North Sea News

Nick Hawkes (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Aquaterra Names Hawkes Financial Director

for 15 years. Hawkes graduated from Bournemouth University in 1987 with a BA (Hons) Business Studies.   His appointment follows the announcement in July that Aquaterra Energy secured a multimillion pound investment from EV Private Equity as part of its pledge in 2016 to invest $200 million in North Sea businesses with new technologies and high growth potential. The independent private equity firm confirmed it was seeking to invest between $10 million to $40 million in each company.   George Morrison, managing director of Aquaterra Energy, said, “Nick’s appointment marks an

Dr. Miguel Morales Maqueda (center) with Alicia Mountford and Liam Rogerson, the group from Newcastle University carrying out research in Antarctica as part of the ORCHESTRA project. (Photo: Newcastle University)

Researchers Set out to Study the Southern Ocean

surveys of the ocean surface measuring properties such as near-surface meteorology (wind, air pressure and air temperature), waves, ocean temperature and currents. The Wave Glider relays this information back to base via satellite.   “We have successfully deployed the Wave Glider in the North Sea, specifically to determine sea level properties, including wave height and period, and we will now use the same technology in the Southern Ocean. We will deploy the Wave Glider north of the Antarctic Peninsula in late November or early December 2017 from the NERC research vessel RRS James Clark

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

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Maersk Drilling Secures Nexen Contract

 Danish driller Maersk Drilling has been awarded a contract by Nexen Petroleum for the drilling of three wells and options for nine additional wells at UK’s largest producing oil field, the Buzzard field in the Central North Sea.   The drilling campaign is for the Buzzard Phase II Development Project and is planned to commence around July 2018.    The estimated duration of the initial firm contract period is 225 days. The drilling campaign will be carried out by one of Maersk Drilling’s I-class jack-ups currently operating in Norway. The I-class jack-ups are of a

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

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

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

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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