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ADNOC and CNOOC will explore multiple new opportunities for collaboration across the upstream and downstream sectors in the UAE and China. The deal calls for CNOOC to get 1.5 mtpa of gas from the Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project over the next 13 years. The project is the first onshore LNG development for the coastal East African nation. The Hess-operated field, which drew first oil in January, is expected to produce 80,000 BOPD as production ramps up this year.
Lankhorst Ropes provided slings to Seaway 7 for a heavy-lift project on Shell’s Dolphin platform offshore Trinidad and Tobago. Shell contracted the installation of a permanent living quarter module on the facility, which it acquired from Chevron in 2017. McDermott will provide EPC, hookup, and commissioning of the Cassia C topsides, a jacket, and a bridge to link Cassia C with the existing Cassia B platform. First gas from the Cassia C platform, which will help maintain production rates to the Atlantic LNG terminal, is expected in 2021. The Matapal project, which will tie back to the Juniper platform, will come on stream in 2022.
McDermott will provide EPC, hookup, and commissioning of the Cassia C topsides, a jacket, and a bridge to link Cassia C with the existing Cassia B platform. GATE Energy is the most recent contract awardee for Noble Energy’s Leviathan project offshore Israel. It will provide the commissioning of the production platform for the megaproject.
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This is the second EPC contract Bechtel signed for Port Arthur LNG. Final investment decision is expected this year. Approximately $200 billion in projects worldwide are racing to be approved over the next 2 years. The race is not just to make FIDs on projects, but also to enter FEED work to lock in contractors before others do. Sabine Pass Train 6 gets the nod, Bechtel gets the go-ahead for construction.
TechnipFMC will utilize its service base and umbilical factory in Angola for the EPCI contract. The facility will serve as a hub to support customers and projects in the Angola and Southern Africa region. The startup of a second FPSO will add 115,000 BOPD to the deepwater project offshore Angola, bringing overall production capacity to 230,000 BOPD. Sanctioned in 2014, the project is the largest deepwater offshore development in Angola. It will produce an estimated 230,000 BOPD from six different fields at peak.
After suffering major setbacks, Chevron’s massive Big Foot project finally achieved first oil last November in the US Gulf of Mexico. With the setbacks in the rear-view mirror, project personnel spoke about the challenges. Air Products, BHGE, Norsafe, and Sofec won contracts for Eni’s Coral South FLNG project in Mozambique. A routine maintenance project became more complicated when an ROV inspection exposed unexpected trenching that reduced the holding capacity of the system. As many platforms begin to produce beyond their design life, maintenance of mooring systems becomes more critical.
The field startup is Hurricane’s first step to actualizing its potentially considerable resources in the UK North Sea. Lancaster is expected to produce an average of 17,000 BOPD by the end of the year. Logistical work is taking place in advance of subsea installation activities, which have the large UK North Sea field on track for first oil in 2019.
Phase 1 production from the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico field is expected to reach 30,000 BOPD. The field contains an estimated 5 billion bbl of oil in place. LLOG’s subsea pipeline tiebacks and structures connecting the Stonefly development to the Ram Powell platform are scheduled to be installed in Q3 2019.
Sandvik and Van Oord’s announcements come a week after oil major BP said it’s slashing 10,000 jobs. Phase 1 of the North Sea megaproject—Norway’s largest offshore development since the 1980s—has come on stream. Johan Sverdrup is expected to produce 660,000 BOPD at its peak. Aker BP expects the unmanned facility, a further development of the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea, to recover 60 million BOE. Startup is expected sometime this fall.