UK and Netherlands-focused energy group Parkmead has announced the filing of a draft Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Statement (ES) for the Platypus gas project.

The two documents were submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) by Dana Petroleum (59%), on behalf of project co-venturers which include Parkmead (15%), CalEnergy Gas (15%) and Zennor Petroleum (11%).

The Platypus field is located in the UK southern North Sea in Blocks 47/5b and 48/1a, around 18 km north west of the West Sole gas field and 15 km south west of the Babbage field. Mid-case technical recoverable reserves from Platypus are estimated at 105 billion cubic feet. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy has entered into a conditional agreement with Energean Oil and Gas to acquire Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian producing, development and exploration assets for $250 million.

Pending Energean’s completion of its proposed acquisition of Edison, the portfolio will give Neptune an estimated 30 million barrels of oil equivalent of 2P reserves and near-term production in core areas of the North Sea, close to infrastructure. The transaction includes a 25% interest in the Glengorm gas condensate discovery, as well as interests in Scott, Telford, Tors, Wenlock and Markham, among others.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, with completion expected early in 2020. Read more…

 

Flow measurement R&D specialist, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, has opened its £16million Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) which it says will help global oil and gas operators to ensure that production remains economically viable.

In terms of testing operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology, the AMF’s capabilities are beyond that of any other laboratory in the world. Operating at pressures up to 140 bar, the AMF doubles previous test capabilities to meet industry’s current and future measurement challenges. With a working envelope at least 20 times larger than any multiphase or wet gas facility in the world, the AMF also has the highest flow rate in the world (for both gas and liquid) within one multiphase facility.

Creating at least 17 new jobs, the East Kilbride site will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years. Read more…

 

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project, located approximately 160 miles offshore Aberdeen.

The contract scope involves the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, for tie-ins at the Haewene Brim FPSO.

Project management and detailed engineering has commenced at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, with offshore activities scheduled for 2020 and 2021. Read more…

 

ODE Asset Management (ODE AM), a unit of international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE Group, has been appointed as installation operator (duty holder) of the normally unattended installation (NUI) Tolmount platform.

The Tolmount platform and associated gas export pipeline comprise the Humber Gathering System, which is owned by Humber Gathering System Limited (HGSL) – a Kellas Midstream company – and Dana Petroleum. The system will initially deliver gas from the Tolmount field, owned by Premier Oil and Dana Petroleum, to the Easington onshore gas terminal, with first gas planned for the fourth quarter of 2020.

As installation operator, ODE AM will be responsible for the safe operation of the platform and will provide operations, maintenance and integrity support services. Read more…

 

Survitec has delivered a unique turnkey lifeboat project for Shell UK to increase lifeboat capacity on the Shearwater gas hub by more than 22%.

The project was driven by an anticipated upturn in activity offshore, including a major offshore turnaround planned for 2020, which made provision of additional offshore bedding capacity a priority to allow the safe and efficient running of the Shearwater asset.

Survitec’s solution was to replace the existing three 49-person capacity lifeboats, with three larger 60-person lifeboats, requiring the installation of longer davit maintenance platforms and the use of bespoke lifting equipment. Survitec worked within a two-month window in which to deliver, install and commission the new equipment. Read more…

 

Chrysaor Holdings has confirmed the completion of its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.68 billion.

The assets acquired produced approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first six months of 2019. Combined with Chrysaor’s existing portfolio, this represents average first-half 2019 production of 195,000 boepd. The transaction adds two new operated hubs to Chrysaor’s portfolio in the central North Sea – Britannia and J-Block – in addition to an interest in the Clair Field area. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy, alongside joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, have awarded Valaris a contract to provide a heavy-duty jack-up drilling rig for the Seagull oil development.

Valaris will provide the Rowan Gorilla VI to drill four firm wells for the project, located in the central North Sea. The approximately 18-month drilling campaign is scheduled to start in Q3 2020, after its field development plan (FDP) was approved by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) in March this year.

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

 

Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Global E&C has won a life-of-field contract for brownfield services with Apache’s North Sea subsidiaries.

Global E&C forms part of Inverness-based Global Energy Group, and the award represents the largest in the Group’s history. Aberdeen-headquartered, Global E&C was formed specifically to support UK operators in delivering brownfield modification services. Read more…

 

For 30 years, employee-driven safety systems – sometimes known as behaviour-based safety (BBS) – have been widely implemented, although it can be difficult to gauge how effective such approaches have been.

Recently, a new research whitepaper on DEKRA’s Behavioural Accident Prevention Process (BAPP) approach from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School provides some surprising answers, with implications for the future of safety practice globally. Read more…

 

RDS, a unit of KCA Deutag which provides engineering and design solutions to the oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy sectors, has announced a new contract to carry out a conceptual study for Pharis Energy.

Pharis aims to initiate the world’s first major offshore steam flood project and is exploring innovative ways to maximise oil recovery in the Pilot Field in the UK North Sea. RDS’s scope of work on this project will include jack-up screening and selection and well head platform design. This work will be executed out of the company’s London and Aberdeen offices. Read more…

 

Craig International has been awarded its first contract with Petrofac in the UK following a competitive tender process. It follows £50 million of new contracts awarded to the procurement specialist in the first half of 2019, including two major agreements with Spirit Energy and BP.

Under the Petrofac contract, Craig International will provide third-party procurement services and the supply of general oilfield products to support offshore operations in the North Sea. The contract is for three years with an option to extend for a further two years. Read more…

 

Hurricane Energy has confirmed that the 204/30b-A (“Warwick West”) well was spudded on 24 September using the Transocean Leader rig.

Warwick West is the third and final well of the 2019 Greater Warwick Area drilling programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets. The company will issue a further update following completion of drilling and testing operations.

Hurricane holds a 50% interest in the Greater Warwick Area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…

 

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has used its pioneering optical chain measurement system (CMS), alongside new automated edge tracking software, to execute a mooring inspection campaign for BP offshore Angola.

The project saw Welaptega use its new edge tracking data system and its patented CMS technology to inspect the mooring system of BP’s PSVM FPSO. Situated in Block 31 offshore Angola, the PSVM project is the deepest deepwater project in Africa. By using the CMS for data collection, Welaptega was able to provide accurate measurements in difficult operating conditions, which are known to create significant challenges for reliable data collection on offshore mooring systems. Read more…

 

Ashtead Technology has expanded its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and decommissioning capabilities with the acquisition of Underwater Cutting Solutions (UCS) for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2004, UCS provides mechanical cutting, dredging and coating removal equipment and services to the North Sea. It has developed and deployed a suite of purpose designed tools and techniques for the cutting of subsea and topside pipelines and structures.

This is the fifth deal completed by Ashstead since the firm was acquired by Buckthorn Partners and APICORP in April 2016. Read more…

 

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is using cutting-edge technology to reduce costs for clients, while increasing safety for engineers.

Using Microsoft HoloLens equipment, BV can provide an augmented reality system enabling inspection experts to view parts, understand inspection requirements and digitally splice the asset to view cross-sections. Developed in conjunction with Smart Document Solutions, they display interactive menus that bring assets and faults to life digitally, reducing site training time by 50%. Read more…

 

Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to process the gas sourced from the Finlaggan field, owned by Zennor Pathway. The gas will be processed through Ancala Midstream’s Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) terminal in St. Fergus, north east Scotland.

Ancala says that the multi-million-pound contract will help ensure the SAGE system remains a competitive option for further UK and Norwegian gas developments through to the mid-2030s. Read more…

 

Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – technology which enables real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world.

The Restrata Platform allows operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an emergency situation, as well as providing support and management. Information is shared real-time, meaning onshore teams can act fast for early intervention, with the safety of personnel at the heart of any response.

Working in partnership with Restrata, the contract will see Serica Energy roll out the system on its Bruce asset in the UK northern North Sea and integrating it with specific operating procedures. Read more…

 

Drilling waste management company TWMA has secured new contracts worth £20 million in the North Sea during the first eight months of 2019.

The contracts, with major North Sea operators, will see TWMA provide offshore processing of drilling waste using its innovative TCC RotoMill® technology, which allows drill cuttings to be recycled back into the active mud system on site, resulting in significant cost savings. In support of this new business, TWMA has invested more than £10 million in new equipment and facilities. Read more…

 

Procurement specialist Craig International is launching a sustainable approach to sourcing and supplying oilfield products and services with the aim of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

Ecobuy, launched at Offshore Europe 2019, will offer customers the option to buy more environmentally friendly and less wasteful products, as well as limiting the number of journeys by vehicles and vessels used for delivery. The goal is to reduce the use of disposable materials, including plastics, and use less fuel, while increasing the amount of products that can be reused and recycled – all of which can help to make procurement leaner and less wasteful. Read more…

 

Development plan submitted for Platypus gas project

UK and Netherlands-focused energy group Parkmead has announced the filing of a draft Field Development Plan (FDP) and Environmental Statement (ES) for the Platypus gas project.

The two documents were submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) by Dana Petroleum (59%), on behalf of project co-venturers which include Parkmead (15%), CalEnergy Gas (15%) and Zennor Petroleum (11%).

The Platypus field is located in the UK southern North Sea in Blocks 47/5b and 48/1a, around 18 km north west of the West Sole gas field and 15 km south west of the Babbage field. Mid-case technical recoverable reserves from Platypus are estimated at 105 billion cubic feet. Read more…

 

Neptune to acquire Edison assets from Energean

Neptune Energy has entered into a conditional agreement with Energean Oil and Gas to acquire Edison E&P’s UK and Norwegian producing, development and exploration assets for $250 million.

Pending Energean’s completion of its proposed acquisition of Edison, the portfolio will give Neptune an estimated 30 million barrels of oil equivalent of 2P reserves and near-term production in core areas of the North Sea, close to infrastructure. The transaction includes a 25% interest in the Glengorm gas condensate discovery, as well as interests in Scott, Telford, Tors, Wenlock and Markham, among others.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, with completion expected early in 2020. Read more…

 

TÜV SÜD opens £16m Advanced Multiphase Facility

Flow measurement R&D specialist, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, has opened its £16million Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) which it says will help global oil and gas operators to ensure that production remains economically viable.

In terms of testing operating pressures, temperatures, flowrates and metrology, the AMF’s capabilities are beyond that of any other laboratory in the world. Operating at pressures up to 140 bar, the AMF doubles previous test capabilities to meet industry’s current and future measurement challenges. With a working envelope at least 20 times larger than any multiphase or wet gas facility in the world, the AMF also has the highest flow rate in the world (for both gas and liquid) within one multiphase facility.

Creating at least 17 new jobs, the East Kilbride site will futureproof the delivery of innovative technical services to the oil and gas production market for the next 25 years. Read more…

 

Subsea 7 awarded Pierce contract by Shell

Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Shell for the Pierce depressurisation project, located approximately 160 miles offshore Aberdeen.

The contract scope involves the engineering, procurement, construction, transportation and installation (EPCI and T&I) of a 30km gas export pipeline, a gas export riser and associated subsea infrastructure, for tie-ins at the Haewene Brim FPSO.

Project management and detailed engineering has commenced at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, with offshore activities scheduled for 2020 and 2021. Read more…

 

ODE appointed installation operator for Tolmount Platform

ODE Asset Management (ODE AM), a unit of international engineering and operations support services contractor ODE Group, has been appointed as installation operator (duty holder) of the normally unattended installation (NUI) Tolmount platform.

The Tolmount platform and associated gas export pipeline comprise the Humber Gathering System, which is owned by Humber Gathering System Limited (HGSL) – a Kellas Midstream company – and Dana Petroleum. The system will initially deliver gas from the Tolmount field, owned by Premier Oil and Dana Petroleum, to the Easington onshore gas terminal, with first gas planned for the fourth quarter of 2020.

As installation operator, ODE AM will be responsible for the safe operation of the platform and will provide operations, maintenance and integrity support services. Read more…

 

Survitec adds to Shearwater lifeboat capacity

Survitec has delivered a unique turnkey lifeboat project for Shell UK to increase lifeboat capacity on the Shearwater gas hub by more than 22%.

The project was driven by an anticipated upturn in activity offshore, including a major offshore turnaround planned for 2020, which made provision of additional offshore bedding capacity a priority to allow the safe and efficient running of the Shearwater asset.

Survitec’s solution was to replace the existing three 49-person capacity lifeboats, with three larger 60-person lifeboats, requiring the installation of longer davit maintenance platforms and the use of bespoke lifting equipment. Survitec worked within a two-month window in which to deliver, install and commission the new equipment. Read more…

 

Chrysaor completes ConocoPhillips acquisition

Chrysaor Holdings has confirmed the completion of its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.68 billion.

The assets acquired produced approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first six months of 2019. Combined with Chrysaor’s existing portfolio, this represents average first-half 2019 production of 195,000 boepd. The transaction adds two new operated hubs to Chrysaor’s portfolio in the central North Sea – Britannia and J-Block – in addition to an interest in the Clair Field area. Read more…

 

Neptune awards Seagull drilling contract

Neptune Energy, alongside joint venture partners BP and JAPEX, have awarded Valaris a contract to provide a heavy-duty jack-up drilling rig for the Seagull oil development.

Valaris will provide the Rowan Gorilla VI to drill four firm wells for the project, located in the central North Sea. The approximately 18-month drilling campaign is scheduled to start in Q3 2020, after its field development plan (FDP) was approved by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) in March this year.

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

 

Global E&C wins life-of-field contract with Apache

Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Global E&C has won a life-of-field contract for brownfield services with Apache’s North Sea subsidiaries.

Global E&C forms part of Inverness-based Global Energy Group, and the award represents the largest in the Group’s history. Aberdeen-headquartered, Global E&C was formed specifically to support UK operators in delivering brownfield modification services. Read more…

 

DEKRA whitepaper examines behaviour-based safety

For 30 years, employee-driven safety systems – sometimes known as behaviour-based safety (BBS) – have been widely implemented, although it can be difficult to gauge how effective such approaches have been.

Recently, a new research whitepaper on DEKRA’s Behavioural Accident Prevention Process (BAPP) approach from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School provides some surprising answers, with implications for the future of safety practice globally. Read more…

 

RDS wins Pharis Energy conceptual study contract

RDS, a unit of KCA Deutag which provides engineering and design solutions to the oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy sectors, has announced a new contract to carry out a conceptual study for Pharis Energy.

Pharis aims to initiate the world’s first major offshore steam flood project and is exploring innovative ways to maximise oil recovery in the Pilot Field in the UK North Sea. RDS’s scope of work on this project will include jack-up screening and selection and well head platform design. This work will be executed out of the company’s London and Aberdeen offices. Read more…

 

Craig International secures new contract with Petrofac

Craig International has been awarded its first contract with Petrofac in the UK following a competitive tender process. It follows £50 million of new contracts awarded to the procurement specialist in the first half of 2019, including two major agreements with Spirit Energy and BP.

Under the Petrofac contract, Craig International will provide third-party procurement services and the supply of general oilfield products to support offshore operations in the North Sea. The contract is for three years with an option to extend for a further two years. Read more…

 

Hurricane Energy spuds Warwick West

Hurricane Energy has confirmed that the 204/30b-A (“Warwick West”) well was spudded on 24 September using the Transocean Leader rig.

Warwick West is the third and final well of the 2019 Greater Warwick Area drilling programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets. The company will issue a further update following completion of drilling and testing operations.

Hurricane holds a 50% interest in the Greater Warwick Area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…

 

Welaptega completes mooring inspection campaign for BP in Angola

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega has used its pioneering optical chain measurement system (CMS), alongside new automated edge tracking software, to execute a mooring inspection campaign for BP offshore Angola.

The project saw Welaptega use its new edge tracking data system and its patented CMS technology to inspect the mooring system of BP’s PSVM FPSO. Situated in Block 31 offshore Angola, the PSVM project is the deepest deepwater project in Africa. By using the CMS for data collection, Welaptega was able to provide accurate measurements in difficult operating conditions, which are known to create significant challenges for reliable data collection on offshore mooring systems. Read more…

 

Ashstead acquires Underwater Cutting Solutions

Ashtead Technology has expanded its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and decommissioning capabilities with the acquisition of Underwater Cutting Solutions (UCS) for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2004, UCS provides mechanical cutting, dredging and coating removal equipment and services to the North Sea. It has developed and deployed a suite of purpose designed tools and techniques for the cutting of subsea and topside pipelines and structures.

This is the fifth deal completed by Ashstead since the firm was acquired by Buckthorn Partners and APICORP in April 2016. Read more…

 

Bureau Veritas offers vision of the future with HoloLens

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is using cutting-edge technology to reduce costs for clients, while increasing safety for engineers.

Using Microsoft HoloLens equipment, BV can provide an augmented reality system enabling inspection experts to view parts, understand inspection requirements and digitally splice the asset to view cross-sections. Developed in conjunction with Smart Document Solutions, they display interactive menus that bring assets and faults to life digitally, reducing site training time by 50%. Read more…

 

Ancala Midstream secures gas-processing contract with Zennor

Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to process the gas sourced from the Finlaggan field, owned by Zennor Pathway. The gas will be processed through Ancala Midstream’s Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) terminal in St. Fergus, north east Scotland.

Ancala says that the multi-million-pound contract will help ensure the SAGE system remains a competitive option for further UK and Norwegian gas developments through to the mid-2030s. Read more…

 

Serica Energy digitises safety with Restrata Platform

Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – technology which enables real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world.

The Restrata Platform allows operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an emergency situation, as well as providing support and management. Information is shared real-time, meaning onshore teams can act fast for early intervention, with the safety of personnel at the heart of any response.

Working in partnership with Restrata, the contract will see Serica Energy roll out the system on its Bruce asset in the UK northern North Sea and integrating it with specific operating procedures. Read more…

 

TWMA secures £20m of North Sea contracts

Drilling waste management company TWMA has secured new contracts worth £20 million in the North Sea during the first eight months of 2019.

The contracts, with major North Sea operators, will see TWMA provide offshore processing of drilling waste using its innovative TCC RotoMill® technology, which allows drill cuttings to be recycled back into the active mud system on site, resulting in significant cost savings. In support of this new business, TWMA has invested more than £10 million in new equipment and facilities. Read more…

 

Craig International launches sustainable procurement service

Procurement specialist Craig International is launching a sustainable approach to sourcing and supplying oilfield products and services with the aim of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

Ecobuy, launched at Offshore Europe 2019, will offer customers the option to buy more environmentally friendly and less wasteful products, as well as limiting the number of journeys by vehicles and vessels used for delivery. The goal is to reduce the use of disposable materials, including plastics, and use less fuel, while increasing the amount of products that can be reused and recycled – all of which can help to make procurement leaner and less wasteful. Read more…