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Subsea 7 has inked a multi-million pound contract with BP. Under the scope of this contract, Subsea 7 will provide subsea construction, inspection, repair and maintenance services. The exact value of the deal has not been disclosed but is expected to be worth around £110-£225 million. The contract covers all the assets of BP in the North Sea and west of Shetland.
Supermajor BP Plc registered a strong performance in its fourth quarter results. Profits in 2018 for the Anglo-Dutch oil firm doubled to five-year highs of $12.7 billion and were driven by the rise in oil and gas production. BP reported production of 3.7 million boepd in 2018. However, debt on BP grew and the share buyback scheme couldn’t keep up with the pace in the last quarter.
Houston-based start-up Belmont Technology has received an investment of £3.8 million from oil supermajor, BP Plc. Belmont has developed a cloud-based geoscience platform using AI, which links geology, geophysics, reservoir and project information. The platform will enabled BP to gain a clearer understanding of its subsurface assets. Belmont’s technology aims at a 90% time-reduction in data collection, interpretation and simulation.
EPC giant, McDermott International has secured an EPC contract from BP Trinidad & Tobago, LLC. McDermott will carry out the engineering, procurement, construction, hook-up and commissioning of the Cassia Compression Platform, offshore Trinidad. Brownfield modifications at Cassia B are also a part of the scope of the contract. McDermott will provide engineering services from its offices in Houston, Chennai and Dubai.
Canada-based Niko Resources has served an arbitration notice to its partners in India’s KG-D6 block, RIL and BP plc. According to an earnings statement from RIL, Niko Resources, which holds 10% stakes in the KG-D6 block, had defaulted on cash calls during the October-December quarter. As Niko failed to cure the default, a default notice was triggered and the Canadian oil and gas firm was asked to exit the block.
Supermajor BP has announced an investment of $1.3 billion to expand its Atlantis development in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil major will construct a new subsea production system, which will be used to tie eight new wells into the existing Atlantis platform. BP’s advanced seismic imaging has revealed the existence of an additional 400 million barrels of oil at the Atlantis field.
Supermajor, BP and Azerbaijani state-owned SOCAR’s subsidiary in Turkey yesterday entered into a Heads of Agreement (HoA). Under the agreement, the two oil firms agreed to assess the formation of a joint venture for building and operating a world-scale petrochemicals complex in Turkey. The complex is expected to manufacture 1.25 million tpa of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), 840,000 tpa paraxylene (PX) and 340,000 tpa benzene.
Norway’s energy service firm, Aker Solutions has confirmed the contract award from BP. The oil and gas super major has given the responsibility of engineering services for Clair South project to Aker. This project is located at UK North Sea. London team of Aker will be working on the contract and will deliver the project over an 11-month period. The companies have decided not to reveal the value of the contract.
BP Trinidad and Tobago has approved two new gas development offshore projects, Cassia Compression and Matapal. The Cassia project will enhance recovery from its existing resources, enabling BPTT to produce low pressure gas reserves. With the help of Matapal project, BPTT will develop gas resources discovered in 2017. Both these projects will help BPTT to stay true to its supply commitments to Trinidad’s National Gas Company and Atlantic LNG.
Petroleum Ministry of Egypt has given approval to energy major BP and UAE’s Mubadala Investment Co., enabling them to buy stakes in the Nour gas field. Mubadala will buy 20% and BP will buy 25% of the Nour concession from Eni. After this, Eni will be holding only 40% of the concession. Remaining 15% will be held by Tharwa Petroleum Company of Egypt.
UK-based EnQuest has concluded the acquisition of BP’s remaining 75% stakes in the Magnus oil field in £230 million. Additional 9% of the Sullom Voe Oil terminal and two pipeline systems was also sold to EnQuest. The deal will add 60 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) to EnQuest’s reserves portfolio. EnQuest had acquired 25% stakes in Magnus in December 2017.
Worley Parsons informed that as a part of its JV with BP Plc, it has planned on taking 50% shareholding in New Zealand Oil Services (NZOSL).Under the deal between Worley Parsons and BP Oil New Zealand, NZOSL will assist with engineering, project delivery and asset management services for BP’s 7 fuel storage, handling and distribution facilities in New Zealand. Worley Parsons will become the preferred contractor of NZOSL.
The CEO of energy major, BP informed that the company will start the exploration in Libya with Eni in the first quarter of next year. He said that the set of offshore rig takes time and that is why he is not sure if the activity will start this year. In October, Eni bought 85% of BP’s stake in Libya oil and gas license.
The fourth major upstream project for BP this year has started production. The energy major announced that the Thunder Horse Northwest Expansion project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico has been started and is four months ahead of schedule. Further, the project is 15% under budget too. BP has predicted that its new projects starting production between 2016 and 2021 will have 900,000 boed of new production by 2021.
Europe’s Prosafe has been awarded a £14.3million contract by BP. Prosafe will grant the charter of the Safe Zephyrus accommodation vessel at the Clair Ridge platform. The contract is of five-month and will start from May next year. The contract has an extension option of one month. CEO of Prosafe said “The Safe Zephyrus’ track record of gangway connected operations is second to none since her delivery in 2016,”
Serica Energy yesterday informed about receiving waiver on US sanctions for the UK North Sea field. The conditional licence has been granted on production from the Rhum field, where 50% stakes are owned by the national oil company of Iran. Serica’s purchase of BP’s stakes in Bruce, Keith and Rhum assets and Total’s stakes in Bruce and Keith assets were on hold due to US sanctions on Iran.
Due to safety concerns and the revolution in 2011, BP denied exploration services in Libya in 2014. The energy giant has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and Eni in order to resume the exploration. The deal will be closed by the end of this year so that the exploration work can be restarted in 2019.
Aker Solutions has informed that the company has entered into a five-year agreement with BP in Angola, effective from Q3 of present fiscal year. The contract will see Aker Solutions supply brownfield modifications, maintenance and operations support for BP’s Greater Plutonio and PSVM fields offshore Angola. Aker will also provide engineering, procurement, and construction services on the floating production, FPSO vessels at each field for brownfield projects.