• Ithaca sanctions second phase of Captain EOR

    February 4, 2020

    In an operational update ahead of full year results in March, independent producer Ithaca Energy has announced a $250 million North Sea capital expenditure programme in 2020. Around two-thirds of this expenditure relates to activities at the Alba and Captain fields, as well as the Greater Stella Area (GSA). These include the start-up of the Vorlich field development in the GSA, scheduled for the middle of the year, and the sanction of the Phase II Captain enhanced oil recovery (EOR) investment programme scheduled for the first half of the year. Phase II involves extending the existing polymer EOR programme to the ...
  • BP announces first oil from Alligin field

    February 4, 2020

    BP has announced encouraging early production from the Alligin field in the west of Shetland region. Operated by BP (50%) and developed in partnership with Shell (50%), Alligin is part of a series of subsea tieback developments in the North Sea. Located in the Greater Schiehallion Area, it has been developed as a two-well subsea tieback into the existing Schiehallion and Loyal subsea infrastructure and the Glen Lyon FPSO vessel. Holding 20 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), BP says project performance has been better than expected, with output reaching 15,000 boe per day at peak since its start-up in late December ...
  • DEKRA explores how to measure safety culture

    January 30, 2020

    Companies often assume that measuring safety culture is as simple as reviewing the statistics they keep. If markers like LTI (Lost Time Injury), TRIF (Total Recordable Injury Frequency) or FAC (First Aid Cases) are on the low side, the reasoning goes, the organisation’s safety culture must be good. They may also look to employee feedback through surveys to assess safety culture. These methods certainly can provide useful information, but they may not provide a complete picture. Moreover, organisations need to consider which statistics they rely on and how surveys are administered. There are also other ways to evaluate safety culture that ...
  • ASCO appointments reflect leadership aim

    January 29, 2020

    Global supply chain company, ASCO, has made two key appointments which it hopes will further its ability to create new standards in materials and logistics management via innovative technology and practice. Focusing on ASCO’s marine gas oil (MGO) business, Peter Hollister has been appointed to the role of Group Head of Fuels and Lubricants. With over 25 years’ experience in both the operator and supply chain communities, his expertise lies across the spectrum of operational and logistic fuel management, from refining to retail supply. After a 13-year break, Chris Lloyd also returns to ASCO as Group Head of Waste and Decommissioning. As ...
  • Neptune to adopt new digital subsurface technology

    January 28, 2020

    Neptune Energy has announced plans for a digital subsurface programme with the aim of discovering hydrocarbons 70% faster. The programme aims to reduce exploration costs and help bring discoveries into production up to three years earlier than current standards permit. Neptune is working with a range of partners and vendors to develop new tools to scan and interpret seismic data, reducing the time spent by geoscientists on administrative work and preparation, and providing them with data-informed insights they can use to identify hydrocarbons more efficiently and with more certainty. The company is also progressing a proof of concept project, testing new digital ...
  • Bethan Customs Consultancy’s 2020 vision

    January 21, 2020

    OGUK member Bethan Customs Consultancy is celebrating another productive year since its inception four years ago. The Aberdeenshire-based independent firm supports businesses across a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, to navigate the complexities of HMRC Authorisations and customs regimes. In 2019, 19 new clients have joined the firm, following a similar number the previous year. The Bethan team have also secured 17 Authorisation approvals for their clients, and provided support on trade compliance and HMRC audits for a further 5 clients. Read more…
  • Petrofac wins Petrogas NEO service contract

    January 8, 2020

    Petrofac has been selected by Petrogas NEO UK – a joint venture created by Petrogas E&P UK and NEO Energy, a portfolio company of private equity fund HitecVision – to establish the company’s new North Sea operations following its recently announced asset acquisition. In a two-year deal valued in the region of $50 million, Petrofac will integrate services across operations, projects and well engineering. As well as assisting in the transition of operations on the Quad 15 & Flyndre area assets, Petrofac will also provide ongoing operational, maintenance, engineering and construction support, as well as well engineering and project management support ...
  • BP agrees sale of Andrew area, Shearwater to Premier Oil

    January 7, 2020

    BP has agreed terms to sell its interests in the Andrew area in the central UK North Sea and its non-operating interest in the Shearwater field to Premier Oil, in a $625 million deal. BP operates the Andrew assets – comprising the Andrew platform, the Andrew (62.75%), Arundel (100%), Cyrus (100%), Farragon (67%) and Kinnoull (77.06%) fields and associated subsea infrastructure. It also holds a 27.5% stake in the Shell-operated Shearwater field. The Andrew assets are expected to transition to Premier Oil as a fully operational entity with 69 staff who operate and support the assets. There is no transfer of staff ...
  • Serica awarded out-of-round licence for Eigg prospects

    December 18, 2019

    Serica Energy (UK) Limited has received an Out of Round award of a 100% interest in the UK petroleum licence P2501, blocks 3/24c and 3/29c. These are located in the area adjacent to the Serica-operated Rhum field. The award contains the HPHT North Eigg and South Eigg prospects. The primary prospect is North Eigg which is estimated to contain 360 bcf (P50) and potentially over 1Tcf (P10) of recoverable gas, and is interpreted to share geological similarities with Rhum. Serica has committed to drilling an exploration well within three years and in the event of a commercial discovery intends to develop the ...
  • OGA publishes energy integration report

    December 17, 2019

    Integrating the UK offshore energy sector, including forging closer links between oil and gas and renewables, can reduce carbon emissions from oil and gas production and support delivery of the UK’s net-zero target, according to a new report published by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). The report, titled “UKCS Energy Integration: Interim Findings,” discusses the first phase of the UKCS Energy Integration project – led by the OGA in conjunction with BEIS, the Crown Estate and Ofgem – and considers options to help feed into a new strategic vision of the UKCS as an integrated energy basin. It also considers how ...