Drilling/Production news briefs, Apr. 26

Samedan Oil ... CSO Aker Engineering ... Smedvig ... Marathon Oil ... Halliburton Subsea ... Petronas Carigali ... Nortrans Offshore

Samedan Oil Corp. has awarded CSO Aker Engineering Inc. a contract to provide engineering and project management services to the proposed Mari-B and Noa subsea development off Israel. Mari-B field is in 240 m of water 25 km from Ashkelon and Noa is in 790 m of water 42 km from shore. CSO will provide preliminary engineering and, if approved, detailed engineering, procurement, and management of installation and commissioning for the subsea development, flowlines, and export pipeline.

Marathon Oil Co. plans to use the Smedvig AS deepwater drillship West Navion to drill a wildcat in 1,800 m of water off Nova Scotia this November. The 60-day, $13-million contract, translates into a day rate of just under $217,000. Smedvig said the West Navion would sail from northern Europe this fall.

Halliburton Subsea, a division of Halliburton Co., Dallas, has completed the installation and testing of two steel-tube umbilicals, 142 mm diameter and 31.6 km long, for the Malampaya project off the Philippines. Halliburton's dynamically positioned lay vessel Toisa Perseus conducted the work for Shell Philippines Exploration BV.

Statoil AS said it has recovered 60% of the oil at Statfjord field in the North Sea, just under 3.8 billion bbl since the first platform came on stream in 1979. After reaching an output of more than 700,000 b/d of oil in the 1980s, the field is producing 188,000 b/d. The water cut has steadily increased and accounts for 80% of the liquids produced.

Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd. has awarded Nortrans Offshore Ltd. a 1-year extension of a contract to use the floating production, storage, and offloading vessel Ruby Princess on Ruby field off Viet Nam. The contract will now expire in October 2002.

Yme oil field in the Norwegian North Sea ceased production, having flowed 50.3 million bbl since it came on stream in February 1996, operator Statoil AS reported. Work to shut in Yme, the smallest field to be developed with its own production facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, began in February. Plugging of the last seven wells on the Gamma main field is underway, with four subsea wells on the Beta satellite field to be plugged this summer.

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