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2018:  MARCH

October 2017 Issue

Well-Safe Solutions Acquires
Intervention Project Management

A major new entrant to North Sea decommissioning has made its first acquisition. Well-Safe Solutions has acquired Intervention Project Management (IPM) for an undisclosed sum.

IPM’s founder and managing director, Phil Milton, has been appointed CEO of Well-Safe Solutions.

IPM provides independent engineering, project management and consultancy services to the global oil and gas industry, specializing in well intervention, including plug and abandonment, and production optimization.

Well-Safe Solutions offers a specialist well abandonment service that will allow operators to meet the challenges and regulatory imperatives of decommissioning.

Lease Sale 249 Offers Record
Amount of Acreage in Gulf

Lease Sale 249, livestreamed from New Orleans, generated $121,143,055 in high bids for 90 tracts covering 508,096 acres in U.S. federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The sale offered approximately 76 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development. This is the largest amount of acreage offered in the history of the federal offshore program in the Gulf, including parcels offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Lease Sale 249 is the first offshore sale under the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017 to 2022.

In June 29, a public comment period was announced for a new National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019 to 2024. The 2017 to 2022 Program will continue to be executed until the new National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program is complete.

Draft EIS on Hilcorp’s
Development, Production Plan

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing the possible environmental impacts of the activities proposed in an offshore oil and gas development and production plan (DPP) submitted to BOEM by Hilcorp Alaska LLC in September 2015. The publication of the draft EIS opens a 90-day public comment period, which extends through November 18. The draft EIS and instructions for commenting are at www.boem.gov/liberty.

In its DPP, Hilcorp proposes to build a small artificial gravel island in the shallow (19 ft.) federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, about 20 mi. east of Prudhoe Bay. Hilcorp plans to install a “pipe-in-pipe” subsea pipeline to deliver oil to shore. The offshore portion of the pipeline will be laid in a trench, then buried. It will include automatic leak detection and temperature monitoring technology. Onshore, the pipeline would connect with the Badami pipeline, which connects with the existing oil and gas infrastructure at Prudhoe Bay.

Hilcorp’s DPP commits to several actions to minimize disruption to subsistence activities of Alaska Native communities, including whaling.

Virginia Governor Joins Opposition to Drilling Expansion Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, has expressed opposition to offshore drilling off Virginia’s coast.

The current five-year offshore drilling plan, finalized last year by President Barack Obama after a multiyear process, did not include any opportunities to drill in the Atlantic Ocean. Obama took additional steps to protect the Atlantic Ocean, using section 12a of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently protect portions of the ocean from drilling. President Donald Trump signed an executive order this spring directing the Interior Department to revisit the plan with the goal of expanding drilling off U.S. coasts.

McAuliffe joins a bipartisan group of East Coast governors who have urged the Trump administration not to expand drilling in the Atlantic, including the governors of Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina, according to the Sierra Club.

Belize PM Commits
To Moratorium on Offshore Oil

Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially announced his administration’s commitment and plan to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil activity in Belize’s territorial sea, including its Exclusive Economic Zone.

The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage welcomed this decision and saw it as a commitment by the government of Belize to fully incorporate the value of natural resources in developing a sustainable economy.

In response to a request by the coalition, Barrow has agreed that a draft bill will be provided to the coalition in advance to allow time for comment prior to presentation in the House of Representatives October 2017.

Barrow further committed to ensuring that the moratorium is fully legislated by November of this year.

Trelleborg Supplies
Product Suite for Prelude

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied a suite of products to Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility, the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Prelude, which is 488 m long, 74 m wide and made with more than 260,000 tons of steel, will extract and liquefy natural gas from a site in northwest Australia.

Trelleborg supplied its gas transfer technology and SafePilot navigational and piloting systems for Prelude.

N-Sea Supports Subsea Soft Yoke
Installation in Cameroon

N-Sea has begun work in the Cameroonian offshore market via a contract win with the Dutch offshore lifting and transportation company Jumbo Offshore. Phase one was completed in mid-July.

The project is part of the Hilli Episeyo subsea soft yoke installation. N-Sea’s workscope comprises diving and ROV support and performance of all subsea installation of the soft yoke system.

The activity N-Sea will perform on the floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) mooring and loading facility includes seabed measuring, mattress placement, anchor base and pile positioning support and pile sleeve sediment removal. Final connection between the yoke and FLNG will be undertaken by N-Sea later in 2017.

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