North Sea & Europe Offshore Regional Report

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Prosafe nets accommodation contract extensions offshore Mexico

Prosafe says its five accommodation vessels operating in Mexican waters had a utilization rate of 93% during 1Q 2015.

MOL agrees to terms for Ithaca Norway division

Ithaca Energy has agreed to sell Ithaca Petroleum Norge to Hungary’s MOL for $60 million, subject to approval from Norway’s government.

Test lab to simulate deepwater reeled installation techniques

Element Materials Technology is preparing a joint industry project to test subsea pipeline installation techniques.

Drilling & Completion

Deepwater Black Sea gas opens competition, analyst claims

Wood Mackenzie suggests recent deepwater developments in the Black Sea, notably ExxonMobil/OMV Petrom’s play-opening 2.5-tcf Domino discovery in the Romanian sector, could have a major impact on th...

Maersk Interceptor completes Ivar Aasen pilot well campaign

The jackup Maersk Interceptor has completed drilling two geo pilot wells on the Ivar Aasen field in the central Norwegian North Sea for operator Det norske oljeselskap.

DEA delegates offshore Norway well planning to AGR

DEA Norge has contracted AGR for well engineering and operational support for the operator’s drilling programs offshore Norway.

Field Development

Goliat FPSO starts final preparations in northern Norway fjord

The Goliat cylindrical FPSO has arrived in Hammerfest, northern Norway, following a 63-day voyage from South Korea onboard the Dockwise Vanguard.

Maersk Interceptor completes Ivar Aasen pilot well campaign

The jackup Maersk Interceptor has completed drilling two geo pilot wells on the Ivar Aasen field in the central Norwegian North Sea for operator Det norske oljeselskap.

Sembawang lands Gina Krog FSO conversion

Teekay has contracted Sembawang Shipyard to convert the shuttle tanker Randgrid into a FSO vessel for Statoil’s Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea. 

Subsea

Test lab to simulate deepwater reeled installation techniques

Element Materials Technology is preparing a joint industry project to test subsea pipeline installation techniques.

DeepOcean to install subsea facilities for Maria tie-in offshore Norway

Statoil has commissioned DeepOcean to handle riser/umbilical and cable installations for the Kristin and Heidrun platforms in the Norwegian Sea, in readiness for the subsea tieback of Wintershall’s...

Subsea 7 installs subsea positioning system at Aasta Hansteen offshore Norway

Nautronix’s NASNet communications array is fully operational for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen field development in the Norwegian Sea.

Geology & Geophysics

Maersk Interceptor completes Ivar Aasen pilot well campaign

The jackup Maersk Interceptor has completed drilling two geo pilot wells on the Ivar Aasen field in the central Norwegian North Sea for operator Det norske oljeselskap.

North Sea Breagh partners to use new 3D seismic data to optimize development plans

Production performance continues to improve at the Breagh gas field in the UK southern North Sea, according to partner Sterling Resources.

TGS commissions further Barents Sea 3D seismic survey

TGS has signed an agreement with Thalassa Holdings/WGP to acquire P-Cable 3D seismic data in the Norwegian Barents Sea. 

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Pipeline & Transportation

Test lab to simulate deepwater reeled installation techniques

Element Materials Technology is preparing a joint industry project to test subsea pipeline installation techniques.

Antin set to succeed BP as operator of UK North Sea CATS trunkline

BP has agreed to sell its operating interest in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas trunkline system in the UK North Sea to Antin Infrastructure Partners in a deal valued at $486 millio...

Normal operations restored at Huntington in North Sea

Operator E.ON has told partner Norwegian Energy Co. (Noreco) that the Huntington field in the UK North Sea is fully back onstream.

Production

Deepwater Black Sea gas opens competition, analyst claims

Wood Mackenzie suggests recent deepwater developments in the Black Sea, notably ExxonMobil/OMV Petrom’s play-opening 2.5-tcf Domino discovery in the Romanian sector, could have a major impact on th...

North Sea Breagh partners to use new 3D seismic data to optimize development plans

Production performance continues to improve at the Breagh gas field in the UK southern North Sea, according to partner Sterling Resources.

Normal operations restored at Huntington in North Sea

Operator E.ON has told partner Norwegian Energy Co. (Noreco) that the Huntington field in the UK North Sea is fully back onstream.

Rigs/Vessels

Prosafe nets accommodation contract extensions offshore Mexico

Prosafe says its five accommodation vessels operating in Mexican waters had a utilization rate of 93% during 1Q 2015.

Goliat FPSO starts final preparations in northern Norway fjord

The Goliat cylindrical FPSO has arrived in Hammerfest, northern Norway, following a 63-day voyage from South Korea onboard the Dockwise Vanguard.

Sembawang lands Gina Krog FSO conversion

Teekay has contracted Sembawang Shipyard to convert the shuttle tanker Randgrid into a FSO vessel for Statoil’s Gina Krog field in the Norwegian North Sea.