Sembcorp completes fixed platform topsides for Total’s Culzean gas field


Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard has completed three fixed platform topsides for French oil company Total’s high pressure-high temperature (HPHT) Culzean gas field in the UK North Sea.

Image: Well head fixed platform topside. Photo courtesy of Sembcorp Marine Ltd.

The 30,000-ton integrated topsides, consisting of well head, utilities and living quarters as well as central processing facility, will handle up to 500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas and 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) of condensate.

The topsides comply with UK safety regulations for harsh-environment operations in the Culzean field.

Total operates and co-owns the Culzean field with joint venture partners BP and JX Nippon.

Sembcorp Marine president and CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “The Culzean fixed platform topsides showcase our ability to deliver safe and reliable engineering solutions for HPHT field operating conditions.”

The three Culzean topsides have been constructed at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard over 32 months.

The well head platform and central processing facility left Singapore for the Culzean field in early May, and the utilities and living quarters will be dispatched shortly.

A power generation module and two interconnecting bridges, which form part of the integrated topsides, have been separately completed at Sembcorp Marine subsidiary Sembmarine SLP in Lowestoft, UK, and they will be delivered in June.

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Wood secures Gorgon LNG stage two job

Posted on May 17, 2018

Wood has extended its framework agreement with Chevron Australia to provide master contractor services to the Gorgon LNG stage two development located offshore Western Australia.

Effective immediately, the two-year contract extends an agreement in place since 2015 and will continue to be delivered by Wood’s Perth office, the company’s statement reads.

The scope of the agreement covers engineering, design, construction management, procurement, logistics, quality assurance, health, environment and safety management services for Chevron-operated onshore and offshore assets.

Wood’s team in Perth will continue to provide engineering design and logistics support to Gorgon LNG stage two.

The stage two entails the addition of additional wells and subsea infrastructure to the existing Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields to maintain future gas supply to the three existing LNG trains.

The Gorgon Project is operated by Chevron Australia and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent).

Wood bags Gorgon gig extension

Oilfield services provider Wood has been awarded an extension of its framework agreement with Chevron Australia to provide master contractor services to the Gorgon Stage Two development located offshore Western Australia.

Effective immediately, the two-year contract extends an agreement in place since 2015 and will continue to be delivered by Wood in Perth, Wood said in a statement on Wednesday.

The scope of the agreement covers engineering, design, construction management, procurement, logistics, quality assurance, health, environment and safety management services for Chevron-operated onshore and offshore assets.

Wood’s multi-disciplinary team in Perth will continue to provide engineering design and logistics support to Gorgon Stage Two.

Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive, comments: “We continue to demonstrate our successful track record in delivering engineering, procurement, construction and front-end engineering design projects.”

Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project is located on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Gorgon comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.

It is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 80 miles (130 km) and 136 miles (220 km) off the northwest coast of Western Australia.

The first LNG cargo departed Barrow Island on March 21, 2016 and domestic gas supply to the Western Australian market started in December 2016.

Chevron last April announced a decision to proceed with future offshore development at its Gorgon natural gas facility.

This planned future development phase at the Gorgon natural gas facility involves new wells in the Gorgon and Jansz-Io fields, and accompanying offshore production pipelines and subsea structures. The development fits within Chevron’s previously announced annual investment range of $18-20 billion through 2020.

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Sembcorp Marine secures contract to construct & integrate Shell Offshore’s Vito FPU

By: Samantha Chiew

21/05/18, 07:17 am

SINGAPORE (May 21): Sembcorp Marine has secured a contract by Sell Offshore to construct and integrate the hull, topsides and living quarters of the Vito semi-submersible Floating Production Unit (FPU).

This contract includes installation of Shell-furnished equipment, and follows a letter of intent between the two parties earlier in Dec 5, 2017.

See: SembMarine signs LoI to construct & integrate Shell Offshore’s Vito FPU

Supported by the Vito FPU’s four-column semi-submersible hull, the topsides weigh 9,200 tonnes and are designed to produce 100,000 bpd of oil and 100 MMSCFD of gas.

The Vito host will be located at a water depth of 1,234m in the Mississippi Canyon Block 984 in the Gulf of Mexico, 241km south of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the US.

Although it was not mentioned how much the contract was worth, the group expects it to contribute positively to its earnings.

Sillian Gu, senior VP and head of rigs & floaters of Sembcorp Marine says, “We are delighted that Shell has awarded the Vito FPU contract to us. We are fully committed to executing and delivering the project safely and efficiently.”

Shares in Sembcorp Marine last traded 2 cents higher at $2.22 on Friday.

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Eni gains further PSC in gas-rich basin offshore Indonesia


SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Indonesia’s government has awarded Eni a 100% operated interest in the East Ganal deepwater exploration block in the Kutei basin.

This is a new “gross split” production-sharing contract (PSC) covering 5,100 sq km (1,969 sq mi) and adjoining the company’s Muara Bakau and East Sepinggan PSCs in the Makassar Strait offshore East Kalimantan.

In the Muara Bakau PSC, production started a year ago from the deepwater Jangkrik field and last month, Eni gained approval for its plan to develop the Merakes discovery in East Sepinggan.

This project, using existing Jangkrik production and Bontang LNG facilities, will increase flexibility of gas supply both to Indonesia’s domestic market and for export.

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Indonesia sanctions deepwater Merakes gas tieback


SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Indonesia’s Energy Minister has approved Eni’s development plan for the Merakes gas field offshore East Kalimantan.

Merakes, which holds estimated in-place resources of around 2 tcf, is in 1,500 m (4,921 ft) water depth in the East Sepinggan production-sharing contract in the Makassar Strait, and 35 km (21.7 mi) southwest of Eni’s Jangkrik floating production unit (FPU) which started operations 11 month ago.

The discovery well in 2014, Merakes 1, encountered lean gas in Pliocene age reservoir sands. It was followed in January 2017 by the successful appraisal well Merakes 2, which confirmed strong gas deliverability.

Eni plans six subsea wells and associated subsea systems and pipelines which will be connected to the Jangkrik FPU. The gas will then be exported through existing pipelines from the FPU to the Bontang LNG processing facility operated by PT Badak in East Kalimantan.

Eni East Sepinggan has an 85% interest in the PSC, the remainder held by Pertamina Hulu Energy.

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PetroVietnam Gas inaugurates $439m Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant in Vietnam

EBR Staff Writer

Published 03 May 2018

PetroVietnam Gas has inaugurated the VND10tn ($439m) Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant in southern Vietnam, which will produce 600 metric tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per day.

Image: Inauguration of Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant in Vietnam. Photo: courtesy of PETROVIETNAM GAS JOINT STOCK CORPORATION (PV GAS).

The new gas processing plant, which also produces 35 tonnes of condensate a day and other supporting products, has been built in the Khánh An commune in U Minh District in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.

Expected to cover about 10% of Vietnam’s LPG requirement, the Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant has a daily capacity of 6.2 million m3 of gas and can store 8,000 tonnes of LPG and 3,000m3 of condensate.

PetroVietnam Gas said that the Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant will process natural gas procured from resources such as PM3-CAA and Block 46 Cai Nuoc located offshore southern Vietnam and also from the joint development area held by Vietnam with Malaysia.

The Ca Mau Gas Processing Plant has been executed in over 700 days using more than thousands of skilled workers, engineers and experienced professionals, said PetroVietnam Gas.

Established in 1977, PetroVietnam is the trading name of the Vietnamese government-owned Vietnam Oil and Gas Group. The Hanoi-based company is engaged into oil and gas exploration, production, storage, processing along with transportation, distribution and services.

PetroVietnam also undertakes exploration operations across Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar and Algeria apart from having oil production operations in Iraq and Malaysia.

Earlier, this year, PetroVietnam along with Thailand-based Siam Cement Group (SCG) started construction on the $5.4bn Long Son Petrochemical (LSP) Complex in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Developed through their joint venture named Long Son Petrochemical, the new petrochemical complex is slated to be completed in 2022 and has been designed to have a yearly capacity of 1.6 million tonnes of olefin.

The Long Son Petrochemical complex will be equipped to produce petrochemical products such as materials for plastics with a capacity of over two million tons per year.

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Hyundai Engineering wins $273m Thai refinery expansion contract

Published 24 April 2018


Hyundai Engineering CEO Sung Sang-rok, left, and BCP CEO Chaiwat Kovavisarach shake hands at the oil refinery deal signing ceremony held at the BCP headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on April 18 (local time).

Hyundai Engineering, the construction unit of Hyundai Motor Group, has been awarded a KRW290bn won ($273.2m) contract by Bangchak Corporation Public Company (BCP) for the expansion of a refinery in Bangkok, Thailand.

Under the terms of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, Hyundai Engineering will be responsible for the construction of continuous catalyst regeneration reformers at the refinery in the Phra Khanong district of Bangkok.

Hyundai said that the new facilities would allow the production of premium high-octane petrol at the refinery.

The firm will also replace old hydrocracking units at the oil refinery to boost the daily capacity from 25,000 barrels to 27,500 barrels.

Hyundai Engineering said in a statement: “We were able to clinch the deal as we had completed similar projects in Malaysia.

“We have also built up strong credentials having worked on various EPC projects with big petrochemical names in Thailand, including Siam Cement Group, PTT Group and Thai Oil Public Company.”

Hyundai, however, did not disclose the timeframe for the completion of the contract.

BCP operates the Bangchack refinery, which has production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day. The output is distributed to more than 1,000 service stations across the country.

Bangchak refinery produces gasohol and diesel which meets the Euro 4 standard. It is claimed to be the first in Asia to produce gasohol E20 of the Euro 5 standard.

Earlier this year, Hyundai Engineering secured a $350m contract to upgrade an oil refining factory in Malacca, Malaysia.

The contract has been signed with the Malaysian Refining Company, a company affiliated with Malaysia’s state-run oil company, Petronas.

Pursuant to the contract, Hyundai will construct facilities to reduce the content of sulfur in diesel produced at the existing oil refining factory inside the complex in Malacca, Malaysia.

Hyundai Engineering is engaged in providing engineering solutions in a range of fields, including the process plant, power & energy plant, infrastructure and environmental sectors.

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