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January 2012 Issue

ASME Donates $1.25 Million to UH Subsea Engineering Program
The petroleum division of the Ameri?can Society of Mechanical Eng?ineers (ASME) in December donated $1.25 million to the University of Houston (UH) to support the school's two engineering and petroleum technology initiatives.

Of the donation, $1 million will be used to establish an endowed chair at the university's college of engineering, providing UH an opportunity to recruit a leader in subsea engineering who can broaden course offerings, spearhead new research and increase community outreach.

An additional $250,000 donation to the UH College of Technology will extends the life of its petroleum technology initiative, which focuses on using industry retirees and Houston-area facilities and personnel to teach and mentor students. The donation will help fund adjunct faculty support, scholarships, facilities, equipment, software and outreach programs.

"To date, UH has the only subsea engineering program in the country," said Matthew Franchek, chairman of the UH department of mechanical engineering and director of the subsea program. "This endowment will enable UH to seek a rainmaker in subsea engineering who will educate students and make discoveries that promote safe and reliable subsea oil and gas production." For more information, visit www.asme.org.

FMC Deepwater Tree System Set 2,934-Meter Depth Record
An enhanced vertical deepwater tree system, designed by FMC Technologies Inc. (Houston, Texas), set in November a new deepwater completion record at 2,934 meters' depth.

The depth was achieved at Shell's Tobago field, part of the Perdido development located in the Gulf of Mexico, surpassing the previous 2,852-meter record set in 2008 in Shell's Silvertip field, FMC said.

Shell's Perdido development, located on Alaminos Canyon Block 815, includes the Great White, Silvertip and Tobago fields. FMC's overall scope of supply for the project has included 25 subsea trees pressure-rated at 10,000 pounds per square inch; five subsea caisson separation and boosting systems; two subsea manifolds; and related controls and equipment.

Shell operates the Tobago field on behalf of partners Chevron, Unocal and Nexen. For more information, visit www.fmctechnologies.com.

Deepwater Drillship Designed By Shell, Noble Arrives in Gulf
The Noble Bully I, a drillship capable of drilling in up to 10,000 feet of water, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico from Singapore, Royal Dutch Shell plc (The Hague, Netherlands) and Noble Corp. (Baar, Switzerland) announced in December.

The first of two Bully rigs, the Noble Bully I was jointly designed by Shell and Noble. The Noble Bully I was to complete commissioning and acceptance testing in December before beginning operations in Shell's Mars B, Olympus, development. The Noble Bully II is expected to begin operations early next year in Brazil, the companies said.

The Bully rigs have ice-class hulls, a multipurpose tower and dynamic positioning, Shell and Noble said. The rigs also use less fuel, are shorter and lighter than comparable drillships, and have increased automated technology. For more information, visit www.noblecorp.com.

GE Establishes Training Center For Maintenance in Australia
GE Oil & Gas (Florence, Italy) opened a $100 million technology and training complex in Jandakot, Australia, to support the development of skills for the oil and gas sector, the company announced in December.

The complex, the largest of its kind in Australia, will also provide its first in-country support and maintenance center for the upstream and gas market. GE said it expects to deliver 4,000 training days in 2012 and has already begun to service its major equipment in the country.

"Global energy demand is expected to grow 35 percent over the next 25 years and by 2020 Australia will be the biggest exporter of LNG in the world," said Steve Sargent, CEO and president of GE Australia and New Zealand. "Ensuring that Australia benefits fully from this boom requires us to develop skills and technical capabilities in-country."

The service center will be supporting equipment employed in LNG trains that compress and refrigerate natural gas. Every day an LNG train is out of action can cost up to $15 million, GE said, so maximizing uptime and optimizing maintenance is crucial. The Jandakot center will provide in-country maintenance, reducing downtime while parts are serviced overseas and creating a secondary service industry in the region. For more information, visit www.ge-energy.com.

Chevron to Invest $32.7B in Capital and Exploration in 2012
Chevron Corp. (San Ramon, California) plans to spend $32.7 billion in capital and exploratory expenditures in 2012, including $9 billion in the U.S., the company announced in December. Chevron estimates it spent about $28 billion in capital and exploratory costs in 2011.

"By 2017, we expect our net crude oil and natural gas production to grow about 20 percent to 3.3 million barrels per day," Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson said.

Chevron has planned spending of $28.5 billion for exploration and production activities. The company's major capital investments include developments in Australia, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Nigeria, Angola and China. The 2012 program includes multiyear projects that are in the construction phase, such as two Australian LNG projects and multiple deepwater developments.

In the Gulf of Mexico, projects under development include Jack/St. Malo, Big Foot, Tahiti-2 and Tubular Bells. The Jack/St. Malo and Big Foot projects are about 20 percent complete, Chevron said, with their first production expected in 2014.

"Our global LNG investments are estimated to reach peak spending in 2012 and 2013," Vice Chairman George Kirkland said. "In 2014 we expect to begin reaping the benefits of these investments as Gorgon and our deepwater projects ramp up production."

Approximately 87 percent of the 2012 program is budgeted for upstream crude oil and natural gas exploration and production projects, Chevron said. Another 11 percent will go to downstream businesses. For more information, visit www.chevron.com.


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