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According to a Douglas-Westwood report, Western Europe will continue to rely on imported Russian gas into the 2020s as mature offshore provinces struggle for growth, while large-scale shale gas extraction looks increasingly unlikely in the medium term. Following Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and the resulting strained diplomatic ties with the West, it is unclear if North Sea production can support any drop in gas flow from Russia.

Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Co. (TANAP) awarded WorleyParsons a five-year contract for the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the 1,841-km Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project, which has an estimated total cost of US$11.7 billion.

Technip has been awarded an engineering, procurement and technical assistance contract by Fengzhen Wanjie Gas Co. Ltd. for an LNG plant in Fengzhen City, Inner Mongolia Province, China. The plant will consist of 1.3 million Nm3/day LNG train (0.35 Mtpa) and a 0.3 million Nm3/day compressed natural gas (CNG) station.

The first shipment of LNG from ExxonMobil PNG Limited’s US$19 billion PNG LNG project recently left Papua New Guinea carrying a cargo bound for Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. (TEPCO), in Japan. Production from the first train began in April and production from the second train has begun as more wells came online.

ShawCor Ltd.’s pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, has received a contract valued at US$70 million from BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Ltd. for and on behalf of the South Caucasus Pipeline Company Ltd. for coating services for the South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX) project.

Technip, in partnership with China HuanQiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation, was awarded a contract by Basra Gas Company for front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Ar Ratawi Natural Gas Liquids Train 1 project at North Rumaila in Basra Province, Iraq.

Petrofac has been awarded an engineering and procurement contract by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to provide services for its Rabab Harweel Integrated Project (RHIP) in the Harweel Cluster of fields in the south of Oman.

The Shah Deniz and South Caucasus Pipeline consortia are going forward with key contracts for the development of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 and South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion (SCPX) projects in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. The contracts, covering both project management services and construction, follow the final investment decisions announced in December 2013.

Chevron Corporation confirmed its subsidiaries have signed agreements with the Argentine oil company YPF S.A. to continue development of shale oil and gas resources from the Vaca Muerta formation located in the Neuquén province in Argentina.

T.D. Williamson (TDW) has completed a pipeline pressure isolation operation in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea on behalf of a major operator.

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