• ODE achieves duty holder milestone on Babbage installation

    May 18, 2020

    ODE Asset Management Ltd (ODE) has secured a contract from NEO Energy for the Babbage Field in the Southern North Sea, in its first appointment as duty holder on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). ODE is no stranger to the Babbage asset. The company has acted as operations and maintenance provider since the project phase and successfully transitioned the platform from normally manned to not normally manned status in recent years. The company’s continued involvement in Babbage is important business continuity for NEO Energy, particularly in securing existing jobs managing the offshore asset. Read more…  
  • OPEX Group launches emissions reduction service

    May 15, 2020

    Data science and predictive technology service provider, OPEX Group, has launched a new emissions reduction service in response to demand from the oil and gas industry, as operators seek to cut costs and achieve ambitious net-zero targets. X-PAS™ Emissions is a new data science service which enables operators to reduce CO2 intensity and emissions from oil and gas operations. It aims to help customers reduce annual CO2 tonnage by 15%. Powered by OPEX’s predictive technology, the system dynamically calculates and displays in real time the lowest achievable emissions intensity for an asset’s production target and plant configuration. Via a portal, users then ...
  • Bethan Customs advises on Consignor/Consignee status

    May 13, 2020

    With so many uncertainties still surrounding post-Brexit trading regulations, it’s good to know there are measures available to UK businesses that will streamline the cross-border transport of goods beyond 31 December 2020. Regardless of the eventual outcome of the EU exit negotiations, the UK will remain a member of the Common Transit Convention (CTC) – a customs procedure that’s available to businesses, enabling them to move goods across borders or territories without paying customs import duties until they arrive at their final destination. Businesses which transport cargo across several borders can expedite this process even further by applying for some customs simplifications, ...
  • Petrofac secures BP maintenance and metering contracts

    May 13, 2020

    Petrofac is set to build on its provision of digitally enhanced services for BP, following the award of a three-year extension to its existing maintenance contract and a new four-year metering contract. The metering services contract includes on- and offshore consulting and support services. Under the agreement, Petrofac will continue to harness digital technology to drive improvements and increase efficiencies for BP, as well as providing campaign inspection and maintenance services on its North Sea assets. Read more…    
  • Maersk Training offers new virtual courses

    May 13, 2020

    Maersk Training has successfully completed the pilot for the first ever virtual well control certification, the IADC WellSharp® Live. For the first time, all professionals attending the course were at home, in accordance with shelter-in-place regulations. Maersk Training is the first training provider to be audited and to pass for the virtual training courses it now offers, which are accredited by OPITO, IADC and IWCF. The company says that the achievement marks a step-change in the remote learning tools that will be necessary to sustain the industry in trying times. Maersk Training continues to find ways to provide training services whilst adhering ...
  • Bureau Veritas sees 900% rise in demand for remote inspection of offshore rigs

    May 12, 2020

    Testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas has reported a 900% rise in demand for the remote inspection of offshore assets and equipment since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bureau Veritas says requests for its remote inspection, certification, examination and verification services has escalated from a ‘want’ to a ‘need’ this year as businesses seek to keep employees safe from the coronavirus. A number of remote inspection solutions are already in progress for operators and oilfield service companies and there have been in excess of 20 additional requests since the start of this year. Inspections and verification are vital for ...
  • SSI Energy partners with CHC to offer COVID-19 solutions for the offshore industry

    May 11, 2020

    Medical and technical personnel provider SSI Energy has partnered with helicopter service group CHC to respond to the energy industry’s requirements during the COVID-19 crisis. The partnership offers operators a collaborative turnkey solution to mitigate the risk posed by the virus. Screening centres, employing specialist SSI Energy medics, have been set up at airports to reduce the chance of transmitting the disease offshore. Simultaneously, work was undertaken to address a worse-case scenario, where COVID-19 is present on a rig or vessel. CHC has provided specially adapted helicopters that could pick up infected personnel and bring them back to shore. This operation is ...
  • Kishorn dry dock opens for first time in 25 years

    May 7, 2020

    For the first time in over 25 years the dry dock facility at Kishorn Port near Lochcarron in Wester Ross has been fully opened to the sea to allow a shipping vessel into the dock. This marks the start of a new chapter in the life of the dry dock, one of the largest in Europe. In the early hours of Tuesday 5 May 2020, one of the 13,000-tonne dry dock gates was eased from its base and towed out into Loch Kishorn for temporary mooring. The operation was completed following a week of detailed preparatory work to ready the gate ...
  • Petrofac secures UK renewals totalling $100m

    May 7, 2020

    Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services business (EPS) has been awarded two three-year renewals in the UK, worth a combined total of more than US$100 million. Both awards come with options to extend beyond the initial term. The awards, gained under a competitive tender process with an international oil company, involve the provision of duty holder support services for an offshore support vessel, and operations and maintenance services for an oil and gas development project and gas terminal. Read more…  
  • Subsea 7 awarded IOG SURF contract

    May 7, 2020

    Independent Oil and Gas has awarded a sizeable Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract to Subsea 7, covering the Subsea, Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) work on Phase 1 of its Core Project the UK Southern North Sea (SNS). Phase 1 comprises the development and production of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields through a total of five wells with gas transported onshore via the Thames Pipeline. The SURF contract incorporates project management and EPCI activities for the subsea elements of Phase 1, including a 6km 24-inch extension from the pipeline to the Southwark platform, a 25km 12-inch line connecting ...