• Return To Scene VPS project secures OGTC backing

    December 18, 2018

    Aberdeen-based Return To Scene (R2S), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has secured a significant funding award from the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to kickstart development of its visual positioning system, R2S VPS. R2S VPS technology will allow people and machines to identify their location on complex offshore assets via data captured from mobile devices or body-worn cameras. Successful delivery will propel automation, improve offshore HSE and deliver efficiency gains measured in hundreds of millions of pounds. The project – the largest to have been approved by the OGTC’s Digital Solutions Centre to date – brings together a strong ...
  • Tendeka launches new technologies to boost oil recovery

    December 18, 2018

    Aberdeen-headquartered completions service company Tendeka has launched a new technology aimed at optimising oil production. FloFuse technology can increase oil recovery by improving injected water conformance in fractured reservoirs or by ensuring effective placement of matrix stimulation acids. When installed across a segmented wellbore, FloFuse autonomously chokes back injection into thief zones or large fractures that dominate the outflow profile and ensures effective injection into the rock matrix or fracture structure. This prevents early water breakthrough into production wells, thereby increasing total oil recovery and reducing water production. Read more…  
  • Petrofac secure Ithaca construction and commissioning contract

    December 18, 2018

    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…
  • Subsea 7 awarded UK offshore contract

    December 17, 2018

    Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Shell for the Shearwater Fulmar Gas Line (FGL) Re-Plumb Project, located approximately 140 miles east of Aberdeen. The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) project work scope incorporates a 37-km, 24” export line, a 14” rigid riser, control jumper, subsea structures and associated subsea tie-ins. Project management, engineering and procurement work has already commenced in Aberdeen, with support from Subsea 7’s office in Glasgow. Offshore activities are scheduled for 2019. Read more…  
  • Chevron receives Captain EOR approval

    December 13, 2018

    Chevron North Sea Limited (CNSL) has received approval from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) for its field development plan (FDP) to progress the Captain Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project in the Central North Sea. Through the application of polymer injection technology, the Captain EOR project is expected to increase production and help maximise economic recovery from the field. Production consent for Stage 1 of the EOR project will advance this technology – a first on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Read more…    
  • Petrofac opens Aberdeen “Innovation Zone”

    December 12, 2018

    Petrofac has created a technology Innovation Zone in its Bridge View offices in Aberdeen. The “immersive workspace” was opened by Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, on 11 December. The area has been created to allow clients, suppliers, and technology specialists to collaborate with new technologies, and is based on Accenture’s Industry X.0 practice. Users can also experience first-hand the technologies being developed and adapted by Petrofac in collaboration with clients and other parties. Mobile, wearable technologies, such as tablets and hard hats with voice-controlled ruggedized computers attached, were demonstrated at the opening. These allow offshore workers to ...
  • Azinor Catalyst receives LOI for three exploration wells

    December 10, 2018

    Azinor Catalyst has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the acquisition of non-operated interests in three exploration wells planned for 2019. The three independent prospects – Boaz, Goose and Hinson – are estimated to contain combined gross unrisked prospective resources of 495 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company says preparations for drilling these wells is now underway. Read more…  
  • Premier Oil completes Babbage Area sale

    December 7, 2018

    Following the receipt of necessary approvals, Premier Oil has announced the completion of sale of its interests in the Babbage Area to Verus Petroleum. Premier received £30.3 million ($38.7 million), after adjustments, for Babbage cash flows collected by Premier since the effective date of 1 January 2018. In addition, Verus will take on exploration commitments valued at around $24 million. Production from Babbage has averaged 2,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day over the year to date. Read more…  
  • Sparrows signs five-year servicing deal with Pemex

    December 6, 2018

    Sparrows Group has signed a five-year blanket order with Pemex Procurement International, acting on behalf of Pemex Exploracion y Produccion (PEP), to service 41 cranes across assets in four of the national oil company’s developments. As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), the first cranes were delivered by Sparrows in the early 1990s to support production in the Kumaza (AS01-02), Abkatun (AS02-03), Litoral (AS02-04) de Tabasco and Cantarell (AS01-01) fields. Read more…  
  • Apache achieves first oil at Garten development

    December 5, 2018

    Apache Corporation has initiated production from its Garten development on Block 9/18a Area-W in the UK North Sea. The discovery well, located 6 km south of the Beryl Alpha Platform, was placed on production in late November, less than eight months after being drilled in March 2018. The well is currently producing at a rate of 13,700 barrels of oil per day and 15.7 million cubic feet of gas per day. Recoverable resources are expected to exceed 10 million barrels of light oil plus associated natural gas. The Garten field, in which Apache holds a 100% working interest, is tied back to ...