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A German U-boat (Photo: Library of Congress, Bain Collection)

Wreck of WWI German U-boat Sub Found off Belgium

The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast.   The use of submarines, often referred to as U-boats, in World War One to disrupt British trade routes in the English Channel and the North Sea was a key part of German tactics.   The 93 German U-boats stationed in Belgian ports downed more than 2,500 ships but were also a target themselves, with 70 of them lost at sea, killing 1,200 sailors.   It was not yet clear which of the 11 known wrecks of the German submarines had

Aker Solutions Wins Troll FEED Contract With EPCI Option From Statoil

order includes an option for engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the module, which will receive and process gas from the Troll West field before it is exported to the onshore Kollsnes facility near Bergen in Norway. The module will be installed on the Troll A platform in the North Sea. "We're excited to start working on the next phase of this important development and look forward to collaborating with Statoil to optimize value from this field," said Aker Solutions Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo. The Troll field, located about 65 kilometers west of Kollsnes

(Photo: Klaus Heinrich Vanselow)

Solar Storms Linked to Beaching of Sperm Whales in North Sea

The mass beachings of sperm whales in countries around the North Sea last year could have been due to solar storms, German scientists have said.   Twenty-nine sperm whales washed up on German, Dutch, French and British shores between January and February 2016, surprising scientists after only 82 previous beaching of sperm whales had been documented since the 1990s.   Klaus Heinrich Vanselow, a marine biology expert at the University of Kiel in Germany, studied the connection between whale strandings and two major solar storms that took place at the end of December 2015.   The

Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Wraps up North Sea Work

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore said it continues to strengthen its presence in the North Sea with the completion of two further contracts with oil and gas majors, Perenco and Endeavour Energy UK    Perenco appointed Bibby Offshore to perform subsea integrity inspections and maintenance works on the Inde Joint pipeline, which runs to the Bacton Gas Terminal in the Southern North Sea. Completed in early July, the 15-day workscope saw Bibby Offshore install a total of 94 concrete mattresses over the pipeline to assist in preserving the remaining rock dump mounds.    The

North Sea Atlantic Joins the Technip fleet

On Saturday July 26, 2014, a ceremony was held in Bergen to officially name the latest new subsea construction vessel to join the Technip fleet, the North Sea Atlantic. More than 200 guests from shipowner North Sea Shipping, ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners, gathered to attend the ceremony held at the NorYards BMV AS shipyard (previously Bergen Group) in Laksevåg, Bergen, Norway.  The event was hosted by North Sea Shipping CEO, Hallvard Klepsvik, and his wife, Sigrid Anne Våge, acted as the vessel godmother. Technip announced in 2012 that it had signed a long

Production Vessel En Route to North Sea Kraken Field - EnQuest

The vessel needed to start production at EnQuest's Kraken oil field in the North Sea sailed away from Singapore on Nov. 23, the company said, indicating the oil field's start-up schedule remains on track. The field, one of the largest oil fields currently being developed in the North Sea, is expected to start producing first oil the first half of next year. The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is set to arrive in the North Sea in mid-January, EnQuest said. (Reporting by Karolin Schaps)

CIMC Raffles starts Norway semisub

CIMC Raffles Starts Norway's Semisub Construction

Chinese semi-submersible rig specialist CIMC Raffles has kicked off construction of a deep-water unit destined for operation in Norway’s North Sea and other challenging regions such as the Arctic and Barents Sea.Construction started yesterday. Beacon Atlantic, built for Norway’s rig player North Sea Rigs to the GM4-D design, will be capable of operating in water depths of 500 metres with drilling depth up to 8000 metres. Classed classification society DNV GL, the rig with DP3 system and a drilling package provided by NOV will be built to the Norsok standards, while meeting the

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New Oil Field Found in British North Sea

  GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f (licence P1588) and BP operated block 30/1c (licence P363) was flow tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The discovery, referred to as ‘Marconi’ by GDF SUEZ and ‘Vorlich’ by BP, is located in the Central North Sea. Ruud Zoon, Managing Director of GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd said: “This is an encouraging exploration discovery in a part of the Central North Sea that needs

Karen Seath (Photo: Decom North Sea)

Decom North Sea Elects New Directors

On the eve of the Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2015, Decom North Sea (DNS), the offshore oil and gas decommissioning forum held its Annual General Meeting in St Andrews. Last night, the AGM saw five new board directors elected and five directors reelected from across a range of sectors within the oil and gas industry.   New directors have been named as Alistair Hope, Alan Edwards, Sebastiaan Pauwels, Robert McCaig and Gerard Lubbinge, while those who have been reelected as directors to the board are Pamela Ogilvie, Tom Leeson, Murdo MacIver, Roy Aspden and David Dent.   Commenting

Photo courtesy of LR Senergy

Play Fairway Mapping is Key in the North Sea

Regional play fairway mapping is the key to locating remaining prospectivity in the prolific North Sea hydrocarbon province, according to the new Ternan play evaluation report released by global energy services company LR Senergy.   The Ternan 2015 Integrated North Sea Report is the latest in a series of regional play fairway evaluations that analyze petroleum systems and provide exploration specialists with a unique insight into the regional risk factors that impact subsurface studies. The reports are designed for evaluation and screening of exploration opportunities. They help minimize

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DOF Subsea Wins Athena Decommissioning Work

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea said it has been awarded a contract by Ithaca Energy for phase 1 of the decommissioning of the Ithaca operated Athena Field in the U.K. North Sea.   Athena is located in U.K. Continental Shelf block 14/18B in the central North Sea (Outer Moray Firth area) at a water depth of 130 meters. DOF’s scope of work includes the removal of the subsea water column infrastructure that has been used on the field, where Ithaca ceased production in January 2016, with the FPSO departing the field in February 2016.   The contract involves the removal of mid-water

UK North Sea Gas Discovery 'Significant' Say E&P

E.ON Exploration & Production's (E&P) Tolmount gas discovery in the UK North Sea could contain significantly higher volumes than originally estimated, making it one of the largest discoveries made in this part of the North Sea for several years. The recently completed appraisal well reached its targets within time and budget on 6th July. A 855 m side-track was completed on 30th July, 2013.   "This successful discovery in UK is an important step for our growing upstream business. Tolmount will significantly contribute to the implementation of our business strategy," said

Shipping Industry Convenes for ACCSEAS Conference

Free conference to explore e-navigation solutions to keep North Sea shipping safe. The ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference takes place next week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with an array of maritime organizations from around the globe convening to discuss the work of ACCSEAS in developing a test-bed of e-navigation solutions to help keep mariners safe when navigating the increasingly busy shipping waters of the North Sea Region.   Organizations confirmed as attending the ACCSEAS Conference include the International Chamber of Shipping, Danish Maritime Authority, Inmarsat, Royal Association of

North Sea semi-submersible drilling rig built by CIMC Raffles for North Sea Rigs AS

CIMC Makes Progress on Arctic Rig

  On 19th January 2015, North Dragon, the North Sea semi-submersible drilling rig built by CIMC Raffles for North Sea Rigs AS, successfully assembled in Yantai Shipyard. It is the first semi-submersible drilling rig having the capability of operating in the Arctic area in China.   North Dragon is designed to operate in water depths of 500 meters, up to 1,200 meters and drill to depths of 8,000 meters. It is equipped with Rolls & Royce power system, Kongsberg DP3 dynamic positioning system, Siemens electronic control system and NOV drilling system. Drilling section applies offline

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McDermott Signs Agreement for North Sea Spoolbase

McDermott International, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed an option agreement with PD Ports which gives it the exclusive right to operate a spoolbase to serve projects in the North Sea. McDermott expects to have the facility available for projects in early 2015. Located in Hartlepool, in northeast United Kingdom, the spoolbase is expected to support McDermott’s reentry into the North Sea Reel-Lay market. The Port of Hartlepool is a well-established working port with a history of fabrication for the oil and gas industry and has excellent access from harbor to the open sea.

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Decommissioning Industry Body Welcomes Increased Certainty for Sector

Decom North Sea (DNS) welcomed changes in the Budget that will boost the sector by giving increased certainty in turn leading to new jobs and investment in new technology. With annual decommissioning expenditure in the North Sea forecast to top £1billion within a few years, DNS had called for the Budget to provide long-term certainty. The forum has more than 200 members drawn from across the full spectrum of the industry including operators and contractors.  DNS Chief Executive Brian Nixon said, “The Chancellor’s confirmation of tax relief through Decommissioning Relief

Dr.  Leslie Mabon (Photo: SCCS)

Researchers Assess Attitudes to North Sea Energy Future

New research in Scotland has stressed the need for a clear government policy which positions Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the North Sea as part of a managed transition towards a low-carbon economy in the UK.   The findings from a joint research project between Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen and Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) highlight differing attitudes when people consider how current government priorities on maximizing oil recovery relate to climate change objectives.   The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the power and industry sectors could boost

Farstad OSV: Image credit Farstad Shipping

Offshore Vessel Charters for Farstad

CD, 4,000 DWT) and PSV Far Scotsman (2012, PSV 08 CD, 4,000 DWT) to support the Statoil drilling campaign on the coast of East Africa. Commencement is expected to take place in April 2013. The duration of the contracts will be approx. 9 months, with a further 9 month option. Both vessels will leave the North Sea during the month of March. Technip UK has awarded PSV Far Star (1999, UT 745, 4,403 DWT) a 60 day contract with a 30 day option, to support the Technip activities in Brazil. Far Star has already left the North Sea. Perenco Petroleo e Gas do Brasil has awarded a 12 month contract with a 6

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