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Date:Thursday 25th July 2002
Title:ChevronTexaco Shuts Down Production in Nigeria

*Chevron Nigeria Ltd.* has shut in almost 400,000 barrels a day of crude oil at its Escravos oil terminal in southern Nigeria after a fire broke out at the facility Saturday, according to a company official. One of the terminal's tanks was set ablaze by lightning Saturday. The company said the affected tank contained 180,000 bbl of crude. Chevron produces about 450,000 b/d of crude in a joint venture with the state- run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

The company will declare force majeure on oil exports from its Escravos terminal in southern Nigeria. The force majeure is expected to affect 400,000-450,000 barrels a day of crude oil exports.

Chevron's decision Sunday to shut in close to 400,000 b/d of crude oil was also linked to an invasion earlier in July at its flow stations in Escravos by women from its host communities, which had earlier cut off about 110,000 b/d of crude from four flow stations. The fire happened as Chevron officials were preparing for negotiations with the women for an end to the occupation of the oil facilities. The women are demanding jobs and amenities for the host communities.

The company spokesman gave no indication of how long he expected the shut in to continue. He said the fire had been brought under control, but production would only resume after checks certify that the pipelines at the terminal are safe to resume operations.

Source: Dow Jones

Date:Thursday 25th July 2002
Title:Subsea 7 awarded Caswi Pipeline Replacement Contract

Subsea 7 has today announced a contract award by Talisman for the installation of a replacement 2 kilometre section of the CASWI water injection pipeline. The pipeline connects the Claymore A manifold to the Claymore A platform in the North Sea.

The scope of work includes procurement of materials, offshore fabrication and installation of the pipeline including a plastic liner, fabrication of tie-in spools, route survey and seabed preparation of the pipeline route, post lay flooding, cleaning and gauging of the new pipeline, cutting of the existing pipeline at the Claymore end, removal of a section of existing pipeline, installation of a mechanical flanged end connector and removal of existing spools at the CASWI manifold to facilitate installation of spoolpieces between the new pipeline and existing facilities. Subsea 7 will be responsible for project management, engineering and supervision of all activities.

The Skandi Navica, one of the most advanced reeled pipelay vessels in the industry, will undertake the laying of the new 12" plastic lined carbon steel pipe.

John Smith, Subsea 7’s chief executive officer commented, "We are looking forward to working with Talisman on this first pipeline installation contract for Subsea 7. The opportunity to utilise one of the most sophisticated pipelay vessels Skandi Navica, Diving Support Vessels Pelican and Aquamarine, and the ROV and Survey Support Vessel Kommandor Subsea 2000 as well as our Leith spoolbase demonstrates the diversity of services offered by our company".

Pipelay work is due to commence in late July 2002 with all operations scheduled for completion during August.

Source: Subsea t