Exceed (XCD), a well management and performance improvement specialist based in Aberdeen, has secured a two-year contract to support Serica Energy (UK) Limited with its future well operations. Serica Energy (UK) Limited is a British independent upstream oil and gas company with operations focused on the UK North Sea, where its assets span the full cycle of exploration, development and production. Initial operations under this contract will be concentrated on the Columbus Development Well which is planned to be drilled in 2020.

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Craig International has secured a contract with BP in the UK worth around £20 million. Craig International will provide third-party procurement services including equipment for repair, maintenance and operations to all of BP’s assets in the UK Continental Shelf. BP currently operates six assets in the North Sea including the Clair Ridge, Andrew and ETAP platforms.

A dedicated team in Aberdeen will work on the BP contract which has created two new positions and safeguards several existing roles. The contract is for three years with a possible two year extension.

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Chrysaor has reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.675 billion. Chrysaor is a private company established in 2007 focussing on generating superior equity returns by developing and commercialising oil and gas incremental resources. This acquisition supports Chrysaor’s goal of becoming ‘one of Europe’s leading independent, full cycle exploration and production companies’. The assets being acquired produced approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018.

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Tendeka, a global specialist in advanced completions and production solutions for the oil and gas industry, has more than doubled its work in the UK offshore sector over the past year. This growth has led the company to make a substantial capital investment in manufacturing facilities, expanding their use of local supply chain and in-house capabilities.

Read more…

Sparrows Group has invested in employing six new apprentices from the Aberdeen area, bringing its current number of apprentices to 27.

As part of the modern apprentice scheme, the individuals will gain practical work experience in addition to studying towards a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and SVQ level three in their chosen discipline within the company.

Several of the Sparrows Group’s senior managers started at the company as apprentices.

Sparrows has plans to hire further apprentices in August this year and will be actively encouraging applications from women looking for a STEM career.

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International energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its decommissioning offering with the appointment of its first well decommissioning manager, Gavin Bell.

Bell, a chartered mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, will be responsible for developing and delivering Xodus’ new well decommissioning service that had previously been outsourced to external contractors.

The appointment follows a successful year for Xodus’ decommissioning division which secured several new clients and won more than £2million of work.

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OPEX Group, an Aberdeen-based provider of predictive analysis services, welcome Roy Buchan, a leading figure in the oil and gas industry, as Senior Vice-President.

Buchan, who also joins the company’s Board of Directors, will help to shape the future direction and growth of the company, ensuring the firm’s services support customer needs.

Read more…

Attollo Offshore specialises in managing offshore marine assets with the goal of advancing the use of rig-less well intervention and P&A techniques. The company has created an ‘Insight’ series consisting of interactive, multimedia content shared on their digital platforms.

In the video interview series ‘Attollo Conversations’, created for ‘Insight’, Attollo brings experts together to give their opinions on key industry issues of technology and innovation within the offshore energy industry. The videos are available to view on Attollo Offshore’s YouTube channel.

Read more…

CNOOC Limited have made a gas discovery in the Central North Sea, further unlocking the exploration potential of the UK Continental Shelf. The Glengorm discovery is located in License P2215 which is operated by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holding 50 per cent. Total E&P UK North Sea Limited holds 25 per cent interest in the location and Euroil the remaining 25 per cent.

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Prosafe have been awarded two North Sea contracts worth over £18 million; however, Prosafe have not disclosed who the contracts are with. The Regalia accommodation vessel has been commissioned for a 60-day period from June next year, while the Safe Caledonia has secured an 80-day contract for June 2020.

Prosafe said the Regalia will be “reactivated” from early next year ahead of its work for gangway connected dynamic positioning operations. Meanwhile, the Safe Caledonia will support a platform turnaround scheduled to coincide with a shutdown of the Forties pipeline system in June 2020.

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Serica Energy plc has announced that their partner Eni UK Limited has begun drilling the Rowallan exploration well in the Central North Sea. The well is designed to go through sandstones at the Middle Jurassic and Triassic levels. It is estimated that Serica’s net Rowallan prospective resources will be 20-60 million barrels of oil equivalent within Block 22/19c.

Rowallan drilling success could mean there may be potential in the nearby Dundonald and Sundrum prospects, which are geologically similar to Rowallan. The Rowallan is expected to take about 140 days to drill; an update will be provided once early results are known.

Read more…

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a construction and commissioning contract with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, valued at approximately US $10 million.

Under this contract, Petrofac will be responsible for the topsides construction and commissioning works on the Ithaca-operated FPF-1 floating production facility, for the tieback of the BP-operated Vorlich field subsea development in the Central North Sea.

Read more…

Speaking at the Decom North Sea Conference in St Andrews, Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse reveals that the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF) will award a further £2.5 million to decommissioning projects.

The DCF, launched by the Scottish government in February 2017, supports infrastructure improvements and innovation to deliver decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas infrastructure. Read more…

The second-phase development of the Clair field, the Clair Ridge project, located 75 km (47 mi) west of Shetland has commenced.

The Clair Ridge field, discovered in 1977, designed for 40 years of production, contains an estimated 7 Bbbl. BP commissioned two new, bridge-linked platforms and oil and gas export pipelines for the project at a total cost of over £4.5 billion. The field should recover around 640 MMbbl of oil with an eventual plateau output of 120,000 b/d. Read more…

A new North Sea decommissioning deal will see Bilfinger Salamis UK provide topside removal preparatory services on Spirit Energy’s ST1, Audrey A and Audrey B platforms. The contract will create up to 30 new offshore and onshore jobs at Bilfinger.

Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company, have awarded this contract which will look to “ensure safe dismantling” of the three North Sea assets. Read more…

Faroe Petroleum has announced the commencement of the Faroe-operated Brasse East exploration well 31/7-3 S in the Northern North Sea. Discovered by Faroe in 2016 and appraised in 2017, the Brasse East well is being drilled immediately east of the Brasse field, which in turn is located to the south of the Brage field and to the south east of the Oseberg field.

Faroe have a 50% working interest in the project, along with Point Resources AS. Read more…

ROVOP, the independent provider of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), has appointed David Lamont as a non-executive director. David Lamont has over 35 years of industry experience in the oil and gas sector, most recently as the CEO of global energy services company Proserv.

Lamont’s appointment is in line with ROVOP’s business and growth strategy of providing a focused ROV service to its customers in all markets and geographies. Read more…

TGS and Axxis Geo Solutions (AGS) have agreed to work together to develop opportunities to co-invest in multi-client ocean bottom node projects; TGS will have a right to process all new node data acquired under this collaboration.

TGS will join the 1,560-sq km (602-sq mi) Utsira node multi-client project which is currently being acquired by AGS in the Norwegian North Sea. This is TGS’ second ocean bottom node announcement related to 2019 investments. Read more…

University of Aberdeen and Equinor will offer a new scholarship worth £25,000 for students admitted to the MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience programme.

Regarded as one of the top vocational training pathways in the world, the one-year programme offers students input and support from industry early on, ensuring that graduates are highly sought after. The closing date for scholarship applications is 4 January 2019. Read more…

Exceed awarded Serica Energy well operations contract

Exceed (XCD), a well management and performance improvement specialist based in Aberdeen, has secured a two-year contract to support Serica Energy (UK) Limited with its future well operations. Serica Energy (UK) Limited is a British independent upstream oil and gas company with operations focused on the UK North Sea, where its assets span the full cycle of exploration, development and production. Initial operations under this contract will be concentrated on the Columbus Development Well which is planned to be drilled in 2020.

Read more…

Craig International secures new BP contract in the UK

Craig International has secured a contract with BP in the UK worth around £20 million. Craig International will provide third-party procurement services including equipment for repair, maintenance and operations to all of BP’s assets in the UK Continental Shelf. BP currently operates six assets in the North Sea including the Clair Ridge, Andrew and ETAP platforms.

A dedicated team in Aberdeen will work on the BP contract which has created two new positions and safeguards several existing roles. The contract is for three years with a possible two year extension.

Read more…

Chrysaor will acquire all of ConocoPhillips’ UK assets

Chrysaor has reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips’ UK oil and gas business for $2.675 billion. Chrysaor is a private company established in 2007 focussing on generating superior equity returns by developing and commercialising oil and gas incremental resources. This acquisition supports Chrysaor’s goal of becoming ‘one of Europe’s leading independent, full cycle exploration and production companies’. The assets being acquired produced approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018.

Read more…

Tendeka’s North Sea projects experience major growth

Tendeka, a global specialist in advanced completions and production solutions for the oil and gas industry, has more than doubled its work in the UK offshore sector over the past year. This growth has led the company to make a substantial capital investment in manufacturing facilities, expanding their use of local supply chain and in-house capabilities.

Read more…

Sparrows Group taking on board more apprentices

Sparrows Group has invested in employing six new apprentices from the Aberdeen area, bringing its current number of apprentices to 27.

As part of the modern apprentice scheme, the individuals will gain practical work experience in addition to studying towards a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and SVQ level three in their chosen discipline within the company.

Several of the Sparrows Group’s senior managers started at the company as apprentices.

Sparrows has plans to hire further apprentices in August this year and will be actively encouraging applications from women looking for a STEM career.

Read more…

 

Xodus appoint first Well Decommissioning Manager

International energy consultancy Xodus Group has expanded its decommissioning offering with the appointment of its first well decommissioning manager, Gavin Bell.

Bell, a chartered mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, will be responsible for developing and delivering Xodus’ new well decommissioning service that had previously been outsourced to external contractors.

The appointment follows a successful year for Xodus’ decommissioning division which secured several new clients and won more than £2million of work.

Read more…

OPEX Group hire new Senior Vice President

OPEX Group, an Aberdeen-based provider of predictive analysis services, welcome Roy Buchan, a leading figure in the oil and gas industry, as Senior Vice-President.

Buchan, who also joins the company’s Board of Directors, will help to shape the future direction and growth of the company, ensuring the firm’s services support customer needs.

Read more…

Attollo Offshore launch video series ‘Attollo Conversations’

Attollo Offshore specialises in managing offshore marine assets with the goal of advancing the use of rig-less well intervention and P&A techniques. The company has created an ‘Insight’ series consisting of interactive, multimedia content shared on their digital platforms.

In the video interview series ‘Attollo Conversations’, created for ‘Insight’, Attollo brings experts together to give their opinions on key industry issues of technology and innovation within the offshore energy industry. The videos are available to view on Attollo Offshore’s YouTube channel.

Read more…

CNOOC Limited announce gas discovery in UK North Sea

CNOOC Limited have made a gas discovery in the Central North Sea, further unlocking the exploration potential of the UK Continental Shelf. The Glengorm discovery is located in License P2215 which is operated by CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holding 50 per cent. Total E&P UK North Sea Limited holds 25 per cent interest in the location and Euroil the remaining 25 per cent.

Read more…

 

 

Prosafe awarded two North Sea contracts worth £18.1million

Prosafe have been awarded two North Sea contracts worth over £18 million; however, Prosafe have not disclosed who the contracts are with. The Regalia accommodation vessel has been commissioned for a 60-day period from June next year, while the Safe Caledonia has secured an 80-day contract for June 2020.

Prosafe said the Regalia will be “reactivated” from early next year ahead of its work for gangway connected dynamic positioning operations. Meanwhile, the Safe Caledonia will support a platform turnaround scheduled to coincide with a shutdown of the Forties pipeline system in June 2020.

Read more…

Eni UK Limited begin drilling in the Central North Sea

Serica Energy plc has announced that their partner Eni UK Limited has begun drilling the Rowallan exploration well in the Central North Sea. The well is designed to go through sandstones at the Middle Jurassic and Triassic levels. It is estimated that Serica’s net Rowallan prospective resources will be 20-60 million barrels of oil equivalent within Block 22/19c.

Rowallan drilling success could mean there may be potential in the nearby Dundonald and Sundrum prospects, which are geologically similar to Rowallan. The Rowallan is expected to take about 140 days to drill; an update will be provided once early results are known.

Read more…

Petrofac secure Ithaca construction and commissioning contract

Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) business has been awarded a construction and commissioning contract with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, valued at approximately US $10 million.

Under this contract, Petrofac will be responsible for the topsides construction and commissioning works on the Ithaca-operated FPF-1 floating production facility, for the tieback of the BP-operated Vorlich field subsea development in the Central North Sea.

Read more…

Scottish Government awards £2.5 million to decommissioning

Speaking at the Decom North Sea Conference in St Andrews, Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse reveals that the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF) will award a further £2.5 million to decommissioning projects.

The DCF, launched by the Scottish government in February 2017, supports infrastructure improvements and innovation to deliver decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas infrastructure. Read more…

BP begins Clair Ridge project west of Shetland

The second-phase development of the Clair field, the Clair Ridge project, located 75 km (47 mi) west of Shetland has commenced.

The Clair Ridge field, discovered in 1977, designed for 40 years of production, contains an estimated 7 Bbbl. BP commissioned two new, bridge-linked platforms and oil and gas export pipelines for the project at a total cost of over £4.5 billion. The field should recover around 640 MMbbl of oil with an eventual plateau output of 120,000 b/d. Read more…

Bilfinger Salamis UK awarded North Sea decommissioning contract from Seaway Heavy Lifting.

A new North Sea decommissioning deal will see Bilfinger Salamis UK provide topside removal preparatory services on Spirit Energy’s ST1, Audrey A and Audrey B platforms. The contract will create up to 30 new offshore and onshore jobs at Bilfinger.

Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company, have awarded this contract which will look to “ensure safe dismantling” of the three North Sea assets. Read more…

Brasse East exploration well commences

Faroe Petroleum has announced the commencement of the Faroe-operated Brasse East exploration well 31/7-3 S in the Northern North Sea. Discovered by Faroe in 2016 and appraised in 2017, the Brasse East well is being drilled immediately east of the Brasse field, which in turn is located to the south of the Brage field and to the south east of the Oseberg field.

Faroe have a 50% working interest in the project, along with Point Resources AS. Read more…

ROVOP appoints former Proserv boss David Lamont

ROVOP, the independent provider of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), has appointed David Lamont as a non-executive director. David Lamont has over 35 years of industry experience in the oil and gas sector, most recently as the CEO of global energy services company Proserv.

Lamont’s appointment is in line with ROVOP’s business and growth strategy of providing a focused ROV service to its customers in all markets and geographies. Read more…

TGS and Axxis Geo Solutions to collaborate on ocean bottom node projects in the North Sea

TGS and Axxis Geo Solutions (AGS) have agreed to work together to develop opportunities to co-invest in multi-client ocean bottom node projects; TGS will have a right to process all new node data acquired under this collaboration.

TGS will join the 1,560-sq km (602-sq mi) Utsira node multi-client project which is currently being acquired by AGS in the Norwegian North Sea. This is TGS’ second ocean bottom node announcement related to 2019 investments. Read more…

University of Aberdeen and Equinor team up to offer new scholarship

University of Aberdeen and Equinor will offer a new scholarship worth £25,000 for students admitted to the MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience programme.

Regarded as one of the top vocational training pathways in the world, the one-year programme offers students input and support from industry early on, ensuring that graduates are highly sought after. The closing date for scholarship applications is 4 January 2019. Read more…