• Crondall Energy to support Cambo field development

    October 16, 2018

    Floating production and subsea specialist Crondall Energy has secured a frame agreement contract with Siccar Point Energy to provide support on the Cambo field, west of Shetland. The contract will initially cover the identification and evaluation of FPSO options for the development and pre-FEED technical assurance of the subsea design. The FPSO scope of work includes consideration of a range of FPSO options, including new builds, redeployments and conversions, while the subsea engineering work scope involves peer review and peer assist activities on the pre-FEED subsea design, including flow assurance and operability reviews. Studies will consider the suitability of the various ...
  • Prosafe Safe Zephyrus chartered by BP for 2019

    October 12, 2018

    BP has chartered the Prosafe accommodation vessel Safe Zephyrus to provide gangway-connected operations at the Clair Ridge platform west of Shetland during summer 2019. The US$19 million, five-month contract commences mid-May 2019, with a one-month option, and will support the completion of some post-first oil scopes at the project. The contract will be performed using dynamic positioning, affording flexibility and high bed capacity throughout operations. Read more…  
  • BHGE partners with Strathclyde’s AFRC

    October 12, 2018

    The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), have joined forces to explore how new advanced manufacturing tools and processes can drive more efficient, smarter ways to reduce cost and increase productivity across BHGE’s operations. BHGE will work with the AFRC’s team of engineers and researchers to improve its manufacturing processes and delivery of services, with the aim of identifying opportunities for cutting costs and cycle time, while extending the lifespan of oilfield equipment. BHGE will also take a seat on the AFRC’s managing and technical boards, as well as supporting the centre’s ...
  • Shell invests in the Arran field in the North Sea

    October 10, 2018

    Shell UK Limited, alongside partners Rockrose Energy and Dyas U.K. Limited, has announced a final investment decision (FID) for the Arran gas and condensate field in the UK North Sea. This is Shell’s fourth FID announcement in the North Sea in 2018, and will also see it become operator of the Arran project. At peak production, Arran is expected to produce around 100 million cubic feet per day of gas and 4,000 barrels per day of condensate, which combined equates to 21,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Four new development wells will be drilled, with gas and liquids transported via a ...
  • Awilco Drilling signs contract with Shell

    October 9, 2018

    Awilco Drilling has signed a contract amendment with Shell UK, granting three additional options on the WilPhoenix rig. Each option covers the drilling of a single exploration well within or at the end of the current decommissioning programme, with options to be declared by 31 August 2019. WilPhoenix is one of Awilco Drilling’s two Enhanced Pacesetter semi-submersibles and is equipped for drilling in water depths up to 1,200 feet. Awilco Drilling also has one new build rig on order of Moss CS60 ECO MW design equipped for drilling in harsh environments, and independent options for additional three rigs of the same ...
  • Petrofac secures contract extension with Chevron

    October 5, 2018

    Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) division has secured a 12-month engineering services contract extension from Chevron North Sea Limited (Chevron). The agreement, which has been held by Petrofac since 2014, commenced on 30 September. The contract will see Petrofac continue to provide engineering support to key Chevron North Sea assets including the Alba Northern, Erskine, and Captain platforms, as well as the Alba Floating Storage Unit and Captain FPSO vessel. Read more…
  • OGTC opens second round of TechX Pioneer programme

    October 2, 2018

    The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched the next round of its TechX Pioneers programme. The accelerator and incubator is backed by more than 120 industry partners and mentors, and is aimed at enabling a select group of start-up developers to take their solutions to market faster. Supported by strategic partner BP Ventures, the Pioneer programme will provide up to £100,000 for start-up new technology ideas, with no equity or payback. The technology developers will also retain all intellectual property. Applications are now open, and potential entrants have until January 31 2019 to submit. Read more…
  • Equinor acquires 40% stake in Rosebank project

    October 1, 2018

    Equinor has signed an agreement to acquire Chevron’s 40% operated interest in the Rosebank project, one of the largest undeveloped fields on the UK Continental Shelf. The Rosebank field was discovered in 2004 and lies about 130 km north west of the Shetland Islands in water depths of approximately 1,110m. The other partners in the field are Suncor Energy (40%) and Siccar Point Energy (20%). Read more…
  • BMT and Sonardyne collaborate on subsea monitoring

    September 28, 2018

    Engineering consultancy BMT and subsea technology company Sonardyne International have signed an agreement to provide integrated marine integrity monitoring solutions to the oil and gas industry. BMT’s monitoring and analysis capabilities will be paired with Sonardyne’s expertise in autonomous, long-endurance data collection and through-water telemetry. Announced at the Rio Oil & Gas exhibition and conference in Brazil, the agreement will see the two companies provide smarter solutions for monitoring and managing critical subsea assets, including drilling and production risers, moorings and wellheads. The groups have said they are already working on proposals for major global operators. Read more…
  • BP receives OGA approval to develop in central North Sea

    September 27, 2018

    BP has announced that they have received from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to proceed with the Vorlich development in the central North Sea. The development will target 30 million barrels of oil equivalent and is expected to produce 20,000 barrels gross of oil equivalent a day at peak. The £200 million project is is expected to come onstream in 2020. Read more…