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News Article | December 9, 2016
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Farstad Shipping ASA (OSE:FAR) has been awarded the following charter contracts in Australia: ConocoPhillips Australia Exploration has issued a LOI to the AHTS Far Sirius (2014, UT 731 CD, 24,371 BHP) and the AHTS Far Saracen (2010, UT 731 CD, 23,664 BHP) to support their upcoming Barossa drilling campaign. This campaign is due to commence in January 2017. The INPEX- led Ichthys LNG Project has extended the AHTS Far Sword (2006, UT 712L, 16,000 BHP) contract with additional 17 months starting from 31 March 2018. McDermott’s Australia has awarded the PSV Far Seeker (2008, UT 751 E, 9,466 BHP) a contract for a period of 40 days firm plus 40 days options. The contract is due to commence within December 2016. McDermott’s Australia has also awarded two AHTS vessels contracts to assist with the mooring operations of the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project’s Central Processing Facility and FPSO. This is due to commence within Q2 2017. The commercial terms of the agreements will be kept private and confidential between the parties. - This is a clear demonstration of the ongoing standing of Farstad Shipping within Australia as the market leader and provides the Australian operations with a strong foundation heading into 2017, says Karl-Johan Bakken, CEO of Farstad Shipping ASA. Farstad Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 55 vessels (27 AHTS, 22 PSV and 6 SUBSEA) and 1 SUBSEA vessel under construction. The company’s operations are managed from Aalesund, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Macaé and Rio de Janeiro with a total of 1,725 employees engaged onshore and offshore. The company’s strategy is to be a leading quality provider of large, modern offshore service vessels to the oil industry. This information was brought to you by Cision http://news.cision.com


News Article | March 1, 2017
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HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - March 01, 2017) - KBR, Inc. ( : KBR) announced today it has been awarded a two-year engineering services call-off contract by the North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) covering conceptual studies and pre-front-end engineering services for its projects in the Kazakhstan zone of the Caspian Sea. Under the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA), NCOC acts on behalf of a consortium of seven energy companies comprising of KazMunayGaz, Eni, Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, CNCP and INPEX, to operate oil and gas activities within the offshore oil field developments covered under the NCSPAS including the Kashagan, Aktote, Kairan and Kalamkas fields. "KBR is pleased to have the opportunity to provide our renowned front-end expertise, and engineering and execution excellence, for these significant projects for NCOC," said Jay Ibrahim, KBR's President for Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This award continues KBR's long time work in the Caspian region and our enduring relationship with the operators on these off-shore developments to deliver economic and innovative solutions to further the development of these challenging projects, and our Caspian team is excited to provide fresh and cost effective ideas to NCOC with a commitment of maximizing local content," Ibrahim continued. KBR has extensive operations and experience in the Caspian region with offices and local employees and wide-ranging project expertise, from feasibility studies and conceptual designs to the provision of extensive project management services for various clients in the region. KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program life cycle within the Government Services and Hydrocarbons sectors. KBR employs over 37,000 people worldwide, with customers in more than 80 countries, and operations in 40 countries, across three synergistic global businesses: KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, integrated EPC delivery and long term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results. At KBR, We Deliver. The statements in this press release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding future financial performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company's control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the outcome of and the publicity surrounding audits and investigations by domestic and foreign government agencies and legislative bodies; potential adverse proceedings by such agencies and potential adverse results and consequences from such proceedings; the scope and enforceability of the company's indemnities from its former parent; changes in capital spending by the company's customers; the company's ability to obtain contracts from existing and new customers and perform under those contracts; structural changes in the industries in which the company operates; escalating costs associated with and the performance of fixed-fee projects and the company's ability to control its cost under its contracts; claims negotiations and contract disputes with the company's customers; changes in the demand for or price of oil and/or natural gas; protection of intellectual property rights; compliance with environmental laws; changes in government regulations and regulatory requirements; compliance with laws related to income taxes; unsettled political conditions, war and the effects of terrorism; foreign operations and foreign exchange rates and controls; the development and installation of financial systems; increased competition for employees; the ability to successfully complete and integrate acquisitions; and operations of joint ventures, including joint ventures that are not controlled by the company. KBR's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequent Form 10-Qs and 8-Ks, and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss some of the important risk factors that KBR has identified that may affect the business, results of operations and financial condition. Except as required by law, KBR undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.


Sato K.,University of Tokyo | Mito S.,RITE | Horie T.,INPEX | Ohkuma H.,JOE | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control | Year: 2011

Monitoring is essential to assess whether sequestered carbon dioxide (CO2) behaves as expected and a variety of monitoring techniques have been proposed and examined. Although those techniques provide useful information, such as CO2 migration and distribution, individual information yields only limited insight into CO2 behavior in geological reservoirs. To deepen our understanding of migration and containment of sequestered CO2, a monitoring framework must be established to comprehend the individual sources of information. This paper describes the monitoring framework that was applied to a pilot project of CO2 storage conducted at an onshore site in Nagaoka, Japan. The target aquifer was the early Pleistocene sandstone bed, around 60m thick and 1100m below the ground surface. During the 554-day injection period, around 10,400tonnes of CO2 were sequestered. Three monitoring wells were completed around an injection well and several monitoring schemes, including continuous measurements of pressure and temperature, well logging, crosswell tomography, and in situ fluid sampling, were applied. Based on the individual monitoring results, meso-scale as well as macro-scale migration of sequestered CO2 was examined. These multi-scale observations on CO2 migration were not in contradiction with each other but were consistent as a whole. In particular, the compositional analysis of in situ fluid samples in conjunction with time-lapse well logging played an important role in understanding meso-scale migration of CO2, and flow simulation provided remarkable insights into the process of macro- and meso-scale migration. This study discusses monitoring and simulation studies for assessing multi-scale migration, with emphasis on the importance of comprehensive analyses, since they can bridge the gap between the individual monitoring outcomes. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Yonebayashi H.,INPEX | Al Mutairi A.,ADMA OPCO | Al Habshi A.,ADMA OPCO | Urasaki D.,INPEX JODCO
SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering | Year: 2011

Asphaltene study is now becoming a regular menu as a part of gas-injection studies (Kokal et al. 2003, 2004; Yin et al. 2000; Srivastava et al. 1999; Yin and Yen 2000; Parra-Ramirez et al. 2001; Sarma 2003; Jamaluddin et al. 2000; Negahban et al. 2005; Okwen 2006; Moghadasi et al. 2006). The asphaltene onset pressure (AOP) is one of the most important factors in understanding asphaltene precipitating behavior. The solid detection system (SDS) based on light-scattering technique has been quite popular and widely used in all over the world (Kokal et al. 2003, 2004; Jamaluddin et al. 2000; Negahban et al. 2005; Gholoum et al. 2003; Garcia et al. 2001; Oskui et al. 2006; Gonzalez et al. 2007) to measure AOP. The simple experiments to measure AOP are usually conducted using a mixture of reservoir fluid and injection gas, and various gas-mixing volumes are assumed to be investigated. These various experimental specifications of gas-mixing volume are useful in understanding asphaltene risks during gas-injection projects. However, this type of investigation can show only a static asphaltene behavior, and sometimes might overlook true asphaltene risks. In the gas-injection pilot (GIP) project in an offshore carbonate oil field in the Arabian Gulf, the static asphaltene behavior was studied by the SDS using near-infrared (NIR) light-scattering technique. For this study, a single-phase bottomhole sample was collected from the same producing zone, but the sampling location was 90 ft shallower than the GIP area. Various combinations of mixtures were examined to measure AOP (i.e., reservoir fluid mixed with 0, 25, 37.5, 43.5, and 50 mol% injection gas). Furthermore, the numerical models were generated and calibrated with the experimental findings. To evaluate the asphaltene risks at the GIP area, the models were adjusted to the target oil composition by considering existing oil compositional gradient in the field. However, the modeling analyses showed that the operating conditions of producing wells are outside the estimated asphaltene-precipitation envelope (APE). This result was inconsistent with the field fact in which actual asphaltene deposits were observed and collected from the bottomhole of some wells in the GIP area. Thus we were obliged to recognize that our current experimental results of static asphaltene behavior overlooked the actual asphaltene risks. What is insufficient for realistic modeling? Our hypothesis is the dynamic asphaltene behavior. During a gas-injection process, the injected-gas composition is changed because of a vaporizing-gas-drive (VGD) mechanism, in which gas was enriched with the intermediate-molecular-weight hydrocarbons from reservoir oil. Our latest experiments investigated a static asphaltene behavior only; that is, it did not include this process. Therefore, the sensitivity analyses were motivated to realistically evaluate the actual APE, counting the VGD effects with the calibrated model. Various enriched-gas compositions were investigated in terms of how these enriched gases would affect APE. Consequently, it was found that the enrichment of intermediate components expanded the APE, and the operating conditions of asphaltene-problematic wells could be placed inside the APE. Therefore, we concluded that the dynamic asphaltene behavior must be understood for a realistic risk evaluation in the gas-injection project. Copyright © 2011 Society of Petroleum Engineers.


News Article | March 1, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« First XL Hybrids XLP plug-in hybrid upfits to be installed on Ford F-150 pickups | Main | 3D printing with high-performance carbon fiber » An international consortium operated by Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary, Chevron Energía de Mexico, S de R.L. de C.V., signed an exploration contract with Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), representing the Mexican government, for Block 3 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The consortium, which also includes partners Pemex Exploración y Producción and INPEX CORPORATION, was awarded the block on 5 December 2016, during Mexico’s 1.4 bid round. The block is located in the Perdido Fold Belt, approximately 45 miles (117 kilometers) offshore Mexico in water depths ranging between 1,640 to 5,575 feet (500 to 1,700 meters). The execution of this contract represents an important milestone in our ongoing, strategic partnership with Pemex, INPEX and Mexico. We look forward to exploring this prospective area together and strengthening our presence in Mexico for the long term. —Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production The consortium will now begin the initial, multi-year exploration phase, which will focus on analyzing existing seismic data. Chevron is the operator and holds a 33.3334 percent interest in the block while Pemex and INPEX each hold a 33.3333 percent interest.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An international consortium operated by Chevron Corporation’s (NYSE:CVX) subsidiary, Chevron Energía de Mexico, S de R.L. de C.V., today signed an exploration contract with Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), representing the Mexican government, for Block 3 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The consortium, which also includes partners Pemex Exploración y Producción and INPEX CORPORATION, was awarded the block on December 5, 2016, during Mexico’s 1.4 bid round. The block is located in the Perdido Fold Belt, approximately 45 miles (117 kilometers) offshore Mexico in water depths ranging between 1,640 to 5,575 feet (500 to 1,700 meters). “The execution of this contract represents an important milestone in our ongoing, strategic partnership with Pemex, INPEX and Mexico,” said Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production. “We look forward to exploring this prospective area together and strengthening our presence in Mexico for the long term.” The signing ceremony in Mexico City was attended by Clay Neff, Chevron Africa and Latin America incoming president, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, Pemex CEO, Shuhei Miyamoto, Managing Executive Officer of INPEX, and other high-level government officials. The consortium will now begin the initial, multi-year exploration phase, which will focus on analyzing existing seismic data. Chevron is the operator and holds a 33.3334 percent interest in the block while Pemex and INPEX each hold a 33.3333 percent interest. Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com. CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF “SAFE HARBOR” PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 Some of the items discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements about Chevron. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "targets," "forecasts," "projects," "believes," "seeks," “schedules,” “estimates,” "may," "could," “should,” "budgets," "outlook," “on schedule,” “on track,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The statements are based upon management's current expectations, estimates and projections; are not guarantees of future performance; and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the company's control and are difficult to predict. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are changes in prices of, demand for and supply of crude oil and natural gas; the company’s ability to realize anticipated cost savings and expenditure reductions; actions of competitors; the inability or failure of the company's joint-venture partners to fund their share of operations and development activities; the potential failure to achieve expected net production from existing and future crude oil and natural gas development projects; potential delays in the development, construction or start-up of planned projects; the potential disruption or interruption of the company's business, net production or manufacturing facilities or delivery/transportation networks due to war, accidents, political events, civil unrest, severe weather, cyber threats and terrorist acts; other natural or human factors; government-mandated sales, divestitures, recapitalizations, industry-specific taxes and changes in fiscal terms or restrictions on scope of company operations; foreign currency movements compared with the U.S. dollar; and general economic and political conditions. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, Chevron undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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Fourth Quarter Order Intake Maintains Leading Position in Middle East with 2016 Book-to-Bill of 1.0x $4.3B in Backlog and Schedule Responsiveness and Flexibility Drive Higher Guidance Profitable Full-Year 2016 Result of Strong Execution and Focus on Cost Management Proven Success of One McDermott Way Company to Host Conference Call and Webcast Today at 7:30 a.m. Central Time HOUSTON, Feb. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) (“McDermott,” the “Company,” “we” or “us”) today announced financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2016. 1 Adjusted Operating Income includes the following adjustments to GAAP Operating Income: 2 Adjusted Net Income includes the adjustments to GAAP Operating Income mentioned above and the following adjustment for non-operating activity: 3 Tax effects of Non-GAAP adjustments represent the tax impacts of the adjustments during the period.  The Non-GAAP adjusting items are primarily attributable to tax jurisdictions in which we currently do not pay taxes and, therefore, no tax impact is applied to them.  For the Non-GAAP adjusting items in jurisdictions where taxes are paid, the tax impacts on those adjustments are computed, individually, using the statutory tax rate in effect in each applicable taxable jurisdiction. 4 The calculations of total and per share adjusted net income and adjusted operating income and margins are shown in the appendix entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures.”  The appendix also includes additional information related to the adjustments mentioned above. “I am extremely pleased to report a profitable full-year 2016, despite the prolonged downturn.  Our 2016 operational and financial performance is a direct reflection of the changes made over the past three years.  The fourth quarter was an excellent quarter operationally, with strong order intake of $1 billion and ending backlog of $4.3 billion.  Unfortunately, net income ended in a slight loss due to an increase in the estimated costs on our INPEX Ichthys project in Australia.  This increase represents costs to replace failed subsea-pipe connector components which were a standard design and supplied by a reputable supplier.  Despite the increased costs, the project remains in a profitable position.  Our top priority is collaborating with the customer and supplier to replace the failed components and maintaining the agreed project schedule,” said David Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott. “2016 has proven to be a pivotal year for McDermott, as we turned the corner from stabilizing and optimizing the business to focusing on growth and building a sustainable, profitable business for the future.  Our strategic initiatives such as One McDermott Way and Taking the Lead have made great strides this year, as seen through a Middle East customer approving work share with fabrication in our Batam fabrication yard and our Middle East Area reaching an impressive 48 million man-hours LTI free.  Looking forward to 2017, we plan to build upon the successes of 2016, and we began the year by enhancing our current fleet through the strategic purchase and subsequent sale leaseback of the Amazon.  In 2017, we will continue to build upon our strengthened relationships by providing customer-driven solutions centered on our engineering expertise, vertically integrated capabilities and in-market presence, while we also increase our focus on technology and grow in our key markets as we prepare for the upturn,” Dickson said. Fourth quarter 2016 earnings attributable to McDermott stockholders, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) were a net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.00 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $18.7 million, or $0.08 per fully diluted share, for the prior-year fourth quarter.  We generated fourth quarter 2016 adjusted net income of $5.6 million, or $0.02 per adjusted fully diluted share, excluding restructuring charges of $0.6 million, an impairment loss of $10.9 million related to a marine asset and the year-end non-cash MTM pension gain of $5.4 million, compared to an adjusted net income of $15.3 million, or $0.05 per adjusted fully diluted share, excluding restructuring charges of $8.7 million and the year-end non-cash MTM pension loss of $26.0 million, in the prior-year fourth quarter.  This quarter, we recognized a reduction of $13.0 million in income tax expense as a result of a change in valuation allowances associated with deferred tax assets recognized due to improving results in Saudi Arabia and Mexico.  Additionally, we now operate under a tax holiday in Malaysia which further reduced income taxes in the fourth quarter and will also benefit future periods. The Company reported fourth quarter 2016 revenues of $641.8 million, a decrease of $25.6 million, compared to revenues of $667.4 million for the prior-year fourth quarter.  The key projects driving revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 were the INPEX Ichthys, Saudi Aramco Long Term Agreement II (LTA II), KJO Hout and ONGC Vashishta projects. The decrease from the prior-year fourth quarter is primarily due to Pemex PB Litoral project and the additional costs on the INPEX Ichthys project caused by the failed subsea-pipe connector components, partially offset by increased activity on the Saudi Aramco LTA II Lump Sum projects. Our operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $6.3 million, or an operating margin of 1.0%, compared to $16.3 million, or an operating margin of 2.4%, for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Our adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $12.3 million, or an adjusted operating margin of 1.9%, excluding the restructuring charges, impairment loss and MTM pension adjustment mentioned above, compared to $51.0 million, or an adjusted operating margin of 7.6%, for the fourth quarter of 2015, excluding the restructuring charges and pension losses mentioned above.  Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily driven by marine activity on the INPEX Ichthys, Saudi Aramco LTA II and Pemex Ayatsil-C projects and offset by the increase in estimated costs at completion on our INPEX Ichthys project in Australia. During January 2017, we identified failures in supplier-provided, subsea-pipe connector components previously installed on the INPEX Ichthys project.  These failed components were a standard design provided by a reputable supplier.  As a result, we have determined that our estimated costs at completion for the project, as a whole, will increase by $34 million due to costs attributable to replacing the failed components.  These increased costs reduced fourth quarter operating income by $31 million, and net income by $25 million after taxes. Cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $52.6 million, a decrease compared to the $60.6 million of cash provided in the fourth quarter of 2015. This was primarily driven by lower collections on the INPEX Ichthys project compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income attributable to McDermott stockholders, in accordance with GAAP, for the full-year of 2016 was $34.1 million, or $0.12 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $18.0 million, or $0.08 per fully diluted share, for the full-year of 2015.  For the full-year 2016, adjusted net income was $89.4 million, or $0.31 per fully diluted share, excluding restructuring charges of $11.3 million, impairment charges of $55.0 million, a gain of $5.0 million on the exit from our joint venture with THHE and a gain of $5.4 million non-cash MTM pension adjustment, compared to adjusted net income of $71.2 million, or $0.25 per adjusted fully diluted share, excluding restructuring charges of $40.8 million, impairment charges of $6.8 million, a legal settlement of $16.7 million and non-cash MTM pension loss of $26.0 million during the full-year of 2015.  Our income tax provision for the full-year of 2016 included approximately $13.0 million of tax adjustments recorded during the fourth quarter of 2016 as a result of a change in valuation allowances associated with deferred tax assets recognized due to improving results in Saudi Arabia and Mexico.  Additionally, we now operate under a tax holiday in Malaysia which further reduced income taxes in 2016 and will also benefit future years. The Company reported revenues of $2,636.0 million for the full-year of 2016, a decrease of $434.3 million, compared to $3,070.3 million of 2015 revenues. The decrease was primarily due to lower activity on our INPEX Ichthys project and completion of the 2015 campaign of the Brunei Shell Pipeline Replacement project. Revenue for the full-year of 2016 was primarily driven by the INPEX Ichthys, Saudi Aramco LTA II and Marjan power system replacement, and the RasGas Flow Assurance and Looping projects. Our operating income for the full-year of 2016 was $142.3 million, or an operating margin of 5.4%, compared to $112.7 million, or an operating margin of 3.7%, for the comparable 2015 period.  Our adjusted operating income for the full-year of 2016 was $203.1 million, or an adjusted operating margin of 7.7%, excluding the restructuring charges, impairment charges and pension MTM gain mentioned above, compared to $203.0 million, or an adjusted operating margin of 6.6%, for the full-year 2015, excluding the restructuring charges, impairment loss, legal settlement and pension MTM loss mentioned above.  Operating income for the full-year of 2016 was primarily driven by marine activity on the INPEX Ichthys, Saudi Aramco’s LTA II, Marjan power system replacement, and 12 Jackets projects, as well as a pipeline repair project in the Middle East region.  Our operating margin for the full-year of 2016 was higher due to project execution driven improvements, final closeouts, change orders driven by alignment with customer needs and the full impact of our cost restructuring programs. Cash provided by operating activities in the full-year of 2016 was $178.2 million, an increase compared to the $55.3 million of cash provided in 2015.  Overdue payments received from Pemex during the first quarter, as well as steady collections in the Middle East, positively impacted cash provided by operating activities for 2016. 1 The calculations of segment adjusted operating income and margins are shown in the appendix entitled “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Financial Measures.” As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s backlog was $4.3 billion, compared to $3.9 billion at September 30, 2016. Of the December 31, 2016 backlog, approximately 84% was related to offshore operations and approximately 16% was related to subsea operations. Order intake in the fourth quarter of 2016 totaled $1.0 billion, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.7x, with order intake of $2.7 billion and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.0x for the year ended December 31, 2016.  At December 31, 2016, the Company had bids outstanding and target projects of approximately $2.2 billion and $14.4 billion, respectively, in its pipeline that it expects will be awarded in the market through March 31, 2018.  In total, the Company’s potential revenue pipeline, including backlog, was $20.9 billion as of December 31, 2016. The Americas, Europe and Africa (“AEA”) Area, during the fourth quarter of 2016, completed the successful installation of the Pemex Ayatsil-C 7,500 ton jacket in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, demonstrating customer alignment and proven execution. The Ayatsil-C jacket was launched off the McDermott I-600 barge and installed by the DB50.  Also in Mexico, fabrication of the compression platform on the Abkatun A-2 project commenced in October and is proceeding ahead of plan. The project remains on track to meet the 900-day execution schedule.  Strategically focusing on our engineering expertise as an enabler and building our in-market capabilities, we expanded our Mexico City office by hiring 80 engineers and support resources working to the One McDermott Way. In our Altamira fabrication yard, upgrades commenced to increase skidway and loadout capabilities and provide covered blast and paint facilities and are expected to be completed in April 2017.  Front-end engineering and design (“FEED”) and early detailed engineering for a Caribbean gas development has continued throughout the quarter and remains on track to meet the agreed deliverables; and a FEED project for a SURF facility off the coast of East Africa was substantially completed by year-end and is in the final stages of closeout. In the Middle East (“MEA”) Area, fabrication activity in the fourth quarter was driven by Saudi Aramco projects and the KJO Hout jacket and deck structures.  Marine operations continued in both Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Execution of the Saudi Aramco Lump Sum LTA II project, awarded in 2015, is progressing according to schedule, and is in the fabrication phase, with work being shared between the Jebel Ali and Dammam fabrication facilities. Cooperation and consistency between all facilities is driven by our One McDermott Way and as a result, a Middle East customer approved work share on a specific project for the fabrication of jackets in our Batam yard. The KJO Hout Jacket and topside will be installed and pre-commissioned in the first quarter of 2017; the project is more than 55% complete and is expected to be fully complete in the second quarter of 2017. The Marjan power systems project continued to meet key milestones in line with client requirements, as did the three Saudi Aramco jobs awarded in the second quarter of 2016. The three jobs awarded in the second quarter are in the preliminary stages of fabrication, with activity expected during 2017. Fabrication and installation of the Bul Hanine jackets is complete, with minor closeout work remaining.  In Qatar, we focused on offshore work for the RasGas Flow Assurance and Looping project, which remains on schedule. The MEA area also continued to demonstrate McDermott’s Taking the Lead initiative, reaching an impressive 48-million man-hours lost time incident (“LTI”) free. In the Asia (“ASA”) Area, the INPEX Ichthys project continues to progress as we work collaboratively with the customer and supplier to rectify the subsea connector component issue and expect to keep in line with the overall project schedule.  The DLV 2000 completed her second campaign on the project alongside the CSV 108.  During the fourth quarter, the DLV 2000 installed infield umbilicals, subsea structures and subsea spools.  The Woodside Greater Western Flank Phase 2 pipeline project continues with the engineering, procurement and preparations for the start of fabrication in the first quarter of 2017. The Vashishta project for ONGC continues to achieve significant progress, commencing the offshore phase of the project with the mobilization of the DB30 and supporting fleet. Fabrication of the subsea structures continues in line with the project schedule at Larsen & Toubro, our consortium partner’s, fabrication yard in Kattupalli.  The mobilization of McDermott’s mobile spoolbase was completed, and production of the pipeline stalks has progressed well in preparation for the arrival of the NO 105 in the first quarter of 2017 when she is scheduled to install the deepwater pipeline sections. On the Brunei Shell Petroleum transportation and installation project, pre-installation survey for the pipelines was completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The project continues to prepare for the offshore campaign scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2017. Fabrication of the Yamal LNG modules in our Batam yard is progressing well, with 89% progress achieved.  Also in Batam, fabrication and loadout of the subsea modules for the TechnipFMC Jangkrik project was completed in the fourth quarter with a total weight of approximately 3,100 tonnes. Early in 2017, we completed the purchase of a newly built deepwater pipelay and construction vessel named the Amazon. The vessel is equipped with 49,514 square feet (4,600 square meters) of deck space complete with two 440-ton (400-tonne) cranes, a service speed of 12 knots and accommodation for up to 200 crew and service staff. We plan to upgrade the vessel to address the ultradeepwater market with a state-of-the-art J-lay system and the latest vessel technology. In the near term, we plan to make minor capital expenditure investments to bring the vessel up to Company standards and use the vessel on existing construction and pipelay projects. In February of 2017, funding for the vessel acquisition was secured through a sale and leaseback arrangement under which we have control of the vessel in exchange for a daily charter-hire rate. The planned upgrade to the state-of-the-art J-lay system and related financing are expected to be considered in line with market conditions. All remaining activities for the McDermott Profitability Initiative (“MPI”) were completed in the third quarter of 2016.  MPI resulted in annualized cash savings of $150 million. All remaining activities for the Additional Overhead Reduction (“AOR”) program, which was initiated in the fourth quarter of 2015, were completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 and achieved in-year cash savings of $46 million and annualized cash savings of $51 million. Our restructuring costs for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $0.6 million and $11.3 million for the full-year of 2016. ~ = approximately 1 Our forecasted U.S. GAAP net income attributable to the Company does not include any amount representing forecasted pension actuarial gain or loss, because we have no basis to estimate pension actuarial gain or loss amounts for the forecast period and cannot estimate such amount without unreasonable effort.   2 Net Interest Expense is gross interest expense less capitalized interest and interest income. 3 The calculations of EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow, which are Non-GAAP measures, are shown in the appendix entitled “Reconciliation of Forecast Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures.” 4 Ending Gross Debt does not include any reduction related to debt issuance costs. In 2017, we expect higher revenue and margins driven by order intake as well as our responsiveness and flexibility in meeting customer drivers with associated rescheduling of work from 2018 into 2017.  Our expectations for capex were increased due to the purchase of the Amazon.  The Amazon purchase capex outflow will be offset by a sale and leaseback arrangement.  Our guidance for 2017 ending cash, cash from operating activities and free cash flow was negatively impacted by the additional costs associated with the failed, supplier-provided, subsea-pipe connector components on the INPEX Ichthys project.  Additionally, we are expecting negative free cash flow, primarily driven by a large use of working capital attributable to the ramp-up of the Pemex Abkatun Project and other projects in Asia and the Middle East.  The use of working capital for Abkatun is expected to be partially offset by specific project related financing.  It is reasonably possible that costs on the INPEX Ichthys project could increase by an additional $10 million due to the failed subsea-pipe connector components on the Ichthys project; however, that is not reflected in guidance at this time. Weighted average common shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis were approximately 241.3 million and 238.7 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and 284.2 million and 238.2 million for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.  Common shares for the settlement of the common stock purchase contracts related to the Tangible Equity Units (“TEUs”) representing 40.8 million additional shares, as well as other potentially dilutive shares, were included on an adjusted and unadjusted basis for the year ended December 31, 2016. McDermott has scheduled a conference call and webcast related to its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results today at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Central Time.  Interested parties may listen over the Internet through a link posted in the Investor Relations section of McDermott’s website. A replay of the webcast will be available for seven days after the call and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056, Passcode 46148001. In addition, a presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of McDermott’s website that contains supplemental information on McDermott’s financials, operations and 2017 Guidance. McDermott is a leading provider of integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (“EPCI”), front-end engineering and design (“FEED”) and module fabrication services for upstream field developments worldwide. McDermott delivers fixed and floating production facilities, pipelines, installations and subsea systems from concept to commissioning for complex Offshore and Subsea oil and gas projects to help oil companies safely produce and transport hydrocarbons.  Our customers include national and major energy companies.  Operating in approximately 20 countries across the world, our locally focused and globally integrated resources include approximately 12,400 employees, a diversified fleet of specialty marine construction vessels, fabrication facilities and engineering offices. We are renowned for our extensive knowledge and experience, technological advancements, performance records, superior safety and commitment to deliver.  McDermott has served the energy industry since 1923, and shares of its common stock are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. To learn more, please visit our website at www.mcdermott.com This press release includes several “non-GAAP” financial measures as defined under Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of our ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of those operations. Non-GAAP measures are comprised of the total and diluted per share amounts of adjusted net income (loss) attributable to the Company and adjusted operating income and operating income margin for the Company as a whole and each of its segments, in each case excluding the impact of certain identified items.  The excluded items represent items that our management does not consider to be representative of our normal operations.  We believe that total and diluted per share adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted operating income and operating margin are useful measures for investors to review because they provide a consistent measure of the underlying financial results of our ongoing business and, in our management’s view, allows for a supplemental comparison against historical results and expectations for future performance. Furthermore, our management uses adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted operating income as a measure of the performance of our operations for budgeting and forecasting, as well as employee incentive compensation. However, Non-GAAP measures should not considered as substitutes for operating income, net income or other data prepared and reported in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed in addition to the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Forecast non-GAAP measures we have presented in this press release include forecast free cash flow, adjusted free cash flow and EBITDA, in each case excluding the impact of certain identified items. We believe these forward-looking financial measures are within reasonable measure.  We define “free cash flow” as cash flows from operations less capital expenditures.  We believe investors consider free cash flow as an important measure, because it generally represents funds available to pursue opportunities that may enhance shareholder value, such as making acquisitions or other investments.  Our management uses free cash flow for that reason.  Additionally, adjusted free cash flow represents free cash flow plus cash expected as a result of the sale leaseback arrangement for the acquisition of the Amazon vessel.  We define EBITDA as net income plus depreciation and amortization, interest expense, net, and provision for income taxes.  We have included EBITDA disclosures in this press release because EBITDA is widely used by investors for valuation and comparing our financial performance with the performance of other companies in our industry.  Our management also uses EBITDA to monitor and compare the financial performance of our operations.  EBITDA does not give effect to the cash that we must use to service our debt or pay our income taxes, and thus does reflect the funds actually available for capital expenditures, dividends or various other purposes.  In addition, our presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures in other companies’ reports.   You should not consider EBITDA in isolation from, or as a substitute for, net income or cash flow measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures and forecast non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in the tables set forth at the end of this press release. In accordance with the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, McDermott cautions that statements in this press release which are forward-looking, and provide other than historical information, involve risks, contingencies and uncertainties that may impact McDermott's actual results of operations. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements about backlog, bids and change orders outstanding, target projects and revenue pipeline, to the extent these may be viewed as indicators of future revenues or profitability, expectations and plans for 2017, the expected timing and specifications of upgrades to our Altamira fabrication yard, the expected scope, execution and timing associated with the projects discussed, the expected utilization of McDermott’s vessels and McDermott’s earnings and other guidance for 2017 and expectations related thereto. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. Those statements are made by using various underlying assumptions and are subject to numerous risks, contingencies and uncertainties, including, among others: adverse changes in the markets in which we operate or credit markets, our inability to successfully execute on contracts in backlog, changes in project design or schedules, the availability of qualified personnel, changes in the terms, scope or timing of contracts, contract cancellations, change orders and other modifications and actions by our customers and other business counterparties, changes in industry norms and adverse outcomes in legal or other dispute resolution proceedings.  If one or more of these risks materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected.  You should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements.  For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, please see McDermott's annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. This press release reflects management's views as of the date hereof. Except to the extent required by applicable law, McDermott undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement. McDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP TO GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES McDermott reports its financial results in accordance with the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). This press release also includes several Non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the SEC’s Regulation G. The following tables reconcile Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP financial measures: 1 Restructuring charges were primarily associated with personnel reductions, facility closures, consultant fees, lease terminations and asset impairments. 2 Impairment Charges: 3 During the third quarter of 2016, we mutually and amicably exited our joint venture with THF, a subsidiary of THHE, in Malaysia. We sold our THF interest to THHE and recognized a $5.0 million gain is recorded in Other income (expense), net. This gain is not expected to be repeated in the future. 4 Costs related to a legal settlement of $16.7 million were recorded during the third quarter of 2015 5 Our Non-GAAP measures exclude 100% of pension actuarial loss (gain) included in our Consolidated Financial Statements. The $5.4 million gain from year-end MTM pension adjustments for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2016, and $26.0 million loss from year-end MTM pension adjustments for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. These adjustments are recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of each respective year in accordance with our pension accounting policy. Actuarial gains and losses are primarily driven by changes in the actuarial assumptions, discount rates and actual return on pension assets. The $5.4 million 2016 MTM adjustment was comprised of a $4.5 million gain on our pension plan assets and $0.9 million of lower actuarial pension liabilities. The $4.5 million of MTM adjustment is the difference between $21.6 million of expected return on pension plan assets recognized during 2016 and a $26.1 million actual gain on plan assets as of December 31, 2016. The $26.0 million of 2015 MTM adjustment for actuarial loss was comprised of a $52.0 million actuarial loss on our pension plan assets, partially offset by a $26.0 million gain due to an increase in discount rates. The $52.0 million actuarial loss on our pension plan assets is the difference between $29.5 million of expected return on pension plan assets recognized during 2015 and $22.5 million of actuarial loss on plan assets as of December 31, 2015. Our non-GAAP pension adjustment does not include $1.0 million and $6.2 million of net pension benefit recognized during 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to expected return on plan assets net of interest costs for our non-contributory defined benefit pension plans. 6 Represents tax effects of Non-GAAP adjustments.  The Non-GAAP adjusting items are primarily attributable to tax jurisdictions in which we currently do not pay taxes and, therefore, no tax impact is applied to them.  For the Non-GAAP adjusting items in jurisdictions where taxes are paid, the tax impacts on those adjustments are computed, individually, using the statutory tax rate in effect in each applicable taxable jurisdiction. 7 Includes the Non-GAAP adjustments described in footnotes 1, 2, 4, and 5 above.  The $5.0 million adjustment described in footnote 3 above was excluded as the gain was reflected in Other Income (expense), net in our Consolidated Statement of Operations and thus was excluded from operating income. 8 Diluted EPS is calculated using a share count determined by whether the period has a net income or a net loss.  In the event of net income, Diluted EPS uses the fully diluted share count; however, in the event of a net loss, the potentially dilutive shares are excluded from the share count as they are anti-dilutive. 1 Segment restructuring charges excludes Corporate and other restructuring charges 2 Restructuring charges were primarily associated with personnel reductions, facility closures, consultant fees, lease terminations and asset impairments. 3 Impairment: 4 $5.4 million in gain was recorded in the quarter ended December 31, 2016, as a result of non-cash actuarial MTM adjustments related to pension plans.


Ishiyama T.,INPEX | Blacquiere G.,Technical University of Delft
Society of Petroleum Engineers - Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC 2015 | Year: 2015

3-D seismic survey design should provide an acquisition geometry that enables imaging and amplitudeversus-offset applications of target reflectors with sufficient data quality under given economical and operational constraints. However, in land or shallow water environments, surface waves are often dominant in the seismic data. The effectiveness of surface-wave separation or removal significantly affects the quality of the final result. Therefore, the need for surface-wave separation imposes additional constraints on the acquisition geometry. Recently, we proposed a method for surface-wave separation that can better deal with aliased seismic data than classic filtering methods such as in the wavenumber-frequency domain. This will impact survey design. Here, we investigate how the choice of a particular surface-wave separation affects the selection of survey parameters and the resulting data quality. To quantify the latter, we introduce a measure that represents the estimated signal-to-noise ratio between the desired subsurface signal and the surface waves that are deemed to be noise. In a case study, we applied surface-wave separation and signal-to-noise ratio estimation to several data sets with different survey parameters. The spatial sampling intervals of the basic subset are the survey parameters that affect the performance of surface-wave separation methods the most. Finer spatial sampling will reduce aliasing and make surface-wave separation easier, resulting in better data quality until no further improvement is obtained. We observed this behaviour in our results as a main trend that levels off at increasingly denser sampling. With our new method, this trend curve lies at a considerably higher signal-to-noise ratio than with a classic filtering method. This means that we can obtain a much better data quality for given survey effort, or the same data quality as with a conventional method at lower cost. Copyright 2015, Society of Petroleum Engineers.


News Article | November 2, 2016
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InventHelp’s Invention & New Product Exposition (INPEX) is pleased to announce the dates for its 32nd annual show, June 13-15, 2017. INPEX, America’s Largest Invention Show, features inventors from the United States as well as more than 20 countries every year. The 2017 show will return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. InventHelp’s INPEX is a unique trade show experience that brings inventors together with companies looking for new products. This year, INPEX will again be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to help accommodate business travelers. The show also features corporate searches, where inventors can present their ideas to large Fortune 100 and 500 companies who are looking to expand their product lines. VIBE, or Virtual Invention Browsing Experience, is back on the INPEX show floor. This exciting technology gives attendees the ability to see inventions on large, state-of-the-art virtual viewing stations. For companies or corporations interested in pre-registering for INPEX 2017, please visit here. Registration is free for those that are qualified companies. Those with questions can contact Rachel Shapiro at 412-288-1343, x4124 or rshapiro@inpex.com. “Each year, INPEX continues to evolve, with more inventors, inventions and new companies attending the show to look for products,” said Nicole Lininger, Trade Show Director. “Our trade show experience offers both inventors and companies a unique way to connect, network and meet outside of the traditional product-submission process.” INPEX is a service of InventHelp, a leading inventor service company based in Pittsburgh, Pa. If you are an inventor who might be interested in exhibiting at INPEX, please visit our website for up-to-date information or call 888-54-INPEX to speak to one of our INPEX account executives. Don’t miss this opportunity to exhibit at America’s largest invention trade show.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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InventHelp’s Invention & New Product Exposition (INPEX) is pleased to announce that two mom inventors who appeared on Harry Connick Jr’s talk show, Harry, will exhibit their products at INPEX, America’s Largest Invention Show, June 13-15, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Jessica Jones is the inventor of The Zipper Genie, a fashion accessory that allows women to zip and unzip their own dresses easily in a matter of seconds in just three easy steps. Visit http://zippergenie.com/ for more information. Mary Barnes invented the It’s a Snap Frame™, a magnetic picture frame that adheres to any steel surface, with each piece featuring magnetic components to snap the pieces into place easily. Visit http://thesweetheartgallery.com/ for more information. The women entrepreneurs appeared as a part of a segment with Shark Tank’s Daymond John, in which they had the opportunity to pitch their products to him and the studio audience. After receiving feedback and asking John a question about how to take their products to the next level, Harry surprised both women with booth space at InventHelp’s INPEX this June. InventHelp’s INPEX is a unique trade show experience that brings inventors together with companies looking for new products. The show also features corporate searches, where inventors can present their ideas to large Fortune 100 and 500 companies who are looking to expand their product lines. VIBE, or Virtual Invention Browsing Experience, is back on the INPEX show floor again in 2017. This exciting technology gives business attendees the ability to see inventions on large, state-of-the-art virtual viewing stations. INPEX features inventors in the United States, as well as more than 20 countries around the world. INPEX is a service of InventHelp, a leading inventor service company based in Pittsburgh, Pa. If you are an inventor who might be interested in exhibiting at INPEX, please visit our website at http://www.inpex.com for up-to-date information or call 888-54-INPEX to speak to one of our INPEX account executives.

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