Offshore

T.D. Williamson (TDW) has completed a pipeline pressure isolation operation in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea on behalf of a major operator.

McDermott International, Inc. installed the P-61 Tension Leg Wellhead Platform (TLWP) off Brazil for the PPT BV joint venture, consisting of Petrobras and Chevron.

Drilling and deal activity on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) will remain at a steady low for at least the next year, suggests a new report from business advisory firm Deloitte. Poor weather and high costs have affected the amount of exploration and appraisal (E&A) work conducted in the region during the first quarter.

Douglas-Westwood’s new World Floating Production Market Report forecasts that between 2014 and 2018 $99 billion will be spent on floating production systems (FPS) – an increase of 138% over the preceding five-year period.

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. has entered into agreements with Petrobras to provide well intervention services off Brazil.

Technip has inked a contract with Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) for project management consultancy services for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phases of the Zakum Oil Lines Replacement Project-Phase 1 (ZKOL) off Abu Dhabi.

UTEC Survey (Australia) Pty Ltd was awarded a contract by Saipem for offshore survey and positioning services during the pre-lay, lay and post-lay installation of a 42-inch, 889-km pipeline that will connect the INPEX operated Ichthys LNG project’s offshore central processing facility situated 200 km off the coast of Western Australia with its onshore gas processing plant near Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 231, held March 19, 2014, garnered $872,143,771 in high bids on 329 tracts covering 1,707,358 acres.

Williams Partners L.P. is moving ahead with key construction milestones and progress on a tieback expansion as its proprietary Gulfstar FPS (Floating Production System) nears completion in the eastern deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The Gulfstar One project is the first spar-based floating production system with major components built entirely in the United States.

Failures of installed pipes, umbilicals and cables during installation can potentially lead to higher costs for the oil and gas industry and delayed start-ups. There are no standards or recommended practices that address analysis methodology related to the laying of such products.

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