Gulf Of Mexico News

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

Murphy Oil Closes Gulf of Mexico JV

Murphy Oil Corporation announced  that it has closed its previously announced deal to form a Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras.The global independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company said in a press release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Murphy Exploration & Production Company - USA, has closed the previously announced strategic deep water Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras America (PAI), a subsidiary of Petrobras for net cash consideration of approximately $795 million.The transaction has an effective date of October 1, 2018, it added.Murphy’s

McDermott Wins Subsea Work from Shell

McDermott International, Inc. announced Tuesday it has been awarded a contract from Shell Exploration and Production Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at the Great White Frio development in Alaminos Canyon Block 857 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract award will be reflected in McDermott's fourth quarter 2018 backlog.McDermott said its scope of work includes project management and engineering; installation of a flexible flowline from the well to a pipeline end termination; installation of one 2,000-foot-long steel flying

TGS CEO Kristian Johansen (Photo: TGS)

TGS Remains Upbeat as Shares Drop

a statement.In the third quarter advance payments from oil firms covered 33 percent of operational investments, down from 54 percent a year ago, the quarterly report showed.TGS also said it also took impairments of $10 million in the period as some projects in Brazil, Canada and the U.S. part of the Gulf of Mexico were delayed.Its shares were trading 10.9 percent down by 1021 GMT."TGS shares fell on missed consensus expectations, which might have been too high," Fredrik Stene at Pareto Securities said. "A 10 percent fall is a way too heavy reaction for a singular quarterly result."

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

Norwegian seismic specialist TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) and oilfield services providers Schlumberger have announced a new multiclient nodal seismic project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The project, named Amendment, will comprise acquisition of a 2,350-km2 multiclient seismic survey in the Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley protraction areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This prolific area includes open acreage, existing producing assets and new discoveries.Seismic data will be acquired using Fairfield Geotechnologies 4C nodal acquisition technology with operations expected to commence in Q4

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Hunting Hydrocarbons

to guide the glider to investigate anomalies in greater detail, and inform the survey plan.Having proved the capabilities of using the glider for seep detection, Blue Ocean has taken the concept a step further this year, by using multiple gliders for a single survey. In a project in May, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, four gliders were used together, supported by USBL positioning (for position accuracy) from a manned surface vessel. The gliders were mounted with PAM, CTD sensors, FDOM fluorometer, laser methane and METS methane sensors and a Sonardyne USBL system.USBL positioning helps to mitigate positioning

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Interventek Secures $1.3m Order from PRT Offshore

has secured recent orders in excess of £1 million ($1.3 million) for itsRevolution in-riser shear and seal safety valve.The orders represent repeat business, from Louisiana based Professional Rental Tools LLC (PRT Offshore) to support well completion and intervention operations in the Gulf of Mexico.  Interventek will supply its 6.375” 15,000psi working pressure valves to be included in PRT Offshore’s Subsea Safety System.PRT Offshore’s president, Patrick Placer, said, “We have serious ambitions to develop our capability in the subsea landing string market in

The ONR TechSolutions-sponsored scuba binary dive application (SBDA 100) replaces traditional paper logs and automates the logging and submission of dive profiles directly from a dive computer worn by Navy Divers to the Naval Safety Center DJRS database. (U.S. Navy photo by Bobby Cummings)

Navy Divers to Have Automated Logging from Worn Dive Computers

it takes to manually log dives—watching the young guys that have to—at the end of a long 12 to 14-hour-day—come back and manually go through the dive logs and write everything down, and double check it and triple check it,” said Brodeur.During a recent training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, Brodeur, the Naval Experimental Dive Unit and other U.S. Navy divers stationed around the globe had the opportunity to test the technology for the first time.“The designers gave me a crash course on how to operate the technology,” said Chief Navy Diver Marshall Goble, ship repair

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Fugro Secures E&P Support Contracts

Fugro has won three contracts with BHP Petroleum (Deepwater) Inc., which see the company delivering a range of specialist services to support exploration and production operations in Trinidad and Tobago and the Gulf of Mexico.Within Trinidad’s Block 3(a) Fugro is providing geophysical and geotechnical services from dedicated vessels to support the development of the Ruby field. From its deepwater survey vessel, Fugro Searcher, Fugro will conduct 3DHR seismic surveys, seabed clearance and shallow hazards surveys, a flowline corridor survey and a shallow geotechnical survey. For the geotechnical

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Transocean to Buy Ocean Rig in $2.7 Bln Deal

are more costly than onshore work and take years to develop, became less attractive after oil prices fell to below $30 a barrel in 2016.Global crude prices have since recovered to above $70, renewing producer interest in offshore basins around the world, including Brazil and the U.S. and Mexican Gulf of Mexico.The deal would provide Switzerland-based Transocean with nine ultra-deepwater drillships and two semisubmersibles, the company said. Annual cost savings are projected to be about $70 million."The combination of constructive and stable oil prices over the last several quarters, streamlined

Hal Goldie (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Goldie Appointed to Enpro Subsea Board

now being adopted by major and independent operators globally.  The Aberdeen based company delivers flexible subsea solutions to support operators across the life of field from development phase through to decommissioning. Their FAM system was most recently deployed by LLOG Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico on the Crown and Anchor field.Goldie, who is based in Houston, has a career that spans almost 50 years in the oil and gas industry. Having started as an engineering apprentice at Cameron in Scotland in 1969, he rose through the ranks within various divisions in Norway, Middle East, UK and USA

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