Aberdeen-based Bethan Customs Consultancy has doubled the size of its team since the start of the year, with several key appointments.

The company, which provides practical advice as well as training and support to UK businesses in relation to customs compliance and supply chain requirements, recently appointed former HMRC higher officer George Laing to the role of customs consultant. George joins fellow consultant and former HMRC colleague, Elaine Lownds and the firm’s director, Nicola Alexander.

An expanded team creates new opportunities for Bethan to meet the increasing demand for its bespoke and independent service offerings, as well as to expand its capacity for dedicated in-house and remote customs consultancy to clients. Read more…

 

In response to recent growth in the oil and gas sector, Bender UK has enhanced its offshore survey and training capabilities.

Insulation monitoring provides an accurate assessment of the overall ‘health’ of critical electrical systems such as control, safety, and fire and gas systems. Bender insulation monitors make it easier to manage the integrity of topside critical power and communications systems, enabling intervention to be planned with minimum disruption to plant operations. Clients can also use Bender portable fault location equipment which automatically locates ground faults in ungrounded AC and DC systems.

The company is also working with oil and gas operators on a range of control systems, electrical distribution networks and historic devices to help classify and eradicate faults and improve system health. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions has been awarded a major contract to decommission up to 21 wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited.

The Schooner and Ketch fields, located in the southern North Sea, ceased production in August 2018, with 20 platform wells and a single subsea well. Well-Safe will be responsible for the delivery of key aspects of the project including engineering, contractor management and logistics, while DNO will retain well operatorship. The two-year campaign will start immediately, with plans to commence offshore operations at the end of 2019. Read more…

 

Total has started up production from the Culzean gas condensate field, 230km off the coast of Aberdeen. Operated by Total (49.99%), alongside BP (32%) and JX Nippon (18.01%), the field contains resources estimated between 250 and 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.

The project has involved the drilling of six wells, as well as the construction of three bridge-linked platforms and a floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit. Gas from Culzean is exported via the CATS pipeline and the UK National Grid, whilst condensate is stored in the FSO for offloading by shuttle tanker. At plateau production of 100,000 boepd, the project will account for around 5% of the UK’s gas consumption. Read more…

 

Opportunity North East (ONE) has opened the ONE Tech Hub, a digital tech and entrepreneurship community in north-east Scotland, following a £1.5 million investment to accelerate digital tech business growth.

The scheme has been led by ONE alongside Robert Gordon University (RGU) and ONE CodeBase as key partners. The hub brings together leading digital tech business incubation and ONE CodeBase’s expertise with a wide range of connections and investors focused on helping digital tech companies to develop and grow.

Located in Aberdeen city centre, the hub provides tenants with unrivalled access to coworking spaces, offices, meeting rooms, social areas and up to 30 hotdesks. For the wider digital tech community, there are a range of event spaces available to hire and the Hub will host a variety of business events, industry networking events, education and accelerator programmes, and focused workshops. Read more…

 

Equinor and its partners have confirmed a new timeline for the Rosebank project on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Following the award of a three-year extension for the Rosebank licences by the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), a final investment decision is planned to be taken by May 2022.

Equinor says that project team for the field has been established and technical and strategic work and studies are underway. The company holds a 40% operated interest in the Rosebank field, together with partners Suncor Energy (40%) and Siccar Point Energy (20%), which lies about 130 km northwest of the Shetland Islands. Read more…

 

Hurricane Energy has announced the successful production of first oil at the Lancaster field, following completion of a 72-hour production test on the Aoka Mizu FPSO.

The combined flow from both wells at the Lancaster early production system (EPS) reached and maintained the planned production rate of 20,000 barrels of oil per day during the test. Hurricane anticipates a gradual ramp-up over the first six months of production, as it heads towards a long-term operating efficiency of 85%. Read more…

 

Bristow Group has announced a new five-year aviation contract with BP to support its North Sea operations.

Delivered from bases in Aberdeen and Sumburgh, the contract will create new pilot and crew positions. Existing Sikorsky S-92s will be used alongside fixed-wing support from Eastern Airways. Read more…

 

Ithaca Energy has confirmed it is to acquire Chevron North Sea Limited for $2 billion, adding a further ten producing field interests to its existing portfolio.

Ithaca, a subsidiary of Israel-based Delek Group, will grow its portfolio to total 18 producing field interests and is now forecast to deliver pro-forma 2019 production of approximately 80,000 boepd at an operating cost of approximately $17/boe. Approximately 500 employees will transfer to the company, of which around 200 work offshore on the operated assets.

The transaction has an effective date of 1 January 2019 and is expected to complete around the end of the third quarter of 2019, following approval by the Oil and Gas Authority. Read more…

 

Aberdeen Marine Surveyors (AMS Global Group) has entered into an agreement to form a joint company with Norway-based BoatLabs to share dynamic positioning (DP) and offshore marine services.

BoatLabs AMS, a 50/50 venture, will operate in both Norway and the UK, and will see the companies share financial and technological resources. AMS says it has accrued an excellent track record with both oil operators and vessel owners, whilst BoatLabs has an established presence in DP-related services, including FMEAs and DP trials throughout Norway. Read more…

 

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded two operations and maintenance (O&M) contract extensions with an approximate combined value of $32 million.

Petrofac secured a 12-month renewal from Total E&P UK for the supply of O&M support to its Alwyn and Dunbar platforms in the northern North Sea – a role it has held for 14 years. The company has also been awarded a 12-month extension from a major international oil company, under which it will continue to provide offshore and onshore O&M support to one of its platforms in the central North Sea. Read more…

 

Part of the Petrofac Group, Petrofac Training Services has been delivering training and setting industry standards for over three decades. Over a million people in the UK have enrolled in the company’s wide range of offshore and onshore training.

Its highly experienced trainers deliver courses to 26,000 delegates in Scotland every year and have helped to set the standards for offshore and onshore training, helping to develop many of the training standards used today. Petrofac continually reviews and refreshes content so that it is up to date, and wherever possible, courses are accredited to the highest industry standards.

 

Teekay Corporation has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) to extend employment of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO unit on the Banff field.

The extension covers a period of one year to the end of August 2020, at substantially similar terms to the current contract, and includes an upside component linked to oil prices and oil and gas production. Read more…

 

International energy logistics company Peterson has doubled its marine gasoil (MGO) capacity in Aberdeen, with a £3 million investment in a new tank.

With a capacity of 4,000 cubic metres, almost the equivalent of two Olympic swimming pools, it is one of the largest and newest in Aberdeen. The location at Torry Marine Base, core quayside for a number of operators, means they now have easy access to fuel to streamline vessel turnaround times. Read more…

 

Phusion IM has established a partnership with global IT solutions specialist, Sword, to deliver services enabling the energy and engineering sectors to better use data to drive safety and efficiencies.

The collaboration will see the deployment of a cloud-based Master Data Model – a single data model to structure and store critical information – which can then be connected to a variety of clients’ systems. This provides more efficient and safe project operations, which ultimately support cost control and savings.

This approach can be applied to both new and brownfield assets and helps ensure that information management isn’t among the activities compromised by the major cost and time pressures on projects. Read more…

 

Zennor Petroleum has reported the successful completion of drilling and testing operations at its Finlaggan development, where it is targeting 30 million boe of gas condensate reserves from two subsea production wells.

Production wells F1 and F2 each flowed more than 12,000 boepd, and at significantly higher than flowing well head pressures. The conclusion of these offshore works represents a key step in de-risking the Finlaggan development and delivering first production in Q4 2020. Read more…

 

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a case study on how it succeeded in developing company cultural change through leadership training at an international energy and services company.

DEKRA was brought in to undertake a Culture of Care Diagnostic to develop leadership at the company’s sites and raise performance on the Culture of Care Maturity Ladder model. Through coaching support and workshops, the client went from being a poor HSE performer in the oil and gas sector to reaching the top quartile in HSE performance, with a significantly reduced lost time injury frequency (LTIF) and a 300% increase in reporting. Read more…

 

Three leaders in oil and gas decommissioning have launched a new company – Fairfield Decom – which aims to combine operator knowledge with the expertise and capabilities of major offshore decommissioning contractors.

Leveraging the expertise and assets of Decom Energy, Heerema Marine Contractors and AF Offshore Decom, the group will form a unique late-life operations and decommissioning operator capable of providing an all-encompassing solution for ageing offshore oil and gas assets, primarily in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The group say they are determined to be at the forefront of the drive to establish a thriving decommissioning hub in Scotland. Read more…

 

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and Deep Science Ventures (DSV) have selected two pioneering start-up companies – Eltera and Optic Earth – to join the TechX Pioneers technology accelerator programme.

2019 TechX Pioneers include ten start-ups from across the oil and gas and clean-tech industries. Eltera’s technology converts wasted heat into electricity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while Optic Earth uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence to remove human bias from the seismic imaging workflow, improving the quality of images available.

The start-ups will embark on a 16-week Pioneer programme, which provides up to £100,000 in funding with no equity or pay back required, and close access to top-tier industry partners such as strategic partners BP and KPMG. Read more…

 

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its renewables capabilities with the addition of a dedicated advisory unit. The team will support lenders, developers and the wider supply chain to identify and capitalise on renewable energy opportunities and mitigate against risk.

Xodus has a wealth of advisory experience in the oil and gas sector but this is the first time it will offer a dedicated resource for renewable energy projects. Scott Hamilton has been appointed to lead the team, with a focus on due diligence, supply chain analysis and techno-economic analysis. Mr Hamilton will develop, manage and deliver a range of commercial consultancy services to owners and developers of renewable energy assets and wider industry participants. He will also help deliver commercially focused business analysis, economics and due diligence services to clients. Read more…

 

Bethan Customs doubles team in 2019

Aberdeen-based Bethan Customs Consultancy has doubled the size of its team since the start of the year, with several key appointments.

The company, which provides practical advice as well as training and support to UK businesses in relation to customs compliance and supply chain requirements, recently appointed former HMRC higher officer George Laing to the role of customs consultant. George joins fellow consultant and former HMRC colleague, Elaine Lownds and the firm’s director, Nicola Alexander.

An expanded team creates new opportunities for Bethan to meet the increasing demand for its bespoke and independent service offerings, as well as to expand its capacity for dedicated in-house and remote customs consultancy to clients. Read more…

 

Bender UK enhances offshore training and surveys

In response to recent growth in the oil and gas sector, Bender UK has enhanced its offshore survey and training capabilities.

Insulation monitoring provides an accurate assessment of the overall ‘health’ of critical electrical systems such as control, safety, and fire and gas systems. Bender insulation monitors make it easier to manage the integrity of topside critical power and communications systems, enabling intervention to be planned with minimum disruption to plant operations. Clients can also use Bender portable fault location equipment which automatically locates ground faults in ungrounded AC and DC systems.

The company is also working with oil and gas operators on a range of control systems, electrical distribution networks and historic devices to help classify and eradicate faults and improve system health. Read more…

 

Well-Safe secures landmark North Sea decommissioning project

Well-Safe Solutions has been awarded a major contract to decommission up to 21 wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited.

The Schooner and Ketch fields, located in the southern North Sea, ceased production in August 2018, with 20 platform wells and a single subsea well. Well-Safe will be responsible for the delivery of key aspects of the project including engineering, contractor management and logistics, while DNO will retain well operatorship. The two-year campaign will start immediately, with plans to commence offshore operations at the end of 2019. Read more…

 

Production starts at Total’s Culzean field

Total has started up production from the Culzean gas condensate field, 230km off the coast of Aberdeen. Operated by Total (49.99%), alongside BP (32%) and JX Nippon (18.01%), the field contains resources estimated between 250 and 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.

The project has involved the drilling of six wells, as well as the construction of three bridge-linked platforms and a floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit. Gas from Culzean is exported via the CATS pipeline and the UK National Grid, whilst condensate is stored in the FSO for offloading by shuttle tanker. At plateau production of 100,000 boepd, the project will account for around 5% of the UK’s gas consumption. Read more…

 

ONE Tech Hub to boost digital capacity and capabilities

Opportunity North East (ONE) has opened the ONE Tech Hub, a digital tech and entrepreneurship community in north-east Scotland, following a £1.5 million investment to accelerate digital tech business growth.

The scheme has been led by ONE alongside Robert Gordon University (RGU) and ONE CodeBase as key partners. The hub brings together leading digital tech business incubation and ONE CodeBase’s expertise with a wide range of connections and investors focused on helping digital tech companies to develop and grow.

Located in Aberdeen city centre, the hub provides tenants with unrivalled access to coworking spaces, offices, meeting rooms, social areas and up to 30 hotdesks. For the wider digital tech community, there are a range of event spaces available to hire and the Hub will host a variety of business events, industry networking events, education and accelerator programmes, and focused workshops. Read more…

 

Equinor confirms revised Rosebank timetable

Equinor and its partners have confirmed a new timeline for the Rosebank project on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Following the award of a three-year extension for the Rosebank licences by the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), a final investment decision is planned to be taken by May 2022.

Equinor says that project team for the field has been established and technical and strategic work and studies are underway. The company holds a 40% operated interest in the Rosebank field, together with partners Suncor Energy (40%) and Siccar Point Energy (20%), which lies about 130 km northwest of the Shetland Islands. Read more…

 

Hurricane achieves first oil at Lancaster

Hurricane Energy has announced the successful production of first oil at the Lancaster field, following completion of a 72-hour production test on the Aoka Mizu FPSO.

The combined flow from both wells at the Lancaster early production system (EPS) reached and maintained the planned production rate of 20,000 barrels of oil per day during the test. Hurricane anticipates a gradual ramp-up over the first six months of production, as it heads towards a long-term operating efficiency of 85%. Read more…

 

Bristow secures aviation contract with BP

Bristow Group has announced a new five-year aviation contract with BP to support its North Sea operations.

Delivered from bases in Aberdeen and Sumburgh, the contract will create new pilot and crew positions. Existing Sikorsky S-92s will be used alongside fixed-wing support from Eastern Airways. Read more…

 

Ithaca acquires Chevron North Sea assets

Ithaca Energy has confirmed it is to acquire Chevron North Sea Limited for $2 billion, adding a further ten producing field interests to its existing portfolio.

Ithaca, a subsidiary of Israel-based Delek Group, will grow its portfolio to total 18 producing field interests and is now forecast to deliver pro-forma 2019 production of approximately 80,000 boepd at an operating cost of approximately $17/boe. Approximately 500 employees will transfer to the company, of which around 200 work offshore on the operated assets.

The transaction has an effective date of 1 January 2019 and is expected to complete around the end of the third quarter of 2019, following approval by the Oil and Gas Authority. Read more…

 

AMS forms joint venture with Boatlabs

Aberdeen Marine Surveyors (AMS Global Group) has entered into an agreement to form a joint company with Norway-based BoatLabs to share dynamic positioning (DP) and offshore marine services.

BoatLabs AMS, a 50/50 venture, will operate in both Norway and the UK, and will see the companies share financial and technological resources. AMS says it has accrued an excellent track record with both oil operators and vessel owners, whilst BoatLabs has an established presence in DP-related services, including FMEAs and DP trials throughout Norway. Read more…

 

Petrofac secures two North Sea contract extensions

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded two operations and maintenance (O&M) contract extensions with an approximate combined value of $32 million.

Petrofac secured a 12-month renewal from Total E&P UK for the supply of O&M support to its Alwyn and Dunbar platforms in the northern North Sea – a role it has held for 14 years. The company has also been awarded a 12-month extension from a major international oil company, under which it will continue to provide offshore and onshore O&M support to one of its platforms in the central North Sea. Read more…

 

Petrofac Training Services

Part of the Petrofac Group, Petrofac Training Services has been delivering training and setting industry standards for over three decades. Over a million people in the UK have enrolled in the company’s wide range of offshore and onshore training.

Its highly experienced trainers deliver courses to 26,000 delegates in Scotland every year and have helped to set the standards for offshore and onshore training, helping to develop many of the training standards used today. Petrofac continually reviews and refreshes content so that it is up to date, and wherever possible, courses are accredited to the highest industry standards.

 

Teekay secures Banff FPSO contract extension

Teekay Corporation has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) to extend employment of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO unit on the Banff field.

The extension covers a period of one year to the end of August 2020, at substantially similar terms to the current contract, and includes an upside component linked to oil prices and oil and gas production. Read more…

 

Peterson doubles marine gasoil capacity in Aberdeen

International energy logistics company Peterson has doubled its marine gasoil (MGO) capacity in Aberdeen, with a £3 million investment in a new tank.

With a capacity of 4,000 cubic metres, almost the equivalent of two Olympic swimming pools, it is one of the largest and newest in Aberdeen. The location at Torry Marine Base, core quayside for a number of operators, means they now have easy access to fuel to streamline vessel turnaround times. Read more…

 

Sword and Phusion form strategic partnership

Phusion IM has established a partnership with global IT solutions specialist, Sword, to deliver services enabling the energy and engineering sectors to better use data to drive safety and efficiencies.

The collaboration will see the deployment of a cloud-based Master Data Model – a single data model to structure and store critical information – which can then be connected to a variety of clients’ systems. This provides more efficient and safe project operations, which ultimately support cost control and savings.

This approach can be applied to both new and brownfield assets and helps ensure that information management isn’t among the activities compromised by the major cost and time pressures on projects. Read more…

 

Zennor completes drilling and testing at Finlaggan

Zennor Petroleum has reported the successful completion of drilling and testing operations at its Finlaggan development, where it is targeting 30 million boe of gas condensate reserves from two subsea production wells.

Production wells F1 and F2 each flowed more than 12,000 boepd, and at significantly higher than flowing well head pressures. The conclusion of these offshore works represents a key step in de-risking the Finlaggan development and delivering first production in Q4 2020. Read more…

 

DEKRA develops cultural change for international services company

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a case study on how it succeeded in developing company cultural change through leadership training at an international energy and services company.

DEKRA was brought in to undertake a Culture of Care Diagnostic to develop leadership at the company’s sites and raise performance on the Culture of Care Maturity Ladder model. Through coaching support and workshops, the client went from being a poor HSE performer in the oil and gas sector to reaching the top quartile in HSE performance, with a significantly reduced lost time injury frequency (LTIF) and a 300% increase in reporting. Read more…

 

Major players unite to form new decommissioning platform

Three leaders in oil and gas decommissioning have launched a new company – Fairfield Decom – which aims to combine operator knowledge with the expertise and capabilities of major offshore decommissioning contractors.

Leveraging the expertise and assets of Decom Energy, Heerema Marine Contractors and AF Offshore Decom, the group will form a unique late-life operations and decommissioning operator capable of providing an all-encompassing solution for ageing offshore oil and gas assets, primarily in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

The group say they are determined to be at the forefront of the drive to establish a thriving decommissioning hub in Scotland. Read more…

 

New TechX Pioneers to accelerate low-carbon technology in oil and gas

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and Deep Science Ventures (DSV) have selected two pioneering start-up companies – Eltera and Optic Earth – to join the TechX Pioneers technology accelerator programme.

2019 TechX Pioneers include ten start-ups from across the oil and gas and clean-tech industries. Eltera’s technology converts wasted heat into electricity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while Optic Earth uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence to remove human bias from the seismic imaging workflow, improving the quality of images available.

The start-ups will embark on a 16-week Pioneer programme, which provides up to £100,000 in funding with no equity or pay back required, and close access to top-tier industry partners such as strategic partners BP and KPMG. Read more…

 

Xodus adds renewables advisory team

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its renewables capabilities with the addition of a dedicated advisory unit. The team will support lenders, developers and the wider supply chain to identify and capitalise on renewable energy opportunities and mitigate against risk.

Xodus has a wealth of advisory experience in the oil and gas sector but this is the first time it will offer a dedicated resource for renewable energy projects. Scott Hamilton has been appointed to lead the team, with a focus on due diligence, supply chain analysis and techno-economic analysis. Mr Hamilton will develop, manage and deliver a range of commercial consultancy services to owners and developers of renewable energy assets and wider industry participants. He will also help deliver commercially focused business analysis, economics and due diligence services to clients. Read more…