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The contract for disposal was internationally tendered and awarded to Veolia working with their strategic partner in decommissioning, Peterson, who have a proven safety and environmental track record in the decommissioning of oil and gas assets. The work will be carried out at the Dales Voe site in Lerwick. Buchan Alpha is believed to be the first major North Seafloating production facility to be disposed of in Scotland. Read more…

Xodus Group has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s experienced ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015. Mr Salardi has more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets. He joins Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning programmes in Australia. Read more…

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the finalists in the 2017 Be Inspired Awards programme. The annual awards honour the work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations throughout the world. Ten independent jury panels comprising distinguished industry experts selected the 51 finalists from more than 400 nominations submitted by organisations in more than 50 countries. Read more…

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 50% interest in the UK North Sea Licence P.2209. from Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited, which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads. Read more…

First gas has been exported from Cygnus Bravo, the satellite wellhead platform in the Southern North Sea’s Cygnus development, operated by ENGIE E&P UK Limited. On the morning of Tuesday 1st August first gas from Bravo was exported 7km SE to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cubic feet per day since 13th December 2016. Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk. Read more…

Petrofac has been awarded a research study from the Energy Institute’s Process Safety Committee in a bid to help improve maintenance management performance across the oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Petrofac will conduct interviews and deliver a workshop with several international Operators, industry bodies and regulators. The purpose of these will be to assess the measures and key performance indicators (KPIs) currently used by the industry to manage maintenance. Read more…

NEL is leading a major research programme that will enhance flow measurement standardisation across Europe between multiphase flow metrology testing facilities. The new three-year project is part of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research the main European programme for the scientific study of measurement. Called MultiFlowMet II, the project involves 17 global partners, including meter vendors, research specialists and multiphase test laboratories. Project partners include OneSubsea Processing AS, DNV GL and Schlumberger Oilfield, covering the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore and the UK. Read more…

Expro has been awarded a substantial contract from global oil and gas company Maersk Oil for the provision of subsea and well test services on two offshore units in the North Sea. The contract will extend the long-standing partnership between the two companies until 2020, for well abandonment services on two rigs, for a 26 well campaign across the Janice, James, Affleck and Leadon North developments in the Central North Sea. Read more…

Airpac Bukom, the oil and gas division of rental specialist Vp plc, is pleased to announce availability of its new 400 scfm air compressors. Airpac Bukom’s latest air compressor model can be supplied as either a mobile wheeled unit for onshore use or in a DNV 2.7-1 cage for offshore use. Read more…

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion pound contract with a global energy player, Maersk Oil UK, to provide both late life production enhancement and decommissioning support in the North Sea. The contract saw Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Polaris operate at two separate locations, undertaking production system isolations and critical component replacements to facilitate late life production enhancement, together with comprehensive decommissioning support, which includes subsea deconstruction and infrastructure recovery. Read more…

As part of its ongoing growth plans, Briggs Marine Contractors has made a six-figure investment into its diving division’s capabilities with the purchase of a dual basket diver Launch and Recovery System (LARS). The system, which was manufactured by Submarine Manufacturing Products Ltd (SMP), comes as Briggs experiences increased demand for safe, high quality and compact diving solutions. It has been built and maintained to International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines and has been certified by Lloyds Register. Read more…

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels.

The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance. Read more…

Veolia and Peterson have accepted the first offshore structure into their Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility. The Shell Leman BH platform accommodation block, known as the ‘topside’, arrived into the harbour on 11th July and the 50m-high steel jacket structure that supported the topside is due to follow later in July. The topside, which was previously used as living quarters for personnel working on the Leman BT and Leman BK platforms, has now come to its new home to be recycled. Read more…

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance. Read more…

DNV GL has reorganised their research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio. The site, formerly known as the Flow Centre, has been positioned to complement and enhance the research and testing capability at Spadeadam in Cumbria, increasing the scope across the two centres. Read more…

Expro, has been presented with a fourth President’s Award at RoSPA’s (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017 – building on 12 consecutive years of awards from this key industry organisation. The company has been recognised by RoSPA every year since 2005, receiving four oil and gas sector awards from 2006 to 2009, the Gold Medal in 2010, and the Scotland Trophy in 2013. Read more…

Wood Group has been awarded a new contract by Maersk to deliver mechanical and management services for the hook-up and commissioning of the Culzean gas condensate field in the UK central North Sea.

At peak manning, approximately 200 new jobs will be created by the project to support the new three platform, high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development, which is expected to begin production in 2019.  The three year contract is effective immediately. Read more…

The industry has been urgently pursuing innovations which reduce the safety risk and costs of putting people into confined spaces. EM&I have risen to the challenge with NoMan®, an innovation encouraged by the HITS JIP. NoMan bucks the trend of using UAVs and instead takes a leaf out of the nuclear industry book by using high performance cameras placed remotely into pre-planned locations in the confined space using a manipulator. Read more…

Bilfinger Salamis UK has been awarded a contract for provision of services in the preparation and installation of Maersk Oil North Sea’s new gas production field, Culzean, creating up to 300 jobs. Read more…

EnQuest confirms that first oil from the Kraken development was delivered on 23 June 2017.  During the initial ramp-up period, the 13 wells that have been drilled and completed to date, comprising 7 producers and 6 injectors, are being brought online in a phased manner, to maximise long term productivity and value. Read more…

Buchan Alpha arrives in Shetland for disposal

The contract for disposal was internationally tendered and awarded to Veolia working with their strategic partner in decommissioning, Peterson, who have a proven safety and environmental track record in the decommissioning of oil and gas assets. The work will be carried out at the Dales Voe site in Lerwick. Buchan Alpha is believed to be the first major North Seafloating production facility to be disposed of in Scotland. Read more…

Xodus appoints new director to drive decommissioning strategy

Xodus Group has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s experienced ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015. Mr Salardi has more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets. He joins Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning programmes in Australia. Read more…

Bentley announces finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the finalists in the 2017 Be Inspired Awards programme. The annual awards honour the work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations throughout the world. Ten independent jury panels comprising distinguished industry experts selected the 51 finalists from more than 400 nominations submitted by organisations in more than 50 countries. Read more…

Parkmead completes important UK gas area acquisition

Parkmead, the UK and Netherlands focused independent oil and gas group, is delighted to announce that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 50% interest in the UK North Sea Licence P.2209. from Verus Petroleum (SNS) Limited, which contains the Farne Extension prospect and a further four prospective leads. Read more…

ENGIE E&P UK announces first gas from Cygnus Bravo in southern North Sea

First gas has been exported from Cygnus Bravo, the satellite wellhead platform in the Southern North Sea’s Cygnus development, operated by ENGIE E&P UK Limited. On the morning of Tuesday 1st August first gas from Bravo was exported 7km SE to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cubic feet per day since 13th December 2016. Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk. Read more…

Petrofac awarded study to improve maintenance management performance

Petrofac has been awarded a research study from the Energy Institute’s Process Safety Committee in a bid to help improve maintenance management performance across the oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Petrofac will conduct interviews and deliver a workshop with several international Operators, industry bodies and regulators. The purpose of these will be to assess the measures and key performance indicators (KPIs) currently used by the industry to manage maintenance. Read more…

NEL leads European multiphase flow measurement standardisation programme

NEL is leading a major research programme that will enhance flow measurement standardisation across Europe between multiphase flow metrology testing facilities. The new three-year project is part of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research the main European programme for the scientific study of measurement. Called MultiFlowMet II, the project involves 17 global partners, including meter vendors, research specialists and multiphase test laboratories. Project partners include OneSubsea Processing AS, DNV GL and Schlumberger Oilfield, covering the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore and the UK. Read more…

Expro secures 26 well abandonment contract for UK North Sea multi-field campaign

Expro has been awarded a substantial contract from global oil and gas company Maersk Oil for the provision of subsea and well test services on two offshore units in the North Sea. The contract will extend the long-standing partnership between the two companies until 2020, for well abandonment services on two rigs, for a 26 well campaign across the Janice, James, Affleck and Leadon North developments in the Central North Sea. Read more…

New variable pressure 400 scfm air compressors now available for rental from Airpac Bukom

Airpac Bukom, the oil and gas division of rental specialist Vp plc, is pleased to announce availability of its new 400 scfm air compressors. Airpac Bukom’s latest air compressor model can be supplied as either a mobile wheeled unit for onshore use or in a DNV 2.7-1 cage for offshore use. Read more…

Bibby Offshore completes significant decommissioning contract with Maersk Oil UK

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has announced a multimillion pound contract with a global energy player, Maersk Oil UK, to provide both late life production enhancement and decommissioning support in the North Sea. The contract saw Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Polaris operate at two separate locations, undertaking production system isolations and critical component replacements to facilitate late life production enhancement, together with comprehensive decommissioning support, which includes subsea deconstruction and infrastructure recovery. Read more…

New investment increases Briggs Marine Contractors Diving Division capabilities

As part of its ongoing growth plans, Briggs Marine Contractors has made a six-figure investment into its diving division’s capabilities with the purchase of a dual basket diver Launch and Recovery System (LARS). The system, which was manufactured by Submarine Manufacturing Products Ltd (SMP), comes as Briggs experiences increased demand for safe, high quality and compact diving solutions. It has been built and maintained to International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines and has been certified by Lloyds Register. Read more…

Stena Drilling extends inspection contract with Sparrows Group

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels.

The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance. Read more…

Veolia and Peterson facility at Great Yarmouth receives the first offshore structure for decommissioning

Veolia and Peterson have accepted the first offshore structure into their Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility. The Shell Leman BH platform accommodation block, known as the ‘topside’, arrived into the harbour on 11th July and the 50m-high steel jacket structure that supported the topside is due to follow later in July. The topside, which was previously used as living quarters for personnel working on the Leman BT and Leman BK platforms, has now come to its new home to be recycled. Read more…

Sparrow secures inspection contract extension with Stena Drilling

Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys, cargo carrying unit (CCU) and non-destructive testing (NDT) inspections as well as rig specific maintenance. Read more…

DNV GL increases research and testing portfolio in UK

DNV GL has reorganised their research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio. The site, formerly known as the Flow Centre, has been positioned to complement and enhance the research and testing capability at Spadeadam in Cumbria, increasing the scope across the two centres. Read more…

Expro continues RoSPA safety success

Expro, has been presented with a fourth President’s Award at RoSPA’s (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2017 – building on 12 consecutive years of awards from this key industry organisation. The company has been recognised by RoSPA every year since 2005, receiving four oil and gas sector awards from 2006 to 2009, the Gold Medal in 2010, and the Scotland Trophy in 2013. Read more…

Wood Group wins Maersk Culzean field contract

Wood Group has been awarded a new contract by Maersk to deliver mechanical and management services for the hook-up and commissioning of the Culzean gas condensate field in the UK central North Sea.

At peak manning, approximately 200 new jobs will be created by the project to support the new three platform, high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) development, which is expected to begin production in 2019.  The three year contract is effective immediately. Read more…

EM&I’s NoMan takes a leaf from nuclear industry

The industry has been urgently pursuing innovations which reduce the safety risk and costs of putting people into confined spaces. EM&I have risen to the challenge with NoMan®, an innovation encouraged by the HITS JIP. NoMan bucks the trend of using UAVs and instead takes a leaf out of the nuclear industry book by using high performance cameras placed remotely into pre-planned locations in the confined space using a manipulator. Read more…

Bilfinger Culzean contract creates 300 jobs

Bilfinger Salamis UK has been awarded a contract for provision of services in the preparation and installation of Maersk Oil North Sea’s new gas production field, Culzean, creating up to 300 jobs. Read more…

EnQuest announces first oil from Kraken

EnQuest confirms that first oil from the Kraken development was delivered on 23 June 2017.  During the initial ramp-up period, the 13 wells that have been drilled and completed to date, comprising 7 producers and 6 injectors, are being brought online in a phased manner, to maximise long term productivity and value. Read more…

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