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NCDMB visits Aveon Offshore Limited facility in Port Harcourt

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THE Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Simbi Wabote along with his senior management team and heads of the Nigerian content divisions of the IOCs including Nigerian Agip and Total visited the Aveon Offshore facility in Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt on  April 3, 2017.
During the visit, Aveon’s senior management presented a quick synopsis of its current projects, investments in technology and equipment, human resources, civil infrastructure and other yard upgrade works.

NCDMB, NIMASA, others back in-country integration of Egina FPSO

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The  Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has thrown its weight behind the in-country Egina floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units at the SHI-MCI yard in Lagos.

A joint venture between Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), the the firm’s objective is to build and integrate ships and FPSO vessels.

SHI-MCI FZE known as Samsung Heavy Industries -Mega Construction Integration Free Zone at the LADOL Free Zone in Lagos is handling a part of the integration that will produce Egina Deepwater Field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130 to be operated by Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI).

SHI is the main contractor, while LADOL is a subcontractor and one of the local content vehicles for the FPSO project.

Beside NCDMB, other agencies supporting the local integration of Egina FPSO are Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA).

AFC hopes oil revenue will help improve relations with APNU

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The Alliance For Change (AFC) hopes that the generation of oil revenues and improved economic performance will help  ease tensions with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) over demands for increased jobs and improved standard of living.

AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan said the “very sound” relationship between his party and APNU has been unjustifiably criticized, but acknowledged that the need for more jobs has been a thorny matter for the almost two-year old coalition-led administration.

Ramjattan forecasts an “extraordinarily brighter economic and financial” future backed by oil revenues that are expected to flow by 2020 would  “in a way end all of these difficulties that we have.”

“The difficulties we have is lots of jobs people want. People want jobs and that sometimes is a difficult thing. That’s the frank thing about it and people then make all kinds of remarks that we are not doing this, we are not doing that and that is what sometimes has an element of destructiveness about it and jealousies and petty jealousies,” he told a news conference when asked what he would like to see in a new accord with APNU.

Supporters of both parties have expressed concern that despite the fact that they had campaigned heavily for the coalition, they have not been rewarded with jobs and contracts. Instead, they have said that only a few elected officials have been benefiting from the promised “good life.”

With the Cummingsburg Accord slated to expire in 2018, Ramjattan hopes that APNU and AFC can hammer out ways of improving relations. “There will be areas that we can deal with at the engagement level far better when there disputes of some sort that could resolve quicker, that should happen,” he said.

One of the APNU+AFC’s campaign promises had been increased jobs for youths,  a 20 percent hike in salaries for soldiers and police as well as a similar increase for teachers.

He stressed that he is confident that the APNU+AFC coalition would be better able to address various demands. “I believe in all honesty that those difficulties and challenges and constraints that we presently have in this relationship will all be met

American oil giant, ExxonMobil, has found more than two billion barrels of oil offshore Guyana.  The company has already contracted Dutch-headquartered company, SBM Offshore, to provide a Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading facility (FPSO).

Marine Operator

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06 Feb 2017

Chevron is one of the world’s leading energy companies, with approximately 60,000 employees working in countries around the world.

We explore, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute fuels and other energy products; manufacture and sell petrochemical products; generate power; and develop future energy resources, including biofuels and geothermal energy.

Chevron is accepting online applications for the position of Marine Operator located in Aberdeen / Scotland through 1st March 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


Reporting to the FPSO Operations Supervisor, Chevron Upstream Europe (CUE), the Marine Operator is responsible for safe execution of marine activities as part of the marine operations team.

Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to:

Control Room Operations such as loading and discharge of cargo, crude oil washing, heading control systems, supply vessel operations, maintaining stability of FPSO and monitoring of FPSO safety and control systems.
Deck operations e.g. mooring operations with shuttle tanker, crude oil washing, operation of inert gas systems and operation of turret heading control systems.
Preparation of Cargo and Ballast tanks for entry and inspection.
Operation of a variety of marine systems throughout the FPSO such as hydraulic cargo systems, bilge and ballast systems, Pot water and sewage systems.
Carrying out first line maintenance on the various marine systems in conjunction with the Marine Technicians.
Maintenance of safety equipment throughout the FPSO including lifeboats.
Relief cover for Marine Control Room Operator.
In event of installation emergencies will be required to fulfil an emergency role within one of the Installation Emergency Response Teams (Fire Team Member/Leader, Helideck Crew, Coxswain and control room response team)

Required Qualifications:

Merchant Navy OOW certificate of competency with crude oil tanker experience and dangerous cargo endorsement.
Previous offshore experience in FPSO/FSU operations is desirable but not essential.
Familiarity with modern control room systems.
Good leadership and communication skills.
IT literate.

Relocation Options:
Relocation will not be considered within Chevron parameters.

International Considerations:
Expatriate assignments will not be considered.

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Oil production and environmental safeguards

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Notice has been served to the public by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEGPL) has applied for an environmental authorisation for petroleum operations in the offshore Stabroek Block where the lead explorer ExxonMobil made a huge oil discovery in 2015.

This is another formal step in the manifestation of the country’s long-held petroleum-producing aspirations but one that should also present great pause to the decision-makers. Some of the predictions about the Liza-1 well has led to dizzying projections of revenue even with oil prices hovering in the range of US$50 per barrel. These projections have been heightened by the announcement last week of the discovery of a separate reservoir at the Payara-1 well by the same Exxon Mobil and the likelihood that this basin contains more rich fields of oil and gas. As we have said before, the scale of the discovery and its potential to catapult the country’s growth must not blind the decision-makers to the potential dangers posed to the environment and flora and fauna from a production programme of this size, particularly given the very weak regulatory environment here.

The EPA notice published in Saturday’s Stabroek News says that phase one of the programme is expected to last at least 20 years offshore and the programme will be undertaken approximately 190 kilometres north of Georgetown. It would also include land-based facilities such as pipe yards and bonds. The proposed project will include drilling of subsea development wells and the use of up to two drill ships. Further, a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel will be tethered and connected to the wells for output and will have the capacity to produce 100,000 to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. The oil produced will be offloaded and transported to buyers via oil tankers.

There are any number of points in this production chain where weaknesses  can result in environmental problems such as spills or worse, a catastrophic failure of the well or its extracting process. Any such disaster offshore could spell major problems for the Guyana coast and various habitats between the shore and the location of the production facilities.

The worst case scenario would be the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2012 which caused the deaths of  11 persons, spilled nearly five million barrels of oil, killed untold numbers of wildlife and deposited environmental time bombs in coastal areas.

At present Guyana has zero capacity to fight or mitigate any of the effects of even the smallest spill offshore. It would struggle even onshore to tackle the escape of hazardous materials. With oil production expected to begin around 2020, the country has three years to create the capacity to respond. It would require the EPA or a specialised agency to have marine biologists, petroleum experts and a team dedicated to fighting all types of challenges associated with offshore oil production. It would also require a range of transport assets. The country will hopefully not be relying on handouts from ExxonMobil or others looking out for their own interests. Guyana must take full charge of its own responsibilities in this area and one of the first allotments from oil production revenues must go towards entrenching environmental protection and safety. In the meanwhile, financing has to be found from somewhere to begin fortifying the EPA to discharge its mandate. This is another area where the more than one billion dollars spent on D’Urban Park by the government could have been better used.

EEGPL in its filing with the EPA listed a variety of other environmental risks from its operations including to air quality and climate, marine water quality, protected areas and other sensitive habitats, human and ecological health and archaeological and cultural heritage resources. Its FPSO vessel will be a converted double hull tanker or VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier), approximately 340m long by 58m wide by 33m deep (1115 ft long by 190 ft wide by 110 ft deep), and will be moored on location. It will have a minimum oil storage capacity of 1.6m barrels of oil within its hull and offload up to a million barrels to a conventional tanker every 5 to 10 days. The EEGPL filing said that the tanker will be held in position with tugs to maintain a safe separation distance of approximately 400 ft from the FPSO.

The filing further stated that EEPGL will drill approximately 17 wells offshore to support extraction of the oil from below the sea floor. Each of these wells will be drilled using a floating drill ship to a depth of over 5,000 metres (m) below the sea floor. EEPGL will install some of the oil production facilities on the sea floor at approximately 1700-1800 m (5500-5900 ft) water depth. These subsea facilities include various types of pipes and hardware and allow the oil from the wells to be moved to the surface of the ocean.

These arrangements can easily pose a variety of risks and it is troubling that the government is yet to map out its plans for environmental protection in the oil and gas sector. There has been a lot of euphoric talk and postulations from both the government and the private sector about how oil revenues will be spent. There must now be equal attention on how to prepare for something going wrong. Aside from the staffing of the EPA or a specialised agency, the government must move swiftly on other fronts. One of these could be  the establishment of a standing committee of Parliament on Oil and Gas considering the likely importance to the economy of this sector.

BW Offshore Settles with Insurers for FPSO Cidade de São Mateus Incident

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BW Offshore has announced that it signed an agreement with its insurers for an early repair cost settlement for the FPSO Cidade de São Mateus.

The agreed settlement amount, which is about $250m, is expected to be received during the first quarter of 2017.

In February 2015, BW Offshore-owned FPSO Cidade de Sao Mateus suffered an explosion onboard off Brazil, which lead to the death of nine people and nearly 30 injured.

Investigations by the FPSO charterer Petrobras revealed that the explosion occurred following a natural gas leak aboard led by a series of technical failures and poor decision making. However, Petrobras denied any prior knowledge of the failings laid out in the investigation report.

According to BW Offshore, the FPSO Cidade de São Mateus is currently in lay-up with no firm date set for the unit will return to the field.


Maybank keeps ‘buy’ call on Yinson Holdings

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 — Maybank Investment Bank Research (Maybank IB) is maintaining its “buy” call with a target price of RM4.35 on Yinson Holdings Bhd.

This is mainly on the strength of its offshore support vessel (OSV) operations in the third quarter financial year 2017 (3QFY17).

The strength had led to a 10 per cent lift in Maybank IB’s FY17 core earnings forecasts.

“We raised the forecast by 10 per cent to reflect the stronger 3Q17.

“We do not rule out Yinson securing one to two new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) jobs over the next 12 months.

“Clinching any of these jobs would be a re-rating not imputed by the market yet,” it said in a note today.

Yinson’s four existing tenders are in Vietnam, Malaysia, Nigeria and Gabon.

Meanwhile, Kenanga Research Institute reiterated its “outperform” rating for Yinson with a lower target price of RM3.79 from RM3.92 previously, post completion of divestment exercise and distribution of special dividend of 14.6 sen.

In a research note, Kenanga attributed the better nine month FY17 result to the lower-than-expected finance cost.

“We continue to like the stock for its steady earnings contribution and potential of winning new contracts over the next three to six months, as well as being the beneficiary of a stronger US dollar,” said the research house.

At 10.31am, Yinson shares edged up two sen to RM2.90, with 139,900 changing hands. — Bernama