• Equinor starts up Mariner field

    August 15, 2019

    Equinor and its partners have announced first oil from the Mariner field in the UK North Sea. The field is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years. Mariner, Equinor’s first operated field on the UKCS, is reported to have up to 3 billion barrels of oil in place. It is expected to produce annual average plateau rates of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day, and up to 70,000 bpd at peak production. Gross investment in the development has totalled more than $7.7 billion, which will support more than 700 jobs and generate significant ...
  • Well-Safe awards refurbishment contracts for Well-Safe Guardian

    August 15, 2019

    Well-Safe Solutions has announced the award of two contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit. Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the ambitious refurbishment of the semi-submersible drilling rig, the decommissioning company’s first asset. Global Energy Group will provide quayside services and the paintwork scope while Rigfit7seas will provide accommodation upgrade services. As part of the upgrade work, Well-Safe will be installing a dive system and the capability to deploy a subsea intervention lubricator (SIL). According to CEO Phil Milton, the rig will be available to industry in 2020. ...
  • OGIC to support drilling technology innovation at University of Aberdeen

    August 14, 2019

    The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is supporting projects at the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Applied Dynamics Research (CADR), enabling the team to develop new technologies for use in offshore drilling operations. So far, OGIC has provided a total of £640,000 of co-funding for the seven projects which will see the CADR team partner with five companies to develop innovations including an automated programme for testing well integrity and a new drill-bit. Read more…  
  • OPEX wins CNOOC digital services contract

    August 13, 2019

    OPEX Group has secured a new multi-million-pound contract with CNOOC Petroleum Europe, for the provision of digital services across the company’s UKCS assets. The three-year contract, with extension options, will see OPEX’s X-PAS predictive analysis service rolled out on the Buzzard, Golden Eagle and Scott platforms, supporting operations across all topside oil, gas, water and power systems. The service has been developed to support oil and gas operators improve the predictability of offshore operations by combining oil and gas and data science expertise with a range of predictive technologies, maximising the value of operational data. Read more…  
  • Peterson expands partnership with Chrysaor

    August 13, 2019

    Energy logistics provider Peterson has been awarded a new contract with Chrysaor to extend its current integrated logistics services agreement. The 18-month contract extension, with options for three further one-year extensions, will see Peterson support Chrysaor across all its North Sea assets. The scope includes warehousing, transport and marine services, as well as the provision of eight offshore materials controllers (OMCs) for the production platforms Armada, North Everest and Lomond. The work will be serviced from Peterson’s bases in Altens and Edzell, and the company has welcomed nine additional employees in offshore and onshore roles in support of the contract. Read more…  
  • COOEC and Expro form riserless well intervention alliance

    August 12, 2019

    China-based offshore and subsea solutions company, COOEC Offshore, has formed an alliance with oilfield services company Expro. The exclusive agreement allows both companies to expand their respective capabilities and resources. Under the alliance, COOEC Offshore and Expro will test and deliver a Riserless Well Intervention (RWI) system to market in 2020. The system will be deployed on the new HYSY287 construction vessel, which includes a dedicated handling and deployment system to facilitate efficient well construction, well intervention and well decommissioning activities. Read more…  
  • Helix announces contract for new Q7000 vessel

    August 8, 2019

    Helix Energy Solutions Group has entered into a contract for its new-build semi-submersible well intervention vessel, the Q7000. The vessel will be performing subsea workover and integrated well intervention services with a major client offshore Nigeria, as part of an estimated minimum 80-day campaign. Helix continues to mobilise the vessel from the shipyard in Singapore, and the project is scheduled to begin in early January 2020. Read more…  
  • IOG spuds Harvey appraisal well

    August 8, 2019

    Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has reported that the Maersk Resilient rig spudded the Harvey appraisal well on 6 August 2019. Completion of the well is expected to take approximately two months in the success case. The primary objective of the well, located in southern North Sea, is to confirm gas volumes estimated at 85/129/199 BCF prospective resources in the low/best/high case and to demonstrate reservoir deliverability. The designated well operator is Fraser Well Management, while Halliburton Manufacturing and Services will provide offshore drilling services. Read more…  
  • Shell begins seismic over Pensacola prospect

    August 5, 2019

    Shell U.K. has commenced a 3D seismic survey over the Pensacola prospect on Licence P2252 in the southern North Sea, according to an update from licence partner Cluff Natural Resources. The survey is being conducted by Shearwater GeoServices using the Polar Empress and field operations are expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. The vessel arrived on site on 2 August 2019 with data acquisition commencing 5 August. This seismic acquisition will be followed by a period of data processing and final results are expected in early Q3 2020. Cluff holds a 30% non-operated interest in Licence P2252, which includes the ...
  • Stork awarded contract for Centrica’s UK assets

    August 1, 2019

    Fluor business Stork has been awarded a contract extension by Centrica Storage to continue providing fabric maintenance and associated services for the company’s UK onshore and offshore oil and gas assets. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2019. The contract extension took effect in June 2019 and sees Stork secure its first evergreen contract in the UK, which will automatically renew each year with an annual review of performance. The scope of work involves specialist access systems including scaffolding, integrity engineering, non-destructive testing, bolting services and advanced online de-sanding, as well as surface preparation and coatings. The ...