• Hurricane confirms FPSO hook-up at Lancaster field

    March 20, 2019

    Hurricane Energy has announced that, as of 19 March, the Aoka Mizu FPSO has successfully hooked up to the turret mooring system buoy at the Lancaster field. The vessel is now on station and securely moored. Work to achieve first oil continues, following which a further announcement will be made. After first oil, Hurricane anticipates a gradual ramp up of production towards its planned average plateau rate of 17,000 barrels per day, net of operating efficiency. Read more…  
  • Businesses join forces to create Dundee decommissioning hub

    March 19, 2019

    A new alliance of businesses focused on the North Sea oil and gas decommissioning sector has been formed and launched in Dundee. Named Forth and Tay Decommissioning (F&TD), the group has been created with a shared vision to position the region as the UK hub for North Sea decommissioning work. Members include ABB, Augean North Sea Services, COES Caledonian, Forth Ports, John Lawrie Group, Offshore Decommissioning Services and Well-Safe Solutions, and together they intend to deliver an integrated, end-to-end oil and gas decommissioning service. In the Firth of Forth, the group has also commissioned Bureau Veritas to investigate the viability of creating ...
  • Siccar Point spuds Blackrock exploration well

    March 19, 2019

    Siccar Point Energy has commenced its 2019 drilling campaign with the spudding of an exploration well at the Blackrock prospect. The campaign, using Diamond Offshore’s Ocean GreatWhite semi-submersible rig, is expected to take around five months and also includes the Lyon exploration prospect north of Shetland. Located 140 km north-west of Shetland, the Blackrock licence lies directly between the Rosebank and Cambo oil fields. Drilling will target multiple reservoirs similar to those underlying the Rosebank field and, if successful, will add substantial resources – as well as de-risk a portfolio of other exploration prospects in the region. Read more…  
  • Interventek success prompts new staff and facilities

    March 18, 2019

    Subsea oil and gas engineering firm Interventek has invested in the region of £750,000 to support business growth in 2019 and beyond, via a workshop expansion and the appointment of new staff. The company’s workshop has been expanded to create a 5,000 square foot technology development and test centre. Among other facilities, the new space includes an overhead crane, two pressure test bays, high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) test pumps, a hyperbaric test cell, an advanced data acquisition system and metrological instruments for development diagnostics. The investment follows recent contract wins for the supply of Interventek’s Revolution shear and seal safety valve to support ...
  • Exceed wins contract offshore Guinea-Bissau

    March 15, 2019

    Aberdeen-headquartered well management specialist Exceed has secured its first contract offshore Guinea-Bissau, delivering well project management services to Svenska Petroleum Exploration for the country’s first deepwater exploration well. Under the $4 million contract Exceed’s workscope will include all front-end engineering planning, service procurement support, logistical set-up, HSE management and operational execution of the well. The 12-month contract follows on from existing operations in the region, begun during Q4 2018, which have seen Exceed steer an operator through its maiden well project offshore The Gambia. Read more…  
  • Petrofac awarded $1 billion EPC project in Algeria

    March 14, 2019

    Petrofac has been awarded a contract worth around $1 billion with Groupment Isarene, the joint operating group set up by Sonatrach, Petroceltic and Enel, for the Ain Tsila Development Project in Algeria. Located around 1,100 km south-east of Algiers, the Ain Tsila field will produce gas, LPG and condensate for the local Algerian market and for export. Under the terms of the 42-month contract, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project scope of work includes commissioning, start-up and performance testing. Petrofac has already worked on Sonatrach’s Tinrhert Field Development Project, along with the Alrar and Reggane projects which commenced production last ...
  • Ten more start-ups join OGTC TechX programme

    March 13, 2019

    Ten new start-ups have secured a place on the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) TechX Pioneer Accelerator Programme. The intake includes companies developing autonomous underwater swarm robots and micro-polymers designed to reinstate well integrity, among other innovations aimed at maximising economic recovery and supporting the energy transition. Each company will receive up to £100,000 to develop their business and technology as part of an intensive 16-week accelerator programme that includes expert mentors, development partners and deep access to the industry. After graduating, Pioneers then have the opportunity to join a 12-month incubator called TechX+, with two companies awarded an additional ...
  • Awilco appoints new CEO, orders new semi-sub

    March 11, 2019

    Awilco Drilling has announced the appointment of Jens Berge as company CEO. Mr Berge will succeed Jon Oliver Bryce in the position by early June 2019. Awilco also declared its option with the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore for the building of one new CS60 ECO MW semi-submersible drilling rig. Designed for use in harsh environments, the rig will be equipped and certified for drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including in the Barents Sea, in water depths up to 5,000 ft (1,500 metres). Total costs for delivery of the newbuild are approximately $425 million, with delivery planned for March 2022. ...
  • ABB and BP celebrate global MEC frame agreement

    March 8, 2019

    BP has appointed ABB as one of its global main electrical contractors (MEC) for the provision of engineering, procurement and construction of electrical equipment for BP Upstream Major Capital Projects. The new five-year frame agreement reflects a strategic collaboration between the two companies, with ABB committed to delivering innovation, substantial savings, improved scheduling and lower risk. As a global MEC partner, ABB can assume full responsibility for the design and engineering, procurement and supply, project management, installation, commissioning and on-time start up for overall electrical systems on BP projects that may be awarded under the frame agreement. Read more…  
  • DEKRA develops new services for Turkish market

    March 8, 2019

    DEKRA Organizational Reliability, a consultancy with expertise and services in the fields of safety and behavioural change, has confirmed its commitment to a developing Turkish market via the launch of several new services, each designed to create and embed an organisational culture of care. This includes the SafeMindSafeBody programme, which raises awareness of human fallibilities and human performance and how this impacts safety, and Coaching for High Performance, a highly interactive programme which develops coaching skills of leaders from executive to front line to enhance safety performance. As a part of its global growth strategy, DEKRA has also confirmed renewal of its ...