Equinor and its partners have announced first oil from the Mariner field in the UK North Sea. The field is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years.

Mariner, Equinor’s first operated field on the UKCS, is reported to have up to 3 billion barrels of oil in place. It is expected to produce annual average plateau rates of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day, and up to 70,000 bpd at peak production.

Gross investment in the development has totalled more than $7.7 billion, which will support more than 700 jobs and generate significant revenue in the supply chain for decades to come. Equinor states that contracts worth more than $1.3 billion have been awarded to UK suppliers since the project started. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the award of two contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.

Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the ambitious refurbishment of the semi-submersible drilling rig, the decommissioning company’s first asset. Global Energy Group will provide quayside services and the paintwork scope while Rigfit7seas will provide accommodation upgrade services.

As part of the upgrade work, Well-Safe will be installing a dive system and the capability to deploy a subsea intervention lubricator (SIL). According to CEO Phil Milton, the rig will be available to industry in 2020. Read more…

 

OPEX Group has secured a new multi-million-pound contract with CNOOC Petroleum Europe, for the provision of digital services across the company’s UKCS assets.

The three-year contract, with extension options, will see OPEX’s X-PAS predictive analysis service rolled out on the Buzzard, Golden Eagle and Scott platforms, supporting operations across all topside oil, gas, water and power systems. The service has been developed to support oil and gas operators improve the predictability of offshore operations by combining oil and gas and data science expertise with a range of predictive technologies, maximising the value of operational data. Read more…

 

Energy logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a new contract with Chrysaor to extend its current integrated logistics services agreement.

The 18-month contract extension, with options for three further one-year extensions, will see Peterson support Chrysaor across all its North Sea assets. The scope includes warehousing, transport and marine services, as well as the provision of eight offshore materials controllers (OMCs) for the production platforms Armada, North Everest and Lomond.

The work will be serviced from Peterson’s bases in Altens and Edzell, and the company has welcomed nine additional employees in offshore and onshore roles in support of the contract. Read more…

 

China-based offshore and subsea solutions company, COOEC Offshore, has formed an alliance with oilfield services company Expro. The exclusive agreement allows both companies to expand their respective capabilities and resources.

Under the alliance, COOEC Offshore and Expro will test and deliver a Riserless Well Intervention (RWI) system to market in 2020. The system will be deployed on the new HYSY287 construction vessel, which includes a dedicated handling and deployment system to facilitate efficient well construction, well intervention and well decommissioning activities. Read more…

 

Helix Energy Solutions Group has entered into a contract for its new-build semi-submersible well intervention vessel, the Q7000.

The vessel will be performing subsea workover and integrated well intervention services with a major client offshore Nigeria, as part of an estimated minimum 80-day campaign. Helix continues to mobilise the vessel from the shipyard in Singapore, and the project is scheduled to begin in early January 2020. Read more…

 

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has reported that the Maersk Resilient rig spudded the Harvey appraisal well on 6 August 2019. Completion of the well is expected to take approximately two months in the success case.

The primary objective of the well, located in southern North Sea, is to confirm gas volumes estimated at 85/129/199 BCF prospective resources in the low/best/high case and to demonstrate reservoir deliverability. The designated well operator is Fraser Well Management, while Halliburton Manufacturing and Services will provide offshore drilling services. Read more…

 

Shell U.K. has commenced a 3D seismic survey over the Pensacola prospect on Licence P2252 in the southern North Sea, according to an update from licence partner Cluff Natural Resources.

The survey is being conducted by Shearwater GeoServices using the Polar Empress and field operations are expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. The vessel arrived on site on 2 August 2019 with data acquisition commencing 5 August. This seismic acquisition will be followed by a period of data processing and final results are expected in early Q3 2020.

Cluff holds a 30% non-operated interest in Licence P2252, which includes the Pensacola prospect, estimated to contain gross P50 prospective resources of 309 Bcf in an untested Zechstein Reef. Read more…

 

Fluor business Stork has been awarded a contract extension by Centrica Storage to continue providing fabric maintenance and associated services for the company’s UK onshore and offshore oil and gas assets. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2019.

The contract extension took effect in June 2019 and sees Stork secure its first evergreen contract in the UK, which will automatically renew each year with an annual review of performance. The scope of work involves specialist access systems including scaffolding, integrity engineering, non-destructive testing, bolting services and advanced online de-sanding, as well as surface preparation and coatings.

The assets included in the contract are Easington Gas Terminal, East Yorkshire and offshore platforms in the Rough gas field, located in the southern North Sea. Read more…

 

Hague and London Oil (HALO), the southern North Sea-focused oil and gas company, has announced the spudding of the Andromeda North well on licence Block 42/12. HALO has a 45% working interest in the block, alongside Spirit Energy (55%).

The Andromeda North well is targeting resources of 40 billion cubic feet and is planned to be drilled to a total depth in excess of 3,000m. The well is expected to take around 90 days to reach total depth and logging, and in the event of a discovery will be suspended as a future production well. Read more…

 

Independent Oil and Gas has signed a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Perenco UK, Tullow Oil and Spirit Energy for the acquisition of the Thames Reception Facilities (TRF) at the Bacton Gas Terminal.

The TRF comprises an area of land within Perenco’s portion of the Bacton Gas Terminal, where IOG’s fully owned Thames Pipeline connects to the terminal. It contains gas and liquids reception equipment which is planned to be refurbished and recommissioned during the development phase of IOG’s core project, consisting of 410 bcf of reserves and resources spread across six southern North Sea gas fields. Read more…

 

Subsea 7 has secured a contract from Ørsted subsidiary Optimus Wind, for the installation of the inner array grid cable system at the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. The contract will be delivered by the company’s renewables and heavy lifting unit Seaway 7.

The Hornsea Two project is located approximately 90km off the Yorkshire coast and has a capacity of 1,386 MW, consisting of 165 turbines each with a capacity of 8.4 MW. In addition to the submarine cable installation works, Seaway 7 will also undertake a pre-installation submarine cable route survey, perform pre-installation boulder clearance activities and execute post-lay trenching services.

Project engineering will begin immediately and offshore activities are due to commence in 2021. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy, alongside joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, announced that TechnipFMC has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) target cost contract for the Seagull development in the UK North Sea.

Under the scope of the contract, TechnipFMC will construct and install the wellheads, subsea trees, an umbilical, flowlines, a four-slot manifold, a subsea wye structure and a subsea control system. The offshore construction campaign is scheduled to start in Q2 2020. Read more…

 

The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland has welcomed portions of Spirit Energy’s ST-1 installation, taking the site one step closer towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for the recycling of North Sea offshore structures.

With a recycling target of 97%, strategic partners Veolia and Peterson will now work to recover approximately 2,500 tonnes of materials, with a view to returning valuable components to industry for re-use. Read more…

 

UK-based Hurricane Energy announced that the 205/26b-B well (known as Lincoln Crestal) was spudded on 12 July 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig.

Lincoln Crestal is the second in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets, comprising the Greater Warwick Area. The company says that a further update will be made following completion of drilling and testing operations. Hurricane has a 50% interest in the Greater Warwick Area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…

 

Sodexo Energy & Resources has been awarded three new facilities management contracts, worth a combined £6.5 million a year, for Total E&P UK, Doosan Babcock and another major energy group.

Total E&P UK has appointed Sodexo to provide a range of services to over 1,200 employees at three sites in Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands as part of a new five-year contract. Doosan Babcock has also awarded a three-year contract covering multiple services at six locations in the UK. The third award is with an existing energy client and covers the provision of offshore hotel services on an accommodation vessel. Read more…

 

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Equinor for installation and diving operations on the Europipe II, Heimdal and Statfjord (EHS) fields in the Danish and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea.

The contract comprises engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of pipeline end manifolds (PLEM), bypass and tie-in spools for the Europipe II gas pipeline, Oseberg Gas Transport and Statpipe pipelines, operated by Gassco. Offshore installation campaigns are scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 using a diving vessel, alongside heavy construction and light construction vessels. Read more…

 

Total has signed an agreement to divest several UK non-core assets to Petrogas NEO UK, the exploration and production arm of the Oman-based conglomerate MB Holding. Petrogas has also partnered with Norway-based private equity investor HitecVision.

Formerly owned by Maersk Oil, the assets are located in the eastern North Sea and include the Dumbarton, Balloch and Drumtochty fields, among others. The overall consideration for this deal amounts to $635 million, with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The transaction remains subject to approval and is expected to close in December 2019. Read more…

 

Rever Offshore has announced the successful completion of three standalone contracts for energy major Total E&P UK.

The contracts involved Rever Offshore’s multi-purpose dive support and offshore construction vessel Rever Polaris, as well as the ROV support vessel Rever Sapphire. Operating over 100 days across North Sea assets during 2018, the workscope included DSV construction services, inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works and unique operations.

Rever noted that all awards were the result of a long-standing frame agreement and represented a repeat of previous successful campaigns with the energy major. Read more…

 

Independent producer RockRose has announced the completion of its acquisition of Marathon Oil UK (MOUK) and Marathon Oil West of Shetland Limited (MOWOS).

MOUK holds interests in the Greater Brae Area, while MOWOS holds a 28% interest in the BP-operated Foinaven field, as well as interests in the Foinaven East, T25, and T35 satellite accumulations. The deal also includes interests in the SAGE, Brae-Forties and WOSPS infrastructure, which provide additional income. Read more…

 

Equinor starts up Mariner field

Equinor and its partners have announced first oil from the Mariner field in the UK North Sea. The field is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years.

Mariner, Equinor’s first operated field on the UKCS, is reported to have up to 3 billion barrels of oil in place. It is expected to produce annual average plateau rates of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day, and up to 70,000 bpd at peak production.

Gross investment in the development has totalled more than $7.7 billion, which will support more than 700 jobs and generate significant revenue in the supply chain for decades to come. Equinor states that contracts worth more than $1.3 billion have been awarded to UK suppliers since the project started. Read more…

 

Well-Safe awards refurbishment contracts for Well-Safe Guardian

Well-Safe Solutions has announced the award of two contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.

Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the ambitious refurbishment of the semi-submersible drilling rig, the decommissioning company’s first asset. Global Energy Group will provide quayside services and the paintwork scope while Rigfit7seas will provide accommodation upgrade services.

As part of the upgrade work, Well-Safe will be installing a dive system and the capability to deploy a subsea intervention lubricator (SIL). According to CEO Phil Milton, the rig will be available to industry in 2020. Read more…

 

OPEX wins CNOOC digital services contract

OPEX Group has secured a new multi-million-pound contract with CNOOC Petroleum Europe, for the provision of digital services across the company’s UKCS assets.

The three-year contract, with extension options, will see OPEX’s X-PAS predictive analysis service rolled out on the Buzzard, Golden Eagle and Scott platforms, supporting operations across all topside oil, gas, water and power systems. The service has been developed to support oil and gas operators improve the predictability of offshore operations by combining oil and gas and data science expertise with a range of predictive technologies, maximising the value of operational data. Read more…

 

Peterson expands partnership with Chrysaor

Energy logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a new contract with Chrysaor to extend its current integrated logistics services agreement.

The 18-month contract extension, with options for three further one-year extensions, will see Peterson support Chrysaor across all its North Sea assets. The scope includes warehousing, transport and marine services, as well as the provision of eight offshore materials controllers (OMCs) for the production platforms Armada, North Everest and Lomond.

The work will be serviced from Peterson’s bases in Altens and Edzell, and the company has welcomed nine additional employees in offshore and onshore roles in support of the contract. Read more…

 

COOEC and Expro form riserless well intervention alliance

China-based offshore and subsea solutions company, COOEC Offshore, has formed an alliance with oilfield services company Expro. The exclusive agreement allows both companies to expand their respective capabilities and resources.

Under the alliance, COOEC Offshore and Expro will test and deliver a Riserless Well Intervention (RWI) system to market in 2020. The system will be deployed on the new HYSY287 construction vessel, which includes a dedicated handling and deployment system to facilitate efficient well construction, well intervention and well decommissioning activities. Read more…

 

Helix announces contract for new Q7000 vessel

Helix Energy Solutions Group has entered into a contract for its new-build semi-submersible well intervention vessel, the Q7000.

The vessel will be performing subsea workover and integrated well intervention services with a major client offshore Nigeria, as part of an estimated minimum 80-day campaign. Helix continues to mobilise the vessel from the shipyard in Singapore, and the project is scheduled to begin in early January 2020. Read more…

 

IOG spuds Harvey appraisal well

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has reported that the Maersk Resilient rig spudded the Harvey appraisal well on 6 August 2019. Completion of the well is expected to take approximately two months in the success case.

The primary objective of the well, located in southern North Sea, is to confirm gas volumes estimated at 85/129/199 BCF prospective resources in the low/best/high case and to demonstrate reservoir deliverability. The designated well operator is Fraser Well Management, while Halliburton Manufacturing and Services will provide offshore drilling services. Read more…

 

Shell begins seismic over Pensacola prospect

Shell U.K. has commenced a 3D seismic survey over the Pensacola prospect on Licence P2252 in the southern North Sea, according to an update from licence partner Cluff Natural Resources.

The survey is being conducted by Shearwater GeoServices using the Polar Empress and field operations are expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. The vessel arrived on site on 2 August 2019 with data acquisition commencing 5 August. This seismic acquisition will be followed by a period of data processing and final results are expected in early Q3 2020.

Cluff holds a 30% non-operated interest in Licence P2252, which includes the Pensacola prospect, estimated to contain gross P50 prospective resources of 309 Bcf in an untested Zechstein Reef. Read more…

 

Stork awarded contract for Centrica’s UK assets

Fluor business Stork has been awarded a contract extension by Centrica Storage to continue providing fabric maintenance and associated services for the company’s UK onshore and offshore oil and gas assets. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2019.

The contract extension took effect in June 2019 and sees Stork secure its first evergreen contract in the UK, which will automatically renew each year with an annual review of performance. The scope of work involves specialist access systems including scaffolding, integrity engineering, non-destructive testing, bolting services and advanced online de-sanding, as well as surface preparation and coatings.

The assets included in the contract are Easington Gas Terminal, East Yorkshire and offshore platforms in the Rough gas field, located in the southern North Sea. Read more…

 

Spirit, HALO spud Andromeda North well

Hague and London Oil (HALO), the southern North Sea-focused oil and gas company, has announced the spudding of the Andromeda North well on licence Block 42/12. HALO has a 45% working interest in the block, alongside Spirit Energy (55%).

The Andromeda North well is targeting resources of 40 billion cubic feet and is planned to be drilled to a total depth in excess of 3,000m. The well is expected to take around 90 days to reach total depth and logging, and in the event of a discovery will be suspended as a future production well. Read more…

 

IOG acquires Thames Reception Facilities

Independent Oil and Gas has signed a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Perenco UK, Tullow Oil and Spirit Energy for the acquisition of the Thames Reception Facilities (TRF) at the Bacton Gas Terminal.

The TRF comprises an area of land within Perenco’s portion of the Bacton Gas Terminal, where IOG’s fully owned Thames Pipeline connects to the terminal. It contains gas and liquids reception equipment which is planned to be refurbished and recommissioned during the development phase of IOG’s core project, consisting of 410 bcf of reserves and resources spread across six southern North Sea gas fields. Read more…

 

Subsea 7 wins Hornsea Two contract

Subsea 7 has secured a contract from Ørsted subsidiary Optimus Wind, for the installation of the inner array grid cable system at the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. The contract will be delivered by the company’s renewables and heavy lifting unit Seaway 7.

The Hornsea Two project is located approximately 90km off the Yorkshire coast and has a capacity of 1,386 MW, consisting of 165 turbines each with a capacity of 8.4 MW. In addition to the submarine cable installation works, Seaway 7 will also undertake a pre-installation submarine cable route survey, perform pre-installation boulder clearance activities and execute post-lay trenching services.

Project engineering will begin immediately and offshore activities are due to commence in 2021. Read more…

 

TechnipFMC awarded Seagull contract by Neptune

Neptune Energy, alongside joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, announced that TechnipFMC has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) target cost contract for the Seagull development in the UK North Sea.

Under the scope of the contract, TechnipFMC will construct and install the wellheads, subsea trees, an umbilical, flowlines, a four-slot manifold, a subsea wye structure and a subsea control system. The offshore construction campaign is scheduled to start in Q2 2020. Read more…

 

ST-1 structures ready for decommissioning in Shetland

The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland has welcomed portions of Spirit Energy’s ST-1 installation, taking the site one step closer towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for the recycling of North Sea offshore structures.

With a recycling target of 97%, strategic partners Veolia and Peterson will now work to recover approximately 2,500 tonnes of materials, with a view to returning valuable components to industry for re-use. Read more…

 

Hurricane spuds Lincoln Crestal well

UK-based Hurricane Energy announced that the 205/26b-B well (known as Lincoln Crestal) was spudded on 12 July 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig.

Lincoln Crestal is the second in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets, comprising the Greater Warwick Area. The company says that a further update will be made following completion of drilling and testing operations. Hurricane has a 50% interest in the Greater Warwick Area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…

 

Sodexo Energy & Resources secures £6.5m in new contracts

Sodexo Energy & Resources has been awarded three new facilities management contracts, worth a combined £6.5 million a year, for Total E&P UK, Doosan Babcock and another major energy group.

Total E&P UK has appointed Sodexo to provide a range of services to over 1,200 employees at three sites in Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands as part of a new five-year contract. Doosan Babcock has also awarded a three-year contract covering multiple services at six locations in the UK. The third award is with an existing energy client and covers the provision of offshore hotel services on an accommodation vessel. Read more…

 

Subsea 7 wins Equinor installation contract

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Equinor for installation and diving operations on the Europipe II, Heimdal and Statfjord (EHS) fields in the Danish and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea.

The contract comprises engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of pipeline end manifolds (PLEM), bypass and tie-in spools for the Europipe II gas pipeline, Oseberg Gas Transport and Statpipe pipelines, operated by Gassco. Offshore installation campaigns are scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 using a diving vessel, alongside heavy construction and light construction vessels. Read more…

 

Total divests east North Sea assets to Petrogas

Total has signed an agreement to divest several UK non-core assets to Petrogas NEO UK, the exploration and production arm of the Oman-based conglomerate MB Holding. Petrogas has also partnered with Norway-based private equity investor HitecVision.

Formerly owned by Maersk Oil, the assets are located in the eastern North Sea and include the Dumbarton, Balloch and Drumtochty fields, among others. The overall consideration for this deal amounts to $635 million, with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The transaction remains subject to approval and is expected to close in December 2019. Read more…

 

Rever completes three contracts for Total

Rever Offshore has announced the successful completion of three standalone contracts for energy major Total E&P UK.

The contracts involved Rever Offshore’s multi-purpose dive support and offshore construction vessel Rever Polaris, as well as the ROV support vessel Rever Sapphire. Operating over 100 days across North Sea assets during 2018, the workscope included DSV construction services, inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works and unique operations.

Rever noted that all awards were the result of a long-standing frame agreement and represented a repeat of previous successful campaigns with the energy major. Read more…

 

Rockrose completes Marathon Oil acquisition

Independent producer RockRose has announced the completion of its acquisition of Marathon Oil UK (MOUK) and Marathon Oil West of Shetland Limited (MOWOS).

MOUK holds interests in the Greater Brae Area, while MOWOS holds a 28% interest in the BP-operated Foinaven field, as well as interests in the Foinaven East, T25, and T35 satellite accumulations. The deal also includes interests in the SAGE, Brae-Forties and WOSPS infrastructure, which provide additional income. Read more…