Sevan Drilling investigation is closed

Norway’s anti-corruption agency Økokrim has closed an investigation into Sevan Drilling. The investigation related to the company’s drilling contracts with Petrobras between 2005 and 2008. Sevan Drilling said that “reference is made to the public announcement by Sevan Drilling dated 16 October 2015 regarding Økokrim’s investigation of the Company’s subsidiary Sevan Drilling ASA in respect…

New York state plans civilian sea militia to stop offshore oil drilling

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that he will enlist a “citizens fleet” of leisure boats and fishing vessels to block any attempt to construct oil-drilling facilities off the shores of New York State. “I’m going to commission a citizen fleet to stop it just as Winston Churchill did at Dunkirk,” Cuomo said. He…

US could relax some Obama-era offshore drilling regulations

The current USA administration has acted to relax some of the tougher offshore drilling requirements imposed in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. However, it has turned down pleas from the oil sector for bigger changes, including its request for a repeal of a strict specification for how much pressure must be maintained…

Drilling mud spilt from Transocean Barents off Newfoundland and Labrador

Drilling on semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Barents has been halted after drilling fluid was spilt on April 27th during operations off Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Transocean Barents is currently located in the Terra Nova Field, about 350km southeast of St. John’s, operated by Suncor Energy. About 28,000 litres of synthetic-based mud (SBM) was accidentally released…

Floating nuclear power plant leaves St Petersburg

Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, left St Petersburg on Saturday April 28th. The non self-propelled vessel will be towed through Estonian, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian waters on her way to Murmansk. Akademik Lomonosov was initially planned to be loaded with nuclear fuel and tested on site in St Petersburg, but pressure…

Eni will stay in Cyprus despite island’s drilling dispute with Turkey

State-owned Italian oil company Eni has said that it will not be giving up its interests in Cyprus, Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi told reporters in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on April 25th. An standoff has developed between Turkey and Cyprus over the potential extraction of offshore hydrocarbons resources. Eni had to abandon a scheduled drill…

Legal dispute shuts down Bumi Armada FPSO

Offshore services firm Bumi Armada Berhad has had to shut down FPSO Armada Perdana at Nigeria’s Oyo field because of legal action. Lease operator Erin Petroleum Nigeria Ltd (EPNL) asserted in a notice to Bumi Armada that there had been an unspecified force majeure event. EPNL, a subsidiary of Houston-based Erin Energy, asked for an…

Explosion and fire after dredger hits Texas gas pipeline

The US Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and RLB Contracting Inc were responding jointly to a gas pipeline fire near Port O’Connor, Texas that broke out on the evening of April 17th. Dredger Jonathan King Boyd reported that she was on fire after hitting a gas pipeline owned by Genesis Energy while conducting dredging…

Marine accident round-up : 16th April 2018

General cargo ship Pac Antares (IMO 9262962) suffered a breach during the morning of April 12th after alliding with a pier on the Mississippi in New Orleans at mile marker 100, during a mooring manoeuvre. An estimated 4,200 gallons of oil fuel leaked into the river. The US Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office,…

Upstream sees benign year in 2018

Although the downstream energy sector in 2017 suffered its worst loss record for nearly 10 years, upstream energy has had one of the most benign loss years on record in 2017 (under $1.3bn), according to Willis Towers Watson in its just published Energy Market Review for 2018. WTW said that all areas of the energy…