Thursday, June 20, 2019

Southern North Sea News

Perenco Renews North Sea Contract

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Anglo-French oil and gas company Perenco has expanded the scope of its support contract with Servelec Controls, the control, safety and information systems provider, in the southern North Sea of the United Kingdom.Servelec has been providing service, support and maintenance for various Perenco control and safety systems for more than a decade.Perenco and Servelec Controls have now extended their agreement for a further two years, covering three onshore sites: Dimlington Onshore Terminal in Humberside…

Chrysaor to Buy ConocoPhillips’ UK Assets

Judy in the J-Area (Photo: ConocoPhillips)

Chrysaor has reached a deal to acquire ConocoPhillips’ oil and gas exploration and production assets in the UK for $2.675 billion, the companies announced on Thursday.Full-year 2018 production and year-end 2018 proved reserves associated with the assets being sold were approximately 72,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) and approximately 99 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), respectively. This acquisition increases Chrysaor’s pro forma 2018 production to 177…

ABP, Peterson Sign Pact

ABP local management team welcomes Peterson UK to Lowestoft. Photo: ABP

The logistics and service provider to the offshore energy industry Peterson UK Limited has concluded a new long-term agreement with Associated British Ports Holdings (ABP) to establish a new operational and logistics base to the Port of Lowestoft.ABP, which owns and operates 21 ports in the United Kingdom, said that the new agreement will see Peterson operate a wide range of warehouse, cargo and logistic services from the port, including fuel bunkering to support the oil & gas and renewable energy sectors being supplied from their Lowestoft Supply Base.Paul Smith…

Topaz Bags Wind Charter

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Dubai-based Marine logistics company Topaz Energy and Marine (Topaz) has signed an agreement with a north European contractor for the charter of Topaz's newbuild for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.The contractor will charter Topaz’s newbuild subsea vessel, Topaz Tangaroa, for work on renewable energy projects, primarily in support of offshore wind farms in the southern North Sea. The contract underlines the growing significance of offshore wind projects…

Equinor Completes NCS Asset Sales

(Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor)

Norwegian energy company Equinor announced Friday it has completed the sales of two non-core discoveries on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) for a combined $470 million.Equinor announced in October that it would divest from the King Lear and Tommeliten discoveries as part of an effort to prioritize and refocus its asset portfolio.The first sale, of a 77.8 percent operated interest in the King Lear discovery to Aker BP, was for a total of $250 million.“This…

IOG Delays North Sea Project Financing

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UK based oil and gas development & production company Independent Oil and Gas Plc (IOG)cautioned that current oil price volatility and capital market conditions aren’t conducive to deliver its financing plan for the core Southern North Sea project before year-end.The company which explores for and develops oil and gas properties in the North Sea said in a press release that it was ready to enter the execution phase of its core development project in the UK Southern North Sea…

Ineos Completes Clipper South Re-routing Project

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UK-based oil products company Ineos Oil and Gas UK has completed a project to re-route production from its Clipper South field via the Shell operated Clipper field into the Bacton processing terminal.According to a company release, the USD 80 mln investment into a new pipeline and sub-sea equipment will extend the life of the Clipper South field, following closure in October of the existing facilities at the Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal, previously operated by ConocoPhillips.The release quoted David Brooks…

Shell Netherlands CEO Christens Wagenborg's W2W Vessel

Godmother Mrs. Marjan van Loon at the bow of the Walk to Work vessel Kasteelborg. Image: Wagenborg Offshore

The second Walk to Work vessel in the fleet of Wagenborg Offshore was unveiled on the Nieuwediepkade in the port of Den Helder. The Walk to Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel Kasteelborg was christened by Mrs. Marjan van Loon, CEO Shell Netherlands.Kasteelborg will serve as standby and support vessel in collaboration with the Kroonborg, which was commissioned almost three years ago, with maintenance of the unmanned platforms on the southern North…

Peel Ports Signs 12-year Deal with Asco

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Peel Ports and offshore services firm ASCO have joined forces in a long-term strategic partnership aimed at supporting the energy sector in Great Yarmouth and promoting future sustainability for the port.By working in collaboration, the two organisations will support existing customers and attract new ones to the port by offering increased flexibility to meet the demands of the oil and gas, renewable energy and decommissioning sectors operating out of Great…

Aker BP to Buy Equinor Gas, Condensate Discovery

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Aker BP has agreed to buy Equinor's 77.8 percent stake in Norway's King Lear gas and condensate discovery for $250 million in cash, the two companies said on Monday.The North Sea discovery has estimated reserves of 77 million barrels of oil equivalents, and by connecting it to existing production facilities at the Ula field, Aker BP expects the acquisition to add more than 100 million barrels in total."This (tie-in) will improve the capacity utilization…

Ampelmann Secures North Sea Decommissioning Project

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Dutch offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has made another step forward in the field of decommissioning with a recently secured contract in the Southern North Sea.An E-type gangway system has been installed on the Olympic Orion vessel to carry out a two-month campaign for end client Spirit Energy to prepare the Audrey platform for decommissioning.The E-type is the largest fully motion compensated system within the Ampelmann portfolio. Operating globally…

Ampelmann Wins North Sea Contracts

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Ampelmann has strengthened its position in the North Sea this year after being awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the basin.The projects will see six E-type gangway systems deployed for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UKCS.Utilising motion compensation technology, Ampelmann’s E-type is the largest system in the company’s portfolio and is ideally suited for the harsh environment of the North Sea…

Ampelmann Six New North Sea Contracts

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Offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann said it has strengthened its position in the North Sea this year after being awarded four new contracts and two extended scopes of work in the basin.The projects will see six E-type gangway systems deployed for planned shutdown campaigns and ongoing fabric maintenance support by different major operators across the UKCS.Utilizing motion compensation technology, Ampelmann’s E-type is the largest system in the company’s portfolio and is ideally suited for the harsh environment of the North Sea…

Barge Master 3D Motion Compensated Crane for Wagenborg

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Wagenborg awarded Barge Master a contract for a second 3D motion compensated crane for its new walk-to-work vessel Kasteelborg. The first motion compensated crane on the Kroonborg has increased the workability from approximately 180 to 330 days per year. “The crane works quite happily in three meter seas,” said Haije Stigter, former program manager at ONEgas/Shell, notes - adding that it “works like a dream.”The Barge Master Crane, as configured for the Kroonborg…

Bibby Offshore Scores Contract Hat-Trick with Supermajor

Polaris (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore announced three individual multimillion dollar contract wins with an oil and gas supermajor. The initial contract will see Bibby Offshore complete riser replacement works including a production/test riser and riser buoy connector pipe changeout at one of the major’s oil fields, situated in the Central North Sea. Engineering work for this project commenced in Q4 2017, with dive support vessel (DSV) Bibby Polaris and…

Newbuild Rescue Vessel Bound for Breagh Field Deployment

Celebrating the naming of Forties Sentinel are (left to right) Rory Deans, chief executive of Sentinel Marine, Ylva Tuft – the ship’s godmother – and Mervyn Williams, supply chain manager for INEOS Breagh. (Photo: Sentinel Marine)

A new multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) built by Aberdeen-based Sentinel Martine as part of a £110 million ($145 million) investment has been deployed to operations in the southern North Sea. Forties Sentinel was officially named at a ceremony in Great Yarmouth. Forties Sentinel has been contracted to INEOS Breagh to provide support for the firm’s production facilities in the Breagh gas field. INEOS has also chartered a second ERRV from the Sentinel Marine fleet – Sentinel Ranger – for the field.

Jenkins Joins Well-Safe

Matt Jenkins (Photo: Well-Safe Solutions)

Well-Safe Solutions has appointed a director of well abandonment to its growing list of decommissioning experts, bringing the senior team to nine since launching this summer. Matt Jenkins has joined Well-Safe from Conoco where he led its UK P&A (plug and abandonment) Engineering and Strategy and was pivotal in the Southern North Sea Decommissioning project. As director of well abandonment at Well-Safe, Jenkins will lead the technical team to design safe and efficient well P&A operations for clients…

Sentinel Marine Secures Two New Contracts

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Sentinel Marine said it has secured two new contracts bringing the Aberdeen-headquartered firm’s contract wins to a total of £26.4 million ($34.4 million) since January this year. The latest contract wins will provide continued employment for 72 seafarers in the North Sea. Sentinel Marine’s contract with Statoil UK Limited will see the provision of an emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) Portland Sentinel in the energy producer’s Mariner field from the beginning of August.

UK Mulls Revisiting Oldest North Sea Blocks

File Image: A North Sea Offshore Oil Platform (CREDIT:Craig International)

Britain wants oil and gas drillers to recover pockets of gas that are more difficult to reach in a part of the North Sea where drilling for fossil fuels started over 50 years ago. Britain's oil regulator, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), said on Thursday that some 3.8 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of tight gas remain in the southern North Sea, one of the world's oldest offshore gas extraction areas that has produced more than 40 tcf. Drilling activity in Britain's North Sea has been at a record low for two years as weak oil prices make projects less attractive.

GustoMSC Debuts Self-propelled Cantilever Jack-up

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The NG-5500X-LD is the latest design in GustoMSC’s series of self-propelled jack-up designs, the NG series. Based on the NG-2500X and NG-1800X designs, the NG-5500X-LD is a solution for light drilling and well intervention in a large number of mature fields in the Southern North Sea, Middle East and South East Asia. The conditions of these fields are characterized by water depths of up to 50 to 80 meters pending the region, traditionally the domain of classic drilling jack-ups and tender barges.