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North Sea & Europe Offshore Oil & Gas News

ERSAI awarded contract in Caspian

Saipem, through its controlled company ERSAI Caspian Contractor LLC, has won a new engineering and construction contract in the Caspian region.

Statoil signs Norway casing/reamer supply deal

Deep Casing Tools has signed a frame agreement with Statoil Petroleum covering the operator’s activities on the Norwegian continental shelf. 

Cygnus joins Fletcher platform supply vessel fleet

Fletcher Shipping has taken delivery of the newbuild platform supply vessel FS Cygnus, boosting its PSV fleet to four.

Drilling & Completion

Statoil signs Norway casing/reamer supply deal

Deep Casing Tools has signed a frame agreement with Statoil Petroleum covering the operator’s activities on the Norwegian continental shelf. 

Duo provide traffic surveillance around jackup offshore Norway

Vissim has completed a program of remote surveillance integration on the jackup Maersk Giant, via its partner Royal Dirkzwager’s marine control room in the Netherlands.

New initiatives target increase in UK exploration drilling

Oil & Gas UK has initiated two projects designed to stimulate UK offshore exploration.

Field Development

Pieter Schelte heads to Europe for construction completion

The Pieter Schelte, Allseas new platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, is on its way to Rotterdam for completion and testing.

Xcite signs MOU for North Sea Bentley jackup

Xcite Energy Resources has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) for the heavy-oil Bentley field development in the UK northern North Sea.

Integrated system enables oil platform to be remotely controlled

The Solan oil field covers 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) in the North Sea, west of the Shetland Islands in 135 m (420 ft) of water. Premier Oil is developing the field, which at peak will consist of two prod...

Subsea

Harkand to install jumper in North Sea

Harkand will start work soon on a new dive support contract in the UK southern North Sea for an unnamed independent operator.

KDM Marine completes seabed excavation project in North Sea

Subsea excavation specialist KDM Marine International has completed a project to assist in preparing the seabed for a jackup placement in the North Sea.

Appraisal drilling could lead to Ormen Lange southern development

Norske Shell has completed drilling the appraisal well 6305/8-2 on the deepwater Ormen Lange gas field in the southern Norwegian Sea.

Geology & Geophysics

New initiatives target increase in UK exploration drilling

Oil & Gas UK has initiated two projects designed to stimulate UK offshore exploration.

Parkmead nets six UK offshore licenses

Parkmead has issued details of its six license awards under the UK’s 28th Seaward Licensing Round.

Xcite selects AGR planning software for North Sea Bentley field

Xcite Energy has selected AGR’s well construction planning software, P1, to support development of the Bentley field, one of the largest fields in the UK continental shelf.

 

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Pipeline & Transportation

Technip modernizes its flexible pipe plant

Technip has invested €68 million ($84.4 million) over four years to modernize its flexible pipe manufacturing plant, Flexi France, in Le Trait, France.

Pipeline issues stall production from Huntington in North Sea

Production from the Huntington field in the UK central North Sea has had to be shut in temporarily, according to partner Noreco.

North Sea Alvheim partners set to sanction more tiebacks

Lundin Petroleum has issued a progress report on its various development projects in the Norwegian North Sea.

Production

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.

Pieter Schelte heads to Europe for construction completion

The Pieter Schelte, Allseas new platform installation/decommissioning and pipelay vessel, is on its way to Rotterdam for completion and testing.

Integrated system enables oil platform to be remotely controlled

The Solan oil field covers 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) in the North Sea, west of the Shetland Islands in 135 m (420 ft) of water. Premier Oil is developing the field, which at peak will consist of two prod...

Rigs/Vessels

Cygnus joins Fletcher platform supply vessel fleet

Fletcher Shipping has taken delivery of the newbuild platform supply vessel FS Cygnus, boosting its PSV fleet to four.

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.

4Subsea secures contract on pilot well offshore Norway

Det norske oljeselskap ASA has awarded 4Subsea a contract for the monitoring of conductor loads on a pilot well at the Ivar Aasen field in the North Sea.