Offshore

Shell started production from the Mars B development through Olympus – the company’s seventh, and largest, floating deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 4. It is the first deepwater project in the Gulf to expand an existing oil and gas field with significant new infrastructure, which should extend the life of the greater Mars basin to 2050 or beyond.

Unique Seaflex, a Unique Maritime Group, recently carried out a complex underwater lift project in 300 meters of water off Tunisia for Lundin Tunisia BV in the Oudna field. Lundin Tunisia BV is a 40% stakeholder in and operator of the Oudna field located 80 km off Tunisia.

Gazprom announced In December the start of oil production from the Prirazlomnoye Field. It is the first Russian project for developing Arctic shelf reserves and the beginning of Gazprom's large-scale activities aimed at creating a large hydrocarbon production center in the region.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) confirmed Feb. 1 that the flow of natural gas from the A-7 well, Vermilion Block 356, waa stopped by pumping weighted drilling fluids into the well. The well is in the Gulf of Mexico, 108 miles southwest of Lafayette, LA.

The Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), operated by BP, announced start-up of oil production from the West Chirag platform as part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Start-up of the West Chirag platform completes the Chirag Oil Project (COP) sanctioned in 2010.

GDF SUEZ announced first gas production from the Juliet field, a subsea development on the western flank of the Southern Gas Basin, 39 km east of the Lincolnshire coastline in the United Kingdom.

Deepwater expenditure is expected to increase by 130%, compared to the preceding five-year period, totaling $260 billion from 2014-18, with growth driven primarily by Africa and the Americas, according to Douglas-Westwood’s 12th edition of its World Deepwater Market Forecast 2014-2018.

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. recently performed a noise test for what the company says is the largest pipe resonator array ever produced.

The construction of a production facility in Schiedam, The Netherlands, by Huisman offers the largest indoor lifting capacity in Europe – 1,200 metric tons – and allows for fast installation, commission and testing of several products and systems, including five newly built pipelay systems.

The global oil and gas industry needs better ways to plan for oil spill surveillance, and it’s looking to the airborne remote sensing and commercial satellite industries for help.

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