for exploration success.“Although the central North Sea has been developed, there are still significant resources to be developed, including high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT), and the western margin of the platform,” Oonagh Werngren, operations director at Oil & Gas UK told OE recently. “That area offers the greatest potential for the next tranche of developments, because there is a lot of ullage available in the existing infrastructure and a lot of interest in drilling in that area.”Ruud Zoon, Managing Director of GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd said: “This is an encouraging exploration discovery in a part of the central North Sea that needs additional volumes of hydrocarbons to open up development options for several stranded discoveries. The discovery is our third successful well this year and demonstrates a continuing commitment by GDF SUEZ to an active exploration and appraisal drilling program on the UK Continental Shelf.”The well was drilled by GDF SUEZ E&P UK as operator using the Transocean Galaxy II jackup rig under a joint well agreement between the two license groups.The discovery is called Marconi by GDF SUEZ and Vorlich by BP. Exploration well 30/1f-13AZ encountered hydrocarbons in a Palaeocene sandstone reservoir in Block 30/1c and a subsequent side-track into Block 30/1f confirmed the westerly extension of the discovery.Equity interests in the P1588 license are operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK (50.00%) and partners RWE DEA UK SNS (27.78%) and Maersk Oil North Sea (22.22%).Equity interests in the P363 license are operator BP Operating Company (50.00%) and partner Total E&P UK (50.00%).Source: www.oedigital.comFeedback and comments welcome below

    HeliOffshore - new helicopter industry association launched (Wednesday, 22 October 2014)

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    Five major helicopter operators today announced a new industry association – HeliOffshore – for organizations with an interest in working together on safety in offshore helicopter transport. The new association was introduced today at a launch event at its offices in London.HeliOffshore will use cross-industry cooperation as a platform for enhancing the industry’s overall strong safety record sharing best practices, developing and applying advanced technology, and encouraging common global flight standards.Gretchen Haskins, who was selected as HeliOffshore’s chief executive last month, said the association is open to any group with a stake in offshore helicopter flight. She said that membership is expected to include customers of helicopter services, aircraft manufacturers, service providers, technology companies, staff and passenger organizations, and government and research institutions.Haskins said: “HeliOffshore will work to achieve the highest levels of safety, in the air and on the ground. We want to deliver real safety benefits for the people who depend on the industry to get to and from their offshore workplaces, the crews who fly the helicopters and the teams who maintain them.”UK Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill joined representatives of HeliOffshore founding members – Avincis, Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter, Era Helicopters, and PHI Inc. – and several dozen others at today’s announcement. Afterward, the association conducted its inaugural safety workshop.HeliOffshore grew out of a joint initiative by helicopter operators that started more than a year ago, to further enhance offshore flight safety in the North Sea, as well as from work by the European Helicopter Operators Committee. While its origins are regional, HeliOffshore’s objectives are global. “The industry will continue to compete vigorously on commercial issues, but safety is not a competitive factor,” said Haskins. “The best way to continually improve safety standards is through cooperation.”HeliOffshore initially will focus on six priority areas, all of which were discussed in today’s workshop:• Automation• Pilot monitoring• Stabilized approaches• Accident survivability• Application of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS)• Information exchangeCEO, BoardHaskins is an internationally recognized expert in human factors of safety, and has an extensive record of leadership in raising aviation safety performance by increasing partnership within the global aviation safety community.The former group director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Safety Regulation Group and group director of safety at NATS, the main air-navigation service provider in the United Kingdom, Haskins is a longtime champion of initiatives that improve frontline operational safety. She has also advised NATO (the North American Treaty Organization) on human performance and critical safety systems.William E. Chiles, who recently retired as president and CEO of Bristow after distinguished service to the industry, is the first chairman of HeliOffshore’s board of directors, which includes James Drummond, Avincis; Bill Amelio, CHC; Chris Bradshaw, ERA, and Al Gonsoulin, PHI.About HeliOffshoreHeliOffshore, formally the International Offshore Helicopter Association, is dedicated to constantly improving offshore helicopter safety around the world. HeliOffshore was founded by five leading helicopter services operators, and membership is open to any enterprise with a stake in offshore flight – and a determination to make it ever safer. HeliOffshore will develop, share and apply best practices; create and use advanced technology; and advocate for harmonized global flight standards. Further information - www.helioffshore.orgPlease leave comments and feedback below

    Edvard Grieg production platform - drawing board to reality (Wednesday, 22 October 2014)

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    Lundin Petroleum shows how the production platform for the Edvard Grieg field has moved from the drawing board to reality, and is now beginning to resemble a real offshore platform. First oil from the field is scheduled during the 4Q 2015.The Edvard Grieg’s topside is being assembled at Kvaerner’s yard at Stord and the process module is being manufactured at Aker Solutions yard in Egersund.When the topside is assembled on to the jacket, the installation will have a total height of 257m, including the flare tower. The jacket weighs approximately 14,500-tonne, and the topside 21,000-tonne.Earlier this year the jacket was successfully delivered from Kvaerner Verdal and installed offshore at the field location, while the living quarter was delivered to the yard at Stord from Apply Leirvik. The Edvard Grieg field was discovered by well 16/1-8 drilled in 2007. The appraisal well 16/1-18 was drilled 2.4km east of the Edvard Grieg production platform.Read more: Lundin assesses Edward Grieg upside

    Pemex evacuates 15,000 employees (Wednesday, 22 October 2014)

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    Mexican national Pemex evacuated its workers and suspended operations offshore Campeche on 21 October due to Tropical Depression 9.For the evacuation, Pemex mobilized 97 ships and 36 helicopters to transport about 15,000 evacuated employees to the Dos Bocas maritime terminal in Tabasco, and Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche.In total, 11,000 of the 15,000 workers will return to their jobs when weather conditions permit. Pemex said in a statement that 16,000 workers whose jobs are directly related to the production remain on platforms.Tropical Depression 9 formed in the Bay of Campeche on 21 October. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued an advisory this morning that placed the storm about 120mi west-southwest of Campeche, with maximum sustained winds of 35mph, although strengthening is possible. It noted in the advisory that the system remained poorly organized.A tropical storm warning was issued for the Yucatan Peninsula from Celestun to Florida, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected within this area. In this case, the NHC expects tropical storm conditions within the next 24 hours, most likely by this afternoon or evening. The depression is expected to pour up to 10in of rainfall.“The rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods,” the advisory reads, noting that Tropical Depression 9 could become a tropical storm before is moves inland.The Mexican national operates a number of heavy oil fields in the Bay of Campeche, that holds most of Mexico’s oil production, including Cantarell, the Ku-Maloob-Zaap development, and Ayatsil, currently under development and due to hit peak production in 2018-2019.Pemex is reportedly investing an additional US$6 billion into the Cantarell oilfield to maintain its current production levels. Other fields include Nohoch, Ixtoc, Kutz, Chac, and Akal.Source: www.oedigital.comComments and feedback welcome below

    3 helideck and helicopter operations audited in North Sea (Tuesday, 21 October 2014)

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    Assisted by the Civil Aviation Authority Norway, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has carried out an audit of helideck and helicopter operations at three facilities in the Ekofisk area, in the North Sea.From 15 to 18 September 2014, the PSA, with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority Norway, carried out an audit of helicopter deck and helicopter operations at the Eldfisk 2/7-B, Embla 2/7-B and Eldfisk 2/7S facilities operated by ConocoPhillips.Section 70 of the Facilities Regulations requires that helicopter decks are designed and equipped so as to fulfil the requirements of CAA Norway’s Regulation governing continental shelf operations – commercial air traffic to and from helidecks on offshore installations and vessels.With regard to safety matters concerning helidecks and helicopter operations at the facilities, the PSA utilises the specialist expertise of CAA Norway. According to the PSA’s statement, an agreement has been signed by the PSA and CAA Norway regarding such assistance.The purpose of the audit was to contribute to the prevention of air accidents associated with helicopter decks or their operation.On behalf of the PSA, CAA Norway will follow up on how ConocoPhillips deals with the observed conditions, PSA said.The Ekofisk Complex comprises all installations which are connected with bridges on the central Ekofisk field. As of 2014, this includes nine platforms and bridge supports. The newest platforms are the wellhead platform 2/4 Z and the field centre and accommodation platform 2/4 L which were installed in 2013.Source - www.offshoreenergytoday.comWe welcome comments and feedback below

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