April 19, 2014
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18th of April Sakhalin Energy, the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project, celebrates its 20th anniversary. It has been established in 1994 to operate one of the largest oil and gas industry projects - Sakhalin-2.
The sheer complexity of the challenges in engineering oil and gas export infrastructure from square one in subarctic conditions of Sakhalin, including 800 kilometre-long pipeline and LNG plant, is unprecedented.
April 18, 2014
April 17, 2014 - Tsuneishi Group (ZHOUSHAN) Shipbuilding Inc. (TZS), an Overseas Group company of the Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co. has received orders for four 1,020TEU type container carriers from the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., Ltd. (SIPG), a major state-owned company in China.
SIPG is active in port operations such as cargo handling and logistics at the Shanghai Port, and this is the first time that Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and TZS have received orders for new ship construction from a Chinese state-owned company.
This type of ship was developed by in 2011 by Tsuneishi Shipbuilding with a view toward diversifying its product line. Two of the ships are scheduled for completion in 2016, while the other two in 2017.
April 16, 2014 - Hapag-Lloyd AG and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) today signed a binding contract on merging CSAV’s entire container business with Hapag-Lloyd, subject to the necessary approvals.
Following the integration, the new Hapag-Lloyd will rank among the four largest liner shipping companies in the world, with some 200 vessels with total transport capacity of around one million TEU, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of 9 billion Euro.
The company’s head office will remain in Hamburg. In addition, Hapag-Lloyd will have a strong regional office in Chile for its Latin America business.
The Rybinsk enterprise has signed up an order for gas turbines manufacturing for the Russian Navy.
It is referred to the M70 and M75 turbines. These engines are designed for both Navy ships, and civilian ships, marine and coastal gas plants.
Together with the Petersburg Design Bureaus, Severnaya Verf and Almaz, a serious work was carried out and the technical requirements were formed for the adaptation of engines manufactured by NPO Saturn for the Russian Navy ships.
April 17, 2014
In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keellaying ceremony has taken place on 16 April 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the 4 modules that are going to be built at PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard Surabaya and the two modules that are being built in Vlissingen, are proceeding according to schedule.
April 17, 2014 - Dynagas LNG Partners LP, an owner and operator of LNG carriers, today announced that it has entered into a new 13-year time-charter contract with Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd for the Clean Force, a fully winterized, 149,700 cbm Ice Class LNG carrier built in 2008.
In addition, the Partnership has entered into an agreement with BG Group Plc., the current charterer of the Clean Force, to amend, at no cost to the Partnership, the expiration date of the current time-charter contract from the third quarter of 2016 to July 2015, at which time the new Gazprom contract will take effect.
April 17, 2014 - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that the following four MOL-operated and managed vessels were selected for FY2013 “Best Quality Ship Award” (seven vessels receive awards) by the Japan Federation of Pilots’ Associations (JFPA).
The award is aimed at heightening awareness of the need to protect harbors and the marine environment through safe operation of oceangoing vessels and was first awarded in 2003. The awards are commended to “vessels considered superior by pilots” by JFPA.
April 17, 2014 - Intesa Sanpaolo - through the Merchant Banking Management of its Corporate and Investment Banking Division – and VEI Capital - investment company of Palladio Finanziaria in the Private Equity Mid-Cap segment - have agreed to buy a stake in RINA S.p.A., parent company of the RINA Group, Italy’s leading E-TIC (Engineering, Testing, Inspection, Certification) service provider.
The initial 25 million euros investment by Intesa Sanpaolo and VEI Capital, which will be underwritten by and shared equally between the two partners, may be increased to a possible 100 million euros on the strength of subsequent capital increases and backing for acquisitions.
April 17, 2014 - A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was purchased and delivered to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron. The new simulator will be used to provide qualitative education and training for the merchant Navy and maritime industry in full accordance with international standards.
The Full Mission Bridge Simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria faculty in Oron. The DNV class B certified simulator includes a GMDSS and Radio Communications simulator and was installed with a 120° external field of view and NAUTIS Instructor station.
April 16, 2014 - Saipem has been awarded two contracts in Angola by Total, for a combined total of more than $4 billion.
The main contract is worth more than $3 billion, and is an EPCI for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of two converted turret-moored Floating Production Storage and Offloading units (FPSO) for the Kaombo Field Development Project, located in Block 32, offshore Angola.
Saipem has also been awarded a seven-year contract of approximately $1 billion for operation and maintenance services of the two vessels.
April 15, 2014 - To fulfill customer demand for the Company’s differentiated rig technology and contract drilling services in the Middle East, Ensco plc has ordered two high-specification jackups, ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141. Both rigs, which will incorporate Ensco’s patented Canti-Leverage AdvantageSM technology, are significantly enhanced versions of the LeTourneau Super 116E jackup design.
The new jackups will include design specifications necessary to fully comply with the vast majority of regulatory and customer requirements in the Middle East, the primary target market for ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141.
The rigs are scheduled for delivery in mid-2016 from Lamprell’s newest shipyard located in the United Arab Emirates. The rigs are also suitable for most of the markets around the world outside of the Middle East.
April 17, 2014 - AVEVA today announced that TOTAL E&P Nigeria Ltd (TEPNG) has adopted AVEVA’s Engineering & Design solutions as part of an Integrated Engineering & Design approach. TEPNG is the operator of a joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The Company has invested in acquired licenses for AVEVA PDMS, AVEVA Instrumentation, AVEVA Electrical, AVEVA Engineering, AVEVA Diagrams and AVEVA Review and has fully implemented the software across its local site modifications and repair projects.
April 16, 2014
First of 14 ASD Tugs launched at Damen Shipyards Galati
The Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) new ASD Tug 3212 was launched end of March at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The ceremony marks the first in a 14-terminal tug contract between the two companies whose working relationship spans more than 25 years.
This substantial contract consists of two vessel types, representing Damen’s newest as well as their most established tug design. In detail, the contract comprises nine units based on successful Damen ASD 3212 model, providing 80t bollard pull, and 5 examples of the trusted ASD 2810 design, providing 50t bollard pull.
The new tugs will be assisting tankers at near shore loading terminals and at the new single point moorings further offshore. As such, they will also be equipped with powerful FiFi systems.
April 15, 2014 - The tugboat has been constructed for the needs of Tug Company "Griphon" Ltd., that has reliable partnership relations with shipyard Pella. It is the third tugboat that shipyard Pella constructs for "Griphon" Ltd.
The solemn ceremony was participated by the management of the "Griphon" Ltd., the management of the Open JSC «Pella» and honorary guests. The tugboat is planned to be delivered to the Customer in September, 2014.
April 19, 2014
President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday (April 18), saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.
Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's top gas producer Gazprom, shipped the first 70,000 tonnes of oil by tanker from the Prirazlomnoye platform, the site of a protest by 30 Greenpeace activists who were arrested last year.
The launch of oil production in the Arctic, seen by Russia as one of the key sources in the gradual replacement of output from its depleted West Siberian fields, has long been delayed due to cost overruns and technical difficulties.
April 18, 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to provide support for Royal Dutch Shell’s operation in the country on Friday, including further development of the Sakhalin-2 project.
"I am pleased that the company has plans to expand its area of activities in Russia," Putin told the head of the company, Ben van Beurden.
"Of course, we will render all the necessary administrative support and assistance," the Russian president said.
Shipment of first oil from Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia’s first offshore project on production of hydrocarbons in the Arctic, has commenced today, April 18, 2014.
April 18, 2014
Talks on the construction of the Russia to India oil pipeline project should conclude by mid-2014, officials from ONGC said.
Thus, Russia is changing its energy export policy vector as strong demand for hydrocarbons, both in China and in India, one of the largest economies in the world, continues to grow. The benefits are obvious, including those in connection with India’s plans to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
China supports the pipeline oil supplies to India, which is not surprising. One of the project’s options is the construction of a pipeline from the Altai region through the north-west of China to the north of India.
The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources has estimated expenditures for planned hydrocarbon exploration in five prospective zones at 44.3 billion rubles ($1.2 billion).
The zones proposed by the ministry will cover the resource-rich regions of the Caspian Lowland, in addition to the West Siberian and East Siberian oil and gas areas, the ministry’s head Sergei Donskoy said at a conference Wednesday. (April 16).
It is important to diversify the ways of supplying energy resources and particularly natural gas from the Caspian Sea to ensure the energy security of the European allies of the U.S., U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said at the broad political forum "Changing landscape of natural gas" on April 18.
He was discussing the strategic importance of the Caspian Sea and Azerbaijan in ensuring energy security.
Annual reports by oil and natural gas companies show that spending on exploration and development activities increased by 5 per cent ($18 billion) in 2013, while spending on property acquisition continued to decline by $17 billion.
April 17, 2014
Lloyd's Register’s (LR) LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. 22 ports were assessed in the analysis with 18 key questions addressed.
The state nuclear power company Rosatom is about to reach a deal with United Shipbuidling Corporation on the construction of two powerful icebreakers.
Shanghai: Yangfan Group announced that Germen owner John T. Essberger has excercised options for two 2,200teu containerships in addition to the four 2200teu vessel it ordered in March 2013.
The two vessels will be built at Yangfan Group’s East Coast Shipbuilding and the deliveries are scheduled in December 2015 and January 2016.
April 16, 2014
Africa and Brazil are more attractive areas for oil and gas exploration than the Arctic, where firms will need 15 to 20 years to tap reserves due to the harsh climate, the chief executive of Norway's DNV GL said.
DNV GL is one of the world's largest certification, inspection, testing and advisory companies for the maritime, oil and gas and renewable power industries.
The Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of the world's undiscovered hydrocarbon resources.
Dalian: Weihai Samjin Shipbuilding Industries announced that it has signed shipbuilding contracts with a Singaporean owner for the construction of four 50,000dwt chemical tankers. The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and will be charted to Laurin Maritime for seven years.
Sanjin Shipbulding has received orders for four bulkers and four tankers this year with total contract value of $260m and it has set the target of receiving orders with total value of $1.5bn this year.
April 14, 2014
The Kuwait National Petroleum Company on April 13 signed contracts worth $12 billion (nine billion euros) with three international consortia to upgrade two refineries and invited bids to build a new multi-billion-dollar refinery.
The total volume of super-cooled gas to be delivered between the two companies would be around 2.5 million tonnes a year, a senior official said.
April 22-25, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
April 23-24, 2014 • Odessa, Ukraine
May 13-15, 2014 • Constanta, Romania
May 14-16, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
May 20-22, 2014 • Moscow, Russia
June 2-6, 2014 • Athens, Greece
June 24-26, 2014 • Gdańsk, Poland
June 24-25, 2014 • Wroclaw, Poland
Sept. 9-12, 2014 • Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 1-3, 2014 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Oct. 7-10, 2014 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Nov. 18-20, 2014 • Singapore
Dec. 10-12, 2014 • Guangzhou, China
March 18-20, 2015 • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
July 1-5, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Sept. 22-25, 2015 • Saint-Petersburg, Russia