Gulf Of Mexico News

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Magseis Fairfield Wins Gulf of Mexico Work

Oslo based offshore seismic services provider Magseis Fairfield said on Friday that it has received a contingent letter of award (LOA) for a three months data acquisition program for an unnamed client in the Gulf of Mexico.The survey is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2019, it said.Magseis Fairfield CEO, Per Christian Grytnes, siad, “The program in the Gulf of Mexico further strengthens our order backlog for 2019 and reflects the increasing interest in ocean bottom seismic nodal surveys.“The awarded program would be our fifth acquisition program in the Gulf of Mexico in 2019 and

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OPT Inks Deal with US Operator

offshore oil and gas operator within the U.S. and the U.S. outer continental shelf, including the provision of goods and services.OPT president and CEO George H. Kirby said, “This contract is the first with a U.S. oil and gas operator, opening the door for OPT to provide solutions into the Gulf of Mexico where we believe there exists significant need for cost-effective remote offshore power and communications.”OPT's PowerBuoy and subsea battery solution product lines, along with its support services, provide clean and reliable electric power and real-time data communications for remote

Eagle Explorer (Photo: SeaBird Exploration)

SeaBird Scores Contract Extension

SeaBird Exploration announced Tuesday that its contract for the Eagle Explorer with CGG has been extended by approximately 80 days for another survey in Northern Europe. The contract is now firm until August 15, 2019, with further options for CGG to extend with up to 60 days.The Eagle Explorer has been on a 160-day contract with CGG since acquired in November and completing its 10 year class docking in December 2018 and is currently working as a source vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

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BP Partners with Enpro on FAM Technology

have executed a Global Frame Agreement aimed at providing an enhanced subsea architecture and smart standardization using Flow Access Module (FAM) technology to enable fast track, capital efficient subsea tiebacks.Enpro said its patented FAM technology supplied to BP on the Kepler K3 project in the Gulf of Mexico to enable project specific technologies to be seamlessly added to BP’s standard subsea trees and manifolds. According to Enpro, this helped to reduce project costs and schedule, to support BP in achieving sanction to first oil in less than 12 months.The FAM technology essentially creates

Sonardyne’s Sentry IMS in the US Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Sonardyne)

Leak Detection Sonar Deployed in the US Gulf

A sonar monitoring system will help a major US oil company to reinforce its deepwater offshore asset integrity assurance in the US Gulf of Mexico.The system, a wide-area Sentry Integrity Monitoring Sonar (IMS) developed and delivered by subsea engineering specialist Sonardyne International, has been deployed on the seafloor at more than 2,000 meters water depth. The ROV-deployable Sentry IMS,  which features a titanium housing and can be installed short-term or permanently, is able to detect, classify and localize subsea releases of hydrocarbons from either the seafloor or oil and gas field

Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls (Photo: Proserv)

Subsea Supply Chain Tightening -Proserv

consultants have outlined that more final investment decisions (FIDs) are now being made in the upstream industry. Rystad Energy presently predicts almost $30 billion of extra capital expenditure in the E&P subsea segment across the next six years, as areas such as South America, Europe, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa experience increased spending.Notably, Rystad also expects several regions, including South America and Europe, to see the majority of expenditure directed to brownfield sites. Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls, concurs: “FIDs are definitely now

Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Testing New FIS Technology

ahead of planned subsea field trials later this year.The company had previously developed a lower pressure (10kpsi) version of their tool and this investment has allowed them to develop the higher rated (15kpsi) version, extending its operating capabilities to support high pressure wells, common in Gulf of Mexico.To date their 10k pressure version of FIS has provided well stimulation for multiple campaigns in West Africa. The system has been proven to improve production, by stimulating the reservoir and increasing the ultimate recovery from existing subsea wells.Scottish Government minister for Energy

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i-Tech Services Expands in Houston

i-Tech Services, a Subsea 7 company, said it has taken on 13 new people in Houston following a 12-month period which saw the office secure a series of new contract awards in the Gulf of Mexico. The expansion grows the regional team by 25%.Recent contracts included vessel charter renewals and the provision of custom engineering solutions for subsea flow assurance and inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) workscopes, the company said in a press release on Monday.Edward Galloway, Regional Director, Gulf of Mexico for i-Tech Services, said: “Despite the challenging market conditions, we enjoyed a

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McDermott Wins Subsea Tieback Work for Stonefly

McDermott International announced Monday it has secured a contract from LLOG Exploration Company to install the subsea infrastructure to support a two well subsea tieback from the Stonefly development site to the Ram Powell platform approximately 140 miles southeast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico.McDermott said its work scope includes project management, installation engineering, subsea structure and spoolbase stalk fabrication, and subsea installation of the subsea infrastructure to support a two well subsea tieback from the Stonefly development site to the Ram Powell platform via a

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SeaBird Scoops Two Contract Extensions

Voyager Explorer, which is working on an ocean bottom node survey in the Far East, has been extended by approximately 90 days until March 2019, with an option for another 30 day extension.The 2D long offset/source vessel Osprey Explorer, which is working on an ocean bottom node survey in the the Gulf of Mexico, had its contract extended from initially 60 days to currently approximately 180 days. Following the completion of this contract expected in early March 2019, the Osprey will immediately commence on a previously announced ocean bottom node survey in the same region with expected completion in

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

. According to Forbes Magazine, offshore energy production has been increasing this decade and now stands at over two-and-one-half million barrels of oil, and almost three trillion cubic feet of gas a day.This massive production effort is sustained by offshore drilling rigs, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. And while, the Trump Administration has directed the Department of the Interior to open up new regions in the outer continental shelf to oil and gas exploration, environmental concerns – impelled by major events such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico –

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LLOG Exploration Reports Deepwater Exploratory Discovery

The  deepwater exploration company operating primarily in the Gulf of Mexico  reported the drilling of a successful discovery on its Nearly Headless Nick exploratory prospect on Mississippi Canyon Block 387 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.Louisiana-based company said that it has drilled  successful  discovery  on  LLOG’s  exploratory  prospect,  Nearly  Headless  Nick,  in Mississippi  Canyon  387Brought  online  five  new  fields  in  2018,  of  which  four  initiated  prod

Atlantis platform (Photo: BP)

TechnipFMC Scores Contract for BP's Atlantis Phase 3

TechnipFMC announced Wednesday it has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract by BP for the Atlantis phase 3 project in the Gulf of Mexico.TechnipFMC did not specify the exact value of the contract, but said the deal is worth between $75 million and $250 million.BP announced its plans to move forward with its $1.3 billion Atlantis phase 3 development on Tuesday after it discovered an additional 400 million barrels of oil in place at the Gulf of Mexico’s third largest oil field.Following final investment decisions from all partners, TechnipFMC said

Zooglider (top) with a selection of zooplankton imagery the robot has captured. Top photo: Benjamin Whitmore

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

change.Physical oceanographers and engineers led by Scripps’ Russ Davis developed the Spray glider beginning in the late 1990s. The 2-meter-long robot, which can be programmed from a cell phone, has been used to detect and monitor El Niño conditions off California, oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, and currents in the Solomon Sea. Spray gliders are programmed to run along transects, diving and resurfacing in seesaw fashion as their buoyancy is manipulated by internal bladders. While at the surface, the gliders transmit data back to researchers.Ohman, Davis, development engineer Jeff Sherman

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

More than $10 million in grant funding has been awarded for a group of new projects that aim to fill research gaps in order to help improve understanding and prediction of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current System (LCS).As the Gulf of Mexico's dominant ocean circulation feature, the LCS has far-reaching implications for a wide range of human and natural systems, including oil and gas operations, yet knowledge about the underlying dynamics that control its behavior is limited.Following recommendations from a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report released earlier this

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Coast Guard Working to Contain MC20 Leak

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has partially assumed federal control of response operations to contain an oil discharge from the site of the collapsed Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 11 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Coast Guard will access the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and assume authority for containing and disposing the oil, it said in a press release on Saturday.In November, the Coast Guard contracted a specialized team to conduct a comprehensive site survey, fabricate

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

of crude oil, diesel, gasoline and kerosene spills. ADAC recently tested this technology in California and plans to do more tests this year and next, including under-ice tests.Meet LRAUVWork on LRAUV started in January 2015, the idea born from the stress around the Deep Water Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which was measured with “limited sensors and short duration platforms,” said S&T Program Manager Theo Gemelas.To help address the problem of duration, LRAUV – which measures eight feel long, is 12 inches wide and weighs 240 pounds – is designed to rove for

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