Thursday, 27 August 2015

'Site Safety Handbook for the Petroleum Industry' released - 27/08/2015

'Site Safety Handbook for the Petroleum Industry' released

New book provides simplified guide to ensuring worker safety in petroleum environments

Having worked as an engineer in the petroleum industry for over 30 years, author Chidi Venantius Efobi saw the need for a simplified safety resource material that would cater to the needs of all on-site workers in the oil and gas industries. 

This motivated him to write the "Site Safety Handbook for the Petroleum Industry" (published by Partridge Singapore), a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand guidebook for occupational safety for all workers with differing experience levels.

The book details the site occupational safety requirements for exploration, drilling, construction, operation and maintenance activities in the petroleum industry. It is written in simple language devoid of technical jargons and scientific formula hence useful to site engineers/workers that are not safety professionals, engineers and operations personnel newly assigned to safety roles as well as experienced safety professionals.

Still, the author warns readers to be cautious in following specific guidelines and to not take the book's content to apply in extremely specialized conditions:

"The safety measures stated in this book are just generic guidelines and should not be taken as standards," says Efobi. "It does not remove the liability from the reader to use sound engineering practice and established standards to make judgments in specific situations he/she encounters."

Broadly informative, "Site Safety Handbook for the Petroleum Industry" offers an easy guide to ensuring employee/worker safety in critically risky petroleum environments.

Russia and China aiming for successful conclusion of negotiations on western route - 27/08/2015

Russia and China aiming for successful conclusion of negotiations on western route

Beijing hosted today working meetings among Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Zhang Gaoli, First Vice Premier of China’s State Council and Wang Yilin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

The participants addressed the issues of bilateral cooperation, particularly the preparations for the contract on Russian natural gas supply to China via the western route. The parties highlighted that they aimed for the successful conclusion of negotiations which were progressing steadily.

In addition, the following areas of cooperation were considered: underground gas storage, power generation, machine-building projects for the oil & gas industry, and cooperation in third countries.

Drilling permit for well 25/11-28 in production licence 169 - 27/08/2015

Drilling permit for well 25/11-28 in production licence 169

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 25/11-28, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 25/11-28 will be drilled from the drilling facility Songa Trym in position 59°00’31.1’’ north 02°21’59.3’’ east.

The drilling program for well 25/11-28 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 169. Statoil is the operator with an ownership interest of 57 per cent. The other licensees are Petoro AS with 30 per cent and ExxonMobil & Production Norway AS with 13 per cent.

The area in this licence consists of parts of the blocks 25/8, and 25/11. The well is being drilled south of the Grane field in the central part of the North Sea.

Production licence 169 awarded on 1 March 1991 (13th licensing round). This is the 15th wildcat well to be drilled in the license.

The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

Monday, 10 August 2015



Leading industrial technology specialist Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group, announced the launch of the ObservaTM radiation area monitoring system. ObservaTM is the latest ground breaking innovation from Tracerco that measures radiation dose rates and helps ensure radiation safety and source security.

With more than fifty years experience in producing industry-leading detection, diagnostic and measurement solutions, ObservaTM is one of the latest innovations from Tracerco. Combining several unique technological features, including the wall-mounted alarm unit, ObservaTM is ideal for use by the oil and gas industry, the nuclear industry, hospital x-ray facilities and in non-destructive testing environments.

Plug and play probes allow for simple installation, whilst the large, clear interface and sub menus make the device easy to set up and use. ObservaTM gives live radiation dose rate readings from multiple detectors simultaneously, makig it the perfect system for use in larger sites.

ObservaTM is also available with unique software; the email and SMS alarm updates allow the user to have complete control over radiation safety standards and overall source security. Site floor plans can be uploaded into the embedded software module, complete with drag and drop detector positioning. Hence, it can be personalised to suit the user’s needs.

The ObservaTM system can be accessed remotely, making it particularly suited to off-site monitoring. It also provides recent radiation data history, giving the operator clear evidence of safe working environments in the event of any incidents requiring investigation.

The device can also be supplied with ObservaTM 24/7, a 24 hour monitoring system which ensures that any alarm communication and data logging is secure 24/7 and not susceptible to the instability problems which can affect desktop computers. ObservaTM also runs a back-up power supply, so monitoring remains constant even in the event of a power cut.

Tracerco managing director Andy Hurst said: “Our key focus for our new ObservaTM fixed area monitoring is to help our customers combat potential radiation risks in line with the ongoing regulatory drive for safer working practices. We have also designed it to enhance radioisotope security, providing early warning of unintended or illicit movements and so allowing a rapid response to unauthorised activities.

ObservaTM is the latest in a long line of innovative technologies from Tracerco. The award-winning company revolutionised radiation monitoring when it developed the first ever intrinsically safe contamination and radiation monitor, and most recently it extended its range of Personal Dosimeters.

Tracerco provides a comprehensive aftersales service with a global network of over 30 service centres providing a world-class service. The company also offers a wide range of radiation monitors for hire.

Russia Claims Ownership of the Arctic and North Pole - 10/09/2015

Russia Claims Ownership of the Arctic and North Pole

Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, has re-submitted its petition to the United Nations claiming exclusive control over 1.2 million square kms (463,000 square miles) of the Arctic sea shelf, based this time on what its foreign ministry calls “ample scientific data”, reports CSM and Reuters.

Rich in natural resources, the Arctic is a potential arena for the clash of geopolitical interests of the Arctic states. This is the second time Russia has staked its claim to what it sees as its territory. Earlier in 2002, the UN rejected the bid on lack of evidence.

The move comes in the midst of a five-way competition between Russia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States to claim land that, according a special report by The Guardian, holds what is believed to be the home of up to 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered gas and oil resources. The region also contains some of the world’s largest untapped valuable minerals.

Meanwhile, Sputnik says, Russia is actively developing territories in the Arctic region. Moscow is carrying out massive modernization of its northern coast and remote archipelagos, in order to effectively use the new shipping routes, which are formed due to the melting of ice, as well as to optimize oil and gas production in the region. 

The Russian economy is overwhelmingly reliant on natural resources and the Arctic’s estimated huge oil and gas reserves are expected to become more accessible as climate change melts and ice and technology advances.

In February 2013 itself, Russian authorities unveiled a strategy to improve the country's military defense network in the Arctic, a program that will continue through 2020. 

According to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a nation may claim an exclusive economic zone up to only 200 nautical miles from their recognized borders. Russia claims area even beyond that. 

This would include the North Pole and give Russia access to an estimated 4.9 billion tonnes of hydrocarbons. (In 2007 it sent a mini-submarine to plant a titanium Russian flag at the pole.)

Thursday, 6 August 2015

ExxonMobil to Expand U.S. Domestic Crude Processing Capacity at Beaumont Refinery - 06/08/2015

ExxonMobil to Expand U.S. Domestic Crude Processing Capacity at Beaumont Refinery

Investment to increase crude capacity by 20,000 barrels per day and increase flexibility
Company demonstrating continued commitment to development of U.S. energy sector
Expansion will increase refinery’s energy efficiency

ExxonMobil will add flexibility to process light crudes at its Beaumont refinery, increasing production capacity by approximately 20,000 barrels per day. This expansion will further strengthen ExxonMobil’s integrated downstream portfolio in Southeast Texas.

“This project will grow our capacity and flexibility to process light crude oils,” said Jerry Wascom, president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company. “Building on the recent increases in domestic oil and gas production, this investment further strengthens the competitiveness of the company’s strategic assets in North America and enhances U.S. energy security.”

The increase in capacity at the Beaumont refinery is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. light crude from shale and demonstrates ExxonMobil’s long-term view and disciplined approach toward advantaged business investments, and the company’s continuing commitment to American economic growth and job creation. Beaumont is well positioned to competitively supply high-demand growth markets around the U.S.

“ExxonMobil continues to strengthen its portfolio of world-class refining assets,” said Fernando Salazar, refinery manager, ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery. “The expanded crude unit at Beaumont refinery supports the company’s position as a leader in the global energy market by improving the production slate, and enabling improvement in the product yield in a highly energy-efficient manner that will further strengthen the industry-leading position of our assets.”

Cameron Third Quarter Earnings Release Conference Call - 06/08/2015

Cameron Third Quarter Earnings Release Conference Call

Cameron (NYSE: CAM) plans to hold a conference call on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. eastern time to discuss its financial results for the third quarter of 2015. The company expects to issue a press release on its quarterly financial results the same day, before the U.S. markets open.

The call will be accessible to the public by telephone or webcast. To listen by telephone, dial 201-689-8261 approximately ten minutes before the call. The webcast will be available through the company's web site,

A replay will be available for approximately 30 days after the call via the Cameron web site.

Cameron is a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil and gas industries.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015



Scotland’s most northerly mainland commercial port, Scrabster Harbour, has seen more than a 100% increase in its oil and gas vessel tonnage, boosting traffic levels by 52%.

The harbour, which is a multi-purpose port based in Caithness, has seen an increase in vessel arrivals for the first quarter, compared to figures in 2014. Its oil and gas vessel arrivals have been recorded at 19, with vessel tonnage of 123,130 tonnes for the month of July, surpassing all previous records at the port.

Sandy Mackie, Trust Manager for Scrabster Harbour, said: “The growth in energy related traffic shows that Scrabster Harbour is ideally placed for oil and gas vessels. As the closest mainland port for oil and gas activity off the west of Shetland, and many installations in the northern North Sea, we offer huge benefits to existing and potential clients.”

One of the recent arrivals at the harbour included the 11,600 tonne well intervention vessel the Island Constructor which is working on contract for BP. Mobilisation works on this ship allowed businesses from across the area to capitalise on the project while the vessel was berthed. Scrabster Harbour assisted the vessel with taking on water, stores and bunkers, engineering works, crane hire, haulage, transport for crew members and waste services.

The increased activity at the port has included project related vessel mobilisations, crew changes and supply vessel activity to support North Sea operations.    

Sandy Mackie added: “The berthing of vessels such as the Island Constructor highlights the advantage of Scrabster’s proximity and the ability to handle operations such as this. We are delighted at achieving a record month in oil and gas vessel tonnage and hope that this continues to grow.

We have had great feedback from our clients who described the level of service and control of logistics at Scrabster Harbour as ‘extraordinary’.”

The increasing number of crew changes has also contributed to the reported growth in passenger numbers at the nearby Wick John O’Groats airport with personnel arriving at Wick by either aeroplane or helicopter. This is supported by local firm Far North Aviation.

Scrabster Harbour Trust was established in 1841 and operates a multi-purpose port on the North coast of Scotland. Scrabster is a key hub of economic activity in the region, catering for a wide variety of sectors including oil and gas, renewables, fishing and cruise ships. The harbour offers extensive facilities, with 24/7, 365 days a year access to the port. The port possesses a strong local supply chain and is one of the UK’s top whitefish and shellfish landing ports.

Peregrino marks 100 million barrels produced - 04/08/2015

Peregrino marks 100 million barrels produced

After just four years in production, the Peregrino field in the Campos basin offshore Brazil has passed a significant milestone, with 100 million barrels of oil produced since April 2011.

The field, jointly owned by Statoil and Chinese Sinochem, achieved the milestone on August 2.

"We are pleased to have reached a major milestone in our Peregrino operations,” says Pål Eitrheim, country manager of Statoil Brazil.

“Peregrino demonstrates the power of possible, and we are proud to operate a project that is both exciting and challenging. These results reflect the professionalism of our people, and the application of technology developed by Statoil, in Brazil and elsewhere. We are constantly learning and we look forward to reaching new milestones as we continue to develop this large field”, he says.

According to a report published by the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) in March 2015, Peregrino is Brazil's eighth largest field, and has the second heaviest oil ever produced in Brazil.

It is also the largest field operated by Statoil outside Norway and accounts for about 12% of its international production (around 720 thousand barrels per day). The recoverable reserves are estimated between 300-600 million barrels.

The operation includes two fixed drilling platforms (WHP A and WHP B), and a floating production and storage unit (FPSO Peregrino), with a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. Statoil holds a 60% stake and is the operator of the field, while Sinochem holds the remaining 40%.

With an excellent track record, Peregrino has achieved all production, efficiency, cost and safety targets in 2014.

In January this year, the development plan of Peregrino Phase II was submitted to ANP. With total estimated investments of USD 3.5 billion, the project involves a new drilling platform (WHP C) and will add about 250 million barrels in recoverable reserves to the Peregrino field.

Phase II of the project will enable the extension of the economic life of Peregrino and is an important and strategic part of Statoil’s ambition to consolidate a strong position in Brazil.

Inside Oil & Gas, Day out at Go Ape - 04/08/2015

Inside Oil & Gas, Day out at Go Ape

Monday, 3 August 2015

Gazprom and BASF agree to cooperate within Nord Stream II project - 03/08/2015

Gazprom and BASF agree to cooperate within Nord Stream II project

Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Hans-Ulrich Engel, Member of the BASF Board of Executive Directors signed in Berlin today a Memorandum of Intent stipulating the cooperation within the project for constructing the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.

The document reflects the parties' intents to implement a project for constructing two strings of the gas pipeline that would connect the Russian and the German coasts under the Baltic Sea. The new gas pipeline capacity will total 55 billion cubic meters a year.

“Jointly with our partners, we managed to succeed in creating the Nord Stream gas trunkline unrivaled in the world. With due account of the growing demand of the European Union, the expanding gas infrastructure directly connecting Russian gas fields to European markets will further boost the reliability of gas supplies in Europe,” said Alexander Medvedev.

“For over twenty years now, Gazprom and BASF have jointly constructed gas pipelines meant for reliable supply of Russian gas to Europe. We are ready to apply the expertise gained in this area to the Nord Stream extension. We are happy to know that Gazprom and other European partners declared their determination to take part in this important infrastructure project,” said Hans-Ulrich Engel.