Vallourec has deliveries totaling 14,000 tons of premium tubes in the scope of a contract with Hess Corp. for the Stampede project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Stampede is a deepwater subsea development located in the Green Canyon Block area, 115 miles south of Fourchon, LA.

Italian major Eni, on Aug. 30, announced the discovery of a supergiant gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt. The Zohr field is estimated to hold 30 Tcf of natural gas (5.5 Bbbls oil equivalent), though Eni believes more could be found. As it stands, the potential reserves represent the largest discovery in Egypt and the Mediterranean, topping Israel’s 16-Tcf Leviathan field.

2H Offshore, an Acteon company, was awarded two separate contracts, one by Hess Corp. and a second by Enbridge Energy Co., to verify the design, fabrication and installation phases of the Steel Catenary Risers (SCRs) for the Stampede field development in the Gulf of Mexico. The field is operated by Hess.

Bechtel was selected by Delfin LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairwood Peninsula Energy Corp., to perform front-end engineering and design for the first U.S.-based floating liquefied natural gas vessel (FLNGV) to go into service at Port Delfin.

Port Delfin is a proposed deepwater port and floating LNG facility that will be located about 50 miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, LA. Upon the final investment decision, Bechtel is expected to design, build and commission the FLNGV. Plans call for Port Delfin to receive natural gas from the Delfin Offshore Pipeline.

Aegion Corporation’s Corrosion Protection unit was awarded three contracts with a combined value of about $32 million. The Aegion Coatings Services group received a contract in the Caspian Sea region to perform outer-diameter field coatings for a 300-mile onshore natural gas pipeline expansion. The project is expected to begin in fall 2015, finishing at the end of 2017.

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A move by British oil and gas company BG International to buy a stake in Cyprus' offshore mineral deposits is an important step forward for the country's plans to supply Egypt with natural gas, the east Mediterranean island's energy minister said Monday.

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said U.S. company Noble Energy has cut a deal with BG International for a 35% stake in an area, or block, where a field estimated to contain more than 4 Tcf of gas has been found.

Technip has been awarded a subsea contract by JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration (Malaysia) in the Layang field, Block SK10, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia at a water depth of 85 meters.

The contract covers the engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of three flexible pipes totaling 9.9 kilometers. The flexible pipes consist of two production risers and flowlines and one gas export riser and flowline, connecting shallow water platforms to a new FPSO(1).

EMAS Offshore Limited has secured additional options for extension on an existing contract, as well as new awards for charters with an oil major and independent oil company in West Africa and Asia valued at more than $33 million.

In West Africa, EMAS Offshore’s PSV will be providing sea transportation services for an oil major. In Asia, EMAS Offshore’s contract is with an independent oil company. EMAS will provide one AHTS and the scope of work includes transportation of personnel, materials and supplies and to provide storage for materials and supplies.

HELSINKI (AP) — Maersk Oil says it has permission from British authorities to develop a gas field off the British coast in the largest find in the North Sea in a decade.

The Danish company said Monday the Culzean field, discovered in 2008, has an estimated 250 to 300 MMBBls of oil equivalent, or enough to produce about 5% of Britain's total gas demand at peak production in 2020-2021.

Production is expected to start in 2019 and continue for at least 13 years. Maersk Oil, JX Nippon and BP (Britoil) are investing $4.5 billion in the development.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three workers were injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico about 25 miles south of Marsh Island.

Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said the rupture caused the pipeline to catch fire. He said the injured crew members were taken to a hospital in Houma, LA with minor injuries. He said the Coast Guard received notification of the rupture at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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