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June 2013 Issue

BSEE, Coast Guard to Improve Offshore Oversight
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies on the management of safety and environmental protection responsibilities on the outer continental shelf (OCS).

Under the current regulatory regime, both the U.S. Coast Guard and BSEE have shared responsibilities for the regulation of safety management systems on the OCS.

The MOA creates a joint approach to safety and environmental management.

Together BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard will use this agreement to establish a process for the identification of offshore safety and environmental management requirements within the jurisdiction of both agencies and to spur the development of joint policies and guidance.

The agreement also provides that all future regulations, policies and guidance are enforced consistently by both agencies.


Crowley Enters LNG Market
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s (Jacksonville, Florida) petroleum services group is entering the LNG market by acquiring Carib Energy LLC (Coral Springs, Florida).

Carib Energy is purportedly the first company to receive a small-scale, 25-year, LNG export license from the U.S. Department of Energy for LNG transportation from the U.S. to free trade agreement countries.

A Crowley LNG services group has been formed within Crowley’s petroleum services business unit. This team will focus on LNG vessel design and construction, transportation, product sales, distribution and full-scale project management solutions.

The acquisition of Carib Energy, which will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Crowley Petroleum Services (Jacksonville), will allow Crowley to supply, transport and distribute LNG via 10,000-gallon ISO tanks. The company will supply to both commercial and industrial customers within the Caribbean and Central and South American markets.


PEM Offshore Selects Kongsberg Vessel Simulators
PEM Offshore Inc. (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) for the supply of a full suite of offshore anchor handling, dynamic positioning, power management and crane simulation systems. The new simulators will form the main infrastructure for an offshore simulation training center.

The new training center will be located in Lagos, Nigeria, and support the training of personnel involved in offshore oil and gas operations.

Kongsberg Maritime will supply PEM Offshore with simulation training technology to include both DP Class B and Class C simulation trainers.

The PEM Offshore training center will also be certified to DP Class A for use in sea-time reduction training. The company has invested in a five-year, system support program.

PEM Offshore operates in Nigeria, the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago. The simulation training center will create new employment opportunities for the region.


Deepest Offshore Drilling Project Gets Underway
Reaching close to 2 miles below the Gulf of Mexico, the deepest offshore drilling project is in the works, Reuters reported. Shell (The Hague, Netherlands) announced that it plans to start production there in 2016.

Sitting on a potential 15 billion barrels of oil, Stones field, which is located in the Lower Tertiary trend and comprises eight lease blocks, is one of the Gulf of Mexico’s most difficult and alluring oil fields. Shell has full ownership of the area, which was found in 2005.

The current deepest offshore project, Perdido, is operating at 8,000 feet. Shell’s project in Stones field will be working at 9,500 feet.

The Stones project is a multiphase effort and could possibly bring in the equivalent of 2 billion barrels of oil. Phase one is estimated to produce 50,000 barrels.

Only the second to operate in the Gulf of Mexico, an FPSO vessel will be built by Shell. It will be used for crude production.


Singapore’s LNG Terminal Starts Commercial Operations
Singapore’s LNG terminal received its first commercial cargo and commenced commercial operations.

The LNG terminal supports Singapore’s energy diversification strategy. It allows the nation to import natural gas from around the world.

The decision to build the terminal on Jurong Island was made in 2006. Construction of the $1.7 billion terminal began in 2010, and the first two tanks with regasification facilities are now complete. The terminal will enable Singapore to access competitively priced gas globally.

The LNG terminal will have an initial throughput capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) with two tanks. This capacity is predicted to increase to 6 mtpa by the end of 2013, when the third tank, additional jetties and regasification facilities are completed.


Statoil Sanctions Julia Field Development
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) and Exxon Mobil (Irving, Texas) have decided to sanction the Julia field development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The field, located approximately 200 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, was discovered in 2007 and is estimated to have nearly 6 billion barrels of resource.

Field development is estimated to take three years, and the partners will each own 50 percent.

Julia will be a subsea tieback to the Jack and St. Malo floating production platform, located about 15 miles away, which is operated by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (San Ramon, California).

Drilling operations are planned to start in 2014, and production start-up is planned for 2016. The Julia field’s lifetime is estimated to be up to 40 years, with an initial production rate up to 34,000 barrels of oil per day.


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