Shell to Boost LNG Fuel Access in Louisiana, Ontario

LNG-powered Offshore Supply Vessels like this one will support Shell’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Image courtesy of Harvey Gulf International Marine.

Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday unveiled plans to build two small-scale liquefaction units in Ontario and Louisiana as the company looks to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel one step closer to its marine and heavy-duty on-road customers in North America. "These two units will form the basis of two new LNG transport corridors in the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions," … [Read more...]

CNOOC Said to Cede Operating Control of Nexen’s U.S. Gulf Assets

Nexen's Aspen platform in the Golf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Nexen Inc.

By Rebecca Penty and Sara Forden (Bloomberg) -- Cnooc Ltd., China’s largest offshore oil and natural gas producer, was barred from controlling Gulf of Mexico oilfields under U.S. terms for its $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc., people familiar with the matter said. In its purchase of Calgary-based Nexen, Cnooc acquired about 200 deep-water leases in the Gulf with … [Read more...]

DNV Reaches Milestone: Awarded Classification Contract for Gulf of Mexico Newbuild Floater

Opti-ex fpu offshore production facility construction rig

A major milestone was reached today for Norwegian classification society, Det Norske Veritas (DNV).  For the first time ever, DNV has been awarded the classification contract for the Delta House FPS, a Gulf of Mexico-based newbuild floating production semi-submersible. Until today, the American Bureau of Shipping has been the sole provider of such services for these Gulf of … [Read more...]

Allision With Wellhead Causes Geyser in Gulf of Mexico [PHOTO]

U.S. Coast Guard Photo

NEW ORLEANS — The United States Coast Guard on Wednesday said it was responding to a report to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following an allision between a vessel and an inactive wellhead. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy at around 8 p.m., Tuesday about nine miles … [Read more...]

Are Faulty Bolts Threatening Global Offshore Drilling?

GE Hydril LMRP connector

(Bloomberg) -- Deep-water oil exploration has been disrupted from the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil by the discovery of faulty bolts used in safety equipment less than three years after the worst-ever U.S. maritime crude spill. Energy explorers such as Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Transocean Ltd. said they have been directed by U.S. regulators to suspend work aboard … [Read more...]

Body of Missing Worker Found Near Damaged Black Elk Platform

Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire on board West Delta 32 approximately 20 miles offshore Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo: USCG

A body found in the Gulf of Mexico has been identified as that of a Filipino oil worker who went missing after an explosion on an offshore platform Nov. 16. The discovery raised the death toll from the blast to three. The offshore accident was the deadliest since the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. … [Read more...]

Marin Teknikk to Design New Subsea Vessel for Otto Candies

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Louisiana-based Otto Candies said this week that it will be working with Norway's Marin Teknikk on a new subsea support and construction vessel (SSCV) to be built in the USA. Marin Teknikk AS won the contract from Otto Candies to design & engineer the SSCV, which is to be built at the Otto Candies' private shipyard, Candies Shipbuilders, located in Houma, Louisiana. The … [Read more...]