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bles for the section of the line that crosses
the Dardanelles Strait in the Sea of Marmara
in western Turkey.
Korea National Oil Corp. is reportedly in
talks with Kazakhastan’s government to exit
the 2,000-sq km (772-sq mi) Zhambyl off-
shore block, following disappointing results
from wells drilled during 2013-14. Under the
terms of the concession, awarded in 2008,
exploration was due to end this April.
Saudi Aramco has awarded a $1.6-billion
contract for the second-phase development
of the Hasbah gas field offshore Saudi Arabia. A consortium of Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering and EMAS Chiyoda
Subsea will construct and install two streams
of three wellhead platform topsides, one tie-in platform, flare platforms, and connecting
bridges linked by 25 km ( 16 mi) of interfiled
pipelines and 20 km ( 12 mi) of umbilicals.
Two 36-in. trunklines will transport 2 bcf/d
of gas from Hasbah to the new processing
plant at Fadhili, due to be completed by end-
2019, which will also handle non-associated
gas from other Saudi offshore fields.
McDermott International and Keppel Off-
shore Marine (N-KOM) have agreed to coop-
erate on EPCI projects offshore Qatar. Under
the five-year accord McDermott will act as
prime contractor, managing engineering via
its division in Dubai and supplying installa-
tion vessels from its global fleet. N-KOM, a
shipyard owned by Qatar’s Nakilat and Kep-
pel Offshore & Marine, will serve as subcon-
tractor performing offshore fabrication.
Petrobangla, Excelerate Energy, and Bangladesh’s government have signed agreements covering a new floating LNG terminal
to meet Bangladesh’s gas import needs.
This will be located offshore Moheshkali
Island in the Bay of Bengal and could start
operating in 2018. Excelerate will supply one
of its existing floating storage and regasification units, connected to a moored subsea
system and providing 138,000 cu m ( 4.87
MMcf) of LNG storage capacity and base
regasification capacity of 500 MMcf/d.
Drilling in the Bay of Bengal off eastern In-
dia has led to the discovery of large volumes
of potentially producible natural gas hydrates,
according to the US Geological Survey. An in-
ternational team led by ONGC and including
the USGS and the Japanese Drilling Co. con-
ducted ocean drilling, sediment and pressure
coring and downhole logging in the Krishna-
Godavari basin, encountering gas hydrates
in coarse-grained, sand-rich depositional sys-
tems. Next steps will include production test-
The deepwater drillship Chikyu, deployed during
the NGHP-02 gas hydrates expedition, was designed by the Japanese government for scientific
drilling operations. (Photo courtesy JAMSTEC)