Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has completed subsea installation monitoring work to support the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage project (CCS) in the Norwegian North Sea.

Developed by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, the Northern Lights project is the first of its kind in the region. The project aims to securely collect and transmit CO₂ from onshore sources and store this under the seabed.

It marks the first occasion Ashtead Technology has been involved in a CCS programme, providing its integrated Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) and associated equipment. The DMS is a suite of structural monitoring systems to assist offshore construction operations, combining powerful software with modular technology – in this instance used to monitor the installation of an Integrated Satellite Structure (ISS). Read more…

 

Global completions service specialist Tendeka has worked with design engineering and manufacturing company Wellvene to create and qualify a new version of its swellable sealing solution, SwellStack.

The patented technology provides a cost-effective sealing solution, compatible with all Wellvene and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) insert safety valves. It ensures production can be reinstated to wells that are closed in due to the failed sealing of an insert safety valve, eliminating any requirement to consider higher-cost and long-lead straddles or potential workovers.

Originally launched by Tendeka in 2013, the SwellStack has been deployed in more than 180 installations globally prior to the release of the next-generation design. Read more…

 

Ten subsea companies have pledged £65,000 towards a medical research project which aims to determine the best procedure for resuscitation of divers in a diving bell.

Led by Philip Bryson, medical director of diving services at Iqarus, the joint industry project (JIP) will find out how resuscitation techniques should be delivered to a casualty in a diving bell at depth.

The project is so far funded by Boskalis, DFS Diving, KD Marine, Kreuz Subsea, Rever, Shelf Subsea, Statoil, Technip and Total. A further £15,000 is still to be secured from the industry to complete the research. Read more…

 

Wave energy start-up Mocean Energy has teamed up with Chrysaor, subsea energy storage expert EC-OG and AUV specialist Modus for a project which will examine the use of renewables for subsea power.

The project, funded by the partners together with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), will look to use Mocean Energy’s Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG’s HALO subsea energy storage system to power subsea tiebacks or residential AUVs.

If industry feedback is positive, the partners will press ahead with a technology field trial using a Mocean Energy prototype in the seas off Orkney later this year. Read more…

 

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has announced the acquisition of Australian-based Western Advance’s Marine Division and the appointment of Chris Forde as its new regional vice-president.

Western Advance’s integration with Unique Group ties in with the Group’s strategy to enhance its portfolio of autonomous solutions for marine, offshore and subsea industry operations in the region.

Having previously held senior management roles with Schlumberger and Viking Seatech, Chris brings over 20 years’ experience in the subsea oil and gas industry. Under his leadership, the Group aims to see further growth and expansion across the region. Read more…

 

Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a five-year framework agreement to provide general and specialist technical safety and human factors engineering services to support Shell’s global projects and assets. Work will be delivered through the capabilities of teams in the US, UK and Australia.

The scope of work includes technical safety reviews such as HAZOP and HAZID, and safety studies including quantative risk assessments, escape and evacuation, ALARP, COMAH, and Safety Case Development and support, as well as specialist work around major hazards, consequence modelling and facility siting.

Atkins will also deliver technical safety training programme to Shell personnel, and human factors engineering services. Read more…

 

Equinor has launched a new climate roadmap which aims to ensure a competitive business model for the energy transition and one which is in line with the Paris Agreement.

Equinor aims to reduce the net carbon intensity of energy produced – from initial production to final consumption – by at least 50% by 2050. It will also grow renewable energy capacity tenfold by 2026 to position itself as a global offshore wind major, and aims to attain carbon-neutral global operations by 2030. Read more…

 

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has recorded several substantial wins for its subsea controls team through Q3 and Q4 2019. The unit was established as one of two distinct global divisions of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv Group during 2019.

The subsea team secured a significant deal with a leading US-based independent to deliver a complete subsea production control system for a tieback in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the North Sea it won a contract with a US-based independent to provide subsea controls equipment, including SCMs, to enable six additional wells on an existing brownfield development. It also continues to work alongside another supermajor in the UKCS on a gas field development. Read more…

 

Independent producer RockRose Energy has signed an agreement to secure a 100% interest in the Cotton gas Field in the southern North Sea, via the acquisition of current licence holder Speedwell Energy.

Discovered in 2009, Cotton is estimated to contain recoverable gas resources of 97 billion cubic feet (16.7 million boe) and has the potential to produce at peak rate of up to 70 million cfd (12,000 boepd) from two horizontal development wells. The field lies 100km east of Scarborough between the Kilmar and Garrow fields, in both of which RockRose holds a 15% interest.

A draft Field Development Plan has been prepared by Speedwell for submission to the OGA. RockRose says that key contractors have been identified and engagement with both of them, as well as the owners of the anticipated export infrastructure, is ongoing. Read more…

 

In an operational update ahead of full year results in March, independent producer Ithaca Energy has announced a $250 million North Sea capital expenditure programme in 2020.

Around two-thirds of this expenditure relates to activities at the Alba and Captain fields, as well as the Greater Stella Area (GSA). These include the start-up of the Vorlich field development in the GSA, scheduled for the middle of the year, and the sanction of the Phase II Captain enhanced oil recovery (EOR) investment programme scheduled for the first half of the year. Phase II involves extending the existing polymer EOR programme to the areas of the main reservoir of the field that are produced via subsea wells. Read more…

 

BP has announced encouraging early production from the Alligin field in the west of Shetland region.

Operated by BP (50%) and developed in partnership with Shell (50%), Alligin is part of a series of subsea tieback developments in the North Sea. Located in the Greater Schiehallion Area, it has been developed as a two-well subsea tieback into the existing Schiehallion and Loyal subsea infrastructure and the Glen Lyon FPSO vessel.

Holding 20 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), BP says project performance has been better than expected, with output reaching 15,000 boe per day at peak since its start-up in late December 2019. Read more…

 

Companies often assume that measuring safety culture is as simple as reviewing the statistics they keep. If markers like LTI (Lost Time Injury), TRIF (Total Recordable Injury Frequency) or FAC (First Aid Cases) are on the low side, the reasoning goes, the organisation’s safety culture must be good. They may also look to employee feedback through surveys to assess safety culture.

These methods certainly can provide useful information, but they may not provide a complete picture. Moreover, organisations need to consider which statistics they rely on and how surveys are administered. There are also other ways to evaluate safety culture that tend to be overlooked. Read more…

 

Global supply chain company, ASCO, has made two key appointments which it hopes will further its ability to create new standards in materials and logistics management via innovative technology and practice.

Focusing on ASCO’s marine gas oil (MGO) business, Peter Hollister has been appointed to the role of Group Head of Fuels and Lubricants. With over 25 years’ experience in both the operator and supply chain communities, his expertise lies across the spectrum of operational and logistic fuel management, from refining to retail supply.

After a 13-year break, Chris Lloyd also returns to ASCO as Group Head of Waste and Decommissioning. As the offshore industry continues to be scrutinised for its impact upon the environment, the ability to comply with environmental regulations and account for all waste materials becomes increasingly important. As the UKCS’ only integrated waste management service, ASCO’s objective is to ensure that clients meet those critical obligations. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy has announced plans for a digital subsurface programme with the aim of discovering hydrocarbons 70% faster. The programme aims to reduce exploration costs and help bring discoveries into production up to three years earlier than current standards permit.

Neptune is working with a range of partners and vendors to develop new tools to scan and interpret seismic data, reducing the time spent by geoscientists on administrative work and preparation, and providing them with data-informed insights they can use to identify hydrocarbons more efficiently and with more certainty.

The company is also progressing a proof of concept project, testing new digital workstations provided by Cegal. This would create a global data hub and a platform for Neptune’s teams around the world to collaborate, pool resources and access geological data. Read more…

 

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…

 

Ashstead Technology supports Northern Lights CCS

Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has completed subsea installation monitoring work to support the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Storage project (CCS) in the Norwegian North Sea.

Developed by Equinor in partnership with Shell and Total, the Northern Lights project is the first of its kind in the region. The project aims to securely collect and transmit CO₂ from onshore sources and store this under the seabed.

It marks the first occasion Ashtead Technology has been involved in a CCS programme, providing its integrated Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) and associated equipment. The DMS is a suite of structural monitoring systems to assist offshore construction operations, combining powerful software with modular technology – in this instance used to monitor the installation of an Integrated Satellite Structure (ISS). Read more…

 

Tendeka partners with Wellvene on swellable sealing solution

Global completions service specialist Tendeka has worked with design engineering and manufacturing company Wellvene to create and qualify a new version of its swellable sealing solution, SwellStack.

The patented technology provides a cost-effective sealing solution, compatible with all Wellvene and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) insert safety valves. It ensures production can be reinstated to wells that are closed in due to the failed sealing of an insert safety valve, eliminating any requirement to consider higher-cost and long-lead straddles or potential workovers.

Originally launched by Tendeka in 2013, the SwellStack has been deployed in more than 180 installations globally prior to the release of the next-generation design. Read more…

 

Iqarus leads JIP to explore life-saving treatment for divers

Ten subsea companies have pledged £65,000 towards a medical research project which aims to determine the best procedure for resuscitation of divers in a diving bell.

Led by Philip Bryson, medical director of diving services at Iqarus, the joint industry project (JIP) will find out how resuscitation techniques should be delivered to a casualty in a diving bell at depth.

The project is so far funded by Boskalis, DFS Diving, KD Marine, Kreuz Subsea, Rever, Shelf Subsea, Statoil, Technip and Total. A further £15,000 is still to be secured from the industry to complete the research. Read more…

 

Chrysaor backs Mocean subsea energy project

Wave energy start-up Mocean Energy has teamed up with Chrysaor, subsea energy storage expert EC-OG and AUV specialist Modus for a project which will examine the use of renewables for subsea power.

The project, funded by the partners together with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), will look to use Mocean Energy’s Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG’s HALO subsea energy storage system to power subsea tiebacks or residential AUVs.

If industry feedback is positive, the partners will press ahead with a technology field trial using a Mocean Energy prototype in the seas off Orkney later this year. Read more…

 

Unique Group strengthens APAC position

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has announced the acquisition of Australian-based Western Advance’s Marine Division and the appointment of Chris Forde as its new regional vice-president.

Western Advance’s integration with Unique Group ties in with the Group’s strategy to enhance its portfolio of autonomous solutions for marine, offshore and subsea industry operations in the region.

Having previously held senior management roles with Schlumberger and Viking Seatech, Chris brings over 20 years’ experience in the subsea oil and gas industry. Under his leadership, the Group aims to see further growth and expansion across the region. Read more…

 

Atkins appointed to provide global technical safety and human factors services

Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a five-year framework agreement to provide general and specialist technical safety and human factors engineering services to support Shell’s global projects and assets. Work will be delivered through the capabilities of teams in the US, UK and Australia.

The scope of work includes technical safety reviews such as HAZOP and HAZID, and safety studies including quantative risk assessments, escape and evacuation, ALARP, COMAH, and Safety Case Development and support, as well as specialist work around major hazards, consequence modelling and facility siting.

Atkins will also deliver technical safety training programme to Shell personnel, and human factors engineering services. Read more…

 

Equinor aims for carbon-neutral operations by 2030

Equinor has launched a new climate roadmap which aims to ensure a competitive business model for the energy transition and one which is in line with the Paris Agreement.

Equinor aims to reduce the net carbon intensity of energy produced – from initial production to final consumption – by at least 50% by 2050. It will also grow renewable energy capacity tenfold by 2026 to position itself as a global offshore wind major, and aims to attain carbon-neutral global operations by 2030. Read more…

 

Subsea controls deals boost Proserv into 2020

Controls technology provider Proserv Controls has recorded several substantial wins for its subsea controls team through Q3 and Q4 2019. The unit was established as one of two distinct global divisions of Aberdeen-headquartered Proserv Group during 2019.

The subsea team secured a significant deal with a leading US-based independent to deliver a complete subsea production control system for a tieback in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the North Sea it won a contract with a US-based independent to provide subsea controls equipment, including SCMs, to enable six additional wells on an existing brownfield development. It also continues to work alongside another supermajor in the UKCS on a gas field development. Read more…

 

RockRose acquires Cotton gas field

Independent producer RockRose Energy has signed an agreement to secure a 100% interest in the Cotton gas Field in the southern North Sea, via the acquisition of current licence holder Speedwell Energy.

Discovered in 2009, Cotton is estimated to contain recoverable gas resources of 97 billion cubic feet (16.7 million boe) and has the potential to produce at peak rate of up to 70 million cfd (12,000 boepd) from two horizontal development wells. The field lies 100km east of Scarborough between the Kilmar and Garrow fields, in both of which RockRose holds a 15% interest.

A draft Field Development Plan has been prepared by Speedwell for submission to the OGA. RockRose says that key contractors have been identified and engagement with both of them, as well as the owners of the anticipated export infrastructure, is ongoing. Read more…

 

Ithaca sanctions second phase of Captain EOR

In an operational update ahead of full year results in March, independent producer Ithaca Energy has announced a $250 million North Sea capital expenditure programme in 2020.

Around two-thirds of this expenditure relates to activities at the Alba and Captain fields, as well as the Greater Stella Area (GSA). These include the start-up of the Vorlich field development in the GSA, scheduled for the middle of the year, and the sanction of the Phase II Captain enhanced oil recovery (EOR) investment programme scheduled for the first half of the year. Phase II involves extending the existing polymer EOR programme to the areas of the main reservoir of the field that are produced via subsea wells. Read more…

 

BP announces first oil from Alligin field

BP has announced encouraging early production from the Alligin field in the west of Shetland region.

Operated by BP (50%) and developed in partnership with Shell (50%), Alligin is part of a series of subsea tieback developments in the North Sea. Located in the Greater Schiehallion Area, it has been developed as a two-well subsea tieback into the existing Schiehallion and Loyal subsea infrastructure and the Glen Lyon FPSO vessel.

Holding 20 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), BP says project performance has been better than expected, with output reaching 15,000 boe per day at peak since its start-up in late December 2019. Read more…

 

DEKRA explores how to measure safety culture

Companies often assume that measuring safety culture is as simple as reviewing the statistics they keep. If markers like LTI (Lost Time Injury), TRIF (Total Recordable Injury Frequency) or FAC (First Aid Cases) are on the low side, the reasoning goes, the organisation’s safety culture must be good. They may also look to employee feedback through surveys to assess safety culture.

These methods certainly can provide useful information, but they may not provide a complete picture. Moreover, organisations need to consider which statistics they rely on and how surveys are administered. There are also other ways to evaluate safety culture that tend to be overlooked. Read more…

 

ASCO appointments reflect leadership aim

Global supply chain company, ASCO, has made two key appointments which it hopes will further its ability to create new standards in materials and logistics management via innovative technology and practice.

Focusing on ASCO’s marine gas oil (MGO) business, Peter Hollister has been appointed to the role of Group Head of Fuels and Lubricants. With over 25 years’ experience in both the operator and supply chain communities, his expertise lies across the spectrum of operational and logistic fuel management, from refining to retail supply.

After a 13-year break, Chris Lloyd also returns to ASCO as Group Head of Waste and Decommissioning. As the offshore industry continues to be scrutinised for its impact upon the environment, the ability to comply with environmental regulations and account for all waste materials becomes increasingly important. As the UKCS’ only integrated waste management service, ASCO’s objective is to ensure that clients meet those critical obligations. Read more…

 

Neptune to adopt new digital subsurface technology

Neptune Energy has announced plans for a digital subsurface programme with the aim of discovering hydrocarbons 70% faster. The programme aims to reduce exploration costs and help bring discoveries into production up to three years earlier than current standards permit.

Neptune is working with a range of partners and vendors to develop new tools to scan and interpret seismic data, reducing the time spent by geoscientists on administrative work and preparation, and providing them with data-informed insights they can use to identify hydrocarbons more efficiently and with more certainty.

The company is also progressing a proof of concept project, testing new digital workstations provided by Cegal. This would create a global data hub and a platform for Neptune’s teams around the world to collaborate, pool resources and access geological data. 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…