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BP, on behalf of co-venturers Shell and Siccar Point Energy, is pleased to announce first oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the multi-billion-pound Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region, offshore UK. UK project is the third of seven new upstream major projects expected to come on stream for BP in 2017. Read more…

ACE Winches, a leading global supplier of specialised marine deck machinery, successfully mobilized and installed a winch package for use on the jacket installation and float-over of the DolWin Topside platform.

The DolWin platform is one of the world’s largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platforms, generating enough power to provide approximately 1 million households with clean energy. Measuring 100m in length, 70m wide, standing 90m and weighing approximately 15000te, the platform is located in the German Bight of the North Sea. Read more…

ABB Marine & Ports hosted their first ‘hot topic’ customer event in Aberdeen on 16 May.  The event highlighted the value of using marine digital services in today’s challenging market. The solutions highlighted the role of connectivity in reducing costs and increasing efficiency and safety onboard. Read more…

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in UK offshore waters. The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC) and UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Frontier Basins PhD research activities. Read more…

Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and project management services to the energy industry, has announced two new appointments at its CEE, which has been in operation since January. Tom Agbabi will join in the area of Field development and Peter Falconer will provide Asset Integrity expertise to the centre.

Leaders from oil and gas operating companies and the Oil and Gas Authority gathered at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre yesterday for a workshop to discuss priorities for the Decommissioning Solution Centre. One of five solution centres now up and running within the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, the Decommissioning Solution Centre will identify, co-fund and manage projects to accelerate technologies to drive down the costs of decommissioning. Read more… 

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited to acquire a 50% interest in UK North Sea Licence P.2209 which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads. Read more…

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near to market technologies in the subsea sector.

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working towards becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a one year secondment last year.

First oil has begun to flow from the Shaw field, part of the major redevelopment of the Montrose Area in the Central North Sea operated by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. The Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) is a major capital project that significantly enhances the long term Montrose Area infrastructure. The project incorporates the development of three new fields – Godwin, Cayley and Shaw – and a new bridge-linked production platform (BLP) connected to the Montrose Alpha to provide additional process and plant support facilities. Read more… 

Marine gas oil supplier The Geos Group (Sea Bunkering) is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of a new vessel, the Thun Grace, on long-term time charter from Thun Tankers. The Thun Grace is significantly larger than the Geos Group’s outgoing vessel, the Milford Fisher, which means that the company will now have extra capacity to grow its sales volume and provide a faster, more responsive service to its customers. Read more…

Azinor Catalyst Limited is pleased to announce it has awarded a rig contract to Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Limited for the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible rig to drill two operated wells in Q3 2017. The first exploration well will target the Partridge Prospect, which will be immediately followed by an appraisal well to test the Agar Discovery and Plantain Prospect. Read more… 

Costain is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Martin as director of front end and advisory services within its oil and gas team. Tim joins Costain from Ramboll, where he was the managing director. As a leading proponent of industry improvement and transformation throughout his 20-year career within the sector, Tim has directed the delivery of multiple innovative solutions for client organisations and is a member of the Oil & Gas Authority’s Asset Stewardship Board. Read more…

Baker Hughes Incorporated announced the introduction of its DEEPFRAC™ deepwater multistage fracturing service, which can save operators hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore developments through unprecedented efficiency gains across the completion phase. Using multiposition sleeves and patented flowback control technology, the service accelerates or eliminates certain steps of conventional multizone completion operations and enables rapid stimulation of 20+ stages. This translates into significantly greater reservoir contact, with an average OPEX savings of USD 30 to 40 million per well. Read more…

Do you have a story to tell about working in oil and gas? What memories and experiences do you have that are captured on camera, and how does life offshore now compare to the early days of North Sea exploration and production?

‘Capturing the Energy’, in partnership with Aberdeen-based software development company Intellicore, is creating an interactive mobile app featuring stories from the archives, with images, audio and video brought to life using image recognition and augmented reality.

Project Development Officer Joe Chapman says: “It’s an exciting initiative that aims to showcase the remarkable progress and innovation seen in our industry over the past 50 years – and we want Oil & Gas UK members to help tell that story! If you have any good-quality photos, audio and video material of anything North Sea-related that you would be willing to share, or would like to have your recollections recorded for others to enjoy, we’d like to hear from you.”

The app is expected in time for SPE Offshore Europe on 5-8 September 2017. For more information, email [email protected] or phone 01224 272545.

Cyberhawk Innovations has once again proven its credentials thanks to analysis from a leading international E&P company, which shows UAV inspection is twenty times faster and half the cost of traditional inspection methods. The company has analysed inspection data from the last two years and concluded Cyberhawk’s UAV inspection technique proved 20 times more efficient than traditional inspection methods, such as rope access. This meant that for every day on site, Cyberhawk inspected 20 times more structures than rope access was able to achieve. Read more…

A new logistics app for the oil and gas industry has been launched by an Aberdeen company. Orca Subsea’s ‘Mobilisation Manager’ app offers real-time updates on project mobilisations, which can be sent directly to a computer, tablet or phone.  Users can access the app via Orca’s secure website and any iOS device. The company, which offers support and engineering services to the subsea industry, works with their clients to identify individual pieces of equipment for a project.  Each individual item is then tagged using radio frequency identification (RFID), allowing multiple users to monitor the status of the item and its location in real time, from the supplier’s yard to the quayside. Read more…

Aberdeen-based well intervention technology specialists, Interventek Subsea Engineering, have pushed the boundaries of oil and gas industry capability with the launch of their latest new product, an ultra-high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) version of their Revolution safety valve for in-riser landing string systems. Read more…

International SOS has announced the expansion of its Aberdeen Offshore and Occupational Health Centre in response to increasing client needs. The improved Health Centre – which houses the 24/7 response centre – also features a new telemedicine facility to provide a sophisticated level of medical care to personnel in the North Sea and beyond. It also supports the new Digital Consultation service launched earlier this year, which provides video conferencing to perform return to work and routine occupational health consultations, often required by international oil and gas firms. Read more…

Bristow Helicopters Limited has secured a new contract with Apache North Sea Limited to support its North Sea operations. The contract which has a five year primary term, with further extension options, will commence on 1 September 2017. Read more…

EM&I UK have achieved the President’s (10 consecutive Golds) Award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The award will be presented during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday July 12th 2017. Read more…

BP announces the start of production from Quad204 project, west of Shetland

BP, on behalf of co-venturers Shell and Siccar Point Energy, is pleased to announce first oil from the redeveloped Schiehallion Area, following completion of the multi-billion-pound Quad 204 project in the west of Shetland region, offshore UK. UK project is the third of seven new upstream major projects expected to come on stream for BP in 2017. Read more…

ACE Winches supplies winch solution for the DolWin Topside Float-over

ACE Winches, a leading global supplier of specialised marine deck machinery, successfully mobilized and installed a winch package for use on the jacket installation and float-over of the DolWin Topside platform.

The DolWin platform is one of the world’s largest high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter platforms, generating enough power to provide approximately 1 million households with clean energy. Measuring 100m in length, 70m wide, standing 90m and weighing approximately 15000te, the platform is located in the German Bight of the North Sea. Read more…

ABB Marine showcases its digital offerings

ABB Marine & Ports hosted their first ‘hot topic’ customer event in Aberdeen on 16 May.  The event highlighted the value of using marine digital services in today’s challenging market. The solutions highlighted the role of connectivity in reducing costs and increasing efficiency and safety onboard. Read more…

Verus Petroleum awards £416k funding to Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in UK offshore waters. The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), the Ogilvie-Gordon 3D Audio-Visualisation Centre (OGAVC) and UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Frontier Basins PhD research activities. Read more…

Two new appointments announced at Penspen’s Centre for Engineering Excellence (CEE)

Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and project management services to the energy industry, has announced two new appointments at its CEE, which has been in operation since January. Tom Agbabi will join in the area of Field development and Peter Falconer will provide Asset Integrity expertise to the centre.

Leaders shape technology priorities for late-life asset management and decommissioning

Leaders from oil and gas operating companies and the Oil and Gas Authority gathered at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre yesterday for a workshop to discuss priorities for the Decommissioning Solution Centre. One of five solution centres now up and running within the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, the Decommissioning Solution Centre will identify, co-fund and manage projects to accelerate technologies to drive down the costs of decommissioning. Read more… 

Parkmead acquisition doubles its stake in key North Sea gas area

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited to acquire a 50% interest in UK North Sea Licence P.2209 which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads. Read more…

Wood Group engineers support NSRI’s diversification initiative

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near to market technologies in the subsea sector.

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working towards becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a one year secondment last year.

First oil confirmed from Montrose Area Redevelopment

First oil has begun to flow from the Shaw field, part of the major redevelopment of the Montrose Area in the Central North Sea operated by Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. The Montrose Area Redevelopment (MAR) is a major capital project that significantly enhances the long term Montrose Area infrastructure. The project incorporates the development of three new fields – Godwin, Cayley and Shaw – and a new bridge-linked production platform (BLP) connected to the Montrose Alpha to provide additional process and plant support facilities. Read more… 

Marine gas oil supplier increases the size of its vessel

Marine gas oil supplier The Geos Group (Sea Bunkering) is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of a new vessel, the Thun Grace, on long-term time charter from Thun Tankers. The Thun Grace is significantly larger than the Geos Group’s outgoing vessel, the Milford Fisher, which means that the company will now have extra capacity to grow its sales volume and provide a faster, more responsive service to its customers. Read more…

Azinor Catalyst signs rig contract to drill two wells in Q3 2017

Azinor Catalyst Limited is pleased to announce it has awarded a rig contract to Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Limited for the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible rig to drill two operated wells in Q3 2017. The first exploration well will target the Partridge Prospect, which will be immediately followed by an appraisal well to test the Agar Discovery and Plantain Prospect. Read more… 

Costain Oil and Gas appoints director of front end and advisory

Costain is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Martin as director of front end and advisory services within its oil and gas team. Tim joins Costain from Ramboll, where he was the managing director. As a leading proponent of industry improvement and transformation throughout his 20-year career within the sector, Tim has directed the delivery of multiple innovative solutions for client organisations and is a member of the Oil & Gas Authority’s Asset Stewardship Board. Read more…

Baker Hughes introduces multistage fracturing service for deep water

Baker Hughes Incorporated announced the introduction of its DEEPFRAC™ deepwater multistage fracturing service, which can save operators hundreds of millions of dollars in offshore developments through unprecedented efficiency gains across the completion phase. Using multiposition sleeves and patented flowback control technology, the service accelerates or eliminates certain steps of conventional multizone completion operations and enables rapid stimulation of 20+ stages. This translates into significantly greater reservoir contact, with an average OPEX savings of USD 30 to 40 million per well. Read more…

An innovative approach to capturing the history of the North Sea

Do you have a story to tell about working in oil and gas? What memories and experiences do you have that are captured on camera, and how does life offshore now compare to the early days of North Sea exploration and production?

‘Capturing the Energy’, in partnership with Aberdeen-based software development company Intellicore, is creating an interactive mobile app featuring stories from the archives, with images, audio and video brought to life using image recognition and augmented reality.

Project Development Officer Joe Chapman says: “It’s an exciting initiative that aims to showcase the remarkable progress and innovation seen in our industry over the past 50 years – and we want Oil & Gas UK members to help tell that story! If you have any good-quality photos, audio and video material of anything North Sea-related that you would be willing to share, or would like to have your recollections recorded for others to enjoy, we’d like to hear from you.”

The app is expected in time for SPE Offshore Europe on 5-8 September 2017. For more information, email [email protected] or phone 01224 272545.

Cyberhawk achieves 50% cost saving for large North Sea operator

Cyberhawk Innovations has once again proven its credentials thanks to analysis from a leading international E&P company, which shows UAV inspection is twenty times faster and half the cost of traditional inspection methods. The company has analysed inspection data from the last two years and concluded Cyberhawk’s UAV inspection technique proved 20 times more efficient than traditional inspection methods, such as rope access. This meant that for every day on site, Cyberhawk inspected 20 times more structures than rope access was able to achieve. Read more…

Orca Subsea app keeping projects on the move

A new logistics app for the oil and gas industry has been launched by an Aberdeen company. Orca Subsea’s ‘Mobilisation Manager’ app offers real-time updates on project mobilisations, which can be sent directly to a computer, tablet or phone.  Users can access the app via Orca’s secure website and any iOS device. The company, which offers support and engineering services to the subsea industry, works with their clients to identify individual pieces of equipment for a project.  Each individual item is then tagged using radio frequency identification (RFID), allowing multiple users to monitor the status of the item and its location in real time, from the supplier’s yard to the quayside. Read more…

Interventek launches world’s first 20,000psi in-riser shear and seal safety valve

Aberdeen-based well intervention technology specialists, Interventek Subsea Engineering, have pushed the boundaries of oil and gas industry capability with the launch of their latest new product, an ultra-high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) version of their Revolution safety valve for in-riser landing string systems. Read more…

International SOS expands Aberdeen Offshore and Occupational Health Centre

International SOS has announced the expansion of its Aberdeen Offshore and Occupational Health Centre in response to increasing client needs. The improved Health Centre – which houses the 24/7 response centre – also features a new telemedicine facility to provide a sophisticated level of medical care to personnel in the North Sea and beyond. It also supports the new Digital Consultation service launched earlier this year, which provides video conferencing to perform return to work and routine occupational health consultations, often required by international oil and gas firms. Read more…

Bristow announces Apache contract award

Bristow Helicopters Limited has secured a new contract with Apache North Sea Limited to support its North Sea operations. The contract which has a five year primary term, with further extension options, will commence on 1 September 2017. Read more…

EM&I Wins RoSPA Presidents Health and Safety Award

EM&I UK have achieved the President’s (10 consecutive Golds) Award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The award will be presented during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday July 12th 2017. Read more…

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