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April 2013 Issue

Fairmount Glacier Delivers Rig From South Korea to Mexico
Fairmount Marine's (Rotterdam, Netherlands) tug Fairmount Glacier has delivered the rig La Muralla IV in Bay of Campeche, Mexico. The rig has been towed from Okpo, South Korea, via Sunda Strait and Cape of Good Hope.

La Muralla IV is a brand new semi-submersible drilling rig for ultradeepwater operations, owned by Grupo R (Mexico City, Mexico). The rig is constructed by Deawoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea). La Muralla IV is designed to drill up to depths of 10,000 meters. The rig has a length of 118.6 meters and a width of 96.7 meters.

Fairmount Glacier hooked up with the rig at the end of October last year offshore the port of Okpo, South Korea. The convoy sailed via Sunda Strait in Cape of Good Hope towards the Gulf of Mexico, where it arrived at the end of February after covering a distance of more than 16,200 miles with an average speed of 6.6 knots.

During the voyage, bunker stops were made in Singapore, Mauritius, Walvis Bay and Cura'ao. At Mauritius, the Fairmount Glacier performed several runs between the port and La Muralla IV to transfer cargo and crew.

Shell to Invest in Two Small-Scale Liquefaction Units
Shell Oil Co. (Houston, Texas) and its affiliates plan to bring LNG fuel one step closer to its marine and heavy-duty on-road customers in North America by taking a final investment decision on two small-scale liquefaction units. These two units will form the basis of two new LNG transport corridors in the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions. This decision follows an investment decision in 2011 on a similar corridor in Alberta, Canada. Shell is also working to use natural gas as a fuel in its own operations.

'Natural gas is an abundant and cleaner-burning energy source in North America, and Shell is leveraging its LNG expertise and integrated strength to make LNG a viable fuel option for the commercial market,' said Marvin Odum, the president of Shell Oil Co.

In the Gulf Coast corridor, Shell plans to install a small-scale liquefaction unit (0.25 million tons per annum) at its Shell Geismar Chemicals facility in Geismar, Louisiana. Once operational, this unit will supply LNG along the Mississippi River, the Intracoastal Waterway and to the offshore Gulf of Mexico and the onshore oil and gas exploration areas of Texas and Louisiana.

To service oil and gas and other industrial customers in Texas and Louisiana, Shell is expanding its existing relationship with fuels and lubricants re-seller Martin Energy Services (Houston). Martin Resource Management Corp. (Kilgore, Texas) and its affiliate Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (Kilgore) will provide LNG terminalling, storage, transportation and distribution.

Shell has a memorandum of understanding with Edison Chouest Offshore companies (Cut Off, Louisiana) to supply LNG fuel to marine vessels that operate in the Gulf of Mexico and to provide what is anticipated to be the first LNG barging and bunkering operation in North America at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The LNG transport barges will move the fuel from the Geismar production site to Port Fourchon where it will be bunkered into customer vessels.

In the Great Lakes corridor, Shell plans to install a small-scale liquefaction unit (0.25 million tons per annum) at its Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre in Sarnia, Canada. Once operational, this project will supply LNG fuel to all five Great Lakes, their bordering U.S. states and Canadian provinces and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Interlake Steamship Co. (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) is expected to be the first marine customer in this region.

Pending final regulatory permitting, these two new liquefaction units are expected to begin operations and production in about three years.

AGR Launches New Division In Australia
AGR (Straume, Norway) has boosted its Australian business with the launch of the new Subsea Project Management division in the region and growth of its existing Perth, Australia-based offer. AGR already offers well management, reservoir management and consultancy services.

With the appointment of David Grant as the senior subsea manager of the newly established business area, AGR broadens its Facilities Solutions division from its current presence in Norway to include the Asia Pacific region. The regional team will offer subsea engineering services and provide field development solutions.

Ferguson Group Moves To Facilities in Singapore
The Ferguson Group (Aberdeenshire, Scotland), specialists in the rental of containers, accommodation modules and workspace modules to the offshore energy industry, has moved to new facilities in Singapore.

The group has relocated its Asian operations to a larger purpose-built facility at the Loyang Offshore Supply Base in the industrial area of Loyang, Singapore.

The new facilities allow the group to offer its range of DNV 2.7-1/ EN 12079 certified offshore containers, refrigeration containers, accommodation and workspace modules to support the Asia Pacific region.

Environmental Impact Drafted For Gulf 225, 226 Lease Sales
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed a draft environmental impact statement for Lease Sales 225 and 226 in the Gulf of Mexico's Eastern Planning Area and is seeking public comment on the document. Comments may be submitted online at boemegomeis@boem.gov.

The lease sales are scheduled for 2014 and 2016 as part of the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012 to 2017. The program schedules 12 potential lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

For the Western and Central Planning Areas, the program schedules annual area-wide sales of all available, unleased acreage.

Additionally, since a portion of the Eastern Planning Area was made available for leasing under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, Lease Sales 225 and 226 are scheduled there. The remainder of the Eastern Planning Area is under U.S. Congressional moratorium.


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