• Equinor extends production at two North Sea fields

    September 16, 2019

      Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s proposals for long-term field-life extensions in the North Sea. Equinor now has consent to continue operating the Tordis and Vigdis field until the end of 2036 and 2040 respectively. Read more…
  • Crondall Energy heads study for innovative pilot field development

    September 13, 2019

      Crondall Energy, the floating production and subsea engineering specialist, has been awarded a contract by Pharis Energy to deliver a Concept Select study for the operator’s Pilot Field development in the Central North Sea. The study will development approaches for the Pilot field, including the facilities, marine and subsea scope of work. Pharis Energy hopes to become the first operator in the world to use steam flooding in a major offshore project. Read more…
  • DNV GL release latest Energy Transition Outlook

    September 12, 2019

      DNV GL released it’s Energy Transition Outlook 2019 this week. The report provides an independent forecast of developments in the world energy mix to 2050. DNV GL is a leading provider of risk management and quality assurance services to the industries including oil and gas. Read more…
  • CNOOC begins drilling at Howick prospect

    September 11, 2019

      Howick prospect, owned by CNOOC, was drilled at the site on August 31 by the Island Innovator semi-submersible rig. Drilling is expected to last 49 days. The discovery, located west of Shetland, is operated by CNOOC with a 70% stake, while the remaining 30% is held by Ineos. Read more…
  • Independent Oil and Gas confirms new gas discovery in Southern North Sea

    September 11, 2019

      Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has confirmed a gas discovery at its Harvey appraisal well in the Southern North Sea. Initial analysis of data demonstrates the presence of a 49ft gas column at the top of the Permian Leman Sandstone reservoir. The IOG has started the analysis required to reach a definitive view on resource range, reservoir quality and deliverability. Read more…
  • BP introduces continuous methane measurement for new projects

    September 11, 2019

      BP will implement drones and surveillance cameras to continuously monitor methane emissions at every new project. Some existing facilities will also be retrofitted with fixed detection gear as part of a wider initiative by BP to reduce its impact on the environment. The methane sensor uses technology originally designed by Nasa for its Curiosity rover, which is looking for signs of life on Mars. Read more…
  • Ashstead acquires Underwater Cutting Solutions

    September 6, 2019

    Ashtead Technology has expanded its inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and decommissioning capabilities with the acquisition of Underwater Cutting Solutions (UCS) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2004, UCS provides mechanical cutting, dredging and coating removal equipment and services to the North Sea. It has developed and deployed a suite of purpose designed tools and techniques for the cutting of subsea and topside pipelines and structures. This is the fifth deal completed by Ashstead since the firm was acquired by Buckthorn Partners and APICORP in April 2016. Read more…  
  • Bureau Veritas offers vision of the future with HoloLens

    September 5, 2019

    Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, is using cutting-edge technology to reduce costs for clients, while increasing safety for engineers. Using Microsoft HoloLens equipment, BV can provide an augmented reality system enabling inspection experts to view parts, understand inspection requirements and digitally splice the asset to view cross-sections. Developed in conjunction with Smart Document Solutions, they display interactive menus that bring assets and faults to life digitally, reducing site training time by 50%. Read more…  
  • Ancala Midstream secures gas-processing contract with Zennor

    September 5, 2019

    Ancala Midstream Acquisitions has secured a life-of-field contract to process the gas sourced from the Finlaggan field, owned by Zennor Pathway. The gas will be processed through Ancala Midstream’s Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (SAGE) terminal in St. Fergus, north east Scotland. Ancala says that the multi-million-pound contract will help ensure the SAGE system remains a competitive option for further UK and Norwegian gas developments through to the mid-2030s. Read more…  
  • Serica Energy digitises safety with Restrata Platform

    September 4, 2019

    Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – technology which enables real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world. The Restrata Platform allows operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an emergency situation, as well as providing support and management. Information is shared real-time, meaning onshore teams can act fast for early intervention, with the safety of personnel at the heart of any response. Working in partnership with Restrata, the contract will see Serica Energy roll out ...