BW Offshore-owned floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel BW Catcher, built for Premier Oil-operated Catcher development in the UK sector of the North Sea, is undergoing marine trials in Singapore ahead of its departure to final offshore location. Earlier this week, Premier Oil launched a video of the FPSO starting its marine trials off Singapore. The unit is scheduled to leave the shipyard and head to the UK this month. The FPSO was built by Keppel’s shipyard where a naming ceremony was held in April. The vessel is 241 meters long, 50 meters wide and 27 meters deep and it will be able to process up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day. The Catcher development, made up of several fields discovered between 2010 and 2013, is located 170 kilometers south-east of Aberdeen. The development entails 22 subsea wells, 14 producers and 8 water injectors, on the Catcher, Varadero and Burgman fields which will be tied back to the leased BW CATCHER FPSO. Upon completion, the vessel will be on a seven-year fixed term and 18 years of options contract with Premier Oil. At the end of July Premier Oil was working to complete the last of twelve wells scheduled for completion pre-first oil and the project remains on track for start-up in 2017. source: Offshore Energy Today Staff
Global Marine Group secures cable contract for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm
Global Marine Group (GMG), a leading provider of offshore engineering services to the renewables, telecommunications and oil & gas industries, announced that it has been awarded a contract from E.ON, an international, privately-owned energy supplier focused on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions, to install a fibre optic cable at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, under construction 13km off the coast of Sussex, UK. Upon completion the cable will run from the shore to an offshore substation, providing a vital communications link for this major wind farm. The installation is expected to be completed later this month. CWind, which is part of the GMG and is responsible for delivering the Company’s power capabilities, will execute the contract and will utilise the Group’s capable assets and project engineering team. The installation will centre on a 96-fibre armoured cable supplied from Hexatronic, installed by the CS RECORDER using the proven Hi-Plough to ensure appropriate cable protection in the hard chalk seabed.
Hong Kong-based bulker owner Ocean Longevity is in the market, snapping up secondhand Japanese-built tonnage. Brokers tell Splash that the owner has added new ships to its 25-strong fleet list. The latest addition is the 2008-built panamax bulker,Star Of Sawara , at what appears to be an off-market deal with Japanese owner Chiba Shipping for just under $14m. splash247.com/oce...