Hurricane Energy, the UK-based explorer focused on naturally fractured basement reservoirs, has announced that its 205/26b-C well – also known as Warwick Deep – was spudded on 16 April 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig.

Warwick Deep is the first in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets in the Greater Warwick Area. Hurricane has a 50% interest in the area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…

 

Subsea services provider Rever Offshore has announced the appointment of Bob Bryce to the newly created role of operations director. Bryce joins the executive team to oversee operations, assets & services and QHSE functions, and brings experience from a 40-year career in the oil and gas industry.

He joins as the company announces a board re-structure, reflecting its commitment to strengthen operational execution and focus upon growth opportunities. Rever says that an increase in flexibility and responsive decision-making will allow it to reinforce client relationships and exceed expectations. Read more…

 

Drilling contractors Ensco and Rowan have confirmed the completion of their previously announced merger. The newly formed EnscoRowan will maintain its headquarters in London, UK, and a significant presence in Houston, Texas.

The company says it now operates the world’s largest offshore drilling fleet, with executives stating that the merger offers increased scale, diversification and financial strength in drilling across all water depths. Read more…

 

Kongsberg Maritime has launched its latest unmanned surface vehicle (USV) at an event in Southhampton. The GeoPulse USV includes the company’s latest lightweight sub-bottom profiler, allowing the vehicle to map environments beyond the limits of conventional platforms – either autonomously or remote-controlled – up to a range of 2km.

The GeoPulse USV’s electric motors provide six hours’ endurance at a survey speed of six knots, with an interchangeable battery pack. Its compact form factor and agility enables coverage of areas inaccessible by more conventional launches, while adaptable digital processing and waveform selection technology (2-18Khz) ensures that the optimal power signature, pulse shape and configuration can be chosen to suit a broad range of specific survey tasks. Read more…

 

Well-Safe Solutions has agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig from current owner Diamond Offshore, with a view to converting the asset into a bespoke plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.

Upon delivery, Well-Safe intends to begin work immediately to upgrade the rig, renaming it the ‘Well-Safe Guardian’. This will see around $100 million invested in upgrades, including the installation of a dive system and the capability to deploy a subsea intervention lubricator (SIL) – technology which is nearing completion of the design and engineering phase, supported by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

Well-Safe is already progressing conversations to add a second semi-submersible unit, as well as a jack-up, mono-hull vessel and land-based P&A units. Read more…

 

North Sea-focused development and production operator, Decipher Production, has announced the commencement of production from the Orlando Field.

Drilled and completed in June 2018, Orlando development well 3/3b-13Y showed good porosity and excellent oil saturation, and was able to deliver anticipated peak production rates of over 10,000 barrels of oil per day. The field has since been tied back to the Ninian Central Platform via an 11km pipeline, and will then be transported through the Ninian Pipeline System to the Sullom Voe Terminal for processing and offtake.

Decipher has said it is also maturing the potential high-value Senna and Mansell discoveries, and will progress towards an investment decision on these opportunities in 2019. Read more…

 

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) has secured a Waste Management Licence (WML) from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas assets at Kishorn Yard and dry dock.

KPL recently completed a further programme of investment on the site, assisted by a grant from the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF). This included consultancy work for licence applications, additional upgrades and repairs to the dry dock and the provision of a drainage development plan.

KPL has also been awarded £550,000 from Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the purchase of two dry dock gate anchor arrays to enable the anchoring of dry dock gates in Loch Kishorn between projects. Read more…

 

Dräger Marine & Offshore will supply equipment which detects and protects workers from hazardous gases to 23 platforms across the North Sea, under three new contracts worth more than £1 million.

The deals involve provision of portable gas detection equipment to three major operators over five years, including more than 1,700 personal gas monitors designed to warn personnel of potential dangers. Dräger designs and manufactures the sensors, which have a five-year warranty, to lower operational costs without compromise to safety. Read more…

 

Helicopter operator NHV Group has secured a new long-term contract with Premier Oil to provide helicopter services to its North Sea assets. Daily flights with the H175 will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen for a period of five years.

NHV will add also add another new H175 to its Aberdeen fleet. The Airbus Helicopter Super Medium type is specifically designed to meet evolving mission needs in the oil and gas industry, and NHV’s H175s have accumulated extensive experience in the UK, The Netherlands, Ghana and Denmark since 2014. Earlier this month, the company said it has exceeded 30,000 flight hours with its H175 fleet. Read more…

 

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a case study on how it aided the implementation of safer teamwork by delivering behavioural coaching and training workshops at the KLPG site in Grangemouth.

The project involved on-site coaching services to address issues from improving leadership visibility and top-down relationships, to tackling compliance difficulties, improving meeting efficiency and engaging and modifying behaviours at all levels in support of quality and safety. Read more…

 

Flow measurement R&D specialist TUV SUD NEL has invested £1.45 million in one of the world’s largest gravity test separators, as part of the build programme for its new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF).

The 270-tonne separator will test both multiphase and wet gas flows (oil, water and gas) at pressures up to 150 bar, and will ensure sufficient retention time – even at the largest flow rates. The £16 million AMF is designed to provide a new, best-in-class test facility, and will focus predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector and wet gas business, enabling company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Read more…

 

Offshore service provider Ampelmann has announced that, as of 2 April, it has enabled the safe transfer of five million people and ten million kg of cargo worldwide. The company says that this double milestone is proof of its continuous commitment to setting the industry standard in offshore safety and efficiency.

Safe transfer number five million took place during a project in Qatar, where its A-type access system is operating on the POSH Skimmer vessel for a local oil major. A project with Siemens on the Deep Cygnus vessel in the North Sea, in turn, is what tipped the counter past the 10 million kg mark. The E1000 has been enabling both personnel and cargo transfers for over two years now, primarily in the offshore wind industry. Read more…

 

Petrofac has been appointed well operator by Tullow Oil for the next phase of its Thames Decommissioning Project, as part of a contract worth around $16 million.

Petrofac will be responsible for the execution of well decommissioning operations on three of Tullow Oil’s subsea wells in the southern North Sea. This will include detailed planning, direct procurement and management of all sub-contracted services, including provision of a jack-up rig. The award follows the successful completion of several well decommissioning programmes in 2016 and 2018, during which Petrofac decommissioned seven of Tullow Oil’s subsea and platform wells, delivering project savings of more than US$6.5 million. Read more…

 

A concept study and front-end engineering design (FEED) project carried out by Xodus Group has determined that a North Sea operator will save up to £59 million by adopting a not normally attended (NNA) model ahead of decommissioning a field.

Well decommissioning programmes were completed for two platforms at the field, but work at a third platform is not due to start for at least two years. To support the move to a minimum facilities asset in the interim, Xodus initiated a concept study in October 2017, followed by a FEED project in December 2017. The platform has now completed its transition to NNA status, reducing abandonment support costs significantly. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and Japex have announced the agreement of a final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull oil project in the UK North Sea.

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, while proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million barrels of oil equivalent. The high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) development is located in the central North Sea on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the BP-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF), to which it will be tied back partially using existing subsea infrastructure. Read more…

 

Cyberhawk Innovations (Cyberhawk), a provider of drone inspections and asset visualisation software for energy infrastructure, has been acquired by funds advised by Magnesium Capital.

Having flown more than 30,000 commercial missions in more than 30 countries around the world, the company is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection market. More recently, Cyberhawk developed cloud-based, AI-enabled visual asset management software which uses high-resolution imagery to digitise industrial infrastructure assets.

Cyberhawk currently employs 60 people, including UAV pilots, inspection engineers, surveyors and software developers, and is headquartered near Edinburgh, UK. In 2017, the company added to its international bases in Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur with the opening of a Houston office, as part of ambitious US growth plans. Read more…

 

BP has established a $100 million Upstream Carbon Fund to support projects that will deliver greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. Funding will be made available over the next three years, and businesses and employees throughout BP’s Upstream operating businesses are being invited to present ideas and propose projects.

The fund sits in addition to the $500 million that BP invests in low-carbon activities each year, as well as its target to achieve 3.5 million tonnes of sustainable GHG emissions reductions across the BP Group between 2016 and 2025. Read more…

 

UK-headquartered drilling contractor KCA Deutag has been awarded a raft of new contracts on the back of strong tendering activity in its land drilling business.

Representing a combined value of approximately $54 million, these contracts cover drilling operations across the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Africa, including campaigns in Iraq, Algeria and Germany. Read more…

 

CHC Helicopter and the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Industrial Psychology have been awarded £54,000 to fund PhD research projects in crew resource management (CRM) and human factors training. Beginning September 2019, Dr. Amy Irwin and her team will work with the CHC Flight Training Department in Aberdeen to study and develop the latest helicopter operations training methods and scientific evaluation techniques.

The project will enable the evaluation of key aspects of training and aid the identification of factors that may influence training and CRM effectiveness. The results should help future training programmes to become even more effective. Read more…

 

Global Energy Group (GEG) has acquired a majority share in Apollo Offshore Engineering and will combine its operations with the existing GEG Integrity and Construction (ICON) division. The result is the creation of a new brownfield-focused, integrated EPC contractor named Global Engineering and Construction (Global E&C) – the only such contractor in the UK market focused exclusively on brownfield OPEX.

As a standalone entity, Global E&C will have a combined headcount of around 900 personnel and will be managed separately from the broader Group. As part of the acquisition, Apollo’s consultancy business will continue to operate under the existing brand and will offer technical engineering services, with a focus on front-end and through-life solutions across multiple markets. Read more…

 

Hurricane Energy spuds Warwick Deep well

Hurricane Energy, the UK-based explorer focused on naturally fractured basement reservoirs, has announced that its 205/26b-C well – also known as Warwick Deep – was spudded on 16 April 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig.

Warwick Deep is the first in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets in the Greater Warwick Area. Hurricane has a 50% interest in the area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…

 

Rever Offshore adds subsea expert to board

Subsea services provider Rever Offshore has announced the appointment of Bob Bryce to the newly created role of operations director. Bryce joins the executive team to oversee operations, assets & services and QHSE functions, and brings experience from a 40-year career in the oil and gas industry.

He joins as the company announces a board re-structure, reflecting its commitment to strengthen operational execution and focus upon growth opportunities. Rever says that an increase in flexibility and responsive decision-making will allow it to reinforce client relationships and exceed expectations. Read more…

 

Ensco and Rowan complete merger

Drilling contractors Ensco and Rowan have confirmed the completion of their previously announced merger. The newly formed EnscoRowan will maintain its headquarters in London, UK, and a significant presence in Houston, Texas.

The company says it now operates the world’s largest offshore drilling fleet, with executives stating that the merger offers increased scale, diversification and financial strength in drilling across all water depths. Read more…

 

Kongsberg debuts new GeoPulse USV

Kongsberg Maritime has launched its latest unmanned surface vehicle (USV) at an event in Southhampton. The GeoPulse USV includes the company’s latest lightweight sub-bottom profiler, allowing the vehicle to map environments beyond the limits of conventional platforms – either autonomously or remote-controlled – up to a range of 2km.

The GeoPulse USV’s electric motors provide six hours’ endurance at a survey speed of six knots, with an interchangeable battery pack. Its compact form factor and agility enables coverage of areas inaccessible by more conventional launches, while adaptable digital processing and waveform selection technology (2-18Khz) ensures that the optimal power signature, pulse shape and configuration can be chosen to suit a broad range of specific survey tasks. Read more…

 

Well-Safe buys dedicated P&A asset

Well-Safe Solutions has agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig from current owner Diamond Offshore, with a view to converting the asset into a bespoke plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.

Upon delivery, Well-Safe intends to begin work immediately to upgrade the rig, renaming it the ‘Well-Safe Guardian’. This will see around $100 million invested in upgrades, including the installation of a dive system and the capability to deploy a subsea intervention lubricator (SIL) – technology which is nearing completion of the design and engineering phase, supported by the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC).

Well-Safe is already progressing conversations to add a second semi-submersible unit, as well as a jack-up, mono-hull vessel and land-based P&A units. Read more…

 

Decipher delivers first oil from Orlando Field

North Sea-focused development and production operator, Decipher Production, has announced the commencement of production from the Orlando Field.

Drilled and completed in June 2018, Orlando development well 3/3b-13Y showed good porosity and excellent oil saturation, and was able to deliver anticipated peak production rates of over 10,000 barrels of oil per day. The field has since been tied back to the Ninian Central Platform via an 11km pipeline, and will then be transported through the Ninian Pipeline System to the Sullom Voe Terminal for processing and offtake.

Decipher has said it is also maturing the potential high-value Senna and Mansell discoveries, and will progress towards an investment decision on these opportunities in 2019. Read more…

 

Kishorn Port secures Waste Management Licence and further investment

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) has secured a Waste Management Licence (WML) from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas assets at Kishorn Yard and dry dock.

KPL recently completed a further programme of investment on the site, assisted by a grant from the latest round of the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF). This included consultancy work for licence applications, additional upgrades and repairs to the dry dock and the provision of a drainage development plan.

KPL has also been awarded £550,000 from Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the purchase of two dry dock gate anchor arrays to enable the anchoring of dry dock gates in Loch Kishorn between projects. Read more…

 

Dräger secures £1 million of North Sea safety contracts

Dräger Marine & Offshore will supply equipment which detects and protects workers from hazardous gases to 23 platforms across the North Sea, under three new contracts worth more than £1 million.

The deals involve provision of portable gas detection equipment to three major operators over five years, including more than 1,700 personal gas monitors designed to warn personnel of potential dangers. Dräger designs and manufactures the sensors, which have a five-year warranty, to lower operational costs without compromise to safety. Read more…

 

NHV awarded offshore contract by Premier Oil

Helicopter operator NHV Group has secured a new long-term contract with Premier Oil to provide helicopter services to its North Sea assets. Daily flights with the H175 will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen for a period of five years.

NHV will add also add another new H175 to its Aberdeen fleet. The Airbus Helicopter Super Medium type is specifically designed to meet evolving mission needs in the oil and gas industry, and NHV’s H175s have accumulated extensive experience in the UK, The Netherlands, Ghana and Denmark since 2014. Earlier this month, the company said it has exceeded 30,000 flight hours with its H175 fleet. Read more…

 

DEKRA case study explores safer teamwork

DEKRA Organisational Reliability has published a case study on how it aided the implementation of safer teamwork by delivering behavioural coaching and training workshops at the KLPG site in Grangemouth.

The project involved on-site coaching services to address issues from improving leadership visibility and top-down relationships, to tackling compliance difficulties, improving meeting efficiency and engaging and modifying behaviours at all levels in support of quality and safety. Read more…

 

TUV SUD NEL invests £1.45m in large-capacity test separator

Flow measurement R&D specialist TUV SUD NEL has invested £1.45 million in one of the world’s largest gravity test separators, as part of the build programme for its new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF).

The 270-tonne separator will test both multiphase and wet gas flows (oil, water and gas) at pressures up to 150 bar, and will ensure sufficient retention time – even at the largest flow rates. The £16 million AMF is designed to provide a new, best-in-class test facility, and will focus predominantly on the £50-billion-per-annum global subsea sector and wet gas business, enabling company-led industrial projects and product development, hands-on industry training and academic research. Read more…

 

Ampelmann reaches double transfer milestone

Offshore service provider Ampelmann has announced that, as of 2 April, it has enabled the safe transfer of five million people and ten million kg of cargo worldwide. The company says that this double milestone is proof of its continuous commitment to setting the industry standard in offshore safety and efficiency.

Safe transfer number five million took place during a project in Qatar, where its A-type access system is operating on the POSH Skimmer vessel for a local oil major. A project with Siemens on the Deep Cygnus vessel in the North Sea, in turn, is what tipped the counter past the 10 million kg mark. The E1000 has been enabling both personnel and cargo transfers for over two years now, primarily in the offshore wind industry. Read more…

 

Petrofac awarded Tullow decommissioning contract

Petrofac has been appointed well operator by Tullow Oil for the next phase of its Thames Decommissioning Project, as part of a contract worth around $16 million.

Petrofac will be responsible for the execution of well decommissioning operations on three of Tullow Oil’s subsea wells in the southern North Sea. This will include detailed planning, direct procurement and management of all sub-contracted services, including provision of a jack-up rig. The award follows the successful completion of several well decommissioning programmes in 2016 and 2018, during which Petrofac decommissioned seven of Tullow Oil’s subsea and platform wells, delivering project savings of more than US$6.5 million. Read more…

 

Xodus study reveals £59m potential field decommissioning saving

A concept study and front-end engineering design (FEED) project carried out by Xodus Group has determined that a North Sea operator will save up to £59 million by adopting a not normally attended (NNA) model ahead of decommissioning a field.

Well decommissioning programmes were completed for two platforms at the field, but work at a third platform is not due to start for at least two years. To support the move to a minimum facilities asset in the interim, Xodus initiated a concept study in October 2017, followed by a FEED project in December 2017. The platform has now completed its transition to NNA status, reducing abandonment support costs significantly. Read more…

 

Neptune Energy confirms final investment decision for Seagull project

Neptune Energy and its joint venture partners BP and Japex have announced the agreement of a final investment decision (FID) for the Seagull oil project in the UK North Sea.

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, while proved plus probable gross reserves are estimated at 50 million barrels of oil equivalent. The high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) development is located in the central North Sea on UK licence P1622 Block 22/29C, 17km south of the BP-operated ETAP Central Processing Facility (CPF), to which it will be tied back partially using existing subsea infrastructure. Read more…

 

Cyberhawk secures new investors as part of global expansion plan

Cyberhawk Innovations (Cyberhawk), a provider of drone inspections and asset visualisation software for energy infrastructure, has been acquired by funds advised by Magnesium Capital.

Having flown more than 30,000 commercial missions in more than 30 countries around the world, the company is recognised internationally as a pioneer in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection market. More recently, Cyberhawk developed cloud-based, AI-enabled visual asset management software which uses high-resolution imagery to digitise industrial infrastructure assets.

Cyberhawk currently employs 60 people, including UAV pilots, inspection engineers, surveyors and software developers, and is headquartered near Edinburgh, UK. In 2017, the company added to its international bases in Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur with the opening of a Houston office, as part of ambitious US growth plans. Read more…

 

BP creates $100m emissions reduction fund

BP has established a $100 million Upstream Carbon Fund to support projects that will deliver greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. Funding will be made available over the next three years, and businesses and employees throughout BP’s Upstream operating businesses are being invited to present ideas and propose projects.

The fund sits in addition to the $500 million that BP invests in low-carbon activities each year, as well as its target to achieve 3.5 million tonnes of sustainable GHG emissions reductions across the BP Group between 2016 and 2025. Read more…

 

KCA Deutag wins rig contracts worth $54 million

UK-headquartered drilling contractor KCA Deutag has been awarded a raft of new contracts on the back of strong tendering activity in its land drilling business.

Representing a combined value of approximately $54 million, these contracts cover drilling operations across the Middle East, Russia, Europe and Africa, including campaigns in Iraq, Algeria and Germany. Read more…

 

CHC Helicopter and University of Aberdeen to research crew resource management

CHC Helicopter and the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Industrial Psychology have been awarded £54,000 to fund PhD research projects in crew resource management (CRM) and human factors training. Beginning September 2019, Dr. Amy Irwin and her team will work with the CHC Flight Training Department in Aberdeen to study and develop the latest helicopter operations training methods and scientific evaluation techniques.

The project will enable the evaluation of key aspects of training and aid the identification of factors that may influence training and CRM effectiveness. The results should help future training programmes to become even more effective. Read more…

 

GEG creates new brownfield EPC contractor

Global Energy Group (GEG) has acquired a majority share in Apollo Offshore Engineering and will combine its operations with the existing GEG Integrity and Construction (ICON) division. The result is the creation of a new brownfield-focused, integrated EPC contractor named Global Engineering and Construction (Global E&C) – the only such contractor in the UK market focused exclusively on brownfield OPEX.

As a standalone entity, Global E&C will have a combined headcount of around 900 personnel and will be managed separately from the broader Group. As part of the acquisition, Apollo’s consultancy business will continue to operate under the existing brand and will offer technical engineering services, with a focus on front-end and through-life solutions across multiple markets. Read more…