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Saudi Aramco has concluded the purchase of 50% stakes in the Netherlands-based Arlanxeo joint venture (JV). Aramco has now gained full ownership of the synthetic rubber company. The oil major bought the stakes from Lanxess in a €1.5bn deal. Proceedings from the transaction will allow Lanxess to reduce financial debt. Arlanxeo, which produces synthetic rubber and elastomers, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco.
McDermott International and BHGE have signed a MoU with Western Gas Corporation Pty Ltd, announced America’s multinational EPC Company. These two companies will be the exclusive development partners for the Equus Gas Project in Western Australia. Work scope of this contract will include advancement of pre-FEED and FEED to final investment decision (FID). BHGE and McDermott will commence EPCIC after FID for the entire field development.
Shell Overseas Holdings Limited, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell, has completed its sale of shares in Shell E&P Ireland Limited to Nephin Energy Holdings Limited. It holds 45% interest in the Corrib gas venture, worth up to $1.30 billion. This sale is in line with Shell’s target of divestment for 2016-2018. Shell will retain its presence in Ireland through its JV with Topaz Aviation Ireland Limited.
Australian oil major, Santos’ JV with supermajor, Shell has secured new acreage in Queensland’s key gas-producing Surat and Bowen Basins. Spread across almost 400 sq km of area, exploration activities in the new acreage will aim at the natural gas in deep sandstone reservoirs of the Bowen Basin. Santos is the designated operator of the license.
Director of state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation informed that they had talks with Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) delegation. Both the parties have agreed on a feasibility study for a joint venture project to build an LNG terminal in Bangladesh. At present, Bangladesh imports LNG from Qatar and Oman. The Director also said that “After the study, we will finalise the capacity for the terminal and other related things,”
Petrobras’ subsidiary, Petrobras America Inc. and Murphy Oil Corporation’s subsidiary Murphy Exploration & Production Company have signed an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) comprised of oil producing assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Both the companies will contribute their present assets of Gulf of Mexico, with Murphy having 80% interest and PAI 20%. The production of this JV is expected to be approximately 75,000 boed in fourth-quarter 2018.
Total has announced that the company has signed an agreement with Algeria’s Sonatrach to develop the reserves of Erg Issouane gas field in Algeria. French energy giant has also informed that the development of Erg Issouane will require an investment of $400 million. The two companies are planning to form a JV called Sonatrach Total Entreprise Polymères for a petrochemical project in Arzew.
Bayport Polymers has awarded a contract to McDermott International, Inc. for the development of its new High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), the Borstar Bay3 Project in Texas. Bayport is a JV of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA and Novealis Holdings LLC. McDermott’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction. The capacity of the plant is 625,000 tons/year. The plant will be ready in 2021.
Texas-based engineering firm, Fluor Corporation has secured LNG Canada’s $14-billion EPFC contract in a joint venture with JGC Corporation. The JV will deliver engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction on the LNG Canada project. Fluor will receive $8.4-billion share from the contract. LNG Canada is a JV between Shell, PETRONAS, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation and KOGAS.
Grey Matters’ third program will be in progress on November 15, a JV from Elevator, Scottish Enterprise and OGTC. This initiative by Grey Matters will bring experienced oil and gas industry professionals together to work for transformation of this sector. The company wants to improve the energy sector of Scotland. Under this program, up to 25 participants will take part and will work for 16-week at Elevator's Center of Entrepreneurship.
In an attempt to develop and ramp up the production of the oil fields in Western Siberia, mainly in the Tomsk and Omsk Regions, a joint venture (JV) has been formed. Gazprom Neft, Mubadala Petroleum and the Russian Direct Investment have entered into this joint venture. After this procurement Mubadala Petroleum and RDIF have 44% and 5% equity, while Gazprom Neft has 51% interest in the JV.
Oil supermajor, Saudi Aramco has formed a USD 8 billion joint venture with Air Products and ACWA Power in Saudi Arabia. The gasification and power joint venture will receive feedstock from Saudi Aramco for the Jazan refinery and terminal. The project will augment 400,000 barrels per day of refining capacity, processing heavy and medium crude oil.
Japanese joint venture, JERA has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with ADNOC LNG for the purchase of upto eight cargoes of LNG. The deal term is for 3 years, ending in 2021. JERA said in a statement that the deal will help the venture to respond to LNG demand fluctuations. The Japanse JV has in the recent times struck a lot of deals for LNG purchase.
In a statement released by NRL, Indian oil companies, IOCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL, and NRL have formed a joint venture to carry out the North-East Natural Gas Pipeline Grid as part of the Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project. The JV will focus on the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Natural Gas Pipeline Grid connecting Guwahati to the other major North-Eastern cities and major load centers.
A joint venture between Petrofac and Turkish Standard Institutions (TSE) bagged a multi-million dollar Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract, for a period of three years. The contract pertains to support the BOTAS North Marmara Underground Gas Storage Expansion Project in Turkey. The scope of the contract includes detailed design, engineering, procurement, construction, drilling and decommissioning, along with commissioning and start-up activities.
Houston-based Fairfield Geotechnologies has formed a joint venture with Ikon Science to provide complete geoprediction services to the oil and gas industry in the North America. Fairfield recently rebranded itself from Fairfield Nodal, and the JV formation is in line of its growth strategy. The JV will utilize industry-leading geoprediction technology of Ikon Science, which includes RokDoc Ji-Fi inversion software, with Fairfield’s seismic acquisition, processing, and multi-client data library.
Achimgaz, a German-Russian joint venture of Wintershall and Gazprom, has set a new benchmark, with total production reaching 30 Bcm of natural gas. Moreover, the company has produced more than 13 million tons of gas condensate, till date. The record figures reflect that developing difficult hydrocarbon deposits like the Achimov horizon can be successful and profitable.
ExxonMobil has announced that the size of P’nyang natural gas field in Papua New Guinea has increased by 84% from the year 2012 and this offers immense growth opportunities to the firm for its operations in the country. The firm is working closely with its JV partners and the government for developing this world class resource.