• 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 November 24

20:49 Pella Shipyard launches Karakurt-class first serial corvette (Project 2280) ‘Typhoon’
18:06 Sanmar delivers two ASD tugs
18:06 RN Bunker supplies fuel to Rosmorport's STS Mir
17:36 DHT Holdings announces sale of its three oldest VLCCs
17:15 IMO holds training for port security staff in Guinea
16:47 Wärtsilä introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision
16:46 Cargo traffic in Kama Basin of Russia’s IWW grew by 22.4% to 13.40 mln t (photo)
16:27 IMO addresses invasive aquatic species carried in ballast water through BWM Convention
15:59 State Duma approves prolongation of RF Government Decree No 383 through 2019
15:28 Bolwerk LLC selected as general contractor to build an international marine terminal in Pionersky, Kaliningrad Region
15:03 PSA Singapore and NUS sign MOU to develop Human Capital to support the growth of the port industry
14:31 Design works under MTH project to be completed in 2018
14:03 APM Terminals Inland Services expands to serve the industrial belt around Pune, India
13:40 Euronav sells VLCC Artois
13:29 Navigation season is over in White Sea – Onega Lake Basin of Russia’s IWW (photo)
13:02 The Port of Montreal invests in greening
12:30 ZIM posts Q3 2017 results
12:12 Lead buoy tender of Project BLV04 build for FSUE Rosmorport is put into operation (photo)
12:00 Public Transport Authority raises Saudi flag on Bahri’s fifth VLCC received in 2017
11:30 GVT to increase the frequency of its rail shuttle service between Rotterdam and Chengdu in China
11:14 Europort confirms role as international maritime business hub
11:01 British ports welcome Budget announcements on Brexit scenario funding and freight review
10:45 Financial support for the Polar Code and the Sustainable Development Goals
10:31 European ports welcome the EP Transport Committee vote for a stronger CEF budget
10:11 Finnlines finishes the first lengthening project of ro-ro vessel
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.27% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $58.46
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points
07:48 Palau International Ship Registry is the fastest growing flag

2017 November 23

18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:54 Mercury-1 ferry of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company successfully passed sea test after major repairs
17:35 Ophir issues update on the status of the Fortuna FLNG project
17:20 Opatija, Croatia hosts three-day conference “The Port of Rijeka, Gateway of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor”
17:05 Navantia and Bath Iron Works team for the US Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates
16:50 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.2% to 7.23 bln t in 10M’17
16:35 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivers research/survey vessel to Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award
16:35 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’17 down 9% Y-o-Y to 49.40 mln t