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Gulf of Mexico

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Opito strengthens safety team in Gulf of Mexico

Opito has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new approvals manager to meet the rising demand of accredited offshore workers. The industry body, which now has 13 approved training centres in the Gulf of Mexico, has accredited an estimated 25,000 workers this year. Richard Edwards, a former firefighter and US Coastguard, has joined Opito’s international office in Houston.

Events

Oil experts to chew over 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster in Aberdeen next week

Oil industry experts will chew over the causes of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster at an event in Aberdeen next week. The blowout of BP’s Macondo well killed 11 men, caused serious ecological damage and cost the company billions. John Turley, whose career included a stint as Gulf Coast drilling manager for Marathon Oil, has poured over petroleum engineering data during the well’s final hours to come up with an explanation for the explosion.

Oil & Gas

Shell FPSO sets sail from Singapore

Oil major Shell’s Turritella FPSO (floating production storage and offloading unit) has set sail from Singapore bound for the Gulf of Mexico. It will head to the Stones Project, 200miles southwest of New Orleans, in the Walker Ridge area. The vessel set sail from Singapore earlier this month and will connect to subsea infrastructure in water depths of 9500ft.

Americas

Pemex evacuates platform after gas leak

Pemex was forced to evacuate its Sihil A platform in the Gulf of Mexico after a gas leak was detected. Mexico’s state-owned company confirmed 85 workers had been evacuated. The leak was believed to have started at 9pm local time. Pemex confirmed there was no fire or injuries as a result of gas leak.

Oil & Gas

Technip wins subsea contract for Gulf of Mexico Stones project

Technip has been awarded a contract from Shell Offshore for the development of subsea infrastructure for the Stones project in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said included in the service are two subsea production tie-backs to the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The Stones field is located in the Walker Ridge area in the US Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 2,930metres along the pipelay route.

Oil & Gas

Freeport-McMoran hits pay in Gulf of Mexico

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has made an oil find in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said initial production from the Horn Mountain Deep well is expected in the first half of 2017. The well alongside two follow-on development wells in the region may be capable of producing up to 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Opinion

Opinion: Black marks for Black Elk – Too little too late?

In Texas, there’s an expression for action that comes too late: it’s like closing the barn door after the horses have run away. I found myself thinking of the term as I read the recent indictment of Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations. In this case, the barn is the Gulf of Mexico, where Black Elk operated for years despite regulators’ repeated warnings about safety violations by the company. The horses are Black Elk executives who left the company a year ago and sold off Black Elk’s shallow water operations long before the indictment came down. None of the executives were named in it. The indictment stems from a Nov. 16, 2013 explosion at a Black Elk rig in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Three workers died and several others were severely burned, including Renato Dominguez, a maintenance worker assigned to the rig.

Oil & Gas

Chevron’s Big Foot output delayed until at least 2018

Chevron has ruled out any output from its deepwater Big Foot project until at least 2018 as the oil major continues to investigate the cause of a setback at its facility. A total of nine tendons sunk to the sea floor after initially losing buoyancy. The Big Foot deepwater oil project in the Gulf of Mexico had been months away from a planned initial startup for later in the year.

Americas

Enterprise sells GoM assets in $1.5billion deal

Enterprise Products Partners has sold their offshore Gulf of Mexico pipelines and services business to Genesis Energy in a $1.5billion deal. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of this year. The company’s assets in the region include ownership interest in nine crude oil pipeline systems and interest in six offshore hub platforms.

Oil & Gas

Shell receives permission to develop giant Gulf of Mexico field

Royal Dutch Shell has been granted permission to develop the Appomattox deepwater oil and gas field in the Gulf of Mexico, set to be the energy giant's largest floating platform in the region. The Appomattox project, 80 miles off the coast of Louisiana, is expected to reach peak production of around 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, Shell said in a statement on Wednesday.

Oil & Gas

Exxon, Chevron clear to bid on Mexican shallow-water blocks

Mexico approved 19 companies and seven groups to bid on 14 shallow-water exploration blocks as the country prepares to allow private producers to drill in its waters for the first time since 1938. Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., and Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., were among the companies that Mexico’s oil regulator, known as CNH, cleared to develop an estimated 80,000 daily crude barrels in the Gulf of Mexico, Commissioner Juan Carlos Zepeda said in a live feed of the meeting. Some 34 companies applied to pre-qualify for the July 15 auction.

Americas

McDermott International wins Chevron Gulf of Mexico contract

McDermott International (MDR) have been awarded a "sizeable" contract to transport and install subsea umbilicals, manifolds, jumpers and flying leads for Chevron. The contract is to support the brownfield expansion of the Jack and St Malo fields in the US Gulf of Mexico. The value of the award is included in McDermott's first quarter 2015 backlog.

Oil & Gas

BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips form alliance on Gulf of Mexico discoveries

Oil major Chevron has joined forces with BP and ConcoPhillips to explore and appraise 24 jointly-held leases in the Gulf of Mexico. The companies will combine their efforts on moving two Paleogene discoveries closer to development and provide expanded exploration into the emerging market. Under the agreement, BP will sell to Chevron half of its current equity interest in the Gila and Tiber fields.