• 2017 July 14 15:09

    Staatolie signs contracts with ExxonMobil, Hess Corp and Statoil for two offshore blocks

    On 13 July 2017, Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V. concluded production-sharing contracts for two offshore blocks. For Block 59, an agreement was signed with a consortium consisting of the oil companies ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation and Statoil. With Statoil a contract was signed for Block 60, the Company said in a press release.

    The agreements are the result of Staatsolie’s ‘Open Door Policy Offshore Suriname’, which ran from 15 September 2015 until 7 September 2016. International oil companies could bid on open offshore blocks during this period. Based on predefined selection criteria, blocks 59 and 60 were awarded to the consortium and Statoil respectively. Negotiations with the parties started mid-October 2016.

    The agreements are effective for thirty years. The full contract term has been divided into an exploration, a development and a production period. For the exploration period, a minimum work program was agreed, during which geological research, seismic data collection and exploration drilling will be performed, among others. The consortium and Statoil will pay all costs in the exploration phases, and these will only be paid back after a commercial discovery is made which is brought into production. The contract offers Staatsolie the possibility to participate for up to ten percent in the development and production phases.

    Explicit attention was paid to inspection, safety and the environment in drawing up the production-sharing contracts. Provisions for the employment of local staff, training courses, social programs and the way in which the decommissioning of facilities will take place at the end of the petroleum activities, have also been included.

    Managing Director Rudolf Elias signed both contracts on behalf of Staatsolie. Erik Oswald (ExxonMobil), Timothy Chisholm (Hess) and Martijn Smit (Statoil) signed on behalf of the consortium. The agreement for Block 60 was also signed by Smit on behalf of Statoil.

    Block 59 is approximately 11,500 km2 in size and is situated about 400 kilometers off the coast, in water depths of more than 1,900 meters (ultra deep). Block 60, an area of 6,200 km2, is situated about 250 kilometers off the coast, in water depths of 800 down to 1,900 meters.

    American ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company in the world, with activities in several parts of the world. Together with its partners, ExxonMobil recently made large oil discoveries in Guyana.

    Hess Corporation is a large, independent energy company active in various countries. Together with its partners in Guyana, Hess made the large Liza-1 oil discovery. In Suriname, Hess already has an interest of 33.3 percent in Block 42.

    Statoil is the state oil company of Norway. The company has grown into a multinational active in the exploration, production, refining and shipping of oil and gas. Since January 2014, Statoil has an interest of 50 percent in Block 54.




2017 July 26

18:06 Norwegian Maritime Authority laid down amendments to the Regulations on environmental safety1 and the Regulations on port State control2
17:36 Simon Stevin arrives in Norway to load 32,000 tonnes of rock for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
17:06 Campbell Shipping appoints ISS for global husbandry representation services contract
16:53 NCSP wins anti-monopoly case in court
16:47 Hampton RoadsTransit сhristens BMT-designed ferry
16:29 SPb Governor and representatives of Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg visit Turku
16:00 Port of Antwerp supports pilot project for secure, efficient release of containers
15:34 Okskaya Shipyard launches multi-purpose diving catamaran of Project SDS18, Igor Ilyin (photo)
15:02 ABS classes U.S.-built Liquefied Gas Barge
14:47 PETRONAS and partners will not proceed with Pacific NorthWest LNG project
14:22 Dr Wolfgang Hönemann represents Rotterdam port in North Rhine Westphalia
13:55 PETRONAS delivers first LNG cargo to Thailand
13:32 European Commission publishes Mobility Package for Transport
13:02 Georgia Ports Authority of USA ordered more STS cranes from Konecranes
12:53 Ukraine to close Ilyichevsk Ship Repair Plant and Museum of Ukrainian Navy
12:30 Samskip makes major Norwegian acquisition with Nor Lines takeover
12:01 Cnsortium of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, CMA CGM and CHEC sign the concession agreement for the Containers Terminal of the new Port of Kribi (Cameroon)
11:59 OCIMF and ReCAAP step up counterpiracy cooperation
11:51 Maersk Line launches Remote Container Management for customers
11:20 Wärtsilä scrubber systems to clean the exhaust from two new Japanese bulk carriers
10:40 Indicative bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:03 Brent Crude futures price up 0.72% to $50.56, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.94% to $48.34
09:37 Baltic Dry Index up to 980 points
09:18 Rosmorport appoints Yegor Shelukhin as Deputy Director for Security of Arkhangelsk Branch (photo)

2017 July 25

18:00 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers two chemical tankers of Project RST27 to shipping company Volgotrans (photo)
17:05 Western Marine delivers 176 TEU inland container vessel to Invicta Limited
16:33 Cruise ship Pacific Princess made her inaugural call to Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
16:05 Wagenborg to repair Oostersluisbrug Groningen
15:44 Kaliningrad seaport boundaries changed
15:39 W&T Offshore contracts the Enterprise Offshore 264 jackup rig to drill the ST 224 gas condensate prospect
15:16 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard announces delivery of vessel
15:12 Ferryboat Petersburg returns to Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line (photo)
14:48 Commercial Sea Port of Taganrog invested RUB 114.9 mln in port infrastructure development in HI’17
14:27 380-tonne cargo unit handled by Multipurpose Terminal YUG-2 at the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
14:00 AquaStroy to invest RUB 493 mln in construction of yacht port Aquamarine in Vladivostok
13:59 VOS Start W2W vessel departs Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf
13:33 Vostochny Port completed modernization of its water treatment facilities (photo)
12:58 Lotus Shipyard to launch cruise ship of Project PV300VD in April 2018 (photo)
12:05 Hyundai Merchant Marine increases Asia-US West Coast volume by 77% YoY, ranks 4th in market share in June 2017
11:46 LNG developer NextDecade finalizes business combination with Harmony
11:30 DP World establishes new logistics arm in Australia
11:04 Almost 1 000 MLC-inspections carried out in Norway in 2016
10:57 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:42 MES establishes after-sales service company for container handling cranes in Malaysia
10:19 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 13 mln t milestone this year
10:04 DP World reports 10.7% gross volume growth in second quarter of 2017
09:54 Brent Crude futures price up 0.49% to $48.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $46.59
09:36 Port of Gdansk announces record high transshipment results
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 977 points

2017 July 24

18:27 ABP South Wales celebrates 30 year partnership with WNO
18:02 Marine Recruiting Agency starts cooperation with Saint-Petersburg Employment Centre
17:38 Freeport of Riga Authority announces winners of Innovation Competition for students “The Port for the City”
17:16 Nakilat concludes half year 2017 with net profit of QR 409 million
17:09 MOL Group Ship Management Company acquires latest international certification for Environment and Energy Management Systems
16:50 CMA CGM announces GRR - From Red Sea ports to West Africa
16:35 CMA CGM announces new FAK Rates - From Asia to North Europe
16:11 Maersk Line and JF Hillebrand partner for sustainable growth by signing the Carbon Pact
15:48 CMAL held a keel-laying ceremony for new Kerrera ferry
15:24 88-tonne fuel tank delivered for Scotland’s first LNG ferry
14:57 IMO Council is meeting for its 118th session