Offshore

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) confirmed Feb. 1 that the flow of natural gas from the A-7 well, Vermilion Block 356, waa stopped by pumping weighted drilling fluids into the well. The well is in the Gulf of Mexico, 108 miles southwest of Lafayette, LA.

The Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), operated by BP, announced start-up of oil production from the West Chirag platform as part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Start-up of the West Chirag platform completes the Chirag Oil Project (COP) sanctioned in 2010.

GDF SUEZ announced first gas production from the Juliet field, a subsea development on the western flank of the Southern Gas Basin, 39 km east of the Lincolnshire coastline in the United Kingdom.

Deepwater expenditure is expected to increase by 130%, compared to the preceding five-year period, totaling $260 billion from 2014-18, with growth driven primarily by Africa and the Americas, according to Douglas-Westwood’s 12th edition of its World Deepwater Market Forecast 2014-2018.

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. recently performed a noise test for what the company says is the largest pipe resonator array ever produced.

The construction of a production facility in Schiedam, The Netherlands, by Huisman offers the largest indoor lifting capacity in Europe – 1,200 metric tons – and allows for fast installation, commission and testing of several products and systems, including five newly built pipelay systems.

The global oil and gas industry needs better ways to plan for oil spill surveillance, and it’s looking to the airborne remote sensing and commercial satellite industries for help.

Petrobras has awarded Technip two ultra-deep water contracts to supply flexible pipes for the Sapinhoá Norte field and Lula field (former Tupi field), located in the Santos Basin pre-salt area off Brazil in depths up to 2,500 meters.

The Cygnus project, located 150-km off the coast of Lincolnshire, England, which will develop the largest gas discovery in the Southern North Sea in the last 25 years, is about to reach its next milestone.

OptaSense says it is developing a Subsea-DAS system in a joint program with Shell.

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