Petrofac has been selected by Petrogas NEO UK – a joint venture created by Petrogas E&P UK and NEO Energy, a portfolio company of private equity fund HitecVision – to establish the company’s new North Sea operations following its recently announced asset acquisition.

In a two-year deal valued in the region of $50 million, Petrofac will integrate services across operations, projects and well engineering. As well as assisting in the transition of operations on the Quad 15 & Flyndre area assets, Petrofac will also provide ongoing operational, maintenance, engineering and construction support, as well as well engineering and project management support services for Petrogas NEO UK’s activities. Read more… 

 

BP has agreed terms to sell its interests in the Andrew area in the central UK North Sea and its non-operating interest in the Shearwater field to Premier Oil, in a $625 million deal.

BP operates the Andrew assets – comprising the Andrew platform, the Andrew (62.75%), Arundel (100%), Cyrus (100%), Farragon (67%) and Kinnoull (77.06%) fields and associated subsea infrastructure. It also holds a 27.5% stake in the Shell-operated Shearwater field.

The Andrew assets are expected to transition to Premier Oil as a fully operational entity with 69 staff who operate and support the assets. There is no transfer of staff associated with Shearwater. Read more…

 

Serica Energy (UK) Limited has received an Out of Round award of a 100% interest in the UK petroleum licence P2501, blocks 3/24c and 3/29c. These are located in the area adjacent to the Serica-operated Rhum field.

The award contains the HPHT North Eigg and South Eigg prospects. The primary prospect is North Eigg which is estimated to contain 360 bcf (P50) and potentially over 1Tcf (P10) of recoverable gas, and is interpreted to share geological similarities with Rhum.

Serica has committed to drilling an exploration well within three years and in the event of a commercial discovery intends to develop the field via a subsea tie-back to the Serica-operated and 98% owned Bruce facilities. Read more…

 

Integrating the UK offshore energy sector, including forging closer links between oil and gas and renewables, can reduce carbon emissions from oil and gas production and support delivery of the UK’s net-zero target, according to a new report published by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

The report, titled “UKCS Energy Integration: Interim Findings,” discusses the first phase of the UKCS Energy Integration project – led by the OGA in conjunction with BEIS, the Crown Estate and Ofgem – and considers options to help feed into a new strategic vision of the UKCS as an integrated energy basin.

It also considers how oil and gas infrastructure and capabilities can be leveraged for CCS, and to support renewable energy production and hydrogen generation, transportation and storage. Read more…

 

Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to collaborate on the exploration programme to be delivered under its master alliance agreement with Seapulse.

The Seapulse portfolio spans shallow water and deepwater wells in several regions. Two wells in the UK North Sea have previously been announced as part of the work scope, which is expected to start drilling in the second half of 2020. A tailor-made process covering all phases in the end-to-end delivery of a well has been developed with the aim of maximising efficiency and removing waste through a novel approach to collaboration.

Maersk Drilling will be responsible for providing fully integrated drilling services. Under the new agreements, Petrofac will deliver well management services, while Halliburton will deliver integrated well services, throughout the duration of the programme. Read more…

 

Rockrose Energy has announced that the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig is preparing to drill the first of two planned infill development wells on West Brae.

Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, these two wells are designed to access 2P reserves of over 8 million barrels (gross) and to support Brae Complex output by up to 6,000 bopd (gross). WPGZ is expected to come onstream before the end of the first quarter of 2020, while first oil from WPOZ is anticipated in the second quarter of 2020. RockRose is the operator of West Brae, holding a 40% working interest. Read more…

 

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has reinforced its commitment to the North American oil and gas market by opening new facilities in Houston and Anchorage. The move enhances READ’s capacity to meet increasing demand for well integrity, production logging, reservoir evaluation and data analysis services throughout the region.

In Houston, READ now operates from a 9,000 square feet facility comprising offices, a technical workshop, a laboratory and warehouse storage. Additionally, to service Alaskan oil and gas operators, READ has relocated to a new and improved customer support office in Anchorage. Read more…

 

In a new blog post, DEKRA Organisational Reliability notes how companies that have historically relied on the expertise of foreign nationals to provide leadership, especially around safety, are looking increasingly to their own citizens to fill these positions.

Finding experienced, qualified candidates presents challenges where safety legislation is weak, educational opportunities are insufficient and organisational culture de-emphasises HSE. There are paths to success, however, that emerge when safety becomes a value and that enable companies to become agents for change. Read more…

 

6 December saw Equinor UK and its partners commence production from Barnacle, the company’s third upstream development in the UK to come onstream in 2019.

Barnacle is located in UK waters, just 2km from the UK-Norway maritime border and consists of one extended reach well tied back to the Statfjord B platform. The field is the first in Equinor’s portfolio to be fully located in the UK but produced through existing infrastructure in Norway.

An accelerated development programme meant it was completed in just 14 months, from licence award to the start of production. Read more…

 

Specialist security risk management company SSI RM successfully accompanied Global Marine across 18 site reconnaissance visits in the Philippines in November.

Assessing site suitability for a possible large future cable lay network, SSI RM deployed three travel managers to accompany three Global Marine teams across the countrywide campaign, which took place over a three-week period. Undertaking dynamic On the Move (OTM) and Deliberate Risk and Threat (DRT) assessments, SSI RM was able to provide assistance during challenging periods of travel and manoeuvring.

The recces provide a foundation for the growth of Global Marine’s development in south-east Asia. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have awarded new drilling services contracts for the Seagull project in the UK North Sea. All contracts have been awarded under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend.

M I Drilling Fluids will provide mud, drilling fluids and well-bore clean-up services; Halliburton Manufacturing & Services secured a completions equipment and services contract for the provision of High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) completions equipment; and Schlumberger Oilfield UK will provide perforating services.

Seagull is expected to initially produce around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (80 per cent oil) across its ten-year design life. Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe. Read more…

 

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. (COOEC), for the design and manufacture of a classed saturation diving system.

The system will be installed on a COOEC vessel, with additional services including technical support during and post-installation. The package will include Unique Equipment Manager (UEM), a digitalised planned maintenance system to accurately track the status of the equipment, thereby minimising operational downtime.

Q2 2019 has seen Unique Group upgrade its facilities in Singapore and move to new premises with bigger operational infrastructure, in line with the company’s vision to expand its portfolio in the APAC region and to support clients based in the region and internationally. Read more…

 

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Rever Offshore has announced a three-year extension to the charter of its dive support vessel Rever Topaz.

The contract will see Rever secure exclusive access to this asset from long-term partner Volstad Maritime until December 2022, with flexible options to extend again to the end of 2025. Rever says the vessel has been a fundamental part of its fleet for the last decade and that the extension will enable it to continue to win and execute work in support of IRM, decommissioning and construction activities for its clients. Read more…

 

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann is developing a new full motion compensation system, with the ability to transfer personnel as well as cargo up to 5,000kg in rough waters offshore.

The E5000 is the latest development by the company and builds on the proven technology of the E1000, released in 2016. The new system will be able to operate in high sea states, enabling safe offshore access across a broader range of work scopes and extending the weather window of operations. It is expected to be operational in Q3 2020. Read more…

 

Starn Group, owner of the Safehouse Habitats and Sabre Safety Services businesses headquartered in Dundee, has successfully completed its acquisition of Canada-based Dynamic Air Shelters for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition extends the group’s reach, adding bespoke, blast-resistant and environmental protection air-supported shelters to its range of products and services designed to protect our planet and people from the impact of hazardous activities.

Dynamic is already an established provider of protection shelters in the USA and Canada and is making steady inroads internationally. The acquisition will allow Starn to further reach the US and Canadian markets with other products and services. Read more…

 

Private equity group Antin Infrastructure Partners has sold Kellas Midstream to a joint venture of BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds (GEPIF III) and GIC.

Kellas owns and operates key gas infrastructure in the UK, including the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), the Esmond Transportation System (ETS), and the Humber Gathering System (HGS). The transaction is expected to close in early 2020. Read more…

 

Infrastructure solutions company Costain has secured some £4 million worth of design, engineering and consultancy contracts for the energy market which will see the Group shaping the future for sustainable operations and improved efficiencies at several UK onshore gas terminals.

The awards being delivered by the Aberdeen-based team include topside modification projects for several subsea tie-backs in the North Sea, as well as providing subsea engineering support to nuclear sector projects. Other work secured involves the pre-FEED for a carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project that includes the onshore and offshore dimensions. Read more…

 

Data services provider DataCo Ltd has been acquired by Sword Group. Focused primarily on the oil and gas industry, DataCo provides information management solutions and support, helping customers reduce costs and increase efficiency through effective data management.

With offices in the UK (Aberdeen), Netherlands (The Hague), Australia (Perth) and USA (Houston), DataCo will join the Sword Venture Business Unit in further developing its upstream data and IM expertise. Both parties are excited about the possibilities of this relationship, in terms of the breadth and depth of support offered to the combined customer base and the innovation that can be delivered to the oil and gas industry. Read more…

 

The Aramark team for the BP North Sea HQ (NSHQ) has successfully gained full HSEQ ISO accreditation across three prestigious ISO standards: ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO45001.

ISO14001 is the international standard for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system, while ISO9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. ISO45001 is the international standard for an occupational health and safety management system. These three standards are extremely important to the work Aramark teams carry out.

Celebrating the accreditation, the teams were joined by BP North Sea Regional President Ariel Flores and Aramark HSEQ Director Neill Murray. Both Ariel and Neill praised the teams’ tireless commitment and dedication to HSEQ and Aramark and BP core values. Read more…

 

Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, has been awarded a five-year contract by EnQuest to provide multi-skilled deck crew services for its northern and central North Sea assets. Stork’s crew will provide services for the Heather, Thistle and Magnus platforms in the northern North Sea, and FPSO vessels in the northern and central North Sea. The five-year contract began in September and includes two one-year extension options.

Its scope of work includes the provision of specialist, multi-skilled personnel including team leaders, offshore materials controllers, safety technicians, lifting operatives as well as scaffolders, deck foremen and riggers. Read more…

 

Petrofac wins Petrogas NEO service contract

Petrofac has been selected by Petrogas NEO UK – a joint venture created by Petrogas E&P UK and NEO Energy, a portfolio company of private equity fund HitecVision – to establish the company’s new North Sea operations following its recently announced asset acquisition.

In a two-year deal valued in the region of $50 million, Petrofac will integrate services across operations, projects and well engineering. As well as assisting in the transition of operations on the Quad 15 & Flyndre area assets, Petrofac will also provide ongoing operational, maintenance, engineering and construction support, as well as well engineering and project management support services for Petrogas NEO UK’s activities. Read more… 

 

BP agrees sale of Andrew area, Shearwater to Premier Oil

BP has agreed terms to sell its interests in the Andrew area in the central UK North Sea and its non-operating interest in the Shearwater field to Premier Oil, in a $625 million deal.

BP operates the Andrew assets – comprising the Andrew platform, the Andrew (62.75%), Arundel (100%), Cyrus (100%), Farragon (67%) and Kinnoull (77.06%) fields and associated subsea infrastructure. It also holds a 27.5% stake in the Shell-operated Shearwater field.

The Andrew assets are expected to transition to Premier Oil as a fully operational entity with 69 staff who operate and support the assets. There is no transfer of staff associated with Shearwater. Read more…

 

Serica awarded out-of-round licence for Eigg prospects

Serica Energy (UK) Limited has received an Out of Round award of a 100% interest in the UK petroleum licence P2501, blocks 3/24c and 3/29c. These are located in the area adjacent to the Serica-operated Rhum field.

The award contains the HPHT North Eigg and South Eigg prospects. The primary prospect is North Eigg which is estimated to contain 360 bcf (P50) and potentially over 1Tcf (P10) of recoverable gas, and is interpreted to share geological similarities with Rhum.

Serica has committed to drilling an exploration well within three years and in the event of a commercial discovery intends to develop the field via a subsea tie-back to the Serica-operated and 98% owned Bruce facilities. Read more…

 

OGA publishes energy integration report

Integrating the UK offshore energy sector, including forging closer links between oil and gas and renewables, can reduce carbon emissions from oil and gas production and support delivery of the UK’s net-zero target, according to a new report published by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).

The report, titled “UKCS Energy Integration: Interim Findings,” discusses the first phase of the UKCS Energy Integration project – led by the OGA in conjunction with BEIS, the Crown Estate and Ofgem – and considers options to help feed into a new strategic vision of the UKCS as an integrated energy basin.

It also considers how oil and gas infrastructure and capabilities can be leveraged for CCS, and to support renewable energy production and hydrogen generation, transportation and storage. Read more…

 

Halliburton and Petrofac join Maersk Drilling exploration programme

Maersk Drilling has signed agreements with Halliburton and Petrofac to collaborate on the exploration programme to be delivered under its master alliance agreement with Seapulse.

The Seapulse portfolio spans shallow water and deepwater wells in several regions. Two wells in the UK North Sea have previously been announced as part of the work scope, which is expected to start drilling in the second half of 2020. A tailor-made process covering all phases in the end-to-end delivery of a well has been developed with the aim of maximising efficiency and removing waste through a novel approach to collaboration.

Maersk Drilling will be responsible for providing fully integrated drilling services. Under the new agreements, Petrofac will deliver well management services, while Halliburton will deliver integrated well services, throughout the duration of the programme. Read more…

 

Rockrose prepares West Brae development campaign

Rockrose Energy has announced that the Noble Houston Colbert jack-up drilling rig is preparing to drill the first of two planned infill development wells on West Brae.

Designated WPGZ and WPOZ, these two wells are designed to access 2P reserves of over 8 million barrels (gross) and to support Brae Complex output by up to 6,000 bopd (gross). WPGZ is expected to come onstream before the end of the first quarter of 2020, while first oil from WPOZ is anticipated in the second quarter of 2020. RockRose is the operator of West Brae, holding a 40% working interest. Read more…

 

READ opens new North America facilities

Cased hole logging specialist READ Cased Hole has reinforced its commitment to the North American oil and gas market by opening new facilities in Houston and Anchorage. The move enhances READ’s capacity to meet increasing demand for well integrity, production logging, reservoir evaluation and data analysis services throughout the region.

In Houston, READ now operates from a 9,000 square feet facility comprising offices, a technical workshop, a laboratory and warehouse storage. Additionally, to service Alaskan oil and gas operators, READ has relocated to a new and improved customer support office in Anchorage. Read more…

 

DEKRA explores how to cultivate the next generation of HSE experts

In a new blog post, DEKRA Organisational Reliability notes how companies that have historically relied on the expertise of foreign nationals to provide leadership, especially around safety, are looking increasingly to their own citizens to fill these positions.

Finding experienced, qualified candidates presents challenges where safety legislation is weak, educational opportunities are insufficient and organisational culture de-emphasises HSE. There are paths to success, however, that emerge when safety becomes a value and that enable companies to become agents for change. Read more…

 

Equinor starts up third UK development in 2019

6 December saw Equinor UK and its partners commence production from Barnacle, the company’s third upstream development in the UK to come onstream in 2019.

Barnacle is located in UK waters, just 2km from the UK-Norway maritime border and consists of one extended reach well tied back to the Statfjord B platform. The field is the first in Equinor’s portfolio to be fully located in the UK but produced through existing infrastructure in Norway.

An accelerated development programme meant it was completed in just 14 months, from licence award to the start of production. Read more…

 

SSI RM supports Global Marine success

Specialist security risk management company SSI RM successfully accompanied Global Marine across 18 site reconnaissance visits in the Philippines in November.

Assessing site suitability for a possible large future cable lay network, SSI RM deployed three travel managers to accompany three Global Marine teams across the countrywide campaign, which took place over a three-week period. Undertaking dynamic On the Move (OTM) and Deliberate Risk and Threat (DRT) assessments, SSI RM was able to provide assistance during challenging periods of travel and manoeuvring.

The recces provide a foundation for the growth of Global Marine’s development in south-east Asia. Read more…

 

Neptune awards drilling services contracts for Seagull

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and JAPEX have awarded new drilling services contracts for the Seagull project in the UK North Sea. All contracts have been awarded under a three-year agreement, with two one-year options to extend.

M I Drilling Fluids will provide mud, drilling fluids and well-bore clean-up services; Halliburton Manufacturing & Services secured a completions equipment and services contract for the provision of High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) completions equipment; and Schlumberger Oilfield UK will provide perforating services.

Seagull is expected to initially produce around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (80 per cent oil) across its ten-year design life. Proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million boe. Read more…

 

Unique Group wins COOEC saturation dive system contract

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract by China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. (COOEC), for the design and manufacture of a classed saturation diving system.

The system will be installed on a COOEC vessel, with additional services including technical support during and post-installation. The package will include Unique Equipment Manager (UEM), a digitalised planned maintenance system to accurately track the status of the equipment, thereby minimising operational downtime.

Q2 2019 has seen Unique Group upgrade its facilities in Singapore and move to new premises with bigger operational infrastructure, in line with the company’s vision to expand its portfolio in the APAC region and to support clients based in the region and internationally. Read more…

 

Rever Offshore announces Topaz charter extension

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Rever Offshore has announced a three-year extension to the charter of its dive support vessel Rever Topaz.

The contract will see Rever secure exclusive access to this asset from long-term partner Volstad Maritime until December 2022, with flexible options to extend again to the end of 2025. Rever says the vessel has been a fundamental part of its fleet for the last decade and that the extension will enable it to continue to win and execute work in support of IRM, decommissioning and construction activities for its clients. Read more…

 

Ampelmann designs new crew and cargo transfer system

Dutch offshore access provider Ampelmann is developing a new full motion compensation system, with the ability to transfer personnel as well as cargo up to 5,000kg in rough waters offshore.

The E5000 is the latest development by the company and builds on the proven technology of the E1000, released in 2016. The new system will be able to operate in high sea states, enabling safe offshore access across a broader range of work scopes and extending the weather window of operations. It is expected to be operational in Q3 2020. Read more…

 

Starn Group increases reach with Dynamic Air Shelters acquisition

Starn Group, owner of the Safehouse Habitats and Sabre Safety Services businesses headquartered in Dundee, has successfully completed its acquisition of Canada-based Dynamic Air Shelters for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition extends the group’s reach, adding bespoke, blast-resistant and environmental protection air-supported shelters to its range of products and services designed to protect our planet and people from the impact of hazardous activities.

Dynamic is already an established provider of protection shelters in the USA and Canada and is making steady inroads internationally. The acquisition will allow Starn to further reach the US and Canadian markets with other products and services. Read more…

 

Antin sells Kellas Midstream to Blackrock And GIC

Private equity group Antin Infrastructure Partners has sold Kellas Midstream to a joint venture of BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds (GEPIF III) and GIC.

Kellas owns and operates key gas infrastructure in the UK, including the Central Area Transmission System (CATS), the Esmond Transportation System (ETS), and the Humber Gathering System (HGS). The transaction is expected to close in early 2020. Read more…

 

Costain’s Energy business secures over £4m in contracts

Infrastructure solutions company Costain has secured some £4 million worth of design, engineering and consultancy contracts for the energy market which will see the Group shaping the future for sustainable operations and improved efficiencies at several UK onshore gas terminals.

The awards being delivered by the Aberdeen-based team include topside modification projects for several subsea tie-backs in the North Sea, as well as providing subsea engineering support to nuclear sector projects. Other work secured involves the pre-FEED for a carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project that includes the onshore and offshore dimensions. Read more…

 

Sword acquires Dataco Ltd

Data services provider DataCo Ltd has been acquired by Sword Group. Focused primarily on the oil and gas industry, DataCo provides information management solutions and support, helping customers reduce costs and increase efficiency through effective data management.

With offices in the UK (Aberdeen), Netherlands (The Hague), Australia (Perth) and USA (Houston), DataCo will join the Sword Venture Business Unit in further developing its upstream data and IM expertise. Both parties are excited about the possibilities of this relationship, in terms of the breadth and depth of support offered to the combined customer base and the innovation that can be delivered to the oil and gas industry. Read more…

 

Aramark recognised for exemplary standards

The Aramark team for the BP North Sea HQ (NSHQ) has successfully gained full HSEQ ISO accreditation across three prestigious ISO standards: ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO45001.

ISO14001 is the international standard for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system, while ISO9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. ISO45001 is the international standard for an occupational health and safety management system. These three standards are extremely important to the work Aramark teams carry out.

Celebrating the accreditation, the teams were joined by BP North Sea Regional President Ariel Flores and Aramark HSEQ Director Neill Murray. Both Ariel and Neill praised the teams’ tireless commitment and dedication to HSEQ and Aramark and BP core values. Read more…

 

Stork wins EnQuest crew service contract

Stork, part of Fluor’s Diversified Services segment, has been awarded a five-year contract by EnQuest to provide multi-skilled deck crew services for its northern and central North Sea assets. Stork’s crew will provide services for the Heather, Thistle and Magnus platforms in the northern North Sea, and FPSO vessels in the northern and central North Sea. The five-year contract began in September and includes two one-year extension options.

Its scope of work includes the provision of specialist, multi-skilled personnel including team leaders, offshore materials controllers, safety technicians, lifting operatives as well as scaffolders, deck foremen and riggers. Read more…