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May 2013 Issue

InterMoor to Construct Service Base at Açu Superport in Brazil
InterMoor (Houston, Texas) has a construction license to build facilities at the new industrial complex of Açu Superport located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Construction of the service base started in April.

The facility will be built on a 52,300 square-meter plot. InterMoor will provide services for oil and gas clients and contractors operating in Brazil.

InterMoor intends to maintain the health, safety, environment and security industry standards.

The Açu Superport venture is designed to handle up to 350 million tons of cargo each year. It is among the world’s largest ports and is the largest multimodal industrial port venture in Latin America. The superport has an offshore terminal (TX1) along with the TX2 onshore terminal that jointly offer up to 47 berths with a minimum of 10 meters of water depth and a 17-kilometer pier.

TX2 will land and ship goods from a range of industries within the industrial complex, including offshore support, marine fuel, drilling pipes and flexible risers. It has 2 million square meters of property designated for the installation of offshore support industries.

Statoil, SOCAR sign MoU For New Caspian Acreage
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) and the State Oil Co. of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) located in Baku, Azerbaijan, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop the Zafar-Mashal structures in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.

The agreement was signed in Baku by Rovnag Abdullayev, president and CEO of SOCAR, and Helge Lund, CEO of Statoil. During his visit, Helge Lund also met with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, to discuss the MoU and Statoil’s role in the energy sector in Azerbaijan.

The MoU defines the framework for exploring opportunities, conducting negotiations and agreeing on key commercial principles and terms during the 12 months after the date of signing.

Statoil has participated in several exploration efforts over the last few years that include offshore discoveries in Norway, Tanzania and Brazil.

The Zafar-Mashal structures are located about 100 kilometers offshore, south of Baku.

Exxon Mobil to Explore Offshore Liberia
Exxon Mobil Corp. (Irving, Texas) announced that its Liberian affiliate has acquired from Canadian Overseas Petroleum Ltd. (COPL), based in Calgary, Canada, 80 percent interest in Liberia Block 13 (LB-13). The block comprises more than 2,500 square kilometers offshore Liberia in water depths ranging from 75 to 3,000 meters.

Exxon Mobil Exploration and Production Liberia Ltd. and COPL received final approval of the transaction from the Liberia national legislature and Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The transaction closed in April.

Exxon Mobil is the operator of LB-13. COPL now has 20 percent interest in LB-13.

Exxon Mobil plans to open its venture office in Monrovia, Liberia, to begin fulfilling the requirements of the production-sharing contract, which calls for an exploration well to be drilled within three years.

Liberia Block 13 is 30 kilometers offshore Liberia’s central coast.

BSEE Completes Rule to Strengthen Workplace Safety
To promote offshore safety, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the final rule in a series that expands the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources.

The Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) II final rule enhances the original SEMS rule, also known as the Workplace Safety Rule, which was issued in October 2010. It provides greater protection by supplementing operators’ SEMS programs with greater employee participation, empowering field-level personnel with safety management decisions and strengthening oversight by requiring audits to be conducted by accredited third parties.

The Workplace Safety Rule became effective on November 15, 2010. Operators were required to implement a SEMS program by November 15, 2011 and must submit their first completed SEMS audit to BSEE by November 15, 2013. The SEMS II final rule that was released becomes effective on June 4, 2013, but does not affect an operator’s first audit cycle.

As part of U.S. President Barack Obama‘s administration’s energy strategy, domestic oil and gas production has grown each year the president has been in office. Domestic oil production is currently higher than at any time in the last two decades, and natural gas production is at its highest level ever. Foreign oil imports now account for less than 40 percent of the oil consumed in the U.S., the lowest level since 1988.

HB Rentals Completes 10-Building Package
HB Rentals (Broussard, Louisiana) was awarded an A60-American Bureau of Shipping-approved, 10-building package to accommodate 58 personnel on a fixed platform off the northern coast of Trinidad.

In addition to the 58 beds, HB Rentals also supplied the galley, diner, laundry facilities and medic’s room, as well as the generators, electrical distribution system, water maker, storage system, sewage treatment equipment, stairs and platforms. The units, outfitted at HB Rentals’ Broussard facility, were shipped via ocean freight to HB Rentals’ Trinidad facility.

Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Rig Arctic I
The tug Fairmount Sherpa delivered the rig GSF Arctic I from offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

GSF Arctic I is a semisubmersible drilling rig for deepwater operations, owned by Transocean (Vernier, Switzerland). It is designed to drill up to depths of 10,000 meters. The rig is 78 meters long and 61 meters wide.

The voyage covered almost 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean with an average speed of 4.1 knots.

Fairmount Marine’s (Rotterdam, Netherlands) fleet of tugs consists of five modern super tugs and a multi-purpose support vessel. The tugs are designed for long-distance towing.


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