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February 2015 Issue

McDermott Installs CPP for Kepodang Project
McDermott International Inc. (Houston, Texas) has completed the installation of a 3,086-ton central processing platform (CPP) topside using the tight-slot, float-over method in the Kepodang gas field, Muriah Working Area, offshore Indonesia for PC Muriah Ltd. (Jakarta, Indonesia), a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). This brings the installation of all structures for the Kepodang project to a close.

“The overall success of this project was made possible by the smart engineering of the float-over sequence to position the CPP topside next to an existing wellhead module already installed on the jacket at the installation site,” said Hugh Cuthbertson, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific.

The project scope included procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the CPP topside and jacket, a wellhead module, a wellhead platform and jacket, 1.7-mile-long 10-inch diameter infield flowline, and installation of remote control facilities at an onshore receiving facility. The total weight of overall facilities is close to 11,000 tons.

The Kepodang field is located approximately 112 miles northeast of Semarang, central Java, Indonesia, in water depths up to 230 feet, and is expected to supply gas to the Tambak Lorok power plant in Semarang.

Claxton Takes Leading Position in North Sea
Claxton (Norwich, England) has installed more than 5,000 conductor guide centralizers, making it the market leader for conductor centralizer installation in the North Sea, the company said.

Conductor centralizers form the interface between the platform jacket and well conductor, assuring vital conductor integrity. Having supplied a range of conductor and structural centralizers to major operators since 1992, Claxton has become the leading North Sea supplier. A recent major project using Claxton’s designs was the Total (Paris, France) Martin Linge development, and Claxton is currently working on large orders for a number of other operators in the U.K. and Norway.

Claxton provides a broad range of designs, including fixed blade, adjustable blade and a unique remotely actuated model, which can reduce or remove the need for rope access operations.

Russia to Focus on Shipbuilding for Oil and Gas Industry
Russia’s renewed focus on the commercial shipbuilding industry was made a key aim by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in his recent discussions on the development of the sector through 2015. Various industry ministries have been charged with analyzing industry prospects until 2030, with the findings to have been submitted by January 2015. The Russian Energy Ministry was instructed to study the needs in dedicated fleet and other marine solutions for exploration, drilling and the transportation of crude oil, gas and gas condensate by 2030. This was to be undertaken in conjunction with Rosneft (Moscow, Russia), Gazprom (Moscow), LUKOIL (Moscow), NOVATEK (Moscow) and other stakeholders, taking into account the planned production volumes of hydrocarbons while developing offshore fields. The results were to have been submitted to the Russian Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Economic Development of Russia and the Russian Ministry of Industry, specifying the vessel range, characteristics and the number of vessels needed per year.

This initiative coincides with other developments, including recent amendments in Russian legislation on foreign investments in strategic companies. The amendments introduce more liberal rules in relation to acquisitions by foreign companies controlled by Russian citizens, certain intragroup restructurings involving foreign investors, and acquisitions made by foreign investors that already have control over strategic companies.

Although the major trends in the Russian oil and gas sector over the past year have been primarily influenced by sanctions and weakening oil prices, there seems evidence of emerging opportunities and rapid project developments on the horizon. Beyond the short term, prospects for developing commercial shipbuilding within Russia remain strong. The current order book for civil maritime vessels and facilities for the period until 2030 appears promising, extending to 1,250 units, including more than 40 oil tankers and gas carriers, 300 offshore supply vessels and 150 drilling and survey platforms. The placement of these provisional orders and Russia’s plans to develop its industrial capabilities indicate that construction work will be implemented as new facilities in Asia enter into operation.

Alliance Forms For Subsea Well Intervention Systems
Helix Energy Solutions Group (Houston, Texas), OneSubsea (Houston) and Schlumberger (Houston) have executed definitive agreements for a nonincorporated alliance to develop technologies and deliver equipment and services to optimize the value chain of subsea well intervention systems. The alliance’s primary objectives include the expansion of applications enabled by subsea well-access technology, specific solutions for deep and ultradeepwater basins and higher well pressure environments, and the evolution of Helix’s vessels to provide well intervention and additional support services, such as well commissioning, artificial lift support and abandonment, which are traditionally performed using drilling rigs.

Aegean Marine to Supply Marine Fuel in Gulf
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (Piraeus, Greece) will start marine fuel supply operations in the Gulf of Mexico. It has also assumed the contracts for two ocean-going bunkering tankers previously under charter to OW Bunker (Nørresundby, Denmark) and expects to purchase the fuel on board.

With these specialized tankers and their highly trained personnel in place, Aegean can immediately begin servicing the specific needs of vessels transiting the Gulf of Mexico, leveraging capabilities and driving profitable revenue growth, the company said.

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