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2018:  MARCH

September 2017 Issue

BOURBON to Support
Autonomous Prototype Vessel

BOURBON has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Automated Ships Ltd. to support the building of the world’s first autonomous, fully automated prototype vessel for offshore operations, in collaboration with the project’s primary technology partner, Kongsberg.

BOURBON will provide detailed input to the development and design of the Hrönn project.

In the second phase of the project, BOURBON and ASL will join forces to search the subsidies to finance the effective construction of the prototype.

Hrönn is a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, hydrographic, scientific and offshore fish-farming industries. It can also be utilized as an ROV and AUV support ship and standby vessel.

Hrönn’s sea trials will take place in Norway’s automated vessel test bed in the Trondheim fjord under the auspices of DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

Two Seadrill Rig Contracts
For Santos Exploration

Statoil Brasil Oleo e Gas Ltda has awarded Seadrill two rig contracts for exploration drilling in the BM-S-8 license in the Santos Basin.

Seadrill Offshore AS will provide the drillship West Saturn, and Seadrill Serviços de Petroleo Limitada will provide services on board. The fixed contract scope includes one exploration well and one drill stem test, which are part of the license commitments of the exploration phase.

Proserv to Perform Variety
Of Services in Asia-Pacific

Proserv has been awarded a series of contracts for its well severance, platform and FPSO decommissioning services in the Asia-Pacific region.

The contracts have been awarded by Premier Oil in Indonesia; Chevron, through Baker Hughes, in the Gulf of Thailand; BHP, through Fugro, in Australia; and PCPP Operating Co., through Sapura Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

Proserv will provide abrasive cutting, cold cutting and dredging services using its wide portfolio of products and technologies. The company will also develop custom tooling solutions to support client engineering and decommissioning challenges.

Contract Extensions for Three
Pipelay Support Vessels

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of contract extensions for three pipelay support vessels (PLSVs) currently on long-term day-rate contracts offshore Brazil.

The firm contract periods for the Seven Waves, Seven Rio and Seven Sun will now end respectively in the second quarter of 2021, the third quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2022. The extensions have the same day rates and commercial terms as the original contracts.

Imaging Supports Private
Offshore Well in Mexico

ION Geophysical Corp.’s imaging services supported the historic Zama-1 discovery offshore Mexico made by Talos Energy LLC and its partners. Zama-1 is the first offshore exploration well drilled by the private sector in Mexico’s history and is estimated to hold 1.4 billion to 2.0 billion barrels of oil in place.

ION closely collaborated with Talos to reprocess and reimage data over Talos’s blocks offshore Mexico.

New Decom Company Forms
With Private, Public Funding

A new company, Well-Safe Solutions, has formed to offer a specialist well abandonment service that allows operators to meet the challenges and regulatory imperatives around decommissioning, while significantly reducing costs. The company aims to attract £200 million in investment and create 400 new jobs.

In addition to private funding, Well-Safe has secured funding from Scottish Enterprise, including investment from the Scottish Investment Bank and a regional selective assistance grant.

Expro to Provide Subsea,
Well Test Services in North Sea

Expro has been awarded a substantial contract from global oil and gas company Maersk Oil for the provision of subsea and well test services on two offshore units in the North Sea.

The contract will extend the longstanding partnership between the two companies until 2020 for well abandonment services on two rigs for a 26-well campaign across the Janice, James, Affleck and Leadon North developments in the central North Sea.

Crowley Vessels Help Tow-Out,
Installation of Gulf TLP

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ocean class tugboats and 455-series barges played an integral role in the safe, successful tow-out and installation of Hess’s Stampede tension-leg platform (TLP) in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf.

Demonstrating both nearshore and offshore capabilities, six Crowley vessels worked together alongside other third-party assets to deliver the oversized, overweight platform, tendons and other equipment from the Kiewit facility in Ingleside, Texas, to the site of the Stampede floating production facility, about 150 mi. offshore in 3,400 ft. of water.

HR Wallingford Assists
Prelude FLNG Journey

At 488 m long, Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility was towed from the shipyard in South Korea where it was constructed and delivered to a gas field 475 km off the coast of western Australia.

HR Wallingford, using its Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle, created an accurate and detailed navigation simulation of Prelude for Shell, which was used to prepare the tow masters, tug masters and pilots, allowing them to familiarize themselves with a realistic simulation of Prelude maneuvers at sea.

Prelude arrived safely at its destination in the East Browse Basin.

HR Wallingford’s involvement in the project included real-time navigation simulation; positioning and mooring Prelude once on site; conducting berthing and departure simulations of the LNG, LPG and condensate off-take tankers that will moor alongside the FLNG; and providing ongoing pilot and tug master training in the Australia Ship Simulation Centre. HR Wallingford also created and provided to Shell Australia a Web-based decision support tool to assist with operations planning.

2018:  MARCH

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