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2018:  MARCH

May 2017 Issue

North Sea Surveys Using Z700
In April 2017, FairfieldNodal started back-to-back surveys in the North Sea employing its Z700 seismic data acquisition system. Designed for ecologically sensitive environments and shallow waters crowded with infrastructure, the Z700 will provide the repeatable, high-quality data needed for exploration and development projects in the region.

The initial 4D survey covered approximately 325 sq. km on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The second survey, approximately 59 sq. km on the U.K. Continental Shelf, is a repeat of a previous acquisition.

Oil Spill Monitoring
As a Service

Detecting accidental oil releases on and around offshore rigs in real time is crucial. InterOcean is now offering Slick Sleuth Rig Guard Oil Spill Monitoring as a service for owners and operators.

The Slick Sleuth Rig Guard system detects oil on water using optical noncontact sensor technology, which provides users critical early warning for immediate spill response and containment, reducing the risk of fines and cleanup costs. Employing this service ensures that the best available technology is currently installed on operators’ platforms, while eliminating capital outlay and budgeting associated with equipment acquisition and ownership.

UK Oil and Gas Careers
Remain Attractive

Young people living in the U.K.’s key energy hubs preparing for and making choices about their future careers still believe there is a long-term future in the North Sea and want to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, according to a new study.

More than 500 students from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Great Yarmouth, Waveney and Norwich were asked to contribute to the Youth Perception of a Career in the Oil & Gas Industry report conducted by oil and gas industry skills organization OPITO throughout 2016.

The study will help shape national career initiatives in the year ahead. The report shows that 81 percent of respondents are still interested in pursuing a career in the sector. Mirroring the demographics of the industry, more males (82 percent) are attracted to a career in oil and gas compared to females.

BOP Test Tool Gets
OTC New Tech Award

Samoco Oil Tools’ OneTrip Universal BOP Test Tool has been recognized in the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight On New Technology Awards.

Federally mandated testing protocol requires operators to test the integrity of their BOP equipment every 14 days. While operators have complied for years, no one in the industry has been able to complete the test in one trip, until now. OneTrip’s design cuts BOP testing time in half by performing all three required downhole tests in a single trip.

GE Expands into
Takoradi Port, Ghana

GE Oil & Gas opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana, expanding its global footprint and supporting local investment. The company committed to deliver more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years as it seeks to build a world-class team locally.

The facility, to be the primary service center for deepwater offshore projects in Ghana, has a 1,600 sq. m indoor test area that can test three subsea trees simultaneously and 4,000 sq. m of indoor and outdoor storage.

This new infrastructure is already playing a critical role in supporting the installation for Eni’s Offshore Cape Three Points project, for which GE Oil & Gas is supplying subsea and turbomachinery equipment, and will support the local community by providing direct employment opportunities.

Lease Sale 247 in Gulf
Receives 189 Bids

U.S. Interior Department Lease Sale 247 for oil and gas parcels in the Gulf of Mexico garnered $274,797,434 in high bids for 163 tracts covering 913,542 acres in the Central Planning Area of the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A total of 28 offshore energy companies submitted 189 bids. The sum of all bids received totaled $315,303,884.

The lease sale, which included all unleased and nonprotected areas in the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, is the final to be held in the Gulf of Mexico under the current Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 to 2017.

BOEM estimates the lease sale could result in the production of 460 to 890 million barrels of oil and 1.9 trillion to 3.9 trillion cubic ft. of natural gas.

£1 Million to Support
Oil and Gas Innovation

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) and the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) have joined forces to fund and support the development of innovations to reduce costs, raise production efficiency and improve safety and environmental performance.

OGIC has made £1 million available to support companies with projects that require research and development to be undertaken at a Scottish university.

OGIC can fund up to 70 percent of these costs, and ITF can potentially top-up financial support if an innovative project engages the interest of its members.

Accessing Scottish university capability and industry expertise will help developers get their innovations closer to market.

Fugro Boosts Services for
Oil and Gas in Guyana

Fugro will boost its marine site characterization services for the oil and gas industry in the Republic of Guyana with a new strategic alliance with Ground Structures Engineering Consultants Ltd. This will facilitate training for Guyanese citizens and support local economic development.

The professionals employed by Ground Structures are experienced in conventional geotechnical engineering, and their services include site reconnaissance and geologic mapping, subsurface exploration, data analysis and engineering design, specification review and on-site monitoring. Principal consulting fields include environmental management, geotechnical engineering and groundwater hydrology.

2018:  MARCH

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