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UK government steps up consultations on offshore tax relief

Oil & Gas UK has welcomed a further consultation by Britain’s government on a basin-wide UK offshore investment allowance.

Alma/Galia platform nears sailaway

EnQuest says mechanical completion was achieved before Christmas on the semisubmersible platform for the Alma/Galia field development in the UK North Sea.

Statoil set to drill Norwegian Sea wildcat

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s plan for exploration drilling on the Snedfrid Nord prospect in the Norwegian Sea.

Drilling & Completion

Statoil set to drill Norwegian Sea wildcat

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s plan for exploration drilling on the Snedfrid Nord prospect in the Norwegian Sea.

Maersk Interceptor starts drilling at Ivar Aasen

The jackup Maersk Interceptor has started a three-year development program on the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Faroe lines up four wells offshore Norway

Faroe Petroleum has outlined its 2015 drilling schedule offshore Norway.

Field Development

Alma/Galia platform nears sailaway

EnQuest says mechanical completion was achieved before Christmas on the semisubmersible platform for the Alma/Galia field development in the UK North Sea.

Maersk Interceptor starts drilling at Ivar Aasen

The jackup Maersk Interceptor has started a three-year development program on the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Statoil contracts Aker Solutions for Sverdrup EPMA

Aker Solutions will provide engineering, procurement, and management assistance services for five years at the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup development in the Norwegian North Sea. 

Subsea

Det norske commits to Viper-Kobra subsea tieback offshore Norway

Det norske oljeselskap and its partners have decided to develop the small Viper-Kobra accumulations in the Norwegian North Sea.

Det norske completes fourth Alvheim subsea tieback

Det norske oljeselskap and its partners have started production from the Bøyla field in block 24/9 in the northern Norwegian North Sea.

Hydro upgrades offshore cable capability

Subsea/topsides cables and connectors provider Hydro Group has installed and commissioned a new armoring line at its facility in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

Geology & Geophysics

Norwegian license winners outline prospects, work plans

Statoil has issued details of its new licenses under Norway’s Awards in Predefined Areas 2014 (APA 2014) Round.

UK association revises mooring, offloading guidelines

Oil & Gas UK has published two updated sets of guidelines for operators of FPSOs, FSUs, and offtake tankers on the UK continental shelf.

Searcher to begin Echidna survey offshore Ireland

Searcher Seismic, in conjunction with project partner MAGE, is set to begin its Echidna regional broadband 2D seismic survey offshore Ireland. 

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Pipeline & Transportation

North Sea CATS trunkline restrictions to continue

Noreco says normal operations of the UK North Sea’s CATS gas transport system will not resume until the end of February at the earliest.

Det norske completes fourth Alvheim subsea tieback

Det norske oljeselskap and its partners have started production from the Bøyla field in block 24/9 in the northern Norwegian North Sea.

Gassco improves regularity for gas trunkline network offshore Norway

Gassco transported 101 bcm (4 tcf) of gas last year through various offshore trunkline systems to terminals in Belgium, France, Germany, and the UK.

Production

North Sea CATS trunkline restrictions to continue

Noreco says normal operations of the UK North Sea’s CATS gas transport system will not resume until the end of February at the earliest.

Report underlines downturn in UK offshore activity

Forty wells were drilled offshore the UK last year, 10 fewer than in 2013, according to Deloitte’s Petroleum Services Group’s latest North West Europe Review.

Det norske completes fourth Alvheim subsea tieback

Det norske oljeselskap and its partners have started production from the Bøyla field in block 24/9 in the northern Norwegian North Sea.

Rigs/Vessels

Alma/Galia platform nears sailaway

EnQuest says mechanical completion was achieved before Christmas on the semisubmersible platform for the Alma/Galia field development in the UK North Sea.

PSA to probe lifeboat incident at Yme offshore Norway

Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) will investigate a lifeboat incident that occurred recently on the jackup Mærsk Giant, which is serving as a living quarters facility at the Yme field in the Norweg...

UK association revises mooring, offloading guidelines

Oil & Gas UK has published two updated sets of guidelines for operators of FPSOs, FSUs, and offtake tankers on the UK continental shelf.