• ST-1 structures ready for decommissioning in Shetland

    July 16, 2019

    The Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Shetland has welcomed portions of Spirit Energy’s ST-1 installation, taking the site one step closer towards becoming a Centre of Excellence for the recycling of North Sea offshore structures. With a recycling target of 97%, strategic partners Veolia and Peterson will now work to recover approximately 2,500 tonnes of materials, with a view to returning valuable components to industry for re-use. Read more…  
  • Hurricane spuds Lincoln Crestal well

    July 15, 2019

    UK-based Hurricane Energy announced that the 205/26b-B well (known as Lincoln Crestal) was spudded on 12 July 2019 using the Transocean Leader rig. Lincoln Crestal is the second in a three-well programme on Hurricane’s Lincoln and Warwick assets, comprising the Greater Warwick Area. The company says that a further update will be made following completion of drilling and testing operations. Hurricane has a 50% interest in the Greater Warwick Area following Spirit Energy’s farm-in to the P1368 South and P2294 licences in September 2018. Read more…  
  • Sodexo Energy & Resources secures £6.5m in new contracts

    July 12, 2019

    Sodexo Energy & Resources has been awarded three new facilities management contracts, worth a combined £6.5 million a year, for Total E&P UK, Doosan Babcock and another major energy group. Total E&P UK has appointed Sodexo to provide a range of services to over 1,200 employees at three sites in Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands as part of a new five-year contract. Doosan Babcock has also awarded a three-year contract covering multiple services at six locations in the UK. The third award is with an existing energy client and covers the provision of offshore hotel services on an accommodation vessel. Read ...
  • Subsea 7 wins Equinor installation contract

    July 11, 2019

    Subsea 7 has been awarded a contract by Equinor for installation and diving operations on the Europipe II, Heimdal and Statfjord (EHS) fields in the Danish and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea. The contract comprises engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of pipeline end manifolds (PLEM), bypass and tie-in spools for the Europipe II gas pipeline, Oseberg Gas Transport and Statpipe pipelines, operated by Gassco. Offshore installation campaigns are scheduled for 2020, 2021 and 2022 using a diving vessel, alongside heavy construction and light construction vessels. Read more…  
  • Total divests east North Sea assets to Petrogas

    July 10, 2019

    Total has signed an agreement to divest several UK non-core assets to Petrogas NEO UK, the exploration and production arm of the Oman-based conglomerate MB Holding. Petrogas has also partnered with Norway-based private equity investor HitecVision. Formerly owned by Maersk Oil, the assets are located in the eastern North Sea and include the Dumbarton, Balloch and Drumtochty fields, among others. The overall consideration for this deal amounts to $635 million, with an effective date of January 1, 2019. The transaction remains subject to approval and is expected to close in December 2019. Read more…  
  • Neptune Energy selected to pilot first offshore hydrogen plant

    July 5, 2019

    OGUK member Neptune Energy announced it has been selected to participate in a pioneering pilot project to create the first offshore hydrogen plant in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. A megawatt electrolyser will be installed on Neptune’s Q13a platform: the first fully electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea which saves approximately 16.5 kilotonnes of CO2 per year. The hydrogen produced will be transported via an existing pipeline to an offshore structure where it will be used to generate electricity. Read more …
  • Sparrows wins rigging maintenance contract in Qatar

    July 4, 2019

    Sparrows Group has been awarded its first contract for the provision of rigging loft maintenance services in Qatar. The four-year contract includes the provision of services for the refurbishment, repair, load test and re-certification of rigging lofts and contents. In order to service the work, the company has established a new rigging loft management workshop within its Qatar facility, investing in new machinery and other equipment. It has also created job opportunities locally as around seven new positions are required within the workshop. Read more…  
  • Rever completes three contracts for Total

    July 4, 2019

    Rever Offshore has announced the successful completion of three standalone contracts for energy major Total E&P UK. The contracts involved Rever Offshore’s multi-purpose dive support and offshore construction vessel Rever Polaris, as well as the ROV support vessel Rever Sapphire. Operating over 100 days across North Sea assets during 2018, the workscope included DSV construction services, inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works and unique operations. Rever noted that all awards were the result of a long-standing frame agreement and represented a repeat of previous successful campaigns with the energy major. Read more…  
  • Rockrose completes Marathon Oil acquisition

    July 3, 2019

    Independent producer RockRose has announced the completion of its acquisition of Marathon Oil UK (MOUK) and Marathon Oil West of Shetland Limited (MOWOS). MOUK holds interests in the Greater Brae Area, while MOWOS holds a 28% interest in the BP-operated Foinaven field, as well as interests in the Foinaven East, T25, and T35 satellite accumulations. The deal also includes interests in the SAGE, Brae-Forties and WOSPS infrastructure, which provide additional income. Read more…  
  • Expro enters new market with technology acquisition

    July 2, 2019

    Oilfield services company Expro has acquired 100% of the equity of technology company Quality Intervention AS (QI). The Norway-based company was founded in 2008 and provides a portfolio of innovative products and services, including coiled tubing technology (CoilHose), annular integrity technology (Well Spring) and in-situ wellhead remediation tooling (Multi-tool). The company has a proven track record in the North Sea for well intervention through CoilHose, which offers operators a unique system that is rapidly deployed, saving both time and cost compared to traditional coiled tubing services. Expro has said that the acquisition will enable it to extend its well intervention capability ...