• Petrofac awarded IOG well management contract

    June 1, 2020

    Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has awarded the well management contract for its Core Project Phase 1 to Petrofac. Phase 1 comprises the development and production of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood fields through a total of five wells. The contract scope covers the planning, execution and close-out phases of the Phase 1 drilling programme, with Petrofac intended to act as Well Operator on behalf of IOG. The planning phase includes detailed well design, risk assessment and management of well-related regulatory requirements. During the execution phase Petrofac will manage well engineering, procurement and logistics, assure well construction and integrity, and provide onshore ...
  • Norwell EDGE launches virtual wellsite training

    May 28, 2020

    A new immersive scenario game that puts oil and gas worker’s skills to the test has been launched by specialist energy e-learning company Norwell EDGE. Players are transported to virtual rigs where they can explore the layout, equipment and systems needed to drill wells before being put through their paces with a range of tasks. Each task is aligned with the content and learning outcomes on Norwell EDGE’s digital training platform. The 3D scenarios cover both onshore and offshore wells and can be tailored to specific company projects and activity. The development of the virtual scenarios, called Virtual EDGE, follows an extensive ...
  • Archer awarded Cormorant Alpha derrick removal contract

    May 22, 2020

    Archer’s UK engineering team has been awarded a contract by TAQA for the provision of derrick equipment set (DES) and derrick removal services on Cormorant Alpha. The scope of services includes the engineering design and preparation activities, derrick dismantlement in modular sections by specialist rope access teams followed by the de-construction and removal of the DES drillfloor and major structures. Archer’s teams will then prepare the platform’s drilling and pipedeck structures to receive a modular drilling rig for plug and abandonment (P&A) operations. The engineering activities in relation to the derrick removal activities are estimated to commence from mid-May 2020 with the ...
  • Restrata supports emergency response from home

    May 20, 2020

    Safety and emergency response technology provider Restrata has developed a suite of fully remote emergency response tools, supported by digital solutions and facilities within its Global Operations Control Centre (GOCC). Whilst the energy sector is considered key to keeping the nation’s lights on, the response plans of last week may not work this week, therefore response teams need to continually exercise to ensure plans remain up to date and appropriate. The Restrata Platform provides crisis management software and real-time visibility of people, assets and key information within an incident, helping to ensure that emergency response can be appropriately conducted to protect them ...
  • ADC launches COVID-19 resilience audit to support offshore industry

    May 20, 2020

    Specialist rig inspection company Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC) has launched a resilience audit to help the oil and gas industry maintain safe operations by protecting against the spread of COVID-19 on offshore installations. ADC has combined guidance from the world’s leading advisory, regulatory and legislative bodies, including the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Oil & Gas UK, with its 35 years of global operator and drilling contractor experience to produce a COVID-19 Resilience Audit. The audit provides a holistic review of life offshore, from best practices in serving food and social distancing during helicopter transfers to team communications and the safe ...
  • PD&MS secures three-year contract with Spirit Energy

    May 19, 2020

    International engineering and design specialist PD&MS Group has been awarded a new three-year contract with Spirit Energy, with options for a further three-year extension. The deal, worth an undisclosed multimillion-pound sum, will see the Aberdeen-headquartered firm deliver complex modifications for the E&P business. The engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning firm has worked with Spirit Energy, providing decommissioning support in the Morecambe Bay area. Building on this existing relationship, the new contract will see PD&MS carry out campaigns both onshore and offshore in the execution of Spirit Energy’s complex modifications delivery strategy. Read more…  
  • Brodies LLP considers legal impacts of COVID-19

    May 18, 2020

    As the oil and gas industry deals with the impact of COVID-19 and the fall in oil prices, businesses operating in the UKCS will face similar challenges to those following the 2014 downturn, albeit with new dimensions, including complications presented by associated limitations on storage capacity. In a blog post, law firm Brodies LLP considers the legal impact of the coronavirus on the sector, including the effects of new working arrangements, the implications of any force majeure provisions, insurance claims and the government’s Job Retention Scheme. Read the full article on the Brodies website.  
  • 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, ...