August's top stories: New Great Australian Bight drill plans, OGA's final award

BP submitted revised plans for drilling in Great Australian Bight, UK's OGA made the final award for offshore exploration licence competition, GE and L&T to manufacture subsea manifolds for deepwater projects in India. Offshore-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from August 2016.


BP submits revised environment plan for drilling in Great Australian Bight

BP Developments Australia submitted a second environment plan to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema) for the proposed drilling campaign in the Great Australian Bight.

On 1 October 2015, the company submitted the first environment plan for the proposed exploration activity to Nopsema for assessment.

The Great Australian Bight is located off the central and western portions of the southern coastline of mainland Australia.

NRC to provide oil spill response equipment assistance for EMSA

NRC subsidiary Sureclean has secured a contract to provide a new oil spill response equipment assistance service for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Oldmeldrum, near Aberdeen, Scotland.

The company will maintain and store EMSA’s equipment and ensure its readiness for mobilisation any time in case of an emergency.

Dedicated primarily to offshore oil spill response operations within the North Sea, the equipment includes fire boom, current buster, scan trawl and speed sweep systems.

NPD to develop Byrding discovery in North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) received a plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Byrding discovery within production licence 090 B in the North Sea.  

Formerly known as Astero, the oil and gas discovery in block 35/11 has an estimated volume of recoverable resources of about 1.8 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalents.

The discovery is located 3.8km north of Fram and 27km south-west of Gjøa in water depths of 360m. It is operated by Statoil with a 45% ownership interest.

Ashtead completes subsea integrity management project to support BP’s Quad 204 redevelopment

UK-based Ashtead Technology completed a subsea integrity management project in a bid to support BP’s Quad 204 redevelopment of the Schiehallion, as well as Loyal fields in West of Shetland.

The redevelopment incorporates a new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and will enable the potential recovery of an additional 400 million barrels of resource from the two fields.

As part of the project, the company deployed its new deflection monitoring system (DMS) to capture critical data that is needed to install two subsea manifolds at water depths of 400m.

UK’s OGA makes final award for offshore exploration licence competition

The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) made a final award totalling more than £200,000 in the last stage of its exploration licence competition, launched on 28 January this year.

The competition was launched by the then-Prime Minister David Cameron, as part of a package of government supporting measures for the oil and gas industry to stimulate further interest in offshore oil and gas exploration activity within the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Following the receipt of the award, Australian-based Frogtech, Geoscience Wales and Geop4ysics will complete their new interpretations and products using data acquired during last year’s £20m seismic survey of the Rockall Trough and Mid-North Sea High (MNSH) areas.

GE and L&T to manufacture subsea manifolds for deepwater projects in India

GE and Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) wholly owned subsidiary L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to manufacture subsea manifolds for upcoming deepwater projects in the Krishna-Godavari basin on the east coast of India.

L&T’s modular fabrication facility in the state of Tamil Nadu is spread over an area of 600,000m² and has an annual capacity of 50,000mt.

The facility selected as the production site is equipped with advanced welding and fabrication capabilities, as well as a 150m jetty.

Oxifree Global to unveil new polymelt service gun for oil and gas industry

UK-based Oxifree Global exhibited its new Polymelt Service Gun (SG1) for the oil and gas industry at Offshore Northern Seas (ONS)in Norway.

The SG1 allows asset owners to  fill in small areas of Oxifree TM198 coating, which have been removed for the purpose of carrying out inspections and making maintenance in the field easier.

The newly developed Oxifree TM198, Oxitape and the new SG1 will be used to tackle the global corrosion epidemic, which is a costly challenge for asset owners.

Statoil submitted plan for development and operation for Utgard field in North Sea

Statoil and its partners submitted the plan for development and operation (PDO) and the field development plan (FDP) to Norwegian and UK authorities for its Utgard field in the North Sea.

The company estimates recoverable reserves at the gas and condensate discovery to be 56.4 million barrels of oil equivalent, and capital expenditures at about Nkr3.5bn ($258m).

Utgard was discovered in 1982 and previously known as Alfa Sentral, and is located 21km from the Sleipner field.

Proserv and Klaw Products to offer new service to prevent offshore spills in Middle East

Global technology services company Proserv and Klaw Products joined forces to offer an improved field safety service in order to prevent offshore spills in the Middle East.

Oilfield equipment provider Klaw Products’ breakaway couplings and emergency release systems can be used for the safe transfer of hazardous and non-hazardous material.

Under the agreement, Proserv will offer Klaw’s products across the region and also deliver in-country technical support.

DOF Subsea to provide underwater services to Shell's Prelude FLNG facility

DOF Subsea secured a contract to provide a full-time underwater services and multi-purpose supply vessel (MPSV) to Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility in Western Australia.

The five-year inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) contract has two optional two-year extension periods.

Prelude FLNG will produce, liquefy, store and transfer LNG at sea.