Safety, training and competency organisation, RelyOn Nutec, and engineering and maintenance services provider Sparrows Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to roll out specialist training across the world.

The global strategic partnership paves the way for RelyOn Nutec to launch Sparrows’ 100+ crane and lifting operation training courses across its worldwide training centres, a move which combines their joint expertise and will see multi-million-dollar investment in new training facilities and staff. It is expected that an executed agreement will follow the MOU shortly.

Following the agreement, RelyOn Nutec will manage the delivery of the training services through both companies’ global training facilities, using its operations, sales and business development teams and industry-leading training management and competence assurance systems. RelyOn Nutec will roll out the training throughout its 33 global training centres in Europe, the middle east, North America and Asia Pacific, in addition to Sparrows’ six training facilities in the US, UK, Angola, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Read more…

 

Operator Neptune Energy and its partners Wintershall Dea, Petoro and OKEA have announced that production has started from the Gjøa P1 development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Gjøa P1 has been developed via a new subsea template, tied back to existing infrastructure on the Gjøa field. It is a two-well development with one oil and one gas producer. As planned, the gas well came onstream the on 22 February, with the oil well planned to start-up later this week. Oil will be exported by pipeline to Mongstad in Norway and gas by pipeline to St. Fergus in the UK.

The semi-submersible Gjøa production unit is electrified with hydropower from shore and has one of the lowest CO2 footprints per produced barrel of oil equivalent (boe) on the Norwegian Shelf. Read more…

 

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm, Salus Technical, has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to provide the next generation of engineers the opportunity to work with real-life industry software.

Salus Technical MD and founder, David Jamieson, offered the company’s new risk assessment software solution – Bowtie Master – free-of-charge to university students of degrees related to process safety, such as chemical and process safety engineering. Aimed at enhancing and streamlining the risk assessment process across a range of sectors, Bowtie Master will give these students the opportunity to experience pioneering industry-relevant software as part of their studies.

The University of Edinburgh has accepted the offer for their students, and asked David to carry out a lecture for undergraduate students on their Chemical Engineering degree course. David’s lecture on bowtie diagrams and barrier management will form part of a module on ‘Advanced Process Safety’. David is currently in discussions with a number of universities across the UK, several of whom are keen to use the software with their students. Read more…

 

Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV GL has been awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P UK Ltd to provide multiple services across the full portfolio of the international operator’s oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea.

DNV GL will provide core services such as verification, classification and flag, risk advisory services and major accident hazard awareness training. These will be carried out for assets including the Shetland Gas Plant, Elgin Franklin and Alwyn, in continuing on Culzean and Gryphon.

The company has built and maintained a strong relationship, centred on trust, with Total following the Paris-headquartered operator’s acquisition of Maersk Oil’s production assets in 2018 – for which DNV GL was the incumbent safety services provider. Read more…

 

3t Energy Group has exchanged contracts with Petrofac on a major transformational acquisition for the purchase of its UK training centres. The purchase includes Petrofac’s Survival and Marine, Health and Safety, Fire, and Major Emergency Management capability and facilities in Scotland. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed.

The purchase adds marine training and further major emergency management capabilities to the Group. 3t Energy will now become a supplier to Petrofac for its in-person UK training requirements, which consolidates it as the UK’s largest provider of global energy training services.

The purchase of Petrofac’s UK training centres adds to 3t Energy’s existing training centres in the UK, and compliments the Group’s state-of-the-art digital learning and workforce development technology, 3t Transform. Read more…

 

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has formed an innovative partnership with energy service providers TechnipFMC and Petrofac, creating an industry alliance which seeks to maximise the recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The partnership will offer the owners of oil and gas discoveries near Repsol Sinopec’s existing North Sea infrastructure hubs an integrated, technically robust and commercially flexible solution to meet their near to mid-term development objectives.

Under the terms of the partnership, TechnipFMC will deploy its iFEED® front-end engineering and design solution and its integrated subsea business model, iEPCI™, whilst Petrofac will provide all topsides engineering and operations support. Repsol Sinopec will provide access to its facilities under the industry-led infrastructure code of practice. Read more…

 

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched a data analytics service to help oil and gas operators minimise flow meter downtime and maintenance, significantly lowering operating costs.

The total cost of calibrating an offshore flow meter is estimated to be in the region of US$50,000 or more, once all costs incurred are accounted for. Traditionally, irrespective of whether a flow meter is deviating from its required operating parameters it will be routinely scheduled for recalibration and operations stopped unnecessarily.

The new service will enable operators to move away from this time-based calibration approach to condition-based calibration, by using statistical modelling techniques to predict meter performance based on live and historical data. In addition, diagnostics information can be used to understand what may be negatively impacting a meter by analysing hidden patterns to identify specific fault conditions. Read more…

 

Apollo, a front end and through-life engineering and technology consultancy and Asystom, a specialist in universal smart monitoring for predictive maintenance, have announced a formal alliance to provide customers with an integrated asset management solution.

Apollo KnowHow is an industry-agnostic data management solution that helps clients manage their asset integrity efficiently from anomalies to work planning, through inspection, fabric maintenance and reviewing and reporting. KnowHow manages all equipment types including pressure systems, structures, subsea, Ex, dropped objects and practically any other equipment type in a single database, removing silo-based reporting.

The Asystom solution monitors and analyses any rotating machine and helps to predict anomalies wirelessly and non-intrusively with a simple installation. Sensors communicate through a LoRa network and data are encrypted end to end. Asystom’s ATEX/IECEx sensors monitor not only heat and vibration, but uniquely ultrasound too, meaning customers have the earliest possible alert of drift (before any damage has occurred). Read more…

 

Global integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has started 2021 with the announcement of two vessel monitoring contracts in West Africa, worth in the region of US$3.5 million.

Contracts include provision of ASCO’s fully managed vessel monitoring service for collision risk management, along with an entire field monitoring solution inclusive of design, procurement, installation, maintenance and monitoring.

The vessel monitoring service is just one of ASCO’s dedicated global marine services, offering clients a 24/7/365 global marine control service coordinated from a dedicated marine operation centre in Aberdeen. Read more…

 

An Aberdeen-based provider of data analytics and predictive technology solutions has entered into a long-term collaboration with North-Sea oil and gas operator, Dana Petroleum.

Having worked with OPEX Group previously, Dana has now entered into a three-year contract with two one-year options. As Dana’s data-analytics partner, OPEX Group will be applying its X-PAS analytics platform across the firm’s Triton and Western Isles FPSO assets.

Combining domain expertise in data science, software development and oil and gas, the X-PAS platform helps customers to make better use of their data so they can achieve cleaner, more efficient and lower cost operations. Read more…

 

Independent oil and gas production and development company EnQuest has signed an agreement with Suncor Energy UK Limited to purchase Suncor’s entire 26.69% non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area, for an initial consideration of US$325 million.

The area comprises the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields, and will see the company add immediate incremental production of around 10,000 boepd, 18 million barrels to net 2P reserves and 5 million bbls to net 2C resources.

A four-well infill drilling programme is currently ongoing, with two of the four wells onstream. The programme is scheduled to conclude prior to completion of the transaction, which is expected to take place no later than the end of the third quarter. Read more…

 

Talented energy entrepreneurs have the chance to benefit from a share of £11 million government funding to turn their ideas into real products and services whilst eliminating carbon emissions.

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), which seeks to drive forward new clean technologies across all sectors of UK industry, supporting the UK to eliminate its contribution to climate change by 2050. This includes innovations that boost energy efficiency in people’s homes, reduce carbon emissions and develop green transport as well as sourcing cleaner and greener ways to generate power and heat.

Budding energy entrepreneurs are being urged to bid for the latest £11 million government funding, which will support between 15 and 20 projects, with each successful bidder receiving up to £1 million. Read more…

 

Oilfield technology group ChampionX has appointed Mohammed Al-Khalifa to the newly created role of general manager of Saudi Arabia to spearhead the region for further growth in 2021.

Mr Al-Khalifa brings more than 18 years’ oil and gas experience to the business, most recently holding the title of director business development & commercial at Wood plc, as well as prior senior roles across operations, engineering and project management at national oil company Saudi Aramco.

In his new position, Mr Al-Khalifa will play a central role in implementing the business’ long-term strategy and streamlining its current operations to support ongoing demand for its services. As the most senior person in-Kingdom he will also work closely with ChampionX’s global leadership team as well as overseeing all operations in Saudi Arabia. Read more…

 

Full-service unmanned aviation company, Flylogix, has entered into a strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response Ltd, to develop enhanced response techniques using long-range unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The two-year development agreement will explore the benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) – for spill identification, quantification and monitoring. This comes at a time when service providers, and their customers, are increasingly looking to reduce the movement of people and their offshore-related risk exposure, a situation magnified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In consultation with the energy sector and other key stakeholders, including maritime search and rescue organisations, the partnership will develop ways to support effective interoperability between manned and unmanned assets. Read more…

 

AGR has announced its well management business unit has entered into a strategic framework agreement for decarbonisation exploration with UK-based dCarbonX to support the development of GeoEnergy resources. This includes carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and geothermal and hydrogen storage covering dCarbonX’s planned operated projects in the UK and Ireland.

AGR is a leading well engineering specialist in all aspects of well construction and deconstruction with an extensive track record in the UK, Ireland and worldwide.

dCarbonX is a pioneering GeoEnergy company focussed on the exploration and development of subsurface assets to enable the Energy Transition. GeoEnergy covers a wide scale of technologies and sources developed to produce energy from the geological subsurface. This includes transitioning from established energy production from hydrocarbons to developing low-carbon alternatives such as leveraging geothermal energy. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners, bp and JAPEX, have announced drilling has commenced on the Seagull project in the UK Central North Sea.

The Gorilla VI (JU-248) jack-up rig, operated by Valaris, will drill four wells for the development over the course of the drilling campaign which is expected to last 18 months.

Seagull is a high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) development on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the bp-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF). Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe. The development will be tied back to the ETAP CPF, partially using existing subsea infrastructure. Gas from the development will come onshore at the CATS processing terminal at Teesside, while oil will come onshore through the Forties Pipeline System to the Kinneil Terminal at Grangemouth. Read more…

 

North-east customs consultancy Bethan has highlighted the need for businesses to understand basic customs documentation as they adjust to the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU.

In a blog, founder and Director of Oldmeldrum-based Bethan Customs Consultancy, Nicola Alexander, notes that a high proportion of businesses who deal solely with the EU have never previously needed to complete customs declarations to move their goods. As a result, there appears to be a collective gap in awareness on how to complete the documentation required needed to import and export goods in our post-Brexit economy.

Bethan advises of some simple steps that can help businesses adapt, and the team also plans to release a series of short Q&A videos to explain how the new arrangements are operating in practice. Read more…

 

Integrated maintenance, modifications and services contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has opened a new 27,000 sq. ft. operations and logistics site in Aberdeen, marking a long-term commitment to the region and UK energy market.

Located in one of the most accessible low carbon business communities in Scotland, Bilfinger at The Core will operate as the company’s northern hub for all equipment, plant and materials logistics to service onshore and offshore sites throughout the UK. The new facility, which will have office space for 70 employees when COVID-19 restrictions ease, will house the company’s technology and digitalisation hub, conferencing facilities and dedicated practical training rooms.

The investment, which the company pledged in 2019, represents the strength of its commitment to the region and to operating in the North Sea. It follows a number of key contract renewals that the business secured in the second half of 2020, which included multi-year agreements to deliver fabric maintenance and inspection services for two major operators. Read more…

 

EC-OG, a developer of intelligent battery and energy management technology for the energy industry, has appointed Bob MacDonald as Chairman.

Bob was previously CEO of the Specialist Technology Solutions (STS) business for Wood, a global leader in energy projects, and has nearly thirty years’ experience covering multiple sectors across the energy transition and industrial markets. He is a Chartered Engineer & Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), a Fellow & Council Member of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) and has been involved with the government initiative ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ (DYW) since its inception.

Aberdeen-based EC-OG was founded in 2013 with the purpose of delivering clean energy technologies. EC-OG manufactures innovative energy storage and management technologies that provide cost-effective, low-carbon solutions across multiple sectors. Its Halo system, a modular and scalable battery storage solution and gateway for renewable energy provides a reliable, uninterrupted power supply predominantly for seabed use. Read more…

 

Bristow Group’s UK operations have received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making the company one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous improvement at its bases in Scotland, England and Wales.

To achieve certification, Bristow successfully completed a rigorous seven-day audit, which demonstrated how its EMS is documented and implemented at all levels of its UK business, its commitment to manage and minimise its impact on the environment, and its commitment to reduce pollution and harm to the environment.

The certification encompasses Bristow’s UK oil and gas business and Her Majesty’s Coastguard bases Bristow operates on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Under its EMS, Bristow conducts audits of its operating bases’ environmental plans to ensure a consistent approach across the company. Read more…

 

Sparrows Group and RelyOn Nutec combine global training capabilities

Safety, training and competency organisation, RelyOn Nutec, and engineering and maintenance services provider Sparrows Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to roll out specialist training across the world.

The global strategic partnership paves the way for RelyOn Nutec to launch Sparrows’ 100+ crane and lifting operation training courses across its worldwide training centres, a move which combines their joint expertise and will see multi-million-dollar investment in new training facilities and staff. It is expected that an executed agreement will follow the MOU shortly.

Following the agreement, RelyOn Nutec will manage the delivery of the training services through both companies’ global training facilities, using its operations, sales and business development teams and industry-leading training management and competence assurance systems. RelyOn Nutec will roll out the training throughout its 33 global training centres in Europe, the middle east, North America and Asia Pacific, in addition to Sparrows’ six training facilities in the US, UK, Angola, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy announces start-up of Gjøa P1 development

Operator Neptune Energy and its partners Wintershall Dea, Petoro and OKEA have announced that production has started from the Gjøa P1 development in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Gjøa P1 has been developed via a new subsea template, tied back to existing infrastructure on the Gjøa field. It is a two-well development with one oil and one gas producer. As planned, the gas well came onstream the on 22 February, with the oil well planned to start-up later this week. Oil will be exported by pipeline to Mongstad in Norway and gas by pipeline to St. Fergus in the UK.

The semi-submersible Gjøa production unit is electrified with hydropower from shore and has one of the lowest CO2 footprints per produced barrel of oil equivalent (boe) on the Norwegian Shelf. Read more…

 

Salus Technical helps to bridge gap between academia and industry

Aberdeenshire-headquartered process safety firm, Salus Technical, has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to provide the next generation of engineers the opportunity to work with real-life industry software.

Salus Technical MD and founder, David Jamieson, offered the company’s new risk assessment software solution – Bowtie Master – free-of-charge to university students of degrees related to process safety, such as chemical and process safety engineering. Aimed at enhancing and streamlining the risk assessment process across a range of sectors, Bowtie Master will give these students the opportunity to experience pioneering industry-relevant software as part of their studies.

The University of Edinburgh has accepted the offer for their students, and asked David to carry out a lecture for undergraduate students on their Chemical Engineering degree course. David’s lecture on bowtie diagrams and barrier management will form part of a module on ‘Advanced Process Safety’. David is currently in discussions with a number of universities across the UK, several of whom are keen to use the software with their students. Read more…

 

DNV GL secures three-year services contract for Total’s UK assets

Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV GL has been awarded a three-year contract by Total E&P UK Ltd to provide multiple services across the full portfolio of the international operator’s oil and gas assets in the UK North Sea.

DNV GL will provide core services such as verification, classification and flag, risk advisory services and major accident hazard awareness training. These will be carried out for assets including the Shetland Gas Plant, Elgin Franklin and Alwyn, in continuing on Culzean and Gryphon.

The company has built and maintained a strong relationship, centred on trust, with Total following the Paris-headquartered operator’s acquisition of Maersk Oil’s production assets in 2018 – for which DNV GL was the incumbent safety services provider. Read more…

 

3t Energy Group acquires Petrofac’s UK training business

3t Energy Group has exchanged contracts with Petrofac on a major transformational acquisition for the purchase of its UK training centres. The purchase includes Petrofac’s Survival and Marine, Health and Safety, Fire, and Major Emergency Management capability and facilities in Scotland. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed.

The purchase adds marine training and further major emergency management capabilities to the Group. 3t Energy will now become a supplier to Petrofac for its in-person UK training requirements, which consolidates it as the UK’s largest provider of global energy training services.

The purchase of Petrofac’s UK training centres adds to 3t Energy’s existing training centres in the UK, and compliments the Group’s state-of-the-art digital learning and workforce development technology, 3t Transform. Read more…

 

Repsol Sinopec forms industry alliance to maximise recovery

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited has formed an innovative partnership with energy service providers TechnipFMC and Petrofac, creating an industry alliance which seeks to maximise the recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The partnership will offer the owners of oil and gas discoveries near Repsol Sinopec’s existing North Sea infrastructure hubs an integrated, technically robust and commercially flexible solution to meet their near to mid-term development objectives.

Under the terms of the partnership, TechnipFMC will deploy its iFEED® front-end engineering and design solution and its integrated subsea business model, iEPCI™, whilst Petrofac will provide all topsides engineering and operations support. Repsol Sinopec will provide access to its facilities under the industry-led infrastructure code of practice. Read more…

 

TÜV SÜD launches new oil and gas data analytics service

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has launched a data analytics service to help oil and gas operators minimise flow meter downtime and maintenance, significantly lowering operating costs.

The total cost of calibrating an offshore flow meter is estimated to be in the region of US$50,000 or more, once all costs incurred are accounted for. Traditionally, irrespective of whether a flow meter is deviating from its required operating parameters it will be routinely scheduled for recalibration and operations stopped unnecessarily.

The new service will enable operators to move away from this time-based calibration approach to condition-based calibration, by using statistical modelling techniques to predict meter performance based on live and historical data. In addition, diagnostics information can be used to understand what may be negatively impacting a meter by analysing hidden patterns to identify specific fault conditions. Read more…

 

Apollo and Asystom form technology alliance

Apollo, a front end and through-life engineering and technology consultancy and Asystom, a specialist in universal smart monitoring for predictive maintenance, have announced a formal alliance to provide customers with an integrated asset management solution.

Apollo KnowHow is an industry-agnostic data management solution that helps clients manage their asset integrity efficiently from anomalies to work planning, through inspection, fabric maintenance and reviewing and reporting. KnowHow manages all equipment types including pressure systems, structures, subsea, Ex, dropped objects and practically any other equipment type in a single database, removing silo-based reporting.

The Asystom solution monitors and analyses any rotating machine and helps to predict anomalies wirelessly and non-intrusively with a simple installation. Sensors communicate through a LoRa network and data are encrypted end to end. Asystom’s ATEX/IECEx sensors monitor not only heat and vibration, but uniquely ultrasound too, meaning customers have the earliest possible alert of drift (before any damage has occurred). Read more…

 

ASCO secures West Africa contract wins

Global integrated materials and logistics management company, ASCO, has started 2021 with the announcement of two vessel monitoring contracts in West Africa, worth in the region of US$3.5 million.

Contracts include provision of ASCO’s fully managed vessel monitoring service for collision risk management, along with an entire field monitoring solution inclusive of design, procurement, installation, maintenance and monitoring.

The vessel monitoring service is just one of ASCO’s dedicated global marine services, offering clients a 24/7/365 global marine control service coordinated from a dedicated marine operation centre in Aberdeen. Read more…

 

OPEX Group consolidates data analytics partnership with Dana Petroleum

An Aberdeen-based provider of data analytics and predictive technology solutions has entered into a long-term collaboration with North-Sea oil and gas operator, Dana Petroleum.

Having worked with OPEX Group previously, Dana has now entered into a three-year contract with two one-year options. As Dana’s data-analytics partner, OPEX Group will be applying its X-PAS analytics platform across the firm’s Triton and Western Isles FPSO assets.

Combining domain expertise in data science, software development and oil and gas, the X-PAS platform helps customers to make better use of their data so they can achieve cleaner, more efficient and lower cost operations. Read more…

 

EnQuest to acquire equity interest in the Golden Eagle development

Independent oil and gas production and development company EnQuest has signed an agreement with Suncor Energy UK Limited to purchase Suncor’s entire 26.69% non-operated equity interest in the Golden Eagle area, for an initial consideration of US$325 million.

The area comprises the producing Golden Eagle, Peregrine and Solitaire fields, and will see the company add immediate incremental production of around 10,000 boepd, 18 million barrels to net 2P reserves and 5 million bbls to net 2C resources.

A four-well infill drilling programme is currently ongoing, with two of the four wells onstream. The programme is scheduled to conclude prior to completion of the transaction, which is expected to take place no later than the end of the third quarter. Read more…

 

UK Government opens latest £11 million Energy Entrepreneurs Fund

Talented energy entrepreneurs have the chance to benefit from a share of £11 million government funding to turn their ideas into real products and services whilst eliminating carbon emissions.

Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the latest round of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF), which seeks to drive forward new clean technologies across all sectors of UK industry, supporting the UK to eliminate its contribution to climate change by 2050. This includes innovations that boost energy efficiency in people’s homes, reduce carbon emissions and develop green transport as well as sourcing cleaner and greener ways to generate power and heat.

Budding energy entrepreneurs are being urged to bid for the latest £11 million government funding, which will support between 15 and 20 projects, with each successful bidder receiving up to £1 million. Read more…

 

ChampionX appoints its first general manager for Saudi Arabia

Oilfield technology group ChampionX has appointed Mohammed Al-Khalifa to the newly created role of general manager of Saudi Arabia to spearhead the region for further growth in 2021.

Mr Al-Khalifa brings more than 18 years’ oil and gas experience to the business, most recently holding the title of director business development & commercial at Wood plc, as well as prior senior roles across operations, engineering and project management at national oil company Saudi Aramco.

In his new position, Mr Al-Khalifa will play a central role in implementing the business’ long-term strategy and streamlining its current operations to support ongoing demand for its services. As the most senior person in-Kingdom he will also work closely with ChampionX’s global leadership team as well as overseeing all operations in Saudi Arabia. Read more…

 

Flylogix announces strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response

Full-service unmanned aviation company, Flylogix, has entered into a strategic partnership with Oil Spill Response Ltd, to develop enhanced response techniques using long-range unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The two-year development agreement will explore the benefits of using long-range UAS – operating beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) – for spill identification, quantification and monitoring. This comes at a time when service providers, and their customers, are increasingly looking to reduce the movement of people and their offshore-related risk exposure, a situation magnified by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In consultation with the energy sector and other key stakeholders, including maritime search and rescue organisations, the partnership will develop ways to support effective interoperability between manned and unmanned assets. Read more…

 

AGR signs with dCarbonX to accelerate GeoEnergy development and decarbonisation

AGR has announced its well management business unit has entered into a strategic framework agreement for decarbonisation exploration with UK-based dCarbonX to support the development of GeoEnergy resources. This includes carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and geothermal and hydrogen storage covering dCarbonX’s planned operated projects in the UK and Ireland.

AGR is a leading well engineering specialist in all aspects of well construction and deconstruction with an extensive track record in the UK, Ireland and worldwide.

dCarbonX is a pioneering GeoEnergy company focussed on the exploration and development of subsurface assets to enable the Energy Transition. GeoEnergy covers a wide scale of technologies and sources developed to produce energy from the geological subsurface. This includes transitioning from established energy production from hydrocarbons to developing low-carbon alternatives such as leveraging geothermal energy. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy commences Seagull drilling campaign

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners, bp and JAPEX, have announced drilling has commenced on the Seagull project in the UK Central North Sea.

The Gorilla VI (JU-248) jack-up rig, operated by Valaris, will drill four wells for the development over the course of the drilling campaign which is expected to last 18 months.

Seagull is a high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) development on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the bp-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF). Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe. The development will be tied back to the ETAP CPF, partially using existing subsea infrastructure. Gas from the development will come onshore at the CATS processing terminal at Teesside, while oil will come onshore through the Forties Pipeline System to the Kinneil Terminal at Grangemouth. Read more…

 

Customs consultancy advises ‘back to basics’ approach to tackle Brexit concerns

North-east customs consultancy Bethan has highlighted the need for businesses to understand basic customs documentation as they adjust to the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU.

In a blog, founder and Director of Oldmeldrum-based Bethan Customs Consultancy, Nicola Alexander, notes that a high proportion of businesses who deal solely with the EU have never previously needed to complete customs declarations to move their goods. As a result, there appears to be a collective gap in awareness on how to complete the documentation required needed to import and export goods in our post-Brexit economy.

Bethan advises of some simple steps that can help businesses adapt, and the team also plans to release a series of short Q&A videos to explain how the new arrangements are operating in practice. Read more…

 

Bilfinger Salamis opens new logistics facility in North East

Integrated maintenance, modifications and services contractor Bilfinger Salamis UK has opened a new 27,000 sq. ft. operations and logistics site in Aberdeen, marking a long-term commitment to the region and UK energy market.

Located in one of the most accessible low carbon business communities in Scotland, Bilfinger at The Core will operate as the company’s northern hub for all equipment, plant and materials logistics to service onshore and offshore sites throughout the UK. The new facility, which will have office space for 70 employees when COVID-19 restrictions ease, will house the company’s technology and digitalisation hub, conferencing facilities and dedicated practical training rooms.

The investment, which the company pledged in 2019, represents the strength of its commitment to the region and to operating in the North Sea. It follows a number of key contract renewals that the business secured in the second half of 2020, which included multi-year agreements to deliver fabric maintenance and inspection services for two major operators. Read more…

 

EC-OG appoints new chairman to fuel international growth

EC-OG, a developer of intelligent battery and energy management technology for the energy industry, has appointed Bob MacDonald as Chairman.

Bob was previously CEO of the Specialist Technology Solutions (STS) business for Wood, a global leader in energy projects, and has nearly thirty years’ experience covering multiple sectors across the energy transition and industrial markets. He is a Chartered Engineer & Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), a Fellow & Council Member of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) and has been involved with the government initiative ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ (DYW) since its inception.

Aberdeen-based EC-OG was founded in 2013 with the purpose of delivering clean energy technologies. EC-OG manufactures innovative energy storage and management technologies that provide cost-effective, low-carbon solutions across multiple sectors. Its Halo system, a modular and scalable battery storage solution and gateway for renewable energy provides a reliable, uninterrupted power supply predominantly for seabed use. Read more…

 

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 certification for UK operations

Bristow Group’s UK operations have received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making the company one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous improvement at its bases in Scotland, England and Wales.

To achieve certification, Bristow successfully completed a rigorous seven-day audit, which demonstrated how its EMS is documented and implemented at all levels of its UK business, its commitment to manage and minimise its impact on the environment, and its commitment to reduce pollution and harm to the environment.

The certification encompasses Bristow’s UK oil and gas business and Her Majesty’s Coastguard bases Bristow operates on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Under its EMS, Bristow conducts audits of its operating bases’ environmental plans to ensure a consistent approach across the company. Read more…