• Bethan Customs doubles team in 2019

    June 12, 2019

    Aberdeen-based Bethan Customs Consultancy has doubled the size of its team since the start of the year, with several key appointments. The company, which provides practical advice as well as training and support to UK businesses in relation to customs compliance and supply chain requirements, recently appointed former HMRC higher officer George Laing to the role of customs consultant. George joins fellow consultant and former HMRC colleague, Elaine Lownds and the firm’s director, Nicola Alexander. An expanded team creates new opportunities for Bethan to meet the increasing demand for its bespoke and independent service offerings, as well as to expand its capacity ...
  • Bender UK enhances offshore training and surveys

    June 12, 2019

    In response to recent growth in the oil and gas sector, Bender UK has enhanced its offshore survey and training capabilities. Insulation monitoring provides an accurate assessment of the overall ‘health’ of critical electrical systems such as control, safety, and fire and gas systems. Bender insulation monitors make it easier to manage the integrity of topside critical power and communications systems, enabling intervention to be planned with minimum disruption to plant operations. Clients can also use Bender portable fault location equipment which automatically locates ground faults in ungrounded AC and DC systems. The company is also working with oil and gas operators ...
  • Well-Safe secures landmark North Sea decommissioning project

    June 11, 2019

    Well-Safe Solutions has been awarded a major contract to decommission up to 21 wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited. The Schooner and Ketch fields, located in the southern North Sea, ceased production in August 2018, with 20 platform wells and a single subsea well. Well-Safe will be responsible for the delivery of key aspects of the project including engineering, contractor management and logistics, while DNO will retain well operatorship. The two-year campaign will start immediately, with plans to commence offshore operations at the end of 2019. Read more…  
  • Production starts at Total’s Culzean field

    June 11, 2019

    Total has started up production from the Culzean gas condensate field, 230km off the coast of Aberdeen. Operated by Total (49.99%), alongside BP (32%) and JX Nippon (18.01%), the field contains resources estimated between 250 and 300 million barrels of oil equivalent. The project has involved the drilling of six wells, as well as the construction of three bridge-linked platforms and a floating storage and offloading (FSO) unit. Gas from Culzean is exported via the CATS pipeline and the UK National Grid, whilst condensate is stored in the FSO for offloading by shuttle tanker. At plateau production of 100,000 boepd, the ...
  • ONE Tech Hub to boost digital capacity and capabilities

    June 10, 2019

    Opportunity North East (ONE) has opened the ONE Tech Hub, a digital tech and entrepreneurship community in north-east Scotland, following a £1.5 million investment to accelerate digital tech business growth. The scheme has been led by ONE alongside Robert Gordon University (RGU) and ONE CodeBase as key partners. The hub brings together leading digital tech business incubation and ONE CodeBase’s expertise with a wide range of connections and investors focused on helping digital tech companies to develop and grow. Located in Aberdeen city centre, the hub provides tenants with unrivalled access to coworking spaces, offices, meeting rooms, social areas and up to ...
  • Equinor confirms revised Rosebank timetable

    June 6, 2019

    Equinor and its partners have confirmed a new timeline for the Rosebank project on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Following the award of a three-year extension for the Rosebank licences by the UK Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), a final investment decision is planned to be taken by May 2022. Equinor says that project team for the field has been established and technical and strategic work and studies are underway. The company holds a 40% operated interest in the Rosebank field, together with partners Suncor Energy (40%) and Siccar Point Energy (20%), which lies about 130 km northwest of the Shetland ...
  • Hurricane achieves first oil at Lancaster

    June 5, 2019

    Hurricane Energy has announced the successful production of first oil at the Lancaster field, following completion of a 72-hour production test on the Aoka Mizu FPSO. The combined flow from both wells at the Lancaster early production system (EPS) reached and maintained the planned production rate of 20,000 barrels of oil per day during the test. Hurricane anticipates a gradual ramp-up over the first six months of production, as it heads towards a long-term operating efficiency of 85%. Read more…  
  • Bristow secures aviation contract with BP

    June 3, 2019

    Bristow Group has announced a new five-year aviation contract with BP to support its North Sea operations. Delivered from bases in Aberdeen and Sumburgh, the contract will create new pilot and crew positions. Existing Sikorsky S-92s will be used alongside fixed-wing support from Eastern Airways. Read more…  
  • Ithaca acquires Chevron North Sea assets

    May 30, 2019

    Ithaca Energy has confirmed it is to acquire Chevron North Sea Limited for $2 billion, adding a further ten producing field interests to its existing portfolio. Ithaca, a subsidiary of Israel-based Delek Group, will grow its portfolio to total 18 producing field interests and is now forecast to deliver pro-forma 2019 production of approximately 80,000 boepd at an operating cost of approximately $17/boe. Approximately 500 employees will transfer to the company, of which around 200 work offshore on the operated assets. The transaction has an effective date of 1 January 2019 and is expected to complete around the end of the third ...
  • AMS forms joint venture with Boatlabs

    May 29, 2019

    Aberdeen Marine Surveyors (AMS Global Group) has entered into an agreement to form a joint company with Norway-based BoatLabs to share dynamic positioning (DP) and offshore marine services. BoatLabs AMS, a 50/50 venture, will operate in both Norway and the UK, and will see the companies share financial and technological resources. AMS says it has accrued an excellent track record with both oil operators and vessel owners, whilst BoatLabs has an established presence in DP-related services, including FMEAs and DP trials throughout Norway. Read more…