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Shell’s Deepwater Appomattox departs for the installation in the Gulf of Mexico

Shell has reported that the Appomattox semisubmersible production platform has departed Ingleside, Texas, and is on its way to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sanctioned in July 2015, Appomattox is 80 mi (129 km) offshore Louisiana, in approximately 7,200 ft (2,195 m) of water.

The development initially will produce from the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields and will consist of a semisubmersible, four-column production host platform, a subsea system featuring six drill centers, 15 producing wells, and five water injection wells.

The platform and the Appomattox and Vicksburg fields will be owned by Shell (79%) and Nexen Petroleum Offshore U.S.A. Inc. (21%), a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd.

Production is expected to begin by the end of 2019. At peak it should produce 175,000 boe/d.

According to Shell, the Appomattox project will cost 30% less than originally expected when sanctioned. 

Source: Offshore

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Shell Green Light Funding for Vito Deepwater Project

Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, today announces the final investment decision for Vito, a deep-water development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico with a forward-looking, break-even price estimated to be less than $35 per barrel. This decision sets in motion the construction and fabrication of a new, simplified host design and subsea infrastructure.

Vito is expected to reach peak production of approximately 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day, which represents a significant contribution to our continued growth in the Gulf of Mexico. The development currently has an estimated, recoverable resource of 300 million boe.

“With a lower-cost developmental approach, the Vito project is a very competitive and attractive opportunity industry-wide,” said Andy Brown, Shell Upstream Director. “Our ability to advance this world-class resource is a testament to the skill and ingenuity of our development, engineering and drilling teams.”

In 2015, Shell began to redesign the Vito project, reducing cost estimates by more than 70% from the original concept. Vito’s cost savings are due to the simplified design, in addition to working collaboratively with vendors in a variety of areas including well design and completions, subsea, contracting, and topsides design.

The Vito development is owned by Shell Offshore Inc. (63.11% operator) and Statoil USA E&P Inc. (36.89%); the field is located beneath more than 4,000 feet of water, approximately 150-miles southeast of New Orleans. 

With 40-years of Shell leadership in deep water, Vito will be Shell’s 11th deep-water host in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently scheduled to begin producing oil in 2021. With global production progressing to more than 900,000 boe per day, Shell has deep-water projects and opportunities in the U.S., Brazil, Nigeria, Malaysia, and Mexico.

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Shell releases its energy transition strategy report

Royal Dutch Shell has released its Energy Transition Report which outlines the firm’s future within a cleaner energy industry.

Despite continuing with oil exploration, the company also claims it will “thrive as the world transitions to lower-carbon energy”, it stated in a press release. “Understanding what climate change means for our company is one of the biggest strategic questions on my mind today,” stated Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell. “In answering that question, we are determined to work with society and our customers.”

“We will help and inform and encourage progress towards the aims of the Paris Agreement.” And we intend to continue to provide strong returns for shareholders well into the future.”

In the report, the company states that it anticipates it will produce 80% of its current oil and gas reserves by 2030, expecting only 20% production following. 

Shell also aims to invest £3.5bn (US$4.89bn) in conventional oil and gas, as well as an additional $3.5bn on oil products.

The company has also set the goal to spend £1.4bn ($1.99bn) on renewable energies.

Shell aims to grow its business in what it expects to be important areas and will use data from its Sky Scenario to methodically identify future investments.

Shell will also target wind power for future investments as part of its expansion in power markets.

“We have the 680MW offshore wind farm on the border in the Southern North Sea between the Netherlands and the UK, and there’s more to come,” remarked John McArthur, Vice President of group CO2 at Shell.

 

 

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Shell’s gas production could be triple oil by 2050

Royal Dutch Shell could boost its share of natural gas production to triple that of oil in order to meet self-imposed goals to halve carbon emissions by 2050, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the CERA Week conference by IHS Markit in Houston, van Beurden outlined a series of measures the Anglo-Dutch company is considering to meet the ambitious targets, which include limiting emissions from its operations as well as emissions from the burning of its petrol and gas by customers.

“Over time, this net carbon footprint ambition will transform our company’s product mix,” van Beurden said.

Other than increasing the share of natural gas, the least polluting fossil fuel, from around 50 percent today, Shell could also sell energy from offshore wind farms, sell biofuels and use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, van Beurden said.

Shell is even rolling out a program charging customers 1 to 2 cents at the gasoline pump to be used to plant trees around the world to offset carbon emissions, he said.

Van Beurden however said that the energy sector will need gas production operations to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, or the case for the fuel as a lower carbon alternative would be “fatally undermined.”

Shell, the world’s top trader of liquefied natural gas, currently produces around 3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, of which roughly half is natural gas.

Source: Reuters

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Shell to Commission Sevan 400 FPSO for Penguins Field

Shell will commission a newbuild Sevan 400 FPSO for its re-development of the Penguins oil and gas field in the UK northern North Sea.

This will be the company’s first new manned installation in the area for almost 30 years. It will have capacity to produce up to 45,000 boe/d.

Shell said the project represented an attractive opportunity with a competitive break-even price of less than $40/bbl.

Currently, oil and gas from the Penguins field is processed via four drill centers tied back to the Brent Charlie platform, which is close to ceasing production.

Shell plans to drill an additional eight wells on Penguins, tied back to the new FPSO.

Oil will be transported via tanker to refineries and gas will be transported via the FLAGS pipeline to the St Fergus gas terminal in northeast Scotland. In the case of the gas, this will involve a tie-in of existing subsea facilities and additional pipeline infrastructure.

Steve Phimister, vp Upstream for Shell in the UK and Ireland, said: “Having reshaped our portfolio over the last 12 months, we now plan to grow our North Sea production through our core production assets.”

Penguins, discovered in 1974, is in 165 m (541 ft) of water, 150 mi (241 km) northeast of the Shetland Islands. Development started in 1974; Shell and ExxonMobil each have a 50% interest.

Fiona Legate, Wood Mackenzie’s senior research analyst, commented: “Shell and Exxon taking a final investment decision (FID)…in early 2018 is very positive for the North Sea…

“The Penguins redevelopment is expected to produce around 80 MMboe via a newbuild FPSO development. This is the largest FID since Culzean

in August 2015 and shows market confidence has returned.

“We are expecting up 14 UK FIDs in 2018, Penguins is the second largest by reserves.”

Source: Offshore Online

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Shell Petroleum employees share life offshore in Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is blessed with large oil and gas reserves and indeed the oil and gas industry is the backbone of the nation’s economy, contributing significantly to the national GDP.

Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), a joint venture between the Government of Brunei (50 per cent) and a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (50 per cent), is the largest oil and gas company in Brunei.

BSP explores, develops and produces crude oil and natural gas from two offshore assets and one onshore asset and on average, produces 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (crude oil and natural gas combined).

But behind the numbers and the big machines, lies the heart of this industry and BSP – the people. BSP is a 24-hour, 365-day operation and requires skilled, competent and dedicated people to operate and produce oil and gas safely.

One group of important people, who are rarely seen, are those who work offshore.

Fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, leave their family for an average of two weeks each month, some for months at a time, to man the offshore platforms and make sure Brunei’s national assets are taken care of.

On a personal note, this means that special times with family will inevitably be missed – birthdays, Ramadhan and even Hari Raya.

What does this mean for the people offshore and why do they do it?

The men and women who work offshore, 365 days a year, do so because it is their responsibility, it is what they are paid to do and because they take pride in doing their job well to contribute to the nation. And their work needs to be done to ensure that Brunei’s oil and gas are safely and reliably produced.

It takes a special kind of person to be able to work in this industry and we salute BSP’s staff offshore for their dedication. Because, no matter the time of year, especially during festivities, those on duty have to be out there operating the platforms, to continue fuelling Brunei’s future.

And they do the work that is before them, knowing that they are part of a bigger engine, a bigger picture.

And so, with this is mind, we wanted to know more about what life offshore is like on BSP’s three key offshore facilities (Champion 7, Fairley 4 and Ampa 9) during Ramadhan for both BSP staff and contractor staff.

For caterers preparing meals for Sahur, their day starts as early as 2am to cater to the residents at their mess rooms or individual resting rooms.

Daily toolbox talks are held either the night before or after Subuh prayer depending on the urgency and the type of work to be carried out.

Rain or shine, they carry out the work that needs to be done because it is their responsibility. The days are long and hard but they continue despite the thirst and hunger because of their dedication to deliver their work safely, for their families and for the country.

Morning shift hours are from 6am to 6pm but flexibility is available during Ramadhan, allowing individuals to take common breaks to rest when tired.

For those working night shifts (6pm to 6am), all residents still break their fast in the mess room with off shift crews. The exception is for those in the control room, as they are required to man their stations 24/7.

Food is provided separately for those in the control room.

Sunnat Tarawikh prayers are also conducted daily at 8pm in their respective Suraus followed by Sunnat Witir prayer and Tedarus. These prayers are usually led by the junior guidance counsellors, affectionately called the “Young Imams”, who joined BSP in 2013 to lead any religious activities within BSP and to provide counselling services to individuals or groups.

BSP’s recruitment of these guidance counsellors from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), is a sound initiative and ensures that the staff’s time offshore is value added.

The guidance counsellors conduct Al-Quran reading classes and sessions to help improve the way of praying.

With Brunei being a Zikir Nation, it is important that as we undertake our work, we are also grateful towards Allah the Almighty and seek His continuous blessings and guidance.

After prayers, some residents choose to either rest after, continue their work or even exercise at the gym. It almost sounds normal, except that they are on a metal platform in the middle of the sea!

Currently, on the Ampa 9 platform, there has been an increase of critical activity due to the inspections and construction work ongoing to ensure asset integrity and process safety.

“This work is complex and requires extreme focus and commitment. And thankfully to date, all work undertaken has been done safely with goal zero achieved; meaning no harm to people, the environment or assets. I am really impressed with the way all the different teams have pulled together and I am really proud of all our staff working offshore,” remarked Yap Sin Fah, the West Asset Manager, BSP.

“During the holy month of Ramadhan, specific attention is also being paid to the welfare of everyone offshore and onshore and I truly respect those who work in the field while observing the fast and those who are on duty running our operations during festivities and public holidays while others are having time off celebrating with friends and family. I wholeheartedly thank and salute these colleagues.”

Paul van den Hemel, East Asset Manager, added that, “BSP is committed to keeping everyone safe and ensuring everyone will go home safely every day.”

Farhaanah Sarabaya, a field operator on Fairley 4 shared that this is her first time working offshore during Ramadhan and will be her first Hari Raya away from her family. Asked how she feels about it, she said, “It’s awesome! It’s quiet but breaking fast with friends and colleagues makes it less lonely. Working offshore, one needs to be ready to take challenges and enjoy the opportunity given to experience life offshore.”

Pengiran Jafarodin bin Pengiran Rahman who works on Champion 7 has been working offshore during Ramadhan for 23 years and has missed 20 years of Raya away from his family.

“It is indeed sad but this is our responsibility to the country and company to deliver. For those thinking about working offshore – it is a commitment. It is different from working onshore. We don’t have days off for public holidays as we are committed to carry out our responsibilities every day for the sake of our beloved country, Brunei Darussalam.”

Ja’afaruddin bin Haji Abdul Latif, Production Lead at Fairley 4, has been working offshore during Ramadhan for the past 21 years.

“It does get sad and lonely being away from family and children. However, I remain patient, tough and am always ready for a challenge because this is for them and this is my responsibility.”

Nurhazidah binti Zakaria who also works on Champion 7 has been working offshore for three years and has experienced both Ramadhan and Hari Raya away from family.

“I feel sad being away from family. I miss them especially during the night of 1st of Syawal. I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone Ramadhan Kareem and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin to my family and colleagues. Do drive safe.”

Haji Mohd Isramady bin Haji Mohd Ismail who works as a C&A Champion 7 Supervisor has 19 years of work experience offshore.

“Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. Drive safe and pray for our safety here offshore,” said Haji Mohd Isramady.

When asked about his favourite part of Ramadhan offshore, he shared, “Performing the Sunnat Tarawikh prayers, because I don’t need to drive to the mosque; I just go upstairs to the Surau.”

Ramadhan offshore is something truly special; despite being away from family, their favourite part of Ramadhan offshore is being able to Sungkai and Sahur with friends and colleagues, who are all part of one big family. Together, they live and work for the sake of their family and in some very real way, for the sake of all our families.

May the people working offshore during Ramadhan be safe from harm and may their good deeds be accepted by Allah the Almighty.

As Hari Raya Aidilfitri is just around the corner, people both onshore and offshore will have started thinking about the festivities. Have you ever wondered what life during Hari Raya is like offshore?

Source: Borneo Bullitin

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Shell – Bonga FPSO – West Africa

The giant Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is in use at Shell’s Bonga oilfield (discovered in 1993 and with a life of 20 years), which lies 120km off the coast of the Niger Delta, covering an area of 60km². The vessel, which became operational in 2004, is permanently installed in water depths ranging from 1,000m to 1,125m. Commissioning and First oil production was made in November 2005.

The Bonga FPSO was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea for the owner operator, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) and the Nigerian National Petroleum CorporationShell. The hull has a length of 305.1m or 295m between perpendiculars. It has a moulded breadth of 58m. The design draught is 23.4m and it has a scantling draught of 23.9m.

After construction, the 47,200t hull was sailed to Tyneside for the process topsides to be installed by Amec at their Wallsend facility (the ship was one of the largest to ever enter the Tyne). This topside processing system, weighing some 22,000t, was installed on a deck elevated 5.5m above the main deck. Unladen the vessel has a displacement of 90,000t (with topsides installed) and fully laden she has a deadweight of 312,500t.

In June 2008, an attack on the Bonga by Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta militants resulted a shut down of production for three weeks.

The processing equipment installed is able to process 225,000 barrels of stabilised crude oil per day at a maximum tank temperature of 60°C. The crude is then exported into a shuttle tanker at a rate of 7,000m³/h (1 million barrels per 24 hours).

Following the completion of the topside installation in 2004, the FPSO sailed to Nigeria and installed on Bonga by means of four groups of three mooring legs to begin operations. The vessel is connected to 16 subsea oil production and water injection wells and the connections use inconel clad Steel Catenary Risers. This is the first time this type of riser has been used on any FPSO.

The Bonga FPSO has a storage capacity of 324,233m³ (two million barrels of crude oil). The FPSO will also have a gas export facility of 150 million standard cubic feet per day. It can also carry 10,970m³ of diesel oil as well as 138,131m³ of water ballast. Its double bottom is laid out as sludge tanks.

The oil is contained in 15 cargo tanks arranged in a 5 x 3 configuration as well as five pairs of wing tanks full of water ballast. There are two diesel tanks, two methanol tanks and two slop tanks. The methanol tanks are separated from the other compartments by coffer dams.

The product is pumped by 15 hydraulic submersible pumps supplied by Framo, each with a capacity of 1,500m³/h. The cargo and ballast control system is supplied by Nakakita Siesa Kusho.

The width of its double skin is 5.4m. The Bongo FPSO is manned by a complement of four officers and 66 crew that are housed in four single and 33 double rooms.

The vessel’s power is derived from two diesel driven alternators, each with a capacity of 1,900kW at 1,000rpm. The engines are made by Wartsila and the AMG 630 S6 alternator is made by ABB. The machinery spaces are located under the accommodation deck.

The bridge contains two satellite navigation systems supplied by Invsat. This breaks down into one Inmarsat B unit and one Inmarsat-C T T 30 20 C Saturn B. There is also a FR-2105 radar system.

The safety systems include a Saracom Thorn addressable programmable fire detection system as well as a number of fire extinguishing systems supplied by NK Fire Protection. These include both a foam/saltwater system for the cargo tank deck and a water mist/saltwater system for the machinery room. The lifesaving equipment comprises five 50-person, totally enclosed lifeboats with water break protection.

The waste disposal system was supplied by Team Tec. It consists of an incinerator waste contractor and waste shredder crusher. The sewage plant has been supplied by Hamworthy KSE.

The vessel is classified by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping with the notation +180 floating production and offloading installation +OMC OIWS, IGS, CAAO, SBT, PL, CCCS, LI, ShipRight (SDA,FDV,CM,PCWBT) Helicopter Deck.

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Shell – Anasuria FPSO – North Sea

The Anasuria Cluster, located approximately 175km east of Aberdeen in the Central North Sea, United Kingdom, incorporates the Teal, Teal South, Guillemot A and Cook fields, all of which share the Anasuria floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) host platform.

The cluster of oil and gas fields is owned and operated by Anasuria Operating Company (AOC), a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Hibiscus and Ping Petroleum. The JV acquired the project from Shell UK, Shell EP Offshore Ventures, and Esso Exploration and Production UK (ESSO) in March 2016.

The JV has a 100% ownership in the Teal, Teal South, Guillemot A fields, as well as the Anasuria FPSO, and a 38.65% in the Cook field. The remaining 65.35% share in the Cook field is held by Ithaca Energy.

Field Commissioning and First Production from the cluster had commenced in 1996 following the installation of the FPSO that year. The water depth within the project site is approximately 94m.

FPSO

The Anasuria FPSO is installed within Block 21/25, between the Teal and Teal South fields. It is fixed to the seabed, at a water depth of approximately 89m, by a turret mooring system, and was Shell’s first purpose-built FPSO facility to be installed in the North Sea.

The primary separation and processing facilities of the FPSO include two first stage separators, a second stage and third stage separator each, two HP water injection pumps, and seven oil cargo tanks with a storage capacity of 20,000 million standard cubic metre (mmscm) each. It further incorporates three gas compressors and the platform has a designed processing capacity of 11,000m³/d.

The vessel weighs 125,000t and is equipped with a main control room, a switchgear module, and a helideck.

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