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  1. Deepwater: BP Thunder Horse South Expansion starts up ahead of schedule and under budget

    BP has started up the Thunder Horse South Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico 11 months ahead of schedule and $150 million under budget.    The project is expected to boost production at the facility by an estimated 50,000 gross barrels of oil equivalent per day, further increasing output at one of the largest oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico . “Thunder Horse South Expansion - along with our recent approval of the $9 billion Mad Dog Phase 2 platform - demonstrates that the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remains a key part of our global portfolio today and for many years to come,” said BP chief executive executive Bob Dudley. “This project also marks the first of several major upstream start-ups expected before the end of this year and a major step toward our goal of adding 800,000 barrels of new production by 2020,” he said. “These new projects, coupled with a series of recent agreements we’ve reached around the world, reflect the growing momentum across BP and clear progress in building a strong foundation for the future.”  The Thunder Horse South Expansion project adds a new subsea production system roughly two miles to the south of the existing Thunder Horse platform. The system is a collection point for wells connected to the Thunder Horse platform by two 11,000-foot flowlines installed on the seabed in late 2016. The project was completed more than 15 percent below budget by relying on proven standardized equipment and technology rather than building customized components. The first new well for the project tapped into the highest amount of hydrocarbon bearing sand seen to date at the Thunder Horse field, with drilling results confirming more than 500 feet of net pay.  Planned for 2017, but brought online on December 8, 2016, the project demonstrates continued momentum for BP in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico where last year the company started up a major water-injection project at Thunder Horse and approved the $9 billion Mad Dog Phase 2 project, expected to come online in late 2021.  Richard Morrison, regional president of BP’s Gulf of Mexico business, said: “The Thunder Horse South Expansion project, brought online ahead of schedule and under budget, proves that deepwater can be done in a cost-effective way, while keeping a relentless focus on safety. It also shows the effectiveness of our strategy in the Gulf, which is all about increasing production from within our existing asset base and large portfolio of undeveloped resources.”  Developed with partner ExxonMobil, the Thunder Horse platform sits in more than 6,000 feet of water and began production in June 2008. It has the capacity to handle 250,000 gross barrels of oil and 200 million gross cubic feet per day of natural gas. The facility continued to operate during construction and installation of the new subsea production and pipeline system.  In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, BP operates four large production platforms - Thunder Horse, Atlantis, Mad Dog and Na Kika, and holds interests in four non-operated hubs - Mars, Olympus, Ursa and Great White.

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  2. BP starts production from Thunder Horse South expansion project

    BP PLC has started production from the Thunder Horse South expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. It’s expected to boost production at the Thunder Horse facility by an estimated 50,000 boe/d gross.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  3. Contract let for Mad Dog Phase 2 floating production platform

    Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. reported being awarded an order to build a floating production platform for the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. PSA orders Eni to take action on Goliat deficiencies

    The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has issued two orders to Eni Norge on its running of the Goliat project in the Barents Sea.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  1. FPSOs to continue market domination, report finds

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. No injuries reported from platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico

    The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is responding to a fire that occurred this morning on the SS266A oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  3. Offshore Structures: Coast Guard: Fire extinguished on platform in Gulf of Mexico

    A pre-dawn fire has been extinguished on an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and there is no sign of pollution in the area, authorities said Thursday.

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  4. Valhall, Hod deliver one-billionth barrel ahead of schedule

    The Valhall and Hod fields in the southern Norwegian North Sea have produced more than 1 Bboe, according to operator Aker BP.

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  5. Troll Solution lifted from seabed offshore Mexico

    Conquest Offshore’s heavy-lift barge MB-1 has supported the salvage operation of the jackup Troll Solution in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  6. First Etame field development production platform jacket in place offshore Gabon

    Vaalco Energy expects installation of two more production platforms to proceed as planned later this year on the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon.

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    Fri, 8 Aug 2014

  7. Petrobras starts up production platform P-62 offshore in Campos basin

    Petrobras has started production platform P-62 , one of the strategic projects of the company’s 2014-2018 Business and Management Plan, on May 12 in Roncador field, Campos basin.

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    Tue, 13 May 2014

  8. Platform damage halts Maari oil production offshore New Zealand

    Production from the Maari oil production platform offshore Taranaki basin in New Zealand has been halted after a 1.4-m crack was found in one of the 12 horizontal struts.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

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