Subsea Oil & Gas: North Sea & Europe

North Sea Catcher on schedule, weather delays Solan

Premier Oil says its Catcher area project in the UK central North Sea is progressing on budget and on schedule.

Shell prolongs Subsea 7 UK diving, ROV deal

Shell Upstream International Europe has awarded Subsea 7 (Oslo Børs: SUBC) a two-year, $240-million extension for two underwater services contracts.

North Sea GSA start delayed until 2016

Ithaca Energy says first production from the Greater Stella Area (GSA) in the UK North Sea has been put back until spring 2016.

Technip adds Glenlivet development work to Edradour project offshore Shetlands

Technip has added Glenlivet to its list of projects west of Shetlands offshore UK. 

Statoil starts up Oseberg tieback offshore Norway

Production has started from the satellite Oseberg Delta 2 development in the Norwegian North Sea.

Trio to examine North Sea concrete mattress removal options

Decom North Sea (DNS) is collaborating with Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and subsea engineering company Jee to develop solutions for the recovery of concrete subsea mattresses and subsequent re-use.

Statoil outlines costs, timing for Johan Sverdrup offshore Norway

Statoil and its partners have submitted their plan for development and operation for Phase 1 of Johan Sverdrup in the North Sea to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Pipe-in-pipe technology adapts to changing needs in deep and shallow water

Over the past two decades, the pipe-in-pipe (PiP) product has become an essential part of the subsea field development engineer's "tool box." Due to its high insulation performance, it minimizes heat losses from the transported fluid to the environment that more traditional subsea coatings cannot provide. In 2014, Technip installed its 50th PiP via the reel-lay method; the first project was in Australia in 1989. Along the way, the company has advanced the technology at various points.

Multiple platforms facing removal after cessation at North Sea gas complex

The end of production from the Thames gas field and its satellites in the UK southern basin could trigger the most extensive decommissioning program yet performed in the North Sea. Perenco and Tullow Oil are the two operators responsible for the campaign. Altogether 12 fields are involved, comprising six in the Thames Complex and six more in the greater Thames area. They are spread out over 13 blocks and five quadrants. Cessation of production was officially declared for all the fields on May 14, 2014, ending more than 25 years of gas supply to the UK mainland via the Thames offshore infrastructure.

Oil price threatens UK's offshore future

Britain's government should take further action to ensure new North Sea projects go ahead, according to two reports.

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