Gulf Of Mexico News

Fairfield Geotechnologies Wins GoM Survey Contract

Fairfield Geotechnologies said it has been awarded a contract by BHP to acquire up to 1,004 sq. miles of ocean bottom node seismic data in the Alaminos Canyon and East Breaks areas of the Western Gulf of Mexico. The survey, located in water depths ranging from 2,500 to 7,250 ft., will employ two seismic source vessels and Fairfield Geotechnologies’ newest ocean bottom node technology, ZXPLR.The survey design will deliver high quality seismic data for imaging, as well as provide the long offset, full azimuth data necessary for high-resolution velocity model building to enhance existing reflection

Meet LT Laura Dwyer: NOAA Officer, Navy Oceanographer

to complete Expeditionary Combat Skills (ECS) and deploy as a UUV Platoon Division Officer for a six-month deployment as part of an ExMCM company. I've deployed domestically and internationally, participating in exercises in San Diego; Anchorage; Panama City Beach, FL; San Clemente Island, CA; Gulf of Mexico, MS; Kingdom of Bahrain; South Korea; and Spain."NOAA Corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, traces its roots to 1807 when President Thomas Jefferson created a new federal agency whose mission was to chart the nation's coastal waters to ensure that ships could

Remote Acoustic Metrology Put to the Test

An acoustic jumper metrology was conducted using the Sonardyne Connect software in conjunction with 4D Nav’s remote survey system in a joint program between 4D Nav and i-Tech Services. The metrology took place as part of remote survey trials during a Subsea 7 project earlier this year in the Gulf of Mexico.Acoustic long baseline (LBL) data and pressure sensor data were collected at a network operations center (NOC) onshore in Houston. The direct interface to the Sonardyne 6G transceiver (ROVNAV) enabled by the Connect software allowed full control of LBL data collection as well as logging of pressure

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Aquabotix Scores USN Funding

forces. Ordnance that was disposed of or did not explode when deployed in previous conflicts poses a risk of detonation, even decades later, and is found in shallow waters across the globe. A Texas A&M University study estimated there are over 13.6 million kilograms of ordnance just in the Gulf of Mexico alone. To avoid accidental detonation of these explosives, mission support is required to detect, locate, and neutralize them. Current methods of detecting and locating unexploded ordnance are time consuming and expensive to conduct; however, adding unexploded ordnance detection and location

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InterMoor Delivers H-Links Connectors for Appomattox FPS

lines. The Appomattox facility will be a four-column semi-submersible production platform moored using 16 mooring lines arranged in 4x4 clusters, in 2,255m (7,400ft) of water approximately 130km (80 miles) offshore Louisiana. The platform will become Shell’s largest floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Oceanside Equipment Ltd out of Nova Scotia, InterMoor delivered 94 H-Links to Shell in Fourchon, Louisiana. InterMoor provided project management services, vendor coordination including quality and safety control, audit reviews, and production schedule management. In conjunction

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STATS Group Earns the Subsea Pipeline Projects Award

for the subsea hot tapping and isolation market, recognizing the potential and scale of this market.   “During this time STATS has completed four international subsea pipeline repair projects in a range of pipeline sizes, in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Gulf of Thailand and Gulf of Mexico.   “We are delighted to be recognized by the Pipeline Industries Guild for our achievements in this field and the award is recognition to the commitment of the STATS team in introducing the BISEP to the subsea pipeline market.   STATS Group sales director Ron James and business

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M2 Subsea Secures $13.3 Mln in Projects

($13.3 million) over the past six months.The company, which has bases in Aberdeen and Houston, has conducted more than 10 projects across the oil and gas and renewable markets. M2 Subsea’s fleet of ROVs have been mobilized across the globe for contracts in the North Sea, Southern North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, India and the Middle East with workscopes ranging from inspection surveys to leak detection studies.Building on several renewable projects in 2017, the firm also secured a contract for unexploded ordinance (UXO) identification for a U.K. offshore wind farm earlier this year.Mike Arnold, chief

Kaikias subsea infrastructure (Image: Shell)

Shell Starts New Gulf of Mexico Field ahead of Plan

Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday announced the start of production at the Kaikias field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, around one year ahead of schedule.Production from the subsea deep water development, which will reach 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, comes after Shell reduced its costs by around 30 percent to allow it to generate profit at less than $30 a barrel, the company said."We believe Kaikias is the most competitive subsea development in the Gulf of Mexico and a prime example of the deep-water opportunities we're able to advance with our technical expertise and capital discipline

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Total Determined to Drill Amazon Basin as Greenpeace Storms AGM

clear that Brazil's environmental regulators are under immense pressure from other organisations. We are exchanging information with them."Brazil's Foz do Amazonas basin could contain up to 14 billion barrels of oil, geologists estimate, or more than the entire proven reserves in the Gulf of Mexico.Massive Coral ReefA Greenpeace expedition in April documented coral in the area where Total plans to drill, after an earlier discovery of a massive coral reef nearby."Total refuses to listen to reason and persists in wanting to drill near this unique reef, at the risk of destroying it,"

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Average Sized Dead Zone Expected in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA scientists are forecasting that this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – will be approximately 5,780 square miles, approximately the size of Connecticut.The 2018 forecast is similar to the 33-year average Gulf dead zone of 5,460 square miles and is smaller than the 8,776 square mile 2017 Gulf dead zone, which was the largest dead zone measured since mapping began in 1985.Even though NOAA is predicting an average dead zone this summer, the dead zone remains three times larger than

Rowan Secures ExxonMobil Drillship Contract

Contract drilling services provider Rowan Companies plc announced that the one of its R-Class drillships, Rowan Relentless, has been awarded a contract by ExxonMobil to drill a prospect in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The contract is expected to commence in September 2018 and last for 80 days, followed by four one-well, priced options.

File Image: A Subsea 7 offshore support vessel. CREDIT: Subsea 7

Subsea 7 Makes Hostile Bid for McDermott

offer if McDermott's board decides to start talks and provides more information about its business.Subsea 7 said combining the two companies would help them to handle large offshore engineering contracts for the oil industry, known as EPCI projects, with Subsea 7's strengths in Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea complementing McDermott's strengths in the Middle East, India and Australia."Geographically speaking, Subsea 7 and McDermott are a perfect match," Rystad Energy's Audun Martinsen said.The Middle East and Asia regions represents more than 90 percent of McDermott&rsqu

Antony Croston (Photo: Trelleborg)

Interview: Antony Croston, Trelleborg Offshore

in place to lower drag forces. The product is a result of a joint development exercise between Trelleborg Offshore and Diamond Offshore Drilling, and it has been thoroughly qualified in simulations and hydrodynamic testing, as well as through successful deployment on a number of drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. With the combination of VIV mitigation and low drag, performance has been shown to rival fairings, yet this integral solution comes without the operational drawbacks of increased riser running time. The net result is the ability of drilling rigs to operate in higher currents, with greater time

Fugro has reported increased confidence in identifying seabed expressions of hydrocarbon  seeps Image Fugro

Fugro Goes Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps Offshore Brazil

.Two modern, purpose-built vessels – Fugro Brasilis and Fugro Searcher – have been deployed to acquire high-resolution multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler data in the Campos and Santos Basins.The survey is designed to mirror TGS’s 2016-2017 Gigante and Otos projects in the Gulf of Mexico in which Fugro provided similar services. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometers, Fugro will use these data to identify and recommend the most prospective locations to target for geochemical sampling.Fugro has reported increased confidence in identifying seabed expressions

File Image: A photo taken during an offshore DNV GL Drone-enabled survey (CREDIT: DNV GL)

In US Gulf, Robots, Drones Take on Dangerous Offshore Oil Work

At BP's massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed "Maggie" by BP, the dangerous inspection job was reserved for highly paid specialist technicians who did their jobs while rappelling along the platform. The energy industry has turned to robots and drones to cut costs and improve safety in some of the world's tougher working environments. Drones inspect gear high up on floating

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Shell Awards Deepwater Installation Contract in GOM

In another sign that activity in the moribund offshore sector is starting to loosen, Jumbo said that it has won the installation contract for the Shell deep-water Vito development in the US Gulf of Mexico.    The Vito development is located in the Mississippi Canyon, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans in water depth of more than 4,000 feet.   Jumbo’s installation contract involves the initial pre-lay of the mooring system as well as the subsequent tow and hook-up of the FPS. Roddy Lafontaine, VP Offshore for Jumbo says:   "The Jumbo Offshore team is very

SaabSeaeye Leopard (Photo: SaabSeaeye)

ROV Roundup: Recent Tech Innovations

MTR highlights recent technological advances in the world of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV).SaabSeaeye: It’s ElectricOperators, from the Gulf of Mexico to offshore Australia, report multi-million-dollar savings as they switch to the new generation of electric work vehicles, and the Saab Seaeye Leopard it touted as the most powerful electric robotic work vehicle of its size in the world.Compared to a 66-ton hydraulic equivalent, its 25-ton complete package brings considerable savings in footprint, mobilization, maintenance and staff.Operators report the Leopard reducing costs by up

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