February’s top news stories

6 March 2019 (Last Updated July 8th, 2020 12:40)

Adnoc awarded $1.36bn contract to NMDC for the Ghasha offshore concession, BHP announced expansion of production at the Atlantis Phase 3 project. Offshore-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February 2019.

February’s top news stories
The project will involve subsea tie back of eight new production wells. Credit: Vince O’Sullivan.

Adnoc awards $1.36bn contract for Ghasha offshore concession

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) awarded an AED5bn ($1.36bn) contract to the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) for the construction of artificial islands to develop, drill and produce gas from the Ghasha offshore concession.

The offshore sour gas fields Hail, Ghasha, Dalma, Nasr and Mubarraz form the Ghasha Concession.

Under the dredging, land reclamation and marine construction contract, NMDC will build ten multiple artificial islands in the first phase of the Ghasha Concession development.


BHP gets $696m funding approval for Atlantis Phase 3 project

BHP is to expand production at the Atlantis Phase 3 project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, after securing board approval for $696m in funding.

The latest development comes after BP was sanctioned as the operator of the project last month.

Located 208km off the coast of Louisiana, US, the project will involve subsea tie-back of eight new production wells that will be drilled and completed to access infill resource opportunities.

It will make use of existing infrastructure, production ullage and marketing agreements.


Askelos to advance R&D into digital twin technology with OGTC funding

The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) awarded funding to Askelos to advance research and development (R&D) into digital twin technology for the oil and gas industry.

Akselos’ software has been developed for the operation of any large-scale asset and will generate digital twins of pressure vessels to produce accurate predictions for maintenance and inspection.

By combining this with robotics inspections, the software will allow accurate validation of the structural integrity and fitness for service.


Aker to build digital replica of Nova production system

Engineering company Aker Solutions is set to build a complete digital replica of Wintershall’s Nova production system in the Norwegian North Sea for data-driven engineering, production and maintenance decisions.

Discovered in 2012, the Nova field is situated in the Quadrant 35 area and a majority of the discovery is located in production licence PL 418, with a possible extension into PL 378.

As part of two separately signed agreements, Aker Solutions will provide a fully interactive digital replica of the integrated Nova production system.


BP starts first gas production from Angelin project offshore Trinidad

BP Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT) started production of first gas from its Angelin development located 60km off the south-east coast of Trinidad at a water depth of 65m.

The third major project to begin production for BP worldwide this year, Angelin was originally discovered by the El Diablo well in 1995 and includes a new platform and four wells.

The start-up of Angelin follows Constellation in the US Gulf of Mexico and the second stage of the West Nile Delta development offshore Egypt.


Rockwell and Schlumberger enter automation joint venture

US industrial automation and information specialist Rockwell Automation announced a joint venture agreement with oilfield services company Schlumberger.

The companies described the new entity, Sensia, as ‘the first fully integrated digital oilfield automation solutions provider’. The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.

Sensia will offer a range of measurement solutions and automation services to the oil and gas industry. These services include scalable, Cloud and edge-enabled process automation and lifecycle management automation solutions (known collectively as the Connected Enterprise), helping oil and gas companies to operate efficiently.


UK geologists say North Sea could open for oil and gas exploration

Geologists at the University of Aberdeen in the UK claimed that North Sea volcanoes that were earlier thought to contain magma could actually hold oil and gas reserves.

Geologists have discovered a 7,000m² swathe of the North Sea area, which was dismissed as a potential area for oil and gas exploration because of so-called ‘phantom’ volcanoes.

The area previously known as the Rattray Volcanic Province was thought to contain the remains of three volcanoes that erupted 165 million years ago.


MFDevCo signs agreement with Siemens to develop marginal gas fields

Nu-Oil and Gas’ subsidiary Marginal Field Development Company (MFDevCo) entered a collaboration agreement with Siemens’ Dresser-Rand business to develop marginal gas fields.

MFDevCo is establishing strategic collaborations with companies to deliver opportunities it is pursuing as part of its gas-to-wire (GTW) initiative for developing the fields.

GTW is part of the company’s overall strategy to increase the resources’ recovery and value within fields that are currently considered stranded or marginal.


US BOEM to launch oil and gas lease sale for Gulf of Mexico

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is set to offer 78 million acres for a regionwide lease sale that would include all unleased areas available in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Scheduled for March, the latest gas Lease Sale 252 comes in support of President Donald Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy and will include 14,696 unleased blocks.

Located from three to 231 miles offshore in the Gulf’s Western, Central and Eastern planning areas, the blocks lie in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,115ft.


JFO and First Subsea launch technology for decommissioning projects

James Fisher Offshore (JFO) and First Subsea partnered to launch a new cut-and-lift product for the global oil and gas industry’s decommissioning projects.

The new one-component Internal Cut and Lift Technology (ICLT) system is the result of collaboration between First Subsea and JFO, which is part of James Fisher and Sons.

As part of the collaboration, the companies have combined their water abrasive jet cutting technology and ball and taper Internal Lifting Tools (ILT) to offer the new solution for the complex removal of subsea infrastructure.