Pemex was forced to evacuate a platform in its top producing oilfield after a fire broke out in the machine room.
Gulf of Mexico
Noble said it expects to reduce its headcount for staff working on the Noble Danny Adkins drilling rig in the 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.
Technip has landed a deepwater subsea contract for the Odd Job in the Gulf of Mexico.
Seismic player EMGS has won a $1.5million deal with a company to carry out work in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal, with the unnamed firm, will see data from EMGS' multi-clinet library used at the Daybreak Project in the west of the Gulf.
Shell uncovered 100 million barrels of oil in one of its plays in the Gulf of Mexico.
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 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.
Farstad Shipping has won a new three year contract for its CSV Far Sentinel vessel from Subtec. The vessel will carry out delivery of light construction work and other subsea related activities in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vantage Drilling said its subsidiary will be reducing it headcount at a site in the Gulf of Mexico in a bid to streamline costs. The company said around 135 employees faced losing their jobs with the first round of cuts already started.
Cuba plans to drill exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017 despite current low oil prices, officials from the state oil monopoly said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global logistics specialist Peterson has made a new senior appointment to oversee its Americas operation.
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.
Scottish sand control specialist Darcy has seen its patented down-hole screening technology achieve an industry first following a successful trial with energy giant Statoil.
Seismic survey specialist Dolphin Geophysical has kicked off its first major project in Mexico.
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.
State-owned oil producer Pemex has appointed Houston-based treatment specialist ProSep to deliver a crude blending project on-board a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
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.
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 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.