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Drilling Production 2001 P10

  • 04/06/2001 -- Greenpeace activists board second UK North Sea drill rig
    Greenpeace volunteers Friday succeeded in boarding a North Sea drilling rig for the second time this week in a bid to derail oil company drilling campaigns on the UK Continental Shelf. At 0630 BST, six climbers from the environmental activist group scaled the Santa Fe 135 rig on contract to BG International PLC for drilling operations at its Blake field, located 30 km off the Scottish coast on Block 13/24 in the Outer Moray Firth.
  • 04/06/2001 -- Enterprise awards FPSO deal to advance Bijupirá-Salema plans
    Enterprise Oil PLC Friday said it planned to award FMC-Modec�a tie-up between FMC Corp.'s FMC Energy Systems unit and MODEC International LLC�the key $270 million contract to build the floating production, storage, and offloading system for the UK independent's Bijupirá-Salema development off Brazil. FMC-Modec will deliver an FPSO with processing capacity for 70,000 b/d of oil and storage for 1 million bbl, as well as subsea equipment, for the Campos Basin field complex.
  • 04/06/2001 -- Rig count falls slightly
    The US and Canada rotary rig count fell by 46 this week, for a total 1,473 rotary rigs working on land and offshore, Baker Hughes Inc. officials said Friday. The count is up 495 from 1 year ago. Rigs working in the US onshore were 1001, down two from last week.
  • 04/09/2001 -- Safety project aims to reverse 'negative trend' off Norway
    Norway's offshore oil and gas industry and a number of its trade unions Friday launched an extensive project to reverse what is seen as a "negative trend" in safety on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The Working Together for Safety scheme aims to reduce the risk of personnel injuries and major accidents.
  • 04/09/2001 -- Greenpeace quits occupation of UK North Sea drilling rig
    Greenpeace volunteers disembarked from a Sante Fe International Corp. rig conducting cementing operations for BG International PLC at its UK North Sea Blake field Saturday, after BG obtained an injunction against the environmental group. Work has resumed at the field on Block 13/24 in the Outer Moray Firth.
  • 04/10/2001 -- Talisman issues corporate social responsibility report
    Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, Tuesday released its first independently verified corporate social responsibility report regarding its exploration and development operations in southern Sudan. The report outlines how Talisman is addressing human rights issues and lists its plans for the future.
  • 04/11/2001 -- Ranger Oil brings Kyle field on stream in UK North Sea
    Kyle field in the UK North Sea began production Apr. 7 through two wells, the field's single largest stakeholder, Premier Oil PLC, said Tuesday. Output from the Ranger Oil UK Ltd.-operated development, on Block 29/2c in the central North Sea, is expected to stabilize at around 20,000 b/d of oil.
  • 04/11/2001 -- Drilling/Production news briefs, Apr. 11
    Questerre Beaver River � Eurogas � American Petroleum Institute � PPL Shipyard � Friede & Goldman � Santa Fe International
  • 04/11/2001 -- Sandia develops disposable fiber optics telemetry for drilling
    Sandia National Laboratories said Wednesday it has developed an inexpensive disposable fiber optics telemetry system to relay real-time information about the drilling process. Unlike other fiber optics systems, it is designed to be used only once.
  • 04/12/2001 -- Ecuador boosts exploration efforts
    Petroecuador, the state oil company of Ecuador, is planning a major exploration effort over the next 2 years in preparation for the completion of the $1.1 billion OCP crude oil pipeline. Many exploration and development plans have been on hold because of lack of capacity on the existing 380,000 b/d SOTE crude line.
  • 04/12/2001 -- Kiewit Offshore Services plans Texas fabrication yard
    Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd., a unit of Peter Kiewit Sons Inc. of Omaha, Neb., is building a fabrication yard in Ingleside, Tex., to tap into anticipated increased offshore drilling activity. The yard will be capable of handling tension leg platforms and floating production, storage, and offloading units.
  • 04/12/2001 -- Sembcorp buys stake in PPL
    SembCorp Marine Ltd., Singapore's largest ship repairer, has acquired a 50% stake in Singapore-based PPL Shipyard Pte. Ltd. for $16 million (Sing.) ($9 million). The purchase will be financed through internal funds.
  • 04/12/2001 -- Offshore drilling rig activity highest in 2 years
    North American drilling continued to decline this week, but offshore rig utilization hit a 2-year high in major world markets, officials reported Thursday. There were 1,198 rotary rigs working in the US and its waters this week, 2 less than the previous week but up from 809 during the same period last year.
  • 04/13/2001 -- Unifying instead of dividing
    Before he took office, President George W. Bush declared he would be a "unifier and not a divider." But moderates such as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey, and Treasury Sec. Paul O'Neill, a protégé of former President Gerald Ford who once advocated a btu tax, spelled trouble, the opinion-makers said.
  • 04/13/2001 -- White Rose FPSO topsides enter final tender phase
    The lead FPSO contractor for the Husky Oil Operations Ltd.-PetroCanada White Rose development off the east coast of Canada has entered the final tender phase for the vessel's topside production facilities. Husky said Thursday that Maersk Contractors Newfoundland Ltd. had whittled down the list of bidders for the work to two -- Aker Maritime Kiewit Contractors and Single Buoy Moorings.
  • 04/13/2001 -- Petrobras admits P-7 spill worse than first reported
    Petrobras SA admitted Thursday the amount of oil that had spilled from the P-7 production platform in the Bicudo field in Brazil's Campos basin was nearly double its first estimates. In announcement made with Brazilian environmental authority Ibama, and Feema, the Rio de Janeiro state environmental body, Petrobras said some 25,000 l. or oil, not 13,000 l. as first reported, had leaked from the platform.
  • 04/16/2001 -- Thai Shell boosts reserves at Sirikit field
    Thai Shell Exploration & Production Co., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch/Shell Group, increased reserves in Greater Sirikit field as of Dec. 31 by 8.8% to 148 million bbl of oil and boosted associated gas reserves by 1.2% to 250 bcf.
  • 04/16/2001 -- Friede Goldman Halter misses interest payment
    Friede Goldman Halter Inc., Gulfport, Miss., said it would miss an $85.7 million payment, plus interests and other costs, due immediately on convertible notes. In a news release, Friede Goldman said the interest payment was due Mar. 15 on a $185 million principal amount of 4.5% convertible notes.
  • 04/17/2001 -- Talisman finds oil near Piper field in UK North Sea
    Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd., a subsidiary of Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, reported an oil discovery in the UK central North Sea adjacent to Talisman-operated Piper field. The Lucy prospect, 8 km northeast of the Piper Bravo platform, is believed to have reserves ranging from 20 to 50 million bbl.
  • 04/18/2001 -- API says oil, product imports set record in first quarter
    The American Petroleum Institute said US crude and products imports were a record 11.6 million b/d in the first quarter, 12% higher than a year ago and equal to 59% of petroleum deliveries. It said crude oil was more than half of the increased exports.
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