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October 2011 Issue

Survey Finds Industry Concern over Reduced R&D Investment
A survey conducted at the Offshore Europe conference suggests most oil and gas professionals are concerned about less spending on research and development (R&D) and the impact it may have on the sector's growth.

In the September survey, 74 percent of participants said reduced investment would have a negative impact on the sector, while 26 percent said there would be few or no consequences if companies fail to act.

The poll forms part of a survey being conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by global independent technical advisor GL Noble Denton (Hamburg, Germany). It will contribute to a report that will be published in January. For more information, visit www.gl-nobledenton.com.

Shell Discovers Deepwater Oil Offshore French Guiana
As part of the joint venture operated by Tullow Oil plc (London, England), Shell (Hague, Netherlands) confirmed in September an oil discovery in the Guyane Maritime permit about 150 kilometers offshore French Guiana.

The GM-ES-1 well is being drilled in a water depth of more than 2,000 meters. To date, the drill reached a depth of 5,711 meters and has encountered more than 70 meters of net oil pay in two objectives. The joint venture plans to drill ahead to the planned target depth. For more information, visit www.shell.com.

Momentum Installs 300-Ton Structure Using Jackup Rig
Momentum (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) recently completed the installation of the DANA lightweight structure in 50 meters of water for PCPP, a joint venture between Petronas Carigalli (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), PetroVietnam (Hanoi, Vietnam) and Pertamina (Jakarta, Indonesia).

Momentum loaded the structure onto a barge and installed the structure with a jackup rig. Similar installations are often done with a more expensive derrick barge, Momentum said. The combined weight of the jacket, platform and boat landing was 300 tons. For more information, visit www.momentumdubai.com.

Study Factors Climate Change Into Oil Spill Risk Analysis
BOEMRE published in August a report evaluating how climate change may affect the environmental conditions measured and used in mathematical modeling for oil spill trajectory analysis in the Arctic region. The study is available at http://bit.ly/pPrtK7.

The two-year study included a literature review of the most recent oceanographic information on the Arctic, particularly with respect to the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, and focused on the effects of climate change on sea ice, circulation, river discharge and other environmental conditions in the Alaskan Arctic.

The report recommends that BOEMRE compiles a data archive that includes information on atmospheric, sea ice and oceanic conditions in the U.S. Arctic in order to document major environmental changes. Other recommendations include that the agency conduct analyses to determine how the expected path of a hypothetical oil spill may change with respect to changes in climate variability and to run multiple hindcast models using statistics over a five-year period. For more information, visit www.boemre.gov.

Rosneft, Exxon Mobil Sign Deal To Develop Arctic, Black Sea
Rosneft (Moscow, Russia) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (Irving, Texas) plan to undertake joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources in Russia, the companies announced in August.

The agreement includes approximately $3.2 billion for exploration of East Prinovozemelskiy blocks 1, 2 and 3 in the Kara Sea and the Tuapse License Block in the Black Sea.

The agreement also provides Rosneft with an opportunity to gain equity interest in a number of Exxon Mobil's prospects in North America, including deepwater Gulf of Mexico and tight oil fields in Texas, as well as additional opportunities in other countries. The companies have also agreed to conduct a joint study on developing tight oil resources in Western Siberia.

The companies will create an Arctic Research and Design Center for Offshore Developments in St. Petersburg, Russia, that will be staffed by Rosneft and Exxon Mobil employees. The center will use proprietary Exxon Mobil and Rosneft technology and will develop new technology to support the joint Arctic projects, including drilling, production and ice-class drilling platforms. For more information, visit www.rosneft.com or www.exxonmobil.com.

Overhead Crane Used for FPSO Mooring System
A J.D. Neuhaus (Sparks, Maryland) overhead crane was recently used for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) mooring system for Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd. (Lagos, Nigeria), with the design and building contracted to Bardex Corp. (Goleta, California).

Instead of procuring 16 separate chain jack tensioning systems, one unit per corner of the FPSO was used, along with a system of four overhead cranes that would move one chain jack tensioning system for use in all four corners of the FPSO. The specially designed mooring system also included 16 fairlead stoppers each weighing in at almost 25 tons. J.D. Neuhaus supplied a hydraulically powered overhead crane with a hoist lift capacity of 18 tons. For more information, visit www.jdneuhaus.com.

ITF Seeks Technology Proposals for AU$9 Million in Investments
ITF (Aberdeen, Scotland) has opened two offices in the Asia-Pacific region and plans to invest 9 million Australian dollars in new technologies over the next four years, the company announced in August.

ITF is opening bases in Perth, Australia, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company issued a call for proposals for subsea technologies, asking for technology solutions to address challenges identified by ITF's 28 member companies. Specific areas of interest include subsea power, flow assurance, subsea separation, temperature management, pipeline integrity management and cost reduction, low-cost intervention and specific Australian regional challenges. For more information, visit www.oil-itf.com.


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