Technology Exclusives

Construction of Blue Ocean Drilling’s jackup units is underway at China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding yard. (Source: Blue Ocean Drilling)

Blue Ocean Drilling is set to make its market splashdown in 2016 with new rigs and new approach.

As the oil and gas industry works through tough times, focus on safety and compliance is fueling growth.

Today’s conditions also present a chance for different players to come together, identify challenges, find solutions and spread knowledge.

Exploration work is also moving along at a steady pace, with appraisal drilling and seismic shoots ongoing.

Round One makes available 169 blocks with more than 18 Bboe in prospective resources and proven and probable reserves.

Technology Completion

A process called forward-osmosis is applied to clean water used in hydraulic fracturing.

Researchers estimate that for every gallon of water used to frac for natural gas, Texas saved 33 gallons of water by using that gas for electricity generation.

Technology Contracts

Technip has been awarded by Stone Energy Corp. both a flexible pipe supply contract and an installation contract for the Amethyst Field.

The contract calls for the EPCC work associated with expansion of LNG storage and shipping facilities at the Petronas LNG Complex.

BG Group has entered an agreement with GasLog Ltd. for GasLog to acquire two modern tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carriers; BG Group will charter back the two vessels.

Ennsub was responsible for the design and supply of all equipment, including downline recovery winches, remote disconnect heads and isolation plugs. 

The order is for electro-hydraulic, steel tube umbilicals totaling approximately 14.3 km (8.9 miles) in length, umbilical termination assemblies, hydraulic and chemical distribution units, electrical distribution units, flying leads, and junction plates, the release said.

Technology Digital

Success calls for technology investment despite industrywide cutbacks and high costs, according to panelists.

Companies embrace prescriptive analytics to improve production.

Data-driven models can shed light on factors that influence operations.

The push to exploit big data and apply analytics comes as operators work to increase production.

Technology Equipment

The unit features flow rates of 30 bbl per minute and a configuration of proprietary pumps, valves and hosing, the release said.

The drillship, which can accommodate a 20,000-psi BOP system, has been designed in full compliance with the ABS Guide for the Classification of Drilling Systems.

The company began discussions earlier this year with some contractors to lower rig rates and other services, CFO Mario Beauregard said in a telephone interview. 

Following successful first oil in November 2014 and completion of the 72-hour continuous production test in early December 2014, PRN goes into effect retroactively to Nov. 28, 2014.

As part of the contract extension, Ocean Rig will adjust the existing day rate of the drillship contract in exchange for Eni agreeing to enter two new contracts for one or more of Ocean Rig’s available drillships in West Africa.

Technology Operations

Saudi Arabia won’t balance global crude markets by itself even as prices fall “too low for everybody” and threaten investment needed to satisfy long-term demand, the head of Saudi Arabian Oil Co. said.

This lift establishes the record for the largest jacket lifted by the vessel to date. 

Following the split of Aker Solutions, subsurface consultancy Aker Geo will operate under the First Geo brand with immediate effect, according to a news release.

The Saudis are keeping an eye on investments in fuel efficiency and renewable energy, according to Francisco Blanch, Bank of America Corp.’s head of global commodity research.

This is the largest foundation installation campaign offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.

Technology People

Paul Davison had served as one of the company’s independent nonexecutive directors since May 2007. 

Gary Luquette has been appointed president and CEO of ​Frank’s International, succeeding D. Keith Mosing.

MDU Resources Group Inc. has announced that Pat O’Bryan will become CEO of its Fidelity Exploration & Production Co.

Stephen Riney will be appointed as executive vice president and CFO for Apache Corp., the company said in a news release. He is scheduled to begin in February.

​PIRA Energy Group founder Gary Ross stepped down as the energy research firm’s CEO on Jan. 22, allowing COO Gemma Postlethwaite to take the helm of the 39-year-old organization.

Technology Regulations

PASA is expecting to receive revised environmental management programs from Falcon and Bundu at the end of February.

The White House on Sunday said it would ask Congress to designate “core areas” of the 19.8 million-acre refuge as wilderness, including its 1.5 million-acre coastal plain that geologists believe lies atop a rich oil reserve.

The Kyzyloi contract area has been increased by 56% to 449 sq km (173 sq miles).

With production of 9.5 MMbbl/d and exports of 7 million, Saudi Arabia accounts for more than a 10th of global supply and a fifth of crude sold internationally.

A Labour Party amendment to the Infrastructure Bill working its way through Parliament will mean barring hydraulic fracking unless 13 gaps in regulation are filled, it said in a statement.