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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

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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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Scripps Adds Volvo Penta Vessel

all their criteria.”The newest research vessel joins the fleet at Scripps, which is one of the oldest and largest centers for ocean, earth and atmospheric science research, education and public service. The organization’s fleet has plied the waters along the West Coast, Alaska, Indonesia and Mexico, gathering critical data that has helped guide marine industries and governments in making policy decisions.Much of the research work the newest Scripps vessel will conduct requires operating at slow speeds performing tasks like mapping the ocean floor. The ship’s twin catamaran hull provides

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BP Partners with Enpro on FAM Technology

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 an

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 on

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Walter Munk: 1917-2019

munkiana or Munk’s devil ray—a “flying” pygmy devil ray known for its ability to leap out of the water at great heights—and Sirsoe munki, a deep-sea worm. The 2017 documentary Spirit of Discovery follows Munk as he goes on an expedition to Cabo Pulmo in Baja California, Mexico, in search of the mysterious devil rays named after him.Munk’s habit of everyday scholarship never stopped. He remained active in his advisory work with JASON in recent years and he was working on research papers when Scripps was joined by national political and science leaders in celebrating

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

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, Connectivit

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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

Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

. “Numbers of the sea stars have stayed so low in the past three years, we consider them endangered in the southern part of their range, and we don’t have data for northern Alaska.”Since 2013, sea star wasting disease has brought about massive mortality in multiple sea star species from Mexico to Alaska. The East Coast has not been immune, as the disease has affected the shores from New Jersey to New England.Diego Montecino-Latorre, a wildlife epidemiologist with the UC Davis One Health Institute and a co-lead author, said the sunflower sea star continues to decline even in the deepest

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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 60,000

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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 mid-April

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Polarcus Wins 3D Seismic Project Off Mexico

UAE-based marine geophysical company Polarcus announced Thursday it has been awarded a 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore Mexico for an unnamed customer.Polarcus said the project duration is approximately 45-days and is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2019.

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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 – have

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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

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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

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