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GDF Suez, BP confirm two-block North Sea discovery

GDF Suez E&P UK and BP have a new discovery in the UK central North Sea.

FMC subsea equipment to tie in Laggan-Tormore satellites

Total has contracted FMC Technologies for subsea systems for the Edradour and Glenlivet fields in the UK’s west of Shetland area.

JAPEX takes UK North Sea license option

JAPEX UK E&P, with financial assistance from Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corp., has exercised a farm-out option agreed on earlier this year with Apache North Sea.

Drilling & Completion

GDF Suez, BP confirm two-block North Sea discovery

GDF Suez E&P UK and BP have a new discovery in the UK central North Sea.

Baker Hughes joins North Sea Bentley development team

Xcite Energy Resources has a memorandum of understanding with Baker Hughes to provide oilfield services for the heavy-oil Bentley project in the UK northern North Sea.

Statoil to plug Oseberg well

Statoil has consent from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to deploy the semisubmersible Songa Trym to permanently plug a well on the Oseberg field.

Field Development

FMC subsea equipment to tie in Laggan-Tormore satellites

Total has contracted FMC Technologies for subsea systems for the Edradour and Glenlivet fields in the UK’s west of Shetland area.

Baker Hughes joins North Sea Bentley development team

Xcite Energy Resources has a memorandum of understanding with Baker Hughes to provide oilfield services for the heavy-oil Bentley project in the UK northern North Sea.

Statoil proves new oil in Grane area of North Sea

Operator Statoil, together with with its PL169 partners, has proved new oil resources in the D-structure in the vicinity of the Grane field in the North Sea.

Subsea

FMC subsea equipment to tie in Laggan-Tormore satellites

Total has contracted FMC Technologies for subsea systems for the Edradour and Glenlivet fields in the UK’s west of Shetland area.

FEED under way for UK offshore CO2 pipeline

Wood Group Kenny has received a six-month front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the subsea/pipeline element of the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire...

ONS 2014 highlights next-phase deepwater drilling, subsea recovery challenges-full

Deepwater engineering contractors Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes, GE, and GVA outlined their visions of the way forward at the recent Offshore Northern Seas exhibition in Stavanger, Norway.

Geology & Geophysics

Faroe gains license options offshore southern Ireland

Ireland’s government has awarded three new licensing options in the southern margin of the North Celtic Sea basin off the country’s southern coast.

Processing starts of frontier Barents Sea seismic survey

Statoil and partners have completed a seismic acquisition survey in the southeastern Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

Ruling clears Dolphin to work in Russian Kara Sea

Dolphin has received confirmation from the Export Control Division of the Norwegian Foreign Department that the recently announced contract in the Kara Sea is not subject to the current trade restr...

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Pipeline & Transportation

Gassco takes over Valemon gas pipeline operations

Norwegian offshore gas trunklines operator Gassco has assumed operatorship of the 177-km (110-mi) long, 22-in. Valemon rich gas pipeline.

FEED under way for UK offshore CO2 pipeline

Wood Group Kenny has received a six-month front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the subsea/pipeline element of the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire...

DNV GL forms JIP to address risks from offshore CO2 pipelines

DNV GL has initiated a joint industry project (JIP) to address risks from offshore carbon-dioxide (CO2) pipelines. Several major operators have joined the “Sub-CO2” JIP, including National Grid, En...

Production

DOT 2014: Deepwater BOP/riser can raise fatigue issue on shallow-water well

Some drilling equipment on modern deepwater rigs may not be optimal for wells in shallower water, particularly in harsh environments such as the North Sea.

Stimulation boosts productivity in North Sea Breagh well

Sterling Resources says hydraulic stimulation, perforation, and production testing have been completed on the Breagh A08 gas well in the UK southern North Sea.

Fugro supports Technip’s largest North Sea project

Real-time metocean data transmitted by a Fugro SEAWATCH Wavescan buoy is enabling Technip to plan its operations more effectively for its largest UK North Sea contract to date.

Rigs/Vessels

Shetlands authority to expand offshore vessel berthing

Lerwick Port Authority has appointed Tulloch Development to manage the latest expansion of the Shetlands’ capital harbor facilities.

Lamprell to deliver Mercury rig to Lukoil in Caspian Sea

Lamprell has completed the construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, the Mercury.

 

 

Maersk Supply Service orders six new large AHTS vessels

Maersk Supply Service has signed a newbuild contract with Kleven Maritime A/S for six anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels with options for four additional vessels.