South America

Jumbo contracted to transport FSRU from Batam to Brazil

HEAVY Lift specialist Jumbo has been awarded the contract for the transportation and Installation of a FSRU Mooring System including riser and umbilical, off the coast of Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil Jumbo’s Offshore division was awarded the contract by Sapura to perform the transportation and installation of the FSRU’s Mooring System as well as project management and engineering services. The mooring system comprises an anchor base and a rotating yoke arm

P-66 FPSO sets sail for Lula field

THE floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) P-66 has successfully sailed from the Brasfels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro. It is now heading to the Lula Sul module in the Lula field, Santos Basin pre-salt, where it is expected to arrive in the next few days. The production system will come online after the vessel has been moored and the first production well has been connected. 

FPSO work for Aqualis in Brazil

AQUALIS Offshore has been awarded contracts to provide marine warranty services to three different FPSO projects in Brazil. Modec has appointed the marine and offshore engineering consultancy to act as marine warranty surveyor for the integration of the MV29 FPSO at BrasFELS shipyard in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BrasFELS, meanwhile, has appointed Aqualis Offshore to provide marine warranty services for the marine operations and departure of the P-66 and P-69

Karoon moves to find new Echidna partner

KAROON Gas Australia Ltd has moved to buy out its financially troubled JV partner in its core exploration area off the coast of Brazil. The company recently announced it has entered into a binding Sale and Purchase for Pacific Exploration and Production Corp.’s 35% equity interest in the jointly held Santos Basin exploration blocks S‐M‐1037, S‐M‐1101, S‐M‐1102, S‐M‐ 1165 and S‐M‐1166 for up to US$20.5 million. The Agreement to acquire

Petrobras and Statoil in US$2.5 B block deal

BRAZILIAN oil and gas giant Petrobras has received board approval to sell sale the company’s stake in exploration block BM-S-8 to Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás Ltda for US$2.5 billion. Petrobras said the transaction comes about as a result of a competitive bidding process and represents a significant development in the strategic partnership between the two companies, which have already signed cooperation agreements for technological development in offshore E&P. Block

Technip-DOF pipelay vessel commences Petrobras contract

TECHNIP and DOF Subsea’s 50/50 owned affiliate TechDof Brasil AS has taken final delivery of the pipe-lay support vessel (PLSV) Skandi Açu which will undertake a major project of the coast of Brazil. The vessel has been approved for hire by Petrobras and has commenced an eight-year charter contract. It is the first of four PLSVs fixed on long-term charters with Petrobras which were awarded to the joint venture between

Technip received contract extension in Brazil

SERVICES company Technip has signed a four year extension of its five-year initial contract with Petrobras S.A. for its flexible pipes logistic base (BAVIT), located in Vitória, Brazil. Extended at the end of April, the initial contract was signed in January 2011. Technip said the scope covers storage, handling, inspection, testing, load-out (two simultaneous vessel load-out points), internal cleaning and maintenance of flexible pipes. With a handling capacity of 300

Otis installation complete

MCDERMOTT International has completed the installation scope for the Otis development in the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of LLOG Exploration Offshore. McDermott’s Lay Vessel North Ocean 105 (LV 105) completed the deepwater subsea tieback from the Otis well in Mississippi Canyon 79 to the Delta House floating production system in water depths ranging from 3,861 feet to 4,420 feet. The scope of work consisted of project management, engineering, and

Keppel delivers on rigs for Grupo R

KEPPEL Offshore & Marine subsidiary Keppel FELS Limited recently delivered two jackup rigs to Mexican company, Grupo R. Built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design, the rigs, CANTARELL I and CANTARELL II, will be chartered to PEMEX, Mexico’s national oil company, for operations in the Cantarell oilfield offshore Mexico. They are the first two of five jackup rigs that Keppel is building for Grupo R. Keppel managing director Wong

Shell starts Parque das Conchas

OIL PRODUCTION has started from the third phase of the Shell-operated Parque das Conchas development, in the Campos basin offshore Brazil. When underway, the project is expected to add up to 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day at peak production, from fields that have already produced more than 100 million barrels since 2009. Shell executive vice president of deepwater Wael Sawan said the start of production had occurred safely