Rever Completes North Sea Decom Project
Subsea services provider Rever Offshore has successfully completed a North Sea infrastructure decommissioning project of the Greater Dunlin Area for Fairfield Energy.The subsea project delivery and execution provider to the offshore energy industry said that the assignment – in the East Shetland basin – was “one of the largest scale decommissioning projects undertaken by the company.”The project used diving support vessels Rever Sapphire and Rever Polaris,…
Forum Tackles Decom Challenges
At its inaugural Collaboration and Innovation in Decommissioning event earlier this month, Decom North Sea brought together more than 110 delegates – from operator and supply chain companies – to focus upon finding solutions to current and future decommissioning challenges.Working with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Decom North Sea constructed a highly interactive day comprising presentations, open forum sessions, networking and one-to-one sessions to maximize delegate engagement resulting in the generation of over 120 potential solutions.Setting the scene…
OPOL Announces Executive Team Appointments
The body responsible for the offshore oil and gas industry’s voluntary pollution compensation scheme has announced two appointments to its executive team. The Offshore Pollution Liability Association Limited (OPOL) has appointed a new managing director, Jacquelynn Craw, with effect from December 1. OPOL also confirmed the reappointment of its current chairman, Colin Wannell, with effect from January 1, 2017. Craw succeeds Niall Scott as managing director, who has held the post since 2011. Scott will step down at the end of December after completing his handover.
Exceed, Weatherford Join forces
Well management and performance improvement specialist Exceed has bolstered its decommissioning credentials through a strategic alliance with international oil and gas service company, Weatherford. The collaboration will offer an end-to-end solution for well decommissioning, using an integrated team which brings together extensive technical and commercial capabilities. Exceed brings a proven track record in well management to the partnership which will ensure lessons are learned…
Maersk Seeks to Shut Janice in UK North Sea
Maersk Oil said on Wednesday it would seek regulatory permission to shut its Janice installation, which produces around 7,000 barrels per day (bpd) from three UK North Sea oilfields, as the Danish firm reviews its operations due to falling oil prices. It is one of the first North Sea oil fields to be threatened with closure due to the drop in prices, with Brent crude futures having plunged to around $43 a barrel from over $100 a barrel last June. North Sea producers have been under increasing pressure to cut costs and improve production efficiency…
CAN Seals Contracts in North Sea, North Africa
CAN Group, has been awarded a $6.4 million contract to provide asset integrity services in the North Sea as the firm also announces international growth. The Aberdeen-headquartered company has secured work with Fairfield Energy aboard the Dunlin platform, UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The three year contract with Fairfield Energy will be led by ENGTEQ, the group’s integrity engineering business stream, that will provide services such as inspection management…
UK Oil Output Threatened by Offshore Power Shortages
More platform power needed to boost recovery from mature fields; producers say sellers offer gas on unhelpful terms. Loss of hubs will toll death knell for dependent fields. Britain's oil industry is facing the threat of a cascade of North Sea rig closures, unless ageing platforms can urgently source more gas to help squeeze out the remaining barrels. The potential threat to oil revenues looms as Scotland prepares to vote in September's independence referendum -- a debate in which oil production forecasts have become a political football.
PD&MS Energy Secures Contract Extension
PD&MS Energy has been awarded an offshore contract extension for engineering work on Fairfield Energy’s North Sea assets. Following an initial three-year contract, the options will see the Aberdeen-headquartered firm provide engineering, procurement and offshore construction services for an additional two years from May 2014. The scope of work will focus primarily on Fairfield Energy’s Dunlin platform in the East Shetland basin. PD&MS Energy chief executive…
Oil Firms Sweat Aging North Sea Assets
Services firms compete for late life assets; $335 billion prize still up for grabs. Streamlining processes and better planning are vital. Smaller oil producers are teaming up with engineering and oil services companies in Britain's North Sea to squeeze extra drops from aging facilities before rising costs force them to close. Improving "wrench time" - hours spent at worksites rather than on assessments and form-filling - and bringing in specialist teams to boost recovery rates, will help prevent early decommissioning, industry participants say.
Spudding of Exploration Well on Darwin
Fairfield Energy, a North Sea-focused independent oil and gas company, announced that the first well of a three well campaign in the Darwin area spudded on 23 October. The well is being drilled from the Ocean Nomad and is operated by Fairfield. The Darwin area includes the southern end of Block 211/27a (previously known as the NW Hutton field) together with an extension into Block 211/27e and lies approximately 130 km northeast of the Shetland Islands in the Northern North Sea.