Shanghai-based Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of the Wison Group, has finalized an agreement with EDF Trading and Exmar NV to pursue LNG export opportunities in North America using offshore, barge-mounted natural gas liquefaction facilities developed by Exmar, Wison and Black & Veatch.

More than 80,000 offshore energy professionals are expected May 6-9 to attend OTC 2013 -- the world’s largest offshore conference at Houston’s Reliant Center. Some 2,400 of the world’s leading offshore service and manufacturing companies from 110+ countries will participate in the exhibition in Reliant Center, Reliant Arena and the OTC Parkway.

ExxonMobil Corp. will develop the Hebron oil field offshore the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador using a Gravity-Based Structure (GBS) that will recover more than 700 MMbbls of of oil, an increase versus earlier estimates.

Ecosse Subsea System has unveiled what it considers game-changing pipelay technology. The subsea firm says it has developed and patented a rigid pipelay system which can be deployed from smaller, more readily available vessels and which will slash schedules and installation costs for pipe-laying projects.

With federal Gulf of Mexico production projected to increase in 2014, averaging 1.45 MMbpd, operators are readying four deepwater facilities for installation in the area to develop reserves in challenging areas.

A McDermott International, Inc. subsidiary has received a letter of award for a turnkey contract valued at US$A230 million for the PB-Litoral-A production platform for PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion in the Litoral Tabasco Tsimin-Xux fields.

MAATS Tech Ltd. is a specialist ship design organization with expertise in the provision of turnkey carousel systems and associated equipment installed in special purpose vessels used for laying flexible pipe, umbilicals and power cables.

Petrofac's engineering and consulting services business, in partnership with Doris Engineering, was awarded a project management contract by Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for specialized technical assistance and supervision for construction, installation, commissioning, testing and start-up of deepwater subsea wells and infrastructure for the Lakach project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Technip was awarded by the Discovery System a lump sum pipeline installation contract for Discovery’s South Timbalier Block 283 Junction Platform project in the Gulf of Mexico.

Trelleborg Marine Systems was been awarded three contracts to supply docking and mooring equipment and monitoring software to all three liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects on Queensland’s Curtis Island: Queensland Curtis LNG, Gladstone LNG and Australia Pacific LNG.

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