Drilling/Production news briefs, Sept. 13

Boots & Coots International Well Control � MOL � Vastar Resources � Aker Maritime � Karratha Spirit � Woodside Energy � Apache Energy � Santos � ADMA-OPCO � National Petroleum Construction

Boots & Coots International Well Control Inc., Houston, said Sept. 6 that it will assist Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Rt. with the emergency response and control services for a natural gas well fire in southeastern Hungary. The 170-ft high inferno has been fought by some 200 local firefighters. Csaba Bokor, division director of domestic research at MOL, said in the Budapest Sun last week that reserves of 260 million cu m lie in the area of the well. The reserves account for 10% of MOL's total domestic reserves. Bokor said preliminary estimates indicate losses from the well could total as much as $12.8 million.

Vastar Resources Inc., Houston, has awarded Aker Maritime SA a contract for a top-tensioned riser system for the Horn Mountain field on Mississippi Canyon Block 127 in the Gulf of Mexico. Aker Maritime will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and delivery of eight top-tensioned risers with options for up to six additional risers. Earlier this summer, operator Vastar awarded Aker Maritime the contract for the engineering, procurement, fabrication, and delivery of the complete spar hull and mooring system for the Horn Mountain development (OGJ Online, July 6, 2000).

Partners in Concession WA-20-L off Western Australia have awarded the contract for a floating storage and offloading vessel for the Legendre field to Karratha Spirit Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of Teekay Shipping Corp. Teekay will convert the tanker Pioneer Spirit later this year, ensuring the FSO is available for use when the Legendre fields begin production in the second quarter of 2001. Under the terms of the service agreement, the Legendre joint venturers will pay a set day rate for the FSO, and Teekay will be responsible for the ongoing operation, manning, and maintenance of the vessel. Woodside Energy Ltd. holds a 45.94% interest in Legendre; Apache Energy Ltd., 31.5%; and Santos Ltd., 22.56%.

ADMA-OPCO, an operating arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) has awarded global technology group ABB a $260 million contract to design the offshore Khuff gas project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. ABB said the scope of contract includes modifications and technology upgrades of 13 existing gas platforms and the construction of two new platforms. The platforms have topside weights of 4,400 tonnes and 1,200 tonnes and will be positioned in 20-30 m of water. ADNOC's 70% owned construction company, National Petroleum Construction Co., is the designated fabricator and constructor for the project.

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