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  1. Crawler assesses condition of deepwater Aasta Hansteen spar pull tubes

    Offshore staff STANSTED, UK – Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has completed remote measurement and inspection of various 230-m (754-ft) long pull tubes for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen spar project in 1,300 m (4,265 ft) water depth in the Norwegian Sea. Hyundai Heavy Industries is constructing the cylindrical 195-m (640-ft) high, 70,000-ton topsides facility at its Ulsan shipyard in South Korea. This will be capable of producing 23 MMcm/d of oil and gas and of storing 160,000 bbl of condensate. It is due to go online next year, 300 km (186 mi) offshore western Norway and connected to the Shell-operated Nyhamna gas processing plant via the 480-km (298-mi) Polarled pipeline . The location in the Arctic Circle, and the fact that this will be the world’s largest spar platform to date, introduced numerous considerations concerning the steel catenary risers connecting the subsea pipelines to the topsides of the platform. According to OMS, this necessitated detailed and accurate inspection and assessment to determine the internal bore of the pull tubes used to connect the production risers, product export lines and pump caissons via a “pull head” to the topsides cellar deck. Another consideration was the minimal clearance within the pull tubes. OMS deployed an 8LV crawler with visual and 3D laser modules to inspect 16, 230-m (755-ft) long pull tubes and eight caissons to assess: Pipe ovality HiLo misalignment Weld root penetration. Defects or obstructions within the pull tubes as a result of pipe welds or fluctuations in pipe geometry were a possibility, and of concern to Statoil due to potentially serious costly consequences once the platform was positioned at sea, where they could not be remedied. OMS operator Tim Green said: “Much of the pipework to be inspected was in the horizontal position, but in many areas the tool had to handle inclines of up to 20°. “The tool performed excellently in the vertical position, proving the versatility of the technology…Being able to produce standard MS Excel reports with the weld images embedded in the report - linked with the weld profile - is a very useful method of reviewing weld condition. Also having a permanent visual inspection record of the root pass of a weld is a valuable asset.” 01/20/2017 

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. SOCAR lets contract for GPC gas, petchem complex

    State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) subsidiary SOCAR GPC has let a contract to Axens SA, Rueil-Malmaison, France, to provide technology for a butene unit at its proposed grassroots gas processing and petrochemical complex to be built in Garadagh, Azerbaijan, 15 km south of Baku.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. EPA proposes adding gas processors to Toxic Releases Inventory rule

    The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed adding natural gas processing facilities, including those that extract gas liquids, to reporting requirements under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), commonly known as the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI).

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  4. SOCAR lets contract for grassroots gas, petchem complex

    State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) subsidiary SOCAR GPC has let a series of contracts to Technip SA, Paris, to deliver technology licensing and design work for a proposed grassroots gas processing and petrochemical complex to be built in Garadagh, Azerbaijan, 15 km south of Baku.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  1. Whiting closes sale of North Dakota midstream assets

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  2. Technip awarded a service contract for a new gas and petrochemical complex in Azerbaijan

    Technip has been awarded by SOCAR GPC a service contract for the ethylene and cryomax technology licenses respectively for a new gas and petrochemical complex located in Garadagh, Azerbaijan.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  3. Troops deployed to safeguard Papua New Guinea LNG project

    The government of Papua New Guinea has deployed about 300 armed troops into Hela province in the Southern Highlands to contain and stop gun violence near the ExxonMobil Corp.-led PNG-LNG project.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  4. Engineering the future of the Tyra field starts January 2017

    Despite more than DKK 1 billion (140 million USD) spend on reinforcing the Tyra structures over the past 15 years, the facilities cannot safely continue production due to new knowledge on storm wave impact.

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  5. DCP Midstream to dropdown all remaining assets to DPM for $3.85B

    DCP Midstream LLC signed and closed a transaction combining all of its assets and debt with DPM, creating the largest natural gas liquids producer and gas processor in the US with a pro-forma enterprise value of approximately $11 billion.

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  6. DCP Midstream, DCP Midstream Partners announce merger

    DCP Midstream LLC, the Denver-based 50-50 joint venture of Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy Corp., and DCP Midstream Partners LP (DMP) have signed a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine their businesses to form a new entity that, by late January, will be the largest NGL ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  7. 1Derrick US M&A weekly update

    1Derrick gives OGFJ readers a snapshot of oil and gas industry M&A activity for the week of January 2nd to January 6th.  

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  8. Kuwait lets contract for Jurassic field gas processing plant

    Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC) has let a contract to Black & Veatch Corp. (BV), Overland Park, Kan., to provide technology licensing and related services for sulfur recovery units (SRU) and acid gas removal units (AGRU) to support natural gas processing activities at KOC’s Jurassic field in northern Kuwait.

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    Mon, 12 Dec 2016

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