Monday, October 14, 2019

North Sea News

Greenpeace Activists Climb Shell North Sea Platform

Greenpeace activists boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the British North Sea on Monday in protest against plans to leave parts of the giant structures in place after production shuts down.Pictures provided by Gre

Chestnut Field Extended Up to Three Years

Hummingbird Spirit FPSO (Photo: Teekay)

Partners Spirit Energy and Dana Petroleum will invest £140 million ($177 million) to extend the life of the Chestnut field in the UK North Sea by as much as three years.The companies…

GSI Expands in the UK

(Photo: Gulfstream Services International)

Offshore equipment and engineered solutions provider Gulfstream Services International (GSI) said it has moved into its new Aberdeen headquarters as part of an effort targeting expansion…

Energy Recruiters Name Scotland Regional Manager

Zander Thornton (Photo: MDE Group)

Norway-headquartered MDE Group, a global provider of energy recruitment services, continues to implement its UK sector growth strategy, by announcing the appointment of its first regional…

Chrysaor Acquires Conoco's UK North Sea Assets

(Photo: ConocoPhillips)

North Sea oil producer Chrysaor completed on Monday a $2.675 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips' British North Sea oil and gas business, cementing the private equity-backed firm's…

Var Energi Buys Exxon's Norway Assets for $4.5 Bln

ExxonMobil's stake in the Equinor-operated Grane field is one of more than 20 picked up by Vår Energi in a $4.5 billion deal. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen / Equinor)

ExxonMobil said on Thursday it will sell its Norwegian upstream oil and gas assets to independent exploration and production company Vår Energi for $4.5 billion as part of an ongoing…

Equinor to be ‘Offshore Wind Major’

Graph: Rystad Energy

The multi-billion capital investment by Equinor at its new Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm will see it rival its major oil and gas projects, according to Rystad Energy."The offshore…

German Trains to Run on Offshore Wind

Image: Deutsche Bahn

German Rail (Deutsche Bahn – DB) has closed Germany’s first power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy electricity from an offshore wind farm.German Rail has signed a five-year deal starting in 2024 to buy the output of 25MW…

Fire Reported on Tanker at Sture Terminal

A fire onboard an oil tanker at Norway's Sture crude export terminal has been put out, the fire service told Reuters on Friday.The fire broke out in the engine room of the Dubai Harmony…

Xodus Hires Rivers

Stephen Rivers (Photo: Xodus Group)

Energy consultancy Xodus Group said it has appointed Stephen Rivers as Subsea & Pipelines Manager for Asia-Pacific as the company targets strategic growth and new projects in the region.

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

If we are going to store large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in depleted oil and gas reservoirs beneath the seabed we need to be sure that, in the unlikely event of a leak, we can detect it.

Exxon Discussing Norway Asses Sale with Var Energi

(Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor)

Oil major ExxonMobil said on Friday it had signed an exclusivity agreement with Var Energi for negotiations regarding a possible sale of Exxon's Norwegian upstream assets.An acquisition…

TenneT, EnBW, Ørsted Pact on Transmission Concept

Image: Ørsted

The European transmission system operator TenneT, German utilities company EnBW and offshore wind specialist Ørsted have formed an alliance with the aim of implementing new connection…

Industry Showcases Positive Changes at OE 2019

Photo: SPE Offshore Europe

Commitment to accelerating the energy transition is gathering pace, as operators and technology developers at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 said they will invest to secure a more sustainable…

Dutch Offshore Wind Grid Borssele Alpha Ready

Image: TenneT

The Dutch government announced that construction has been completed of the first large offshore “socket”, or substation, that will connect 700 MW of energy from wind turbines in the North Sea to the mainland.Borssele Alpha…

NGO Pushes for Green Recycling in North Sea

Pic: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

With the oil and gas sector seeing a downturn since 2014, the Platform has documented an increasing number of offshore units sold for scrap.While the recycling of fixed installations occurs under strict regulations…

DNV GL to Certify TenneT Platform in German Sea

Pic: DNV GL

DNV GL has signed a four-year framework agreement with TenneT to provide project certification for new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC)  substations linked to offshore wind farms…

Siemens Wins Viking Link Gig

Map: Siemens Gas and Power (GP)

Germany's Siemens AG said  that it has won a deal to supply two converter stations for the first high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link between the UK and Denmark.Viking Link will…

Scandinavia's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

From left to right: CEO of Vattenfall Magnus Hall, Chairman of Vattenfall Lars G. Nordström, HRH Crown Prince of Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen and pupils from Hvide Sande School. Photo: JESPER VOLDGAARD

European energy giant Vattenfall opened Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm, Horns Rev 3.The 49 wind turbines on the Horns Rev 3 also represent Vattenfall’s and Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm…

Gulf Marine CEO Quits in wake of Profit Warning

A Gulf Marine Services Jack Up unit (CREDIT: GMS)

Gulf Marine Services said on Wednesday Chief Executive Officer Duncan Anderson has resigned as the oilfield industry contractor warned a reassessment of its ships and contracts showed profit would fall this year…