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Lucrative contracts to develop Maersk's giant $4.5billion Culzean gas field were revealed today with Singapore-based shipyard Sembcorp the latest to announce a $1billion agreement to build the topsides for the North Sea mega-development.
The Scottish Government welcomed the £3billion investment by Maersk Oil in the UK – but also urged Chancellor George Osborne to reform North Sea taxes. Energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “Development of the Culzean field brings welcome investment, jobs and supply chain opportunities and, as the largest new field in a decade, it also demonstrates that there remain considerable opportunities to extend production for decades to come.
Energy Voice editor Rita Brown sat down with Maersk Oil chief executive Jakob Thomasen to discuss how the HPHT Cluster Area Allowance helped the firm invest $4.5billion in its North Sea Culzean field, if the government has learned from its 2011 ‘tax grab’ and if any of the 200 jobs at risk with Janice could be saved with the new development.
Maersk Oil today confirmed it would invest $4.5billion in its high pressure, high temperature Culzean field in the UK Central North Sea.
The market for offshore drilling rigs is likely to remain weak for another two years as a slump in oil prices hurts exploration investments, while much-needed industry consolidation remains a distant prospect, the head of Denmark's Maersk Drilling said. With demand plunging and new capacity coming on the market, the cost to an oil company of renting deepwater drilling rigs has fallen by more than half in the last two years, from a peak around $650,000 per day to a current level of around $300,000. Competitors Fred. Olsen Energy FOE.OL, Diamond Offshore Drilling DO.N, Transocean RIGN.VX and Seadrill SDRL.OL have all recently warned of weak markets ahead.
A P Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container line, the world’s biggest, reported a decline in second-quarter profit as freight rates plunged. Maersk Line reported a 7.3 percent drop in net operating profit after tax to $507 million, according to a statement published Thursday. Maersk’s group net income fell to $1.07 billion in the quarter, beating the median estimate of $729 million in a Bloomberg survey of 10 analysts.
The Transocean semi-submersible drilling rigs JW McLean and GSF Arctic III are on their way to scrappers in Turkey.
This stunning footage shows a rig move in Kazakhstan.
Testing and calibration specialist Exova has been awarded a contract to provide materials qualification testing for Maersk Oil.
AP Moeller-Maersk A/S, Denmark’s biggest company, reported first-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates after its shipping line lost market share. Maersk Line, the world’s largest container line, reported a 57 percent jump in first-quarter net operating profit after tax to $714 million, missing the $783 million estimate in a survey conducted by SME Direkt. Maersk Line, which transports about 15 percent of the world’s manufactured goods, said gains from lower fuel costs were dented by a decline in freight rates and volumes.
A British man is on board a cargo ship seized by Iranian authorities. He is one of 24 crew members on the Maersk Tigris, which was in international waters crossing the Strait of Hormuz en route from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to Jebel Ali in the UAE when it was approached and seized by Iranian patrol boats. A spokesman for Denmark-based Maersk said they understand the “crew is safe and under the circumstances in good spirits”. A statement added: “We are continuing our efforts to obtain more information about the Iranian authorities’ seizure - in international waters - of Maersk Tigris. We are not able at this point to establish or confirm the reason behind the seizure.
The PSA (Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority) has found a number of breaches after a lifeboat was unintentionally launched from the mobile unit Maersk Giant earlier this year. The incident, in January, occurred during testing of the lifeboat systems. An investigation by the PSA found if the boat had been released with workers in it, there could have been serious injuries caused or even fatalities. The NSA said during testing, a lifeboat had descended to the sea, with efforts being made to activate the manual brake on the lifeboat winch.
Maersk have launched a new training facility in Kingswells, providing additional training opportunities to oil and gas workers in Aberdeen. Launched this week, the centre aims to complement the training facilities that already exist in the north-east, including the survival centre in Portlethen and the boat training facility in Stonehaven.
The boss of Maersk Oil UK will be returning to Denmark as the firm appoints a new head of its UK business. Martin Rune Pedersen will become head of the Danish firm’s domestic oil business, while Morten Kelstrup will become managing director in Aberdeen from 1 April 2015. Mr Rune Pedersen has been managing director of the business since 2010. He has worked for the firm for 17 years following a career as an officer in the Danish Army.
AP Moeller-Maersk A/S, Denmark’s biggest company, plans to divest its holding in Danske Bank A/S as Chief Executive Officer Nils Smedegaard Andersen focuses on developing the oil and shipping businesses. Maersk stock rose the most in 18 months. Maersk will dispose of its 20.05% stake in Denmark’s largest bank by distributing an extraordinary cash dividend to investors plus offering them the opportunity to buy Danske Bank stock, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The holding is valued at about 35.8 billion kroner ($5.45 billion), based on Danske Bank’s closing price on Tuesday. Since Andersen took over in 2007, Copenhagen-based Maersk has been selling divisions that aren’t part of its main businesses of container shipping, port operations, oil exploration and drilling. Disposals include its stake in a supermarket chain, an unprofitable shipyard and a stake in a ferry operator. The company has more than 1,000 subsidiaries. “The box of chocolates has been opened and the goodies are coming out,” Matthew O’Keeffe, a London-based analyst at Berenberg Equity Research, said in a note, repeating a buy recommendation on Maersk.
Maersk Oil said exploration drilling has started on the Tvillingen South Prospect in the Norwegian Sea. The prospect is located on the Haltenbanken and is approximately 28k southeast of the Kristin field.
Maersk Oil and Gas has hired DNV GL in a multi-million service contract deal for its Culzean project in the UK North Sea. The scope of contract includes Independent Competent Person (ICP) verification, Independent Verification Body (IVB) and Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) work. The team will be managed from a single point in the UK and DNV GL said it will use additional resources and expertise from Maersk’s team in Denmark to deliver the work.
Aberdeen-based PIM (Plant Integrity Management) has landed a contract from Maersk Oil Qatar for its PSV (Pressure Safety Valve) software in the Al Shaheen field. The company has helped deliver PSV management and consultancy systems on 33 platforms in the region.
Another North Sea firm has been sanctioned by safety chiefs following a fire on board one of its offshore facilities.