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Iran to increase oil, gas tender approvals

16.01.2017|Trade Arabia
National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) will announce a second list of international companies approved to bid in the country’s oil and gas tenders, a report said. The first list issued earlier this month recorded 29 oil and gas companies, including Russia’s Lukoil and Gazprom, Gholamreza Manouchehri, NIOC’s deputy head was quoted as saying in an Iran Daily report, which cited Mehr News Agency.
The first list also includes oil majors such as France’s Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Italy’s Eni, Danish conglomerate Maersk, Austria’s OMV and Schlumberger as well as East Asian companies such as CNPC and Sinopec, Inpex, KOGAS and Petronas, the report said.
“NIOC welcomes cooperation with all companies with advanced knowhow and the will to expand their role in Iran’s upstream petroleum sector, and this is why Russian majors are unlikely to be excluded from Iran’s oil tenders,” Manouchehri added, noting that Zarubezhneft and Tatneft, who have signed preliminary agreements to study Iranian oilfields, are likely to make it into the second list.

ABB wins USD-75m contract for transmission link in Brazil

Industrial group ABB has won a roughly USD-75-million contract to supply advanced converter transformers for a 4-GW Ultra-High-Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) clean power transmission link in Brazil.
The order concerns the 800-kV, long-distance Belo Monte (UHVDC) link that will transmit hydropower generated in the northern part of the country, from the Xingu substation, to the Rio Substation in the southeast.
ABB will deliver 14 units of 400-MVA, 400-kV converter transformers and other related equipment.
The company noted that this order was booked in the final quarter of last year.
ABB says it was the first to successfully develop and test 1,100-kV converter transformer technology. By doing so it made it possible to boost the power transmission capacity of UHVDC links to 12,000 MW.

Dewa, Enel sign knowledge sharing tie-up

15.01.2017|Trade Arabia
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has partnered with Enel aiming to enhance sharing of information and knowledge in the fields of smart grids and network digitalisation.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) remains in force for a renewable term of three years.
Dewa aims to maintain a robust partnership with Enel, to facilitate common strategic objectives outlined by the MoU, including development of effective means of communication to share information, experiences, and research of both parties. The MoU also outlines analysing the results of key performance indicators in the management of smart grids and the digitising of networks, at an operational level.
As per the agreement, Dewa and Enel will allocate experts in their respective fields, to conduct research for the benefit of the clean and renewable energy sector.
Dewa and Enel will focus their attention on the advanced technical developments within global energy companies, in addition to reviewing Enel’s experience in automating the distribution processes, the integration of renewable energy and smart meters.

Total’s Cyprus Block 11 could rival Egypt’s Zohr discovery

13.01.2017|Oil and Gas People
Driven by the success of Eni’s major Zohr field gas discovery offshore Egypt in 2015, companies are rethinking the Eastern Mediterranean region’s gas potential, according to new analysis from IHS Markit. Total’s announcement that it will drill a 2017 exploration well in its deepwater Block 11 located offshore Cyprus indicates the growing interest in the wider region.
The IHS Markit Basin Insights Service, as well as the Critical Wells Insight Series, highlights why companies and governments are intensely interested in the geologic potential of this block and the results of Total’s exploration well to be drilled later this year. IHS Markit believes that this well will be one of the most critical wells drilled globally in 2017 for the E&P industry, especially given the slowdown in exploration drilling worldwide.

Petrofac awarded Oman gas project

09.01.2017|Your Oil and Gas News
Petrofac has signed a contract worth close to US $ 600 million with Salalah LPG SFZCO LLC (SLPG), wholly owned subsidiary of Oman Oil Facilities Development Company LLC (OOFDC), to undertake the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of its Salalah LPG extraction project in the southern part of Oman.
Under the terms of the 36-month lump sum EPC contract, which will be triggered when SLPG issue to Petrofac the Notice To Proceed (NTP), Petrofac’s scope of work will include construction of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit and associated facilities, including tie-ins to existing pipeline infrastructure, together with LPG storage and jetty facilities at the Port of Salalah.

Saudi Arabia inaugurates five big energy projects TradeArabia

04.12.2016|Trade Arabia
Saudi Arabia has launched five mega oil and gas projects – Wasit Gas Plant, Manifa oilfield, Shaybah natural gas liquids, Shaybah oil increment, and Khurais oil increment – in line with the kingdom’s development objectives outlined by Vision 2030.
The projects were inaugurated by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his official visit to Saudi Aramco headquarters along with the new King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.
The five energy projects, launched at Saudi Aramco’s Oil Supply Planning and Scheduling (OSPAS) facility, will enhance the kingdom’s crude production and processing capability and make more gas available for power and manufacturing.

Egypt Accepts Six Bids For Oil And Gas Exploration

Egypt has accepted six bids for oil and gas exploration worth a total investment of up to $200 million, the Ministry of Petroleum said on Friday.
In May, the General Authority for Petroleum announced an international tender for 11 oil and natural gas blocks in the Western Desert and Gulf of Suez as Egypt looks to boost oil and gas production to meet growing energy demand.
Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Apache Corp and Apex International Energy are among the companies involved, the ministry said in a statement.

Gamesa lands 115MW in Chile

Gamesa has won a contract to deliver 55 of its G114-2.1MW turbines for a wind farm in northern Chile.
The company will install the machines at the first phase of the Cabo Leones 1 wind farm in the Comuna de Freirina, which is being developed by EDF EN and Ibereolica, it said
The turbines will be delivered by the end of the first half of 2017.
Gamesa will also provide operations and maintenance services at the facility for the next 20 years.

Eni signs an agreement on renewables in Tunisia

Eni signed today in Tunis a cooperation agreement for the development of projects generating energy from renewable sources with the state company Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières (ETAP), under the patronage of the Tunisian minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies.
This initiative is part of Eni’s activities relaunch in Tunisia and broadens the scope of cooperation of the two companies through implementation of renewable energy projects also targeting the optimization of the oil sites energy resources and reduction of CO2 emissions, in line with Eni’s strategic objectives.

Egyptian firm Petrojet wins Oman gas pipeline deal

Egyptian contractor Petrojet has won a contract from Oman Gas Company (OGC) for construction of a 221-km-long pipeline that will supply natural gas to end-users at the Duqm Special Economic Zone, said a report.
The $90-million contract was awarded by OGC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oman Oil Company (OOC), reported Oman Observer.