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March 2011 Issue

Rosneft, BP Form Arctic Strategic Alliance
BP plc (London, England) and the state-owned oil company Rosneft (Moscow, Russia) announced in January that they have agreed to a strategic global and Arctic alliance.

The two companies have agreed to explore and develop three license blocks—EPNZ 1, 2, 3—on the Russian Arctic continental shelf. These licences were awarded to Rosneft in 2010 and cover approximately 125,000 square kilometers in a prospective area of the South Kara Sea.

The agreement is the first major equity-linked partnership between a national and international oil company.

BP and Rosneft have also agreed to establish an Arctic technology center in Russia that will work with leading Russian and international research institutes, design bureaus and universities to develop technologies and engineering practices for the safe extraction of hydrocarbon resources from the Arctic shelf, the companies said.

BP said the technology center will build on the company’s deep offshore experience with full emphasis on safety, environmental integrity and emergency spill response capability.

Rosneft and BP have agreed to continue their joint technical studies in the Russian Arctic to assess hydrocarbon prospectivity in areas beyond the Kara Sea.


Swire Oilfield Services Establishes Indian Entity
Swire Oilfield Services (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced in January the establishment of an Indian entity headquartered in Mumbai.

Swire Oilfield Services India Private Ltd. commenced operations in January and is the only provider in the area to supply Det Norske Veritas (DNV)-standard cargo-carrying units for rental and sale to the oil and gas industry.

Initially, the focus of operations is on the east coast of India, with a supply base established in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Swire said the base is strategically located in the port city of Kakinada, home to several oil and gas companies and service providers actively exploring and producing in the Krishna Godavari basin. The facility can perform periodic testing, certification and maintenance of the Swire units in accordance with the globally accepted and recognized DNV 2.7-1 standards.

The new company will initially employ four staff in Mumbai. It will offer the full range of Swire modular systems, including A60 cabins, workshop units, freezer units and storage units.


BP Joins Marine Well Containment Co.
BP plc (London, England) announced in February that it has joined four other oil majors in becoming a member of the Marine Well Containment Co. (MWCC).

Among the equipment BP will bring to the MWCC are riser, manifold and containment systems deployed for use during the Deepwater Horizon response. In addition to the transfer of equipment, BP also said it will bring the company’s information and supporting records, drawings, permits, licenses and other technical information it developed throughout the spill response.

These items will be part of the MWCC interim response system aimed at enhancing deepwater safety and environmental protection in the Gulf of Mexico. MWCC companies are involved with the engineering, procurement and construction of equipment and vessels for the system.

In addition to joining MWCC, BP said it is actively involved in efforts to improve prevention, well intervention and spill response. This includes rig inspections and implementation of new requirements for blowout preventer certification and well design.


Atwood Oceanics Orders Ultradeepwater Drillship
Atwood Oceanics Inc. (Houston, Texas) has ordered an ultradeepwater drillship, the Atwood Advantage, from Seoul, South Korea-based Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME), Atwood announced in January.

The drillship is expected to be delivered in September 2013 at a total cost of approximately $600 million, which includes project management, drilling and handling tools, and spares.

The ship will be a dynamically positioned Class 3 dual-derrick drillship rated to operate in water depths up to 12,000 feet and to drill to a depth of 40,000 feet. It will also have enhanced technical capabilities, including a seven-ram blowout preventer, three 100-ton knuckle boom cranes, a 165-ton active heave “tree-running” knuckle boom crane and accommodations for 200 people. Upon delivery, the Atwood Advantage will become the 15th mobile offshore drilling unit owned by the group.


Zenith HT System Passes Trials In ESP Well in Arabian Gulf
Zenith Oilfield Technology’s (Inverurie, Scotland) 500° F high-temperature (HT) gauge has been successfully trialed in an electrical submersible pumps (ESP) well in the Arabian Gulf, the company reported last month in a white paper.

Ongoing trials in the region have found that the HT gauge is capable of monitoring steam flood production wells lifted by ESP during all three phases of the steam cycle, including injecting, soaking and production.

Zenith said its HT system is already extending permanent downhole gauge’s existing temperature limitations on progressing cavity pump wells. Zenith said the gauge has been field-proven in various wells in the Middle East, operating reliably at temperatures of 247° C.

To further push high-temperature technology boundaries, Zenith planned to launch its new XT extreme temperature system at the Middle East Artificial Lift Forum in February. The XT gauge system uses new technologies to push the temperature monitoring boundary up to 500° C.

Prototypes being tested have been seen to operate reliably and accurately at more than 450° C, Zenith said, and the company now has a full calibration and test facility in place in the U.K.


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