Tuesday, November 20, 2018

North Sea News

Offshore Platforms Controlled from Land

The Ivar Aasen platform (Photo: Aker BP)

Aker BP said it will become the first oil company in Norway to control operations of a permanently manned offshore platform from land from next year.Operating platforms remotely can…

Largest-ever Bismuth Plug Deployed

Valhall Field (Photo: AkerBP)

Metal-to-metal downhole sealing solutions provider BiSN said it recently deployed the largest-ever bismuth plug in the Valhall A-30 well, Norway, in conjunction with AkerBP and Altus…

Ineos to Buy ConocoPhillips North Sea Assets

North Sea. Image: ConocoPhillips

Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe's oil and gas company Ineos Group Holdings is in exclusive talks with ConocoPhillips to buy North Sea oil and gas fields worth $3 billion from the U.S.

Construction Begins at Galloper Offshore Wind Farm

Photo: Galloper Offshore Wind Farm

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Harwich International Port, North Sea seaport in Essex, to mark the official start of construction of the GBP 10 million operations & maintenance…

North Sea Port Opens Netherlands' Largest Solar Park

Pic: North Sea Port

The Scaldia solar park officially opened in North Sea Port, the logistical heart of Europe. The firm ib vogt installed more than 140,000 solar panels, making this the largest solar…

UK Offshore Licensing Round 'Encouraging'

(Photo: OGA)

The U.K.’s latest offshore licensing round has attracted 36 applications covering 164 blocks in frontier areas of the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS). A strong and diverse set of applications…

BREAKING: Tanker, Frigate Collision Shuts Down Norwegian Oil, Gas to Europe

Sinking frigate (screenshot of NRK streaming coverage at https://www.nrk.no/. NRK is the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company)

Norway has been forced to close the Sture Oil Terminal near Bergen and has started closing down the nearby Kollsness gas-and-condensate terminal — a lifeline of heating gas to Europe…

Norwegian Oil, Gas Plants Restart after Ship Collision

Sture Terminal (Photo: Equinor)

An oil tanker and a Norwegian navy frigate collided off Norway's west coast on Thursday, injuring eight people and triggering the temporary shutdown of a North Sea crude export terminal…

North Sea Crude: Forties Falls to Three-year Low

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North Sea Forties crude differentials fell to a three-year low on Monday, pressured by ample prompt supplies and limited demand.Ekofisk DelaysSome Ekofisk cargoes for loading in November…

Serica Energy to Buy BHP Stake in North Sea Fields

Image: Serica Energy

North Sea operator Serica Energy has struck a deal with commodities giant BHP Billiton to up its stakes in two North Sea fields, taking it above 90 per cent ownership of the assets.Under…

OKEA Gets Approval to Acquire Shell's Draugen, Gjoa Fields

Image: Shell

Norway's Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Ministry of Finance has approved the transaction from AS Norske Shell and OKEA concerning the transfer of the licenses associated with…

Decommissioning Gets into Deep Water in GoM

(Credit: LOC)

LOC Group’s Houston office provides perspective on decommissioning developments in the Gulf of Mexico.The Gulf of Mexico basin covers approximately 1.6 million km2 and is one of the…

Aquaterra Bags More Johan Sverdrup Work

(Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Energy announced Thursday it has been awarded a contract by Equinor to deliver early well construction operations for the next 16 wells of the Johan Sverdrup field development…

HydraWell Completes TAQA Decommissioning

Image: HydraWell

The manufacturer of specialty equipment for the oil and gas industry HydraWell has completed an offshore decommissioning project for TAQA in the Netherlands.The plugging job was conducted…

UK: Enough Oil and Gas Reserves for the Next 20 Years

Image: Equinor

The UK has enough oil reserves to sustain production for the next 20 years and beyond, new figures indicate.A report published by the UK Government suggests that the overall remaining…

Tailwind Completes EOG UK Acquisition

Image: Tailwind

London-based Tailwind Energy  has announced the completion of the acquisition of Houston-headquartered oil and gas firm EOG Resources's UK portfolio. The oil and gas venture announced…

Sembcorp Marine Bags Offshore Wind and Ferry Projects

Pic: Sembcorp

Sembcorp Marine is breaking new ground in renewable  energy engineering solutions with two separate projects worth over S$200 million (USD 145 mln).The Group has inked an agreement…

Denmark-Netherlands Subsea Power Cable Reaches Dutch Coast

Photo: www.cobracable.eu

A subsea power line set to link the networks of Denmark and the Netherlands reached the Dutch coast on Friday as part of plans to share excess electricity from wind farms and other sources.The 325 km (202 mile) long COBRAcabl

Bilfinger Secures Johan Sverdrup Contracts

(Illustration: TRY, courtesy Bilfinger)

German based Bilfinger said on Tuesday it has received follow-up orders from its contract partner, the Norwegian service company Aibel, that are to tie in with phase 1 of the Equinor…

Kvaerner Wins Sverdrup Jacket Number Four

(Image: Kvaerner)

Norway's Equinor has awarded a NOK 900 million ($107 million) contract to local contractor Kvaerner for delivery of the steel substructure for the Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 process platform.The engineering…