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…

 

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has completed its farm-out transaction with CalEnergy Resources and made final investment decision on Phase 1 of its Core Project. This comprises 410 bcf of 2P+2C reserves and resources across six discovered UK southern North Sea gas fields.

IOG and CalEnergy have said they will shortly be submitting confirmation of full funding to the OGA in support of the Phase 1 approval. With its experienced southern North Sea development team, IOG will also retain operatorship of the project. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions has secured over £66 million in new investment to fund its next phase of growth as a tier one well decommissioning company. MW&L Capital Partners led the investment round, bringing together a consortium of private investors to acquire a major stake in the business.

Launched in 2017 to provide a ground-breaking approach to safe and cost-efficient decommissioning, Well-Safe now employs 70 staff and around 20 contractors. The new investment will support work to make its bespoke rig, the Well-Safe Guardian, ready for operation in the first half of 2020 and to acquire further decommissioning assets. Read more…

 

Peterson has strengthened its relationship with independent E&P group Premier Oil after it renewed a long-term contract worth over £20 million. Peterson has worked with Premier since 2010 providing integrated logistics services to support its North Sea activity.

The contract will see Peterson provide support for up to a decade, with the first five years confirmed, and an optional five year extension in addition. The scope includes co-ordinating and managing resources, capabilities and technology, and applying intelligent logistics to deliver value through increased transparency and efficiency. Read more…

 

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched the third year of its accelerator programme, TechX, with the announcement of new industry partner Equinor.

The TechX Pioneer Programme helps ambitious start-ups take their solutions to the energy market faster. 21 companies have so far graduated from the award-winning programme, supporting the development of ground-breaking technologies including a lab-on-a-chip (RAB microfluidics), machine learning seismic imaging software (Optic Earth) and a complete oil field well surveillance technology (Ai Exploration).

Over the previous two years, £2.8 million has been co-invested into these pioneering companies with a further £1 million of additional investment being secured post-graduation from the programme. Three field trials have also been completed, with seven planned over the next year. Read more…

 

Aker Solutions will aim to generate nearly half its revenue from renewable or low-carbon solutions by 2030, according to its newly outlined ’20/25/30 strategy’. This would see the company derive 20% of its revenue from renewable energy and 25% from distinct low-carbon solutions by the year 2030.

The renewable energy solutions will primarily come from floating wind, while the low-carbon segment is a set portfolio of existing Aker Solutions offerings, including: carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), subsea gas compression, electrification of production assets and unmanned platforms. Read more…

 

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…

 

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…

 

IOG completes farm-out and FID

Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has completed its farm-out transaction with CalEnergy Resources and made final investment decision on Phase 1 of its Core Project. This comprises 410 bcf of 2P+2C reserves and resources across six discovered UK southern North Sea gas fields.

IOG and CalEnergy have said they will shortly be submitting confirmation of full funding to the OGA in support of the Phase 1 approval. With its experienced southern North Sea development team, IOG will also retain operatorship of the project. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions secures major investment

Well-Safe Solutions has secured over £66 million in new investment to fund its next phase of growth as a tier one well decommissioning company. MW&L Capital Partners led the investment round, bringing together a consortium of private investors to acquire a major stake in the business.

Launched in 2017 to provide a ground-breaking approach to safe and cost-efficient decommissioning, Well-Safe now employs 70 staff and around 20 contractors. The new investment will support work to make its bespoke rig, the Well-Safe Guardian, ready for operation in the first half of 2020 and to acquire further decommissioning assets. Read more…

 

Peterson wins Premier Oil contract renewal

Peterson has strengthened its relationship with independent E&P group Premier Oil after it renewed a long-term contract worth over £20 million. Peterson has worked with Premier since 2010 providing integrated logistics services to support its North Sea activity.

The contract will see Peterson provide support for up to a decade, with the first five years confirmed, and an optional five year extension in addition. The scope includes co-ordinating and managing resources, capabilities and technology, and applying intelligent logistics to deliver value through increased transparency and efficiency. Read more…

 

OGTC launches next round of TechX

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched the third year of its accelerator programme, TechX, with the announcement of new industry partner Equinor.

The TechX Pioneer Programme helps ambitious start-ups take their solutions to the energy market faster. 21 companies have so far graduated from the award-winning programme, supporting the development of ground-breaking technologies including a lab-on-a-chip (RAB microfluidics), machine learning seismic imaging software (Optic Earth) and a complete oil field well surveillance technology (Ai Exploration).

Over the previous two years, £2.8 million has been co-invested into these pioneering companies with a further £1 million of additional investment being secured post-graduation from the programme. Three field trials have also been completed, with seven planned over the next year. Read more…

 

Aker Solutions outlines low-carbon strategy

Aker Solutions will aim to generate nearly half its revenue from renewable or low-carbon solutions by 2030, according to its newly outlined ’20/25/30 strategy’. This would see the company derive 20% of its revenue from renewable energy and 25% from distinct low-carbon solutions by the year 2030.

The renewable energy solutions will primarily come from floating wind, while the low-carbon segment is a set portfolio of existing Aker Solutions offerings, including: carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), subsea gas compression, electrification of production assets and unmanned platforms. 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…