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First injection of water achieved in Shell’s Ursa/Princess Waterflood project in GOM Shell announced it has achieved another milestone in the Ursa/Princess Waterflood project. First injection of water occurred on 3 July 2008 and is planned to continue for the next 30 years. With a listed volume enhancement capacity of 30,000 bbl/day of oil equivalent, the waterflood is expected to extend the life of the field by 10 years. “The Ursa/Princess Waterflood project represents a significant investment by Shell and the other interest owners in one of the most prolific areas in the Gulf of Mexico — the Ursa-Mars basin. Ursa-Princess has produced nearly 400 million bbl of oil equivalent to date, and we believe potential exists for continued development ...

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North Sea Chapter donates to UK charities The Oil Chaplaincy Trust and the Anthony Nolan Trust have been selected as charities that will receive funds collected at the North Sea Chapter (NSC) Annual Safety Awards. A total of £4,660 was raised through personal and company donations and with the chapter’s pledge to match all funds raised. NSC chairman Steve Rae of Seawell led a cheque presentation at UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy offices. Ex-officio NSC vice chairman Roger Hodgson of KCA DEUTAG and John Davies of Odfjell Drilling were also present. The Rev Andrew Jolly of the Oil Chaplaincy Trust expressed his thanks to the IADC and all those who contributed at the awards dinner for their continuing support. IFECM ...

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Wirelines

EPA may draft national cbm regulations The US Environmental Protection Agency indicated it’s on the path to formulating national regulations for coalbed methane (CBM) operations under the Clean Water Act. IPAA and five other major national trade associations, including IADC, joined by 38 state producer trade groups, have vigorously protested this initiative as unwarranted, and reiterated opposition in an 8 August comment to the docket. Industry cited the fact that EPA has not demonstrated that there is an environmental problem warranting national regulations. Moreover, the long-established National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) provides a reliable and tested framework, structured to delegate the permitting process to state regulatory agencies. IADC group, Indonesian tax reps meet An IADC delegation, led by Lane ...

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People, Companies & Products

Anticipating international growth, Abbot names new CEO Holger Temmen has been named chief executive officer of Abbot Group and the KCA DEUTAG group of companies. This is a new position created in anticipation of international growth and follows the takeover of Abbot Group by US private equity firm First Reserve in March. Alasdair Locke remains executive chairman of Abbot Group. The company plans to double the size of the business in the next few years through organized growth and acquisition, Mr Locke said. Mr Temmen joined the DEUTAG group of companies in 1990 as a financial controller. In 2000 he became managing director of DEUTAG Europe. Following the acquisition of DEUTAG by KCA in 2001, he took over responsibility for ...

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D&C Tech Digest

FMC Technologies’ Enhanced Vertical Deepwater Tree (EVDT) is a slimbore subsea completion system designed to provide large-bore system capabilities. It can accommodate 7-in. tubing completions and pressures up to 15,000 psi within a 13 5/8-in. BOP stack. Among other features, it allows ultra-deepwater completions to be performed from a small drilling rig containing the surface BOP. Versabuild’s heavy lift system, nicknamed “Bottom Feeder,” recently retrieved six hurricane-toppled platform topsides from the seabed. Each of the eight-leg topsides was retrieved as single lifts, with peak lift weights of up to 1,600 tons. This approach results in reduced personnel exposure offshore and is extremely cost-effective. INTEQ’s MagTrak is a LWD tool that provides a comprehensive range of magnetic resonance answer products, including ...

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StatoilHydro awards 5-year contract to Aker Drilling rig StatoilHydro has awarded a five-year contract to Aker Drilling’s Aker Spitsbergen for drilling operations in the Norwegian Sea. The contract was originally awarded in December 2006, but StatoilHydro has had until now to decide the length of the fixed part of the contract, beyond a minimum period of three years. It was important to be awarded this contract for Aker’s first drilling unit, said Geir Sjøberg, Aker president and CEO. Value of the contract is estimated at approximately US $970 million. The Aker Spitsbergen, an Aker sixth-generation rig, will be used for drilling assignment at Halten Nordland in the Norwegian Sea. It is designed for the Norwegian continental shelf, where deep waters ...

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Wirelines

Indonesia tax scheme raises concern IADC has written the Indonesian director general of tax to urge the consistent application of Indonesia’s “deemed profits” regime for offshore drilling contractors. Over many years, IADC has worked with the Indonesian government to establish a reliable taxation system for its members operating in Indonesia. As recently as 2005, an IADC delegation went to Jakarta to update that regime, which was successfully completed. A recent audit of an IADC member company raises concerns that regulatory authorities may not be observing settled agreements with IADC on the tax regime. IADC senior vice president – government affairs Brian Petty has written to support contractors’ position, emphasizing the importance of the long-standing agreement between IADC and the Tax ...

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