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…

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…